Trauma Counsellor | Lonehill Sandton | What are Normal Reactions to trauma?
Normal reactions to trauma are often immediate and can last up to 2 weeks. If reactions and symptoms persist or are increasingly worse or continue to significantly impact your daily life it is advisable to seek professional assistance. Do NOT try to self-medicate with legal medications, alcohol or illegal substances to manage the symptoms if they are persisting.
Typical symptoms can include:
- Feelings of being dazed
- Lack of concentration
- Symptoms of increased arousal and hyper vigilance (being “over aware”)
- Flashbacks and re experiencing the event
- avoidance of a specific place or things that may remind one of the trauma
The above symptoms can have an impact on work as well as personal life and relationships especially if they persist. It is normal to experience some of these in reaction to a trauma, however they should begin to dissipate or improve within 2 weeks.
If you find the symptoms are overwhelming or are persisting beyond 2 weeks and that your day to day activities and life are been affected trauma counselling is recommended. A trauma counsellor is trained in specific techniques that will help you process the event in such a way that you are able to move forward in your life in a meaningful way.
You are welcome to contact Janine on firstname.lastname@example.org for information sessions trauma counselling or trauma debriefing.
Trauma counselling is available on an individual basis as well as for groups. Group trauma counselling is possible when a number of people have experienced the same traumatic event. It is still however advisable to limit the size of the groups to around 10 people. After group counselling if there are still individuals that need more intense processing individual sessions can then also be arranged.