Posted in Grief, Loss and Trauma Counselling Posted on November 14, 2015
Vicarious Trauma can effect anyone? Do you know the signs and symptoms?
WHAT IS VICARIOUS TRAUMA?
Zoe Morrison (2007) defines vicarious trauma as “a psychological term used to refer to changes in a person that can occur when they are repeatedly exposed to traumatic material”.
Today, we heard on the news (TV, Radio, Social Media and probably through our friends and family) about the Parisian terrorist attacks. As the reporters carry out their journalism responsibilities and images, words and accounts from bystanders, victims, emergency services and politicians start to filter through to our living environment of a period of minutes, hours, days and possibly weeks to come with investigates etc. we as individuals will see and hear this news many times over.
For those of us who are particularly sensitive to such devastating news the psychological impact of hearing this over and over again could have a negative effect on your mind, body and spirit.
It is particularly important Read More
Blu Ripples Grief and Loss Counselling Services – Supporting you through Trauma, Grief and Loss
Today, I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you briefly about Trauma, Grief and Loss. As we near the end of 2013, I am hearing more and more stories from clients and loved ones about how difficult 2013 has been for them. Be it Read More
Blu Ripples Counselling Services – Come and talk about your experiences, concerns and fears in a safe and caring environment after the bushfires have been extinguished
As human beings we have a tendency to establish and maintain daily routines that we interpret as providing us with safety and security through predictable patterns. But then all of a sudden a crisis or emergency rises it’s head and throws us into a profound state of shock as a result of an accident or incident. Read More
Grief and Loss can cause the body to feel physical and emotional hurt at the same time
Grief and Loss comes in many forms, including but not limited to, grieving the loss of a friendship; our perceptions of what we think of a person, event or incident vs the actuality; the death of a loved one or pet.
When people seek counselling for grief and loss issues a myriad of signs, symptoms, experiences and perceptions come into play including past experiences with grief and loss, particularly those from our past that have been suppressed (pushed down, covered up and ignored). Thus, the analogy of peeling back the layers of an onion works really well for grief and loss.
Another aspect to consider when searching for answers as to why you are feeling physical pain at the same time as emotional can be explained by Read More
Make a difference to your loved ones life – reach out and ask them if they are Ok?
Last week I encouraged Blu Ripples Facebook Followers to ask 3 people that they knew and loved “R U OK” in support of R U OK Day (a Suicide Intervention Project).
Over the weekend, I was sad to learn of an individual that attempted suicide and Read More
Healing is a very individual process that it will not happen overnight; so be kind to yourself and ask for help – it is not a sign of weakness but of strength.
Whether a loved one has passed away; you have escaped an abusive relationship with a partner, neighbour, work colleague; you have survived a less than ideal childhood or a myriad of other painful experience healing the hurt can be a lengthy journey.
Speaking from Read More
Stages of Grief and Loss
When someone we love dies, when a longed for and much anticipated event does not occur for example a wedding or a pregnancy; when someone consciously leaves our lives through their own free will or necessity for example separation, divorce or abandonment the grief and loss of the physical and tangible aspect of the situation can be intense. However, Read More
Bereaved Child – First Christmas without Mummy or Daddy
How do you stop a child’s heart from breaking when they have lost their mummy or daddy during the year? The answer….. Read More