What does it all mean?
Anxiety is the most common reason for seeking counselling, it is the feelings of panic, stress or fear. When these feelings occur regularly it can cause distress and leave you feeling powerless.
How do I experience anxiety? It is different for us all, it could be sweating, tension or even avoidant behaviour. Anxiety if unattended can cause difficulties in your relationships, at work, and in your mood.
We can work collaboratively to explore the possible causes and triggers of your anxiety, supporting you to bring about healthy change and build internal resources that will help you manage stressful situations in the future.
Can be childhood abuse (sexual, emotional, physical or neglect), it can also be traumatic not being seen or heard by a parent, having a parent denying your reality, having a parent who cannot regulate their emotions or simply being told you should not experience certain emotions.
It is the experience of emotional responses not being processed which results in a disconnect from self and a shift into a ‘survival mode’.
Childhood trauma can also create a core belief that I am not good enough and must perform for love, as such there is a lack of self-awareness and self-trust so we may unconsciously re-create the conflicted dynamic we had with a traumatic parental relationship within a romantic relationship. Within therapy we can collaboratively support a curious exploration of self in a way that expands self-awareness, self-trust and self-healing.
I am here to support you through your healing journey of Childhood trauma and/ or Childhood sexual abuse.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after any traumatic experience. For some people the symptoms may develop immediately, for others it may take weeks, months and sometimes even years, we are all uniquely different.
The symptoms of PTSD can fall into three main responses:
Re-experiencing: This can be flashbacks or nightmares, a sense of reliving the traumatic experience. You may even feel physical sensations associated with the trauma, such as smell, fear and even pain.
Hyper vigilance: Constantly ‘being on guard’. You may find it difficult to relax or constantly feeling alert and on the lookout. You may be often irritable and maybe find it difficult to sleep or rest your mind.
Avoidance: Disconnecting from yourself and those around you as a way of distracting yourself from anything, anyone or anywhere that reminds you of the trauma.
Unprocessed emotions live in the body and become ‘triggered’ when we experience a past emotional experience in the present. Depression, addiction and shame are symptoms of us not processing our emotions in a healthy way. Emotions are messengers giving us guidance on what we need. By working collaboratively we can practice self-observation in a non-judgmental and safe space, supporting reconnection to self and a journey to wholeness.