Welcome to the Trauma and PTSD Clinic

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Professional help can make all the difference in getting your life back on track after a traumatic event.

At Hampshire & Surrey Psychology’s Trauma Clinic we recognise that life does not always run smoothly and when things go wrong we all need a little assistance.

Our Trauma Clinic team are particularly experienced in working with clients suffering from the effects of traumatic events. All of our Psychologists are highly qualified, trained to doctoral level and have many years’ experience working as psychologists within the NHS. All of the Trauma clinic practitioners have undertaken specialist training in one or more of the NICE recommended therapeutic approaches which can be used to treat PTSD and the effects of trauma such as CBT for trauma or EMDR.

They are specialists in diagnosing and working with the range of different trauma presentations whether arising from a single traumatic event (such as a road accident or being the victim of an attack) or "complex" where the trauma arises from multiple traumatic events or from experiences of physical, sexual or mental abuse, sometimes surfacing after many years.

We are able to provide a high quality assessment, counselling and therapy service to assist in easing psychological distress and promote emotional well-being. We work in a collaborative manner, working with the client to gain a full understanding of their difficulties and determine the most effective way forward. We believe that by giving our clients choice about the treatment that they receive we can give empower them and give them confidence. Our approach is flexible and geared to suit the needs of the client.

More about PTSD

Karen Quatermass, founder of Hampshire and Surrey Psychology, gave an interview talking about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to BBC radio Solent.

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Recognising the Effects of Trauma

Symptoms of trauma can include:
  • Flashbacks
  • Intrusive thoughts and images
  • Nightmares
  • Intense distress at real or symbolic reminders
  • Physical sensations (pain, sweating, nausea or trembling)
  • Extreme alertness
  • A lack of or disturbed sleep
  • Panic attacks
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability and aggressive behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias

How Can We Help? - Types of Therapy

We offer NICE recommended evidenced therapies for PTSD and the symptoms of post traumatic stress and complex trauma. Descriptions of CBT for trauma and EMDR are below.

Where symptoms are severe, long lasting and/or a result of complex trauma - repeated traumatic events such as physical, sexual or mental abuse, which may have led to (for example) emotional dysregulation, self harm and/or severe disruption of work/home life/relationships it may be necessary to have a first stage of therapy to stabilise yourself before embarking on therapy for trauma. Therapy for trauma can be extremely emotional and difficult to manage. If this is the case, your psychologist will advise whether additional work on coping skills or, for example a therapy such as DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) or Schema Therapy or Mentalisation psychotherapy may be helpful before embarking upon trauma work.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(CBT)

CBT is a therapy concerned with the relationship between thoughts, beliefs (cognitions) and behaviour. Trauma focused CBT aims to help you to come to terms with the traumatic event that you have experienced.

During CBT the therapist may ask you to remember and describe your traumatic event in detail. Throughout this process the therapist can then help you to deal with the distress that you are experiencing and can help you to identify any unhelpful thoughts which you may experience. The aim of this therapy is to help you gain control of the emotions that you feel, by changing the way that you think about the traumatic event.


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Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a revolutionary psychological treatment method which was developed and patented by Dr Francine Shapiro. The NICE guidelines suggest that EMDR is best evidence treatment for psychological trauma and PTSD. When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and therefore, their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory.

The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements stimulates the frozen or blocked information and so allows it to be processed like a normal memory, therefore reducing its distressing influence.



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Who We Are

We are a group of highly qualified practitioners who are experienced in dealing with the effects of trauma and who have post qualification specialist training.

We have practitioners who are qualified to treat children, teenagers and adults.

We are mainly Clinical and Counselling Psychologists although we also have highly skilled Psychotherapists on the team.

Our practitioners assess, diagnose and treat mental health problems in children, teenagers and adults using NICE recommended psychological therapies as well as a range of other appropriate approaches. Training to become a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist is extensive (minimum 6-7 years); we are qualified to treat a range of psychological problems using a number of different therapies.

The Trauma Clinic team are shown below. To learn more about a particular practice member please click on their pictures to go to their full profile (opens in the main hampshirepsychology.co.uk website)





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How do I make an appointment?

The first step is to call us on 01420 540274 or fill in the form below. We always try to respond to contact form messages within the day.

Our helpful and friendly practice administration staff will ask you some initial questions about what you would like help with and which location or locations you could come to. They will also talk with you about which of our psychologists will be most appropriate and their availability.

Once you have decided who you’d like to see we will arrange a suitable time for you to talk to each other. Ideally this will be within a day or two. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions or address concerns that you may have before making an appointment.

We know that it is not always easy to get to the point of making the decision to contact someone for help. Louisa and Janet are there to help you through the process of finding the right person to speak to.

You will be asked for some personal details during this process. All information shared with us will always be treated in the strictest confidence. Needless to say, all our people are registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act (1998).

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