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Trauma Therapy

What is Trauma Therapy?
 

Treatment developed to assist people in coping with the effects that come from experiencing trauma. The trauma may have occurred at any point in the individual’s life and may have occurred once or many times.

Trauma therapy is not just talking. It is an active therapy and has a past, present and future focus. You should expect to work with a therapist to develop and practice coping strategies such as grounding, you will then spend time actively processing your trauma, finally you will work on reconnecting with others and with your life and developing strategies to cope with future stressful events and potential triggers.

What I offer

My work draws on psychological and neuropsychological perspectives to make sense of and manage pain, and the impact it has on emotions and life more generally.

Just as persistent pain can cause stress, frustration, and distress, equally stress (particularly long-term and severe stress) has an impact on our physical bodies and nervous systems, which can result in the increased likelihood of pain sticking around, or worsening.

In therapy I will work with you to build an understanding of your experience of pain by looking at not only the physical factors, but the wider context (stress, difficult thoughts and emotions, past experiences, what you have tried). Together, we can look at ways to lessen the impact of pain and improve your psychological well-being.

In therapy, some of the things I offer are:

  • A compassionate space to explore your experience of pain and the impact it has had on your life, and sense of who you are.

  • Provide information on what persistent pain is (based on best current evidence), bust myths, and reduce uncertainty.

  • Support you in building effective skills and strategies to manage pain, emotions and thoughts, and reduce flare-ups using evidence-based approaches.

  • Where relevant, explore the role of chronic stress and psychological trauma, which may include processing these experiences.

  • Explore how stress interacts with pain, and ways to manage this.

  • Focus on what is important to you and support you in reconnecting with things that you may feel you have lost.

  • Manage adjustments to activity levels, work, relationships, and roles, including navigating loss or grief.

Rather than trying to 'fix' or 'get rid' of pain (which most people tell me they have tried a lot, with little success!) I work alongside you to reduce distress and manage emotions, thoughts, and pain, more effectively. Ultimately aiming to bring you a more meaningful life, with reduced suffering.  Many people find that through this,  pain reduces and doesn't "get in the way" so much, and in some cases can experience pain-free living. Please note, I do not offer medication, medical scans, or tests.

You can find more information on what to expect from therapy more broadly, here.

Fees

Sessions are typically charged between £80-£100 per session*, but may vary dependent on the type of work. Sessions usually last an hour.

* I offer a limited number of discounted rate therapy sessions for those on a low income. I cannot guarantee this facility but please contact me to discuss further. 

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