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EMDR/Trauma Work

Trauma Informed Services

Some traumatic experiences, no matter how long ago they occurred, may not have been processed in the way that ‘normal’ memories are – often the feelings, images, or other parts of the memory become ‘frozen’ and can be triggered by things in the present. When this happens, the person may re-experience some of the trauma in the form of flashbacks or nightmares, or may feel overwhelmed by distressing emotions.

We recognise that many people who have developed addictions may also have experienced some kind of trauma in their lives. This can complicate treatment as trauma related symptoms may have been masked to some extent by drug or alcohol use, or other addictions. We aim to support clients through all stages of treatment by offering a range of interventions delivered by experienced staff. All therapies are offered subject to assessment, client’s timescales, and as part of an overall treatment plan.

Available to clients in Broadreach Detox and Primary Programme

Clients in the early stages of treatment may benefit from short workshops focused on understanding and safely managing trauma symptoms. For some people, this may be enough, while others may want to access other options at a later stage in their treatment.

Trauma Recovery groups

These groups are available to all those in secondary care or accessing our Day Services. They offer a safe and supportive environment in which to gain a better understanding of the impact of traumatic events, with opportunities to share ideas and practice new ways of coping. These groups are supported by peer mentors, who have undertaken relevant training and are supervised by our trauma specialist.

Individual Therapies

For those who need more individual work on traumatic incidents, Trauma Focused CBT may be offered. It is, as its name suggests, a very focused way of working that can be effective in resolving past issues, challenging unhelpful beliefs, and promoting personal change.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and is a type of therapy that aims to relieve the distressing symptoms that may occur when someone has had, or witnessed, a traumatic experience. It is endorsed under NICE guidelines, along with CBT, as an effective therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Broadreach House has been providing EMDR therapy for over 12 years and has built upon this experience to provide an effective service within a safe and supportive environment.

Quotes from clients who’ve used EMDR therapy.

‘It’s completely changed my life around’
‘I have the memory of what happened……..but it doesn’t haunt me’

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