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Trauma and CBT in Oxford

My Solution Wellbeing offers private counselling and treatment for trauma or resolving trauma.

We have a dedicated therapist team based in Oxford, and our counsellors, who cover the whole of Oxfordshire, are trained in Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Person-centred counselling, Motivational Interviewing Therapy and Mindfulness practice.

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, 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.

There are different severities of psychological trauma. Some symptoms are mild and may go away with time, while others can be more severe (such as PTSD) and will require professional treatment. When it comes to trauma, the sooner you seek help, the better.

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

This can refer to physical, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse. Anything that can be described as improper treatment that leads you to feel violated in some way constitutes abuse. The traumatic event could be a one-off attack or a recurring form of abuse that takes place over long periods of time.

Accidents

Being involved in an accident can lead to a traumatic response. Examples include car accidents, a bad fall and accidentally harming someone else. Even if you were not physically harmed by the accident in question, being involved and experiencing the event can still lead to traumatic feelings.

Brain tumour and brain injury

Injuries and cancer of the brain can be catastrophic for both the person affected and those around them. In some cases, such injuries and illness can alter personalities or affect key motor skills – both of which can lead to symptoms of psychological trauma.

Catastrophic Events

This can relate to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes as well as man-made events like war and bombings. Being involved in these kinds of events can affect you both directly and indirectly.

Physical injury

Some physical injuries can change your life forever. You may have had a limb amputated and need to learn to cope with your new disability, or you may be left with physical scarring and chronic pain. Either way, this kind of trauma often requires a great deal of emotional support alongside physical rehabilitation.

Terminal illness / Bereavement

Whether it’s yourself or someone close to you who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, traumatic symptoms are often experienced. Equally, when someone close to you passes away (whether it’s expected or unexpected) you can start to question your belief system and shut down emotionally.

Violence

Experiencing violence in any way can be traumatic. Whether you have been the victim of physical violence, threatened with violence or even witnessed violence – you could find yourself suffering from symptoms of psychological trauma.

Symptoms of trauma

Symptoms of trauma vary from person to person and depend on the severity of the event. These symptoms can last anything from a couple of days to decades if treatment isn’t sought. Some people also find that they do not notice any symptoms immediately after the event as they can often occur sometime later.

Common symptoms of psychological trauma include:

  • Flashbacks – When you re-experience the traumatic event mentally or physically.
  • Insomnia – After a traumatic experience it is common to have difficulties sleeping due to nightmares or due to mentally going over details of the event.
  • Anxiety – Feeling constantly anxious after a trauma is very common. Sometimes these feelings turn into anxiety disorders such as PTSD or panic attacks.
  • Stress – Even if you handled stress very well before your experience, many people find stress harder to manage after a traumatic event.
  • Anger – Feeling angry after a trauma is very common. You might be angry at the person who traumatised you, at the event itself or even at the world. This can lead to outbursts and other anger management issues.
  • Depression – Many people fall into a depression after experiencing something very distressing. You can be left wondering why the event happened to you – leading to dark moods and in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.
  • Loss of self-esteem – It can be easy to lack self-belief and self-confidence after you have experienced something traumatic. You can be left questioning your identity and what you have to offer the world.
  • Self-medication – For some, the only way they feel they can deal with what happened is by self-medicating with alcohol or drugs. This leads to very self-destructive behaviour and can isolate you from friends and family.
  • Emotional detachment – For some, the emotions brought up are so severe that they cannot deal with them at all. This can lead to emotional numbness, also known as dissociation. You may refuse to deal with any psychological issues you have and could appear cold and distant to others.
    The longer your trauma symptoms go untreated, the more psychological damage they could cause. Therefore it is important to know when to seek professional help.

When to seek a therapists help

No matter how major or minor your traumatic experience was, you might benefit from the My Solution Wellbeing counselling team. As we all react differently to these types of events, it is important not to compare yourself to other people, even if they went through the same experience. By getting support as soon as you need it, you will be giving yourself the best chance to overcome any issues and move on with your life. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above and they persist for weeks or even months, be sure to seek support from the My Solution Wellbeing Counselling Team.

It is especially important to get help if you experience any of the following:

  • You feel unable to function in day-to-day life.
  • You are unable to form or maintain relationships.
  • You are self-medicating with drugs and/or alcohol.
  • You are experiencing severe flashbacks.
  • You feel emotionally numb.
  • You are suffering from an anxiety/stress disorder due to trauma.

The type of treatment you receive will depend on a number of factors, including the kind of trauma you experienced, your personality and your counsellor. These three treatment options are some of the most common when dealing with psychological trauma and are often combined, and the My Solution Wellbeing team will offer this.

Somatic experiencing

This technique utilises the body’s unique ability to heal itself by focusing on bodily sensations as opposed to thoughts and memories. The therapy looks at what’s happening in the body by getting in touch with trauma-related tension. At this point, natural survival instincts take over and the participant releases pent-up energy by crying, shaking and other physical reactions.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

One of the most popular therapies used by counsellors today, CBT looks at changing the way individuals think and how they react to these thoughts. With psychological trauma, CBT helps to process and evaluate thoughts and feelings about the trauma. This treatment is often paired with other physiological therapies such as Somatic Experiencing to ensure all elements of the trauma are addressed.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR incorporates CBT with eye movements and other rhythmic left to right stimulation. These motions help by ‘unfreezing’ traumatic memories, letting you then resolve issues as they surface. Particularly helpful for those who have repressed any traumatic memories, EMDR addresses both psychological and physiological issues.

My Solution Wellbeing counselling team are based in Oxford at Innovation House

 

How Much Will Counselling in Oxford Cost?

 

Costs for the counselling start from £60 an hour depending on location, extra costs may apply if you are out of the 10 mile radius from our clinic, for all costs call our team or email us. Call us now to book your therapy session.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are a counselling and wellbeing service providing support for adults, children businesses schools and communities. We change the way people get help with facing life’s challenges by providing private, affordable, confidential and convenient support and access to a trained therapist. My Solution Wellbeing provides professional counselling anywhere, through a computer, tablet or smartphone or face to face.

After you contact us, we will match you to an available counsellor who fits your objectives, required preferences, and the type of concerns you are dealing with. Different counsellors have different approaches and areas of focus and you can find this here, so it’s important to find the right person who can achieve the best results for you and your areas of concern. We have found that we are able to provide a successful match; however, if you have a session with a therapist and you feel your counsellor isn’t a good fit for you, you are course able to change this and be matched to a different counsellor. It is led by you.

Our counsellors are all qualified, experienced trained, and accredited. They have a different approaches such as Person Centered, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focussed Therapy and much more. They have been qualified and certified by their professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice. While their experience, expertise and background vary, they all possess at least 5 years’ experience and extensive hands-on experience. Click here to learn more about the counsellors.

We take this very seriously and as a result, our team ensures that each therapist is fully qualified vetted and in good standing. Counsellors are required to provide documentation, proof of identity, and references. We thoroughly cross-check their qualifications, references and information as well as completing a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) Check. Our head of Service will also ask for feedback from the client about the therapist should they wish to give it.

My Solution Wellbeing may be right for you if you’re looking to be the best version of yourself and looking to improve the quality of your life. Sometimes life situations and circumstances rock us and it interferes in our ability to lead a balanced life and we feel unable to self-regulate our emotions and feelings. Whenever this happens and your happiness is compromised and this feeling prevents you from achieving your goals, we may be able to help. We have counsellors who are specialized in specific issues, such as stress, anxiety, anger, depressions, relationships, parenting, addictions, eating, sleeping, trauma, family conflicts, LGBT matters, transgender and transitioning, grief, religion, self esteem, abuse, sexual exploitation and more.

Payment is made prior to your session over the phone.

If you decide you would like further sessions, you can pay for further sessions by direct bank payment or payment machine.  You can discuss this with your therapist on how to book further sessions. There may be an option to have a reduced rate if you purchase a few sessions in advance. Please refer to blockbooking.

Payment must be made in advance of appointment.

 

If you can’t attend please give 48 hours notice and your appointment will be moved to a mutually agreed date. Failure to do this will result in payment lost. Please note we do not offer refunds, however, we can offer a credit note valid for 1 month.

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