Trauma debriefing is a short term, non-curative technique used to take the edge off trauma or emerging trauma. Trauma debriefing is for anyone who has experienced a traumatic event or memory. The ideal time for trauma debriefing within 72 hours of the event. 

What is involved in trauma debriefing?

Trauma debriefing is done on a one-to-one basis. Each session lasts for approximately two hours, but this is flexible depending on how the individual is feeling. Given the nature of trauma debriefing and the need to access support as quickly as possible, a “chemistry session” is available, however, it is advised that the initial session be undertaken as soon as possible. Should you decide to continue, there is usually a minimum of three sessions that are again approximately 2 hours long and one week apart. These sessions are talking-based and built on the three principles of normalisation, validation, and empowerment.

Where does trauma debriefing take place?

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, and again, the imminent nature of trauma debriefing, most of our sessions are done via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or a phone call. If possible, and only if you feel comfortable, face to face sessions can be arranged in a suitable and confidential location, such as a local therapy room or private meeting room.

Why choose Gemma Louise Coaching?

Based strongly in Positive Psychology, 1-2-1 work with Gemma Louise Coaching also combines interests in neuroscience and experiential learning, with Gemma’s very personal story of PTSD recovery and management. By undertaking a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring at Oxford Brookes University, Gemma not only has access to the latest tools and techniques in coaching but also to ongoing peer review and supervision to ensure her practice is to a high standard.

When trauma debriefing is NOT.

  1. A long-term solution. Should further or ongoing support be required Gemma will discuss your options with you and help you choose the right solution for you.

  2. There to create dependency. The empowerment phase, as well as Gemma’s expertise in personal resilience will give you tools and techniques to help break the cycle.

  3. Diagnostic. It is not the job of trauma debriefing to make a diagnosis or even speculate about any mental illnesses. Should Gemma feel additional support is required, this will be done in conversation with you without any obligation.

  4. Clinical. Feeling safe and comfortable is a key part of making trauma debriefing successful and therefore Gemma will try to make this a relaxed experience as much as possible.

  5. Coaching. Coaching is a longer-term intervention that looks at moving forwards. While there is some tools and techniques to be shared, how you are feeling in the here and now will be the main focus.

  6. Counselling. Enabling you to process the moment means that we will not be looking backwards to other incidences or experiences in your past.

  7. For seeking why. While it might be tempting to try and understand how or why events happened this is the role of a longer-term intervention.

  8. An opportunity to interrogate. Whilst Gemma will ask gentle questions as prompts, this is a space for you to talk as much or as little as you wish.

To find out more or to register you interest, get in touch with us via the contact form or email gemmalouisecoaching@gmail.com


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