Trauma Counselling in London

Many types of experiences can be traumatic and events that are traumatic for one person may be less traumatic for another.

Sometimes a single event can be traumatising and sometimes trauma is the result of a series of difficult experiences. The traumatising event(s) may have happened recently or many years ago. The symptoms of trauma can begin immediately following a traumatic experience or surface much later. Each person responds to life events in their own way.

Examples of psychological and emotional trauma include experiencing violence, experiencing physical or sexual abuse (as an adult or a child), witnessing the abuse or violence of other people, catastrophic events (like war or natural disasters) and accidents. The loss of a person can be traumatic for some people and life transitions like moving home or leaving one’s culture can have a traumatic impact on some people’s lives. Throughout life, there are many experiences that some people might find traumatic.

What happens to us following traumatic experiences?

Difficult experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused and afraid. In a state of trauma our bodies can respond in ways they didn’t before. This can be unsettling and very frightening.

The symptoms of trauma include rage, flashbacks, anxietydepression, nightmares, insomnia, panic attacks, disturbing thoughts or feelings and emotional detachment. Some people re-experience the traumatic event both psychologically and physically. Each person experiences trauma differently and the symptoms of trauma can vary significantly between individuals.

Trauma is not always the result of physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an experience is traumatic, but the subjective emotional response of the person experiencing the event.

Trauma counselling can help

Some trauma survivors feel they have lost their sense of security and the world may feel more frightening or more dangerous than it did before. They may have problems trusting themselves or others and they may feel unsafe even in places that felt safe before.

Trauma therapy can help untangle the complex emotions and fears that trauma survivors often describe. The concept of therapy can be daunting for trauma survivors as they often fear therapy will trigger difficult feelings around the traumatic events of their life.

A common fear is that trauma therapy will be as frightening as the original traumatic experiences. A competent, experienced therapist will support trauma survivors carefully, facilitating a process that can help restore a sense of safety and control in the trauma sufferer’s life.

What to expect in counselling

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What do I talk about in counselling?

One of the most common worries I hear expressed by people starting counselling is that they won’t know what to talk about. Some people think their problems aren’t significant enough. Others fear they have too much to say, that they might overwhelm the therapist…

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Individual counselling

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Couples counselling

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Our therapists in London

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David Pena-Charlon is a couples therapist and a psychosexual therapist in central London.
David Peña-Charlon

David believes in the ability of individuals to heal and better their lives, transforming difficulties, trauma, and anxiety into personal insight He offers integrative psychosexual and relationship therapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment David sees individuals and couples with a wide range of issues that include concerns around sex and intimacy, communication and relationship difficulties,...

Oxford Circus

A couples and relationship therapist, Jennifer works in central London.
Jennifyr Yap

Jennifyr is a qualified practitioner in integrative psychosexual and relationship therapy and sees adult individuals and couples (including family relationships ie mother and daughter) Jennifyr’s training is integrative which means she will draw on different models of psychotherapy and ways of working with human behaviour  Jennifyr explores the dynamics of mind, body, brain and emotions, individually and in depth...

Oxford Circus

One of our newest counsellors is Ben Brackenbury.
Ben Brackenbury

Ben believes that at times we all struggle with the challenges life has to offer and therapy provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to explore this Ben works with individuals to make sense of who they are and how they respond to the world today, and to explore new ways of being Ben is also sensitive to how difficult it might be for a client to talk to a stranger about personal issues, so creating an...

Oxford Circus

NIkki Palmer is a counsellor seeing clients with bereavement and other issues.
Nikki Palmer

Nikki is an empathic, approachable therapist who is not afraid to challenge her clients At the heart of her work is the capacity to offer a warm, respectful, supportive, non-judgmental space where clients are welcome to bring the scared and vulnerable parts of themselves for careful reflection Nikki’s therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing on various theoretical models to work with each client in a way that is...

Soho

Genny Hawken is a trained counsellor seeing clients with anxiety, stress, family problems, bereavement and other mental health issues.
Genny Hawken

Genny is an integrative psychotherapist with a background of many years working with individuals for the NHS as a speech and language therapist  She has an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and  works with adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties concerning their mental wellbeing She draws from the psychodynamic and humanistic approaches to psychotherapy and consider the therapeutic...

Soho

Shelley Kleim is a counsellor in central London.
Shelley Klein

Shelley is a psychodynamically-trained therapist and counsellor working with adult patients from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds She believes psychotherapy is a useful means of talking about aspects of your life that you are finding painful, upsetting or difficult to cope with, in a non-judgmental, confidential and trusted setting Shelley offers both long and short-term therapy and has a particular...

Soho

Working in Oxford Circus, London is Tom Deitch, a psychodynamic therapist.
Tom Deitch

Tom is a psychodynamic therapist with a compassionate, empathic and understanding approach to his clients He offers a safe and confidential space where clients will be listened to without judgement Tom has experience in helping people address a range of personal difficulties including depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood trauma, low self-esteem, addiction and many other...

Oxford Circus

Brighton

Dwayne Jackson

Jackson sees individuals with a range of personal, emotional and behavioural issues including relationship and intimacy issues, problems resulting form childhood trauma, issues arising from physical, emotional or sexual abuse, sex and sexuality issues, fear and phobias, transgender and gender identity issues, issues around cancer and cancer treatment, chronic illness, infertility issues and concerns around the purpose...

Soho

Ben Marks has been with One Therapy for several years, seeing clients with a range or personal and emotional problems.
Ben Marks

Ben is an experienced psychotherapist who has helped many people through difficult times in their lives He works with clients with a wide range of personal issues around depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, abuse, loneliness, stresses within the workplace, low self esteem, relationship and sexual problems including performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction and struggles with intimacy Ben has also worked with...

Oxford Circus

Veri Hiles is a private practice counsellor in Soho.
Ceri Hiles

Ceri works with adult clients wanting to explore a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship and family problems, issues arising from physical, emotional or psychological abuse and confidence and self-esteem issues He has particular experience of working with bereavement and loss Ceri’s training in psychodynamic and person-centred approaches to therapy has given him an understanding of each...

Soho