I have spent my career specialising in trauma. I work with adults who have experienced a single traumatic event; with those who may have experienced ongoing trauma; and with adults who have experienced childhood trauma.
The most important part of trauma work is the therapeutic relationship, that is, what happens between myself and my client and the relationship we build.
I specialise in complex trauma. I help my clients work through traumatic events, transforming fragmented memories that are stuck either through narrative work or when appropriate, through EMDR therapy.
I have experience working in child protection and supporting child protection staff; I also specialise in emergency services, military personal and their families.
Trauma can be defined as a highly stressful and challenging life-altering event. It's not always possibly to determine in advance what events will be traumatic and what may bring about substantial personal change.
Everyone’s reaction to trauma is different, no two people react the same. Most people recover well with support from family and friends and do not experience any long term problems. Other people benefit from accessing professional support.
I have a particular interest in growth after trauma, Post Traumatic Growth. The idea that we can experience changes in perspective that are transformative, a new level fo functioning and perspective in life. The event itself does not cause positive change, rather our ability to find new meaning and resolve after the event. My most significant influence in the area of PTG is from Richard Tedeschi.
I also have interest in EMDR therapy and reprocessing stuck memories.