Canon Giles Fraser chairs a discussion led by Dr Felicity de Zulueta and Ben Shephard as part of a fundraising effort to increase the provision of low-cost psychotherapy in London.
The symptoms of war trauma – recognisable in soldiers returning from the Falkland Islands, Iraq and the frontline in Afghanistan – can devastate a family or community for many generations. Traumatised individuals are often aggressive, highly suspicious and very frightened, and this takes an enormous toll on themselves, partners and family. This type of trauma is now understood to be the same as in adults who have experienced violence or abuse in childhood. Sometimes it goes unrecognised, and sometimes sufferers go untreated because psychotherapy can be expensive - it takes longer to reach experiences which so deeply disturbs one sense of oneself.
Money raised from this talk is part of the fundraising drive for the newly-established Gillian Parker Clinic which provides low-cost psychotherapy for Londoners who are unable to access the very limited treatment available within the NHS, and cannot afford the fees charged by psychotherapists in the private sector.
The Gillian Parker Clinic has been established by a London-wide network of psychotherapists committed to the provision of low-cost psychotherapy.
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