WORKING WITH SHOCK AND TRAUMA
Vanessa has undertaken postgraduate training at the Karuna Institute geared to biodynamic craniosacral therapists, to develop interpersonal skills in mindfulness-based trauma resolution. Focus is on the importance of sensory awareness, the generation of a safe holding environment, basic awareness-based relational practices and interpersonal inquiry – all central to a mindfulness based approach to trauma.
Mindfulness practice is recognized to be of great benefit in health professions, counselling and psychotherapy practice. In this process, the therapist enters a more basic state of being – a wide and soft state of presence – where the arising and passing of personal and interpersonal experience is held in the context of the present-moment.
The roots of mindfulness practice go back to the teachings of Gautama Buddha over 2500 years ago. The intention of the practice was the alleviation of suffering. Modern research has shown that mindfulness practice does indeed help alleviate states of traumatization, anguish, anxiety and depression.
The Karuna Institute has been at the forefront in bringing mindfulness practice into craniosacral therapy, psychotherapy and counseling.