RISE offers a new type of therapy for trauma clients

Many women and children who receive support from RISE will be referred to our Therapy, Trauma and Wellbeing Service.

We offer a range of different therapies appropriate for the context of domestic violence and abuse helping with issues such as: self-esteem, anger, self-blame, anxiety and depression.

We also offer specialised trauma therapies to help to process the impact of trauma and symptoms such as: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, flash backs and nightmares.

In February 2017 one of our therapists was trained in an internationally renowned, evidence-based treatment approach called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

EMDR is based on the principle that when we experience a traumatic event, the mind is too overwhelmed to process what is going on. As a result, these unprocessed memories and the accompanying sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings remain stored in the brain in 'raw' form, where they can be accessed each time we experience something that triggers a recollection of the original event.

While we still cannot know for certain what specific physiological changes occur during EMDR, we believe it has something to do with activating the parts of the brain responsible for processing and integrating memories. The assumption is that this involves a similar process to that which occurs during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleeping.

EMDR is emerging as one of the leading treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which affects many of our service users who have experienced violence and abuse. We hope that by offering this technique we can help survivors of domestic abuse to process their trauma and be free of their (sometimes) debilitating symptoms.

Further information is available through following the links on the right.