Mandie Larn

Independant Senior Accredited Counsellor
and Independant Supervisor

t: 07786 996 984



First Stage Trauma Support

Trauma is an event that cannot be anticipated. We cannot plan or prepare for it. Following a traumatic event, we can be left feeling out of control, powerless and unable to deal or cope with the level of stress that arises. 

There is a common misbelief by people exposed to trauma that they should "just get over it".  That by having any reoccurring symptoms is a sign of weakness, or that they were in some way at fault or able to do something different to avoid the trauma.  However,  what is known is that trauma impacts people both physically and psychologically -  and usually, given time, people will recover. This recovery time is usually between 4 - 6 weeks and is known as a period of "Watchful Waiting".

Examples of traumatic events:-

  • Being involved  in an accident
  • Witnessing someone else involved in an accident
  • Witness to suicide attempts
  • Victim of violence and abuse.
  • Victim of robbery

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend that: -

where symptoms are mild and have been present for less than 4 weeks after the trauma, watchful waiting, as a way of managing the difficulties presented by people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), should be considered.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the provision of information that can help you to understand the impact and effects of trauma, and to highlight the type of symptoms you might experience.  PFA is used in conjunction with the period of Watchful Waiting - the expected amount of time it takes for the physical and psychological symptoms to reduce and fade away.  

Psychological First Aid can take place over the telephone, face-to-face or by video link such as Skype or Facetime.  Whichever way you choose, your initial session would be up to 50 minutes with at least one follow up session lasting up to 30 minutes.

Many people often feel better once they understand the impact of trauma, usually seeing a reduction in their symptoms within the 4 - 6 week period.  However, there can be times when people need further support.  This could be due to  additional stressors or the complexity of the trauma - on these occasions,  I will discuss your options with you and this will include discussing your symptoms with you and your GP. We may then look at accessing clinical treatments such as a course of CBT or EMDR as recommended by NICE.

If you're dealing with a difficult or traumatic event and any related stress, please do get in touch or call 07786 996984 today.


Per session  
Telephone  £45
Skype or Facetime £45
Face to Face Counselling £45
Any follow up sessions for 30 minutes or less the fee would be reduced by £20.00 per session


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