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Visit our website & see how we help emergency services with #ptsd #trauma #anxiety #depression #stress

We have a proud and history of supporting emergency services and their people in the aftermath of critical incidents.

Our experience of counter-terror psychological recovery and major critical Incident Stress Management operations is unrivalled, & we can demonstrate a remarkable level of effectiveness compared with normative counsellors or therapists.

Our facilitators are all serving or former emergency service and military personnel.

  • They don’t judge
  • They don’t label
  • They don’t diagnose
  • They don’t interpret
  • They don’t teach people to ‘cope’.

They just get results.

They speak the same language as your teams, because they’ve  been there.

To find out how we can help your people and organisation to secure and retain good mental health in the most difficult of conditions, visit our website:

www.socialsupportsystems.com

For emergency mobilisation of our Critical Incident Support team please contact us here

Social Support Systems

We are different, here’s why… #trauma #depression #anxiety #stress

Social Support Systems provides help for people across a broad range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma (PTSD).

We are proud to have effectively supported people from many different walks of life, and at the heart of our service are a number of core values which guide our work and enable our clients to receive the best care possible, regardless of their characteristics, background or social status.

For many, normative counselling, therapy or psychiatry doesn’t work.

Crucially, lots of our clients have already been through the NHS pathways , and have engaged in programmes of therapy only to find themselves still in crisis.

We believe that our clients are all unique, as are their experiences.

We also know that you are the expert in your own experience, not us. Therefore, we work to help you explore your mental environment and issues yourself, and it is this entirely ‘person-centred’ approach that enables our clients to truly resolve their distress.

Our person-centred commitments to you are:

  • Not to evaluate, judge, criticise, disparage or invalidate you, or your values, feelings, reactions, assumptions, conclusions or thoughts
  • To take responsibility for your recovery without dominating you
  • Not to interpret for you, nor advise you
  • Not to label, nor attempt to diagnose you with any illness or condition
  • To be interested in you and your needs at all times
  • To always try understand you, and always support you
  • To Maintain a firm and primary intention to help you
We can help you embrace life once more

Other reasons why our service is different:

We do not believe in limiting session times, as this can prevent resolution and encourage dependency on regular interventions as a ‘coping’ strategy.

If you book an appointment at our support centre, it will only end when you are in a better place and happy to end the session yourself.

We will not give you ‘homework’ and we especially do not teach coping mechanisms – if you’re issues are resolved, there should be nothing to ‘cope’ with – surely?

Located in Ransom Wood, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, our support centre is a peaceful and discreet option for those who feel that privacy is of importance to them.

Please contact us to arrange a consultation here

Alternatively, please call us on (+44) 01623 700320

PB – Nottingham #PTSD

‘It’s very bizarre…Yesterday I thought ‘no way would talking work’, but the difference I feel that sharing what happened with you is unreal.How can one session be so beneficial?.I feel like a pressure has lifted from me – a strange feeling of acceptance of what happened, but to move forward. For the first time ever I can feel a spark of hope!

The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles…

…Is a wonderful quote from the late professor and author Oren Harari.

Considering the endless suicides, harrowing stories of mental anguish, woeful news reports lamenting the über-strained NHS, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the future of those enduring psychological crisis across the UK.

‘We’re spending more!’ – is the endless mantra of successive governments who don’t know what else to do.

‘We need more money to raise awareness!’ – is the mantra of mental health charities who don’t know what else to do.

‘We need to talk more!’ – is the mantra of employers who don’t know what else to do.

‘We need to tackle stigma!’ – is the mantra of psychiatry ‘experts’ who choose to blame stigma for the obvious lack of faith in the ‘therapies’ they provide.

On a deeper level,

and perhaps more insidious, is the prospect that psychiatry is in the habit of victim blaming in order to disguise their own charlatanism.

The more suicides there are, the more ‘awareness’ we are told we need to raise.

How much more ‘aware’ do we need to be before we become aware that despite the range of treatments available on the NHS, people are still killing themselves!

Let’s examine for a moment…

More awareness = more talking? = less stigma? = more accessing services? = improvement in mental health? = less suicides?.

Seems easy enough, but unfortunately, not many decision-makers want to see the elephant in the room – that the vast majority of those who have taken the ultimate path to peace after suffering a PTSD diagnosis, have indeed been in the hands of UK psychiatry, have accessed NHS services, and the ‘therapies’ approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Yet they still kill themselves, or descend into awful comorbidity, such as alcoholism, drug abuse, homelessness, and exploitation.

So why aren’t we questioning more the effectiveness of the ‘therapies’ on offer?

Why are we not questioning the evidence-base, and theoretical underpinnings for such treatment as ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’ (EMDR) for example, which is widely available across the NHS as a ‘treatment’ for posttraumatic stress?

-If you’re unaware how EMDR was developed, look it up – it was a psychotherapist called Francine Shapiro who, during a walk in a park one day, (apparently) ‘noticed’ that her eye movements reduced the intensity of disturbing thought she was having at the time.

The rest is history, and the training industry around EMDR has reached massive heights.

It is upon this amazing, coincidental and lucky(?) experience of Shapiros’ that the supposed experts who sit on the NICE PTSD committee decided to adopt EMDR, despite its dubious birth, lack of theoretical underpinning, and despite the fact that prior to Shapiros’ lucky thought, there had been no observed evidence that could or would have suggested a connection between the physical movement of an eye, the symptoms of PTSD, and (according to its proponents) the neurological systems of the brain.

A truly ‘Newtonian’ moment if ever there was one!

…except that gravity was observable, and the falling apple showed it – nor was Newtons’ the first apple that anyone had seen fall from a tree. Oh, and Newton didn’t sell the apple afterwards…

The same experts that languish in the corridors of NICE , and decide upon which ‘treatment’ the plebs get for PTSD, are (apparently) the leading scientists in the field – shame then, that they seem so busy in those corridors – it prevents them from carrying out any meaningful research into the issue that they label as PTSD.

Indeed, the leading lights of NICE psychiatry don’t seem to have either the will nor energy to carry out research that might actually prove helpful to mankind, and It’s often the case that the only ‘research’ they like put their names to are designed only to support their own trauma-based risk management systems that they peddle to unknowing but well-meaning employers.

And so, in closing, and returning to Hararis’ quote – how do we expect the effectiveness of trauma interventions to develop, when our foremost ‘experts’ are continually allowed to improve only their own candles?

It’s time for a new paradigm.

It’s time for science to robustly investigate trauma theory, and it’s time for a credible and ethical approach to decision-making within the committee that decides upon what ‘treatment’ they allow, and poignantly, how they justify withholding treatments that have a far greater evidence-base than those they currently endorse.

©2019 Dr John Durkin