Overcoming Trauma and PTSD and Putting Your Life Back Together

How can you put the pieces of your life back together after a traumatic event or from the effects of post traumatic stress?

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“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton

The Impact of Trauma

The experience of trauma is very much present in our lives, and the effects of trauma reach far and wide. Trauma leaves distinct traces on our minds and emotions, on our ability to experience joy and intimacy, and even on our biology and immune system.

With the continual in-depth studying of trauma through neuroscience, developmental psychopathology, and neuropsychology, it has been possible to identify just how trauma produces physiological, psychological and emotional changes. These are the changes that lead to reactions and actions such as drug-taking, eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression, numbness, dissociation, self-harm, hyper-vigilance, and a general lacking of meaning and purpose in life.

There are generally 3 ways of helping with the effects of trauma:

1. Medication, particularly antidepressants.
2. Top down exploration – Starting with our psychology through working with the traumatic memory and the collapsing of all that we know.
3. Bottom up – From our physiology through working with the body’s visceral contradictions that are locked within.

Working in the right way can turn traumatic stress into traumatic growth, and it is the right interventions that make the difference.

Most importantly ...

In treating trauma it is vital that what is worked with is the effects of the trauma, that have created the trauma 'story', not only the exploration of the original or sustained traumatic events.

Over the last twenty years there has been significant progress in the understanding and treatment of those suffering the effects of trauma.

Trauma is an experience that is unbearable, intolerable and one that we have no control over. It reaches not only those from the armed forces, the police, paramedics, and the fire services. It extends into our own homes, and into our own lives.

Be it a sexual assault, a friend involved in a car accident, a family member encountering domestic violence, a neighbour being mugged, or you watching your parents fighting when you were a child - these are all traumatic events that have an impact on someone who experiences them.

The affects are not only experienced by those who are directly exposed to it, but also those around them.

Learning How to Recover from Trauma

Firstly there is a need to gain understanding of what type of trauma a person is suffering from. For some, a critical life-threatening traumatic event may lead to symptoms of PTSD. A car accident, a physical or sexual attack, a combat or war scenario, homelessness, divorce, or redundancy, for example. These and many other experiences can lead to the effects of trauma.

However, there is also another type of trauma, emanating from the effects of long-term abuse or neglect in childhood, or repetitive prolonged trauma involving harm or abandonment within an abusive relationship. This is known as Complex PTSD (C-PTSD). Figuring out the type of trauma that is being experienced is so important.

What is also important however is ...

Releasing the pain from the core of your soul, and 'Soul-ache' … the experience of trauma at a soul level.  

The Treating Trauma Workshop

If you or somebody you know is suffering from trauma, PTSD, or C-PTSD, then there are many ways to help them put the pieces of their life back together again.

On the Treating Trauma Workshop, running in both London and Manchester, you can spend a whole day learning new methods, techniques and skills to help those that are suffering, so they can begin to take back control of their lives.

Here’s What You Will Learn:

  • How trauma is more than an event that happened in the past; it is an imprint on mind, brain and body.
  • How a traumatic event shifts your focus onto suppressing inner chaos, and losing the ability to be involved in your life.
  • How you can only be fully in charge of your life when you can acknowledge the truth and reality of your body.
  • How crucial it is to use the left and right side of the brain to heal.
  • What it takes to re-establish ownership of your mind and body when impacted by traumatic events.

You will come away from the workshop with practical techniques and strategies that you can use straight away, and which will facilitate immediate benefits for the people you are helping with trauma and PTSD.

To find out more about the training days in London and Manchester, visit the Treating Trauma Workshop page here.

We hope to see you there!


"Such a brilliant workshop. Highly professional, well paced and managed. I learnt so much and grew hugely. Life changing and inspiring. Thank you!" Belinda, London Workshop attendee
"The best trauma training I have ever been on!" Sharon, London Workshop attendee
"A very comprehensive, relevant and well presented day with a clear breakdown of a complex area of mental health." London Workshop attendee


Dr Tom Barber

Dr Tom Barber has 25 years of experience as an Existential and Integrative Psychotherapist, helping people through a vast array of difficulties. As well as being a bestselling author, his research interests include the study of emotion, and addiction. Tom teaches workshops and lectures throughout the world, and has gained international acclaim for his contributions to psychology, and psychotherapy.