Accredited Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner
I've always been drawn to figuring out trauma, but it took me a while to start working with it, both personally and professionally. I wanted to study psychology after school but life took me down a different path, at least initially. Instead, I studied photography, lived in Italy for nearly 3 years and then later completed an M.A. in Digital Design. I went back to university to do an M.A. in Counselling & Psychotherapy and completed my thesis on trauma and dissociation (1st class honours). I have also completed training in EFT and Hypnotherapy and I am an accredited and advanced EFT practitioner and clinical hypnotherapist.
I know the term trauma can seem scary and even stigmatising, but trauma simply means 'wound' and we have all been wounded or hurt. I think normalising trauma and seeing it as a fact of life, but not a life sentence, as Peter Levine says, is really important. Mountains of research and the personal experience of millions if not billions, show that trauma is the most important root cause (there can be others) of many so-called mental "disorders", as well as many chronic and unexplained physical illnesses. We can see evidence of unresolved traumatic stress in addiction, anxiety, depression and chronic health issues, as the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study has shown. This is why it is so important that we work with root causes, not just symptoms. My areas of interest are in birth, developmental and complex trauma. Our first years of life have a profound influence on us.
I find that talk therapy, on its own, is not effective at resolving trauma. We can spend years in traditional psychotherapy without deep change and personal growth. We are not just talking heads, we also have a body which can't be excluded in therapeutic work. It is now well understood that our body is a storehouse for unresolved post traumatic symptoms; trauma is both physiological and psychological. Dissolving the emotional charge of explicit and implicit memories (read more about the felt sense here), which we experience as triggers, flashbacks and unexplained symptoms, is crucial to healing from trauma. I use EFT, hypnotherapy, techniques from somatic experiencing and other modalities, along with psychotherapeutic skills, to acheive this.