We are a group of South Australian therapists who have come together to form the Adelaide Trauma Centre – an integrated trauma centre, inspired initially by the ground-breaking Boston Trauma Centre in USA.
We are a not-for-profit association.
Our group have a variety of professional backgrounds — social work, psychology, mental health, family therapy and yoga teaching. What we have in common is an understanding that recovery and healing from traumatic experiences involve the whole person in their life context.
Our purpose at the ATC:
- To promote and encourage a wider understanding of, and improved access to, body inclusive, relational, and integrated approaches to trauma in the general community
- To promote, support, and encourage the use of body inclusive, relational, and integrated approaches to trauma therapy by the members of the association in their clinical work.
- To promote and encourage a wider understanding of body inclusive, relational, and integrated approaches to trauma in the Medical and Allied Health community through Education, Training and Supervision
- To encourage and support the development and implementation of Trauma informed Practice in systems and practice settings
Our centre is a virtual one, a centre ‘without walls’ as there is no central office or main address. We work in different parts of Adelaide and between us cover some parts of the metropolitan area, more details can be found on our Contact page.
Our therapeutic approach
At the Adelaide Trauma Centre we have a shared commitment to offer therapy that is compassionate, attuned, holistic, and safe. We hold a priority to make the best possible care available to treat trauma here in Adelaide.
We seek to maintain a stance of collaboration with our clients – allowing space for shared discovery of the unknown and undefined. We want people to experience trust and safety in their sessions with us
We focus on empowerment and cooperative self-determination for individuals and groups.
We see people as more than the component parts of thoughts, emotions, and behavior -but conceptualize the individual as a system capable of being impacted by their environment, relationships, and adversity. We seek to provide an approach that incorporates understandings of the impact of trauma on the nervous system and wider body system and we incorporate working with these systems in therapy.
Seeing beyond symptom management we are seeking to support hope, healing, and personal growth for our clients. We seek to support a renewed sense of purpose for individuals’ future, and a renewed or more positive sense of themselves and their capacities.
We value continued learning and development- seeking out the best training that we can find around the world and seeking to make it accessible to locals through our practice. Beyond this, we also place a high value on our own individual self-growth as individuals and professionals.
Our vision for the community and our relationship to the community.
We aim to stand for and within the heart of therapy. Through our training and events we want to be a part of and collaborate with others in the continual sharing and development of expertise in trauma-sensitive therapy in the following ways:
- Championing compassionate approaches to therapy
- Championing relational approaches to therapy
- Championing body inclusive approaches to therapy
- Cultivating a pioneering and exploratory spirit within the community- aiming to offer training in therapies that are not commonly available to the Adelaide community
- Allow opportunities for therapists to connect in genuine and warm ways
- Create a space to share therapists unique experiences
- Hold space for the spiritual nature of our work
- Championing relational and holistic approaches to the therapeutic relationships
- Create a space where challenging questions, difficult experiences, and differences can be held
- Be open and inclusive to people from all walks of life
The diversity of perspectives that practitioners offer means clients, as appropriate, can benefit from the wide range of skills and experience the group has, as well as those of the individual practitioner they consult. We plan to meet regularly as a community of practitioners to consult with each other and develop our practice. As members of the Adelaide Trauma Centre we stand by our own Ethical Standards.