Some people have had experiences in the past which were so awful, so difficult and so upsetting, that no matter what they tried to do to get over them, from medicine to counselling, nothing proved successful in helping them to successfully allow the past to return to, and remain, where it belongs: the past.

The Surrey Centre can also provide a modern, evidenced-based treatment called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

EMDR can be particularly helpful when a person continues to be haunted by intrusive memories, flashbacks, and/or nightmares which prevent them from moving forward in their lives and letting go of the past.  In contrast to the traumatic experience still troubling them, for which the traumatised person had no control, in EMDR the client is in charge of the process involved in targeting those memories, and with the therapist’s assistance, working through their feelings as they arise and reconnecting emotionally with what has happened. This reprocessing of what happened enables the client to make the memories and dysfunctional ways of coping with them less distressing in the here and now.

The effects of trauma


  • Low self-esteem / self-worth
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug addiction
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Self harm


Prolonged, untreated trauma can also manifest itself as ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’.  Individuals can relieve the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares and these can develop straight after the event but often it is months or years later that they relive the trauma. PTSD can be successfully treated, even when it develops many years after a traumatic event

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