Who We Help
There's a good chance you're here and reading this because you're desperately trying to find a way to stop the emotional distress that has, slowly but surely, started to control your entire life.
Perhaps it manifests for you as anxiety and panic, perhaps flashbacks where you re-live what happened over and over, perhaps as night terrors that make you too afraid to go back to sleep. It can feel like living on a knife-edge 24/7 but never knowing when the bad thing is going to happen. It can feel like there is no point in trying to be happy or think about the future because it always gets taken away when you try. Perhaps, on a day to day basis, you can hide these feelings so well that no one really understands that on the inside you feel like you're trapped in the bottom of a pit, all alone in the dark with monsters, with no chance of ever getting out.
But it is absolutely possible for you to shake off the grip that trauma has on your life at the moment.
For some people, it's anxiety or depression that distress them most. In fact, anxiety and depression are often part of trauma. In both instances, they may be the brain's attempt to cope with trauma.
Anxiety is future-based and can be the brain's way of trying to anticipate the next bad thing that might happen so you are alert for it and ready to protect yourself.
Depression can be another way the brain tries to protect itself by withdrawing from the world and not allowing emotions to be felt so you can't be hurt again.
In a weird way, both anxiety and depression start off as sensible self-protection strategies intended to protect the brain from further harm, but then they go too far to the point they become destructive in their impact on our lives. Anxiety and depression can become overwhelming and take charge in our heads; they start to control every aspect of our lives and we can find no way to make them stop.
This is your moment to access therapy for trauma, anxiety or depression to help relieve the emotional distress you're currently enduring, and to help you find ways to live alongside what has happened to you without these feelings controlling your life as they do now.
It's about finding your balance again in a world that feels like an unsafe place for you to be in right now. It's about reconnecting with emotions that you may feel have been destroyed by what happened to you. Reconnecting to being happy, believing in yourself, feeling confident that you can look forward to a bright future where you achieve your dreams and hopes, that you can be loved and valued for being exactly who you are.
People come to trauma therapy for all kinds of reasons; often what has happened to them has involved violence or abuse of some kind which has left them feeling traumatised. Perhaps you're an adult survivor of childhood abuse, perhaps trying to rebuild your life after a violent attack, sexual assault or rape, perhaps you fled a domestically abusive relationship and want to live without fear.
Sometimes people come to trauma therapy for very different reasons, for reasons that others might think can't be traumatic. Perhaps you've experienced or witnessed a traumatic birth, for example, or your baby has had a difficult start to life, perhaps you've lost babies before they even had a chance to live or who died soon after birth, perhaps you're struggling because your baby or child has been significantly unwell with an illness that may affect them for the rest of their lives, perhaps you're struggling to cope with a situation that brought chaos to your life with no warning or where what happened to you in the past has come back to haunt you in the present. Here, if what has happened to you feels traumatic, if it causes you to feel anxious or depressed, you will be believed, helped and supported to get your life back into balance.
If you're uncertain whether therapy is right for you, or you have questions, then do, please, get in touch for a chat. Contact details are at the top of this page or on the Contact page itself. It only takes one call or email to start reclaiming your life.
And now some useful information:
Therapy sessions are available by phone, online video calling or face to face if you live in South Wales, UK. No matter where you live in the world, help is available.
Unfortunately, face to face therapy sessions may not always be available depending on the local situation with the Covid-19 virus.
You must be over 18 to access therapy here.
A medical diagnosis of PTSD or trauma is not required for eligibility, but there is an assessment process to complete before therapy can begin.
The assessment is about your protection and well-being should you come into therapy here. Trauma therapy is hard, emotional work and being in the right mindset is important.
So, the assessment looks at your general state of psychological and emotional well-being, your reasons for wishing to access therapy here, and your determination to change your current life situation. The assessment is in two parts - a form to be filled out by you and a meeting, online or face to face, to discuss your expectations and hoped-for outcomes.
Therapy costs £40 per session.
If you believe you would struggle to pay this fee per session then please discuss this with us. There are appointment slots open on a pro bono/ sliding scale fee basis where what you can afford to pay can be accepted. However, please be aware there may be a longer waiting time to access these sessions.
Number of therapy sessions
The Project does not limit therapy sessions because trauma can take time and patience to resolve. You decide when you're ready to finish therapy.
The aim is that when you're ready to end therapy you're feeling pretty much like this: