Understanding Trauma and PTSD

Causes, Impact and Management

A traumatic event is something that threatens a person’s life or safety, or the lives of people around them. It’s an experience that is stressful and has a significant impact on your emotional state and subsequent life experiences. Very simply, a traumatic event can explode your beliefs about personal safety and leave a you with deep questions regarding your wellbeing, your future and control over your life.

Many trauma survivors have incredible resilience, however many struggle from day to day with their health, wellbeing, emotions, relationships, and sense of self and identity. Complex trauma affects not only its victims but those close to them – family, friends and the workplace as well as the children they go on to have.

Research has established that trauma is a major public health problem. Yet within current systems it is frequently unrecognised, unacknowledged, and unaddressed. Many of those affected have been inadvertently re-traumatised in systems of care lacking the requisite knowledge and training around the sensitivities, vulnerabilities and triggers of trauma survivors.

Personal Recovery

We know what it's like to feel isolated, misunderstood, left out, disconnected and generally alone.


Despite the vast numbers of adults affected by trauma, most organisations do not know how to identify, support or respond to staff appropriately.


Trauma has a huge impact on how you think about yourself and relate to yourself and a profoundly negative impact on your relationships.

Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

Survivors of Violence and Crime

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a group of stress reactions that can develop after you experience a traumatic event which threatened your life or safety. This could be a serious car accident, physical violence or sexual assault, war or torture, or disasters such as bushfires or floods. PTSD can happen after one extremely traumatic event, or after repeated exposure to trauma and sometimes after witnessing a devastating and traumatic event.

Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)

Can you unscramble eggs?

Post-traumatic growth (PTG) describes how people who endure severe adversity and trauma can often discover a new and richer life meaning. PTG can be confused with resilience, but the two are quite different. Many trauma survivors feel their experiences helped them become better human beings than they would ever have been without it. They deviated radically from their previous path and, on the way, converted the worst thing that happened to them into the best.

Speaking, Writing and Training Programs

Events, workshops and tools to inspire, heal and develop skills: Intense and clear calls to action on overcoming trauma, PTSD, loss and violence, developing leadership, creating trauma aware organisations, building peer support, and taking responsbility. Challenging and inspiring you to use the good and the bad life experiences to live with deeper happiness and meaning.