Psychosocial Support and Trauma Specialist Services

Work with a global team of trauma and crisis specialists who understand how to build a supportive and safe work environment.

Techniques to help you cope in a demanding and stressful world

A self-paced course designed to give you all the tools and techniques you need to cope in a demanding world. Learn how to recognise the patterns of stress and equip yourself with strategies to protect yourself from burnout and build resilience.

Welcome to FD Consultants

We’re a highly skilled team specialising in crisis and trauma support for employees across a breadth of sectors. We understand that each and every organisation is different, and that each company contains individuals who are their own people, both at work and outside of work. We draw on this ethos to provide a reliable, quick, and bespoke support system in the workplace to improve employee mental health, building strong relationships with individual organisations along the way.

Over 50 Specialist
Associates

We have a constantly growing team of professional specialist associates working with us. Our specialist teams are trained to help organisations navigate trauma and difficult crises in the workplace, equipped with counselling, coaching, and workshops to build resilience and strengthen a team.

Working Globally

We don’t want location to be a barrier for any organisation we work with. Wherever you are in the world, and whatever field you are working in, our team can assist. FD Consultants provides global support, with specialists on our team who live and work all over the world.

Speaking 25+ Languages 

Building a team that can work with organisations of all varieties has been important to us. At FD Consultants, we’ve curated a collective team that speaks over 25 different languages, ensuring that our services are as globally accessible as possible.

We believe in working and walking alongside individuals or organisations empowering them to find their own solutions and we strongly believe everyone can recover from mental health challenges with the right help and support. We are approachable, calming and responsive in our methodology.

How We Can Support
Your Organisation

Our trauma specialists are trained to offer guidance and support to organisations of all shapes and sizes. No matter how large your organisation is, the specific industry you work within, or your location, we aim to find a way to effectively help provide all the crisis support your staff may need. When you work in a field that exposes your team to all sorts of traumatic images, stories, or experiences, then offering counselling and support is essential. 

General Support

FD Consultants seeks to offer support that takes whatever form your specific organisation needs. Whether you need tools and techniques, general advice, or simply a support specialist you can reach out to, we’re here to provide whatever we can do to strengthen your workplace.

Training and Support

Equipping your staff with the tools needed to cope in their work environment is one of the most empowering things you can do to support them. We can offer your team a variety of training and coaching sessions. This could include stress management classes, or perhaps workshops to help build resilience in your field.

Trauma and Crisis Support

When your staff is facing traumatic experiences, be it due to their industry or something happening within the team, you want to ensure you are offering professional, empathetic, and caring services. FD Consultant’s trauma specialists are trained to handle a crisis, providing thorough support, counselling, and advice on how to approach these situations as a workplace.

Covid-19 Support

The pandemic has forced countless global organisations to face an unprecedented level of crisis. Covid-19 may have directly impacted your team in a traumatic way, or maybe your organisation has been put under considerable strain in response to the virus. Either way, getting support as you return to work or recover from this period is essential.

Our Difference

A Passion for Helping

FD Consultants was born out of a desire to help organisations we saw suffering. We’ve dedicated ourselves to supporting the humanitarian sector, mental health charities, emergency first responders, journalists, and anyone else whose work exposes them to traumatic material and experiences. We care about these industries and the people working within them.

Removing the Stigma

Our team believes in the power of communication and being open about our struggles. As strong advocates for mental health awareness, the FD Consultants team aims to remove the stigma of discussing our emotional wellbeing, providing open counselling and creating safe spaces within workplaces.

Faith in Recovery

Our specialists do this work because they believe in it. We believe anybody can recover and heal from challenging situations and experiences, and all our services are approached with this value. We seek to help people find resilience within themselves, teaching effective techniques and strategies that set up individuals and organisations for a lifetime of healthy management.

There are many factors that set apart FD Consultants. These are just a few of the core values that make up the foundation of our team, and these beliefs have helped us to create support services that effectively help a workplace navigate challenging and traumatic situations. We believe in what we do and care about providing thorough support for a range of different industries.

Services Offered

Wellbeing Workshops

‘Stress Management & Resilience Building’,
‘Trauma Awareness’, ‘Psychological First
Aid (PFA) Peer Support Programmes’,
‘Crisis Response’

Management & Leadership training:

‘Personal Resilience’, ‘Mental Health
Awareness’, ‘Conflict Resolution’, ‘Sickness
Absence’, coaching, team building.

Individual support

Trauma specialist counselling (EMDR
&TF-CBT, as recommended by WHO, APA &
NICE), General counselling, Pre, mid or
post deployment consultations.

Group support

Psychological debriefs, PFA workshops and
trainings, team building, supervision

Equip yourself with all the tools necessary to enhance your wellbeing and professional success.

Our Revive Your Mind program has been built from the ground up by specialists who understand the strain professional and personal life can have on an individual. This training course includes three detailed modules that teach you how to navigate stress, protect your overall wellbeing, and build resilience. These are tools you’re going to carry with you long into the future. With no strict timelines and all the essential resources provided, there’s no reason not to enrol in this life-changing course today.

Our Clients

Resources and Support

Work with FD Consultants

We strongly believe that equipping staff with the right tools to handle stress and difficult situations can make the lives of individuals and the overall success of a workplace endlessly better. Reach out today to discuss how we can support your team.

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Molly and the Two Pigeons (Audiobook ver)

Molly and the Two Pigeons is a short story for upper primary and lower secondary school children to teach them about Coronavirus in a fun and light-hearted way, and records a significant period of time in history. It could also be used as a teaching tool for parents or teachers.

A loveable puppy called Molly forms a friendship with two racing pigeons, Destiny and Grace, who live in a wooden hut in the adjacent garden. Grace is kind-hearted and takes a liking to Molly, Destiny is arrogant and is known as the fastest pigeon in the South, proven by his collection of medals. Their circle of friends expands to include Marv the wise Mandarin Duck, Flash Gordon the Goose, and Merlin the Mosquito.

This strange group of friends become united through one cause, to find a cure for the Coronavirus and help the people. Their adventures take them far and wide. They travel to China and learn about the origins of Coronavirus. They explore the Yangtze River, where they learn about the legend of the mountain peaks. They head to South Korea, where they learn about “Track and Trace” to prevent the spread of the virus. They also visit Oxford, England, where they explore how a vaccine is made. Their trip to Oxford coincides with a visit from Prince William, who Molly takes a great liking to and manages to get a royal stroke from.

Proceeds will be gifted to a charity to support the NHS and all those needing additional support from the impact of Coronavirus.

Trauma and counselling interview (Flirt Radio)

Mindfulness Exercise Series: Breathing & Relaxation

More than ever, people are talking about mindfulness. But what is it and how could it help you? Mindfulness can help you manage your wellbeing and mental health. It can enable you to:

✓ feel less overwhelmed
✓ improve your sleep quality
✓ positively change the way you think and feel about your experiences (especially stressful experiences)
✓ increase your ability to manage difficult situations
✓ make wiser choices
✓ reduce levels of anxiety
✓ reduce levels of depression
✓ reduce levels of stress
✓ reduce the amount you chew things over in your mind
✓ have greater self-compassion

Mindfulness is not fluffy nonsense nor is it a passing fad, there is a great deal of research evidencing that mindfulness changes the plasticity of our brain. But, it does take effort and work to develop mindfulness skills and time to practice them.

In this, the first series of mindfulness exercises I share some simple breathing and relaxation techniques to help you unwind and take some time for yourself.

If you like this exercise then please get in touch with FD Consultants today to find out about their mindfulness and wellbeing courses.

The Role of Community in Trauma Therapy Podcast

FIONA DUNKLEY is a trauma therapist and counsellor who has helped people and communities affected by war, terrorism and sexual violence. Drawing on experiences described in her new book – Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers – in these podcasts she tells us about the importance of community and its values in helping people overcome trauma.

Mindfulness Exercise 6: Mountain Meditation

Meditation is the collective term for a number of techniques used to still the mind, relax the body and produce a state of inner harmony. It differs from sleep, hypnosis or other types of relaxation simply because your mind remains alert.

There are many ways to meditate. You can meditate while sitting, walking, or practising yoga, but it is easiest to learn by sitting comfortably in a quiet room for several minutes twice a day, every day. There are 2 basic steps: to focus on a single word or phrase (of your choice – perhaps “peace” or “one”, or a religious word) or simply to focus on your breath; and to ignore or disregard all other thoughts.

When we focus on a single word, thought or image, we produce a state of calm that increases mental alertness, while relaxing other body systems.

Meditating twice a day for 15-20 minutes has been shown to be the most effective. Make an effort to practice every day, even if it’s initially only for 5 minutes. You may find it’s easiest to meditate first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

One of our favourite meditations is “The Mountain Meditation” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It encourages us to seek inner stability and peace, even in the face unpredictable change and chaos. Here is an adaptation of Kabat-Zinn’s classic guided meditation, we hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

If you like this exercise then please get in touch with FD Consultants today to find out about their mindfulness and wellbeing courses.

Mindfulness Exercise 5:Healing Light Meditation

Healing Light meditation is a popular practice. You can use it almost anywhere to lift your mood. If you’ve got a few moments free throughout the day, I highly recommend learning this practice to fill some of those extra minutes with guided white light meditation.

Many people who meditate have had unusual encounters with healing light. They find the experience perplexing. There’s no logical source for this light; so where does it originate? Individuals experience this light in different ways. One meditator might see giant glowing white balls, while another one might see tiny comet-streaked white sparkles. Experiencing a light during meditation is common, but subjective. There are many benefits to following this healing light meditation, such as enhancing overall wellbeing, boosting self-esteem and feelings of connectedness and it can be used to help “clear” any painful emotions you may be experiencing.

If you like this exercise then please get in touch with FD Consultants today to find out about their mindfulness and wellbeing courses.

Mindfulness Exercise 4: Body Scan Meditation

When you’re feeling stressed, it’s common to “carry stress in your body” in the form of tense shoulders, a stomach “in knots,” through shallow breathing, or in other ways. When people carry stress in their bodies, they’re often not even aware of it! When we’re really stressed, we may be feeling physical discomfort but not connect it with our emotions. A body scan meditation is a practice that can be performed daily or even several times a day and can help you learn to identify what you are feeling and where you’re feeling it, and learn to release the stress in your body and mind.

The body scan meditation is effective in relieving stress not only because of the mind-clearing aspects present in all forms of meditation but because of the physical component as well. Research shows that there are physical and psychological benefits to relaxing the body and relieving tension. Relieving physical tension, for example, has been shown to lead to a decrease in psychological stress, even when no psychologically-based stress relief efforts are made. Tension relieved in the body can lead to lower stress levels and lower reactivity to future stress, which can, in turn, lead to less physical tension as a result of stress.

In this way, this meditation works to break the cycle of physical and psychological tension that can feed on itself. Because of this, the body scan meditation is a very useful and effective meditation that can help you to stay relaxed mentally and physically, and return to a relaxed state when you become too tense. You can try a body scan meditation right now by following this simple video exercise.

If you like this exercise then please get in touch with FD Consultants today to find out about their mindfulness and wellbeing courses.

Mindfulness Exercise 3: Compassionate Mindfulness

This is an exercise in feeling compassion towards yourself. Self compassion often doesn’t come naturally – it is a skill you need to learn, practice and consciously engage in. Research has shown that these techniques can help improve our emotional well-being, improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, promote healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and lead to more satisfying personal relationships.

Cultivating self-compassion in this way can fundamentally shift how we relate to ourselves. Instead of meeting our imperfections and challenges with self-blame and criticism, we can bring a kind and mindful attention to our experiences (thoughts, emotions, and sensations) and a sense of love and care to ourselves, right in the midst of difficult situations. With practice, we can strengthen this inner quality of presence, connectedness, and kindness to improve emotional well-being and build resilience.

If you like this exercise then please get in touch with FD Consultants today to find out about their mindfulness and wellbeing courses.

Mindfulness Exercise 2: Releasing Negative Energy

On a regular basis, we encounter a wide range of energies, both positive and negative, and since the negative energies we come in contact with have the power to drain, and make us feel tired and exhausted, it is very important to remove these energies.

Negative energy can be anger, anxiety, depression, resentment, jealousy, or any negative feeling and emotions that you have been holding on to. This guided meditation will help you remove any form of psychic attack or negative energies from your life and shield you from negativity.

Before you begin, remember to first, find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for the next 15 minutes. Second, find a comfortable position to sit – it can be in a chair, crossed legged or on your knees, or lay down and when you’re ready, press play.

If you like this exercise then please get in touch with FD Consultants today to find out about their mindfulness and wellbeing courses.

Mindfulness Exercise Series 1: 4-Step Breathing

4-Step breathing (also called square, tactical or Box breathing) is a simple and highly effective technique that you can practice for a few minutes anytime you need to boost your creativity or concentration, break free from scattered thinking, or interrupt an intense “fight or flight” response and return to a state of healing and peace. It is also an effective breath to use at the beginning of your mindfulness practice.

This centuries old breathing technique for meditation has re-surfaced in the past few years and is being used by athletes, performers, doctors, and even navy seals, as their most effective strategy for quickly entering a calm, centered state of mind and body; especially when they are in an intense situation where they need to be fully present and directly connected to their best self/highest self. Many people report that when breathing is used as part of their meditation it has a dramatic, positive impact on their inner and outer wellbeing.

If you like this exercise then please get in touch with FD Consultants today to find out about their mindfulness and wellbeing courses.

Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers:
A Roadmap of Trauma and Critical Incident Care

Get your copy of Fiona’s book, Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers. It will appeal to all those working in the field of humanitarian aid, counsellors and psychotherapists, emergency first responders, as well as those who are looking to support themselves after surviving trauma.

Molly and the Two Pigeons

Molly and the Two Pigeons is a short story for upper primary and lower secondary school children to teach them about Coronavirus in a fun and light-hearted way, and records a significant period of time in history. It could also be used as a teaching tool for parents or teachers.

A loveable puppy called Molly forms a friendship with two racing pigeons, Destiny and Grace, who live in a wooden hut in the adjacent garden. Grace is kind-hearted and takes a liking to Molly, Destiny is arrogant and is known as the fastest pigeon in the South, proven by his collection of medals. Their circle of friends expands to include Marv the wise Mandarin Duck, Flash Gordon the Goose, and Merlin the Mosquito.

This strange group of friends become united through one cause, to find a cure for the Coronavirus and help the people. Their adventures take them far and wide. They travel to China and learn about the origins of Coronavirus. They explore the Yangtze River, where they learn about the legend of the mountain peaks. They head to South Korea, where they learn about “Track and Trace” to prevent the spread of the virus. They also visit Oxford, England, where they explore how a vaccine is made. Their trip to Oxford coincides with a visit from Prince William, who Molly takes a great liking to and manages to get a royal stroke from.

Proceeds will be gifted to a charity to support the NHS and all those needing additional support from the impact of Coronavirus.

Download the first chapter of the audiobook for free – click here