Supporting Trauma healing is a very personal and individual process. We are all different and the way we have been impacted, how we have adapted to survive and what is the best way forward for each of us individually, will depend on many factors -there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Ultimately, each participant is learning what they need to feel safe and how they can come back into relationship with the parts of themselves that have been affected; emotionally, psychologically and physiologically. Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy is also about (and perhaps even more-so about) identifying, acknowledging and developing our innate strengths and the myriad of incredible ways we have survived. We are still here. How can we move from the turmoil of survival to the joy of thriving? Let's find out.....
I work using evidence-based methodology and protocols for the safe and contained processing of trauma and incorporate diverse and effective resources from leading thinkers and research in the field, as well as sourcing inspiration from traditional cultural and nature-based practices. Each client will go on their own journey and we will work together, at your own pace, to navigate you safely home to wholeness - to good mental health, wellbeing and new directions for your life.
I use the tri-phasic model of trauma therapy to support effective, long term recovery and well-being maintenance through focusing on: Phase 1)This phase is about feeling better, right here, right now: Stabilisation and reduction of symptoms. Working in safe nurturing spaces, in relationship with myself, the horses and the natural world, we begin with education regarding the neurobiology/physiology of stress, Trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma. Together we practice techniques to encourage and embed emotional, psychological and physiological safety, co/self-regulation and a return to autonomy. This time is also to support us in building a trusting relationship so that you can feel safe to explore challenging and traumatic personal material if/when the time is right.
Phase 2) This phase is about processing what happened to you: I work with a number of different evidence-based protocols and those where an evidence base is building. Together we find the best way forward on an individual, 1:1 basis. This is a personal journey and is always client-led, we may not even have to talk explicitly about what happened. Some of the protocols I use include:
IFEEL Cognitive Processing & Restructuring (CPR) a Cognitive Processing Therapy(CPT)/Trauma Focused - CBT model
Image Reduction (for flashbacks and intrusive thoughts)
Phase 3) Post Traumatic Growth - Flourishing in your new life: Exploring an integrated (whole) self, finding our gifts, talents and skills for a healthy, thriving life. Once we have successfully processed our trauma and integrated our learning we now set out on our new lives. Tender shoots of possibility are held carefully and safely as we reintegrate our new self with the world; discovering what new, empowered and authentic relationships can look and feel like and who we want to be, now and in the future.
Healing from Trauma/PTSD/C-PTSD is not linear and can be even more complex when healing within societal systems where you may still be experiencing oppression related to your identity. There is not a one-size-fits-all treatment and a lot of the work relies on re-establishing, then harnessing your own innate ability to heal within the context of a 'felt' sense of safety, including exploring new ways to assert, maintain and protect your personal boundaries.
Where necessary we move between the 'phases' to keep our transformation journey safe and as we meet new 'information' at our growth edge and in relationship with the world.
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You may be drawn to working with me if you enjoy and feel nurtured by being in quiet spaces and outdoor, natural environments, but also appreciate professional (clinically experienced) practice, for the safe processing of your experiences.
Online Zoom sessions may seem at odds with the more experiential, outdoor sessions, however they can form an integral part of sustaining our work during the pandemic or when adverse weather conditions mean that outdoor sessions may not be suitable from time to time, (particularly in Winter and when the horses are rested), or simply because you live in another part of the world but feel drawn to working with me. Brainspotting is a very effective tool for online sessions and we can continue to explore, in an attuned and reflective way, the emerging themes, harnessing the change process effectively and safely. I work collaboratively with services, referrers and other professionals to ensure duty of care and safeguarding. I am an accredited member of the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists, qualified to Level 6 Diploma (national qualification framework degree equivalent) in Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology and Brainspotting (Phase 1 and Phase 2) and I am a Certified Family Trauma Professional through PESI.