Our trauma therapy is designed to assist anybody suffering from Trauma, PTSD symptoms or the associated conditions of Anxiety, Depression, or Addiction. No matter what your background is or how old you are, our Trauma Practice in both London & Hertfordshire is here to support you. Contact us today for more information or if you would like to book a consultation.
Here at The Trauma Practice, we use an integrative it is an integrative approach to our therapy. This means that we use more than one approach for helping someone who has experienced trauma difficulties or PTSD symptoms.
Who might need trauma therapy?
- You may have experienced a one-off traumatic incident and be suffering from PTSD symptoms.
- You may have experienced some developmental trauma from your childhood which you feel able to address
- You may have experienced relational trauma and need some help to process what you have been through
- You feel different and your feel disconnected from the world or feel like you are no longer able to experience fun in life
- You have experienced head trauma and suffer from trauma associated tinnitus
- You are suffering from anxiety, depression or addiction as a result of overwhelming experience in life
What to expect from trauma therapy?
In trauma therapy we have a past present and future focus. We help you process and understand your past difficulties, learn to engage with the present and enable you to develop the resources for the future through self-empowerment.
The first session which you attend will be an assessment. This enables us to understand you in a holistic way and enables you to tell us what you are having difficulty with. We then work together to decide the best approach for you and ways in which you might like to work.
Our trauma therapy prioritises safety, stabilisation and psycho-education as a main focus before processing of any trauma can take place.
We usually use EMDR for trauma processing if appropriate. If this option is not appropriate, we use other ways to process your trauma. These might include Narrative Exposure, Pendulation techniques and Cognitive Processing therapy.
Post processing trauma therapy might include a change in focus. We might look at associated conditions including depression, stress, anxiety and tinnitus. 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.
What is the format of a therapy session?
Each session is fifty minutes long and will take place at the same time each week. The therapy takes place as part of a caring therapeutic relationship in a safe confidential environment on a one to one basis.
What are the Benefits of Trauma Therapy?
- Feel understood and heard
- Feel safe again in your mind and body
- Feeling grounded and connected
- PTSD symptoms cessation
- Enables you to reflect back on a trauma without reacting to it
- Restores your body back to a state of homeostasis
- Calms the mind
- Helps you to reconnect with yourself and others
- Discover inner qualities of strength and resilience
- Think positively about yourself and the world
- Find meaning in your life
Trauma Therapy Benefits
Our trauma therapy can help you integrate the trauma experience you have had into your life in a congruent safe way.
A trauma or multiple traumas might make you feel like disconnecting from other people and withdraw. You may not feel like yourself. EMDR treatment can help you to reconnect with loved ones and feel like you are back to your old self.
The experience of trauma can make you feel unsafe and unbalanced. Trauma therapy will help to restore you back to homeostasis so you feel safe in your body.
Ability to Relax
Be able to experience a balanced relaxed state again following the traumatic experience.
Trauma is often at the root of secondary difficulties like depression and anxiety. Processing trauma enables you to get to the root of associated difficulties.
Feel calm again in the mind and the body. Regain the ability to calm and quieten your internal dialogue.
BSc, MA, Dip, Dip Psych
Hello my name is Matthew Alderton. I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a Counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a Psychotherapist accredited by The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD and Trauma. I specialise in the treatment of PTSD, Trauma, Trauma Associated Tinnitus and the associated conditions of Anxiety, Depression and Addiction.
I work in a holistic way using an integrated psychotherapeutic approach. This includes Psychotherapy, Body Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
I like to see people make progress in therapy and in their lives. I am down to earth and friendly enabling you to feel safe to process your difficulties. I’m pleased to offer a range of PTSD treatments in London & Hertfordshire.
Trauma Therapies We Use
Trauma Therapy FAQ's
How Long Does Trauma Therapy Last?
Each person is different in relation to their recovery journey. Some people start to experience benefits from trauma therapy after a couple of sessions whilst others take longer. The length of your recovery journey depends on a number of different factors including: the level of trauma, background, psychological stability and work completed outside sessions. If you have experienced complex trauma the journey of recovery is longer, and a psychotherapy approach is used as well as the above ways to assist a client.
What Happens In A Trauma Therapy Session?
Trauma therapy might involve a period of stabilisation, grounding and psycho-education. We explore your difficulties and decide the best way forward together. Trauma therapy often involves trauma processing in a non intrusive safe way. We usually use EMDR therapy to achieve this.
What My Clients Have Said Following Trauma Therapy
"I no longer feel traumatised or unsafe. When I stepped out of my house my legs felt like that of a sparrow. I feel strong and stable today"
"I no longer experience flashbacks or intrusive nightmares"
"I have been able to reconnect with myself and the people who mean the world to me."
"I don' feel like my traumatic experience defines me like it once did. I am able to move on with the rest of my life"