Watford WD24
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How I Can Help You

I am a Psycho-traumatologist - a psyschotherapist who specialises in Complex PTSD and Trauma. We can work together to heal your past trauma, no matter how complex, teaching your brain that you can feel safe in the present day, regardless of what has happened in the past. We can find your inner hero, with a monumental dose of mojo, building you up to feel stronger and more empowered than ever before!
Anxiety and Depression Management

Anxiety and Depression Management

Anxiety and depression can hit at any time, nobody is infallible.

Loss

Loss

Losing a loved one can be enormously distressing, confusing and complex.

Complex PTSD and Trauma

Complex PTSD and Trauma

PTSD can occur after a traumatic event. Complex PTSD can occur after multiple complicated trauma such as repeated childhood sexual, physical...

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an uncomfortable topic for most and sadly too common for all genders.

Relationship Therapy

Relationship Therapy

Couples therapy can be a powerful way for two people to explore and heal their relationship if that is what you both want.

Self-esteem and Confidence

Self-esteem and Confidence

Everyone has a presenting self, which can be useful for professional situations.

Self-harm

Self-harm

Self-harm is often a way to release that internal build-up of pressure and cope with overwhelming distress.

Sexuality

Sexuality

A person’s sexuality is as unique as the intricacies of your personality.

Amanda Wells

Counselling, Psychotherapy & Wellbeing Coach
Fully healing from trauma, PTSD or Complex PTSD and the plethora of symptoms is wholly possible.  Relationships can be deeply impacted due to these symptoms.  It’s an innate human need to belong and have nourishing, respectful, equal and reciprocal relationships. We also need to live authentically, let our true selves be seen and ultimately live a peaceful life, knowing that the life we live reflects our deepest desires, values, needs and wants.

I can help you to understand the physical, psychological and emotional effects of your trauma, look at the relationships you have with yourself and others, disect the past and take the power out of the memories.   I can share with you over 20 years worth of practical tools and knowledge, as well as fully emotionally processing your memories to help remove limitations and blockages and greatly (if not fully – with they help of your hard work and dedication to your recovery journey) reduce your symptoms, so that you can move forward, achieving your dreams and more importantly, internal peace.

What does therapy involve?

Therapy with me is different to many talking therapies due to my area of specialism. With complex trauma and PTSD, it's so very important to be thorough. I have to keep you safe and ensure that you're ready to work on your trauma memories, that you have enough emotional regulation skills and tools to be able to cope outside of sessions. We may use a cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device, proven to reduce anxiety, depression, pain and insomnia.

Stage 1 begins with a full assessment, history and trauma interviews, diagnostic tools checking levels of depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health conditions. The creation of a lifeline, looking at positive and negative events in your life, means that from the very beginning, we know exactly what we're working with and all of the events in your life that will have led you to this point. We begin with psychoeducation, which continues throughout our therapy to help you to understand and normalise how your trauma has impacted you, so that you're not afraid of the physical and mental effects, which can reduce feelings of guilt and shame associated with the feeling that 'something is wrong with me'.

Stage 2 consists of safety and stabilisation processes. These are used to reduce flashbacks, phobia effects and the visual and physical impact of memories. You will learn grounding tools, visulation techniques, meditations, breathing techniques, containment and safety strategies.

Stage 3 will consist of emotional regulation work. PTSD creates emotional instability and we need you to be able to cope with the depth of processing your trauma outside of our sessions. The STAIRS protocol is the platform to create that stability, looking at emotions, behaviour, thinking patterns, how you interpret events, ways you may be avoidinig your emotions such as avoidance patterns, addictive behaviour - even keeping yourself too busy with no time to think. We explore boundaries, relationship patterns, schema's and core beliefs, assertiveness. There will be homework each week - everything you do outside of the session means that habits are embedding in your neural pathways - the more work you do outside of sessions, the less sessions it will cost you, saving you £1s!

During Stage 4 we will begin processing trauma memories and create an appropriate treatment plan, depending on what type would be best for each trauma. These consist of a range of evidence-based trauma therapy treatments:

Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

Imagery Rescripting Reprocessing Therapy (IRRT)

Prolonged Exposure Therapt (PET)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Exposure, Relaxation & Rescripting Therapy (ERRT) for Post-Trauma Nightmares

I can support you should you need official diagnosis with conditions, writing supporting letters to your psychologist/psychiatrist and work with multi-discaplinary teams such a the Community Mental Health Team, CAMHS, support or social workers.

Therapy is also a precious, cosy space just for you. A safe haven where you can drop your guard and be your true self. You can also be heard and accepted no matter what you bring.

Therapy and facing your past isn't easy and i'm not going to pretend otherwise, but it is worth it. Imagine living life without the symptoms you battle with. We can thoroughly support your healing journey and you can grow, change and end therapy feeling empowered, peaceful and strong.

The most important relationship in your life is the relationship that you have with yourself because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself

Testimonials

WHAT CLIENTS SAY

Thanks to all of your care and techniques, I am feeling SO much better and back to my old positive self. What a relief! I can't thank you enough for all of your care and understanding. I was in such a dark horrible place and thanks to you I feel as though my world is bright again. You're a complete and utter star.

Amanda helped me see that the feelings of anxiety and depression are a symptom of my thoughts – both conscious and subconscious and ow my brain interprets day-to-day events in auto-pilot. A lot of these thoughts are a load of rubbish.
She also taught me that ‘rewiring’ your brain back to rational, healthy thoughts is simply a matter of embedding new thinking ‘habits’. Like a muscle, it will be weak at first, but with repetition it will start to become stronger and more natural.

Jen, age 45

I was dreading working on my childhood.  Amanda eased me in and gave me lots of methods to help me feel in control.  Bit by bit we worked on flashbacks that have haunted me for years and slowly they stopped shouting at me, like all they wanted was for me to say them out loud.  She helped me to understand the different stages and how my body has reacted all of these years. She made me feel like anything was possible and I definitely wasn't alone. I'm truly grateful for her support - its been life changing.

Cassie D, 34Trauma Recovery Work

I liked therapy with Amanda, I didn't know what to expect really.  But it helped me to understand my anxiety so that I could handle my exams at school better and I could talk about bullying.  I learned breathing techniques and do a lot more things that make me feel better.  Now I hardly feel ever feel anxious.

Tom G, 15Self-esteem work, anxiety management and mindfulness

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