Traumatic experiences both big and small can have long lasting effects leading to negative ways of thinking, flashbacks and nightmares.
I am an accredited EMDR(eye movement, desensitization and reprocessing) practitioner for children and adolescents and adults. This is a treatment for trauma related symptoms recommended by NICE and other national and international guidelines.
For trauma related to domestic and sexual abuse CAMHS teams will usually direct young people to Yellow Door which is a charity offering counselling or art therapy. However there is usually a reasonable wait for treatment. If young people find it difficult to talk openly about what has happened to them, then EMDR may be easier to access as sharing details about events is not required.
I have seen this therapy work very well for:
- Child sexual abuse
- Dental trauma
- loss of a pet
- troubling nightmares
I have seen every young person who has been able to engage in this therapy benefit.
Therefore if assessed as being straightforward and suitable for therapy at assessment I can give a money back guarantee that benefit will be seen within 3 sessions.
The number of sessions needed can be as few as 2 or 3 sessions for single traumatic events but significantly more sessions may be needed for more complex repeated traumas. A good estimation of number of sessions needed can be given at assessment.