Help in a crisis: The Leicestershire Psychology Service is unable to provide crisis support services outside of appointments, including responding to phone calls with urgency. The following resources may be of help to you in such situations:
Your GP or out of hours GP service may be able to help you with concerns that you have. They may also refer you for urgent support if this is required. You can also contact 111 to establish what your options are for urgent help.
If you have taken an overdose or do not feel you can keep yourself safe then call 999 or go to your local Accident & Emergency Service. If you have concerns about the safety of another person then call 999.
Sane-Line (4.30pm-10.30pm every day of the year) on 0300 304 7000.
Text Shoutto 85258 a free texting service in the UK; offering confidential support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will be referred to a trained CRISIS Volunteer, who can provide support but not medical advice. If at any time you wish to end the conversation, text STOP and you won’t receive any further texts
Safeguarding Concerns: If you have concerns that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of abuse (emotional, physical or sexual) then please contact your local authority (local council) safeguarding children or vulnerable adults department.
If you are concerns that someone is in imminent danger then contact 999.
Other Helplines and Resources:
NAPAC - Support for adult survivors of childhood abuse
UAVA - Support for survivors of domestic abuse or sexual violence
Women's Aid - Support for women living with domestic abuse
SurvivorsUK - Support for male survivors of sexual abuse
First Step - Leicestershire based support services for male survivors of sexual abuse
What is traumatic stress?
Traumatic stress is a normal response to events that are overwhelming and frightening, they may leave the person feeling powerless and helpless. They may occur as a one-of event or a series of events. Common examples may be:
violence or abuse (e.g. assaults, emotional, physical or sexual abuse in adulthood or childhood)
accidents (e.g. road traffic accident, negligence, house fires, burglary)
natural disasters, terror attacks, combat stress
Other traumatic events that may be deemed more typical life events include:
bereavement and loss (death of a loved one, miscarriage, redundancy, loss of health or end of relationship)
bullying or shaming experiences
intoxication or psychotic experiences (events while intoxicated or under a psychotic experience)
Common responses to traumatic events:
flashbacks and reliving past events
intrusive thoughts and feelings
nightmares and sleep disturbance
being easily startled and being hyper-alert for danger
self harm to cope with distress (injuring self, excessive alcohol or drug use)
Treatment of traumatic stress:
understanding how trauma effects the brain and keeps the threat system on alert for danger
learning strategies for tolerating distress and managing feelings
Trauma and the brain: The UK Trauma Council have produced a good video that explains trauma.
Information about therapies offered
Compassion focussed therapy (CFT) The Compassionate Mind Foundation Website Compassion focused therapy is an evidence based approach to working with a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, voice hearing and shame. It draws upon a number of theories and approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), evolutionary theory, attachment theory, some Buddhist practices and neuroscience. CFT educates about the way our brain's threat, drive and soothing systems work to enable us to engage in 'compassionate mind training'. This training helps us to get better at feeling safer emotionally and physically, managing our emotions and being able to soothe our distress (threat system), being less critical to ourselves, reducing shame and developing courage. For more information please contact me. Kristen Neff's TEDx Talk on The difference between self compassion and self esteem:
The following YouTube video shows how CFT can be used for people who hear voices:
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT Information on NHS Website CBT allows the person to explore how their feelings may be impacted upon by their thoughts (e.g. thinking style and patterns) and how this then effects how they act in response to such thoughts and feelings. For more information please contact me.
Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR)
EMDR Association Website EMDR is a therapy that enables reprocessing of traumatic memories (including nightmares, flashbacks, physical sensations and experiences that are difficult to put into words) to provide relief from the intrusive nature of such experiences. People who find EMDR helpful say that it enables them to remember what happened to them rather than relive it. Whilst EMDR is useful for traumatic experiences it can also benefit people who have not have experienced overt trauma but may have difficulties that have not been fully processed and worked through. For more information please contact me.