Trauma Counselling

Many people have experienced traumatic events, circumstances or relationships.  

Traumatic experiences can leave a long-lasting legacy in the form of a strong emotional charge to our memories of traumatic times, an ongoing protection of ourselves by avoiding certain places, people, activities and a change in the way we think about or see ourselves.

There is growing recognition that traumatic experiences leave a legacy in the body too and our bodies continue to remind us when we are in similar situations.

Our  courses are designed for adults aged between 18 and 70 years and are accessible even if you have physical disability or other health issues.

You don’t need to have participated in any of our previous courses in order to join this one.     


The course is run as a small group (approximately six participants) with two facilitators. As a Yoga practitioner, Franchesca is our expert in mind and body connection and, as a Psychologist, Jemma brings expertise in understanding and recovery from trauma.

We have designed our course to give you more information about the impact of traumatic experience on the body, to offer you ideas about ways to work with the legacy of traumatic experiences in the body, and to guide you through a gentle but powerful yoga practice that has been developed especially to be sensitive to the effects of traumatic experience.

Each session will have a particular focus : skin and touch, boundaries and the body, yoga Nidra and breath and sound.

Every session will include short trauma-sensitive yoga practices with opportunity for you to reflect and, if you wish, discuss together with others in your group.

We use powerful yet simple yoga techniques that were formulated originally for the use on war veterans (after years of talking therapy and medicine were not working) and the effects were immensely profound.

We have run similar courses before and had incredible feedback from our participants.


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HPD in Cognitive Hypnotherapy

NLP practitioner

Member of Professional Associations:

NCH national Council of Hypnotherapists

QCHPA Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapists Association


Help with anxiety, confidence issues, pain relief, phobias, limiting beliefs……etc

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“Having spent the majority of my working career within the armed forces and emergency services, I recognise the challenges that can impact the mental wellbeing of men and women in that line of work.

I qualified as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist to help my friends and colleagues and have now decided to take my passion to the outside world.

I love the idea of the Happy Body Project. I want my clients to feel relaxed and see the studios as a haven from the stresses of the outside world. I believe that is offers something special and look forward to joining the other specialists involved in the project. Thanks to Julie, Sam and the team for having this wonderful vision and for all the hard work that they have put into it.”

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Claire is a Counsellor/Therapist who offers 1:1 counselling for adults, adolescents and children. Her areas of expertise are Trauma and Anxiety.


  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – CPCAB
  • Level 3 Counselling Studies – CPCAB
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills – CPCAB
  • Level 1 Counselling Skills – Spark Adult Learning
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • IARTT International Association For Rewind Trauma PTSD Therapy
  • BICTD – Dissociation in Children and Adolescents Assessment and Treatment (ongoing).
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“Life threw some difficult challenges at me in my younger years and I struggled for a long while with my mental health and with some traumatic events that had a massive impact on me. It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I went to see a Counsellor and was amazed at the difference it made. It was at this point I thought I’d like to be a Therapist.

Before becoming a Counsellor, I did lots of different jobs including working in Human Resources, Customer Services and also worked at a bank. Most recently I worked in a school, initially to do an Admin role, but it soon turned into a Pastoral Role as I naturally had the ability to get teenagers to talk to me about their issues. While I was still at the school, I began my Counselling Training and then in 2017 I qualified as a Counsellor.

I’m Mum to 2 children (aged 17 & 10) and live with my partner in Ampthill, along with our crazy French Bulldog, Frank. Before COVID-19 I used to work from a Therapy Room at home, but I have not yet returned to seeing clients at home and now work a lot via Zoom video as well as working as School Counsellor at Middle and Upper Schools.”

Mobile: 07943 793415



    • Doctorate in Clinical and Forensic Psychology

    • BSc Hons Degree in Psychology

    • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level One and Two

    • PTSD Master Class, British Psychological Society Approved

    • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

Member of Professional Associations:

    • HCPC

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About Grace:

Grace is a highly specialist psychologist, who works therapeutically with both adults and children. She offers evidence-based therapy for a variety of presenting difficulties and has particular expertise in offering attachment and trauma informed therapeutic support for looked after or adopted children, their families and health professionals. Grace is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

In her work, Grace draws on a range of therapeutic models, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). mindfulness, compassion focused approaches and models of attachment and trauma, including the principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Grace aims to provide a client centred approach, within a safe and non-judgemental environment to better understand their difficulties, promote psychological wellbeing and rediscover their strengths.



Certificate in Counselling skills

Certificate in Counselling Theory

Diploma in Counselling

Assessment and Treatment for Children and Adolescents with Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Use of EMDR Bilateral Stimulation in Children and Adolescents with Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Integrated Listening Systems; Safe and Sound Protocol

Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment (CATT)

IARTT International Association For Rewind Trauma PTSD Therapy

Introduction to Body Oriented psychotherapy

EMDR Level 1

Level 6 Diploma in Supervision

Member of Professional Associations:


ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation)

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“I work with adults, children and young people who have experienced trauma and often exhibit signs of dissociation and use a range of therapeutic techniques to fully process these complex life events. I sometimes work with the parent/caregiver in the room which supports the work being taken from the therapy room and tools and techniques being implemented at home. I offer therapeutic parenting strategies and support within the sessions with children or as a separate intervention when appropriate.

I first went to night school to train to be a counsellor because my son (then aged 9) had been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and I had read that there was no better person to be around someone with his diagnosis than someone with counselling skills.

As part of my course, I had to attend my own therapy sessions to work through the residue of my own past traumatic experience, which included being in a relationship where I was subjected to domestic violence, some of which was witnessed by my son.

As I processed my own experience, it started becoming more apparent to me that perhaps my own child did not have ADHD, but was actually experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociation. Over the next few years, I learned as much about this subject as I could (and am still learning!) convinced that this was a more accurate description of my child.

Knowing that PTSD and Dissociation in children was a real thing, I decided that what was needed was a therapeutic service that focused on this and filled the gap between general counselling and children being medicated, without past known trauma being fully processed. The service did not exist and so in 2018, I founded ‘The Gap (Bedfordshire) LTD’ which is now a CIC.

Alongside this, I am the founder of ‘JV Trauma Tools and training Ltd.’ which provides training to parents and professionals. I am also a motivational speaker and author of five books and workbooks that focus on symptoms of PTSD, including emotional regulation, dissociation and anxiety.”

Mobile: 07885 296706


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The Happy Body Project Wellness Centre, West Park Farm, Wilstead Hill, Bedford MK45 3QS, UK

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