We all use the word trauma in everyday language to mean a highly stressful event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope.

trauma helped by Richard Wain and Flourish Programme Dartford, Gravesend, Kent Cressinghams

Young girl traumatised by war

While I am writing about psychological effects it’s effects are clearly physiological as well. But it is an individual’s subjective experience that determines whether an event is traumatic or not.

Psychological trauma is the unique to each person’s experience of the event or enduring conditions, in which:

They subjectively perceive how great a threat is to their life, bodily or sanity and if their emotional experience is overwhelming.

Put another way: it is the experience of the survivor.

You could have two people, who have the same horrible event happen to them. Person A could be quite traumatised but Person B remains relatively unperturbed.

So, a traumatic event creates a psychological trauma when it overwhelms that person’s ability to cope. They can feel emotionally, cognitively, and physically swamped and unable to cope.

It includes responses to powerful one-time incidents like:

  • accidents
  • natural disasters
  • crimes and street violence
  • surgeries
  • deaths
  • violent events
  • repetitive experiences such as child abuse, neglect
  • combat
  • concentration camps
  • battering relationships as adults
  • enduring deprivation.


One-off Events

Single shocking events can certainly produce traumatic reactions in some people:

  • Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, volcanoes, etc.

    traum can be sorted in a few sessions of hpnotherapy datrford richard wain

    Man suffering physical and mental trauma due to an accident at work

  • Car, train and plane crashes, chemical spills, nuclear failures, etc.
  • Accidents at home or work

Man-Made Violence

  • War and political violence
  • Human rights abuses
  • Criminal violence
  • Rape
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sadistic abuse

Who Are Trauma Survivors?

Because violence is everywhere in our culture and because the effects of violence and neglect are widespread; trauma does not discriminate.

Survivors are all: genders, ages, races, classes, sizes, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities.  There has been a cultural gender bias leading to an under-recognition of male trauma survivors, which has made it difficult for these men to get the help they need.

What are the Effects of Trauma?

  • substance dependence and abuse
  • personality disorders (especially borderline personality disorder)
  • depression
  • anxiety (including post traumatic stress disorder)
  • dissociative disorders
  • eating disorders

Plus many more

The Flourish Programme is to be used instead of or alongside the standard conventional treatments for abuse and trauma support. I will never suggest stopping any form of treatment.

Flourish Hypnotherapy Treatment Sessions

Flourish Hypnotherapy by Richard Wain

Flourish Hypnotherapy is Phase 1 of the Flourish Programme. It can get people where they need to be in just 2-3 sessions.

The Flourish Programme is in 2 phases – Phase 1: Working on the immediate problems using Flourish Hypnotherapy.

Phase 2: Life Builder© to provide ongoing support until recovery is complete. (Optional – not all people need this).

What happens in a session

The Flourish Programme is an amazingly effective and empowering way to significantly improve your situation.

  • You will connect to the real you – the person before the trauma happened.
  • You will be able to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself, enabling you to live a happier and positive life.
  • You will be able to remember the abuse occurred but not have all that negative clutter associated with it.

Most people can work through their problems in 3 hours of Flourish Hypnotherapy, some people may need a session or so of Life Builder afterwards.

Please note. I do not regress people to remember abuse and trauma events, unless someone specifically asks for it. I will use a very radid form of hypnotic regression based on Flourish principles. It does not take several weeks it is normal to complete it in 3-4 sessions over 2 weeks.