Trauma, particularly from experiences in emergency services or military roles, can have profound impacts on individuals.

However, You do not have to be a serving or ex-member of the emergency services or military to have experienced a traumatic event. Traumatic events can occur in people’s everyday lives, such as road traffic collisions, assault, or you may have been affected by adverse childhood events (abuse etc).

Trauma can lead to a range of symptoms such as:

  • Substance/alcohol misuse

  • Anger

  • Relationship issues

  • Feeling ‘haunted’ by past events

  • Sleep problems

  • Being overly alert or withdrawn

Sound familiar?

These reactions are both common and normal following exposure to critical incidents, especially when they are life-threatening. It’s also crucial to note that trauma’s impact extends to those close to the person exposed, highlighting the ripple effect of trauma.

In some people, trauma can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Recognition of the long-term effects of trauma has been a significant development in understanding how an event can continue to influence the body and mind, long after it’s past.

If any of the above sounds familiar, I can help. Trauma is one of my areas of expertise, and I have received specific training on how to work with clients who have experienced trauma. With my 29 years of experience in the Fire Service and my training, I am able to provide various interventions in an empathic, understanding, and safe manner. To assist my clients in reclaiming their lives, I offer evidence-based practices such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).