Karen has been working with private clients since 1990 and has special experience working with young adults who have experienced childhood abuse.  Whatever the origins of a person’s trauma; understanding, trust and a safe environment are key fundamentals in developing a strategy to help.

Karens approach utilises Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga.  The TCTSY  technique is specifically aimed at adults who have complex trauma or chronic treatment resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Trauma Sensitive Yoga is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment.  For more information go to the UK Yoga Clinic research page

Clients that have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused as children have many symptoms including: Depression, Anxiety, Flashbacks, Dissociation, Personality Disorder, Distorted self-perception, Physical Effects, Chronic and diffuse pain, especially abdominal or pelvic pain, Self-neglect, Eating disorders, Alcohol and drug abuse.

Understanding the Person

An initial session allows the client to look back on their childhood and evaluate how any past traumatic or painful events may have effected them and what mechanisms/strategies were used to deal with those experiences and whether those strategies are still being used to deal with experiences in life today and whether they help or hinder. It is not for me to understand my clients as much as getting them to start to understand themselves.

Developing a Strategy

Strategies are developed to help clients notice their thoughts rather than feeling, reacting then thinking and encouraging a to change to feeling, noticing what they think and therefore maybe choosing a more constructive reaction. This goes on to help clients to swop old destructive strategies for new constructive ones.

A Journey to Tranquility

When a client has the ability to recognise the signs of secondary trauma, when they are becoming overwhelmed and the importance of self regulating the journey is being walked. A realisation of attitudes and non-verbal communication and how these interact with others and then play back to oneself also plays a large part in reaching a more tranquil being. A place where one can feel again