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If you suffer from any of the symptoms below, I offer a very gentle therapeutic process that relieves the enormous stress related to PTSD via a process called The Richards Trauma Process. I am currently building an equine facilitated learning model that connects children and adults with horses to learn about the ways we can regulate our emotions and thinking - and establish a true sense of "calm" through equine connection. Part of this process is learning how to use the imagination to alter any present state of fear or anxiety. You can learn how to gently alter the negative thoughts you might be constantly having, and the fears that might prevent you from living your life the way you want to. Take a moment to call, or email and find out more about how this works - without retriggering.
Many believe that once a person has PTSD, or depression, or chronic stress or anxiety, that these conditions cannot be truly relieved. I know from first hand experience, that healing can take place. It took me 10 years of searching to find the methods that worked for me and I bless each day now as I wake up, fear free, and with "normal" stress levels - something I had never really experienced before doing these therapies myself.
To truly heal, it takes the right method for the right person - and once that method has been found, it can be gentle, and immediate. No matter what happens - even if this website and my work is not for you, do not give up. Keep going. There will be a way.
Imagination work based on The Richards Trauma Process
With my methods, I can teach you to use imagination therapy that is based on The Richards Trauma Process. Together, we gently rewrite your own core beliefs, we reframe your memories succinctly, so that they no longer hold emotional trigger responses.
You come out the survivor - the winner - the extraordinary person you are underneath the pain and suffering.
Equine Facilitated Learning
I ask horses to teach people how to connect with living beings. Often, with PTSD, we stop being able to connect at any level with other people. The rage, the anxiety, the mistrust, the fear prevents us from being able to confide and access therapies that might help us. Horses, for me, answer our need. They understand your immediate underlying fear. By connecting with horses, safely and gently, you create a bond that is stronger than words. This is sometimes enough to start the massive process of healing. The horse teaches you what you need to know. This is particular effective for people who prefer to be non-verbal, or for whom the mental and/or emotional pain is too difficult to speak of.
These two methods are extraordinary, in my own experience, and I have watched as people make gentle but massive waves of change during these processes.
Flight, fright, freeze, please. Post traumatic stress disorder, separation trauma and other traumas are much more common than many realise - in fact, research shows that many people are undiagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder because it is widely believed it is only caused by a single stressful event.
Actually, there are many different forms of PTSD. It can develop over a period of years, in childhood, or via a long exposure to chronically stressful environments or relationships.
The common underlying factor is that the brain is permanently switched into "fear" mode. The symptoms are frightening, and you can feel absolutely and inexplicably out of control of many of your own behaviours.
The neurological equivalent of shutting down - where life feels hopeless, sad, and too much to cope with.
Avoidance, sadness, hopelessness, the feeling that a person doesn't matter - these are survival techniques that help us to know change is necessary - we help to rewrite the subconscious worry and fear that causes depression in a gentle, effective, and simple way.
Grief is so difficult to deal with by ourselves. Where do we put these waves of grief - this trauma, this immense, overwhelming sense of loss? This therapy has a beautiful process for helping the transition from utter sadness and a broken heart to feeling loving memories, and comfort.
Sometimes we just get so angry - rageful. White. Rage. Extreme PTSD survivors are often filled with rage. It's hard to deal with, for everybody - it causes the aftermath of guilt, it can ruin relationships and make the drive in the car from A to B a dangerous place to be. But in essence, it is often NOT controllable - until the flight, fright, freeze mode is switched off, and the person is returned to a genuine state of safety and calm.
Sometimes, rage is misplaced. This is a therapy that gives righteous rage a place and a voice - and then helps you move on from where rage might be controlling you and not the other way around.
Every day stress can build up until we don't feel like we are coping. Fear of failing others, fear of not being employed, or losing out, or being trapped, or being in the wrong relationship - fear that small things are suddenly catastrophic and we don't know how to deal with the fall out. Every person is different, and many suffer from things they haven't associated with stress - and yet, often, it originates with stress and fear.
We avoid, we stress, we worry, we don't sleep - fear is a huge driver for much of our underlying behaviour and even when it's "not that bad" it can make our days tough to get through. This process helps remove the fear, and allows you to process whatever (from one thing to many) is stressing you so that you can reassess where you stand - and what to do about it. It makes life much simpler. Even worse, we often hide it, putting on a brave face, and getting through things but going home and falling apart by ourselves. If this is happening, or you feel anxious, bullied, or just unhappy, this therapy will help.