Trauma & PTSD

Experiencing any trauma creates challenges and difficulties for the survivor. Trauma experienced in childhood can be particularly impactful because it happens when you are more vulnerable.

"No intervention that takes power away from the survivor

can possibly foster recovery—no matter how much it appears to be in their own best interest."

Judith Herman


Experienced trauma therapist

I have considerable experience of working with trauma. I have worked in a specialist service with survivors of sexual violence and CSA as both a therapist and as a manager. I also undertook post graduate study in trauma after qualifying as a counsellor. However, the most important aspect of working with trauma is to build a strong relationship between myself and the client where you can feel safe and we can build trust.

TRAUMA INFORMED PRINCIPLES

Safety

Trustworthiness

Collaboration

Choice

Empowerment

"The effects of all types of abuse and neglect in childhood play a key role in developing mental, emotional, social

and physical health difficulties over a person’s life span."

NAPAC

THREE STAGES OF RECOVERY

Stage 1: Safety & Stabilisation

Stage 2: Remembrance & Mourning

Stage 3: Reconnection & Integration


Safety & Stabilisation

Practicing trust and connection

Developing recovery roadmap

Identifying strengths and resources

Creating self-care tool kit

Psycho-education

Learning grounding techniques

Managing coping mechanisms

Remembrance & Mourning

•Normalising feelings

(powerlessness, sadness, anger, grief, shame)

•Connecting to unprocessed feelings at your pace

•Experience these feelings in a safe space

•Rightsizing trauma

•Mourning losses

•Addressing unhelpful thinking and behaviour

Reconnection & Integration

Integrating memories

Strengthening of true Self

Developing capacity for healthy

attachment

Developing personal and professional goals 

Accepting healthy challenges

Self-determined living

What types of trauma do I work with?

The principles when working with any type of trauma are broadly similar. However, there will be differences based on the type of trauma experience, the age you were when it happened and what support you did or didn't get.

Types of trauma:

Sexual violence

Childhood abuse

Bullying

Domestic Violence

Coercive control

Emotional neglect

Physical neglect

Attachment trauma

Birth trauma

Loss of a child

Miscarriage

Vicarious trauma through work

War / conflict

Accidents - work, car, home

Loss of limbs

Serious ill health / health conditions

Sexuality or Gender

Adoption / loss of parent


My location

I work close to the city centre at Foxhall Lodge on Gregory Boulevard, opposite the Forest Recreation ground, NG7 6LH.

There is free parking available and it is has good public transport links - both bus & tram.


Fees & availability

Therapy sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £55 per session. Couples sessions are £70 and last one hour.

Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash or by bank transfer.


Get in touch


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how therapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07495061545 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services. Please read my Privacy Notice for more on this.


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