I provide therapy that focuses on resolving the impact of traumatic and stressful events that happened in the past, whether these happened 50 yrs ago or yesterday.
The word trauma comes from the word ‘wound’ in ancient Greek. Trauma is used in the literature to refer to events in our past that are still felt in by us and still influence our actions. These events are understood to be unprocessed and trauma therapy aims to process and resolve these historical experiences.
The therapeutic literature discusses ‘big T’ traumas and ‘little t’ traumas. Some events can have extremely debilitating impact on our lives (eg. child sexual abuse) while the impact of other traumas may not be so great, yet both are traumatic in that they are unprocessed and continue to impact us negatively.
Trauma work can be complex and sometimes requiring a holistic approach that is oriented to long rather than short term work. This is often the case when the trauma was drawn out, for example ongoing child-sexual abuse, childhood deprivation. Often much needs to healed and stabilised until a sense of having moved on occurs. Other times trauma processing can be very focused, on a specific event for example, and a sense of resolution can occur within a short number of sessions.
I have had training exposure to various therapeutic trauma models, especially somatic oriented trauma work, and engage clients according to their need. An important trauma resolution technique that I use is Radical Exposure Tapping a synthesis of two evidence based trauma models EMDR and Emotion Freedom Technique, both evidence based trauma resolution models.
Radical Exposure Tapping is an exposure oriented therapy that can be a rapid and focused way to resolve difficult memories. These memories may be of much earlier and difficult events, ‘big T’ traumas, or more recent ‘little t’ traumatic events or situations that have stayed with you and still feel unresolved.
I incorporate Radical Exposure Tapping into my work as I see fit, and also structure my work around this technique if the client has strong intentions around working through unresolved trauma.
For further information an award winning trauma information website is www.trauma-pages.com