Trapped Emotion

Trapped Emotion One of the most challenging things I’ve had to deal with on my journey towards recovery, is the pain and physiological effects of the feeling of trapped emotions. I have tried to keep the lid on my box for so many years. I lived with my grandparents from … Continue reading

Phase orientated approaches to trauma

Phase orientated approaches to trauma Phase orientated approaches to trauma can help demystify the process of trauma therapy. In this vein they can help you feel as if you have some sense of knowledge, autonomy and control in the process of your therapy. There is an emphasis on the therapeutic … Continue reading

Flowing Through Emotion Pain & PTSD

Flowing Through Emotion Pain & PTSD by Amber DeAnn I disagree with common advice given to PTSD survivors to relive the scene. Some can’t do that. When you are in the midst of a traumatic attack, you can’t think through it or give yourself affirmations, or tell your body to … Continue reading

A person-centred approach in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

A person-centred approach in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It was whilst I was in training that I first worked with a client who had experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA). I drew upon the resources I had acquired through my training and practice – a working awareness … Continue reading

Working Therapeutically with Trauma

Working therapeutically with trauma Trauma affects many people in unique and individual ways. You may be a survivor of sexual abuse, sustained violence, sexual violence or domestic abuse. You may be a survivor of trauma through the loss of a loved one in traumatic circumstances, you may have witnessed trauma … Continue reading

Blink of an Eye

Blink of an Eye Life changes in the blink of an eye. Everything that happens affects us and becomes a part of who we are. A roller-coaster ride ensues with every turn leading us in a new direction. Dips and curves cause our hearts to race as adrenaline flows through … Continue reading

Starting a local support group

Starting a Local Support Group Following on from our previous blog about local support groups, this article focuses on what a support group is all about and why they can be useful. First and foremost, don’t get confused between support groups and therapeutic groups.  They are different although they do … Continue reading

Local Support

Local Support Groups There are an ever increasing number of survivors who are now breaking the silence and coming forward to either report their abuse or to start the lengthy healing process.  However, it is still relatively difficult to find local help. As the overall awareness for survivors to start the healing process … Continue reading

Trauma

Why Trauma Should Be Duly Diagnosed and Treated Trauma can be defined as the response to an extremely negative event. Sometimes, its effects can be immediately gleaned; at other times, symptoms can take much longer to manifest themselves. If you or a loved one has had to face a traumatic … Continue reading

EVERY PERSON HAS A STORY – Tarese’s story

EVERY PERSON HAS A STORY – Tarese’s story I just wanted to reach out and write this blog for HAVOCA. I am an adult survivor of Childhood abuse. I suffered extreme depression, I was a self-harmer, and I suffered from an eating disorder. I never thought hope was possible, I … Continue reading