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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • Orthobionomy
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • 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’.

Physiotherapy at STARTTS

STARTTS’ Behavioural Activation Program

Acupuncture at STARTTS

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