Flora Saxby Psychotherapy in Hammersmith, West London

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A safe place......to find your way

I have a particular interest in supporting and working with people who have suffered trauma and loss of any sort.

We sometimes have uncontrollable emotions and reactions that we do not understand but can have a severe impact on our daily lives. These can come from unprocessed experiences and unexpressed emotions. We can be tempted to try and avoid these symptoms, however we often reach a point when we know we cannot avoid them any more. We can feel completely stuck and lost. There may be symptoms such as anxiety, depression, flashbacks, dissociation, intrusive thoughts or memories, phobias, nightmares, physical pain, illness or difficulty sleeping.

The symptoms may not be overwhelming but you may just know that things are not right even if you cannot link this to a specific traumatic event.

I provide a safe, non-judgemental space where the symptoms and emotions can be carefully examined and released, and we can come to understand their root causes through looking at current situations and also how the present might have been affected by the past (including our experience in out Mother's womb and in our very early months). We can look at the patterns of thinking that developed, often early on in life, and whether it would be helpful to review these.

I use EMDR which helps to reduce the emotional and physiological distress from past experiences and enables more adaptive, healthy thinking and responses. It is as if it helps to "file away" in the brain memories and emotions from experiences in the past that affect our responses in the present. EMDR works with bilateral stimulation using eye movement or other methods such as tapping. It is effective face to face and online.

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