Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Exeter

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Shane FitzGerald
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX6  (Online Only)
Hello, thank you for finding more out about my practice. Seeking support may not be easy, but you can be assured whatever situation has brought you therapy will be approached safely and sensitivity. If you are having to live with low self-esteem, debilitating anxiety, or PTSD, then CBT may work well for you. Therapy sessions will use clinically proven strategies to help you achieve your goals, and the techniques we choose will be based on the very best research. By the end of therapy, we’ll aim for you to have all the skills necessary to enjoy emotional well-being.
Hello, thank you for finding more out about my practice. Seeking support may not be easy, but you can be assured whatever situation has brought you therapy will be approached safely and sensitivity. If you are having to live with low self-esteem, debilitating anxiety, or PTSD, then CBT may work well for you. Therapy sessions will use clinically proven strategies to help you achieve your goals, and the techniques we choose will be based on the very best research. By the end of therapy, we’ll aim for you to have all the skills necessary to enjoy emotional well-being.
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Katrina J Campbell-Crocker
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
I have experience of counselling in PTSD, Domestic Violence & Abuse.
Hiya my name is Katrina, I am a fully qualified counsellor with experience of counselling Adults & Young People (From 13yrs), I support a range of counselling conditions; from Attachment Disorders, Anxiety & Depression, Abuse, Bereavement & Loss, Childhood Trauma, Domestic Violence, Disability Discrimination, Low Self Esteem, Low Self Worth, Mental Health Complexities, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Racial identity to Separation Anxiety & Trauma.
I have experience of counselling in PTSD, Domestic Violence & Abuse.
Hiya my name is Katrina, I am a fully qualified counsellor with experience of counselling Adults & Young People (From 13yrs), I support a range of counselling conditions; from Attachment Disorders, Anxiety & Depression, Abuse, Bereavement & Loss, Childhood Trauma, Domestic Violence, Disability Discrimination, Low Self Esteem, Low Self Worth, Mental Health Complexities, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Racial identity to Separation Anxiety & Trauma.
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Victoria Riddiford
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
Particularly if you are feeling very anxious, or perhaps recovering from trauma and have PTSD symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigilance, the therapeutic relationship will gradually increase your ability to trust, and to feel safer in the world and in your body.
I am an accredited counsellor with many years experience of working with life's difficulties, including anxiety, depression, relationships, bereavement and trauma. I have specialist experience in the ongoing impact of sexual abuse and rape. I also have particular interest in women's health issues throughout life. I offer in-person counselling in central Exeter, and also work online via video call. I offer a safe, confidential space to talk through issues that are troubling you, at your pace, so you can move forward with your life. We'll work together to establish a trusting relationship where you feel listened to and understood.
Particularly if you are feeling very anxious, or perhaps recovering from trauma and have PTSD symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigilance, the therapeutic relationship will gradually increase your ability to trust, and to feel safer in the world and in your body.
I am an accredited counsellor with many years experience of working with life's difficulties, including anxiety, depression, relationships, bereavement and trauma. I have specialist experience in the ongoing impact of sexual abuse and rape. I also have particular interest in women's health issues throughout life. I offer in-person counselling in central Exeter, and also work online via video call. I offer a safe, confidential space to talk through issues that are troubling you, at your pace, so you can move forward with your life. We'll work together to establish a trusting relationship where you feel listened to and understood.
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Dr Rachel Willcox
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1  (Online Only)
EMDR is increasingly well known for being an effective way of addressing Trauma and PTSD symptoms.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and I specialise in offering Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I work in a way that is tailored uniquely for each client and integrate other evidenced-based approaches into my practice depending on your needs and working towards your goals together. These may include Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I consider myself to be kind, compassionate and gently challenging and aim to create an environment in which clients can move towards changing their lives for the better, learning new skills & gaining insight.
EMDR is increasingly well known for being an effective way of addressing Trauma and PTSD symptoms.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and I specialise in offering Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I work in a way that is tailored uniquely for each client and integrate other evidenced-based approaches into my practice depending on your needs and working towards your goals together. These may include Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I consider myself to be kind, compassionate and gently challenging and aim to create an environment in which clients can move towards changing their lives for the better, learning new skills & gaining insight.
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Sara Briner Sex Therapy COSRT (sen) Accred
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
Qualified sex therapist COSRT (Sen) Accred including porn addiction, relationship counsellor and EMDR. Sara has been qualified for 20 years training as a general counsellor, working for Relate, the NHS as a sex therapist and specialist counsellor. Sara provides supervision for counsellors and students and is a qualified EMDR Practitioner used for trauma/ptsd. Sara offers daytime and evening appointments for couples and individuals. Sara is seeing clients face to face in Exeter on a Monday and Thursday and Chudleigh off A38 on a Wednesday evening.
Qualified sex therapist COSRT (Sen) Accred including porn addiction, relationship counsellor and EMDR. Sara has been qualified for 20 years training as a general counsellor, working for Relate, the NHS as a sex therapist and specialist counsellor. Sara provides supervision for counsellors and students and is a qualified EMDR Practitioner used for trauma/ptsd. Sara offers daytime and evening appointments for couples and individuals. Sara is seeing clients face to face in Exeter on a Monday and Thursday and Chudleigh off A38 on a Wednesday evening.
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Kevin Dudman
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Waitlist for new clients
EMDR is a therapy for PTSD aimed at symptom resolution and acceptance of what has happened.
Hello my name is Kevin. I specialise in the treatment of trauma including accidents, medical trauma, work place and childhood bullying, domestic abuse, rape, sexual abuse and traumatic grief. I can also help you with depression, anxiety, worry, low self -esteem, OCD, phobias, body and self esteem issues, chronic pain, porn and Internet addiction. I am an EMDR Consultant and Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with over thirty years’ experience in working in Mental Health within the NHS. Twenty of these have been in senior positions supervising and supporting the clinical practice of a wide range of psychological therapists.
EMDR is a therapy for PTSD aimed at symptom resolution and acceptance of what has happened.
Hello my name is Kevin. I specialise in the treatment of trauma including accidents, medical trauma, work place and childhood bullying, domestic abuse, rape, sexual abuse and traumatic grief. I can also help you with depression, anxiety, worry, low self -esteem, OCD, phobias, body and self esteem issues, chronic pain, porn and Internet addiction. I am an EMDR Consultant and Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with over thirty years’ experience in working in Mental Health within the NHS. Twenty of these have been in senior positions supervising and supporting the clinical practice of a wide range of psychological therapists.
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Karl Borthwick
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4  (Online Only)
I specialise in working with clients with PTSD and trauma based symptoms. I also work with OCD and other mental health problem, through the use of CBT & EMDR. CBT works by the theory that we can manage and modulate our emotions through evaluating/changing our cognitions & behaviours accordingly. EMDR utilises bilateral stimulation (eye movements) to aid the reprocessing of symptoms of Trauma and PTSD, focusing on trauma memories whilst integrating and updating these with Adaptive Information Processing, aiding resolution of symptoms in the present
I specialise in working with clients with PTSD and trauma based symptoms. I also work with OCD and other mental health problem, through the use of CBT & EMDR. CBT works by the theory that we can manage and modulate our emotions through evaluating/changing our cognitions & behaviours accordingly. EMDR utilises bilateral stimulation (eye movements) to aid the reprocessing of symptoms of Trauma and PTSD, focusing on trauma memories whilst integrating and updating these with Adaptive Information Processing, aiding resolution of symptoms in the present
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Detti Balla
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Hi! I am Detti Balla, a BACP registered counsellor, clinical and disaster trauma specialist, and educator in the areas of PTSD, disaster trauma, compassion fatigue, critical incident and stress management and more. My goal is to support and equip you with the tools necessary to overcome any challenges you may be facing, and empower you to overcome/dismantle any barriers that may be holding you back from finding hope and peace in living your life.
Hi! I am Detti Balla, a BACP registered counsellor, clinical and disaster trauma specialist, and educator in the areas of PTSD, disaster trauma, compassion fatigue, critical incident and stress management and more. My goal is to support and equip you with the tools necessary to overcome any challenges you may be facing, and empower you to overcome/dismantle any barriers that may be holding you back from finding hope and peace in living your life.
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Dr Caroline Shinner
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1
I specialise in offering interventions to address problematic relational patterns, and the impact of past trauma (including PTSD), using Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and EMDR.
Hello, I’m Caroline. I’m an HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist, and I offer assessments and therapy interventions to adults aged 18+. I aim to provide a compassionate and non-judgemental space in which to hear your story, and work alongside you to identify specific goals for therapy. Therapy interventions will be evidence-based and tailored to your needs. I have over 13 years' experience of working in NHS Adult Mental Health services, and services for adults with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions (including spinal injuries and Multiple Sclerosis).
I specialise in offering interventions to address problematic relational patterns, and the impact of past trauma (including PTSD), using Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and EMDR.
Hello, I’m Caroline. I’m an HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist, and I offer assessments and therapy interventions to adults aged 18+. I aim to provide a compassionate and non-judgemental space in which to hear your story, and work alongside you to identify specific goals for therapy. Therapy interventions will be evidence-based and tailored to your needs. I have over 13 years' experience of working in NHS Adult Mental Health services, and services for adults with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions (including spinal injuries and Multiple Sclerosis).
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Syeda Daniel
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX20
I am a person-centred therapist trained in Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensititisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), I have experience working with Trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias and physical health conditions.
Many people from all walks of life can occasionally lose their direction or can struggle with stress, anxiety, and /or depression. Therapy can be a helpful process to work through these difficulties, supporting you towards improved well-being and healing of emotional difficulties. Within our sessions, we will work towards your goals, focusing on taking the time to understand you and your individual needs. You will be heard with non-judgment, compassion, kindness and empathy. Together we will work to find a way forward to improved well-being in a caring and meaningful way.
I am a person-centred therapist trained in Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensititisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), I have experience working with Trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias and physical health conditions.
Many people from all walks of life can occasionally lose their direction or can struggle with stress, anxiety, and /or depression. Therapy can be a helpful process to work through these difficulties, supporting you towards improved well-being and healing of emotional difficulties. Within our sessions, we will work towards your goals, focusing on taking the time to understand you and your individual needs. You will be heard with non-judgment, compassion, kindness and empathy. Together we will work to find a way forward to improved well-being in a caring and meaningful way.
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Michael Prentice
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
My specialities are highlighted above - addictions, anxiety/depression, PTSD, bereavement, relationships, domestic violence & abuse.
Everyone is an individual person bringing their own personal circumstances to the meeting. I will listen to your reason(s) for being at the session and what you want to achieve/where you want to aim to be - offering you help & support in that process. My counselling training was at Addaction (alcohol & drugs dependency) Agency where I completed over 100 hrs of sessions and a Mentoring role. I also trained at Cruse Bereavement Care & progressed from there. My Counselling Diploma is in CBT & Certificate in Christian Counselling are from the Institute of Counselling of which I am a full Member. I take an holistic approach.
My specialities are highlighted above - addictions, anxiety/depression, PTSD, bereavement, relationships, domestic violence & abuse.
Everyone is an individual person bringing their own personal circumstances to the meeting. I will listen to your reason(s) for being at the session and what you want to achieve/where you want to aim to be - offering you help & support in that process. My counselling training was at Addaction (alcohol & drugs dependency) Agency where I completed over 100 hrs of sessions and a Mentoring role. I also trained at Cruse Bereavement Care & progressed from there. My Counselling Diploma is in CBT & Certificate in Christian Counselling are from the Institute of Counselling of which I am a full Member. I take an holistic approach.
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Hannah Duncan
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX5
I am a qualified to work with Trauma and PTSD, as well as working with relational and sexual issues and Couples.
Good therapy is about change: changing reactions, behaviours, a difficult aspect of self, challenging attitudes/beliefs about yourself or your story. I love working with clients who are prepared to jump in, take risks and seek solutions - this is the way to ensure real change. I will jump in and risk too. I value being human and involved in the therapy and am also practically minded and view the best wisdom as something that can directly be applied to life. A supervisee recently described me as "real, relational, ordinary, practical and not floaty/wispy". I like to incorporate psychoeducation and relevant theoretical information.
I am a qualified to work with Trauma and PTSD, as well as working with relational and sexual issues and Couples.
Good therapy is about change: changing reactions, behaviours, a difficult aspect of self, challenging attitudes/beliefs about yourself or your story. I love working with clients who are prepared to jump in, take risks and seek solutions - this is the way to ensure real change. I will jump in and risk too. I value being human and involved in the therapy and am also practically minded and view the best wisdom as something that can directly be applied to life. A supervisee recently described me as "real, relational, ordinary, practical and not floaty/wispy". I like to incorporate psychoeducation and relevant theoretical information.
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Dr Lorna Kerr
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4  (Online Only)
My other areas of clinical expertise are Attachment Issues, PTSD & Complex PTSD.
I’m Dr Lorna Kerr, a Clinical Psychologist specialising in Adult ADHD Assessment and Diagnosis. Are you seeking answers about whether or not you have ADHD? Perhaps you’re looking for an expert that you can trust to meet with for your assessment. A professional who truly understands your struggles and is able to provide the clarity and support that you need. If this is you, you’re in the right place. I have over 10 years of experience of providing expert psychological assessment & therapy. I have a special interest in ADHD in women and ADHD in high achievers (otherwise known as "high functioning ADHD").
My other areas of clinical expertise are Attachment Issues, PTSD & Complex PTSD.
I’m Dr Lorna Kerr, a Clinical Psychologist specialising in Adult ADHD Assessment and Diagnosis. Are you seeking answers about whether or not you have ADHD? Perhaps you’re looking for an expert that you can trust to meet with for your assessment. A professional who truly understands your struggles and is able to provide the clarity and support that you need. If this is you, you’re in the right place. I have over 10 years of experience of providing expert psychological assessment & therapy. I have a special interest in ADHD in women and ADHD in high achievers (otherwise known as "high functioning ADHD").
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Sharon Letten Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
I have a special interest in working with anxiety and depression, relationships/sexual issues, grief, loneliness, menopause, ADHD & late diagnosis, trauma/PTSD, identity and the transitions across life stages.
Through my lived experience & training (ADHD, trauma, loss, menopause & attachment issues), I understand how difficult it is to reach out. I use a relational approach - helping to meet your individual & couple needs. I will work alongside you, helping you to navigate your way through life's challenges. Perhaps you just want to talk in a safe environment or need support to make changes? I work holistically with adults, teens & couples in a caring and non-judgmental way, covering a range of issues which can significantly impact on our relationships with ourselves and others - working towards meaning and reconnection.
I have a special interest in working with anxiety and depression, relationships/sexual issues, grief, loneliness, menopause, ADHD & late diagnosis, trauma/PTSD, identity and the transitions across life stages.
Through my lived experience & training (ADHD, trauma, loss, menopause & attachment issues), I understand how difficult it is to reach out. I use a relational approach - helping to meet your individual & couple needs. I will work alongside you, helping you to navigate your way through life's challenges. Perhaps you just want to talk in a safe environment or need support to make changes? I work holistically with adults, teens & couples in a caring and non-judgmental way, covering a range of issues which can significantly impact on our relationships with ourselves and others - working towards meaning and reconnection.
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Dr Rochelle Woollacott
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX17  (Online Only)
People come to therapy for many different and important reasons. For some it is to discuss difficult and emotional experiences, while for others its to have a space in their week to reflect and make time to check-in with themselves. I ask all my clients to come with an open-mind as therapy can take you on a journey of self-discovery. I have worked with many clients with varying degrees of personal difficulties; severe and mild distress including depression, anxiety, suicide, low-self-esteem, earlier life trauma, PTSD, relational difficulties and many more.
People come to therapy for many different and important reasons. For some it is to discuss difficult and emotional experiences, while for others its to have a space in their week to reflect and make time to check-in with themselves. I ask all my clients to come with an open-mind as therapy can take you on a journey of self-discovery. I have worked with many clients with varying degrees of personal difficulties; severe and mild distress including depression, anxiety, suicide, low-self-esteem, earlier life trauma, PTSD, relational difficulties and many more.
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Darren Neal
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1  (Online Only)
Being understood and accepted, without judgement and with compassion, is the most important experience we can receive from another person. I have a extensive experience working with trauma(PTSD&CPTSD), bereavement, anxiety (fear), abuse, mental health issues, depression as well as general feelings of hopelessness and sadness and I will offer my experience and knowledge to help empower you to experience yourself, understand yourself and feel more confidant and emotionally connected. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I can be found on their website.
Being understood and accepted, without judgement and with compassion, is the most important experience we can receive from another person. I have a extensive experience working with trauma(PTSD&CPTSD), bereavement, anxiety (fear), abuse, mental health issues, depression as well as general feelings of hopelessness and sadness and I will offer my experience and knowledge to help empower you to experience yourself, understand yourself and feel more confidant and emotionally connected. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I can be found on their website.
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Dr Rebecca Evans
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
Exeter EX2
Hello, I am Becky a HCPC registered Applied Health Psychologist. I am trained in person-centred care, CBT, CFT, ACT, DBT, systemic and narrative therapy. I have supported people with chronic pain, neurodiversity, weight management, trauma, relationship difficulties and memory difficulties. I am an integrative psychologist, thus I use a range of different models and skills to meet the needs of each individual. I have worked with young children up to older adults. I have seen people individually, in couples or as a family. I have helped clients explore their struggles with anxiety, self-esteem, low-mood, bullying, bereavement, & loss.
Hello, I am Becky a HCPC registered Applied Health Psychologist. I am trained in person-centred care, CBT, CFT, ACT, DBT, systemic and narrative therapy. I have supported people with chronic pain, neurodiversity, weight management, trauma, relationship difficulties and memory difficulties. I am an integrative psychologist, thus I use a range of different models and skills to meet the needs of each individual. I have worked with young children up to older adults. I have seen people individually, in couples or as a family. I have helped clients explore their struggles with anxiety, self-esteem, low-mood, bullying, bereavement, & loss.
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Jessica Sings
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1
I hear from clients so many times how they feel defected, unlovable and unworthy. I’m here to tell you that its ok to be you! The first step is reaching out for help. The second step is being brave enough to let me walk alongside you through the difficult feelings that you have been carrying for so long. We will get to the other side of healing together. I am a open-minded counsellor, sex-positive, LGBTQIA+, Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD) affirming. Also working with clients who are diagnosed or self-diagnosed as neurodivergent (ASD, OCD, ADHD).
I hear from clients so many times how they feel defected, unlovable and unworthy. I’m here to tell you that its ok to be you! The first step is reaching out for help. The second step is being brave enough to let me walk alongside you through the difficult feelings that you have been carrying for so long. We will get to the other side of healing together. I am a open-minded counsellor, sex-positive, LGBTQIA+, Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD) affirming. Also working with clients who are diagnosed or self-diagnosed as neurodivergent (ASD, OCD, ADHD).
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Dr Ailsa Lee
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
I am a warm and compassionate Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have worked in mental health services within the NHS for over 10 years. I am based in Exeter and offer support to adults with anxiety and mood difficulties using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. I can meet with you face to face at my practice rooms in central Exeter or online via video call. My main approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and I incorporate ideas from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Narrative Therapy where these may be helpful.
I am a warm and compassionate Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have worked in mental health services within the NHS for over 10 years. I am based in Exeter and offer support to adults with anxiety and mood difficulties using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. I can meet with you face to face at my practice rooms in central Exeter or online via video call. My main approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and I incorporate ideas from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Narrative Therapy where these may be helpful.
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Lou Stacey Counselling and Clinical Supervision
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX6
Hello. My name is Lou. I would like to support you. If you are feeling vulnerable or are in need of some help; maybe things are no longer in your control, than please get in touch. Not being able to trust or understand your own thoughts and feelings, yet finding yourself stuck in them, can be very overwhelming and I would like to support and help you find some peace and calm, so you can re-connect to yourself and your world around you again without so much pain, fear or sadness. I am available face to face in Exminster, as well as Telephone or Online via Zoom. Email me for further details or visit my website.
Hello. My name is Lou. I would like to support you. If you are feeling vulnerable or are in need of some help; maybe things are no longer in your control, than please get in touch. Not being able to trust or understand your own thoughts and feelings, yet finding yourself stuck in them, can be very overwhelming and I would like to support and help you find some peace and calm, so you can re-connect to yourself and your world around you again without so much pain, fear or sadness. I am available face to face in Exminster, as well as Telephone or Online via Zoom. Email me for further details or visit my website.
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Trauma and PTSD Counsellors

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.