If you’ve been through a traumatic experience, you could be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger that that won’t go away. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.
When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. At Cornerstone Psychology we provide treatment and support that can help speed up recovery from emotional and psychological trauma. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.
What is emotional and psychological trauma?
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world.
Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm.
A stressful event is most likely to be traumatic if:
It happened unexpectedly.
You were unprepared for it.
You felt powerless to prevent it.
It happened repeatedly.
Someone was intentionally cruel.
It happened in childhood.
Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by single-blow, one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, or a violent attack. Trauma can also stem from ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighbourhood or struggling with cancer.
Symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma
Below is a list of some of the physical and emotional reactions that you may experience following a traumatic event.
Emotional symptoms of trauma:
Shock, denial, or disbelief
Anger, irritability, mood swings
Guilt, shame, self-blame
Feeling sad or hopeless
Confusion, difficulty concentrating
Anxiety and fear
Withdrawing from others
Feeling disconnected or numb
Physical symptoms of trauma:
Insomnia or nightmares
Being startled easily
Aches and pains
Edginess and agitation
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms you would benefit from seeing one of our highly trained Psychologist who can provide support and treatment that can speed up the healing process.