Coping with Traumatic Events

Coping After Traumatic Events Group is for people who have experienced traumatic events (such as an assault or accident), and after this event find:

  • They continue to think about it even when they try not to.
  • Have flashbacks or nightmares to the event.
  • Feel more jumpy, alert and on edge.
  • May feel depressed, or less interested in doing things and seeing other people.
  • May find that they get angry more easily and more often than they used to.

What is the aim of this group?

The aim of this group is as the first stage of treatment. This will include learning about and understanding why these reactions happen after a traumatic event, and learning some strategies you can try in order to cope better. As the group is about understanding symptoms and learning ways to cope, it will not include talking about your traumatic experience. After the group people can go onto the next stage of treatment. This is done in 1:1 sessions as it focuses on your individual experience and talking about what happened, in order to find ways for the memory to become less distressing and ways for you to move forward with your life.

This group is currently running online and not face to face due to the pandemic. If you want to know more or would like to join a group please request an appointment with us here.

What can I expect from a group session?

Workshops are typically three hours long, whereas group sessions can range in length. All have a short comfort break in the middle. There are usually up to 10-20 attending the session. Our sessions are facilitated by two to three members of staff.

How many people will there be?

You can expect between 10-20 people to be there. Everyone will be asked to respect the group rules and confidentiality.

Will I have to talk?

No, not if you don’t want to. Participation is encouraged to help you get the most out of the session but we keep the discussions based on the topic rather than personal experience. You will never be put on the spot to contribute and if you do not wish to take part in group discussions that is ok and you will not be forced to contribute.

Do I need to attend every group session?

Yes. Our group sessions are designed to follow on from each other and closely replicate what you would cover in one-to-one sessions. Just like a course of antibiotics, the group is most effective when attended regularly. You wouldn’t expect an antibiotic to work if you only took the first and last tablet and therapy is no different. If you miss more than two sessions of a group we will ask you to attend another one where you are able to make a regular commitment.

What if I see someone I know?

This is a common question but it rarely happens. If you are ever uncomfortable in a group you can always ask to attend the next one. However there may be positives in seeing someone you know at a session. It may be that you both hadn’t been open about your difficulties before but could now be a support for each other.

I can no longer make it, what should I do?

Please let us know as soon as you know you are unable to attend. For our workshops this enables us to offer your place to someone else who may be waiting. In our regular groups it means we won’t wait for you to get started and can ensure you receive any missed material.

Is there anything else I should know?

Most people feel anxious about attending a group session and you will not be alone. However everyone there wants you to feel comfortable and learn how to improve your wellbeing. We often find that people stay in touch with other group members and provide an invaluable support to one another.