Chris Rudyard - MNCS Accredited, NCS Registered, fully insured and qualified.
I'm a counsellor and psychotherapist trained in more than one approach. I started helping people with trauma in 2002, since then the field of neuroscience has made huge advances in terms of treatment, and the understanding of trauma. This has greatly influenced my practice and approach to therapy.
I've worked in paid/employed capacities for many organisations. I found I didn't like working for organisations for many reasons, and something I found was that they didn't adapt, and stuck to old, rigid and unhelpful ways of supporting people.
From the start of my career I found that people would tell me about their trauma, maybe not straight away but we'd get to it. That didn't seem to change much for them, they still felt the acuteness of the trauma. Some therapies seem to be subtly shaming in their nature - suggesting 'it's the way their thinking about it, or that that they're not doing enough. The truth is healing does not come from the way we think or pushing ourselves to do more..
Neuroscience suggests that in trauma what helps is something to do with 'memory consolidation' - the brain re-processing something and allowing it to move to the 'back of the mind'. Only certain therapies have this component, and even less therapies have an healing element which the IFS Therapy I do, has.
My clients have been from many walks of life. I've worked with people with a 'dual-diagnosis', and seen people recover from their history.