Information for Those Coping with Distress or Trauma
Sometimes we experience 'large-T' traumas which can result in PTSD. These symptoms may be triggered by significant events involving a perceived threat to one’s life such as car crash, natural disaster, military combat, accidents, physical assault or sexual assault as an adult or child.
More frequently, we experience repeated 'small-T' traumas through our lives. These events exceed our ability to cope and consequently impact on our emotional functioning. Events may include conflict with significant others, infidelity, divorce, conflict with work colleagues, relocation or financial difficulties. These adverse life experiences merit clinical attention because they can be psychologically wounding and therefore traumatic.
Those of us who have experienced large and/or small 'T' traumas often develop beliefs about ourselves, the world and others that do not serve us well. These beliefs can prevent us from fully realising our potential and are called Maladaptive Schemas.
Throughout the day those who have experienced large 'T' or small 'T' traumas, are frequently triggered by events, often outside our awareness. We may continue to experience relationship and emotional difficulties and have poorer quality of life as a result. We may be more vulnerable to being 'thrown off kilter' when we encounter stressful events as our underling traumas and maladaptive schemas become reactivated.
The psychologists at Core Clinical provide Schema-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Sensitive Therapy as ways to enable one to heal, move on and be more fully present in life.