Contents tagged with Trauma

  • This thing called "Acceptance"

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Even though I ‘teach’ acceptance as a skill, it’s something that I have sometimes struggled with myself; to ‘accept’ some of life’s events. When I hear about some of the things that my clients have been through, are going through and might continue to face, I’m sometimes amazed at how they keep going. 

    So I thought I’d try to learn more about it. Marsha Linehan coined the term “ …

  • How to cope with traumatic memories

    OK, so now we have some idea as to why our past feels like our present, but what do we do about it?!

    When experiencing some of the effects of trauma such as intense fear, anger, nightmares, and flashbacks, it can be difficult to stay focussed on the present, what is going on around us. Our thinking goes ‘off line’ while the brain goes into protection mode (the fight-flight-freeze stuff we talked about in the last blog.  These can sometimes lead us to cope in ways that might …

  • Why does my past feel like my present?

    Why do I sometimes feel like I’m six years old again when I’m scared? Why am I still so distressed by something that happened years ago? These are questions I often get asked in my practice. Well, research has indicated that this is due to the way our brains function and how the memories from the past are stored. To help explain, I want to borrow the example that Francine Shapiro uses in her book: ‘Getting past your past’ (Shapiro, 2012).  So, think of the sentence: …

  • EMDR

      EMDR, trauma, phobias, PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


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    What is EMDR?

    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro, an American Clinical Psychologist in the 198 …

  • Trauma / PTSD

      Trauma, PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR

    If you have experienced something traumatic whether it be in the past or more recently, you may be struggling with upsetting memories, emotions or feeling a constant sense of danger. When bad things happen, it can be difficult to overcome them however, with the right support it is possible to move forward whatever the trauma and whenever it happened. 

    What is classed as a ‘trauma’ is very individual but examples might be witnessing or being in an accident, a natural disaster, …

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    Psychological Therapy Tailored to You

    Everybody goes through periods in their life where things feel difficult, or bad things happen. Sometimes we get through these just fine, but there are times we need a little extra help. Whether it is low mood, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, struggling to cope with the day to day or feeling overwhelmed by difficult emotions. Understandably, these difficulties can sometimes make it …