Dr Jo Nowill, Samantha Lindley and Andy Flack offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an information processing psychotherapy. EMDR integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches in combination with eye movements, or other forms of rhythmical stimulation, in ways that stimulate the brain’s information processing system. EMDR was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories.

The approach was developed by Francine Shapiro to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders resulting from exposure to traumatic or distressing events. Clinical trials have demonstrated EMDR's efficacy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends the use of EMDR for PTSD.


There are 8 phases of treatment:

  1. the history and treatment planning
  2. preparation
  3. assessment and reprocessing
  4. desensitisation
  5. installation
  6. body scan
  7. closure
  8. re-evaluation

For a full description of these stages please follow this link:

Key Benefits

EMDR often resolves emotional disturbances
and trauma where other therapies have failed.

  • EMDR is effective for most anxiety based disorders.
  • EMDR should not be confused with hypnotherapy.
  • EMDR is a client led therapy and always remains within the control of the client.
  • EMDR is capable of rapid results.


Dr Jo Nowill, Samantha Lindley, Nitika Jain, Andy Flack, Dr Nicky Dobbin and Dr Jackie Withers offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a psychotherapy based on cognitions, assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors, with the aim of influencing negative emotions that relate to inaccurate appraisal of events.

The particular therapeutic techniques vary according to the particular kind of client or issue, but for post traumatic stress disorder usually combine trauma-sensitive interventions related to processing the trauma, managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These might include keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviors; questioning and testing cognitions, assumptions, evaluations and beliefs that might be unhelpful and unrealistic; gradually facing activities which may have been avoided; and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting. Relaxation and distraction techniques are also commonly included. CBT is widely accepted as an evidence – and empiricism-based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders and psychological problems.

Psychodynamic Counselling

Nicola Gadsby offers individual psychodynamic counselling. Psychodynamic counselling can help with all kinds of issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and bereavement. Nicola believes that we can't alter the things that have happened to us, but we can look at them differently, and this shift in perspective can allow us to make changes. Looking at past experiences can help us to understand why we react as we do in the present - this is not about blaming people, but moving towards acceptance, of ourselves, and of our life experiences so far. She believes it's important that you set the agenda so that you can explore the areas that matter to you. She won't tell you what to do, but she'll help you find a way forward that works for you.

Getting started

The first step is to call or email Cheltenham Trauma Clinic. Nicola will then contact you as soon as possible. You can tell her a little about the issues you're facing, and arrange a time to meet, usually within a few days. Nicola offers two preliminary sessions in which you consider how you might work together. You'll get a clear idea of how she works and whether you feel she can help. Together you will work out whether it would be most helpful to explore your circumstances in some depth, which would indicate open-ended counselling, or whether you have a more specific issue that can be worked on with an agreed number of sessions. You will then arrange to meet once a week, usually at the same time. You can decide to end counselling at any point, and the work will be reviewed regularly as you go along.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Dr Jackie Withers offers Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Cognitive Analytic Therapy or CAT is a focused , time limited psychological therapy. Clients are usually seen weekly for between 16 and 24 weeks. CAT is a collaborative way of working with the problematic way a person thinks, feels and acts. It is an interpersonal therapy which focuses on how past events and relationships underlie current problems. CAT can focus on multiple symptoms or problems within an active, focussed and collaborative process between the therapist and client. CAT is also used in consultancy for helping practitioners manage challenging behaviours.

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