I’m Joanna

A Therapeutic Coach and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Symptoms of Chronic Stress:

  • Do you recognise yourself in the lists below?

    Stuck fight and/or flight response (sympathetic branch of the nervous system stuck on “ON”):

    • Hyperactivity, racing thoughts, nervousness, anxiety, inability to sleep or relax, muscular tension, worry, chronic pain, hyper-vigilance, panic attacks, anger, irritability, rage outbursts, can’t switch off, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, abrupt mood swings, high blood pressure and over time a reduced ability to deal with stress

    Stuck freeze and/or fawn response (parasympathetic branch of the nervous system stuck on “OFF”):

    • Low energy, exhaustion, numbness, low muscle tone, poor digestion, low heart rate or blood pressure, poor immune system function, depression, ‘checking out’, apathy, foggy thinking, indecisiveness, procrastination, disconnection in relationship, low motivation, weight gain

    It is also possible for both branches of the Autonomic Nervous System to be over-activated simultaneously e.g. high anxiety underlying depression.

“Sessions with Jo were life changing! I feel 100 times stronger in myself. It was so healing on a whole other level”. – K McNeilly

What Is Somatic Experiencing?

  • Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight, freeze or fawn responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.

    The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.

    Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease.

My Approach

You may feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start but I do!

We start by mapping out a plan and then we go slowly and gently at just the right pace for your nervous system.  We don’t go anywhere you don’t want to go and we don’t even need to go into the content of things that happened if you don’t want to.  My priority is to help you and your nervous system feel safe. Safety is the first step to a regulated nervous system and a regulated nervous system is the first step to resolving the symptoms of stress that are playing out in your life.

I draw on a combination of body-oriented, trauma informed therapy and counselling training, intuition and my own healing journey to facilitate successful, positive outcomes for my clients.

So if you are struggling with the symptoms of stress or trauma and you want to experience more joy, more expansiveness, more aliveness and relief from the symptoms of stress then don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking the button below.   I’d love to hear from you.  I offer a complimentary 15 min call via Zoom so we can connect first and see if we’re a good fit to work together.

My Qualifications

  • I have completed a 3 year post-graduate programme with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute of Australia to qualify as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner under the lineage of Peter Levine.  I also have a degree in Psychology with first class Honours, I’ve studied to Masters level in Counselling and I’ve been personally mentored by David Riddell, the founder of the Living Wisdom School of Counselling.

    Further training:

    • Getting to the Core Of Sexuality Trauma Workshop with Somatic Experiencing Australia, 2016
    • Empath Mastery Program with Sweigh Spilkin, PhD., 2018
    • Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program with Diane Poole Heller, 2018
    • Pre & Perinatal Trauma Course with Integral Somatic Psychology, 2020
    • An Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, Richard Schwartz, 2021
  • “I'm so glad I made contact with Joanna. She was able to help me so much and I was able to get my confidence back and gain the strength to do what was right for me. I no longer feel anxiety and have become so much stronger after my sessions with her. I highly recommend reaching out and talking to Joanna.”

    Jacqui DickinsonSkincare Coach, Founder of Love Life New Zealand
  • Jacqui Dickinson

    "Joanna is a wonderful and caring coach, she has a huge capacity to hold a safe and nurturing space. She is highly intuitive and has a wonderful attunement with you during sessions which allows the sessions to flow with ease. She is a master at resolving stress and her knowledge and ability to educate you on your own nervous system regulation is outstanding. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing to live a stress free life!"

    Moniquea SpiteriSocial Entrepreneur, Somatic Psychotherapist & Founder of Transcending Trauma Podcast