If you have experienced a significant event, or period of time when you felt your life was under threat, and this has affected your life you may be suffering from the after effects of trauma (commonly known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD). You may similarly experience trauma symptoms if you have had a string of emotional injuries, which you might not even recall individually, but which have accumulated and affected your quality of life. Typical experiences that can lead to trauma & anxiety disorders may develop following exposure to any one of a variety of traumatic events that involve actual or threatened death, or severe injury, for example abuse, bullying, rape, shooting, or car accident. 

Witnessing an event rather than directly experiencing it or even just learning about it can be enough for a person to be traumatised, especially if it involves family members or a person you are close to. This may result in you experiencing a combination of the reactions listed below. I understand that after such an incident it may feel difficult to function for some time and as I specialise in trauma and anxiety counselling, I am able to help you to explore ways to facilitate healing and recovery.

The following are often symptoms of trauma:

  • Anxiety, fear
  • Feeling edgy and hypervigilant
  • Flashbacks
  • Disturbed sleep, nightmares, recurring dreams
  • Feeling you are bad or to blame
  • Mood swings, anger, or depression
  • Violence or self-harm
  • Difficulties in relating to others, becoming reclusive or isolated
  • Feeling numb or disconnected
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Aches and pains in the body, or unexplained bodily sensations
  • Drug and alcohol use

Trauma can result from one single event or from ongoing, relentless stresses. Potentially traumatic events are defined as events that are both powerful and upsetting that intrude into the daily life of the person. The impact on that person will vary depending on the mental and physical health of the person, past traumatic experiences, presence of coping skills, and level of social and emotional support at the time of the potentially traumatic event. This means that each of us experiences trauma in our own individual way depending on our life experiences. Though generally traumatic experiences are more likely to cause uncomfortable symptoms of trauma if:

  • The individual was unprepared for the event
  • The event occurred unexpectedly
  • The person felt powerless to prevent the event
  • The event occurred repeatedly
  • If the event involved extreme cruelty
  • If the event occurred during the childhood years

Examples of events and situations that can lead to the development of psychological trauma may include:

  • Natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes
  • Interpersonal violence like rape, child abuse, or the suicide of a loved one or friend
  • Involvement in a serious car accident or workplace accident
  • Acts of violence such as an armed robbery, war, or terrorism

Commonly overlooked causes of potential emotional and psychological trauma can also include:

  • Breakup or divorce in a significant relationship
  • Significantly humiliating experienced
  • Falls or injuries due to sports
    Sudden, unexpected death of a loved one
  • Diagnosis of a life-threatening or disabling condition


Anxiety arises from a combination of incidents that that may include the following:

  • Childhood experiences
  • Current unpleasant experiences
  • Stress
  • Thinking style
  • Lifestyle (habits/diet)
  • Drugs or medication
  • Mental health (if you are depressed you are more prone to anxiety)
  • Physical health (long term illness and/or ongoing pain may make you more prone to anxiety)

If you recognise any of the above symptoms for trauma and anxiety, rather than ignore your symptoms or hope they will go away the best thing to do is acknowledge and tackle them.

Immediate things you could do:

  • Tackle your sleeping habits
  • Start a healthy eating plan

Take a brisk walk for at least half an hour a day
Take time out to relax
Start mindfulness or yoga

Support for your trauma & anxiety

I can support you towards finding a way to treat and alleviate the symptoms you are facing within a confidential and supportive environment. By talking through your issues with a trauma & anxiety specialist like myself, who is both qualified and independent of the events, you may find a different and more supportive perspective on what you have experienced. I aim to guide you toward an internal resolution and reprocessing of what occurred as well as empower you to carry the experience in a more tolerable way that has less of a negative impact on your future life. I would work with you within one or more of the following approaches: talking therapy, CBT, EMDR.