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Complementary Therapies

STARTTS uses complementary therapies in conjunction with counselling talk therapies. Complementary therapies help refugee trauma clients:

  • Increase awareness of body sensations, behaviours, emotions and thoughts
  • Relieve pain and discomfort
  • Improve well being and fitness

Complementary Therapies used at STARTTS

Nutrition and lifestyle guidance
Physiotherapy
Orthobionomy
Soft tissue massage
Acupuncture
Aromatherapy
Traditional Chinese medicine

Clients can only be referred to complementary therapies by STARTTS’ counsellors internally.

Why does STARTTS use Complementary Therapies?

  • Many refugee trauma clients suffer from pain, discomfort and physical injuries
  • Traumatic memories can be unconscious and more easily accessed via the body
  • A healthy living foundation, including diet, sleep and exercise, is crucial to developing a healthy brain, coping with the stessors of resettlement and dealing with trauma symptoms
  • It may be more culturally appropriate for some clients to focus on bodily sensations rather than pure ‘talk therapy’