Re-claim Your Power
When the nervous system has been hijacked by trauma, taking a body-oriented perpsective helps people to get back into their bodies and feel safe in them.
We start by gently restoring your boundaries and re-connecting your awareness to the sensations in your body. This is a gradual process, as most people with post-traumatic stress are not used to feeling safe when they connect to their bodily experience. You will be energetically held in a process which facilitates your return to sensing safety by waiting for the organic calming of the fight/flight responses of your sympathetic nervous system. The process is not rushed, forced, or invoked. Rather, the mechanisms of your nervous system pattern are observed with curiosity, patience, and love. This helps the innate regulatory capacity of the autonomic nervous system to restore itself, creating more resilience, flexibility and space in the whole body-mind system.
Sessions are conducted either online (via Skype or Zoom), or at my clinic in North Brisbane. They are tailored according to each client and their individual requirements. Somatic Experiencing® principles are integrated with attachment psychotherapy, interpersonal neurobiology, energy medicine, and trauma touchwork (if in-person, and if appropriate).
It's important to work with a trauma-informed practitioner, because they are trained in the complex and varied presentations of trauma, and how to help your body feel safe enough to heal. They also understand how your symptoms are connected to your nervous system dysregulation. A physiological approach to healing traumatic stress means the person is not labelled or pathologised. It also means that the practitioner understands the connection between seemingly disconnected symptoms, and doesn't try to treat them separately (I've provided a list of traumatic symptoms on the Home page under the heading, "Trauma Prevention").
Complex Post-Traumatic Stress (C-PTS) is an area I specialise in. Living with C-PTS is often a daily - sometimes minute by minute - challenge. It's also a hero's journey. People with C-PTS are some of the most creative, resourceful and resilient people I've ever met. I've been through the C-PTS journey myself, and come out the other side. I've had well-meaning therapists and practitioners who didn't understand my symptoms or the impact my trauma had on my daily existence. Even I couldn't put words to it sometimes, because many of my C-PTS symptoms were the result of intergenerational, in-utero, and pre-verbal trauma.
You may have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to get help via conventional therapies, and have walked away feeling like you have wasted your time and money. Worse, you may feel that the hope you have desperately clung to that someone CAN help has been shattered by too many disappointments. You're not even sure you can survive another disappointment.
Let me help you give yourself a break. Overcoming barriers to receiving help is not so much a conscious choice (although I needed a strong belief to stay the course of my therapy when I couldn't afford to buy new underwear). It's down to many things, including the lessons our soul chooses for us. Those lessons are different for everyone. There is a healing path for everyone.
My own path to healing chronic nervous system dysregulation was to train to be a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). That path was revealed to me in a dream, and was re-confirmed the following day. Until I found Somatic Experiencing®, being connected to my bodily experience felt like being in a war zone. I couldn't even read the word, 'trauma' without shaking for hours - sometimes days. After doing gentle Trauma Release Exercises (TRE), I shook for four months - almost constantly. The shaking only stopped when I fell asleep with exhaustion each night.
I know first-hand how it feels to have a wild horse inside me, and how out of control and powerless it can feel when your animal instincts hijack your rational brain. This hijacking of the pre-frontal cortex (your thinking, analytical brain) by the amygdala (the alarm/threat response in the brain) can be mapped by neuroscientific instrumentation (f-MRI). It can feel like you have no control of your thoughts when you are thrust into a fear state...and it can feel like you have no control over when - or how - that happens. The irrational fear in your body takes control over your daily experience, and because it's happened before, almost anything can trigger it again, until you meet it with a calm presence.