Counselling and Trauma Therapy in Stevenage

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How we can help

We're a counselling and trauma therapy practice within easy reach of Stevenage.

We use a holistic integrative approach to help you with trauma or PTSD difficulties you might be having. We establish what you need to help you get better from trauma. We use a number of different approaches for trauma. These might include EMDR, CPT, CST and Psychotherapy.

We can help you if you are experiencing trauma or PTSD symptoms or associated difficulties of anxiety, depression, tinnitus, addiction, phobia or behavioural difficulties.

Who needs trauma therapy?

You may have experienced:

  • A one-off traumatic incident and be suffering from PTSD symptoms
  • Some developmental trauma from your childhood
  • Relational trauma and need help to process what you have been through
  • Head trauma and suffer from trauma associated tinnitus
  • A number of traumatic incidents experienced over a period of time

Trauma or PTSD symptoms

  • You feel different and disconnected from the world
  • Suffer from anxiety, depression or addiction.
  • You feel on edge or jumpy or easily startled
  • You just don't quite feel yourself
  • Avoid reminders of the traumatic incident


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UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist Matthew Alderton

Page Summary


How we can help

Who needs trauma therapy?

Who is your therapist?

What to expect from trauma therapy

Trauma therapy benefits

Experience of trauma therapy

Trauma therapies we use



Trauma Therapist Matthew Alderton


I’m Matt Alderton. I’m friendly and down to earth. I believe in a holistic approach to counselling and therapy. I enjoy and get satisfaction from people progressing in their lives.

I am a Psychotherapist accredited by The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a Counsellor and psychotherapist.

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD and Trauma.

What To Expect From Trauma Therapy


Therapy starts with a consultation. This is where we get to know each other and start to build a therapeutic bond. We get to know you and appreciate where you are and what difficulties you are having. We discuss what it is you need to help you get better using a holistic integrative approach.

Trauma Therapy & Processing

Trauma therapy and processing is based on a strong therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. We have a past present and future focus. Cause of trauma, current difficulties and a where you would like to get to. We might also work on stabilisation, grounding and psycho-education prior to processing. Processing may involve psychotherapy, EMDR therapy or Cognitive Processing Therapy.

After Processing

Once trauma is processed the natural recovery process can begin. This can be helped by further therapy to assist with associated difficulties or problems you might still be experiencing. Examples might be addiction, depression or anxiety. You might also feel that after your PTSD symptoms have reduced that you would like to concentrate on addressing topics around addiction, or re-engaging in meaningful relationships or reconnecting with life in general.

Session Format

The therapy takes place as part of a caring therapeutic relationship in a safe confidential environment on a one to one basis.
• 50 minutes
• Same time each week

Trauma Therapy Benefits

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         You will feel

  • Better understood and heard
  • Safe again in your mind and body
  • Calmer, grounded and connected
  • Reconnected with yourself and the world

          You will be able to

  • Think positively about yourself and the world
  • Find meaning in your life
  • Reflect back on a trauma without reacting to it
  • Discover inner qualities of strength and resilience

          Trauma therapy also leads to

  • PTSD symptoms cessation
  • Restoring your body back to a state of homeostasis*
  • Helping you to reconnect with yourself and others


Our Client's Experience Of Trauma Therapy

JH - St Albans

" I was apprehensive before going into trauma therapy. It has been really helpful in helping me process my trauma and move forward with my life." 

CS - Potters Bar

"I feel more self empowered following therapy, my trauma symptoms have reduced significantly and i don't get triggered anymore"

JA - Stevenage

"It felt so great being able to do something for my PTSD symptoms. This is the only therapy i have had for trauma that has impacted by symptoms positively"

Therapies we use for Trauma

EMDR Therapy

I use EMDR therapy which involves bilateral eye stimulation, auditory stimulation, or taps to help you process trauma. It is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD.

Read more about EMDR Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy

CPT involves a structured way or processing trauma through exercises and homework. It is particularly helpful for emergency workers or military personnel who have experienced trauma. 

Read more about Cognitive Processing Therapy


Psychotherapy involves making long lasting changes relating to conditions associated with PTSD. Examples might include Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Tinnitus.

Read more about Psychotherapy

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

We use CPT for members of the emergency services, armed forces and anyone who is suffering from PTSD symptoms who might benefit from aspects of a CPT approach. CPT incorporates aspects of CBT and is helpful when EMDR is not appropriate.

Read more about Cranio-Sacral Therapy


Please Get In Touch To Book Psychotherapy

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