Re-Source Creative Arts and Trauma Therapy in Exeter
A warm welcome to Re-Source Creative Arts and Trauma Therapy .
Deciding to have therapy and finding the right therapist may feel difficult even daunting, especially when you may be feeling distressed and dealing with challenging life issues.
I hope you will find the information on my website useful but please do contact me by phone or email for further information and with any questions you may have.
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Update:In the current Corona Virus situation I am offering online or phone sessions. I am also offering 3 free sessions for NHS or Social Care sector staff, and already have reduced rates for those on low incomes.
For information on fees please visit the About Therapy and the Therapeutic Journey page
Re-source Creative Arts and Trauma therapy is based in Exeter so when I am able to offer face to face sessions again, I am within easy reach of Exmouth, Honiton, Crediton, Tiverton and Totnes.
I use an integrated approach combining Creative Arts therapy with other forms of Psychological support including Trauma therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy
As well as offering you an opportunity to work creatively if appropriate , and 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.
You may be considering therapy because of the impact of the Coronavirus on your life right now, or, because you were already facing significant life changes, dealing with a crisis or wanting to address past issues and how they continue to affect you
Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy are, I offer a warm, down to earth, non-judgemental and empathetic approach.
Of course everyone's needs are different and unique to them so I work with you to find out what you need , what you want to get from therapy and what approach best suits your needs.My job is to be alongside you, to support and facilitate you, and to work in way, and at pace, that is right for you
As you can see below I work with people with a range of issues and also have a special interest in working with trauma and I offer Trauma therapy for those who have had traumatic experiences in childhood or adulthood.
Loss of control, unpredictability, and feeling helpless are all features of trauma and during the Corona virus pandemic we have all probably experienced some of these feelings to some degree.
But many people in this situation are facing significantly traumatic experiences for example those who work in health and care settings ; those who are ill or disabled in some way; others because they are dealing with loved ones who are ill or who may have died; the many who have lost work and are facing financial insecurity; or those who may be trapped in traumatic relationships due to the lockdown.
And, if you are a survivor of historic trauma you may be finding the Coronavirus situation has made things worse for you.
The trauma focused work I offer is based on the latest developments in Trauma therapy and addresses the impact of trauma on the body and mind.
This approach aims to support you to learn ways to cope in a crisis, to manage existing trauma symptom, or where the trauma is recent, to prevent them developing, and to give you resources for support yourself and to heal from any ongoing effects of trauma on your life now.
" Your warmth and sensitivity helped me to look at my trauma in a way I never could do before ." client quote
It's very important to find the right person for you when looking for a therapist, so with this in mind I offer everyone a free first meeting
to help you decide about working with me. To find out more click Free First Meeting
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.
I use an integrated approach combining Creative Arts therapy along with other therapeutic 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 everyone has the capacity to develop their potential for recovery, growth, health and well-being and I am passionate about supporting you to do that. I understand that it can be difficult to talk about personal issues and that it takes time to build trust. I will listen to you without judgement and offer warmth, empathy and offer a safe, confidential and respectful space for you to do the work you need to do, in a way that supports and empowers 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
My therapy practice Re-Source Creative Arts and Trauma Therapy providing 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. I also offer telephone or online sessions
To find out more about me visit My Background.
What is Creative Arts Therapy?
"I found these sessions helpful in giving me permission to 'be' rather than always 'doing'. Creativity has been a catalyst for clarifying what I need." client quote Creative Arts therapy combines aspects of various arts therapies including dramatherapy, art therapy, music therapy and play therapy.
As with many other forms of therapy,Creative Arts therapy aims to support people to explore and express their feelings and experiences, to develop understanding of themselves, their lives and relationships, and to make changes. Usually this process occurs through talking with a therapist.
The difference here is that alongside talking we use a range of creative methods to support this process taking time to discover which methods suit each individual. These methods can include: drawing; clay work; writing/ working with stories/ myths, role-play, improvisation, enactment, movement, music, and ritual.
And it's important to say that even when sessions are held online or by phone if you are interested in using creative methods these can still be useful for expression of feelings and exploring issues.
The methods described above are just some possibilities to choose from. If you want to try some creative work, what you choose, and how much you choose to work in this way , is very much your choice
Not all of our experiences can be put into words especially if they occurred in childhood and/ or involved some kind of trauma. A major advantage of a creative approach is that it offers a more indirect and distanced way of exploring issues and expressing feelings. In this way it can provide a greater sense of safety and containment to look at what may be difficult, painful and complex issues.
No previous experience of creative arts is needed for this kind of therapy. The focus is not on the end product but on the creative process and how this can help you to express, represent and understand your feelings and experiences.
Trauma TherapyWhen people have traumatic experiences 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 traumatizing experiences have ended, meaning that they can continue to feel unsafe.
For those who have experienced trauma through abusive or neglectful relationships the impact on the mind and body can leave them more vulnerable to abusive / or at least unsatisfactory relationships in the future, 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 function well in some areas of life but in others areas may be stuck in one of these patterns : for example functioning in work but avoiding social situations and relationships due to high anxiety levels and lack of trust.
The Trauma therapy I offer has a somatic focus, meaning that it focuses on how traumatic experiences may have affected your body and mind in the ways described above. The focus in the 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. In this way you are more resourced to manage your trauma symptoms and feel more able to manage the demands, and experience the positive aspects, of life.
Once a degree of safety is established in this way, therapy can then focus in more depth on the traumatic experiences if this feels appropriate for you.
"For real change to take place, the body needs to learn that the danger has passed and to live in the reality of the present". Bessel Van Der Kolk
First Free Meeting
Starting therapy can bring up a range of feelings. These feelings might include anxiety about talking about personal issues that you haven't talked to anyone about before; embarrassment or shame about some of the difficulties you are experiencing; distress and confusion about what may help; you may feel ambivalent about taking time out to look after yourself or whether anyone else can understand or help you.
These feelings are understandable and whatever your reason 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.
At present because of the Corona virus I am only able to offer telephone or online sessions but will resume face to face sessions once the crisis is over. This means I can work with you wherever you live. However if you live in the areas listed below and begin therapy during the crisis it will of course be possible to change to face to face sessions if you want to later on.
So if you live in Exeter or the Exmouth, Totnes, Honiton, Crediton or Tiverton areas and are interested in Creative Arts therapy, Trauma therapy or psychological support, and would like to find out more about Re-Source Creative Arts and Trauma Therapy please contact me by phone or email.