Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that we are already coming towards the end of January. For many the last few weeks have been challenging.

 The combination of holiday family functions, therapist breaks and the overindulgence of the Christmas season may well have left you feeling rattled physically and emotionally.

Reconnection with your therapist after the break can be confusing. While a part of you might be looking forward to seeing him/her other parts may be more ambivalent. You might feel hurt, angry, overwhelmed or anxious. All of these are common responses to breaks in relationships, especially when one has a background of developmental trauma.

Over this period it is especially important be gentle with yourself – exercise, massage, yoga and acupuncture can all be helpful in settling your sensitised nervous system. Finding a means of expressing all you feel will also be beneficial, whether this be through speaking, writing or art.

For those who would like further ideas concerning gently looking after yourself while on the journey of recovery, we have a workshop coming up on Saturday February 17th at Birchtree. These workshops provide a hope filled space in which to learn more about complex trauma and navigating the pathway forward with self compassion.

We also have our next Trauma Support Group commencing on Wednesday February 7th at 7.15pm. The groups enable interaction with others who are also engaged in therapy. Each group focuses on a different theme relating to complex trauma. The groups aim to foster a sense of reconnection both with yourself and with others.

We look forward to seeing you around Birchtree Centre in the coming weeks. We’ll leave you with a quote that we love and that exemplifies the people that we are honoured to meet on the pathway of recovery from trauma.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. 
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen…”

Elisabeth Kubler Ross

For more information about our upcoming events for 2018, click here