WHAT IS BESPOKE TRAUMA THERAPY?
Bespoke Trauma Therapy™ offers a therapeutic approach that differs from regular talking therapy as it incorporates a multidisciplinary approach that utilises several therapeutic modalities to best support your individual healing journey.
No two clients are the same although they may present with similar issues, therefore I tailor my approach according to the individual not their symptoms alone.
I offer a varied, creative and flexible approach to healing and self exploration to trauma relief.
As a UKCP accredited therapist, all my interventions are underpinned by my psychotherapy training, however I do not exclusively focus on this modality as the ultimate healing approach. Therefore with your agreement, I include a number of other therapeutic options tailored to your needs and symptoms. No matter the reason why you are looking for therapy at this time, I am dedicated to offering you a therapeutic approach that is creative, authentic and flexible and that resonates with your own innate sense of what is most healing for you.
I am a Somatic Experiencing Trauma and Addictions Therapist and EMDR Practitioner and offer an extensive approach to trauma relief.
My training in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy is my 'base camp' and underpins all my interventions, as its philosophy is to see the individual as a whole being rather than being captivated by ones psychopathology and symptoms alone.
Over the years I have been dedicated to researching the most effective training resources to best serve my clients and have developed my practice by training in several fields. These include Psychosynthesis, Somatic Experiencing, Co-Active Coaching, EMDR, Supervision, 12 Step Recovery and Addictions work, Shamanic and Ritual work, Women's Rights of Passage, Group Facilitation, Esoteric Energy work, Creative Visualisation, Meditation and Mindfulness and Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) to name a few. I have also trained and worked as a Foster Carer for Barnet Council. I therefore employ any and all of these resources where appropriate in support of my clients' presenting issues, and together we build a way of working that utilises what is required to provide the most beneficial healing approach possible.
NOT SUFFERING IN SILENCE
Trauma can manifest in many forms and crosses a wide spectrum of experience including anxiety, stress, insomnia, low self-esteem, depression, bereavement, relationship issues and endings, loss of meaning and purpose, procrastination, negative self-talk, addictive processes, eating disorders and body dysmorphia, self-harm, sexual difficulties, PTSD, recurring health issues, etc. (please see individual Therapies pages for more detailed information of the symptoms and trauma I work with).
I am passionate about redeeming our experience of suffering and exploring it as a threshold towards a deeper relationship with ourselves and others. I view it as an initiation that often takes us by surprise, but held with compassion and allowing, it can lead us towards transformation and a sense of wholeness that is deep and enduring. After all, suffering in its original translation means 'to undergo' ones process in times of change rather than being held captive in fear of life’s challenges.
Einstein said that within adversity lies opportunity. This is a powerful re-frame on what could otherwise be seen as suffering without meaning or opportunity. It also provides me with a resting place from which to approach my client work and life in general, which is with compassion, empathy and creativity.
Ones symptoms are therefore sign posts that can lead us towards greater understanding and wholeness so that we have the freedom to express ourselves as fully as we can, rather than symptoms merely being problems we need to be rid of so that we can function again.
WHAT I OFFER
Dependent on the issues you want to work with, there are a number of ways that we can approach this together, from traditional short term counselling to longer term psychotherapy, or trauma specific therapy such a Somatic Experiencing and EMDR. As a general rule, I would see you on a weekly basis at a regular date and time. This may vary however, dependent on the type of therapeutic programme we decide on.
If you are coming for counselling or psychotherapy, as a somatic psychotherapist I will likely invite you to explore what body oriented presentations are also surfacing in you. If you are unfamiliar with this way of working, it can be difficult to explain the process without giving you an actual experience of it. Broadly speaking, working somatically means that we include our awareness of what might be going on at a physical level as well as what we are thinking and feeling. Often we are so engaged with what is happening at the mental and emotional levels of our process, that we forget that our bodies are what we actually live and breath in. Therefore, by bringing our awareness to our body and listening to the different ways in which it is communicating through us, we allow for further insights to emerge, leading to a deeper healing experience.
I teach meditation and mindfulness as well as creative visualisation techniques which are deeply supportive approaches that help clients recognise and cultivate their own innate natural wisdom. Many clients experience this approach alongside therapy as an empowering tool particularly in times of stress, anxiety and crisis. Mindfulness techniques help foster remaining steady and present rather than becoming overwhelmed by ones emotions and external circumstances. If this is something you would like to explore today, go to my page A Moment Of Pause where you will find a number of resources including a guided meditation.
For more details about the different therapeutic ways we can work, look at my Therapies Offered section.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY TRAINING BACKGROUND
My therapeutic background began almost 30 years ago with my own crisis of meaning which began a long journey of self exploration that is on-going.
My training began with learning how to meditate in my early 20’s which led me to do an extensive 2.5 year Energy Healing training, namely Esoteric Healing, with the INEH, and I went on to become a registered Healing Practitioner and body worker. Whilst I no longer specifically offer this form of therapeutic intervention, energy work forms a fundamental part of all therapeutic interventions as it is what happens in the space in between the client and therapist, that invisible and yet pregnant void that something so intrinsic is exchanged in the mystery of the therapeutic alliance.
Esoteric Healing included a psychological as well as psychospiritual element to the training which fascinated me and led me to do a 5 year training as an Applied Psychosynthesis Practitioner, completing my Masters in 2005. I chose the Applied route as I wanted to explore the creative process aligned to ones essential creative expression, in particular of those working in the performing arts. I later returned to complete my Diplomas in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
In more recent years I decided to add Somatic Experiencing and EMDR to my practice, as I developed a nagging concern that some of my clients were unable to fully process more complex trauma issues and symptoms despite our best efforts. Over a period of time and research, I explored the field of neuropsychology and then Peter Levine's work with Somatic Experiencing, which has been a formidable addition to my therapeutic tool kit. There are many therapies currently available that one can choose from. However, the ones I have chosen and include in my approach resonate deeply with me and my ability to deliver these interventions with integrity, passion and expertise.
I am also a keen photographer, writer and musician, so you may find these aspects interweaved through the pages.
© 2018 ELISA BRAGG
My Accreditation, Certification and Professional Indemnity Insurance: