“The past beats inside me like a second heart”

JOHN BANVILLE, THE SEA

 

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, psychiatrist, best selling author of “The Body Keeps the Score”, researcher and educator, describes the experience of trauma as “the brain on fire”.
 
Having a brain on fire, results in a higher risk of mental and physical illnesses such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addictions as well as inflammatory diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome , Fibromyalgia and Digestive difficulties.
 
And most significantly, a brain on fire distracts you from social, emotional and relational connection – and healthy sexuality.
 
In other words, trauma creates Intimacy and Attachment disruptions.
 
Trauma is not the event. Whether this event was a once off adult event such as a sexual violation , rape, car accident, resulting in PTSD, or Developmental Childhood Trauma, such as sexual or physical abuse, emotional neglect and abandonment, trauma is what happens inside you.
 
And so you find ways to live your life to avoid feeling the pain inside of you. All the while your body holds the score and the suffering continues.  In February 2021, I complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, through Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Research Foundation , Boston , USA.
 
I invite you to bring your brain and body into my well resourced therapeutic space. You deserve a life of joy, happiness and freedom from suffering.
 
Working through a trauma -informed lens , utilizing
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, Self Compassion , Family Systems as well as traditional Sex Therapy techniques and Complex Relationship theory and interventions, I offer you a safe and secure therapeutic environment.