I provide "trauma informed" therapy for every person I work with. This means I am keeping in mind any impacts of any trauma that may be influencing the person I am working with.
Trauma is a big word and a big conversation but one thing is common - Trauma effects the nervous system and imprints on our body. It can have a long reaching impact on our mental health and influences how we manage our lives and relationships. It can cause us to feel unsafe in the world, to see the world through different eyes and hijacks our thoughts and feelings.
Trauma can come in many forms and at many times in our life cycle.
A non exhaustive list of traumas can include:
- One's own traumatic birth (entry into the world and the assault this can have on our nervous system if there were complications)
- Childhood trauma from the family we come from (witnessing or being the victim of domestic violence (including physical, emotional, social, financial, sexual abuse)
- trauma during school (bullying, challenges with peers, challenges to our self esteem and self image that have stayed with us)
- abuse in schools, religious and secular communities, organisations, clubs, teams, gaols
- trauma from violence and abuse in adulthood (including physical, emotional, social, financial, sexual abuse)
- Bullying and Harassment
- Medical emergencies, injuries, disablements
- Being a first responder to a traumatic event
- Near death experiences
- Being a witness to trauma
- Natural disasters and tragedy
- Traumatic loss
I provide trauma informed therapy in all the sessions that i provide so that these developmental and childhood traumas can be explored and healed.
That said, for some, there is a need for more specialised trauma work when complex trauma has occurred.
To provide complex trauma work, I am a Registered Provider of counselling through VICTIM SERVICES NSW
As much as i cringe at the name "Victim" Services and would prefer it to be called something more empowering and different, Victim Services NSW offers amazing opportunities for support and healing for those people who are eligible.
If eligible, I can provide up to 22 free sessions of counselling under this program (sometimes more than that). The reason for this is that Complex Trauma is recognised and acknowledged as something that requires time for deep healing to occur. This is a gift even though the name could be better!
If you have experienced complex trauma, i encourage you to look past the name of the service and utilise the opportunity for some extensive support..
Ask me for more details or visit this website: https://www.victimsservices.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/vss/vs_counselling/vs_counselling-acs-about.aspx
If the trauma occurred in another state, you can apply through the Victim Services of that state and they can possibly allow you to receive the counselling with me in Bangalow