Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder experienced after individuals have been subjected to or witnessed a stressful, frightening and/or distressing event.  PTSD can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as a road traffic accident, or a physical and/or sexual attack, or can be caused by multiple traumatic events that span from individuals’ childhoods right into their adulthood.

While PTSD symptoms (including nightmares, flashbacks and intrusive images) can be extremely disabling – PTSD is ‘treatable’ and treatment has the potential to significantly reduce people’s suffering.

Ellen has a special interest in PTSD and trauma work and has recently specialised in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) therapy.  EMDR and trauma-focused CBT is advocated by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence, NHS) as the number 1 evidence based treatment for PTSD (please follow this link for further details https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg26)

Ellen is a member of the EMDR UK and Europe Association and is currently in the final stages of her application to become an EMDR UK and Europe approved practitioner.   She completed her EMDR training in 2013 and has been using this therapeutic approach to therapy extensively ever since.   She continues to be amazed by the transformative power of the approach (please contact Ellen for further details or read a summary of what EMDR therapy entails here http://www.emdrassociation.org.uk/home/about_EMDR_therapy.htm).

Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the BPS and registered with the HCPC.