Trauma

Clients sometimes present with the after-effects of
traumatic events in their lives; these may be recent:
perhaps a road traffic accident, or an assault; or
they may be very old: perhaps a childhood incident
or pattern of abuse. In such cases, they may
experience vivid flashbacks or find themselves
preoccupied with these events, and may struggle in
their everyday lives and relationships. They may
even have received a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) from a psychiatrist. I can
offer two well-researched and attested ways of
working with this type of distress;

1) Trauma-Focused CBT is an approach which
allows the client to explore with me the traumatic
event and the implications for their lives now. It
involves a process called Reframing in Reliving; an
intense and powerful technique which has an
impressive record for facilitating improvement.

2) EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing) is a technique which depends upon
the client been helped to access the memories of
the traumatic experience which are still replaying
almost as though they were occurring currently
rather than historically. Through confronting these
experiences in the safety and support of the therapy
session, the client learns to process them into their
rightful place in the memory and manage the
appropriate residual emotions. EMDR, too, has a
well-researched record for helping with these
difficult experiences.