Trauma

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster

When they have experienced trauma or overwhelming life experiences, most people have to let go of parts of their authentic Self (dissociate) and adopt coping strategies in order to survive their specific circumstances as best as they can. While highly adaptive initially – because this blocks out the pain of these experiences at the time – in later life there are often great personal costs attached to these trauma-related, survival-based strategies.

While dissociated, the emotional and physical sensations connected to your past experiences have not been able to be processed and integrated. This can cause very uncomfortable symptoms such as sudden intrusive, overwhelming images or memories, flashbacks and reliving experiences and nightmares.  Strong emotional or physical reactions can occur, such as panic attacks, feelings of numbness and detachment, hypervigilance, safety behaviours, guilt, including survivor guilt or dissociative symptoms, such as feeling disconnected from life. Often events in daily life, such as close personal relationships with family or partners, can trigger and intensify these symptoms.

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Yoga For Stress And Trauma Recovery

The Health Benefits Of Yoga Regular yoga practice can be a powerful and transformative tool, both emotionally and physically. Yoga improves flexibility and strengthens our muscular systems, it boosts our immune systems and regulates our breathing, enhances our self esteem and focuses our minds. In fact there are so many positive benefits to yoga that it's [...]

2019-06-26T15:05:45+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD, Trauma, Wellbeing|

Comprehensive Resource Model For Trauma Recovery

What Is The Comprehensive Resource Model? The Comprehensive Resource Model is an innovative and holistic therapeutic approach to help clients re-process and release the effects of traumatic events which they have experienced. Developed by Lisa Schwarz, an American psychologist who has for 28 years specialised in the field of severe dissociative disorders, the Comprehensive Resource Model [...]

2018-11-29T17:04:05+00:00By |Categories: Comprehensive Resource Model, PTSD, Trauma|

Why Is Experiencing trauma so Impactful

In the first of a series of blog posts exploring trauma reactions, we take a look at why it is that experiencing a traumatic life event can have such big psychological implications. Most people know through the media, that trauma is affecting many people at any given time. It is often only once somebody experiences [...]

2017-07-27T08:19:30+00:00By |Categories: Trauma|

Paris Attacks Could Spell Wider Trauma Risks

The repercussions of a terrorist attack go further than the terrible loss of lives which are incurred. The recent November 13th Paris attacks brought very literal devastation to Paris life when they unfolded. But they also inflicted a heavy emotional toll on a much wider scale. By bearing witness to the traumatic events which an [...]

2017-05-10T13:37:18+00:00By |Categories: PTSD, Trauma|

Developmental Trauma Disorder

What is Developmental Trauma? Developmental trauma is a term which describes the origins and presentation of a significant number of our adult (and child) clients at the Oxford Development Centre. It results from trauma experienced in a child's early development. Such trauma can arise from maltreatment, family violence, or a disruption in attachment to their [...]

2017-05-10T13:37:40+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD, Trauma|

PTSD Suffering in War-Zone Journalists

War and conflict do not discriminate when they attach their emotional scars and burdens to those who live through them. By entering a conflict zone, when they are covering war stories, journalists are exposing themselves to many of the same risks of suffering from mental health illnesses, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as [...]

2019-11-11T11:39:29+00:00By |Categories: PTSD, Trauma|

‘Understanding Your Reactions To Trauma’, helps Ukrainians After Conflict

'Understanding Your Reactions To Trauma', by Dr Claudia Herbert from The Oxford Development Centre, was recently published in Ukrainian, and is available to the Ukrainian public, and is also being distributed by the Ukrainian authorities to help soldiers and their families who have been affected by trauma. This new translation of the book was presented [...]

2017-05-10T13:38:28+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD, Trauma|