As the Founder of The Mind Solution, last week I received a call from a train company. They were keen to explore our help in developing their health and wellbeing strategy.
During the conversation the person I spoke to shared with me that in July there had been 7 suicides. These suicides had been members of the public who’d jumped in front of a moving train.
As a result, the train drivers experienced significant trauma. And it’s my guess that many of them will now be experiencing PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
My heart went out to these drivers.
Having helped countless people dealing with PTSD or CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), I’ve seen firsthand the effects of trauma.
Untreated, the greater the impact mentally and physically and can lead to suicide.
What pulls on my heartstrings is that trauma can be simple and effective to treat – with the right treatment.
In situations where PTSD stems from a single incident, trauma can treated and and processed in one session.
Yes, that’s right!
And what’s more, people don’t have to talk about what happened or re-live the event.
In fact, that’s the BEST way to treat trauma – no talking!
The mind often blurs the line between reality and imagination. Approaches like counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) primarily involve verbal communication. However, when it comes to trauma, these talking therapies can potentially lead to re-traumatisation.
It’s important to recognise that trauma can be deeply ingrained in a person’s psyche, and discussing the traumatic event might trigger intense emotional reactions, making the person feel as if the trauma is happening all over again. This is where the potential for re-traumatisation comes into play.
However, when it comes to treating trauma, many organisations only provide access to talking therapies via Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) or Private Medical.
Innovative techniques from the realm of energy psychology, like EFT Tapping, Havening and MAP, present powerful opportunities for addressing trauma. This is done individually or within a group setting.
A Mini Case Study!
Amidst the challenges of Covid and lockdown, we conducted mental health training for Sofology’s management team, engaging with more than 200 managers. Throughout the training, I identified five instances of PTSD among the attending managers. As a gesture of goodwill owing to the circumstances I personally met with each of the 5 managers and offered a complimentary session.
After these sessions, every single manager experienced a significant transformation. They were able to reflect on their traumatic experiences without being overwhelmed by negative emotions. Furthermore, emotions tied to guilt, blame, and shame were effectively released, leading to a noticeable shift in their emotional well-being.
🌟 Thank you very much for taking the time to meet with me yesterday. I found the session very moving. I am feeling good today, still processing the session but I do feel like a weight has been lifted, I know that sounds cliche but I do generally feel lighter. – Manager, Sofology
🌟 I really want to thank you, because I’ve had a really rough couple of days and normally I would have been all over the show with how I’m feeling and what’s going on and I would have deffo have had multiple panic attacks… but I haven’t.
It’s like I reached the point of where I would have a panic attack but it just doesn’t happen – it feels a relief. Thank you so much! Manager, Sofology
Where organisations are investing in new systems and technology, it strikes me this is the perfect time to renew how we support employees with PTSD and CPTSD.
Amidst the current wave of organisational technological advancements, there’s a golden opportunity to revolutionise how we aid employees dealing with PTSD and CPTSD.
In essence, adopting these leading-edge approaches signifies a win-win scenario where individuals find healing and employers cultivate a more compassionate and thriving work environment.
If this strikes a chord with you, We’d love to hear from you! Schedule a call now at: https://calendly.com/the-mind-solution/30-minute-meeting
Sara Maude, a seasoned solution-focused psychotherapist, Transformational Coach, Hypnotherapist, and EFT Practitioner, brings over a decade of mental health expertise to global organisations. She specialises in conducting employee wellbeing webinars and offering tailored mental health awareness training for managers. Sara’s proficiency also extends to wellbeing consultancy and wellbeing strategy, contributing significantly to the enhancement of workplace mental health and overall wellbeing.