Trauma and PTSD
Trauma is defined as “an uncontrollable and terrifying life event”. It can happen in a split second, or over a much longer period of time. We can also be traumatised by stories and news events that we witness or hear from others. An example of trauma happening over a longer period would be the experience of combatants who continuously risk their lives in combat, and who see their comrades fall in front of their eyes. By having to stay continually alert, and go on to the next situation, it eventually takes its toll as the traumatic experiences are “locked in”.
Sarah has worked internationally and in the UK and Ireland with veterans and their families, earthquake survivors, women who have been trafficked, and individuals who have been kidnapped or held at gunpoint. Her knowledge and experience of working with groups, sometimes in difficult situations, is extensive.
Sarah would be interested in hearing from any groups in the local area who might benefit from the trauma healing work she does. To discuss your requirements or to find out how Sarah can help you, please call us on 01823 428156.
What happens in Sarah’s group sessions?
The most important thing to know is that nobody has to speak about their trauma unless they choose to. The tools and techniques that Sarah uses work effectively to release trauma without having to relive the experience by talking about it. The group sessions usually take three hours and we recommend a minimum of six sessions. Groups could be made up of a family, individuals coming together after a shared traumatic experience or event, or charities/NGOs. At the end of the six sessions each individual will have learned how to use the tools to empower them and grow their confidence as they continue on their life’s journey, having released the emotional attachment to the trauma. As with all of Sarah’s work, all issues discussed in the sessions remain entirely confidential, and Sarah can meet you either at Sangha House or at a venue of your choosing.
Survivors of human trafficking:
“it gave me part of my life back”.
“I don’t have bad dreams at night any more”.
Testimonial from a veteran:
“I am a retired Special Forces, and Army Ranger sniper soldier, who has seen combat in several locations around the world. I have known for years that I looked at the world differently after coming back from combat. I did not know how to deal with the nightmares, flashbacks, etc. Using Tapas Acupressure Technique, I have changed from being an emotionally cut-off soldier, father and husband. I finally have my life back and can become the father, son and husband that I once was”.
Staff Sergeant Brian Davis, Former USA Army Special Forces.