Trauma is defined as the painful and distressing emotional response to an extremely negative event. It is characterised by an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or control the emotions involved. The effects of trauma, if left untreated, can often become so severe that they interfere with the ability to function normally and to live a regular life.

At Riverview Manor we provide a safe and controlled environment that treats the stress and dysfunction caused by traumatic experiences, focusing on equipping our clients with the skills vital to restoring their emotional well-being.

Signs of trauma

Initial signs of trauma commonly include shaking and disorientation. Sufferers may appear withdrawn or distant, often not responding to conversation as they normally would.

People react in different ways following a traumatic event, usually experiencing a range of emotional and physical reactions. It is important to remember that there is no “correct” way to deal with trauma. Each person react differently and should not feel ashamed or judged by it.

After traumatic events it is common to have recurring and unwanted memories of the experience. These usually involve flashbacks, nightmares or environmental triggers such as sounds or images. Because of this, anxiety and panic attacks are often associated with trauma.

Emotional symptoms of trauma

Common emotional symptoms include:

  • Shock, disbelief or denial
  • Shame, guilt or self-blame
  • Anger or sudden outbursts
  • Feeling of hopelessness or sadness
  • Anxiety, fear or panic
  • Social withdrawal
  • Feeling of disconnect or numbness

Physical symptoms of trauma

Physical symptoms include:

  • Nightmares or insomnia
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Being startled easily
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Agitation

Is self-assessment possible?

While there are a number of online assessments available for trauma, we highly recommend professional assessment over self-assessment. Sufferers, or their concerned loved ones, are often unintentionally biased, while professionals are both qualified and trained to remain objective.

If you would like more information about trauma, or wish to enrol in Riverview’s programme, you can contact us on 033 710 1911. You can also click here to contact a medical professional.


Treatment involves facing and resolving the unbearable emotions and memories attached to the traumatic event. The unhealthy coping strategies often associated with the avoidance of the event can lead to severe short-term and long-term problems if not treated.

Why choose Riverview Manor?

Riverview Manor provides a comfortable and secure place where you can escape, unwind and heal. At our beautiful clinic you are understood, nurtured and aided while on your road to recovery.

We offer individual, as well as group therapy sessions and activities that facilitate a process of empowerment which utilises our client’s strengths, motivation and willingness to recover.

Our adapted 12-step programme deals with a number of common symptoms of trauma, offered as a tool to allow a healthier response to negative emotions.

At Riverview Manor we take a holistic approach to treatment and recovery, offering a wide selection of activities. These include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • 12-Step Programme
  • Life Skills
  • Crafts
  • Medical Lectures
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Psycho Education such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Spirituality Recreation
  • Physical Activities

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