Trauma Counselling Online
Trauma is a common challenge for rural and remote communities in Australia. Nature disasters leave their greatest impact on rural people. Trauma is a significant psychological injury that affects your everyday life. When we experience a frightening event, this can cause psychological trauma. These experiences can be life-threatening but any situation that involves a loss of control can cause ongoing problems.
What causes this psychological trauma is different for everyone. One-off events are the most obvious cause like witnessing or experiencing a motor vehicle accident, injury or attack.
But ongoing stress or events can also cause issues. Having a life-threatening illness, the experience of domestic violence, bullying or humiliation, or even surgery can affect us years later. A natural or man made disaster can also affect us, even if we were not present. Viewing the news images of a mass shooting or plane crash over and over can bring on the same physiological effects as being there.
Rural people are more at risk of experiencing trauma than people in urban areas, for a few reasons. They are more likely to have or see motor vehicle accidents. Rural people are also more likely to be exposed to risk in their jobs, whether in the agricultural or forestry industries. The prevalence of drought, floods and bush fires is higher in these areas. They are more likely to have lost a loved one in traumatic circumstances.
Motor vehicle accidents are the main risk factor. Rural people are three times more likely to die in a transport accident than city people. What is more, the death rate in motor vehicle accidents for males in the 20-24 years age bracket is four times higher than for their city counterparts.
Why rural people suffer higher rate of accidents
- Older, less safe vehicles
- Varied roads, sometimes unsealed
- More car travel over longer distances, higher average speeds
- Perceptions of risk
- Lower law enforcement rates
- Longer waiting times for emergency vehicles
Physically demanding and risky jobs are another cause of injury for rural people. They are more likely to work with machinery, use firearms, and have accidents related to animals. Tractor and quad bike accidents are also more common in these areas. The risk is higher for self-harm in rural or remote communities too, perhaps due to the difficulty of accessing trauma counselling previously.
Impact of trauma on you
People who experience trauma all react in different ways. The emotional symptoms of trauma may include denial, difficulty concentrating, anger or irritability, or anxiety and fear. People experiencing trauma may tend to feel guilt or shame. They may revisit the negative feelings again and again. They may feel sad, which may lead to depression, feelings of worthlessness or disconnect.
The physical symptoms of traumatic stress may include being unable to sleep (insomnia) or nightmares, fatigue or being easily startled. Traumatic stress can bring on a racing heartbeat, edginess or agitation, aches and pains and muscle tension.
Your experience of the event influences how likely you are to be traumatized by it. Feelings of fear and horror at the time are a normal response. But if the effects are long lasting, it may become traumatic stress.
A person’s mental and physical health, available support at the time of the event and their coping skills can influence how they respond to a traumatic event. Further, you are more likely to be traumatized by an event if you have recently suffered a series of losses or been traumatized in childhood.
Trauma in childhood can involve neglect or abuse. When childhood trauma is not resolved, a sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, causing long lasting effects. Even if the trauma happened many years ago, trauma counselling can help you take steps to overcome the pain and distress, learn to connect to others and trust again, and regain your sense of emotional balance.
Trauma Counselling Online
Although the tendency is to withdraw, talking with an objective listener can make a big difference. In trauma counsellig online your psychologist will help you discuss and process your thoughts. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Therapy are proven therapies to help reduce the distress associated with the memories in these cases.
Both types of treatment deal with the ongoing beliefs that feed the trauma and distress. For example, you might have thoughts of incompetence and that the world around you is excessively dangerous. With your psychologist, you will work to re-program your thinking into healthy patterns. Trauma counselling online also involves coping strategies and ways to deal with memories and reminders of the event.
In trauma counselling, your counsellor will help you to process what has happened and reduce distressing after-effects. They will help you enhance general health and wellbeing. You will be able to repair and rebuild your self esteem. Your psychologist will create a toolbox of coping mechanisms. In this way, you will begin to take some control over your life and thoughts.