Sarah Morton Counselling
Sarah Morton
North London, Counsellor, Golders Green

Golders Green, North West London

MBACP (Accred) counsellor/psychotherapist 

I am an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist 
MBACP (Accred) and a counselling supervisor.
As a member of the BACP, I abide by its ethical framework and I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
07505 321 449
http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/in/315cd9/london-north-west/london/sarah-morton
Trauma

Trauma refers to the body or mind being overwhelmed by traumatic events. Psychological trauma in particular occurs as a result of a distressing event that leads the sufferer to question their beliefs while destroying their assumptions of trust. If you have experienced a traumatic event, you may feel socially disconnected and somewhat numb, leading to feelings of isolation. On top of this, you may find yourself feeling more afraid and vulnerable than before the event. 

Psychological trauma is the mind's reaction to an event and not everyone will react to the same event in the same way - for example, some people would find falling from a height traumatic, while others choose to jump out of planes for fun. Trauma also affects people in different ways and for some, the symptoms take weeks, months or even years to surface.

Regardless of its source, an emotional trauma contains three common elements:

  • it was unexpected;
  • the person was unprepared; and
  • there was nothing the person could do to prevent it from happening.

Causes of trauma
As previously mentioned, trauma is subjective and can have a multitude of causes. The common factor for events that lead to trauma is that they are not anticipated and are outside the realms of what we deem to be acceptable - physically, emotionally or socially. Below are some examples of events that could lead to psychological trauma.

  • Abuse
  • Accidents
  • Brain tumour and brain injury
  • Catastrophic events
  • Physical injury
  • Terminal illness/bereavement
  • Violence