Laura lives in a cul-de-sac. Her property has a walled garden, and the back entrance is from the road via a wrought iron gate to the side. She loved her house, her garden, and her two cats. She had many friends and neighbours whom she loved tovisit.

One morning in June 2015, Laura let one of her cats out into the garden, leaving the back door slightly ajar in order for it to come backin. On that morning, in those split seconds, an intruder came into her kitchen and unleashed a savage attack on Laura before raping her and then kicking her continuously with such force that she lost consciousness. There she lay until a neighbour who had seen a man running out of the side gate, had rushed in to see what was goingon.

Laura spent twelve weeks in hospital, four of those in intensive care and underwent surgery with a further two months in convalescence. By the time she was referred to post trauma therapy eight months later, she had attempted suicide three times. She had turned to alcohol and drugs in an attempt to obliterate the reality of her experience, and several physiological symptoms such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and bouts of psoriasis had manifested her mentalstate.

Afterhearingherstory,it was clear that Laurawassufferingfromemotional,physicalandbiologicaltrauma.Shock and trauma go right to the very core of our existence and to be able to remove this from aperson’s psyche can be likened to taking a splinter from deep beneath theskin.

Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, professionals, psychologists, psychotherapists all play their part in assisting a traumatised individual. However, sometimes they fail to notice thesplinter.After six or seven counselling sessions, it became apparent that general counselling was not working for Laura, and that in order for her to benefit, she needed to somehow lessen the impact that the vicious attackhad left her with.

After an explanation of the process of psychological de-briefing and further VKD Rewind Therapy technique, it was explained to Laura that neither interventions were counselling but researched, tested and very effective methods of psychological processing exercises that would allow her to lessen the impact of what she had been through. She stated that she was prepared to try anything.

The following week the therapist carried out the psychological de-brief, which took two and a quarter hours. A further appointment was booked for two weeks later. At this session Laura went through the VKD Rewind Therapy Technique, the session was completed with a recall of something positive and Laura wenthome.

On that fourth week, the therapist opened the door to Laura who seemed to have changed her appearance somehow, when asked how she had been,a smile came over her face and lit up her eyes (something the therapist had not seen her do before). Laura responded with excitement;

‘I don’t know what you did or how you did it, but it’sworked.  I don’t want to die anymore, and I‘ve decided to start to make a new life formyself. I’ve already decided to do some voluntary work in one of the charity shops in the town. For the firsttime since the attack I put my own rubbish out last week. I now have extra security and I don’t think about dying anymore.’

Laura had been left for dead in an unprovoked attack, leaving her world in utter chaos for many months. Before the psychological de-brief and VKD Rewind Therapy, she had totally isolated herself in the newly secured safety of her own home, the very place where the attack had taken place.

She had been unable to leave her house or have inter-personal relationships, even with her own family.As a direct result of the trauma focused interventions, Laura was able to slowly start to revive her life and carry out normal everydaytasks.

J Daniels
MBACP & UKRC (Snr Accred).
EMDR Practitioner
Professional Counsellor &
Trauma Specialist

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