Physical and emotional trauma
In recent years, research has shown that the most effective methods for resolving shock trauma,
developmental and childhood trauma, PTSD, and other emotionally overwhelming and stressful conditions need to include awareness of the body's inner experience via felt sense, sensations, impulses, images etc.
As a fully qualified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, my trauma therapy approach with clients follows those findings. Somatic 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.
Using Somatic Experiencing techniques and clinical tools, I help clients who have experienced trauma, to move from a nervous system state of disregulation to regulation - from fear to safety.
Trauma can be defined as anything that is too much, too soon, or too fast for our nervous system to handle. Trauma Therapy sessions will help to reduce your autonomic nervous system response of fight, flight or freeze, and enhance your parasympathetic nervous system responsible for a sense of safety and relaxation.
The pace and timing of sessions I offer is very much led by what you feel comfortable with - your sense of safety is paramount.
I've successfully helped clients who have experienced the following:
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
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.
Aspects we will cover in our sessions together include:
How your body is central to being free from the effects of past trauma - I'll guide you on how to increase your sense of safety, comfort, and ease within your body
Support to be freer from the effects of fight, flight, freeze or fawn - common nervous system stress responses to trauma
Support to help you identify the sensations, images, thoughts, and emotions that cause your fear or anxiety and how to ease those states
Offering help to reduce the effects of stress and trauma 'triggers' in your day-to-day life
Ways to increase your nervous system strength and resiliency
Exercises to gently and safely release past trauma from your body without having to fully "relive" your trauma
Support to help you build resilience for the future
"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"
Physician & Trauma expert
Author of When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress