If you suffer from anxiety or depression, or if you’ve been through a traumatic experience, and you are starting to feel you want to heal, you are going to need good people around to support you. Yoga is awesome: most of us need more than that though.
You can find out more or my views on yoga for trauma and anxiety on this post written by a student. Also, here’s a link to the content my Yoga for Trauma presentation at Evolve Yoga Festival in March 2012 – and you can find the voice recording here.
These are the people in Melbourne who helped me:
GP: Dr Carrie Hsieh - she finally got me to go on anti-anxiety medication and it changed everything when I was going through the worst of my flashbacks. She is also very sensitive that you may have shame around your sexuality and sexual health. Plus she’s not a man, and if you were abused by a man, you may have a hard time with male doctors. I know I do.
Psychologist: Vanessa Poliness - she specialises in sexual trauma and folks, it really makes a difference. Compassionate, sensible, and gets you deep in a safe way.
Merryl Key - so kind, holds a safe space, which is essential with this work, and also specialises in sexual abuse work. Which again means she understands what you are going through, you don’t have to explain yourself.
Kerry Belviso - my dear friend. Powerful beyond words, and dealing increasingly with people who have er, these issues.
And SECASA - what great work this non-profit does. If you can’t afford to pay for all the healing stuff (and it does get really pricey) you can get most of it from them for nothing.