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 have been victims of some form of adult trauma. I help people to resolve the after-effects by using trauma-informed therapy at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex.

What is trauma?

Trauma comes from the Greek word meaning ‘wound’. Events traumatise us when we are emotionally overwhelmed (we go into ‘survival mode’ of fight/flight/freeze) and we feel out of control and unable to defend ourselves. Our brains aren’t ‘wired’ for trauma, which is why we struggle with overwhelming experiences even in adulthood. In fact, studies show that between 20% and 40% of adults will go on to develop PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) following a traumatising event. It’s not only combat veterans who can suffer from this! However, the 20-40% figure only 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.

Adult Trauma events

Events which can traumatise include:

  • severe accidents
  • rape / sexual assault
  • domestic abuse / violence
  • sudden loss of loved ones
  • serious (life-threatening) illness
  • physical assault
  • war
  • witnessing violence or death
  • natural disasters
  • serial abuse by others, especially someone in a close relationship.

Abuse

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 – controlling behaviours, abusive anger, regular belittling or criticism, humiliation, accusing and blaming, verbal bullying, shouting and yelling, making threats.
  • Physical abuse – smacking, hitting, kicking, hair-pulling, pinching, punching, beating, with open hands, fists, or implements.
  • Sexual abuse – someone forcing us to have sex, or to perform sexual acts against our will. Sexual abuse / assault / rape may be carried out by a spouse, partner, 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.

Previous Therapy

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

The previous therapy may have helped somewhat, or may not have helped at all for whatever reason. So 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. Having unresolved and conflicting emotions, is generally why people can continue to have problems despite having had previous therapy. People may also hold negative ‘core’ beliefs about the self, (usually held on a subconscious level and/or in the body).

In addition, many adults do not connect their present day problems with their earlier experiences. Instead they may think that they are ‘over all of that now’, or ‘it wasn’t that bad, people have worse’, or ‘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. They also show how many people just don’t ‘get over it’ with the passage of time.

What can I do to help?

I have trained in several trauma-informed therapy models. Firstly, Lifespan Integration therapy is very effective for all kinds of trauma – read more here. I am a certified PICT practitioner. For information on PICT click here. PICT was created to help people recover from childhood trauma / abuse but it can be useful for adult trauma. And I have level One accredited EMDR training. I have also trained in working with dissociation and complex PTSD. Please check out the ‘About Me’ page for details. We usually make the decision of the best way forward together during the initial consultation.

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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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