What is meant by Psychological Trauma?
‘A deeply distressing or disturbing experience’.
This can be experienced as a single event or repeated events over a prolonged period of time.
Psychological trauma can be experienced differently by each individual; what may distress one person may not another. I aim to work with each person and their individual experiences in a non-judgemental, person-centred way.
Examples from which psychological trauma may arise;
Bullying, serious accidents, being informed you have a chronic or life threatening illness, loss and grief, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, natural or man-made disasters.
Individuals may sometimes not recognise/acknowledge their experience as traumatic and I often hear ‘I just got on with life’. Often over a period of time the individual may develop symptoms e.g. anxiety, depression, anger or emotional numbing, they may use negative ways to manage their distress (e.g. alcohol, drugs, risk taking behaviour) which may lead them to seek psychological support. I work with helping the individual manage their present day symptoms, develop positive ways of coping and only when they feel ready, I begin to work with the individual to process the emotional distress from their traumatic event.
What is Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)?
EMDR is a therapy technique designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed and EMDR is one way to do this.
What can I expect as a client?
Firstly I would encourage you to contact me by telephone or email and ask any questions you may have, I am happy to discuss them with you. If you then feel you would like to book an appointment I can do this the same way – via telephone, email or text. I recognise that the first meeting can be difficult for an individual, perhaps feeling highly anxious and I try and make it as relaxing as possible. This meeting is to gain an understanding of what you would like from therapy, gather information on your difficulties and begin to form a therapeutic relationship. The further number of sessions will be discussed at the end of this session. I hope you feel able to reach out and make that first step and I will look forward to meeting you if you do.