Phone line times…

Our phones lines are staffed during the following times:

Monday: 9.00am- 6.00pm

Tuesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday: 9.00am – 6.30pm

Thursday: 9.15am – 3.45pm

Friday: 9.00am – 3.00pm

We are experiencing a high volume of calls, so if you do experience any difficulty in reaching us by telephone, could you please contact us by email, on Information@relatebradford.com

The team look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

EMDR – our new service from Relate Bradford…

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.

When someone feels overwhelmed by an event/experience, their brain may be unable to fully process what is going on. The memory of the event seems to become “stuck” so that it remains very intense and vivid. 

EMDR aims to help the brain “unstick” and reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer so intense. It also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings.

It does this by asking the person to recall the traumatic event while they also move their eyes from side-to-side, hear a sound in each ear alternately, by tapping their hands alternately. These side-to-side sensations seem to effectively stimulate the “stuck” processing system in the brain so that it can reprocess the information more like an ordinary memory, reducing its intensity.https://emdrassociation.org.uk/a-unique-and-powerful-therapy/emdr-the-basics/

FAQ

How many sessions will I have?

Around 6 – 8.

I’ve got a few distressing experiences I’d like to process, is it okay to process several memories?

Yes it’s fine to do more memories.

Will it change any of my memories?

No it doesn’t change any memories.

Do I attend with my partner?

Yes you can attend with your partner.

Can I have EMDR over the phone?

Unfortunately you can’t have EMDR over the phone. You can have it via web counselling or face-to-face.

I have anxiety/depression, can I have EMDR?

The focus of this EMDR work is a relationship focus.

Does it work with young people?

Yes, we can offer this to young people, aged 10 years and above.

EMDR – a new service from Relate Bradford…

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.

When someone feels overwhelmed by an event/experience, their brain may be unable to fully process what is going on. The memory of the event seems to become “stuck” so that it remains very intense and vivid. 

EMDR aims to help the brain “unstick” and reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer so intense. It also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings.

It does this by asking the person to recall the traumatic event while they also move their eyes from side-to-side, hear a sound in each ear alternately, by tapping their hands alternately. These side-to-side sensations seem to effectively stimulate the “stuck” processing system in the brain so that it can reprocess the information more like an ordinary memory, reducing its intensity.

https://emdrassociation.org.uk/a-unique-and-powerful-therapy/emdr-the-basics/

To find out more, please contact the Relate Bradford team, via our contact us section.

My Summer Experience Internship…

Last year when the pandemic hit I was worried about the opportunities that would be out there for students like me. I found myself with a lot of free time with nothing to do. So I went out in search of some experience that I could add to my skill set.  

Amongst all the chaos of our ‘new normal’ I applied for a summer internship at Relate Bradford. It was safe to say this was a new experience for both Relate Bradford and I, as we were all adjusting to our new workplaces at home. I started my internship during the lockdown period and worked from home on tasks set to me by the CEO and my supervisor. I also had the chance to work on projects I was interested in so I was very involved. I worked on administrative responsibilities and even produced a new volunteer handbook amongst other tasks. As I began working at Relate I learnt so much about mental health, working relationships and just my colleagues in general. I was proud to be a part of a charity that was set on driving real change and helping people to become happier individuals in society. 

Although I was an intern I always felt like a valued member of the team, and was able to become an asset to Relate Bradford by helping them with the knowledge I already had but also learning from everyone around me. I was able to excel at Relate Bradford because of the support and encouragement from everyone. In fact I did so well that I was asked to stay on as a volunteer. Which I gladly accepted. It was a pleasure working at Relate Bradford, going forward I cant wait to see what will happen next.  

Sofia

Human Resources Management (HRM) at the University of Bradford

Let’s Talk About Sex…

‘All couples go through phases where they don’t have the time or energy for regular sex. If this has become the norm and you would like to rediscover your sex life, Relate’s Sex Therapists can help you communicate.’

It’s natural to want better sex with your partner and sometimes there are specific reasons for your difficulties. Don’t be embarrassed about it, ask for help.

Typical problems that cause anxiety and often real distress might include Erectile Difficulty, one or both partners have ‘gone off it’, inability to orgasm or climax, difficulty with penetrative sex, pain on intercourse, sexual compulsion.

Sex therapists are trained couple therapists who have gone on to specialise and offer this sensitive but rewarding area of therapy. This means that they are accustomed to a wide variety of sexual and couple difficulties. You’re in good hands.’

Tamara

Clinical Supervisor, Relate Bradford