Critical Incident & Trauma Support

Critical incidents and traumatic events can have severe, complex and significant effects on people and can be highly distressing to experience, yet the way in which individuals respond to and perceive these events will vary considerably. These incidents can do the same to your organisation. Timely, professional interventions in times of crisis will help to minimise the level of disruption an incident may have on your organisation and its performance.

Critical incidents can involve a great number of people, such as with rail crashes, or smaller groups affected by violence, abuse or a death in the workplace – all with far reaching impact. Extensive experience in managing critical incidents within both the Public and Private sectors means that Contemporary Talking Therapies can provide an expert response to any situation. Our interventions will help your organisation to manage and contain the impact of trauma.

Contemporary Talking Therapies have their own specialist trauma counsellors who are qualified psychotherapists and counsellors with additional Trauma and PTSD training and qualification. In addition, we have a network of Trauma Specialists around the country who we can call on to assist our nationwide clients. We have experience in providing specialised trauma counselling support to several Emergency Service providers, in addition to providing on-site trauma training awareness programmes.

Trauma Support

The word ‘trauma’ is derived from the Greek term for ‘wound’. Very frightening or distressing events may result in a psychological wound or injury and difficulty in coping or functioning normally following a particular event or experience. Everyone’s reaction is different, but most people who experience a potentially traumatic event will recover well with the help of family and friends and will not experience any long-term problems. If people do develop problems they may appear directly after the traumatic event or they may not emerge until much later.

Trauma can be caused by a wide variety of events, but there are a few common aspects. There is frequently a violation of the person’s familiar ideas about the world and of their human rights, putting the person in a state of extreme confusion and insecurity. Traumatic events can be highly distressing to experience, yet the way in which individuals respond to and perceive these events will vary considerably.

It is understandable for people to feel a great deal of distress and upset after a traumatic event, but for many these feelings gradually subside and they are able to carry on with their lives as normal. For others however, distress and anxiety following a trauma may be ongoing and become so severe that their everyday lives and ability to function normally start to suffer.

When this happens it is possible the person affected may go on to suffer from a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – formerly known as ‘shell shock’ and ‘combat stress’.

Contemporary Talking Therapies employs specialist psychotherapists and counsellors who have undergone extensive training in trauma therapy and PTSD in addition to their core training as therapists and are able to offer trauma assessment and trauma counselling for organisations or to individuals who self-refer.

We tailor trauma counselling to suit client needs which may include psychological treatments such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).

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All of our solutions are tailored to meet the needs of each individual organisation.
Please contact Contemporary Talking Therapies for further information