I’m an experienced psychologist with vast experience helping adults recover from past traumatic events: turning Trauma into Triumph:
“I help adults who are suffering in the present from past traumatic events.”
Traumatic life events may include:
Descendants of Holocaust survivors
Forced adoption or child separation
Exposure to war
Workplace accidents or injuries
Childhood sexual abuse
Growing up with family violence
Growing up with parents’ mental disorders
Unwanted sexual experiences
Caregivers who were emotionally cold, punitive or critical
Growing up with alcohol or drug abuse in the family
Some ways I help adults
Learning breathing regulation
Learning how to down-regulate the autonomic nervous response
Dealing with known triggers
Dealing with flashbacks
Strategies to deal with insomnia
Identifying personal ‘early warning signs’
Alternatives to self-medicating with nicotine, alcohol or illicit drugs
Building confidence through self mastery
Skills to de-escalate suicide or self harm
Skills to release self limiting beliefs
Skills to nurture healthy relationships
EMDR to stimulate natural memory processing
Strategies to build self-compassion
Strategies to live a meaningful life
Individualised relapse prevention planning
Ruth also offers specialist treatment (EMDR: Eye Movement De-Sensitisation and Re-Processing) for a range of conditions including trauma, for suitable adult clients.
EMDR is a form of safe, non-invasive treatment. It engages the person’s brain, mind and body in activating the brain’s natural ability to form memories, and memory connections. This natural brain processing – and integration – is also known as Adaptive Information Processing.
Injured workers – Helping you return to work or your best level of functioning
Help is available to recover from the impact of work related injuries, accidents and work stress. Adverse workplace events such as accidents, workplace bullying or workplace sexual harassment may leave you unable to concentrate, distressed, fearful, or arguing with loved ones.
You may be dealing with physical pain or have lost your ability to physically, mentally or emotionally do important activities that did easily and pain free before the injury or event.
Worry or physical discomfort may be keeping you awake at night.
You may be drinking more than usual to cope with stress.
Back pain may leave you fearful of re-injury and you may have stopped doing things you want or need to do. You may find that even light activity seems to aggravate the pain or stiffness.
You may be feeling uncomfortable emotions like shame or irritability.
You may feel you have to ‘put on a mask’ that everything is ‘OK’.
We help you regain your optimal level of independence and rebuild confidence to manage your life and your work.
Chronic or persistent pain is pain that persists after usual tissue healing occurs. Persistent pain is real. It is not ‘in your head’.
Interestingly though, modern understandings about pain indicate that our brains are very much involved in the experience of pain.
Persistent pain can be treated. We are experienced in treating persistent pain. We help you reduce suffering and develop new strategies to manage the pain and return to living an active life, at your best, while also reducing reliance on pain medication.
Injured workers may be eligible for psychology consultations under WorkCover at no cost to the injured worker.