Psychological trauma can occur as a result of a one off disturbing or stressful event, or a series of these events over a longer period of time. When people experience trauma they often feel overwhelmed and have difficulty coping with life.  A traumatic events is sudden, unexpected, and often life-threatening. They can trigger a psychological response of post-traumatic stress when the situation exceeds our internal capacity to cope. These events can be physical, social or emotional in nature. For example:

  • Natural disasters
  • Serious accidents
  • Being the victim of or witnessing a crime
  • Bullying
  • Witnessing or being the victim of family violence
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • Diagnosis of a terminal illness
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Emotional neglect as a child/young person

Complex trauma is used describe children’s exposure to multiple traumatic situations during their development that occur in the context of their relationship with caregivers. When these events are severe, repeated over time and pervasive, they can interfere with a child’s capacity to form secure attachments and develop a healthy sense of self.

If you have experienced any kind of trauma, engaging in therapy can be an important part of the healing process. Finding a trained and professional psychologist who you can trust and work with is essential. The team at Mindwell have specific training and experience in working with people who have experienced trauma in their lives.