Trauma and Grief Counselling

Trauma counselling can help individuals to work through past traumatic experiences and to resolve deep-seated issues that might be holding them back from living a content, happy and healthy life.

Traumatic experiences include a range of life events, such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, medical procedures, unexpected loss of a loved one or war.

While trauma is often the result of a particular event or repeated events, the way in which an individual has responded to the event/s, with the emotional resources and support that they had available at the time, will determine how that traumatic event/s effects them long after the event/s has passed.

Complex trauma is different to single-incident trauma.  A single traumatic incident is a one-off event, such as a car crash. Whereas with complex trauma the events were most likely relational, repeated and cumulative and often happen in childhood, therefore impacting the developmental maturation of the individual.  For this reason an individual who experienced complex trauma may continue to be impacted long into their adult life interpersonally, long after the trauma has passed.

Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware.  However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatised, your natural coping mechanism can become stressed and overloaded.  This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining ‘stuck’ or ‘unprocessed’ in your brain.  These ‘stuck’ memories or feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a ‘raw’ and emotional form rather than as a verbal narrative.  This information remains in the limbic system in an isolated network that is linked with emotions and physical sensations, and which are disconnected from the brains cortex where we use language to store memories.

These traumatic memories can be triggered when you experience a similar event or you experience other challenges in life, and although the memory itself may not reoccur, the feelings of anxiety, panic, terror or despair may continue to occur in the present.

Such experiences can result in individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD, dissociation, depression, anxiety, chronic adjustment reactions, somatic syndromes and drug and alcohol abuse.

At Remede, we take a Trauma Informed Counselling approach, taking into account a person’s history in the context of their current response to life and create a tailored therapeutic approach on an individual basis.

Alexandra Field incorporates EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), which is an evidence-based trauma treatment into her treatment of trauma and PTSD, to enhance long-term outcomes.

We welcome you to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified and experienced counsellors to help you to work through past traumas to help you to live a healthier, happier and more empowered life.

To make an appointment, call 08 92861166 or email: reception@remede.com.au

Our Practitioners:

Alexandra Field

Daniella Princi

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