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.
I've worked in paid capacities for many organisations, I didn't like to working for organisations that didn't adapt, and stick to old unhelpful ways of working with their clients. I believe that some organisations actually do more harm than good to the people they support, as they are not offering the newest and best therapies out there.
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. But that didn't change anything for them, they still felt crap because of it. Some therapies seem to 'shame' the client by suggesting to them 'it's the way you're thinking about it' , other therapeutic approaches naively believe that the relationship is what helps (it does to some degree), or a therapists reflection would be the thing that helps. Neuroscience suggests that in trauma what helps is 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.
I have over 15 years experience providing counselling & psychotherapy. I have worked for charities, private & NHS hospitals and clinics, schools, and several EAP services. I have a further 3 years working in crisis services.
My clients have been from many walks of life. I've worked with people dual-diagnosis, and some of the most traumatised people from the most awful events.
What keeps me doing this job? Seeing people recover!