Trauma Therapy

Physical and emotional trauma

In recent years, research has shown that the most effective methods for resolving acute trauma,

developmental and childhood trauma, PTSD, and other emotionally overwhelming and stressful conditions need to include working directly with the body (via sensations, impulses etc). 

 

My trauma therapy approach with clients follows those findings, and is a body-orientated one that combines Somatic Experiencing (SE) with Cranial Sacral Therapy. 

 

Somatic (body) Experiencing techniques were developed by trauma expert Dr Peter Levine and resulted from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application.

Craniosacral Therapy lowers the sympathetic nervous system responsible for our fight/fight and enhances our parasympathetic nervous system responsible for our relaxation response. Craniosacral therapy allows the body to come back into a physiological balance, so the body can release any underlying stress, tension and emotional patterns that lie deeply stored within the body.

The pace and timing of sessions I offer is very much led by what you feel comfortable with, and I've successfully helped clients who have experienced:

  • Traumatic event/s

  • Abuse - sexual, physical, emotional, mental

  • Shut down, numbing of feelings/pain

  • Childhood, developmental trauma

  • Hypervigilance, unable to relax, flashbacks

  • Trust issues, fear of intimacy

  • Persistant feelings of isolation, loneliness, shame

  • Traumatic/difficult childhood, neglect

  • Effects from accidents, head injuries, attacks etc

  • Post-operative stress from medical interventions

  • Insomnia, nightmares

  • Trauma-related anger/hostility/rage

  • Panic attacks, anxiety

  • A sense of broken spirit, hopelessness

I offer a safe, non-judgemental and heartfelt space in which to help you build resilience against your traumatic experiences & memories, and restore emotional equilibrium.  Please do feel free to call me if you'd like to talk more before booking an appointment.

"If we simply try to avoid confronting painful experiences,

there is no way to begin the healing process.

In fact, this denial creates the very conditions

that promote and prolong unnecessary suffering.” 

Dr Peter Levine

PhD Medical Biophysics

Author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Trauma and Memory

“Neuroscience research shows that
the only way we can change ​the way we feel
is by becoming aware of our inner experience
​and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.”

​Bessel van der Kolk 

MD, ​Founder of the Trauma Centre

Author of The Body Keeps the Score 

"With trauma we lose the connection to our own essence

that feels as though we have lost our wisdom, strength and joy in life"

Gabor Maté

Physician & Trauma expert

Author of When the Body Says No: The Cost of  Hidden Stress 

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