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Trauma Therapy

 

Healing Mind, Body and Spirit!

"Being traumatised means continuing organising your life, as if trauma was still going on  unchanged and immutable - as every new encounter or event is contaminated by the past" Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma


Understanding Trauma

Trauma is a unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions that are disturbing or non-nurturing, in which a person's ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed, or they experience a threat to life, bodily integrity or sanity. A traumatic event or experience can have a long lasting psychological impact on the individual, resulting in the loss of functions, such as maintaining a job or relationships.


It is important to recognise that the mind's inability to integrate traumatic experiences when there was not enough emotional and other support available is a natural and necessary response, a coping mechanism,  to a situation that could not be changed and/or avoided. Trying to survive those experiences and not knowing consciously just how traumatising they were is therefore an appropriate response at the time, as it enables the sufferer to survive.

 

However, the coping mechanism that was developed in response to trauma, often becomes a problem in living a functioning, wholehearted life, as the feelings, thoughts and bodily responses to the trauma are still needing the attention and healing that wasn't possible or available at the time. Treating trauma involves becoming more concious of the traumatic experiences, and being able to accurately name and make sense of how they affected the trauma survivor at the time and continue to impact on their life now. Therapy helps the trauma survivor change the beliefs that they internalised from the traumatic experience(s), learn to self-regulate and discover new coping mechanisms.


We treat the folowing types of trauma:


> Single-incident trauma

> Relational trauma

> Complex trauma

> Transgenerational trauma


Sumptoms of Trauma

Symptoms of trauma can include:

> Addiction

> Anxiety Disorder

> Depression

> Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

> Personality and Mood Disorders

> Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

> Eating Disorders

> Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

> Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder (CSBD)


Trauma Therapy

It is important to recognise that the mind's inability to integrate traumatic experiences when there was not enough emotional and other support available is a natural and necessary response, a coping mechanism,  to a situation that could not be changed and/or avoided. Trying to survive those experiences and not knowing consciously just how traumatising they were is therefore an appropriate response at the time, as it enables the child to survive.

 

However, the coping mechanism that was developed in response to trauma, often becomes a problem in living a functioning, wholehearted life, as the feelings, thoughts and bodily responses to the trauma are still needing the attention and healing that wasn't possible or available at the time. Treating trauma involves becoming more concious of the traumatic experiences, and being able to accurately name and make sense of how they affected the trauma survivor at the time and continue to impact on their life now. Therapy helps the trauma survivor change the beliefs that they internalised from the traumatic experience(s), learn to self-regulate and discover new coping mechanisms.

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Our approach is holistic and it combines conventional therapies, creative and body based approaches, as well as  neuroscience. Our approach is consistent with the three phase model of The International Society for the Study of Trauma (ISSTD):

 

1. Symptom reduction and regulation

2. Processing traumatic memories

3. Consolidation and integration

 

Our programme includes individual, couples, group and family therapy, and a bespoke combination of:

 

  • Psychodrama
  • Art therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Restorative pilates
  • Bowen technique
  • Nutritional therapy


Find our more

 

If you would like to discuss your therapy options with a member of our staff, give us a call on 08001934551 today or send us an email info@tree-of-life-clinic.com.


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 Healing Mind, Body & Spirit


 a: 17 Percy Street, W1T 1DU

 t: 08001934551

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