We use a range of psychological therapies, on an outpatient basis, to those who have served in the armed forces who have suffered from stress related problems, bereavement or loss, emotional disorders such as, anxiety and depression or complex psychological trauma. Our goal is to treat the underlying causes of emotional disorders and post-traumatic stress reactions.
Our treatment model is unique in that it is neurobiologically informed to enable us to devise individualised treatment pathways. The Bridge will work with statutory and 3rd Sector organisations to ensure a full service for the individuals that we work with.
The impact of trauma occurs on various levels and can interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily life, affecting relationships, work, physical and mental health as well as personal development.
How a person responds to trauma is dependent on so many things, including how pervasive and prolonged the trauma was, the context in which it took place (war, family setting, school, work etc.) and type of life experiences before and after the trauma was experienced, particularly in regard to the amount of appropriate care and support the person received.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an approach to help people experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. The basis of CBT is that what people think affects how they feel emotionally and also alters what they do. During times of mental distress the way the person sees and judges themselves and the things that happens to them alters. Things tend to become more extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how the person feels and causes them to act in ways that keep their distress going.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centred psychotherapy that makes it possible for clients to discover the habitual and automatic attitudes, both physical and psychological, by which they generate patterns of experience. This gentle therapy teaches clients to follow the inherently intelligent processes of body and mind to promote healing. It is particularly helpful in working with the effects of trauma and abuse, emotional pain, and limiting belief systems.