Re-Source Creative Arts Therapy and Trauma Therapy in Exeter.
A warm welcome to Re-Source Creative Arts Therapy and Trauma Therapy .
I hope you find the information on this website useful in making a decision about therapy. You are also welcome to contact me by phone or email for further information. Click here to email me email contact form.
Based in Exeter and within easy reach of Exmouth, Honiton, Crediton, Tiverton and Totnes I offer a Creative Arts therapy approach combined with other forms of psychological support including trauma therapy.
I work flexibly to support you whether you are facing the challenge of significant life changes, dealing with a current crisis or want to address past issues and their impact on your life now.
I offer trauma therapy for those who have experienced trauma in childhood or adulthood. This work is grounded in the latest developments in trauma therapy which address the impact of trauma on the body and mind. This approach can support you to learn ways to resource yourself to heal from the ongoing impact of trauma on your life now.
This website is currently being updated and will shortly include a page with further information on Trauma and Trauma Therapy.
" Your warmth and sensitivity helped me to look at my trauma in a way I never could do before ."
Each person has different needs and I work with you in a way that best meets your needs. As well as offering you an opportunity to work creatively if you want to, my approach emphasises the importance of giving you practical psychological information and skills for you to use as resources to support yourself.
When looking for a therapist it's important to find the right person for you so, as you can see below, I offer a free first meeting to help you decide about working with me.
What I offer
My name is Sharon and I have been working as a Creative Arts Therapist, in Exeter for eleven years. I developed my Creative Arts Therapy practice after completing my training as a Dramatherapist in 2008 and over the last five years have developed a special interest in and been working with people living with the impact of trauma
My therapy practice Re-Source Creative Arts Therapy and Trauma Therapy offering creative arts therapy, trauma therapy and psychological support is based in Exeter and is accessible to people living in the Totnes, Exmouth, Honiton, Crediton and Tiverton areas.
To find out more about me visit My Background.
I use an integrated approach combining Creative Arts therapy along with other therapy models to offer a flexible person-centred approach to support you in the way that works best to meet your needs.
These other models include Trauma Focused Therapy;Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and aspects of Dialectical Behaviour and Cognitive Behaviour therapy.
I believe that people have the capacity to develop their potential for recovery, growth, health and well-being and I am passionate about supporting you to do that. I offer a safe, confidential and respectful space for you to do the work you need to do in a way that empowers and supports you to enhance your life in the ways that you want.
I am experienced in supporting people who have experienced difficulties with :
PTSD , Trauma and Abuse, including sexual abuse
Depression, and Anxiety
Physical and Mental health issues
Being a carer
Life transitions such as parenthood/menopause/ageing/moving/divorce/separation
Addiction/ Eating disorders/ Self Harm
Work related stress / Redundancy/Retirement
Finding a new direction for their lives
What is Creative Arts Therapy?
"Creativity is intelligence having fun" Albert Einstein
As with many other approaches, Creative Arts Therapy aims to support you to explore and express your feelings and experiences, to better understand yourself, your life and relationships, and to make the changes that you want.
What is different about Creative Arts Therapy?The difference is that as well as talking, we use a range of creative methods to enable this process, taking time to discover which methods suit you. These methods can include: art work, clay work, image making,sand tray work, writing,exploring or creating stories, myths, role-play, improvisation, enactment, movement, music, visualisation etc.
A creative, indirect approach can help you to explore what may be difficult and painful issues safely, by providing a sense of distance and containment. Being able to talk about feelings and experiences is important, but Creative Arts therapy also offers you opportunities to explore your concerns in many different ways, not just with words ,and so can be especially helpful for dealing with complex issues and traumatic experiences.
Creative Arts Therapy incorporates elements from art, drama,dance movement, music and play therapies.The emphasis is on the process of exploration and how it helps you to express, represent and understand your feelings and experiences. You don’t need any previous experience of creative arts, and how and when you chose to work creatively in sessions is your choice.To find out more visit About Creative Arts Therapy.
Trauma TherapyWhen people experience trauma their safety is threatened and their body and mind react instinctively to try to protect and help them survive the overwhelming threat. These patterns of response are automatic and can become habitual long after the trauma experiences have ended, meaning that they can continue to feel unsafe.
At the same time the impact of trauma on the mind and body can leave people more vulnerable to abusive / or at least unsatisfactory relationships and less able to engage socially and benefit from opportunities for positive experiences with others.
People who live with the impact of unresolved trauma may find that they swing between a state of hyper- arousal and experience bodily symptoms such-: poor sleep/ insomnia, panic attacks, tension,shaking, being unable to relax, and a state of hypo-arousal where they feel shut down, numb, can’t think or feel and lack motivation. Or they may experience one of these states most of the time, or find that they can function well in some areas of life but in others may be stuck in one or both of these patterns.
The Trauma Therapy I offer has a somatic focus, meaning that it focuses on how trauma has affected the body and mind in the ways described above. The focus at this first stage of therapy is on supporting you to begin to manage these symptoms to develop a stronger sense of safety and stability in yourself so that you are more resourced to manage your trauma symptoms and feel more able to manage the demands, and experience the positive aspects of life.
First Free Meeting
Personal experience of looking for a therapist has taught me that whatever your reasons for seeking therapy it is very important to take the time to find the right therapist for you, as well as the right therapeutic approach. For this reason I offer a free first meeting so that we can explore whether what I offer is right for you and we can work together. To find out about more about this please visit Free First Meeting.
If you live in Exeter or the Exmouth , Totnes, Honiton, Crediton or Tiverton areas and are looking for Creative Arts Therapy, Trauma Therapy or psychological support and would like to find out more about Re-Source Creative Arts Therapy and Trauma Therapy please contact me by phone or email