Individual therapy

Individual Therapy is integral to recovery from trauma. Trauma, especially when arising from interpersonal violence and/or neglect, can result in ongoing difficulties developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Negative relational experiences in childhood can have a profound impact on neurophysiological development, leading to emotional and somatic dysregulation, difficulties forming a sense of identity and struggles with managing one’s emotions. Through regular sessions with your individual therapist you will be able to explore your past and its impact on your present, as well as your dreams, hopes and fears for the future.

All the Individual Therapists at Birchtree have extensive experience working with survivors of trauma. They understand the complexities that can occur when your trust has been broken in the past. Your therapist will be patient, listening with quiet contemplation, guiding you in formulating and telling your story. They realise that trauma impacts the whole of one’s being and will also be able to assist you with your physical symptoms and sense of disconnection or dissociation.

Group therapy

Isolation and alienation are very powerful effects of trauma. As such, the ability of groups to provide support and reconnection for members is particularly important within trauma treatment. Group interventions offer unique advantages in addressing the areas in which traumatized individuals have been the most affected.

At Birchtree, we offer many groups that are designed to assist you in a variety of ways. These groups:

  • Provide psychoeducation about trauma and its impact.
  • Provide exploration of skills and strategies to manage current symptomatology
  • Provide validation of your trauma experiences.
  • Provide an opportunity to rebuild trust and decrease alienation and shame
  • Provide an opportunity to witness and create a narrative about the trauma in a safe and respectful environment
  • Provide an opportunity to grieve trauma and its consequences
  • Provide a forum to explore the ‘hard to access’ experiences of trauma through creative art therapy
  • Provide a sense of reconnection physically and emotionally through trauma sensitive yoga.

You may access the Birchtree Group Therapy Program whether you are in individual therapy at the Birchtree Centre or elsewhere.