Trauma psychotherapy, definition and symptoms of a trauma


Trauma psychotherapy at Psychologist Brussels

What is trauma?

Trauma is what we call a given event which has led to very strong emotions which haven’t managed to find a place in one’s psyche. Undigested, these emotions remain in suspense and regularly resurface with all the intensity of that first time, even for years afterwards. Recurring and obsessive, they can destroy everyday life’s good moments and prevent the individual from living life’s events to the full.

What can be the cause of trauma?

■ Being the witness to a shocking or powerful event
■ Having felt intense fear or real danger at an event
■ Having felt powerless and helpless in a given situation


In numerous cases, the symptoms of trauma don’t surface immediately, but can appear days, months, or even years later.

What are the main symptoms of trauma?

■ Being gripped by panic in an unexpected situation
■ Frequently feeling powerless or guilty
■ “Replaying” the traumatic event, regularly reliving the situation
■ Making everything linked to the situation a taboo topic, rejecting any reminder or feeling which brings back the memory
■ Being very irritable and having “moments of rage”
■ Being mistrustful, on your guard
■ Not being able to concentrate on anything for a long time
■ Suffering from insomnia, nightmares, or troubled sleep


If you need further information, you wish to ask a more specific question, or you want a psychologist’s opinion of your case, call the secretariat to make an appointment or send an email to the secretariat of Psychologist Brussels’s practice for the attention of Emmanuel Donnet