Grey Matters Centre


Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes and what is traumatic for one person might not be for the next. 

Trauma is something that happens to us that made us feel overwhelmed and involved a threat to our integrity, life or safety. It can also be something that happened to someone else that we heard about or witnessed. 

What happens to us during trauma
When we suffer trauma it usually results in strong emotions which overwhelm our brain. This overwhelm stops our brain processing normally so it leaves the memory unprocessed.
Normally an experience would go through the parts of our brain called the amygdala and the hippocampus. These parts of the brain process the experience so it can be filed away as a memory. If this doesn’t happen the experience gets stuck in the nervous system. 

This stuck memory can get triggered and it is experienced as if it is happening in the present, with all the emotions and sensations that go with it. This accounts for triggers, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and nightmares that are a common theme of PTSD. 

Things that makes matters worse

  • Previous trauma experiences
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • Limited resources or coping skills
  • Being harmed by trusted others
  • Not receiving care after the trauma incident 

Some symptoms may include

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Eating disorders
  • Self medication with drink, drugs, food, sex etc
  • Anxiety
  • Depression Fibromyalgia/M.E.
  • Personality disorders
  • Dissociation
  • Self harm
  • Mental health challenges
  • Anger, aggression and violence

How we can help
Our team of therapists will help you overcome your problems. We will tailor the treatment to your individual needs which may include understanding the root causes of your problems and what is keeping them going. We will help you with any other areas of your life that are affected by your issues and we will teach you tools and resources for the future so you can enjoy a full and lasting recovery and lead your life the way you want to.

Criteria to access this service

  • If you are suffering with any of the above symptoms and you would like to do the work to make the changes you want.
  • If you have a diagnosis.
  • You do not need a referral from your G.P.

Our privilege
It is our mission and our privilege to support you on your journey to recovery and to reach your goals. We are confident that together we can make a difference to your world and help you to live your life the way you want to live it. Imagine what your life would be like after therapy and the difference it would make to you. 

We help hundreds of people every year to be the best they can be. Please don’t suffer unnecessarily any longer, get in touch with us today and take the first step to make great things happen!

Trauma is treatable and recovery is possible.

Telephone 07907613600