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20 Signs of Unresolved Trauma


1. Addictive behaviours – excessively turning to drugs, alcohol, sex, shopping, gambling as a way to push difficult emotions and upsetting trauma content further away. 

2. An inability to tolerate conflicts with others – having a fear of conflict, running from conflict, avoiding conflict, maintaining skewed perceptions of conflict. 

3. An inability to tolerate intense feelings, preferring to avoid feeling by any number of ways. 

4. An innate belief that they are bad, worthless, without value or importance. 

5. Black and white thinking, all or nothing thinking, even if this approach ends up harming themselves 

6. Chronic and repeated suicidal thoughts and feelings. 

7. Disorganised attachment patterns, having a variety of short but intense relationships, refusing to have any relationships, dysfunctional relationships, frequent love/hate relationships.

8. Dissociation, spacing out, losing time, missing time, feeling like you are two completely different people (or more than two) 

9. Eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia, obesity, etc. 

10. Excessive sense of self-blame – taking on inappropriate responsibility as if everything is their fault, making excessive apologies. 

11. Inappropriate attachments to mother figures or father figures, even with dysfunctional or unhealthy people 

12. Intense anxiety and repeated panic attacks. 14. Ongoing, chronic depression.

13. Intrusive thoughts, upsetting visual images, flashbacks, body memories / unexplained body pain, or distressing nightmares.

14. Ongoing, chronic depression.

15. Repeatedly acting from a victim role in current day relationships 

16. Repeatedly taking on the rescuer role, even when inappropriate to do so.   

17. Self-harm, self-mutilation, self-injury, self-destruction. 

18. Suicidal actions and behaviours, failed attempts to suicide. 

19. Taking the perpetrator role / angry aggressor in relationships. 

20. Unexplained but intense fears of people, places and things. 


These same symptoms can be applied for survivors already working in therapy. 

Attending regular therapy does not mean the clients have resolved their trauma issues or that they are even working in that general direction. Many therapy clients will continue to deny, dissociate, and refuse to look at their trauma even if they are aware of their daily struggles. 

If you are experiencing a number of the symptoms listed above, ask yourself if you are truly ready to address your trauma issues, or if you find it more comfortable to continue living with these struggles. Is it harder to face how you were abused and who abused you? Or is it harder to live a life full of depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, troubled relationships, extreme fears, physical pain, and addictions? 

Running from your trauma history will not help you feel better. In the short-run, you might not have to face the issues, but the cost in the long-run of unresolved trauma weighs more heavily than you might suspect. 

Your life can be better than it is. 



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General Data Protection Regulation Statement. 

Patricia McIntosh (MBACP) NAME OF YOUR COMPANY, forcounselling.co.uk General Data Protection Regulation Statement. 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is concerned with personal information that I collect, store, and share. Please read this document and sign to indicate that you agree with my procedures.

Personal Information I Collect.

• Name. 
• Gender (or preferred identity). 
• Age. 
• Date of Birth. 
• Relationships & Progeny. 
• Occupation. 
• Address. 
• Telephone/SMS number (plus permission to send SMS & leave voice message). 
• Email address. 
• Counselling History. 
• Medical conditions relevant to counselling. 
• Prescribed medication. 
• Difficulties. 
• Session summary.

How I store your Personal Information. Storage Methods.

• Paper: written notes (described below). 
• Smartphone: I will store your contact information in a plain-text note app that backs up to my private Google Drive. This allows me to contact you in case of emergencies, but keeps from revealing this information to other applications (i.e. not using a Contacts app). 
• Email/SMS: your email address and correspondence will be stored in my email account (currently GMail) by nature of you contacting me. Your telephone number may be stored in my SMS app should we exchange messages this way. Electronic correspondence will also be held by the corresponding app (Gmail, Phone's SMS,• 
Website: none of your personal information is stored on my website, other than to momentarily collect & send it to my Gmail account for the purposes of our initial contact. online booking utilises a 3rd party encrypted secure site linked to my own website, personal information stored within my account includes booking ,contact and payment details only as required for functionality.

Documents Held.

Paper… • Contact Sheet • Contract/Agreement • Assessment Record • Brief Session Notes • GDPR Agreement • Client Code (linking documents) 
Electronic… • Contact name & telephone • Email/SMS/

How I may Process/Share your Personal Information. Consultation.

I seek a monthly consultation with another therapist qualified in this process. The consultation process is for my practice (rather than seeking instruction on working with you). In order to protect your privacy, my consultant will not know you personally nor professionally. I will refer to you by your first name, and I may refer to you information verbally when it's helpful to my professional processes.

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Therapeutic Will

Your name and contact details will be shared with my Therapeutic Executor. This is so that you will be contacted on the event of my death, should you still be in therapy with me.

Emergencies.

If your health is in jeopardy (provided I have your consent) I may share your contact information with an emergency healthcare service (e.g. Mental Health Crisis Team). If I have become aware of your intent to cause harm to another person/organisation (e.g. terrorism), the law may require that I inform an authority without seeking your permission. In such a situation, the law may require that I share your personal information without your knowledge (known as: whistle-blowing).

Erasing your Information.

When we have finished working together, I will erase electronic copies of your information & correspondence within one month. I will hold onto your written information for up to seven years past the end of our working together. This is so that I have a reference of our work in situations such as you returning to counselling in the future. After this time has passed, I will shred the written information.

Your Rights.

You have the following rights… 
• To be informed what information I hold (i.e. this document). 
• To see the information I hold about you (free of charge for the initial request). 
• To rectify any inaccurate or incomplete personal information. 
• To withdraw consent to me using your personal information. 
• To request your personal information be erased (though I can decline whilst the information is needed for my competent practice).

This document is signed & dated by both client and counsellor to confirm our agreement.

Client: (printed)_______________________________ (signed)_____________________________ (date)_______________________________ Counsellor: Patricia McIntosh (signed) _____________________________ (date)_______________________________ GDPR Statement & Agreement version 1.0 Page 2 of 2

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