Trauma support and counselling

A lot of people experience a traumatic event in their life by either witnessing or experiencing an event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. In situations like these the person experiences intense fear, helplessness or horror.

A traumatic event could for example be:

  • Armed robbery
  • Hijacking
  • Rape
  • Armed robbery
  • Witnessing murder

Often people will struggle after such an experience with different things like

  • Not be able to sleep or sleep too much
  • Avoid the place where it happened or even thoughts about it
  • Re-experience the traumatic event for example dreams, in thoughts etc.
  • Feeling numb
  • Poor concentration
  • Are easily irritable

It helps people who experienced a traumatic event to go for counselling that they can process through that event.

If the person has a complex trauma, meaning where the person is trapped in an intimate and special relationship with the perpetrator, for example chronic child abuse, it is necessary to see a psychologist but if it is any other trauma LifeLine has especially trained counselors who received training on the up-to-date/newest “4-leg model” and can assist the client.

Do you need help?

Should you or a loved one need trauma support or counselling please contact LifeLine’s National Counselling Line on 0861 322 322 or contact our local counselling number on (011) 422 4242 to set up a face to face counselling session.

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