Trauma

Since the 1986 Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, We have specialised in the field of psychological trauma. Steve has worked alongside leading world authorities attending critical incidents and major disaster situations. He is qualified to work offshore and holds the BOSIET certificate of competency in emergency response. He has been involved in group rehabilitation based on the RAF Wroughton PTSD programme which originated in the 1991 Gulf conflict led by Dr Gordon Turnbull and who de-briefed the Beirut hostages, Terry Waite, John McCarthy and Jackie Mann. In 1998 he was involved in the clinical development of a complex PTSD unit at the Priory Ticehurst House. He provides critical incident support to many national and international organisations, including major UK companies and airlines. Steve is lead therapist at the Eastbourne Clinic in East Sussex, where he specialises in birth trauma.

 

We would be delighted to assist your organisation in planning for traumatic events, conducting psychological risk assessments and training. Individual trauma therapy is available to help you overcome the effects of trauma, however large or small. It can also help with trauma arising from historic events. Our trauma therapy procedures follow guidelines specified by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

 

Traumatic events can be many and varied. The American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV-TR,2000) defines trauma as something: ” the person experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with, an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others. The person’s response would have involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror”.

 

Trauma can be seen across a range of situations, including:

  • Developmental – Childhood sexual/physical/psychological abuse, bullying.
  • Man-made – Transport disaster such as train/coach/road traffic accident. Air disaster, fire and explosion, building/structure collapse.
  • Natural Event – Earthquake, Flood, Storm, Volcano, Tsunami.
  • Violence – Robbery, assault, rape, domestic violence, terrorism, wars.

 

Recent activity:

  • Kabul, Afghanistan : Post explosion – Critical Incident Support
  • Cairo, Egypt: Evacuation – Critical Incident Support
  • Tripoli, Libya: Evacuation - Critical Incident Support
  • Japan, Earthquake/Tsunami – Critical Incident Support
  • Algeria, BP hostage situation – Relatives Response Team Support
  • Kenya, Nairobi hostage situation - Psychological First Aid

 

Reference: America Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision, American Psychiatric Association.