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Trauma can change how a person regulates their thoughts and feelings, and their ability to care for themselves emotionally and psychologically.

"Traumatic events call into question basic human relationships. They breach the attachments of family, friendship, love and community. They shatter the construction of self that is formed and sustained in relation to others. They undermine the belief systems that give meaning to human experience.”

Judith Herman MD (1992)

Trauma Counselling Experience

My work with STARS began in April 2021 when I was accepted to work alongside them as a volunteer counsellor.

STARS is a charity based in Poole, Dorset that offers a free counselling service, to anyone living in Dorset who has experienced some form of sexual violence at any time in their life. They offer person centred counselling which is combined with a trauma model. There is a focus on psycho-education, through which we help our clients understand the impact of their trauma on their brain and their body, giving them control and choice.

Trauma can change how a person regulates their thoughts and feelings, and their ability to care for themselves emotionally and psychologically. Trauma informed therapy recognizes the impact of experiences that threaten a person’s sense of safety and wellbeing.

Although my work at STARS is related to sexual trauma, trauma can apply to anyone, it’s not just for people with obvious sources of trauma like physical or sexual abuse.

Although STARS is quite a distance from where I live, I felt the training they provided and the work they do would assist me greatly in my development as a therapist. Seeing people recover as they undertake a life changing experience is incredibly rewarding. To be able to offer them a space where they can really feel heard and understood makes the work extremely rewarding.

Before started client work with STARS, I undertook their comprehensive training “Working with Complex Trauma” which was extremely informative, looking at areas such as ‘fight flight responses’ and ‘attachment styles’.

Working from a trauma informed position, means I am knowledgeable about trauma and understand the potential impact of trauma on my clients and the best ways to approach and work with them safely.