Trauma Therapies

Trauma Therapies

When a traumatic experience happens to us, it can overwhelm the system and sometimes, we are unable to process everything that happened to us. The primitive brain takes charge, and if we are unable to fight or flee the situation we are in, we shut down to survive. After a traumatic experience, our nervous system can sometimes cause us to lose track of what happened and make it difficult for us to recall the experience. The traumatic experience can be stored within our ‘implicit memory’ which can create extreme stress on the body and mind, this is often exhausting and can result in nightmare, flashbacks, irritability, anxiety, depression, phobias, and panic attacks amongst other symptoms. This often results in substance use as individuals struggle to manage the after effects of trauma, which can often lead to addiction.

Many of the people who access Transforming Choice have experienced traumatic events in their lives that they’ve been unable to process. Often the impact of trauma is intrusive of day to day life, and sometimes prevents people from moving on in their lives. At Transforming Choice, we offer two different therapies – EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and Rewind – that help people to process traumatic experiences, and minimise the impact of their experiences on day to day life.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a therapeutic method that uses bi-lateral stimulation to enable the brain to process traumatic memories, remembering events without re-experiencing it. So while a memory will remain an unpleasant one, it won’t cause the emotional disturbance that intrudes on day to day life. Rewind therapy works on the same basis as EMDR, but utilises a different technique in which the individual is encouraged to enter a state of deep relaxation.

Both therapies are available to residents of Transforming Choice following assessment by our therapist.