Welcome to New Beginnings Therapy

Senior Accredited Sex and Relationship Psychotherapist

Specialist in Relationship Counselling and Psychosexual Therapy

Ashby de la Zouch and online


Trauma is an experience or event that overwhelms your ability to cope, leaving you feeling helpless, scared and alone. Trauma can take many forms, including physical, emotional, and psychological and it can happen to anyone. It could be a single incident, such as a car accident, or it could be ongoing, such as sexual abuse. Sometimes when we have relationship problems, it may be because of trauma we have suffered in the past. Addressing the trauma you have experienced can improve your ability to maintain healthy relationships.

Trauma can affect you in many ways, both emotionally and physically, and it can be challenging to navigate. Some people experience symptoms like anxiety, depression or flashbacks, whilst others might feel numb or disconnected from their emotions. It's important to remember that healing from trauma is possible, and seeking support from a professional can help you on your journey towards recovery. I can help you explore the root cause of your trauma through counselling and I am also qualified to use EMDR which has been proven to be an effective approach.

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

For the majority of the time our body manages and processes new information and experiences without us being aware of it. However, when we are traumatised by an overwhelming event or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (such as an abusive relationship, sexual abuse or childhood neglect), our natural coping mechanism can become overloaded.

This can then result in these disturbing experiences being 'frozen' in the brain (or 'unprocessed') and then triggered when you subsequently experience similar events. Sometimes the actual memory is long-forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present time (and sometimes without us understanding why).


EMDR helps to create connections between our brain's memory networks, so that our brain can process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.

What can you expect from therapy?

EMDR utilises the body's natural healing ability. After a thorough assessment and exploration of the disturbing memory or event, eye movements (similar to those during REM sleep) will be recreated. These eye movements will last for a short time and then stop. You will be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each set of eye movements and you may notice changes in thoughts, images and feelings over this time.

EMDR is not simply the use of eye movements, however. It is a comprehensive therapeutic approach with principles, protocols and procedures that aim to reduce distress as quickly as possible.

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What are the benefits?

With the repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change so that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of a past event. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time, which can lead to dramatic and rapid improvements in many aspects of your life.

During the treatment you will remain fully awake, alert and in control. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously and new connections and insights are felt to arise quite naturally.

What's the cost?

£85.00 per 50 minute session.

Prepayment is required to secure your booking.

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