Psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events (natural disasters, death of a loved one, pandemics, serious illness, terrorism, divorce, relationship issues, domestic violence, rape, suicide, financial issues, job losses and so on) that can leave individuals with psychological and emotional symptoms like guilt, shock, confusion, anxiety, fear, moods swings and in some cases experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Trauma symptoms typically last from a few days to a few months fading as you process the unsettling event. Recovering from trauma takes time with many individuals and communities healing at their own pace.
An additional trajectory in the aftermath of trauma is Posttraumatic Growth, a term that can be defined as the positive psychological changes experienced as a result of the struggle with traumatic or highly challenging life circumstances. Posttraumatic growth is not simply a return to baseline it is an experience of tremendous improvement and growth, one that is deeply profound. This phenomenon of personal growth, resulting from a struggle with major life crises is universal and reported around the world. There is strong evidence that people and communities can dramatically shift in positive ways post-trauma. People who experience posttraumatic growth often see positive changes in the following dimensions – personal strength, relating to others, new possibilities, appreciation of life and spiritual and existential changes.
Coaching For Posttraumatic Growth: If your traumatic experience has changed your life philosophy, the way you see the world and your place in it and this has shifted your priorities in the dimensions mentioned above, then you may be ready to discover what to do with this newfound wisdom and strength. If you want to find your purpose, grow and create change from this place, then do get in touch with me. I am passionate about posttraumatic growth and I specialise in coaching individuals who are dedicated to moving forward with their lives through trauma.
My approach: Posttraumatic growth can be facilitated in both proactive and reactive ways using strengths-based coaching as an intervention. This approach is a well-validated research-based intervention. The strengths-based approach can be beneficial in helping identify strategies and resources for self-care; understanding and learning signs and symptoms of distress, common responses to trauma and identifying personal strengths and resources that are likely to help negotiate post-exposure paths.
I also use Stephen Joseph'sTHRIVE model approach to help facilitate posttraumatic growth through coaching.
Taking Stock. Involves tuning in to one’s psychological, physical and social realities, and gathering and utilising resources that serve the person well and help to stabilise functioning.
Harvesting Hope. Involves developing habits of mind that help to glimpse opportunities for growth.
Re-authoring. Involves the construction of new personal narratives that include past-traumatic events, and build new networks of beliefs about self, others and the world.
Identifying change. Involves spotting moments where desired changes are present or strengths are being displayed.
Valuing change. Involves placing some personal significance to the change being pursued (i.e. why it matters), which can also help to evoke the new narrative.
Expressing change in action. Involves the articulation of actions into concrete terms, which can help to make the growth real.
Psychometric tests including the VIA strengths survey for adults, Ryff's Psychological wellbeing scale, The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory and other measures will be used along with relevant positive psychology interventions.
Please note that I do not offer posttraumatic therapy. I offer coaching interventions post-trauma and for posttraumatic growth. I work with a limited number of clients a month. Get in touch to work with me.