Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Totnes

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Christina Elizabeth Lee
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Verified
If you want to feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative about yourself and your life, then I am here to support you. With 20 years experience in counselling, I believe therapy is a creative act that can change your life. My clients often tell me how much they enjoy our sessions together. I can assist you to understand your inner self, and teach you some great tools to help you move past anxiety or low mood or low self esteem, and start to make the changes you want to. I have plenty of tools to help you with OCD, PTSD or trauma. Please have a look at my website and feel welcome to give me call and have a free chat.
01276 543408
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Chris Woodgate
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
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While not viewing diagnostic categories as the most helpful way of understanding these difficulties, I have worked successfully with people who identify with, or have been labelled with: BPD/EUPD, ADHD, ODD, PTSD , CPTSD, OCD, LD, ASD, anxiety, depression & body dysmorphia.
I am a registered psychologist and doctor of counselling psychology offering psychotherapy underpinned by a contemporary reading of the most relevant literature. I work from an attachment, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural perspective, integrating these to offer tailored ways of understanding and working with issues that will be unique to each person and set of circumstances. Most of the work happens in the room, though sometimes we might also set things outside of it, where appropriate.
01803 222573
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Jennifer Lewis
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
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Previous clients have brought a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma / complex PTSD , transitions, relationship difficulties and grief.
I offer trauma-informed, mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapy which provides a gentle but effective cradle within which we can explore whatever brings you. This allows movement towards awareness and acceptance of your behaviours as they are or an opportunity to unravel those that no longer serve you well, empowering you to move to a place of greater ease, peace and resilience.
01884 211091
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Talya Griffith
Psychotherapist, MNCS Accred
Verified
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My name is Talya. At the heart of how I work is the belief that everyone's choices and experiences are understandable if we give the time and attention to understanding them. When we are supported it becomes more possible to gain insight into the ways we feel limited, to acknowledge and release the feelings that can keep us stuck and to find new ways of being. Therapy can provide a chance to heal from the hurts that accumulate within us and help us find the resources to meet life fully. Through our time together, you may find that new ways of relating to yourself and the world around you become possible.
01364 701879
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Jane Hughes
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
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I have been working with children, young people and their families all my professional life, and have 30 years experience. I work collaboratively with my clients to build a safe and trusting relationship, with which we can explore the range of difficulties we experience in life. Distress can take many forms and children and young people often express this in their behaviour. Many of us can experience different types of trauma, from the road traffic accidents, bullying at school, divorce and separation, non typical development to more complex traumas such as abuse, bereavement and going into care.
01364 701887
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Kim-Leng Hills
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
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I am a fully insured and qualified Counsellor registered with the BACP, working with ages 13+ through to seniors, coming from different backgrounds and life experiences both face to face or online. Sessions are ran entirely at your individual pace and specific to your needs and ways of working. They are also open ended, meaning you are not bound to a set amount of sessions. I work with a whole multitude of areas, not just what is set out on this profile, and you’re always welcome to enquire if you are unsure.
01364 701881
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William Berisch Secretan
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
4 Endorsed
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4 Endorsed
With nearly twenty years experience I offer highly skilled and evidence-based psychotherapy to individuals and groups in my private practice. I also work as principal psychotherapist within a specialist NHS psychology service for adults with severe, complex and enduring mental health problems. Within the NHS I supervise other mental health professionals as well as seeing patients for one-to-one and group psychotherapy. In my private practice, I work with a wider spectrum of people experiencing everything from mental and emotional distress to major life changes as well as those who are seeking to make more meaning in their lives.
01803 222187
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Grace Kirkcaldy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
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If you have experienced something very upsetting or traumatic, your mind/body might still be reeling in the aftermath. Your wonderfully clever autonomic nervous system works hard to keep you safe: to fight, or to flee, or to numb everything out, before your conscious brain has even noticed what’s happening. These unconscious responses may not always serve you, however. When traumatic charge is held in our bodies long after the threat has passed, we can experience all sorts of debilitating symptoms, from anxiety, to depression, insomnia, self-hatred, comfort eating, self-harming, or relating to others in ways that we later regret.
01803 926142
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Kate Hatchett Counsellor & Psychotherapist, MBACP
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
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I work with adults and young people and offer both short and long term therapy. Sometimes life’s challenges may feel overwhelming, emotionally exhausting or relentless and we may seek professional support to help us find our way through. Anxiety, depression, feeling lost, lonely, confused or traumatised are just some of the many issues people bring. Whilst our personal stories and the reasons for our distress are ultimately as unique as we are, I have found that clients of all ages share a common goal; the desire to gain new perspectives and deeper understandings of themselves and to explore the possibilities and means of change.
01364 701873
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Juliette Claire Medder
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Verified
Do you sometimes feel that anxiety or constant worrying rules your life? Or you feel low and sad no matter what you may try to do to change how you feel? Or you find that relationships often start well, but then become complicated with emotions connected to ex-partners or past family issues? Or perhaps you are seeking greater clarity, peace of mind about a certain issue, or actually wanting to move towards a more positive future, searching for the route to free up your true potential? Counselling is an opportunity to speak and be really heard by an objective and compassionate listener.
01803 228293
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Mark Hashimi Msc Ukcp Mbacp Cta Emdr
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Verified
I have lots of experience working with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, abuse and work related problems. During our first meet we will discuss and agree how we can best work together, the frequency and duration of the therapy and desired outcome, whether that's just wanting to feel better in some way, or something more targeted. This will then form a kind of contract which we will base the work on whilst reviewing it periodically. Usually sessions will be held on a weekly basis during the same time slot each week. I integrate a range of different psychotherapeutic approaches subject to your needs.
01748 902211
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Jennifer Smith
Psychotherapist, PhD, BACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
I offer one-to one Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This is a well established and evidence-based talking therapy that can effectively treat emotional problems as well as a wide range of mental health conditions including: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Sessions are booked for the same time every week and range from single to up to four sessions a week. They provide the space to talk about and reflect upon your emotional and relationship difficulties. These are thought about as they relate to your present circumstances but in this type of therapy, they are also considered in relation to your life history.
01392 573819
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Jason Karl Housecroft
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Verified
I believe that our capacity to cope with issues that arise in adult life, whether this is how we experience the world, relate to others, cope with difficult situations or understand and manage what can often be overwhelming emotions, is ultimately bound up with our early experiences. Whether we wish to or not we carry our history with us and sometimes this does not provide the strong foundation needed to engage and embrace life or weather its storms. I work with clients to recognise the origins of their difficulties so that together we might arrive at a place where life is understandable, and they feel both validated and valued.
01803 228320
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Fairhaven Counselling - Helen Kiley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Verified
My name is Helen, a counsellor based in Torquay. I am passionate about working with you when you are struggling with a problem in your life, and finding it hard to cope. Perhaps a loss has left you feeling distressed, unable to move forwards or there may be feelings of anxiety or depression. Are you finding life hard to enjoy and wondering what to do about it? A loss can take many forms, job loss, bereavement, divorce, death of a pet, the end of a significant relationship or loss of direction in life for example. My aim is to help you navigate through those difficult times and to help you reconnect with yourself.
01803 926084
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Esme Johnson Art Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Verified
I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist. I offer a respectful, non-judgemental, and confidential space to process difficult emotions and experiences at your own pace. Art therapy can be an enjoyable and non-threatening way to build a trusting therapeutic relationship and a gentle and effective holistic tool for improving mental well-being. I work with a person-centred approach, supporting you in forming your own insights and self-discovery. This may help with a growing understanding of yourself and your relationships with others.
01822 667992
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Dr Anthony Wharton
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I provide a range of evidence based psychotherapies to alleviate psychological distress in Devon, my main approach being Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy is a highly effective form of psychodynamic psychotherapy designed to help you get to the heart of the matter quickly, and resolve issues fast. The approach is emotion focussed; a relational therapy that can address a wide range of ongoing problems or symptoms. ISTDP is particularly useful in attending to internal conflicts that can arise from interpersonal relationships.
01752 982153
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Ross Stephenson
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
Verified
I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working in the NHS and in private practice, both online, and in-person. I am here to help you with whatever challenges you are facing. My particular areas of therapeutic experience are working with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and past traumas.
01803 220752
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Dannie Lee
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
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If you’re struggling or finding things difficult, you’re not alone. Maybe you feel stuck, confused or overwhelmed. Maybe you feel lost, alone or disconnected from life, yourself or the people around you. Maybe you lack purpose or meaning in your life. Maybe you don't really know what the problem is but would like some support. I am here to listen, support and encourage you as you explore the issues you face, help you understand yourself better and see things more clearly. I can help you work through difficult thoughts and feelings, and find ways to manage them so they have less impact on your life and wellbeing.
07960 692464
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Jamie Gould
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Verified
I have a lot of respect for anyone who chooses to begin counselling. It takes courage to be open with someone, and I don't take that for granted. As an Integrative counsellor, I have a range of therapeutic tools to help towards a breakthrough, particularly for clients who live with anxiety, depression, or present difficulties relating to past traumas.​ As human beings, we are wired for survival, and continually adjust to protect ourselves from threats and challenges. As our circumstances change through life, we may notice that the patterns which once kept us safe are now holding us back.
01803 221466
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Lucy Gore
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Verified
Hello and a warm welcome, I believe our emotional well-being is the key to living a fulfilling life and that we are beyond our struggles so that when life throws up its inevitable challenges, it is how we deal with these, there is always a way forward. My underpinning belief is that having a different experience of life is available to all of us and that our present day issues have origins in the past and so unravelling the threads of our mis-learning about ourselves and the world can help us to live more comfortably and happily in the present.
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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.