Psychotherapists work wholistically with the body and the mind towards healing and integration. This means that I use a wide range of approaches, ensuring that therapy can be tailored to suit your needs as an individual.
The modalities used to support clients include:
- Bilateral Stimulation Processing
- Hypnotic Trance
- Chakra counselling
- Thought Matrix Meridian Therapy
- Jungian psychology and dreamwork
- Crisis counselling, humanistic and energy psychologies and body-centred psychotherapies
Psychotherapy is a valuable approach for working in the areas I specialise in, as it is an approach that is characterised by its focus on relationship (internal and external, past and present), mindfulness, attention (internal and external), lived experience, meaning and honouring.
We work together to evoke authentic, embodied experience that supports connections between mind and body, thoughts and feelings, memories and current life events. We use techniques from energy psychology and body centred psychotherapies to support the processing of painful memories and past traumatic experiences. This ensures that the process is not overwhelming, and that change and healing occur appropriately for you as a unique individual. This journey is about you, and will always be guided by your needs, desires, inner process and the speed at which you want and need to progress. You create your healing - my job is to be your guide, mentor, supporter, healer and fellow traveller.
Humanistic psychology - focuses on each individual's potential and stresses the importance of growth and self-actualization.
Energy psychology - addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior and health. These systems include the electrical activity of the nervous system and heart, meridians, chakras and biofields, etc.
Jungian psychology - work with archetypes and myths, dreams and dream interpretation, persona, shadow, defenses and complexes.
Body-centred psychotherapy - In a therapeutic context, the body's structures and habitual patterns become a powerful doorway to access unconscious material, including the unresolved experiences and beliefs which shape our lives, relationships, and self-images.
WHAT IS TRANCE?
People are sometimes hesitant about trance. This stems from many decades of hypnosis being seen as a state where the therapist takes control of the client's mind, and makes them do all sorts of things that they have no memory of, or implant suggestions without the client having any knowledge, input or control.
At no point in a trance session will anything happen that is against your will, and even in a deep state of relaxation you are always in control. The content of the trance is led by you. Trance has many therapeutic uses, ranging from relaxation, self-restructuring, dealing with trauma and addictions, assimilating and working with different parts of a person's character. Therapeutic trance can be very valuable in facilitating healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Trance has been used therapeutically in societies around the world for thousands of years - in the guise of prayer, chanting, ritual dancing, meditation, massage and group rituals.
If you can remember a time when you have been in a meeting or at school and you have been distracted/bored and go into a daydream. You can still hear the teacher/presenter droning away in the background, but are not particularly taking in what they are saying. That is precisely the sort of trance that I use - there is no "switching off" of the conscious mind, you are still in the room.
I also use trance states to teach the mindbody system simple and highly effective tools that can be used in daily life to combat unwanted states or to enhance positive states. For instance, if a client has a tendency to over-react emotionally due to old well-learned behavioural patterns, teaching that client to return bloodflow to their hands by imagining holding a warm cup of coffee can serve to reverse the fight-flight response (in the fight-flight response, the brain cuts off bloodflow to the extremities).
Many people consider trauma to be something that arises through extremely dramatic circumstances, such as war or sexual/physical assault. What we are realising and proving through the cutting edge sciences of psychobiology and somatic therapies is that trauma is something that arises when the body's fight/flight system is interrupted - unable to complete the actions for which it was designed.
We have all heard stories of people who have survived traumatic incidents and seem to come out stronger, and stories of those in the same situation who have been unable to cope. What is the difference between them? The former has experienced the urge to fight or flee and been able to act on it, while the latter was not able to fight or to run, and remains locked in a holding pattern which may resurface later as PTSD, psychosomatic illness, emotional disturbance, addictions, eating disorders......
There are many situations that fit these parameters, and are far more innocuous than the dramatic circumstances mentioned above. Being involved in a car accident, seeing something traumatic occur to another person, birthing trauma involving unexpected interventions, surgery, illness, compound events (moving house and breaking up a marriage and losing a job around the same time), workplace harassment, bullying, natural disaster, losing a loved one....and the list goes on.
I have been working with trauma for a number of years, and have had experience working with a variety of therapeutic modalities. The therapeutic techniques I utilise and teach to clients are mentioned above under "Psychotherapy".
Many people do not realise how closely related depression and anxiety are. All of us have a tendency in one of those two directions - in fact, statistics suggest that 80% of the adult population will experience clinical depression/anxiety at least once in their life. It is a human response to distress. When a person remains in a depressed/anxious state for much of the time over a longer period of time, it causes and creates changes in the biochemistry of that sufferer. This leads to changes in ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
At Innerstrength we look at all of these factors, and work on changing the negative beliefs about self and the world that lead to depression/anxiety symptoms, and accessing and processing what is held in the bodymind. How on earth is that possible? We work with a variety of mindfulness tools, visualisation, mind/body relaxation, dreamwork and art therapy techniques. Changing the beliefs and clearing the distress held clenched in the body has profound and immediate results throughout all areas of a client's life, and it is work that we take as fast or slowly as the client's system is comfortable with.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Victoria has been working with children and teenagers with ASD since 2001, both in Europe and Australia. Victoria has facilitated as a therapist and also run programs where she coordinates a team of assistant therapists. In The Netherlands, Victoria ran an internship program for the Psychology Department of Webster University, Leiden Campus, teaching and assessing undergraduate students who became assistant therapists with Victoria's ASD clients. This provided the opportunity for the students to gain experience, and for the parents to have access to up to 40 hours of therapy/aide work for their child per week, whilst spending very little.
Victoria spent a few years working almost exclusively with Applied Behavioural Analysis - straight behavioural programs - with very young children. This is extremely useful for teaching a very young child who is seriously autistic "how to learn" - how to imitate gross and fine motor skills, how to make eye contact, etc.
Later Victoria also studied and used Floortime Therapy with slightly older children - in short, teaching social and language skills by getting down on the floor with the child and rehearsing through imaginative play scenarios.
Victoria also works with teenagers and adults in a more psychotherapeutic way, working on reducing anxiety and increasing social skills through mindfulness, trance and all the tools mentioned above.
There are a variety of relationships that Victoria deals with - those in an intimate relationship (couples), parent/child or sibling relationships, and business relationships. The focus of the way that Victoria works with you in relationship counseling is on that third body called the relationship. While there are two people involved in a relationship, the relationship itself is a third body. How you are when you are by yourself is different from the specific way you see yourself and interact when you are in relationship to the other person. All relationships are based on patterns of behaviour - "the games we play". Sometimes these "games" are healthy, and sometimes they become outdated and no longer work.
In relationship counseling, Victoria uncovers the relationship patterns/games that are no longer working, and works with the partners involved to create new, productive ways of relating, behaving, thinking, feeling.......
McMillan Chiropractic Centre
339 Main Street
Bairnsdale VIC 3875
PH: 0409 292 992
60 minute session $70
90 minute session $100
Negotiable - morning, afternoon and limited evening appointments are available, during weekdays and on weekends.
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