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?
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 gently explore
how the past is affecting your quality of life in the present.
Survivors have often learned to cope by shutting down (numbing) from their feelings or by becoming overwhelmed by them. The key is learning to “listen” to what the body is telling you about your feelings in a way that feels safe and gentle. Art therapy can help release trauma and can be used together with mindfulness to manage flashbacks, memories and the feelings often associated with trauma.
One in 3 women are survivors of unwanted sexual harassment or abuse. 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 well as a survivor.
I use a combination of art therapy and trauma-based approaches that focus on releasing trauma, coping with strong emotions, rediscovering the goodness in life and relationships and finding ways to embrace your body and sexuality without shame or pain or guilt.
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.
Visit my art therapy page for more information about how art therapy helps in recovery from trauma.