Georgina Gray - Traumaform C.I.C.
My name is Georgina, Founder and Director of Traumaform CIC, a not for profit organisation specialising in Trauma and PTSD.
The current situation regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) can be regarded as a collective trauma that is affecting every human being in one way or another across the world - be that the loss of loved ones, separation from family, financial worries, businesses collapsing, "domestic intensity", loneliness, increased anxieties and fears, emotional difficulties, and particular and extra difficulties in countries that are already affected by war and other unrest, hundreds of thousands of individual stories. Even if someone is not in any way directly affected, the reporting and news and general atmosphere among people can be very unsettling.
At Traumaform we will be offering online video groups to help deal with any anxieties, difficulties, or loneliness that can arise from this situation - we are developing a variety of different groups including emotion regulation groups, arts and crafts, yoga, writing for well being etc. These will be offered at reduced cost, with extra concessions being available for those genuinely struggling.
If you are interested please just send an email!
As mentioned, we specialise in the treatment of the effects of Trauma, PTSD and Complex Trauma, and their co-morbidities such as anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, substance use issues and addictions, emotional problems and relationship issues.
If you have experienced an event that caused you to feel helpless or terrified - be it bullying at work, adverse childhood experiences such as emotional abuse or neglect, and/or physical or sexual abuse, or a road traffic accident in later life, domestic violence (the list is endless) then you may be experiencing a variety of symptoms, including intrusive thoughts or flashbacks, avoidance, changes in mood, hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle response, panic attacks, sleep disorders and many more, some of which may be more subtle.
The effects of trauma are often wide reaching and if we grew up in a environment characterised by chaos, or violence, or isolation and neglect we may not even be aware that we are affected, and may carry shame, guilt, blame and anger and suffer from chronic anxiety or depression, self-harm or addiction issues. Equally, a single incident of being mugged or burgled or a car accident can lead to symptoms of PTSD, with fear often leading to avoidance, which in itself can exacerbate the problems. Witnessing a traumatic event, or even hearing about trauma of a loved one, can bring about symptoms of PTSD, as can repeated exposure to trauma such as working with the emergency services.
Many people will experience trauma at some time in their life, research estimates that up to 20% of those may go on to develop PTSD symptoms (Briere & Scott, 2015). Regardless of whether a person meets the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis or not, dealing with these traumatic experiences can help individuals file away traumatic memories in the correct place and go on to experience post-traumatic growth.
I receive referrals from Health Insurance Companies, EAP's, Occupational Therapists, GP's as well as self-referrals.
The Cambria, Aberystwyth
The Alliance Therapy Centre, Carmarthen
The Horizon Centre, Swansea
Therapy Room, Lampeter
I offer a discrete and confidential service to individuals, couples and groups.
The initial session is free of charge for self-funding individuals. This is more of an informal chat where you have the opportunity to ask questions about any trauma process. The initial meeting is also a place where we can discuss a contract and any concessions that may be available.
Alternatively if you have suffered a trauma or difficult experience and are unsure if you have processed this or are concerned about the effects it may be having on yourself or others, please don't hesitate to phone me for an informal chat.
Partaking in counselling or treatment for trauma and PTSD, is a very individual, personal and private journey which can at times be painful. It requires hard-work and commitment from both counsellor and client and is a two-way process. The expectation of the client is to fully engage with the process and to attend the scheduled appointments.
But remember, counselling isn't just hard work or always serious, laughter and a sense of humour are encouraged!
Arranging an appointment
Either by phone, text or email.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (1999)
- MSc Psychological Research Methods (2004)
- Diploma Addiction Counselling (2007)
- Diploma Addiction Studies (2007)
- Cert Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Substance Misuse (2008)
- Reality Therapy/Choice Theory Cert. (2010)
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy (2012)
- ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology (2014)
- Post-graduate Diploma in Traumatology and PTSD (2016)
- Trauma Supervision (2017)
- Brainspotting (2017)
- EMDR (2018)
Treatment for Complex Trauma and PTSD:
- CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy)
- IRRT (Image Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy)
- PET (Prolonged Exposure Therapy)
- NET (Narrative Exposure Therapy)
- ERRT (Exposure, Relaxation & Rescripting Therapy) for Post-trauma Nightmares
- STAIR (Skills Training in Affective & Interpersonal Regulation) for Emotion Regulation
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals
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Membership of FDAP is open to individual practitioners and managers, service providers, academic institutions and commissioning bodies and there are different categories of membership.
FDAP members are bound by a Code of Practice and subject to a Complaints & Disciplinary Procedures.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Session or Phone Consultation free of charge
£ 50.00 per hour session
Concessions available for self funding individuals
Day time, evenings and weekends available
Evening and Weekends available
Home visits by arrangement
Further locations available in Aberystwyth at the Cambria and Carmarthen at The Alliance Therapy Centre.
Generic counselling also available - see profile under Georgina Gray.