Trauma may sound like a heavy topic but at some point in our lives, most of us have had gone through tough times. These imprints can affect our ability to engage fully with ourselves and the world around us. They can impact our relationships, at home, work and with ourselves and our ability to trust and feel comfortable in ourselves.
I think of trauma as "too much, too fast or too little". Events that have been too much for us to process or that happened too fast and overwhelmed us. Trauma can also be caused by the absence of something, for example not receiving enough care or support.
The more I learned about trauma, including around trauma-sensitive mindfulness, the more I wanted to learn. As someone who does work in the community and with individuals, I realised how important it was to understand how trauma shows up for people. And how it was showing up in my life.
I trained as a certified trauma-informed coach (accredited by the International Coaching Federation) so I could help people move towards post-traumatic growth, one small step at a time. I continue to deepen my own learning around trauma, including in body-based practice (somatics and embodiment), grounding and the nervous system, as well as in ecotherapy.
To me, being trauma-informed means being able to hold space for whatever comes up in a session as well as a deep belief that we are all doing our best and that there is nothing to ‘fix’. That the patterns we developed to help us cope may no longer serve us moving forward.
I trust in our ability to find our own answers and regain our direction in life.
Trauma-informed coaching is not therapy or counselling, although it can be complementary. We don’t go digging around in the past unless you believe something in that story can help you move forward. You don’t have to name what you've experienced unless it helps you. We stay firmly focussed on the future, only taking forward what you believe serves you.
So how does it work?
We set a general direction to head in – something you want to work on or better understand – and we are open to whatever comes up. There is a lot of flexibility in my approach.
With trauma-informed coaching, the change you want to make can be as gentle as you need it to be. Just showing up for our session might be all you can do some weeks. And that's ok. I am here for you however you show up.
Sessions are confidential (with some ethical and safety caveats which I will explain before we start working together).
If you are interested in trauma-informed coaching, please contact me for an introductory call. We’ll see if I am the right person to support you.
What my clients say:
"For me it was important that Kathryn is trauma-informed, and you can see and feel it from her approach."
"Kathryn creates a safe and non-judgmental space to explore things."
"Working on my trauma with Kathryn was fun and really helped my recovery in a very gentle way."
"Kathryn always guided me on how to be gentle to myself and always helped me by encouraging and celebrating the small wins when I couldn’t see my progress for myself."