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Online Trauma Counselling and Psychotherapy

Psychological trauma is a general term for the mental harm of a person's mind that occurs after experiencing overwhelming stress. Often, this stress is caused by one or more events that are especially shocking and harmful, resulting in a person not being able to process their emotions. This results in the person holding trauma long-term, which has long-lasting, negative altercations, such as PTSD, complex PTSD or various forms of disassociation. However, trauma counselling and psychotherapy has been proven to successfully minimise, and reduce symptoms from trauma disorders. As a trauma psychotherapist, I am committed to helping each person who seeks trauma counselling work with their trauma in safe and contained way. For those people who are not able to access a local trauma counsellor or trauma psychotherapist, an online therapist might be worth considering.

What are the Three Main Types of Trauma?

Acute Trauma

Acute trauma occurs after a singular, significant, and emotionally altering event, such as being a victim of an armed robbery or a terrorist attack. Victims of acute trauma have difficulty moving on from such events because they did not have time, at the moment, to make sense of them. This results in manifestations of visible trauma disorders in the person because they have not yet emotionally processed the event themselves or with a therapist. Those who have suffered from acute trauma may show signs of excessive, persisting anxiety, sleep problems, irritation, derealization, lack of trust, inability to focus, or aggressive behavior. If you have one or more of these symptoms, it might be helpful to speak to a therapist or an online trauma psychotherapist to understand more about your situation.

Chronic Trauma

Chronic trauma is similar to acute trauma because a person has difficulty adjusting to life after experiencing the trauma if they have not yet processed these intense emotions. However, chronic trauma differs from acute trauma by the traumatic event persisting across multiple occasions, such as repeated instances of sexual abuse or involvement in war. Those who have experienced chronic trauma may exhibit certain types of behaviors, including reliving the chronic trauma through dreams or nightmares, avoiding situations that you fear will trigger you, avoiding relationships, feeling hyperarousal, or dizziness/nausea (usually when reminded of the traumatic event). Those with chronic trauma or who have chronic trauma symptoms should work with a therapist who is well-equipped to handle such issues.

Complex Trauma

Complex trauma involves trauma that often stems from interpersonal issues, such as childhood neglect, abuse or even severe bullying. This type of trauma may unfold in various contexts and can severely affect a person's psychological well-being. Similar to acute and chronic trauma, it takes a skilled therapist to identify the various traumatic events within the patient's interpersonal life in order to understand the nature of their trauma and apply the correct type of therapy. Those who have suffered from complex trauma may have trouble with forming relationships, trouble trusting others, a loss of core values/beliefs and a negative self-view. It is not uncommon to have low self-esteem, difficulty relating to others or generally have problems controlling emotions.

Is Online Trauma Counselling Effective?

Those who have tried online trauma therapy have said that the experience has been valuable, the convenience of meeting the online psychotherapist remotely can make fitting therapy into your life easier, especially if you live in a location with limited access to therapists. For trauma specifically, I am still able to observe and communicate with clients effectively online via webcam and audio in a secure and supportive way. Some people prefer online trauma counselling because they consider their home a safe and comfortable place to talk. Of course online therapy does not suit everyone. You are welcome to book a session to see for yourself

What About Other Trauma Disorders, Like Depersonalisation and Derealisation?

Other disorders are also caused by trauma, such as Depersonalisation, Derealisation, and disassociation. Each of these disorders and their symptoms involves a person feeling disconnected from reality or their own self. These experiences occur as a natural defense mechanism from emotionally altering stimuli but can greatly affect a person's interaction with life. Through online therapy I offer online trauma counselling for those people who are unable to visit me face to face in the office, I can provide a safe and supportive space to address the difficulties you are having.

Trauma can have a substantial impact on day-to-day functioning in a person's daily and relationships. Perhaps you manage to hide your struggles from those around you most of the time but are ready to stop hiding. Online trauma therapy focuses initially on safety, stabilisation and psychoeducation before processing of any trauma is considered. This means we concentrate on helping you to feel safe and comfortable before anything difficult is thought about. Everything is worked on at a pace you can manage.

How do online trauma counselling sessions work?

Sessions are usually fifty minutes in length and take place at the same time each week.

They provide space to...

   • Feel safe thinking about old painful experiences
   • Feel understood, heard and seen
   • Lessen hyper-vigilance and other trauma symptoms
   • Help you think about your trauma without being overwhelmed by it
   • Feel grounded and connected to your body
   • Able to connect with yourself and others

The therapy takes place as part of a caring therapeutic relationship in a safe confidential environment on a one-to-one basis.

Online Trauma Counselling with Samantha Merry

I offer effective trauma counselling online for those who are suffering from one off or multiple more complex traumas. Online trauma counselling with an online trauma counsellor allows the client and the counsellor to still meet face-to-face, over video from the comfort and convenience of the client's own home. Together we can be curious about your experiences and symptoms and how they are impacting you now. We might consider why you are experiencing nightmares, anger outbursts or general anxiety and depression. My job is to then work with you at a pace you can manage to help you recover.