Welcome to the PTSD Essex blog page

It's a disorder, not a decision

Welcome to the PTSD Essex blog page. I want to use this space to keep you all in the picture of the various research projects that I am currently involved with and the subsequent results that I might identify.

For those that do not know me let me give you a brief overview of whom I am and what I am trying to achieve. My role within the NHS service is that of a High Intensity Psychological Therapist. I have worked in this role for many years and my clinical work has been built around either Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma clients and/or Couples Therapy for Depression (CTD). It is my work with the trauma clients that has led to my passion for working with victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I have a particular interest in working with military veterans.

It is these specialist interests that have fuelled my desire to research into alternative approaches into the reduction of the symptoms of PTSD, with particular reference to military veterans. I have been studying for a Psychology PhD for over three years now and the studies I have run have centred on various group outdoor activities like angling, horse riding, archery and falconry. The elements of these interventions that we are exploring include the biophilia hypothesis that people inherently need to interact with nature to benefit their health.

Currently I am running a randomly controlled trial (RCT) with a group of military veterans diagnosed with PTSD. The first group attended the initial fishing session this month and the second trip will be in September. Early indications are encouraging but full analysis will take several months. We have received a promise of funding from the Invicta foundation for some tackle to help with the continuation of further research. If you keep returning here I will update you with future developments.

If you are interested in hearing more about my work or indeed would like to participate in future studies please email me [email protected]

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I have worked closely with Mark for several years, supervising him through to and beyond his accreditation as an EMDR Therapist. Mark is a highly committed and skilled therapist with a special interest in the treatment of traumatic stress-related difficulties, especially in the ex-military population.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

81st President, British Psychological society (2015-2016), Founder Director, Veterans and Families Institute @ Anglia Ruskin University

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