Trauma is not necessarily always what we often perceive it to be; trauma can be big events but it can also be small events that have affected us greatly or ongoing situations which have caused us to dissociate to avoid the pain in order to survive. Nightmares, insomnia, flashbacks and feelings of isolation, irritability, anger, guilt and shame are commonly associated with trauma and PTSD and can have a huge impact on our lives.
Mentally, we may also feel exhausted and not quite 'here', and physically we may feel that we no longer have the energy or inclination to do the things that we once enjoyed. Sometimes there is pain in our bodies and often conventional medicine cannot find a cause; this can also make us more fatigued, despondent and anxious. Increased isolation means that we often have fewer people to talk to or to socialise with, and sometimes when there are others to connect with, often we find it very stressful or triggering to be in company.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and CPTSD (Complex PTSD) are considered by conventional medicine as anxiety disorders caused by events that have been very stressful, frightening or distressing - in other words, traumatic.
'At all times I felt very cared for...a very gentle, respectful and empathetic approach
and I instantly felt safe.'
Sandy, Abuse survivor
I specialise in trauma recovery using holistic approaches to address what is medically termed PTSD and CPTSD. Trauma takes many forms and what we experience as a result is incredibly complex because we are complex. You are a person with a lived experience and are not medical labels or symptoms. I prefer to view these experiences not as disorders at all but as natural - but painful - responses from our body, mind and soul when coping and living with unresolved and unaddressed trauma. Symptoms are a way for our bodies to highlight what needs unlearned in order to re-learn, what needs dis-member in order to re-member; to return, restore and recover. Healing is not fixing, it is recovering. You do not need fixing because you are not broken. You may sometimes feel like you are but, I can assure you, you are not. It's not you, it's unresolved trauma.
'The best minds in mental health aren't the docs. They're the trauma survivors who have had to figure out how to stay alive for years with virtually no help.
Wanna learn how to psychologically survive under unfathomable stress?
Talk to abuse survivors.'
Dr Glenn Doyle, Psychologist and author
My approach is holistic and integrative, using a wide range of therapies, techniques and tools that I have professionally and personally studied, researched, applied and developed over the past 20 years. As a trauma survivor, I also bring personal witness and a deeper level of empathy to my work. I have lived a life through the lens of trauma and the approaches that I use, teach and share with my clients in their own recovery and healing are the methods I live myself. This is incredibly important in therapeutically understanding what you are experiencing and in assessing the support best suited to you at different stages of your recovery.
Abuse, Trauma and Power
Many therapeutic approaches can help support your emotional self compassion, reconnecting with your physical body and the restoration of your own personal power, which is often taken - or given - during times of trauma. This is an aspect of trauma that survivors of abuse live with - the theft of their personal power. It is rightly yours, belongs with you, and it can be retrieved. My holistic approach works for clients and it could work for you too. I support many clients who have experienced specialise in recovery from narcissistic abuse.
One of the aims of my work is to help you not only reconnect you with yourself, the essence of who you are, and not the behaviour you have had to adopt in order to survive, but to also foster a compassionate and loving relationship with your emerging soul. Honesty, integrity, safety and respect are cornerstones of my practice - you can read more about my commitment to the ethos and values of Flourish here.
Shamanism and Trauma
My approaches to trauma, PTSD and CPTSD using holistic methods are quite different from the treatments of conventional medicine. My approach is more energetic, spiritual and shamanic in nature. I have found that clients experience both soul and power loss as a result of trauma and this 'lost' soul essence manifests itself physically as PTSD and CPTSD. There is an element of energetic and spiritual fracturing or fragmenting that occurs during a traumatic experience, in which parts of ourselves are 'shaken' from us by the traumatic experiences.
The level of my practice is Trauma Enhanced in the NHS Scotland Knowledge and Skills Framework, treating clients who have experienced varying degrees of trauma, providing healing and support.
A 15 min telephone consultation is available to book online as a first contact where we have a brief chat and arrange an initial assessment appointment. After the initial assessment, this allows us the opportunity to either work together or not. The assessment session is exactly as described, an opportunity to explore whether we feel we would like to move forward to the healing process. Both parties are free to say either yes or no to working together, without expectation or judgement.
If we are moving forward in the process, I request an initial commitment to a minimum of 6 x 90 minute sessions after the initial 90 min assessment appointment. One to one support plans provide a dedicated number of sessions necessary for the holistic support required for the process of your recovery. The sessions create a safe space where you are listened to with empathy and compassion and without judgement, emotionally supported throughout.
Your appointments are booked in advance on receipt of payment (payment for all 6 sessions is requested in advance) and are intended to be the same day and time at each session. This is therapeutically important. Payment for all sessions is requested in advance. Please see terms for more details.
Flourish has a commitment to an honest, ethical practice with integrity and safety - you can read more on Ethos and Values.
The plans are over the course of 6, 12 and 24 weeks, with longer plans available and ongoing follow on sessions if or when required - this is dependent on the extent of the trauma and the nature of the healing required. Appointments are attended at my private South Lanarkshire practice. For international clients and those unable to attend in person, online sessions are conducted with remote support and distance healing.
The initial 6 week support plans follows your initial first visit and consultation followed by 6 x 90 min weekly sessions, which will include holistic counsel and the appropriate treatment or therapy.