Adult Trauma, Sexual Assault, Rape, Therapy Help

Helping Adult Victims of  Adult Trauma, Sexual Assault, Rape, or Domestic Abuse using Psychotherapy at 1066 Therapy 

covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford, Maidstone and Kent.

Therapy help for adult trauma, Sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse, hypnosis, hypnotherapy, cognitive training, battle, hastings, bexhill, heathfield, eastbourne, rye, brighton, tunbridge wells, tonbridge, ashford, maidstone, east sussex, kentI have successfully helped a variety of clients who are victims of some form of adult trauma, perhaps sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse, or accidents, using trauma-informed psychotherapy at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex.

Sadly, I am often asked to help people who have experienced some form of adult trauma or abuse, and they have on-going problems as a result.

Trauma comes from the Greek word meaning ‘wound’. A person is traumatised when they are emotionally overwhelmed by an experience (and they go into ‘survival mode’ of fight/flight/freeze) and they felt out of control and unable to defend themselves. Our brains aren’t ‘wired’ for trauma, and that includes adult trauma, which is why we struggle with overwhelming experiences even in adulthood, and why studies show that around 20% of adults will go on to develop PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) following a traumatising event – no, it’s not only combat veterans who can suffer from this! However, the 20% figure represents those who seek help: there are many others who may not realise that a) they have symptoms of PTSD and / or b) that they can get help to resolve it, so these people won’t be included in the 20% figure.

Adults can be traumatised by events such as severe accidents, sudden loss of loved ones, serious illness, war, witnessing violence or death, and natural disasters. They can also be traumatised by being serially abused by others, especially those who they have a close relationship with.

The word ‘abuse’ is an emotive word – the dictionary definitions are ‘to speak rudely to’, ‘to treat cruelly’, ‘to use wrongly/to misuse’ and this covers a wide range of difficult and painful experiences:

  • Psychological / emotional abuse – e.g. controlling behaviours, abusive anger, regular belittling or criticism, humiliation, accusing and blaming, verbal bullying, shouting and yelling, making threats.
  • Physical abuse – e.g. smacking, hitting, kicking, hair-pulling, pinching, punching, beating, which may be done with e.g. open hands, fists, belts, shoes etc.
  • Sexual abuse – e.g. being forced to have sex, or to perform sexual acts against the will while in a relationship. Sexual abuse / assault / rape may also be carried out by a friend or acquaintance (e.g. date rape), or by a stranger although the latter is less common than by someone known to the person.
  • There are many other behaviours which are forms of domestic abuse too.

Some people who consult me have had some previous counselling or other therapy for the abuse / assault / trauma, but they are still struggling with unwanted behaviours or problems – e.g. anxiety disorders, confidence and self-esteem issues, problems with sex, drink or drug issues, weight control problems, emotional problems, and so on. In short, they are suffering with some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, which may or may not include visual flashbacks which are a ‘classic’ symptom of PTSD.

The previous therapy may have been helpful for them to a varying degree, or may not have been helpful at all for whatever reason, and they feel ‘stuck’ somehow and unable to move on properly. This might be because many therapies involve talking things through on an intellectual level and therefore don’t always ‘connect’ to all of the unresolved emotions involved in these types of painful experiences. Having unresolved and conflicting emotions, and negative ‘core’ beliefs about the self, (usually held on a subconscious level and/or in the body), is generally why people can continue to have problems despite having had some previous therapy.

In addition, many adults do not connect their present day problems with their earlier experiences: they tend to think that they are ‘over all of that now’, or ‘it wasn’t that bad, people have worse’ or, if it happened years ago…’it was such a long time ago, it can’t be that’. However, decades of research and studies and recent advances in neuroscience are able to show us the impact on the mind of traumatic and abusive experiences, and how many people just don’t ‘get over it’ with the passage of time.

I have trained in several trauma-informed therapy models specifically designed to help people who have experienced some form of adult abuse or trauma. I am a fully qualified and certified PICT practitioner. For information on PICT click here. The PICT process has been created to specifically help people recover from childhood trauma / abuse but it is equally useful for adult trauma. I have also trained in Lifespan Integration Level One – see here. And I have level One accredited EMDR training. I have also had training in working with dissociation and complex PTSD: please check out the ‘About Me’ page for details.

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Call me now on 07722783490 or 01424 772392 to book your free 30 minute initial consultation.

1066 Therapy helping the people of East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Brighton, Crowborough, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford, Kent.
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