Be transformed by the renewing of your mind
Nobody is prepared for trauma, whether it is a major catastrophe, a serious accident, the loss of a family member, a severe personal crisis or injury. We are human beings and we actively avoid thinking about such issues. “It could never happen to me” is a normal response. Consequently, when trauma occurs, as it inevitably does at some point in all our lives, we are totally unprepared.
After trauma people often experience emotions which are unfamiliar to them and generally they feel differently about the world and others around them. Whilst there is usually some support from friends and family during the immediate aftermath it is often harder a short while later, “after all the fuss had died down.” For others, the event is forgotten, but for those involved, it is often still strongly in mind and the array of distressing feelings persist.
Did you know we hold trauma in the body?
If you have experienced trauma and are living with its consequences you will already know this.
Trauma can come back as a constant reaction that interferes with our everyday lives that makes us think we have no control over it. It can pull our strings. It can cause intrusive images, thoughts, nightmares, depression and anxiety. It can negatively impact our body, our emotions, our behaviour.
The good news is that there is a powerful psychological therapy that can help you process trauma.
EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment. A wealth of research has demonstrated its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, childhood sexual abuse/ physical abuse or neglect or natural disaster.
EMDR is for people who have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or trauma in the context of other presentations. This means that something that took place in the past, and which was very disturbing, gets replayed as if it is still happening in the present –for example, through flashbacks or nightmares, unwanted thoughts, images and sensations. This can make you feel anxious and constantly on guard and may lead you to avoid situations which trigger the memories.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.
What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. CBT offers a range of therapies based on concepts
and principles derived from psychological models of human emotion and behaviour. They include a wide range of treatment approaches for emotional disorders, along a continuum from structured individual psychotherapy to self-help material.
I feel like a diﬀerent person. I am eternally grateful. I might not have been here but for this service. I didn’t think at the start that it would work, EMDR is weird but it 100% deﬁnitely works
I have never felt like this before. My self conﬁdence is through the roof. My family have seen the diﬀerence in me
I am no longer experiencing anxiety. My driving is back to normal and I feel much more comfortable and no longer experience panic. I no longer feel depressed and am now much more happier after EMDR
His PTSD led him to get ﬁred from work, we almost lost our home as a result...It’s been very much a battle along the way. To have this treatment (EMDR) has brought peace to our house and the level of support totally outweighs everything
I just want to say thank you. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t had the CBT sessions. I’m still practising the techniques you taught me and I’m not being dramatic when I say it’s really changed my life. I’ve still got a way to go but I feel I can do it now
My goals have deﬁnitely been achieved in the last six months. I have an understanding of myself and how to relax and regain strength, I have regained conﬁdence to live life to the full. I have learned how to tap into my own strengths when things get tough
ABOUT THE THERAPIST
Wendy Edge has over twenty years experience of working with clients with trauma, anxiety and depression. She has also worked as CEO of a community rehabilitation centre for people recovering from acquired brain injury and long-term neurological conditions for twenty eight years.
Accredited EMDR practitioner with EMDR, Europe
Accredited CBT Therapist with the BABCP
Masters degree in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies.
EMDR, CBT, Schema Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Action Learning Facilitator, Hypnotherapy