Online Somatic Trauma Counselling Therapist – PTSD Treatment in Melbourne & via Zoom
Nothing Ever Goes Away Until It Teaches Us What We Need To Know – Pema Chödrön
If you’re looking for trauma counselling in Melbourne or online trauma counselling, please reach out. I offer a somatic based PTSD Treatment (in Melbourne & zoom for internationals) which can help resolve underlying trauma symptoms.
Trauma comes in many forms; it may stem from negative childhood experiences, sexual abuse, relationship violence, grief, abuse, among other causes.
Just as physical injuries impact the body, traumatic experiences can leave damage as well.
Unfortunately, the effects of trauma can be long-lasting. If you have experienced some form of trauma during your lifetime, you may greatly benefit from seeing a trauma therapist in Melbourne.
Are you looking for a trauma counselling Melbourne therapist?
Hi, My name’s Ronnie Adamowicz. I am a Melbourne-based trauma therapist. In order to serve my clients who have experienced past traumas, I use a combination of therapies: somatic psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, and focusing oriented therapy (FOT).
How do I approach clients who have trauma history?
Trauma is a sensitive subject, which is why as a trauma therapist, I treat my clients with utmost respect. I have an empathetic, non-judgmental stance, which will help you feel more comfortable when talking about your past experiences. The environment of therapy, whether in office or virtual, will be a safe place with a positive atmosphere of hope.
What is Somatic Psychotherapy for trauma?
Somatic psychotherapy is a holistic therapy used for trauma. It is body-centered therapy that focuses on the mind-body connection. Somatic psychotherapy can help relieve chronic stress and rebalance the nervous system.
Trauma psychologists and therapists share the view that the body, mind, spirituality, and emotions are all interconnected. Your past traumas have impacted your body and have caused you to hold the trauma within you. Holding the trauma within acted as a means for self-protection, but long-term has had its negative effects. Seeing a trauma therapist in Melbourne will be a freeing experience, and will better allow you to cope.
What to expect during a somatic psychotherapy session?
- As a trauma therapist based in Melbourne, I offer an opportunity to explore past experiences on your own terms
- During somatic therapy sessions, we will tune in to the physical experiences that you hold within your body
- I may utilise holistic techniques such as meditation and relaxation to relieve your symptoms and connect your mind and body
- As a trauma therapist, I guide clients to develop acceptance and awareness of suppressed emotions.
Somatic Experiencing Therapy
Somatic experiencing is a somatic therapy approach that is specifically used for trauma. It was developed by Peter Levine, a trauma psychologist. Somatic experiencing can help people move forward from a place of being “stuck” after processing a traumatic event.
Where did Somatic Experiencing originate?
Trauma psychologist Dr. Levine studied stress on animals’ nervous systems. He observed how animals are consistently under the threat of predators yet they do not exhibit the outward signs of trauma. He applied this observation to humans who experience trauma.
Dr. Levine studied the fight-or-flight response, as well as a third survival response that is less well-known: the “freeze response.” When we cannot fight-or-flight from danger our only option is to freeze. Thus in the human utilization of the freeze response, our unconscious goal is to make us less of a target to the danger; we freeze, resulting in the absorption of the trauma.
When a person experiences trauma, the fight-flight-or-freeze responses can stay trapped within the body, which can cause ongoing dysfunction and dysregulation. Somatic experiencing therapy will help free the body of these negative after effects.
When trauma is trapped in the body it causes physical and mental symptoms:
- Chronic fatigue
- Low blood pressure
- Digestion issues
- Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
- Decreased immunity
Focusing Oriented Therapy (FOT)
FOT is another therapy I use for trauma counselling in Melbourne. I am a certified FOT therapist. Similar to somatic experiencing, FOT is a body-focused therapy which emphasizes the awareness of the body. FOT was developed by Eugene Gendlin, a psychotherapist and philosopher, in the 1960s.
FOT, otherwise known as focusing, is focused on the inner experience. An important concept in focusing is called the felt sense; an internal experience you feel containing your life’s experiences. The felt sense is used to gain understanding of the feelings your body holds from traumatic experiences.
One technique used in focusing is called bodywork. Bodywork draws attention to the body language that you have during therapy sessions. I may ask you what your gestures feel like for you. This helps us discuss the bodily experiences you are having during therapy, and how they relate to your emotions.
Benefits of focusing therapy:
- Deeper level of awareness
- Reduced stress
- Better connection between the body and mind
- Becoming reacquainted with emotions
- Better able to describe own feelings and desires
- Greater attentiveness
- Lowered tension
- Reduced chronic pain
- Increased problem-solving ability
- Improved relationships
- Overall greater success in therapy
Benefits of trauma counselling in Melbourne
There are many benefits to starting trauma counselling. With time you will acquire improved resiliency, a greater ability to handle stress, and importantly, greater peace of mind. Your nervous system will be restored through the use of a combination of somatic psychotherapy techniques. Trauma can take a toll on a person physically and mentally, but there is hope. Trauma counselling can help reset your body and help you move on from the negative effects that you have endured.
Start your trauma counselling in Melbourne or Via Zoom for International’s today:
As a Melbourne-based trauma therapist, I offer in-person therapy sessions as well as online video counselling. I also offer phone sessions. Book a free 20-minute consultation today. In addition to trauma counselling, I can provide a wide range of services addressing concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, LGBT, relationship, grief, low-self esteem, and more.
“Trauma is a fact of life. It does NOT, however, have to be a life sentence.” -Dr. Peter A. Levine