I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

This statement may seem simplistic, but it holds a lot of truth. When overcoming trauma, there are many pathways in the brain that are wired to respond to physical, unconscious, reminders of the traumatic event. But there are ways to rewire the brain. They involve going deep into the body and learning to read the body to detect the triggers of the traumatic memory. They involve releasing the stored memories from the body. They involve learning ways to calm down the fight/flight response the traumatic memory has triggered. In time, they involve the brain learning new pathways. This does not happen overnight, and can take months or even years.

The old fashioned belief that a traumatised person is ‘damaged’ and will never recover is very disempowering. Giving the traumatised person back their power by allowing them to make a choice and to believe he or she can make a choice is vital.

You may choose not to be governed by our traumatic past, but that will not happen overnight. With counselling, you can slowly make the changes that your brain needs to allow you to be who you choose to become.

The Blue Knot Foundation has world renowed guidelines for working with trauma and trauma recovery. I have been trained extensively in these guidelines and am well equipped to work with traumatised individuals. In addition, I have had my own recovery from a trauma history to give me an understanding of what it is like, but also of what is possible.

If you would like to work through your trauma with me, please contact me on 0409396608 or nan@plentifullifecounselling.com.au