Somatic Trauma Therapy

Christmas time feels like a good time to reflect on what a journey life is – and what a year (or three!) it’s been!

Since 2020 the world has changed for so many people in so many different ways. For me it has marked a shift in direction, one which has felt very natural and timely. The last few years have seen a natural progressive integration of Myofascial Therapy, Trauma Informed Coaching and ultimately the Somatic Trauma Therapy which I am trained and insured to practice today. It’s been hard work but so worth it.

I believe with my whole heart that freedom from pain can only be revealed through working in an integrative way with the whole person, body, mind, heart and soul.

Over the years I’ve worked in physiotherapy clinics, been part of multidisciplinary teams, with case workers, GP’s, neurophysio’s, psychologists – there was always a little part of me that felt a bit ‘less than’. Strange really, I’ve got a law degree for goodness sake – but that little inner voice always tried to convince me I was a little bit less than because, despite all of my qualifications, I don’t have a clinical degree! Go figure.

It’s taken time, not the studying theory bit, I find that easy, but doing my own inner work, for myself, working through my own emotions and beliefs about myself and the world, learning to trust myself and other people, learning the art of inner awareness, intuition and self regulation. This has been tough, very tough! but essential, you can’t lead people down a path you haven’t travelled yourself.

Because my background is as it is, I know the power of safe touch, movement, mindfulness and breath. I know the body contains more wisdom than most of us can even imagine and, where trauma is concerned, healing is a somatic experience, not an intellectual cognitive construct. We can’t just positive think or talk our way out of pain.

Science, physiology and psychology all play a vital part in my work. The way out of chronic pain is so much more than just addressing thoughts and behaviours – though that is what a lot of people in our mind centric society understand to be the answer to emotional pain.

I am registered with the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists. Adherence to professional standards and ethics is hugely important and registration requires this. This is what the ACCPH aims to achieve as well as raising awareness and representation of evolutionary psychology based therapies, this and acknowledging that there are various approaches in counselling, psychotherapy or hypnotherapy, those which are more conventional and familiar and those which are more contemporary.

The world of trauma therapy is changing, the world needs that to happen, in a perfect world it wouldn’t be needed, but the world isn’t perfect, none of us are and that’s ok. Learning to meet yourself exactly where you’re at, sounds like the spirit of Christmas 💜💙

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