Services We Offer
Personalized Care and Guidance
Children & Young People
Trauma Team has a team of children and young people (C&YP) psychotherapists, who can interact and help a C&YP find a path towards solving their issues. We are a highly experienced and qualified creative psychotherapy team, with experience of school counseling throughout the province.,
We use creativity to engage young people. Our therapists have also worked in Community and Voluntary organizations with these clients. Trauma Team was requested to help TUSLA (Child and Youth Agency in Southern Ireland) to engage with both young people and also train the staff who worked with them.
We work in a person-friendly way and use different approaches depending on the stage of development of the young person and the individual issues they are experiencing.
We recognise that in an ever faster-paced world, young people often seem to be under the most pressure from peers, their social/friendship circles, school, and home environments. We recognise that young people are faced with many pressures and demands and may need support to make sense of and manage the challenges they face. Our psychotherapists can help them navigate this journey. Some of the issues they may be referred to include low self-esteem confidence, bullying, depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, feeling suicidal, family problems, relationship breakdown. We work with the young person to face these problems and develop their resilience and capacity to cope with challenges; building self-esteem and resilience while instilling a positive sense of hope and supporting them on their journey.
Employee Assistance Programme
Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a bespoke service, designed to meet the brief agreed with the organisation. It is a unique, innovative service because it is ONLY delivered by degree level practitioners or higher. This high threshold enables you to be confident in the academic and experiential knowledge of the team dealing with your employees.
The Employee Assistance Program consists of:
One to one professional counselling delivered either in structured F2F format or in telephone support. The telephone support is accessible 24/7 and 365 days per year. If further F2F sessions are required that will be arranged a.s.a.p. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to assist you to manage traumatic incidents occurring within the workplace environment. This can help proactively ameliorate concerns/issues raised while also identifying employees who may need further support. This can be facilitated at the workplace or at a neutral space.
Return to work service, to facilitate the integration of staff back into the workplace, after a prolonged period of sick leave.
Specific, targetted counselling to address negative coping strategies e.g. alcohol or drug issues.
Counselling for anger or aggressive, confrontational behaviours.
Access to the mobile phone number of a Director of Trauma Team to facilitate speedy faciltation and clarification of any questions.
Professional Counselling is a supportive, non-judgemental space within which to explore the issues that are causing you discomfort. The therapeutic space is boundaried by professional ethics, including confidentiality (with some exceptions which your counsellor will explain).
Our counsellors are very experienced psychotherapists, trained in various modalities. We will NOT judge you, criticise you, or think negatively of you. We will respect you and your internal resilience. We are here to listen and support you.
The two most important things for you to understand are:
You are NORMAL, whether you believe that or not;
You are MENTALLY STRONG, whether you feel like that or not.
The urban myth is that only weak people go to counselling. This is simply NOT TRUE!! BELIEVE in YOURSELF. In fact, the exact opposite is true - only strong people seek out counselling. So why not take the first step and make the call, because you are worth it.
EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in 1989.
Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety.
It has been validated as a "GOLD STANDARD" evidence-based psychological therapy for dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by C.R.E.S.T. 2003; National Institute of Clinical Excellence 2005 and the World Health Organisation in 2013. It has been validated in numerous randomised controlled trials and meta analysis.
Supervision / Consultation
Counselling Supervision is a formal and mutually agreed arrangement for counsellors/psychotherapists to discuss their work regularly with someone who is normally an experienced and competent psychotherapist and familiar with the process of counselling supervision” (BACP Code of Ethics and Practice for Supervisors of Counsellors, January 1996).
Counselling Supervision is considered essential for effective counselling. All BACP/IACP members working as counsellors are bound by their professional bodies Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy to monitor their counselling through ongoing supervision. I am a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor and therefore have been recognised by BACP as having both the academic qualifications and clinical experience to supervise counsellors competently and effectively. Under the reciprocal arrangement between BACP and IACP, I can also supervise IACP counsellors.
EMDR supervision to comply with EMDR Europe standards is to be carried out by an EMDR Consultant Supervisor, which I am and therefore can supply this. This will look at fidelity to the EMDR Adaptive Information Processing model and the eight phase protocol within the three pronged format of past, present and future. To discuss your supervision requirements either BACP/IACP or EMDR please phone the above number to discuss further.
Critical Incident Stress Management (C.I.S.M.)
This will be carried out by staff trained at the University of Ulster in Critical Incident Stress Management, and accredited by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. The aims of CISM include pre-incident preparedness, acute crisis intervention, and post-crisis follow-up. It also can help employees return to their daily routine more quickly. Critical Incident Debriefings are carried out to a structured protocol. To date we have facilitated fifteen C.I.S.M. in various work environments within Northern Ireland, including prison settings. Our specially trained trauma psychotherapists, or a team of psychotherapists (if required) will carry out a group de-escalation intervention.
Stress workshops on what stress is, signs and symptoms, and how to reduce the same.
This informative workshop gives practical skills and techniques to insulate oneself from the potential negative effects of stress on both the mind and body.
Increasing emotional resilience.
Our expertise in Trauma Management comes from extensive academic and experiential work with people affected by trauma, which has led to the development of our Psychological Trauma Training. This also makes us unique, as we take psychological trauma so seriously, we have ensured we are the best trained, experienced and resourced psychotherapists to work within this complex field.
Our facilitators explore this topic with you and give you practical, proactive steps to assist you in ameliorating the impact of trauma. This training is based on thousands of hours clinical experience working with this population.
We will explore :- What is Trauma?;
What are the signs and symptoms?;
How one can develop/increase emotional resilience to counteract its impact?
The work/life balance balance of your life and how it can help/hinder?
Plus various other topics in an interactive, experiential manner.