Trauma

Trauma

The Trauma Centre opened in May 2013 and serves the whole of Gloucestershire.  We offer support to anyone who has experienced recent or historic trauma.

The trauma services at the centre are not just for people who are suicidal.

You can contact us via the website or on 07975 974455.

Trauma Services

We can offer one to one support for people who have experienced trauma. This takes place at our base in central Cheltenham, and we do some outreach work as well, if you can’t come to our centre.  We also run a trauma group. The trauma group is led by a psychological therapist and is supported by a psychologist.

Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Services

As well as offering one to one support for people who experience PTSD, we also offer group support.  Our PTSD group provides an opportunity to learn more about the condition, from professionals, and also gives a chance to meet other people who experience PTSD. Group members say that learning more about PTSD is helping them to understand a condition that can be bewildering and frightening at times. Meeting other people with PTSD is extremely important to them, too, and they are finding this very beneficial. The group is facilitated by an NHS psychological therapist.

Dissociation

Dissociation involves varying degrees of detachment. It can be a reaction to a traumatic event or events. You may experience a disconnect between your thoughts and emotions . You might feel detached from your emotions (which is your brain’s way of protecting you from emotions that are too painful), and detached from other people. Some people feel detached from the person they used to be before the trauma (as though that person no longer exists). You may also experience dissociative amnesia, where you find yourself in a place, but have no idea how you got there. You can’t remember. You may sometimes feel detached from your body – a kind of  ‘out of body’  experience.  Some people experience identity confusion or identity alteration. We can offer support to people who experience dissociation, (but we don’t offer therapy for dissociation).