Residential Trauma Clinic
Founded by Margaret Jordan, Counselling psychologist with more than three decades of experience ranging from the NHS, private, and voluntary sector. From 2007 to 2017 the original facility catered for people who used substances as a consequence of complex and incidental psychological trauma. Margaret continued her out patient work in Luton and Harley St London. From this she realised there was a need for appropriate treatments for people experiencing the effects of trauma, often presenting as chronic mental health symptoms. Margaret decided to re-open her unit to offer an intensive residential therapy service to people experiencing psychological trauma.
Margaret trained in many different modalities of leading edge therapies e.g. EMDR, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Neurofeedback and these along with other therapies: Art, Drama, Psychodynamic group, Acupuncture, Functional Neurology, Yoga, Psychiatry will be offered at Psympatico.
The treatments offered reflect Margarets particular expertise in how trauma impacts on the nervous system and the therapies known to act on a neurological level to effect change in the persons physical emotional, psychological and spiritual recovery, promoting post traumatic growth.
What is Trauma?
Trauma refers to the effect of an overwhelming experience on the body and mind. In trauma, the symptoms persist long after the event has ended.
Regardless of its source, an emotional trauma contains three common elements:
it was unexpected;
the person was unprepared; and
there was nothing the person could do to prevent it from happening.
Symptoms of trauma
Symptoms of trauma vary from person to person and depend on the individuals experience of the severity of the event. These symptoms can last anything from a couple of days to decades if treatment isn't sought. Some people also find that they do not notice any symptoms immediately after the event as they can often occur some time later.
Common symptoms of psychological trauma include:
Flashbacks – When you re-experience the traumatic event mentally or physically.
Insomnia – After a traumatic experience it is common to have difficulties sleeping due to nightmares or due to mentally going over details of the event.
Anxiety – Feeling constantly anxious after a trauma is very common. Sometimes these feelings turn into anxiety disorders such as PTSD or panic attacks.
Stress – Even if you handled stress very well before your experience, many people find stress harder to manage after a traumatic event.
Anger – Feeling angry after a trauma is very common. You might be angry at the person who traumatised you, at the event itself or even at the world. This can lead to outbursts and other anger management issues.
Depression – Many people fall into a depression after experiencing something very distressing. You can be left wondering why the event happened to you - leading to dark moods and in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.
Loss of self-esteem – It can be easy to lack self-belief and self-confidence after you have experienced something traumatic. You can be left questioning your identity and what you have to offer the world.
Self-medication – For some, the only way they feel they can deal with what happened is by self-medicating with alcohol or drugs. This leads to very self-destructive behaviour and can isolate you from friends and family.
Emotional detachment – For some, the emotions brought up are so severe that they cannot deal with them at all. This can lead to emotional numbness, also known as dissociation. You may refuse to deal with any psychological issues you have and could appear cold and distant to others.
The longer your trauma symptoms go untreated, the more psychological damage they could cause. Therefore it is important to know when to seek the appropriate professional help.
Psychological trauma in particular occurs as a result of a distressing event and/or childhood trauma, "complex trauma" that leads the sufferer to question their beliefs while destroying their assumptions of trust.
If you have experienced a traumatic event, you may feel socially disconnected and somewhat numb, leading to feelings of isolation and difficulty forming and maintaining relationships. On top of this, you may find yourself feeling more afraid and vulnerable than before the event. Trauma also affects people in different ways and for some, the symptoms take weeks, months or even years to surface.
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