Joanne specialises in the counselling and psychotherapy fields of Trauma, Complex Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)...
She has extensive experience working with children, teenagers & adults who have, or are experiencing, trauma from things such as sexual abuse, physical & emotional abuse, neglect, and witnessing domestic violence or drug use, sudden death, an accident, war, terrorist attack, natural disasters such as earthquake.
All sexual activity between an adult and a child is sexual abuse. Sexual abuse does not have to involve penetration, force, pain, or even touching. If an adult engages in any sexual behaviour (looking, showing, or touching) with a child to meet the adult’s interest or sexual needs, it is sexual abuse.
The benefits of attending counselling for an adult who has been sexually abused as a child are that you will be believed, and you will be assisted to develop strategies for trauma resolution as well as strategies to foster healing and growth in a safe structured environment which will allow you to discuss and process pain and memories in your own time and at your own pace.
Joanne works with children in out of home care (OOHC) such as foster care. Removing children from home is a traumatic event for children who are already being abused and traumatised. When removed from the abusive environment this creates added layers of complex trauma for the child such as grief & loss for the parent/s and siblings that have been left behind, guilt, anger, self-blame & hatred. Removing children from an abusive environment is only one step in a long process of a child recovering from abuse.
Joanne specialises in Vicarious Trauma having worked with Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Emergency Services Workers, Teachers, Mental Health Workers who are all exposed to a clients, persons, or students trauma on a daily basis. Joanne works with individuals and organisations to provide education, identification processes, self-care strategies & professional support including clinical supervision structures & management consultation where workers feel safe to discuss the impacts of work on themselves without the fear of stigmatisation, or questioning of their competence.
Joanne is a highly educated, clinically experienced therapist in the field of trauma who utilises safe, best practice interventions in accordance with national best practice and Blue Knot Foundation guidelines. Joanne is: