MY SERVICESBelow you will find the services I offer as a Registered Counsellor and some helpful information on Trauma and Employee Welness Let's Chat
What I do
I provide the following services to adults, adolescents and children.
ANXIETY & MILD DEPRESSION
PASTORAL & CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING
Have you or someone close to you been through something traumatic?
WHAT IS TRAUMA
Trauma can be experienced as: “(1) experiencing a serious injury to yourself or witnessing a serious injury to or the death of someone else, (2) facing imminent threats of serious injury or death to yourself or others, or (3) experiencing a violation of personal physical integrity.” (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network).
When an individual is exposed to a traumatic experience they are left with overwhelming feelings of horror, helplessness, betrayal, entrapment, confusion and or loss. When these feelings occur we are often able to overcome them with the help of our family and friends.
However we are we are all unique and view the world differently, so what may be traumatic for one person may barely affect another. This often means that trauma goes untreated. Without counselling and support, ones ability to cope optimal may be effected and the risk of developing a disorder increases requiring intensive long term therapy or clinical intervention.
POSSIBLE TRAUMA REACTIONS
- Shock and disbelief,
- Anger and emotional outbursts,
- Fear and anxiety,
- Helplessness and a lack of control,
- betrayal of trust, entrapment,
- Re -experience the traumatic event through distressing recollections, dreams, exposure to cues,
- Pain, grief, confusion, and/or loss,
- You may attempt to avoid things that you associate with the trauma,
- Difficulty concentrating,
- Self- blame,
- Withdrawal and isolation.
- Pains and aches
- Sweating and heart palpitations
- Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
- Alert startle response
- More susceptible to colds and flu
It is important to utilize your support structures. Spend time with your family and friends. Remember the chances are they do not know how to deal with a situation like this either and therefore they require you to tell them what you need and don’t need.
Ensure that you are receiving an adequate amount of sleep and food.Try and engage in some sort of physical exercise and where possible maintain your routine.
HOW AND WHEN DO I ACCESS FURTHER HELP?
It is recommended that those who are exposed to a traumatic event attend a trauma debriefing.
A trauma debriefing is usually done approximately 48 hours following the trauma as this allows for the individuals involved to “process” their shock to some degree. A trauma debriefing provides the individuals a space to confidentially express their feelings, concerns and recollection of the events of the past few hours.
The aim of a debriefing is to prevent long term psychological trauma and equip the individual with psycho education and coping strategies for the weeks to come.
The aim of an employee wellness program would be to empower their employees to reach their potential and increase their control over their health, by providing an opportunity for them to deal with the issues that may result in lowered work performance and strain on personal relationships. The program will occur on a referral basis and as requested by the company.
- On- site Trauma Group Debriefings
- On-site/ off-site Individual Trauma Counselling
- Bereavement Counselling
- Workshops (Psycho-Education)
- Emotional Support