I specialise in trauma. I am internationally trained in leading trauma modalities, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Havening Techniques and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing. I have provided trauma therapy with the Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence, formerly known as Barwon CASA.
Unresolved trauma can have lasting and devastating effects on a person's functioning. Impacting on work, relationships, sense of self, safety and resilience.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the clinical term given to describe what happens when traumatic symptoms persist for more than a month after a traumatic event.
Recurring or distressing memories
Intrusive images or flashbacks
Distress triggered by reminders that link back to the traumatic event
Avoiding or attempting to avoid thoughts
Intense feelings: anxiety, agitation, restlessness (high activation of the nervous system)
Depression (low activation of the nervous system)
Avoiding activities, places, people which trigger recollections of the trauma
Diminished interest in normal activities
Emotionally distant or reactive
Pessimistic about the future
Difficulties sleeping and concentrating
Problems with anger
SOME CAUSES OF TRAUMA
Trauma can be thought of any event that threatens the integrity of a person's survival.
Car or sporting accidents
Physical or sexual abuse
Childhood trauma: incest, neglect, separation, loss, attachment failure
Being caught in a natural disaster
Being in war
Being involved in or witnessing a crime
Witnessing an unexpected or violent death
Or emotionally distressing events that threaten a person's sense of self.
Being publicly shamed
Losing a parent or sibling
Any form of emotional abuse
Developmental or trans-generational trauma
Trauma treatment means that you can put your traumatic past behind you and get on with life. Once a traumatic memory has been resolved you are able to recall the event as a past memory, without having to relive the unpleasant sensations, painful memories, thoughts and limiting beliefs that are associated with it.
To avoid re-traumatisation, effective trauma treatment requires working with a trained trauma therapist. Talk therapy is not recommended for trauma based work.
Want to know more about trauma and trauma treatment?
I am offering an introductory workshop on Trauma and the Body. You can find out more about this event, by following this link:
Or checking out my training website: www.humansbecoming.com