Trauma Therapy

Trauma/ Traumatic Stress/ PTSD/ Complex PTSD/ Developmental Trauma and Addictions/Dependecy

I have an interest in alleviating the impact of trauma from one’s life.  

You may have experienced trauma, or had experiences where your caregivers were often frightening or frightened.  Trauma can be defined as an event, or series of events, in which you felt threatened, overwhelmed and powerless, resulting in a whole range of distressing symptoms such as flashbacks, poor sleep, anxiety or depression, chronic aches and pains, and withdrawal from friends and family.

You may wish to access therapy as you experiencing these above direct symptoms relating to your traumatic experiences, or you are struggling with symptoms that do not link directly back to the traumatic experience, such as you are left with aches, pains, muscle tension, shaking, seeminlgly unrelated overwhelming sensations, intrusive thoughts or impulses to act in certain ways.

To develop my competence in trauma therapy I have undertaken further training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Trauma Focused CBT.

I often work with people with high levels of shame and self-criticism, as well as additional difficulties such as harmful drug or alcohol use, addicitions, with dependence and/or deliberate self-injury and other behaviours that are harmful. These are often linked with past traumatic experiences or attachment injuries (sexual, emotional, physical abuse or neglect; experience or witness to domestic abuse or attachment/relational trauma). Therapy is also often beneficial for family members, who may struggle with issues of co-dependency, often left feeling helpless and powerless.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is based on the latest research in neuroscience and works with the physical and psychological effects of both trauma and developmental injuries. It is a mindfulness-based body-focussed approach (it does not include touch).

Given that our bodies hold both the memory of our experiences and the wisdom for healing and transformation, sensorimotor psychotherapy is more effective than traditional talking therapies. Because this approach works from bottom-up processing trauma memories, there is much less need to talk about all the ins and out and details of the experience and therefore there is less likelihood of being retraumatised or a re-experiencing of trauma in the session.

It is a gentle trauma therapy approach yet one with the potential to offer a powerful and positive effect on calming and regulating the nervous system and our physiological and psychological functioning and wellbeing.