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. Sadly with crime on the increase, the direction of my practise is progressively shifting to 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 confronted by, and staring down the barrel of a gun in an unpleasant hijacking. Fortunately, neither my friend nor I were physically hurt, although very shaken from the experience.

Thank goodness for my understanding of trauma; I was well equipped with various stress release tools to effectively and completely overcome an otherwise very traumatic experience. One of them, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) otherwise known as ‘tapping’ is an amazingly powerful stress release technique.

Knowing first hand what it feels like to live through such a shocking and traumatic experience, I’m better equipped and able to empathically assist others who have been traumatised. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or ‘tapping’ is now being used with great effect and results to treat USA War Veterans, many of whom were previously institutionalised because of their PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

The results have been remarkable; EFT is fast becoming known as the universal healing aid of the 21st century. In fact, I firmly believe everyone should be taught how to apply EFT ‘tapping’ – it is such a profound life skill.

If you've been traumatised (whether it's a recent event, or in the distant past), and need someone to talk to, let's connect and have a chat!  I'd love to support you.

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.

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)

 

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