Trauma Counselling

Your trauma is not who you are.
It is something that was done to you or happened to you.’’

Coral Anika Theill

Have you been violated by any of the following CRIMES?

  • Armed Robbery
  • Hijacking
  • House Break-in
  • Smash and Grab
  • Held Up
  • Molestation
  • Beaten Up/Physical Abuse
  • Hit and Run
  • Road Rage
  • Rape or Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Abuse

Any form of trauma may have an impact on the physical body, emotions and mental well being unless effectively treated. Unfortunately, with crime on the increase, the direction of my practise is progressively shifting towards assisting more and more people who have been violated by crime of one kind or another.

Unlike a few years ago, today we know people in our immediate circle who have been affected by crime. Being violated can result in many different emotional feelings: anger (see Anger Management), shock, fear, denial, rage, depression, exposed or naked, alone or lost, trapped, sadness, grief, resentment, feeling irritated and snappy, guilty etc. I highly recommend reviewing the detailed report on this website entitled Stages of Loss as this will facilitate your understanding of the emotions you’re possibly experiencing.

Unless effectively treated, the negative experience and emotions of this nature can be debilitating; often resulting in a detrimental affect not only with one’s inter-personal relationships but also impairing our ability to concentrate, memory loss, both work and sleep patterns are usually affected too.

Many people also report feeling disorientated, anxious and fearful, trembling or sweating, having nightmares etc. Most simply cannot stop repeating the heinous event over and over in their minds or completely dissociate in an attempt to ‘deal with’ the unpleasant trauma i.e. denial … “no, I’m OK!” is a classical response. These are all normal symptoms of trauma.

In November 2010, I also found myself being confronted by, and staring down the barrel of a gun in an unpleasant hijacking inside my property. On this particular evening, my friend and I were both surrounded by six armed men who nervously pointed a variety of weapons (shapes and sizes) in our direction whilst they systematically removed our handbags, cell phones, keys etc, and then made a hasty getaway in her vehicle. Fortunately, neither my friend nor I were physically harmed.

Thank goodness for my understanding of stress, shock and trauma; I was well equipped with stress release tools to effectively and completely overcome an otherwise very traumatic experience. Within minutes of this ordeal, I immediately began working on myself, and instructed my friend to begin doing the same too. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)  also known simply as ‘tapping’ is an amazingly powerful stress release technique that helps to calm both body and mind instantly.  The head of the security company who arrived at the crime scene repeatedly commented about how calm we both were. The following afternoon when he revisited me at the house, he said in the decades of doing this work he had never witnessed such calm women. Again, he asked me to describe exactly what we had done in order to remain so calm.

For me, both as an individual and therapist, that was further validation of the incredible power of EFT ‘tapping’. Knowing first hand what it feels like to live through such a traumatic experience, I believe I am better equipped and able to empathically assist others who have been traumatised.

In recent years, EFT ‘tapping’ has been used to achieve oustanding results among USA War Veterans, many of whom were previously institutionalised because the extemely severe effects of their PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  As a result of working with volunteer EFT ‘tapping’ practitioners, many of these Vets have been discharged from the institutions, taken off their medications, resumed healthy, normal lifestyles with their families, and reintegrated successfully back in society. These heartwarming success stories are a powerful testiment as to what EFT ‘tapping’ can achieve.

Here in South Africa, I’ve had the privilege to assist many ex South African military personnel who have also had severe PTSD, including one’s who developed unhealthy addictions as coping mechanisms. Not only have I managed to assist them to recover from their PTSD, but their addictions have also ceased to exist as a result.

That said, the results of working with EFT ‘tapping’ in therapy situations have been remarkable, if not seemingly miraculous!  Internationally, EFT ‘tapping’ is fast becoming known as the universal healing aid of the 21st century. So much so, I firmly believe everyone should be taught how to apply EFT ‘tapping’ – it should also be taught in schools because it’s such a profound life skill to have ‘on hand’ in any given situation.

If you’ve been traumatised (whether it’s a recent event, or in the distant past), and you’d like someone to talk to, let’s connect and have a chat!  I’d love to support you – for this purpose, I offer a FREE 20 minute pre-consultation to discuss your needs.

Footnote:

By far, Stress Management and Trauma Counselling are the two areas I’ve unfortunately done the most work. I say ‘unfortunately’ because it is unfortunate that many people are affected by either one, or both.  Living in Johannesburg, South Africa is a ‘hazardous occupation’ because the crime statistics there are extremely high.

As a result, I’ve been contacted by companies and individuals alike to assist with traumatic casualities.  Since 2007, I’ve assisted in a variety of different trauma cases such as house breakins, hijackings (car-jackings), armed robberies, assaults, rapes, molestations, attempted suicides, domestic violence and abuse etc.  Although Trauma Counselling is challenging, its an area of my work I absolutely love – its where I witness incredible results.

There is NOTHING more rewarding than seeing people literally transform before my eyes – they arrive at the session highly distressed and often very tearful, and within 2 hours they depart transformed.  Approx 90% of my trauma clients have not needed a follow up session. This is practically unheard of in traditional psychotherapy.  If you’ve been traumatised, I’d love to help support you.

 

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Trauma Counselling Testimonials

 

By far, Stress Management and Trauma Counselling are the two areas I’ve unfortunately done the most work. I say ‘unfortunately’ because it is unfortunate that many people are affected by either one, or both.  Living in Johannesburg, South Africa is a ‘hazardous occupation’ because the crime statistics there are extremely high. As a result, I’ve been contacted by companies and individuals alike to assist with traumatic casualities.  Over the past 12 years, I’ve assisted in a variety of different trauma cases such as house breakins, hijackings (car-jackings), armed robberies, assaults, rapes, molestations, attempted suicides, domestic violence and abuse etc.  Although Trauma Counselling is challenging, its an area of my work I absolutely love – its where I witness incredible results.  There is NOTHING more rewarding than seeing people literally transform before my eyes – they arrive at the session highly distressed and often very tearful, and within 2 hours they depart transformed.  Approx 90% of my trauma clients have not needed a follow up session. This is practically unheard of in traditional psychotherapy.  If you’ve been traumatised, I’d love to help support you.

 

Attempted Hijacking and House Breakin

“I wish to thank you for helping me come to terms with 2 rather traumatic and scary incidents that happened to me within the space of 3 days. Our single, one-on-one ession helped me to process the physical effects of my trauma, and I felt empowered and my fear was contained within a short period of time, all thanks to your de-stressing techniques. I was hijacked a few years ago, and spent 3 years being held hostage by debilitating fear and trauma, and eventually had to resort to weekly counselling and medication. Thank you that I did not have to endure that long and emotional healing process again.”  Taryn D. Johannesburg (One Session only)

House Breakin

“Bridget has helped me and my family members on a number of occasions to deal with very traumatic and stressful situations.  She also helped us all after that awful robbery. I highly recommend Bridget, she is an expert in stress management.  Kanize, Johannesburg  (Various sessions extended to the Family)

 

Teenage School Trauma

“My son who had been diagnosed with ADD. ODD. ADhD. RAD along with emotional trauma from his parent’s divorce went to see Bridget. He had a few sessions of EFT. Something happened. I’m not sure. A miracle or a Scientific based form of healing…….I’m not sure. My son literally climbed out of his pit. He saw light. He began to have an awareness of himself. It was a turning point. Thank you Bridget. You shine!  Kim, Johannesburg  (Two sessions)

 

 Armed Robbery and Assault

“I have to recommend this service to all. I was a Cargo Manager at the Johannesburg International Airport, where in the early hours of the morning my staff fell victim to an armed robbery. They were very traumatized and one had to be admitted to hospital after being assaulted by one of the perpetrators. I got in touch with Bridget who came to give counselling to the staff. she was great and the feedback from her and the staff was amazing. It wasn’t costly and did not require a follow up session as the staff were in a good space after the first session. If you find yourself or your staff in need of counselling, don’t hesitate to contact Bridget.”  Nico Hutcheons. Managing Director at Tarariras Tours and Transfers Pty Ltd  (One session only)

 

More client testimonials on topics such as addictions, anger management, anxiety,
depression, trauma etc can be found here

 

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