Torquay Psychology

Trauma, Physical Pain and Tension as a Precursor to Movement

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Giacometti – Nauman exhibition at the Schirn Mueseum in Frankfurt Germany. Here I came across this beautiful Giacometti sculpture.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Skype Counselling Geelong

This woman immediately transported me back to my psychotherapy rooms. She reminds me of many of the people I have worked with over the years affected by trauma.

Look closely. What does her body tell you?

I see armpits that cannot breathe, a tight belly, a body in contraction.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapists, working with trauma have a saying, “tension is a precursor to movement”.

For us trauma therapists and counsellors, physical tension isn't always structural, but is often an indication of a motor movement wanting to happen. Some patterning that exists in the body, stuck or distorting, in search of satisfaction, release or completion. A push, a movement into flight, maybe a reaching for support or care.

I can't help wonder what happened to Giacometti's lady. Does she carry her own trauma history?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy on the Bellarine Peninsular

Dear friends, colleagues and clients,

Thank you for your support and interest in my work over the past year. 

As 2016 winds down, I am celebrating a full year both personally and professionally.  

At this time of year, I find it useful to reflect on what has transpired - the demands that life has placed on us, the shifts and adjustments we have made to better support ourselves, and last but by no means least, our accomplishments.  

On a personal note, one of the more significant changes for me this year has been moving from Melbourne to Torquay.  Life here suits me well and the transition has been surprisingly smooth. I am enjoying the space, the slower pace of life, and of course the waves! 

I will continue to run my private practice in Melbourne on Thursdays and Fridays, whilst also building my practice closer to home. 

I have recently set set-up counselling rooms in Torquay Bellarine Peninsular, at Torquay Shiatsu and am available Monday and Wednesdays.

I have a few special thank-you's to make.

Thank you to those of you who participated in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at Ohana Yoga earlier this year – and to Gena Kenny for generously accomodating us at her beautiful studio. I won't continue teaching this program in Melbourne. At the moment it feels best to be in the one place as much as possible, and therefore to limit my city time to private practice and family. I am looking at establishing a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program closer to home. 

Thanks to those who attended one of my talks on Trauma and the Body. I am proud to say I presented this talk to roughly 120 people, over 6 sell-out events. We have a few more sessions scheduled for February and March 2017, and the Embodied Therapist workshop commencing in April.   

A very special thank you to those of you that have seen me for psychotherapy. Your commitment to your own processes of growth and discovery continues to touch and inspire me.  I appreciate the opportunity to be part of your journey. 

Finally, thank you to my teachers, supervisors and dear friends. Your fresh and steady voices continue to support, deepen and enable my own processes of growth and adventures along the road less travelled. I certainly couldn't do the work I do without you. 

Journey well and safely over the summer months.

Best wishes,


P.S Here's me, day one at Torquay Shiatsu