Vicki specialises in treating individuals with trauma.
Clients may present following a road accident, past physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, or some other traumatic event that has left them incapacitated to return to normal life, as it was beforehand.
Typical signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include:-
- Intrusive memories / nightmares of the event(s) or ‘flashbacks’
- Disturbed sleep
- Anxiety and / or depression
- Panic and fear
- Withdrawal from activities once enjoyed
- Hypervigilance for potential signs of danger in everyday life
- Potential alcohol or substance abuse as self-medication for the above symptoms
Vicki holds a diploma in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an evidence-based treatment for all forms of trauma, be it historical or recent. It is most commonly used with war veterans; however, PTSD can affect anyone who has witnessed or been involved in an accident or traumatic incident. It is a seriously debilitating disorder, which can be treated effectively, restoring quality of life to those who seek treatment.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing involves talking about the traumatic incident(s) with a trained professional, in a safe and comfortable space. Whilst ‘reliving’ these memories, the therapist will ask you to follow a moving object with your eyes, usually the therapist’s two fingers, from left to right. Research behind this process, points to the essential role eye movement has in storing memories in their appropriate place, i.e. where they can be retrieved only at will and their emotional intensity is greatly reduced.
Most memories are filed away and cannot frighten us to anywhere near the degree they did when they first took place. Perhaps you can remember a film you watched as a young child that really scared you; you can probably remember the scenes still today and how you reacted, but it is near impossible for most of us to return to that same physical state of fear that we found ourselves in at the time. With PTSD, we can find ourselves re-living such memories, with all the emotional intensity, ‘as if’ it was happening to us all over again. Traumatic memories need to be fully processed so that they can no longer hold us hostage to the same intense feelings in the here and now. EMDR is an effective and safe way to break free from the pain of the past.