Taproot Psychology is a practice of trauma psychologists in the UK that provide face-to-face and online trauma therapy. Our founder, Dr Kelly Savery, can also provide online trauma therapy for people in Bermuda.

We're passionate about making trauma therapy accessible to everyone. Because trauma can happen to anyone.

Trauma affects relationships, causes pain you may not understand, and creates physiological distress on your brain and body. In trauma therapy at Taproot Psychology, we address the way trauma has affected your body. Often trauma survivors are disconnected from their bodies, and we want to help you reconnect with yourself.

In trauma therapy at Taproot Psychology, we meet you wherever you're at in your healing journey.

Our approach to trauma recovery involves:
Interventions designed to help you connect to your body, mind, and spirit
Taking the time to really get to know you and understand the root of your trauma experience
Addressing how trauma affects your brain so you can understand your experience from a biological and neurological standpoint
Resources beyond our therapy sessions to help you further understand your traumatic experience(s)

The trauma therapists at Taproot Psychology help you make sense of the trauma you've experienced. We help you get unstuck. Taproot Psychology is a well-rounded practice that takes a holistic approach to trauma therapy. Our qualified and experienced trauma psychologists treat you as a whole person, not just a diagnosis, so you can experience long-lasting results.

Why Taproot?

The taproot is the main root of a plant, it provides nutrients and water to the plant, and without a strong taproot, the plant cannot survive. Taproot Psychology was founded with the idea that all humans are like trees - we need strong taproots in order to be strong people.

There are a lot of similarities between people and trees. Both humans and trees live in community, grow strong roots, bend in the wind, weather storms, have emotions and feelings, and need nourishment. We can all learn from nature - plants showcase incredible resilience as they survive through all types of hardships. At Taproot Psychology, we see that resilience in trauma survivors every day.

Our trauma therapists help you find your roots so you can ground yourself and tap into your inner strength and resilience. We help you weather the storms so you bend but don't break. Our trauma psychologists are here for you as you heal from your past trauma and create an abundant future.

About Doctor Kelly Savery

About

Counselling Psychologist and Founder of Taproot Psychology

Dr Kelly Savery is a trauma psychologist in the UK. Originally from Bermuda, Dr Kelly migrated first to Canada and then to England, where she now resides and practices trauma therapy.

As someone who has picked up her life and started over in different continents several times, Dr Kelly knows what it feels like to be uprooted and lost. She's started over, built a community from scratch, and adapted to life in a different country twice.

As a result, Dr Kelly understands what it feels like to not have roots. As a trauma psychologist, she wants to help you connect to your strong taproot and feel grounded in your life.

Dr Kelly always knew she wanted to be a psychologist. She was the eleven-year-old who empathised with her friends and helped them cope with difficult situations. Dr Kelly has always been an empathetic listener and someone who connects deeply with others' emotions.

When she had to choose a specialism, Dr Kelly knew that becoming a trauma psychologist was what she wanted to do. She loves helping people find their roots and build a strong core so that they can grow into strong, resilient people. She works with those who've endured trauma of all kinds, but she specialises in working with individuals who have experienced sexual abuse.

Dr Kelly's experience with trauma herself is related to being a woman of colour. She understands what it feels like to be powerless to circumstances out of your control. As a trauma psychologist, Dr Kelly has seen many trauma survivors work through their past traumatic experiences in trauma therapy and knows firsthand how resilient survivors of trauma are. Her greatest joy as a trauma psychologist is witnessing change.

When Dr Kelly lost her father, she didn't understand the huge psychological impact this loss had on her. Because of this, she understands what it feels like to go through something difficult and not fully know the root of the problem. Once she processed this traumatic experience and made sense of what was causing her distress she was able to put a name to what she was experiencing. From that point on, everything changed for the better. She wants to help you do the same with your trauma.

Therapy for trauma can help survivors of all types of traumatic experiences identify, describe and name what happened to them. Once you name it, you can face it and work through it. Dr Kelly understands what that's like firsthand.

Dr Kelly wants to help you build a life worth living. As a trauma psychologist, her goal is to help you understand your experience and live with the pain without it dominating your life. In trauma therapy, you'll figure out what living a happy life means and work through the difficult points in your recovery.

Your traumatic experience doesn't have to run your life. Dr Kelly and the other trauma psychologists at Taproot Psychology are here to help you recover and find your life worth living.

About

Dr Kelly's Education & Training

Education:
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
MSc Counselling Psychology
Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)

Specialised Training:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Accredited Practitioner
Cognitive AT Practitioner Training (CAT)- Accredited Practitioner
Compassion Focused Therapy
DBT Foundation Training
Supervisor Training

LET'S GET PERSONAL...


Chryssa Michailidou - Trauma Informed Therapist


Helping you to get grounded

About

About Chryssa Michailidou

Chryssa is a trauma therapist in the UK. She is from a small village in Greece and migrated to the UK when she was 26 to do this work that she feels was called to do. She has always been interested in working with survivors of domestic violence because she used to see families when she was growing up experiencing domestic violence but not doing anything to stop it. The victim-blaming and inequality between men and women that she witnessed and growing up within the village made her want to do more.

Chryssa is also drawn to working with survivors of emotional abuse because it can go undetected since the scars aren't visible.

Growing up she was bullied because her parents weren't educated. She was called the "farmer's daughter," which was seen as a negative thing in her community. Chryssa has experienced the trauma of being shamed for her body and thought she'd never be able to achieve anything.

When she arrived in the UK she was criticised in college for her accent. Her English wasn't very good and the groups she worked with felt that they "had to make changes so that she'd understand". She didn't make any friends and felt left out, causing her to almost drop out of school. She was also told by clients that they wanted to speak to an "English-speaking therapist." Chryssa understands firsthand that culture, race, and individual differences are not always taken into consideration in therapy.

Chryssa is passionate about being a trauma therapist. She constantly asks herself "what can I do to help people reduce suffering?" She was drawn to Taproot Psychology because she believes in Dr Kelly's values and genuinely wants to help survivors of trauma. Chryssa wants to help people understand what happened to them, how traumatic experiences have affected them, and what attachments were formed in childhood.

Chryssa focuses on grounding her clients and helping them practise self-care so they can deal with guilt, build healthy relationships, decrease shame, increase self-esteem, and increase body awareness. She believes her main role as a trauma therapist is to establish a good therapeutic relationship with you. This only works if you feel safe and taken care of, which she strives to do in her work.

Chryssa's Education & Training

Education:

BSc in Human Psychology
MSc in Counselling Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Specialised Training:

Certificate in Supervision Skills for Evidence-based Psychological approaches for Adults
Compassion Focused Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy for Dissociation
CBT in the Context of Long Term Distressing and Persistent Health Conditions
EMDR Therapy Basic Training Part 1 and 2

Taproot Psychology Is Here to Help


If you're ready to work with a qualified trauma psychologist in the UK, contact us to set up a free 30-minute consultation.
All sessions are completely confidential.
We look forward to working with you on your journey to healing and growth from trauma.