feelbettereveryday.co.uk ~ self-care for your mind, body, heart and soul. Integrative clinical supervision, counselling, therapeutic coaching, yoga and more. In Witham and Colchester, Essex (and worldwide via telephone and Vsee or Skype)
 

Have you experienced any kind of trauma? Do you feel that it's still holding you back? Maybe you're feeling numb to life and are avoiding any reminders? Are you feeling constantly on edge? Hyper-vigilant to any potential threat? Unable to relax or sleep?

Having flashbacks and feeling triggered by seemingly innocuous reminders? Perhaps you been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)? These are completely normal symptoms and you can recover.

Self harm is often a side effect for trauma survivors. Something which helped us feel safe when things felt so unbearable but which is no longer serving its purpose. We all self harm to some degree, whether it's eating or drinking a little too much or something more worrying for yourself from cutting to trichotillomania (hair pulling), binging and purging, over-spending... Whatever it is for you, you're not alone. And I might be able to help.

No matter how ashamed you might feel about it, there is already a part of you that is whole and ready to heal. At some level, you developed this habit as a survival mechanism. You're safe now and we can help you find healthier ways to manage residual triggers.

Click the video to see a clip from my studio guest slot on the live webcast after Michael Gavin's workshop at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Private Practice conference on trauma, London, September 2015 (with studio co-hosts Anne Scoging and Karen Lloyd). You can see more clips with my tips for working with trauma for self-care (as well as working with psychosynthesis, EFT and yoga) here.

 
 

I can support you in your recovery by:

* listening to help you understand your triggers (and put supports in place)

* celebrating your survival

* encouraging increased resilience

* teaching you about the role of your brain and body so you can 'put the breaks on' as trauma specialist Babette Rothschild says

* helping you become friendlier with your own body and mind

* support you in finding healthier habits to replace any self harming behaviours (and to be patient with yourself as you recover)

* supporting you in using your survival as an opportunity for growth and transformation and

* helping you make and maintain sustainable improvements.

I work holistically (body, mind, feelings and spirit), using my yoga therapy for mental health and wellbeing, EFT* ('psychological acupuncture'),integrative coach-therapy and counselling background (as well as personal experience and recovery) to support you in gaining a better understanding of what’s happening physiologically and how to calm your whole system down and (with practice) retrain your nervous system and brain.

 

Trauma sensitive yoga is a type of therapeutic bodywork which involves you using your own body to heal. You'll learn practical tools (from psycho-education about what happens physiologically with trauma to yoga asanas (poses), breathwork and even relaxation) that can bring immediate relief and, with practice, retrain the brain (downgrading the amygdala response to perceived threats) and nervous system.

Powerful and effective but gentle and always at your pace, trauma sensitive yoga offers a way, as David Emerson (pioneer in this field) says, to become friendlier with your own body (not always easy when we feel betrayed by our own bodies but healing is possible).

As well as being a yoga therapist for mental health, I am a counsellor and coach-therapist, working holistically to help you learn how to help yourself with every day practices to help you remember what to do if triggered.