Is past experience of trauma such as domestic or family violence or sexual abuse affecting your life?
Do you want to feel happier and healthier about yourself, your sexuality and your relationships?
Do you long to experience the goodness in life and relationships and finding ways to embrace your body and sexuality without shame or pain or guilt.
There is hope for healing from trauma and research shows that with good support recovery is possible.
Experiences of trauma are stored in the body and are often “remembered” as sensations in the body and fragmented memories. These sensations can be a challenge to live with as they can be triggered long after the trauma ended. Survivors often think that they will need to talk about every single detail of what happened. This is not true and is certainly not how I work! What is important is to safely explore how the past is affecting your quality of life in the present.
Survivors have often learned to cope by shutting down (numbing) or by becoming overwhelmed by intense distress. Specific trauma focussed therapies have been proven to be effective in recovery from trauma and can be used to manage flashbacks, reduce disturbing memories and the distressing feelings and reactions that are often experienced when we are "triggered" by something.
Sexual abuse is about the violation of the deepest parts of ourselves and often results in feelings of guilt and shame; difficulties in forming lasting relationships; a sense of feeling alone as well as overwhelming emotions such as rage, fear, depression, feeling suicidal and low self-worth. Please know that you are not alone in your experience and that you have done your very best to get through.
A few of the different therapies I use in facilitating trauma recovery are:
EMDR - an 8 phase mental health intervention that uses specific eye movements to reduce painful feelings, distressing memories and change negative beliefs. (Endorsed by WHO)
Internal Family Systems - the goal of IFS is to unburden and heal parts of ourselves that are wounded or that may be trying to protect in ways that are unhelpful.
Art Therapy- Gently helps to release difficult emotions or sensations.
If you are a survivor and would like to find out more about how you can recover and heal from trauma, please contact me on 0459911602 or via the contact form on this website.
If you are in immediate distress or feel unsafe, please contact Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia 1800424 017 or Lifeline Crisis Support 1311 14.