Welcome To The Trauma Practice

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The Trauma Practice

A private counselling and psychotherapy practice providing therapy for mental health difficulties.

I offer Psychotherapy, Eye movement desensitisation & reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Body psychotherapy.

We have two physical locations. One in Paddington London and the other in Cuffley Hertfordshire. We also offer online therapy.

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Matthew Alderton

MA, BSc, Dip, Dip Psych - Counsellor, Psychotherapist & EMDR Practitioner.

Welcome to The Trauma Practice. We provide psychological help for mental health difficulties. The therapy I offer includes: counselling, psychotherapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and body psychotherapy. Within these therapies I might utilise a number of different modalities to support you with your difficulty.

I appreciate that having a mental health problem can be a difficult time. We aim to support you and help you restore homeostasis and balance back into your life. I look forward to hearing from you.


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We use person centred counselling and psychotherapy to help clients achieve their goals. Talking therapies can help with self empowerment and achieving long lasting goals. All of the therapy we offer is underpinned by a holistic integrative approach.  

EMDR therapy


EMDR is an acronym which stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy. It is the leading evidence based treatment for trauma and PTSD. It is a type of psychotherapy which helps with the mind and the body.  

Body psychotherapy

Body Psychotherapy

Body psychotherapy is a way of working with the body in relation to psychological difficulties. The mind and body are connected so it makes sense to work on both in relation to psychological difficulties especially when working with trauma.

'Experiencing a mental health difficulty is not a choice but making a decision to get help for your recovery is.'
The Trauma Practice

Mental Health Difficulties We Help With


Experiencing an event as traumatic can evoke a negative emotional and cognitive response. Trauma symptoms might include difficulties in emotional regulation, sense of self, navigating relationships and issues around safety.

Trauma Therapy


Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder someone might experience as a result of living through a traumatic situation. PTSD symtoms might include hypersrousal, intrusions, moods and negative thoughts.

PTSD Treatment


Anxiety is a psychological difficulrty characterised by a sense of unease, impending doom, or worry. This is based on the anticipation of danger which can be internal or external. e.g. general anxiety disorder.

Anxiety Therapy

Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a mental health disorder characterised by persistant disturbance in eating behaviour and associated distressing thoughts and emotions. An example is anorexia bulimia or binge eating disorder. 

Eating Disorder Therapy


Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health disorder where someone experiences persistant thoughts (obsessions) and or behaviours (compulsions/rituals) to neutralise the obsessions. 

OCD Therapy


Tinnitus is the experience of a sound in one or both ears which is not caused by an external sound source. Tinnitus is closely associated with hearing loss but can also be caused by stress, trauma and hearing conditions. 

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

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Tinnitus habituation might be described as the holy grail for tinnitus sufferers. For those in a traumatised state after the early onset of tinnitus it is a term which could be triggering and never have felt more out of reach. For those of us who have habituated to tinnitus it is a term we understand … Read more

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Christmas time can be a mixed bag of experience for different people. Although we might have time off, work pressures can be replaced by pressure to buy presents for family and friends, hosting a Christmas get together, or being expected to join in with the festivities when you are not religious or of a Christian … Read more

PTSD Myths Explained

PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a disorder which might be experienced following a particularly stressful event or events. PTSD symptoms can be intrusive and very difficult to live with. Experiencing trauma does not mean that you will get PTSD and most people recover without help from a traumatic incident. It is important … Read more

Mental Health & Exercise

The Greek physician Hippocrates once said: ‘Walking is man’s best medicine’. 470-360 BC. Have we forgotten the benefits of exercise? Mental health is influenced by a number of factors including personal circumstances, upbringing, work and family life, personal experience, family history, friends, sleep and diet. It is also influenced by exercise. In order to function … Read more

What Is The Difference Between PTSD & Complex-PTSD?

PTSD is an acronym which stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. C-PTSD stands for Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What is PTSD? PTSD describes a stress related disorder following exposure to a traumatic event or events. When we experience a trauma, we try to adapt and integrate our experience of the trauma. We might experience trauma symptoms … Read more

PTSD & Brain Fog

What is Brain Fog? Brain fog is a loose term which describes a feeling of mental fatigue. It can occur if you are experiencing chronic stress, chronic fatigue, post -traumatic stress disorder or have had a recent traumatic experience. Brain Fog Symptoms Your brain fog symptoms might include one or all of the following: Feeling … Read more

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The best way of reaching us is via our contact form at the below link. We look forward to receiving your therapy request.