STARTTS’ complimentary therapy services
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 internally by STARTTS’ counsellors.
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’.