Trauma is real and it can be a powerful influence in disturbing your ability to be happy, to commit or to feel secure. And although many believe it to be an over-used description of ordinary life events, and in some instances this may be true, unresolved trauma can also profoundly undermine your quality of life, years after the event.
Often presenting as a physical symptom that can include aches and pains, tics, OCD type behaviours and depressive symptoms, many people report having tried various medicines and other possible solutions before coming into therapy. Sometimes these include self-medicating, that in itself has then become a problem, perhaps even an addiction or other self-destructive patterns of behaviour.
At CHARTER we will properly assess you if you are struggling or think you are suffering from a symptom of trauma. Our experience is that a trauma response. or a trauma reaction is distinct and can be diagnosed and treated as well as any physical symptom. The first step is to take a thorough history of your life with an experienced therapist who will listen closely to your experiences and advise you from there.
If you’ve had an accident, been bullied, assaulted or betrayed or perhaps you have suffered sudden ill health or a bereavement, often the trauma manifests as profound anxiety born of a loss of control and a deep sense that you are not safe. At other times we meet people who have had difficult childhoods with traumatic events or neglect embedded in their developmental experience which may have been buried for years.
Taking the time to feel safe enough to work through these life experiences can be challenging but you should also know that most people describe the journey as deeply rewarding and enriching. The therapy work we do at CHARTER is evidence based, and the therapists are well trained and experienced in treating trauma in individual therapy, in the Trauma Dissociation and Recovery Group and in intensive weekend workshops using trauma treatment models such as EMDR, focussing techniques, mindfulness and Pia Mellody’s ‘Survivors’ model. Readmore +
A thorough assessment with an experienced therapist is the first essential step to successful treatment. At CHARTER it is free of charge, and lasts up to 90 minutes. In this session you will feel heard, perhaps for the first time, and be able to ask questions and discuss your options and your needs so that you are clear on your next steps.
A persistent lack of interest in life, extreme patterns in relationships, also in appetite, headaches, disabling back pain, depression, low self-esteem, powerful feelings of shame, marked loss or increase in sex drive, irrational angry outbursts, impatience, sleeplessness, tearfulness. This list is not exhaustive so if you feel there is something that doesn’t feel right and that you would like to explore please do make contact so we can arrange an assessment for you.
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can make an appointment with our assessment team using our Enquiry Form or simply give us a call so that we can discuss your treatment options and how we can help you or a member of your family.
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