STARTTS uses complementary therapies in conjunction with counselling talk therapies. Complementary therapies help people with experiences of torture and refugee trauma:
- 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
Soft tissue massage
Traditional Chinese medicine
Clients can only be referred to complementary therapies by STARTTS’ counsellors internally.
Why does STARTTS use complementary therapies?
- Many people with torture and refugee trauma experiences 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’