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If you’ve been affected by trauma, Priory can help

We know how distressing it can be to go through some form of trauma or distressing life event. A traumatic event or series of traumatic experiences can happen to anyone, at any time. It could be physically, emotionally, or psychologically damaging; or all of these at once. If the trauma isn’t properly processed, it can have a long-lasting impact on your mental health.

Trauma is complex and everyone deals with it differently. It can trigger difficult thought patterns and harmful behaviours, so you mustn’t feel shame for how you’ve managed the challenges you may face. It’s completely normal for people who’ve undergone trauma to experience symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, detachment from reality, guilt and fatigue.

EMDR treatment for Trauma in Kent

If you’ve been affected by trauma or a distressing life event, Priory can help. Our new six-week Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) programme, at Priory Hospital Hayes Grove in Kent, is designed to help people struggling with the initial fallout of trauma using EMDR treatment. This is a complex and highly effective approach to psychotherapy, using an eight-phase approach and incorporating elements of various other therapies. 

Our highly accredited mental health specialists at Priory Hayes Grove have a wealth of experience in helping people through trauma, through the delivery of EMDR therapy. They can help you to move on from your past, find inner peace and restore calm and control to your day-to-day life.

Effective group therapy for your situation

G-TEP is used worldwide in the treatment of trauma or distressing life events, including and extending elements of EMDR. Since 2020, it has been particularly effective in helping those affected by acute and ongoing trauma around the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there are many potential causes of trauma and we can help to deal with a range of different life events.

The G-TEP programme can help to address traumatic events and reduce the ongoing psychological, physiological and emotional symptoms. This closed-setting group allows a maximum of six members to take the recovery journey together, sharing experiences and supporting each other throughout the process. Being in a group helps you develop a sense of identity and belonging, helping to release tension and stress, after processing the distressing memories. You can also gain insight into your own issues by listening to others who have similar problems.

What is G-TEP therapy?

G-TEP is a gentle but powerful therapy. It aims to help you deal with your next challenge, specifically considering any events that may create ongoing uncertainty. The sessions aim to help prevent further complications and give you the coping skills to navigate the recovery process. Crucially, G-TEP is designed to be preventative, addressing the symptoms of acute stress before more severe trauma-related disorders, such as PTSD, can develop.

No discussion of the traumatic event, or any associated events, will take place during the therapy process. You will retain complete control of what you do or don’t share. However, the purpose of the sessions is to indirectly address the events and desensitise you to them. Each session lasts for 2.5 hours and follows all relevant COVID-secure guidelines, with social distancing adhered to at all times. If you aren’t able to attend face-to-face, you can take part remotely via Zoom.

What can I expect from G-TEP sessions at Priory?

Your very first session will be an individual assessment, meeting with one of the group therapists to determine whether G-TEP is appropriate for your needs. We will also provide you with a collection of written materials that outline the diagrammatic structure used throughout the group.

The outline of the G-TEP sessions will run as follows:

  • The initial one or two sessions look to equip you with stabilisation techniques and containment
  • Following this, in sessions three to five, you will be guided to focus on traumatic memories or memory fragments, called ‘points of disturbance’ (PODS), which are processed one at a time with EMDR strategies
  • The final session (6) will focus on consolidation of learning and relapse prevention. You will then be offered a follow-up individual session, three weeks after the end of the group

Who is eligible for the G-TEP programme?

We open up our G-TEP programme to any adult, over the age of 18, who has experienced a traumatic incident in the last six months such as bereavement, accidents and work or COVID-19 related stress.

If any of the following conditions apply to you, the G-TEP programme won’t be comprehensive enough for your needs:

  • If you have had suicide ideation in the past year or have been diagnosed with psychosis, major depression or bipolar disorder, which is currently unstable
  • If you have chronic and complex PTSD
  • If you are currently self- harming
  • If you are using illicit drugs or alcohol regularly to cope
  • If you are completely overwhelmed as soon as you think about your traumatic event

We can advise on your most appropriate next steps if your situation sounds similar to any of the above, and requires support that is more intensive.

For More Information

If you’ve been affected by trauma or a distressing life event, Priory can help, please call 0800 840 3219 or to book a free assessment or ask for further information click here to submit an enquiry form

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