Psychotrauma

Psychotrauma treatment at Expatriate Psychologist Bernadette van Wouw

How do I recognize a Psychotrauma?
If you have experienced or witnessed something drastic, the experience may cause problems in your daily functioning. Such potentially traumatizing events can be isolated incidents such as a car accident, robbery or rape, but also successive experiences, such as sexual abuse, physical violence or mental abuse. What these experiences do have in common is that you have been very scared and felt powerless and helpless. Even event (s) that took place some time ago, like in your childhood, can make you suffer now.

Possible symptoms of a Psychotrauma

  • you experience the traumatic event (s) over and over again
  • you have recurring memories and thoughts on the event (s)
  • you sleep poorly and have nightmares
  • you have exaggerated startle response or panic attacks
  • you suffer from anxiety, guilt, powerlessness
  • you try to avoid situations that remind you of the event (s)
  • you deny it has happened and endeavor to flee, for example by hard work
  • you have difficulty concentrating
  • you have outbursts of aggression or extremely inhibited anger
  • you have feelings of alienation
  • you suffer from mood swings
  • you have unexplained physical symptoms
  • you have a low self-esteem
  • you damage your body (self-mutilation)
  • you live more or less on autopilot

The symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder alternate: One moment you relive the traumatic event, then avoidance and feelings of emotional numbness dominate.

Psychotrauma treatment at Expatriate Psychologist Bernadette van Wouw
A psychological trauma is often treatable. The period in which the treatment shows improvements varies and depends on the type of trauma, your symptoms and conditions. Because I strongly work from intuition, I am quickly able to give you insight into the causes of your problems with clear instructions for solutions and improvements. In order to achieve good results I use the treatments that suit your situation with flexibility.

More information about treatment of psychotrauma and other problems at practice Expatriate Psychologist can be found under treatment.