Dr Ben Dawson
I set up Project Trauma because I wanted to provide personalised, compassionate psychological support for individuals and organisations following trauma. Trauma can affect anyone, and often happens unexpectedly. Everyone will have a different reaction to traumatic incidents, and a different tolerance for dealing with the effects of trauma.
Project Trauma was founded to work with people following life changing injuries and physical trauma, (including head injuries and multiple injuries), as well as psychological difficulties such as anxiety and low mood because of wider life events and experiences. Psychological stress is very common following the experience of trauma, and I believe in helping individuals and families to understand, and adjust to their experiences.
Sometimes the term 'Post Traumatic Stress' will be used to describe psychological difficulties which do not resolve themselves in the months after trauma is experienced. My job is to help people to tell the difference between normal, healthy psychological responses to trauma, and the warning signs that tell us someone may need more support. Not everyone will need psychological therapy after trauma, but everyone will need support of some kind.
Whilst I specialise in working with physical trauma, the word 'trauma' is also commonly used within psychology to refer to emotionally distressing events. Our practice brings these areas together, and we aim to help individuals and families, whatever the nature of their needs and I have an active passion for helping anyone who wants to make psychological change in their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, with specialisms in Neuropsychology and Major Trauma. I have worked primarily in the NHS, with some time spent in the private sector. In 2016, I be the came Major Trauma Psychologist within the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at Salford Royal Hospital and provide inpatient and outpatient services. Salford Royal Hospital, and the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, are leaders and innovators in Neurological practice, and the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology is renowned for its specialist clinical services, and research. My work involves practice in assessment, formulation, and rehabilitation intervention, and I take a lead on trauma, serious injury, and major incident work, at a local and national level.
I continue specialist interests in traumatic brain injury, mental capacity assessment, neurorehabilitation, poly trauma, major incident response and planning, and sports rehabilitation. I also enjoy focussing on the therapeutic side of work with people who struggle with anxiety, mood, and other psychological wellbeing difficulties because of their life experiences.
I also lecture at and supervise for, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Rates for self funded sessions are as follows, rates paid via insurance schemes are negotiated with insurance companies and any shortfall (which is unusual) made up by the individual.
Individual Psychological Therapy: £70-110 per hour (variable according to self declared income)
Individual Neurorehabilitation: £90-130 per hour
Full fee details are available on our website.
I founded Psychology Projects with a strong social conscience. I do not believe in charging higher fees than necessary, and I also committed to providing a percentage of my time free of charge to public and charitable services who would benefit from training, education, and support, but would be unable to access it due to cost or resources. This means that for every hour I charge for, I will also be giving back to the public services that I passionately believe in.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work flexible clinics which are primarily evenings through the week and a Saturday morning.
Types of client