We can work together on the psychological effects of trauma, any unwanted thoughts, images and feelings. I use a combination of hypnotherapy and EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to do this. EMDR is one of the NHS recommended treatments for PTSD and can be very effective at changing the way you think and feel about your negative experiences.
It's also important we work on the physiological effects of trauma. Re-teaching your nervous system that you are now safe and encouraging your body back to getting used to feeling relaxed.
At the momen,t when you are feeling the effects of the trauma, your body is primed for sensing danger and as such you subconsiously tune into looking for signs that all is not well, whether or not they're present. Your heart rate increases, you may feel sick, or have unpleasant sensations in your body. In short you are always on alert.
As your body is relaxed, your heart rate decreases and you literally sense and interpret the world around you very differently. The same person we see in the street whose demeanour seemed threatening when we're on alert for danger can be interpreted very differently when we're feeling inwardly safe.
As well as the work we'll be doing together in our sessions, I’ll also teach you practical techniques you can use at home. These enable you to re-train your nervous system so you can spend more and more time feeling calm, as you feel more and more internally secure.