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Healthy Autonomy

Association for Promoting Healthy Autonomy e.V.

Clare Kavanagh

Trauma and the Therapist: The art of the possible

As facilitators and therapists we are frequently in contact with traumatised and potentially traumatising fields. Whilst we know and understand more about the processes and effects of trauma on the human psyche, body and soul and on systems, do we know and attend to how working with traumata affects us as facilitator and therapist? How does vicarious traumatisation affect our relationships: with our self, our colleagues and with our ‘clients’? How effective are we at recognising our own, some would say, inevitable vicarious traumatisation? And what are the implications for our health and well-being?
Since 1994, when I began learning Constellations with Bert Hellinger, Hunter Beaumont and other international trainers and from 2005 learning with Franz Ruppert, I have rarely seen attention paid to the effects of this work on the facilitator. Yet, as therapists, we know our awareness of and attunement to the processes of counter-transference (the therapist’s response to the client) and vicarious traumatisation (the therapist’s response to the stories of trauma told by clients)
will inform our therapeutic interventions, enrich our work and protect ourselves and our clients.
As a facilitator and supervisor, these are some of the questions I am currently engaged with.
So I invite you to join me in exploring, for the facilitator, the potential consequences
of facilitating trauma and bonding constellations and how we attend to our own well-being.

Clare Kavanagh
I am a psychotherapist, in private practice, currently working in the UK and Croatia.
I bring to my facilitation my experience and training in various humanistic therapies
(Gestalt, Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy,
Constellations) as well as my interest in and study of attachment theory, neuroscience,
psychoneuroimmunology and meditation.
I am also a keen dancer, artist, musician and gardener.

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