Trauma Recovery Therapy

Trauma can be defined as a person’s response to an unusual unexpected event or series of events, or a misuse of power or control that causes deep distress.

Trauma can be:

  • Acute – from a single distressing event such as an accident, assault, natural disaster or something that has happened within your work or family environment
  • Chronic – from exposure over an extended period to multiple, long-term and/or prolonged distressing events, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or bullying
  • Complex – from exposure to multiple traumatic events or experiences, such as childhood abuse, satanic abuse, religious abuse or family disputes
  • Vicarious (also known as Secondary Trauma) – from indirect exposure to a traumatic event, such as witnessing a road traffic accident, house fire or abuse of another person.

When you’ve gone through something traumatic, it can seem like you’ll never feel safe again. It may also contribute to symptoms of depression, panic or anxiety.

But whether the trauma happened yesterday or years ago, with expert therapeutic support you can find a way to heal, to address painful memories, to understand and minimise any painful, recurring emotions, and to move on.

Call Jacqueline on 07542 800689

Have you experienced something that overwhelmed you and now you are finding it difficult to move on?

Do you feel constantly on edge and can no longer relax? Is it hard for you to enjoy the good things in your life? Do you dissociate? That is, do you sometimes feel detached from your body or feel as though the world around you is unreal?

Do you wonder if you are suffering symptoms of unresolved trauma and have no idea what to do about this? Perhaps you have been too anxious to even consider therapy?

If you would like support in processing and getting past what has happened to you, as a BACP therapist experienced in this area, I can help.

Jacqueline Colligan, BA (Hons), MSc, Dip Couns. MBACP

Counselling & Psychotherapy

I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, trained in London, educated to Masters Degree level, and a professionally registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Originally, I worked in Behavioural Healthcare Science and Organisational Psychology as a Public Health Academic, lecturing and researching at Newcastle University Medical School and on the University of Durham MBA Programme. As a result, I have authored numerous academic papers on changing health behaviours, and have several high ranking publications in these fields of study.

Where I have worked, and my specialisms

Where I’ve Worked

I have worked across several organisations including the NHS, Prison Services, Community Drug and Alcohol Services, charitable and private agencies, and private rehab clinics.

I have also been a key member of Heal for Life over the past five years which helps clients heal from trauma and abuse. More recently, I have been featured on TV’s ‘The Woman Show’ live as an invited expert, answering questions and giving support on sexual issues and sex addiction.

Currently I do sessional work in London City & Greater London, Tynemouth (NE30), Newcastle upon Tyne, and Online.

  • all addictions
  • anxiety disorders
  • personality disorders
  • depression
  • anger
  • trauma
  • relationship counselling.

Also, I have specialist expertise in:

  • cults
  • post-cult counselling
  • dissociative disorders and
  • factitious disorders.

Training, qualifications & experience.

I have worked as a successful academic in the field of behaviour change with several high ranked publications. Practising within a humanistic and psychodynamic perspective, I am trained in group therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and one-to-one therapy. I also have a specialist interest in behaviour change, addiction and trauma.

Educated to Masters Degree level, and I hold individual membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

● BA (Hons) 2:1 Anthropology & Epidemiology. University of Newcastle. 1983.
● MSc Behavioural Healthcare Science. University of Newcastle. 2001.
● Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (L4). Lambeth College London. 2012 to 2015.
● DBT Training. 12 week intensive with US Trainers. 2015. UKAT Training.
● Certificate in Dealing with Distress, Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation. Carolyn Spring Training. June 2020.
● Certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. June 2020
● Addictions Therapist. Open Road, Essex. 2014 to 2015
● Addictions Therapist. Sanctuary Lodge, Essex. 2015 to 2017
● Addiction Therapist. Promis, Kent 2017 to 2020

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