Trauma and PTSD Service

Professional help can make all the difference in getting your life back on track after a traumatic event.

At Hampshire & Surrey Psychology’s Trauma Clinic we recognise that life does not always run smoothly and when things go wrong we all need a little assistance.

Our Trauma Clinic team are particularly experienced in working with clients suffering from the effects of traumatic events. All of our Psychologists are highly qualified, trained to doctoral level and have many years’ experience working as psychologists within the NHS. All of the Trauma clinic practitioners have undertaken specialist training in one or more of the NICE recommended therapeutic approaches which can be used to treat PTSD and the effects of trauma such as CBT for trauma or EMDR.

They are specialists in diagnosing and working with the range of different trauma presentations whether arising from a single traumatic event (such as a road accident or being the victim of an attack) or “complex” where the trauma arises from multiple traumatic events or from experiences of physical, sexual or mental abuse, sometimes surfacing after many years.

We are able to provide a high quality assessment, counselling and therapy service to assist in easing psychological distress and promote emotional well-being. We work in a collaborative manner, working with the client to gain a full understanding of their difficulties and determine the most effective way forward. We believe that by giving our clients choice about the treatment that they receive we can give empower them and give them confidence. Our approach is flexible and geared to suit the needs of the client.

Recognising the Effects of Trauma

Trauma can come in all sorts of forms and the effects that it has on each individual vary widely.

For most people the effects of a traumatic event will dissipate in a relatively short time. However, when these symptoms remain for a longer period of time or are very severe, professional help can make all the difference.

Types of trauma include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from single or multiple trauma’s
  • Trauma following a physical health problem e.g. cancer
  • Trauma following childbirth
  • Combat trauma

Our aim is to help people to get their lives back on track following trauma.

Symptoms of trauma can include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Intrusive thoughts and images
  • Nightmares
  • Intense distress at real or symbolic reminders
  • Physical sensations (pain, sweating, nausea or trembling)
  • Extreme alertness
  • A lack of or disturbed sleep
  • Panic attacks
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability and aggressive behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias

How Can We Help? – Types of Therapy

We offer NICE recommended evidenced therapies for PTSD and the symptoms of post traumatic stress and complex trauma.

Where symptoms are severe, long lasting and/or a result of complex trauma – repeated traumatic events such as physical, sexual or mental abuse, which may have led to (for example) emotional dysregulation, self harm and/or severe disruption of work/home life/relationships it may be necessary to have a first stage of therapy to stabilise yourself before embarking on therapy for trauma. Therapy for trauma can be extremely emotional and difficult to manage. If this is the case, your psychologist will advise whether additional work on coping skills or, for example a therapy such as DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) or Schema Therapy or Mentalisation psychotherapy may be helpful before embarking upon trauma work.

Schema Therapy