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There are many types of trauma. There are the situations that people naturally relate to trauma when they think of the word such as sexual assault, assault, combat trauma, birth trauma, car accidents or natural disasters. However the scope of a traumatic event is much wider than this.  It can include, but is not limited to, the sudden loss of a loved one, witnessing the injury of another, loss of a pet, loss of a relationship, repercussion of a difficult relationship with parents in childhood, desire to achieve perfection, birth trauma, perinatal difficulties or events where shame is internalised. 

Everyone responds differently to trauma. In some people, it may result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is where you may have intrusive thoughts regarding traumatic events, flashbacks and nightmares that include specific details of the trauma. 

Trauma can impact your life massively and if you are suffering from symptoms for over a month, it may be helpful to seek treatment for your symptoms. I offer EMDR to help clients to reprocess the trauma and stop intrusive thoughts impacting their life.

EMDR therapy is considered an "A" level treatment for trauma, recommended by the World Health Organisation (2013) for children, adolescents and adults. EMDR is also listed as one of the PTSD treatment protocols by NICE (2018).


EMDR is a powerful healing method that has helped an estimated half million adults, young people and children, relieve many difficult symptoms resulting from trauma. It helps us to recover and move on from traumatic experiences that can vary in severity from events such as childhood abuse, suffered over many years, to single event trauma such as an accident or traumatic loss. It is a treatment of choice for trauma as recommended by NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.  EMDR therapy aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive cognitions related to the traumatic event. EMDR therapy does not involve detailed descriptions of the event, extended exposure, direct challenging of beliefs or homework. EMDR can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms, not only PTSD.

If you would like to learn more about how EMDR can help you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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"Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering." Peter Levine

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