The Horsforth Centre

Trauma Therapy

Traumatic events, whether singular or ongoing can overwhelm our ability to cope with everyday life and lead us to question our beliefs around safety and trust. When a person suffers psychological trauma, they often struggle to understand the events and the strong feelings evoked. Often, these feelings pass in time and the trauma is processed by the brain just as it does other events.
Unfortunately this doesn't always happen and the individual continues to experience difficulty. This is when professional help should be sought.
Symptoms of trauma vary from person to person. They can include:
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Despair
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Dissociation (Emotional detachment)
  • Re-enactment of the trauma physically and mentally
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks and upsetting memories
Sufferers may experience some or all of these symptoms.
Causes of psychological trauma are many and include:
  • Violence
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Witnessing abuse or violence
  • Threat of abuse or violence
  • Witnessing/being involved in an attack
  • Catastrophic events (earthquake, war, terrorism, flooding etc)
  • Accidents (car, plane or train crash, explosion)
This list is by no means exhaustive.

How it works

Trauma therapy gives you the opportunity to explore the event itself, as well as the short-term and long-term impact on your life. During the initial session, we will explore the best way forward with you to determine how best to support you. This could either be a course of Trauma Therapy, or a couple of the more intensive sessions called The Rewind Technique.
The Rewind Technique is a specific way of working with trauma which involves helping the brain to process the event in a way which is no longer troubling to the sufferer. This can take place as part of longer term therapy, or as a one off session.
Throughout the therapeutic process, the therapist will work alongside you to understand how the trauma has touched your life. The environment we provide here in Horsforth is very welcoming, safe and professional. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace, revealing as much or as little of the events as you feel appropriate.

How many sessions will you need?

This will be discussed with you in an initial meeting and a number of sessions will be agreed. To enable you to get an idea of how the therapy is going, we can agree to review our work at regular intervals.

Who at The Horsforth Centre provides Trauma Therapy

Lucie Stephenson, Michelle Pittam and Andy Williams can all provide Trauma Therapy. Just click on their names to follow the link through to their page which explains more about how they work as Trauma Therapists.

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