Trauma Therapy

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a distressing event where a person feels severely threatened emotionally, psychologically or physically. Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives, such as a car accident or the sudden death of a loved one. Many people recover from trauma in time with the support of family and friends, but for others, the effects of trauma are long-lasting; causing fear, confusion and post-traumatic stress. 

What is post-traumatic stress (PTSD) 

Post-traumatic stress is the psychological reaction to a severely stressful event, often resulting in anxiety, flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, depression, suicidal ideation and other mental health concerns for an extended period of time.

Therapy for PTSD

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy) 

EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment that enables people to heal from the symptoms of emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe mental pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. EMDR helps you to look at your memories of trauma (including all the negative thoughts, feelings and sensations experienced at the time of the event). It aims to change how you feel about these memories and helps you to have more positives emotions, behaviour and thoughts. 

It's effectiveness 

EMDR is now accepted as a treatment of choice by numerous mental health departments and trauma organisations. EMDR has a broad base of published case reports that support it as an empirically validated treatment of trauma and other adverse life experiences. For example, NICE (The National Institute for Health Care Excellence) recommended EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 


A wealth of research has demonstrated its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war-related experiences, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents, childhood sexual abuse/physical abuse or neglect or natural disaster. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in the following conditions:

  • Panic attacks 
  • Complicated grief 
  • Dissociative disorders 
  • Disturbing memories 
  • Phobias 
  • Pain disorders 
  • Performance anxiety 
  • Stress reduction 
  • Addictions 
  • Sexual and/or physical abuse 
  • Body dysmorphic disorders 
  • Personality disorders 

Further Information 

EMDR sessions at BASIC are delivered by accredited psychotherapists, one-to-one, during sessions lasting approximately one hour by Wendy Edge and Nicola Kitching

For further information please contact BASIC on 0161 707 6441 or by email: [email protected] 

How to access our services? Referrals 

Self Referrals 

Here at BASIC, we believe that everyone should have access to high-quality rehabilitation services after suffering from brain and spinal injury. We offer a range of services that are suitable for severe injuries to minor injuries. 

We offer everyone the opportunity to have access to our services, all you have to do is fill in one of our self-referral forms and let us help you. 

Click here to complete the form 

Professional Referral 

Our team embrace partnership work and are happy to share advice and work collaboratively, using our rehabilitation services with other agencies. 

We have a proven track record of working with partners on multiple rehabilitation projects, from delivering workshops on the CAREN and joint research projects with universities to working with case managers offering rehabilitation programmes to their clients. 

We have a range of specialist services available. 

To access any of our services please click here to fill out our professional referral form.