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If you have been traumatised by sexual abuse, an abusive relationship, an assault or rape. If you had difficulties during pregnancy or giving birth. If you have lost someone to the COVID 19 virus or are recovering yourself: Sometimes the trauma just won't let you go. No matter what you do, you keep feeling the same pain and fear, seeing the same images, feeling the same physical sensations as on the day it happened.
Trauma is carried in the body, in pain, stiffness, tension, weakness, discomfort, a racing heart, breathlessness, movement trapped in the muscles: the legacies of the Fight Flight or Freeze mechanism (the body's way of responding to danger). In trauma, the brain's memory processing mechanism can be overwhelmed by the volume of sensation linked to the traumatic incident concerned. Memory of the event gets stuck in the brain's alarm system, the Amygdala, rather than being stored away in the library, the hippocampus. The Amygdala has no sense of time or place, so if it is reminded of the original trauma, it thinks its happening again, so sends out the same stress hormones to trigger the Fight, Flight or Freeze mechanism: its like you relive the moment, feeling the same emotional and physical sensations, again and again.
To help you, I use EMDR (see below), to process the memory so it can be stored in the Library of the mind and remembered, but not relived and exercise and movement to help relieve the physical legacies of trauma - pain, tension, restlessness, agitation.
Trauma can also affect the way we eat and how we feel about our bodies, especially if it is related to sexual abuse. We can eat sometimes to protect or comfort ourselves, to feel safe. Following a standard diet or fitness programme can cause anxiety if the deeper reasons for weight gain and eating are not understood. My approach will help you get fit and relieve underlying emotional issues.
Anxiety, depression and trauma can exacerbate lower back pain: you can lose confidence and avoid movement, but this only makes the pain worse: a programme which addresses your emotional issues and helps you build your strength and flexibility is a powerful way to relieve pain and recover.
Exercise boosts your mood, relieves anxiety and can return you to a state of balance after a traumatic memory has been triggered.
I work with mind and body to help you recover from trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and to help you change your relationship with your body and food. I am now also helping people recover from Covid-19.
I am a psychotherapist, personal trainer and nutrition and weight management advisor. I have had additional training in exercise for chronic lower back pain. Trauma, anxiety, depression and chronic pain are physical as well as mental experiences, requiring work with the body as well as the mind and I practice body-oriented psychotherapy.
I have learnt from my over twenty years of practice as a therapist that people have an incredible capacity to recover from appalling experiences and that therapy can play a powerful role in aiding recovery.
I am also a Level 3 Personal Trainer and Nutrition & Weight Management Advisor and hold an additional qualification in exercise for mental health and recovery from chronic lower back pain. I use the power of outdoor exercise to engage the body's natural healing mechanisms to aid recovery from trauma, depression and anxiety. I lead fitness sessions outdoors to reengage with the healing power of nature.
It is my passion to help people who have survived a wide range of traumas, who wish to escape from its grip and rebuild their lives. I have a special interest in people who have survived childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape, birth-related trauma, assaults, terrorism, bullying and work-related stress.
I now work privately in East London and Chancery Lane and by Zoom and Telephone. I am a qualified and accredited Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, with an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies. I am also a qualified EMDR Therapist and trained in in Narrative Exposure Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I hold a Level Three Personal Trainer qualification (Please go to my Blog Page for articles about the mind and body and the therapeutic power of exercise.)
I would like to help you free yourself from the grip of these feelings: For twenty years, I have been helping people work through difficult traumatic experiences, depression, stress and anxiety. Below you can find information about the services I offer:
EMDR : EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITISATION & REPROCESSING
A Happier, Healthier You
EMDR is an evidence-based therapy developed to help people process troubling traumatic memories held in the non-verbal areas of the brain and in the body. It uses eye movements and other forms of bilateral stimulation to reconnect areas of the brain which hold the trauma with parts which hold the capacity to heal. The brain is stimulated to begin healing itself, the start of recovery. EMDR can also help with depression, eating disorders, future anxieties, chronic pain and phobias.
Here For You
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (PDP) is about working together to build trust and safety so that we can explore the origins of difficulties you may be having in your life. We will look at how memories, feelings, relationships and patterns from your early life and childhood are impacting on the way you feel now and how you on with the people in your life. PDP helps bring into awareness, unconscious memories, patterns, relationships and feelings we may not be aware of but which affect us every day as we interact with those around us and influence how we feel and behave. PDP helps repair the damage of the past to help you live freely in the present.
Get back to who you were
Covid-19 causes muscle loss and weakness, breathlessness and deterioration of cardio-vascular fitness. It can impact on your confidence and leave you traumatised by memories of the illness, especially if you spent time in hospital. I offer a combined programme of fitness and psychotherapy to help you recover your physical and emotional strength and return to who you were before you became ill. Psychotherapy can also help you heal from the loss of loved ones who may have died during the pandemic.
MIND & BODY ONLINE WORKOUTS - WEDNESDAY 8AM ON ZOOM
Circuits for the Body, Mindfulness for the Soul....
Get fit, learn how movement can help you process anxiety and stress and lift your mood and relax - the session includes a warm up, a circuit class (upper body, lower body, cardio and core), cool down and flexibility and Mindfulness to help you focus on the here and now and let go of unhelpful thoughts. All levels welcome and no equipment needed: you can start with gentle, low-intensity exercises and build up as you get fitter. £8 per session or £50 for a block of 10. Wednesdays 8am on Zoom.
PAIN FREE MIND / PAIN FREE BODY
A programme consisting of weekly EMDR sessions to process the underlying emotional issues which exacerbate chronic lower back pain and the pain itself and visualisation to target areas of the brain sending out pain signals. Also a fitness programme to build strength and flexibility of back muscles and general fitness. Lifestyle advice to prevent further pain. Prices on request .
LOVE YOURSELF / LOVE YOUR BODY
Here For You
For people living with body image and overeating issues related to histories of sexual abuse, abusive relationships or other issues: weekly therapy sessions using EMDR to resolve underlying trauma and learn and practice Mindful Eating to change your relationship with food, eating and your body. Also weekly group or individual fitness sessions to build your fitness and confidence. Mindful Eating can help you learn to read your body's signals of hunger and fulness and how to recognise emotional eating, gaining more nourishment from food to eat healthily without dieting or restriction.
Move the Body, Heal the Mind
NEW CLIENTS ALWAYS WELCOME
FLEXIBLE TIMES AVAILABLE
Typical practice hours:
Monday: 10 am to 2
Tuesday: Early morning, daytime, evening
Wednesday: 12 - 2pm
Thursday: Early morning, daytime, evening
Friday: Early morning, daytime, early evening.