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."
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
"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."
THREE STAGES OF RECOVERY
Stage 1: Safety & Stabilisation
Stage 2: Remembrance & Mourning
Stage 3: Reconnection & Integration
Practicing trust and connection
Developing recovery roadmap
Identifying strengths and resources
Creating self-care tool kit
Learning grounding techniques
Managing coping mechanisms
(powerlessness, sadness, anger, grief, shame)
•Connecting to unprocessed feelings at your pace
•Experience these feelings in a safe space
•Addressing unhelpful thinking and behaviour
Strengthening of true Self
Developing capacity for healthy
Developing personal and professional goals
Accepting healthy challenges
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:
Loss of a child
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
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.
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.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”
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