Trauma therapy

Therapists at Oasis-Talk can help with both past and recent traumas. Trauma has a huge impact on our whole system and is very disturbing. You may not be able to understand or control your response to the trauma. Sometimes there is grief and bereavement associated with the trauma. Trauma therapy helps you understand what is happening to you, and to recover from the trauma, whether it is the result of a road traffic accident, witnessing someone else being hurt, abuse, a birth trauma or an other shocking, unwanted experience.

What is trauma therapy?

Oasis-Talk offers three types of private trauma therapy:

  1. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for trauma
  2. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  3. Trauma counselling

Our therapeutic assessment will help you to find out which type of trauma therapy is best for you. Whichever approach is chosen, you will spend the first 1-3 sessions learning how to stabilize yourself between and during sessions. This provides a secure base for working with your trauma, and helps you to support yourself.

CBT trauma therapy is effective for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) where there are recurring flashbacks and nightmares. It does involve talking about the trauma and reliving it in a structured, safe environment. It is a structured approach to trauma and is likely to take 8 – 24 sessions. 

EMDR trauma therapy is also a proven method for those with PTSD where there are recurring flashbacks and recurring nightmares, and is particularly useful for those who do not want to talk about their trauma. It is a structured approach, following a standard protocol using eye movements, to help reprocess the traumatic memory. It relieves the distress such that the disturbing event can be remembered without causing considerable distress. It has been very successful in treating war veterans, birth traumas, and accident traumas. It is likely to take 6 – 24 sessions, depending on the number and severity of the trauma.

Trauma-focussed counselling is used where there has been repeated and chronic trauma, such as childhood physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, emotional abuse or bullying. It helps to understand and process all the layers of trauma and inner conflict, so that new meanings and hope can be found. It is effective where there is the breaking or failure of strong emotional bonds as a child or adult. This approach usually takes 12 – 48 sessions, depending on the severity of the trauma.

What you can expect from trauma therapy

Dealing with trauma is demanding, painful and disturbing. A therapeutic assessment will help you to explore if this is the right time and right place for you to work with your trauma. If there are external demands or current circumstances likely to create new traumas, this may or may not be the right timing. If the timing is right, your therapist will help you establish safety, boundaries and support before embarking on the therapy. If the timing is not right, you can return at a later date, or do a small amount of work now to establish safety within, and in your external world.

Working through trauma is transformational, and often leads to growth in new areas of your life, helping you to feel more settled, happier and safer in the world. This is called post traumatic growth.

You will receive regular reviews of your work with your therapist so that you can determine the right number of sessions for you.

At Oasis-Talk we can help with:

  • Abuse trauma
  • Road traffic accident trauma
  • Birth trauma
  • War trauma
  • Sudden bereavement trauma
  • Rape trauma
  • Witnessing a murder or accident or death
  • Relationship trauma
  • Historical trauma

Online therapy

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions we now offer online therapy from £55 a session. Please contact us to book a session. read more

Meet the team

Oasis-Talk is run by a core team who lead and coordinate the work of a group of highly committed, skilled therapists and well-being facilitators. read more