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TRAUMA
RECOVERY

“Without the body and mind accessed together as a unit, we will not be able to deeply understand or heal trauma.”

Peter Levine

Trauma Therapy & Recovery

Overwhelming experiences tend to be stored in our bodies and have unconscious effects on our beliefs and how we operate. Trauma therapy is about learning how to take care of, and transform the impact of what we have lived (some of which is often hidden).

 

This in turn, then frees up some of our psyche, allowing us to live more fully and vibrantly in the present. I have trained in multiple ways of addressing and gently transforming the impact of all sorts of traumas, from the kinds that we aren’t aware of to complex PTSD.

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Therapy session

How trauma works

The impact of events or ongoing experiences that have been traumatic are mostly hidden. The brain separates out, our emotions, from our physical experiences and blanks out some our memories. This unconscious splitting in the psyche can have many layered effects. The brain forms sophisticated coping strategies, layers of defences and beliefs to help us cope. These are useful and yet, as time goes by, they can become limiting and restricting. Eventually, we start to feel held back, as if something is missing. We may want more from our relationships, but find it hard to change how we relate. There are many different forms of trauma and it is possible to carry layers of trauma without being aware of it. Some traumas are multi-generational, some take place at the very beginning of our lives (bonding traumas, the trauma of love). Some traumas are more ongoing and are caused in relationship. Other traumas are caused by more clear and specific events.

In trauma therapy it is possible to work with:

~ Our embodied sense of events and cellular memory

~ The origins of our traumatic experiences

~ Unconscious childhood traumas

~ Identity Orientated Psychotrauma Therapy (IoPT)

~ Multigenerational trauma 

~ Unconscious personality and survival structures 

~ Addictions, habits and beliefs that are ways of coping

~ Inner child work

~ Impact of parents, larger family systems and relational dynamics

~ Multi-generational traumas and epigenetics

~ Traumas pre-birth, birth and early years

~ Somatised experiences in the body 

~ Unconscious splitting

~ Our relationship to our selves - self connection, self-esteem and body awareness

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