At the Beekeeper, our Clinical Team are all registered psychologists, licensed in their respective countries. Our vision is to deliver safe and ethical evidence-based psychological interventions and care. This is underpinned by the trauma-informed principles of safety, trust, empowerment, choice and collaboration. These are integral across our Centre, from individualised client care and treatment to our group work programme.
Through a combination of therapy and integrative health approaches, you will be equipped with the skills to address your trauma and will be empowered with new coping strategies and skills to begin to thrive again. Whilst PTSD and trauma can seem like overwhelming conditions to deal with alone, we at the Beekeeper are ready to support you on your journey back to mental wellness.
If you or a loved one needs treatment for PTSD, or complex trauma, at a residential treatment centre, we are available to help. Call us today or continue reading to see if our approach is right for you.
At The Beekeeper, we understand that trauma is a complex condition that requires a sophisticated treatment approach, including addressing underlying trauma, responses to trauma, and any other thoughts or emotions that accompany trauma. With this, we use an interdisciplinary approach to treat both your mind and body as we understand trauma’s psychological and physical nature. Our psychologists are expertly trained in evidence-based therapeutic practices to help you begin your journey in trauma stabilisation, resolution, and the development of your self-efficacy.
We also emphasise mindfulness-based practices that help you identify your triggers and find internal peace and greater self-regulation. Together, we will teach you how to use these skills and practices in your everyday life to set a strong foundation, helping you cope and thrive as you move through life.
When outpatient services are not enough, it might be time to consider a different approach. Residential treatment is best for creating a safe space for you to heal from traumatic events in a calm and peaceful setting, away from triggers that may be re-traumatizing. Residential treatment allows you to focus on your own recovery and can help bring about the change you wish to see in your life.
Our residential programme allows you to make connections and build a support group with others, process your experiences, and avoid your triggers to guide you in trauma recovery.
We also offer several types of integrative wellness activities, including: yoga and other mindfulness practices, meditation, breathwork, and sound baths. These activities help reconnect your mind and body and, as such, are a vital tool in recovering from trauma. By cultivating mindful awareness of the connection between our body, mind, and breath through these practices, we engage our parasympathetic nervous system. This process mediates the stress response stimulated by trauma. Learning these tools in a residential setting, directly from expert teachers, provides you with the best foundation to keep using these activities as you move through life.
In recent years, we have learned a wealth of information regarding how trauma is best treated. At The Beekeeper, our psychologists and clinical staff are trained experts in trauma theory and care. In one-on-one and group therapy sessions, you can begin to process your trauma, learn new ways to cope, and flourish.
Our psychologists use an eclectic approach to working with clients that combines several types of therapeutic approaches to meet your specific needs. Trauma and PTSD are complex conditions, requiring treatment to be tailored to your individual needs.
Our approach is pluralistic or sometimes called eclectic, in which we draw on a variety of evidence-based psychological interventions depending on how you present and your stage of readiness. We don’t rely on one approach. By using an eclectic approach, we encourage you to rediscover and strengthen your power to choose, make informed decisions and thus reconnect with a renewed sense of self-efficacy and hope.
At the Beekeeper, we focus on you and your needs, rather than treating all clients in the same way. Our training is embedded in humanism, valuing the uniqueness of each client and their fundamental right to be treated with dignity and respect. The therapeutic relationship between your psychologist and yourself further serves to create a sense of safety and containment, enabling us to work collaboratively and openly. Together these elements serve to create the foundations of trauma stabilisation, the stage prior to trauma processing.
With respect to our clinical psychology team and the approach they take to working with clients, we follow best practice guidelines that have been recommended by the British Psychological Society and Healthcare Professionals Council, which is the Global Benchmark of Excellence. These standards underpin our assessment, treatment formulation, treatment planning and implementation, and adaptation of your treatment for trauma processing as needed, and end-of-treatment planning.
We also incorporate integrative practices such as mindfulness, or “the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.” We encourage you to participate in activities including yoga and meditation to bring your mind and body into the present. Research shows that these activities can help individuals make significant progress in addressing the physical nature of how trauma can manifest itself in a person. At the Beekeeper, these integrative wellness activities are combined with psychological interventions to best promote your recovery, rather than seeing them as separate approaches.
On rare occasions, medication might also be necessary to treat trauma. Your psychiatrist and psychologist will discuss if and what medications might be best for you. Some people take antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to help treat underlying depression or anxiety associated with trauma symptoms. At the Beekeeper, any decision to begin medication is ultimately up to you and your own recovery journey.
Many people talk about PTSD and trauma interchangeably, but they are subtly different from one another. Trauma refers to the emotional response triggered by a serious event. It can happen multiple times and you may experience many types of traumas. These include assault, life-threatening events such as car accidents, military trauma, traumatic grief, medical trauma, emotional neglect, unmet needs, violence, and bullying.
On the other hand, PTSD is a mental health condition that develops in response to trauma. It is important to note that not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will go on to develop PTSD. After an event, some people will develop severe enough symptoms to diagnose PTSD or complex trauma, others will only have some of the symptoms and others will have none. Some individuals even go on to develop post-traumatic optimism or growth, wherein they are able to incorporate lessons learnt from trauma for personal growth.
Life-threatening and other serious events can trigger a trauma response. Initial symptoms you may experience after the event include:
Anxiety or agitation
Feeling on Edge
PTSD develops as the result of trauma, and symptoms tend to occur within three months of the traumatic event. For PTSD to be diagnosed, you must experience symptoms for at least one month, and they must be severe enough to interfere with your daily responsibilities and relationships.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
Acute stress disorder (ASD) is diagnosed when symptoms last less than four weeks.  If you experience a wide variety of arousal, avoidance, and dissociative symptoms for more than four weeks, you may be diagnosed with PTSD. Some people with PTSD may also have other mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, or substance use disorders.
Fortunately, trauma-informed care and other holistic practices have been shown to help those with PTSD to address and heal from their trauma.
Using principles of compassion and a client-centred approach, we combine the power of clinical psychology with integrative treatments to address your trauma and achieve successful and powerful outcomes for our clients. We utilise evidence-backed therapy techniques to help you process trauma and move forward. Our psychologists will work with you to develop coping skills and strategies for the future. Using these tools will help you lead a fulfilled and happier life.
Our treatment centre has been built with your recovery and wellness in mind. Our outstanding team will take excellent care of you while guiding you through every step of your recovery.
Our treatment centre’s grounds offer calmness and serenity when you need it most, allowing you to engage fully in your treatment program, designed by leading experts qualified at doctoral levels and beyond.