Trauma and PTSD
Nigel is a registered and experienced Manchester Psychotherapist / Counsellor, EMDR Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner who works with psychological trauma and PTSD. He has taken additional accredited training in CBT and EMDR.
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What is emotional and psychological trauma?
The Oxford Dictionary defines trauma as an “Emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis”. What this means is that emotional or psychological trauma may be caused by experiencing or witnessing any stressful situation that is so outside your normal range of experience and ability to cope, that it shatters your sense of security, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, helpless and vulnerable. These stressful situations often involve a significant threat to your safety or life. However any situation that leaves you feeling intensely frightened and helpless can potentially be traumatising even if there is no physical harm.
Not everyone who experiences a stressful event will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is your subjective emotional experience of the event that can cause trauma, not the objective details of the event. The more helpless and frightened you feel the more likely you are to be traumatised.
The appearance of trauma symptoms may sometimes be delayed for months or even years. Often making it difficult to see a connection between the symptoms you are experiencing now and the traumatic event which may have occurred a long time ago. Issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger, nightmares, addiction, low confidence and self worth, health issues, and difficulties in relating to others, may be caused or influenced by past traumas.
Example situations that may cause trauma
Traumas may be caused by a single intense event, or a series of stressful events.
Examples of single events that may cause trauma:
- a car accident
- a rape
- a mugging
- a natural disaster
- injury during military conflict
Some examples involving a series of events:
- prolonged childhood sexual abuse
- domestic violence
- bullying at school or work
Developmental Trauma / Childhood Trauma
A child is considerably more vulnerable than an adult, both in a physical and psychological sense. The younger the child is the more physically vulnerable they are, and the less life experience and understanding they will have. This can cause them to feel more easily confused, helpless and unsafe, and therefore potentially more frightened and prone to developing trauma than an adult.
When people think of childhood trauma or developmental trauma, they often think of the extreme examples such as physical or sexual abuse. However, situations that from an adult perspective might seem quite minor, can sometimes be very frightening and traumatising for a child.
A few examples that can sometimes cause childhood traumas: physical or sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect, being bullied, witnessing arguments or violence, accidents, parents separation/divorce, death of a close family member, starting a new school, moving house, separation from friends/family, incidents of intense embarrassment or shaming, illness (self or other), bullying, getting lost/separated from parents.
Effect on adult life
Whilst some of these childhood traumas would not be considered intense enough to be diagnosed as full PTSD, they can and do have a significant impact on peoples thoughts, emotions, behaviours and relationships later in adult life. Sometimes causing or contributing to issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, low confidence and self worth, medically unexplained symptoms, health issues, and difficulties in relating to others, in adult life.
Symptoms of trauma:
Shock, denial, or disbelief
Anger, irritability, mood swings
Guilt, shame, self-blame
Feeling sad or hopeless
Confusion, difficulty concentrating
Anxiety and fear
Withdrawing from others
Feeling disconnected or numb
Physical symptoms of trauma:
Insomnia or nightmares
Being startled easily
Aches and pains
Edginess and agitation
Trauma and PSTD treatment in Manchester
The trauma treatment uses a three phase approach to recovery.
1) Stabilisation, 2) Processing traumatic memories, 3) Resolution and integration. In actual practice the treatment is likely to be more fluid than this with frequent movement between the phases.
The therapeutic approach combines psychotherapy with EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, CBT, NLP and Mindfulness.
As everyone is unique, the trauma and PTSD treatment available at the Manchester psychotherapy practice is tailored to your individual requirements. So the exact form of the treatment and number of sessions will vary from person to person. However very specific traumas originating from a single recent event can often be treated with short-term therapy, typically as little as 6 to 12 sessions. For complex trauma or developmental trauma, longer term therapy will be a better choice.
The process will require a regular and on-going commitment of your time and energy, with sessions usually taking place on a weekly basis.
Booking is easy
Before booking it is very important that you get any physical symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner.
I recommend booking an Initial Consultation first. This gives us the chance to begin to explore your issues and your requirements further, give you honest answers to any questions you might have and give you a realistic estimate of the number of sessions you may require. When you are ready to make the inner changes you need, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.
I practice from a consulting room in my home in a quiet residential area in Chorlton in South Manchester. If you can’t travel to me then I am also available for online therapy, counselling and coaching via Skype and Hangouts.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Session fees are paid at the time of booking.
You may pay by cash, debit card, credit card, private medical insurance, direct bank transfer or by PayPal. I no longer accept cheques.
I am currently registered to provide psychotherapy/counselling with a number of private health insurance companies. Insurers all have slightly different rules of cover, and it is important to contact your insurer directly to check what your policy covers. You will need to get written proof of authorisation or authorisation code before proceeding.
Most insurers will usually only pay for short-term time-limited treatment for acute issues.
Cost when paying per session:
See the consultation fees page for session prices and discounts.
Websites about trauma and related disorders
Nigel Magowan BSc(Hons) UKCP Reg. MBACP AccMCCP DABCH GHR SQHP AMPM
UKCP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist, BACP Registered Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, Life Coach, Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, Ecotherapist, GHR Accredited Supervisor andﾠClinical Hypnotherapist
Clients come to me from all over the North West of England, see below for a list of areas covered:
GreaterManchester: Chorlton ~ Didsbury ~ Fallowfield ~ Eccles ~ Irlam ~ Salford ~ Worsley ~ Levenshulme ~ Withington West Didsbury ~ Whalley Range
North Trafford: Stretford ~ Urmston. Altrincham ~ Sale ~ Timperley Stockport: Bredbury ~ Brinnington ~ Cheadle ~ Gatley ~ Heaton Moor ~ Heaton Norris ~ Heaton Chapel ~ Heaton Mersey ~ Hazel Grove ~ Marple Cheshire: Alderley Edge ~ Knutsford ~ Tatton ~ Wilmslow ~ Lymm ~ Dunham Massey ~
Congleton ~ Macclesfield ~ Mobberley ~ Frodsham
Trauma and PTSD related keywords:
trauma in children
post traumatic stress
Nigel Magowan is a Manchester based UKCP registered and accredited psychotherapist who integrates psychotherapy with CBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, NLP and Mindfulness to help people suffering with trauma and PTSD.