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Challenging Life Event and Trauma Counsellor in Brisbane

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Comprehensive Support for Traumatic or Challenging Life Events

At Joanne Fitzgerald Therapy, we specialise in providing comprehensive and compassionate support for individuals navigating through traumatic or challenging life events. Every person's experience with trauma is distinct, and we are committed to guiding you through your healing journey, assisting you in reclaiming peace and building resilience.
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Understanding Trauma

Traumatic events can be deeply distressing and overwhelming, often leading to lasting emotional, psychological, and sometimes physical repercussions.

Trauma can stem from various incidents, including:

  • Abuse or sexual assault
  • Domestic Family Violence
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Natural disasters
  • and other significant life-altering events

Our approach to therapy is adaptive and designed to cater to the distinct healing needs of each individual we help.

Our Approach

Our therapeutic strategies are holistic and personalised, recognising the specific needs and healing pace of each individual.

We employ evidence-based therapies, such as Schema Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to address the profound effects of trauma and individualised effects of trauma on our patients.

1. Assessment and Recognition

Our initial phase involves a thorough assessment to comprehend the nature and impact of the traumatic event, allowing us to craft an individualised healing plan tailored to address specific symptoms and emotional challenges.

2. Therapeutic Intervention

We provide a range of therapeutic interventions emphasising emotional processing, resilience building, and coping mechanism enhancement to help individuals confront and transform traumatic memories and associated feelings.

3. Body-Mind Connection

Understanding trauma's physical implications, we incorporate techniques that help reconnect the mind and body, fostering holistic healing.

4. Identifying Triggers and Reducing symptoms

We will work with you to develop a deeper understanding of your trauma triggers. Together we will build a toolbox of strategies to reduce symptoms and lessen the impact the trauma has on your daily functioning and interpersonal relationships.

5. Relapse Prevention

Our aim is to equip clients with the tools and strategies to prevent potential emotional setbacks, ensuring sustained recovery and emotional strength.

"Overcome the shadows of the past, and embrace a future filled with hope and strength."

– Joanne Fitzgerald

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About Joanne Fitzgerald

Joanne is a highly experienced psychotherapist and counsellor, proficient in assisting individuals who have faced traumatic or challenging life events.

Holding notable qualifications in psychology and trauma counselling, Joanne offers a depth of understanding and expertise to her practice.

Grounded in the belief that every individual has the inherent capacity for resilience and growth, Joanne provides a tranquil, supportive, and client-centric environment, allowing individuals to journey through their healing at their own pace, empowered by their own strengths.

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We're here to support you when you need us most.

Expertise in Trauma Therapy

At Joanne Fitzgerald Therapy, our specialised focus on trauma therapy ensures you will receive care from a psychotherapist who is deeply knowledgeable in treating various forms of psychological and emotional trauma. Our approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, making us a trusted choice for those seeking to overcome the challenges of post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood trauma, and other trauma-related symptoms.

Comprehensive and Compassionate Support

We understand the complexity of trauma symptoms and offer a holistic and adaptive therapeutic strategy. Our compassionate support extends beyond traditional therapy, incorporating trauma-informed practices that address both the mind and body. This ensures a comprehensive treatment plan for psychological trauma, emotional trauma, and the intense feelings associated with traumatic experiences.

Personalised Healing Journeys

We recognise that each individual's experience with trauma is unique, and we tailor our treatment plans to fit your specific needs. Whether it's dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event or navigating the complexities of other mental health disorders, our goal is to empower you on a personalised path to recovery at your own pace.

Building Resilience and Coping Strategies

Our therapy sessions are designed not just to treat complex trauma, but also to equip you with effective coping mechanisms. By identifying triggers and reducing symptoms, we focus on enhancing your resilience and preventing relapse, ensuring you have the tools needed for sustained recovery and emotional strength.

Holistic Approach to Trauma Treatment

We understand the interconnectedness of physical and psychological health, which is why we integrate techniques that foster a strong body-mind connection. This holistic approach is pivotal in treating posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-induced conditions, and aims to help you reclaim peace and joy in your life.

Safe and Supportive Environment

At the heart of Joanne Fitzgerald Therapy is our commitment to providing a tranquil, supportive, and client-centric environment. As a trauma-informed therapist, Joanne will help you create a space where you can feel comfortable exploring your feelings and healing journey. Know that throughout your session, you will always be safely supported by an expert with a deep understanding and experience in psychological treatment and trauma recovery.

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We use tried and proven techniques in our sessions

At Joanne Fitzgerald Therapy, we use a combination of techniques to determine what is most suitable for helping you through your situation.

Some techniques we may try include:

Mindful Reflections

Through guided mindfulness exercises, we help you cultivate a sense of presence, allowing you to observe your thoughts and feelings without judgement. This technique fosters a deeper connection with the self, reduces stress, and enhances emotional regulation. It's a tool not just for the therapy room, but one that you can carry into your daily life, empowering you to face challenges with a calm and centred mind.


Journaling is a simple yet profoundly effective way to process emotions, track your healing journey, and uncover insights that might not emerge in spoken conversation. Whether it's reflecting on daily experiences or exploring deep-seated thoughts, journaling offers a personal space for self-expression and growth. We will guide you on how to use this tool to its fullest, help you discover patterns, celebrate your progress, and navigate the complexities of your emotions with you.

CBT Strategies

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a cornerstone of our therapeutic strategies, as it is known for its effectiveness in addressing a wide range of mental health challenges. By exploring the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, CBT provides practical strategies to help you alter negative thought patterns and adopt healthier coping mechanisms. Through tailored CBT techniques, we will work together to dismantle the barriers that trauma has erected in your life, enabling you to build resilience and reclaim your sense of self. These strategies are not just therapeutic interventions but skills for life, as they usually offer new perspectives on older challenges and foster lasting change.

Your privacy is our priority

At Joanne Fitzgerald Therapy, your safety and privacy are paramount. We understand that embarking on a therapeutic journey requires trust, particularly when it comes to sharing personal and sensitive information. Our confidentiality and privacy policies are designed with your security in mind, ensuring that everything discussed within the confines of our sessions remains private.

We adhere strictly to professional confidentiality guidelines, and will only break our silence if we are legally required to for safety reasons. This commitment to privacy is not just our policy, but a cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship we uphold that allows you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a secure, non-judgmental space.

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Our Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ section to find answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I know if I need trauma therapy?

Recognising the need for trauma therapy often starts with acknowledging persistent feelings of distress, anxiety, or discomfort that stem from past experiences. Symptoms may include recurring panic attacks, flashbacks, intense feelings of fear or sadness, and difficulty functioning in daily life.

If these symptoms resonate with you, it may be beneficial to seek support from a trauma counsellor in Brisbane. At Joanne Fitzgerald Therapy, we are here to help you understand your experiences and guide you towards healing.

What can I expect in my first session with a trauma therapist?

Your first session is primarily about building a safe and trusting relationship with your therapist. We'll discuss your current concerns, explore your history, and begin to understand the impact of traumatic events on your life. This session is a chance for us to listen to your story and for you to ask any questions you might have. It's a step towards creating a personalised treatment plan that respects your pace and needs.

How long does trauma therapy typically last?

The duration of trauma therapy varies greatly among individuals, as it deeply depends on the nature of the trauma, the individual's healing process, and how they respond to therapy. Some may see significant improvements within a few months, while others might engage in therapy for a longer period. Our commitment is to support you throughout your journey, ensuring your therapy progresses at a pace that feels right for you, no matter how long that might be.

Can trauma therapy help with panic attacks?

Yes, trauma therapy can be highly effective in helping individuals manage and reduce the frequency of panic attacks. By employing strategies such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we work to identify triggers, understand underlying causes, and develop coping mechanisms that empower you to regain control over your responses to stress and anxiety.

How do you handle confidentiality and privacy in my therapy session?

Confidentiality and privacy are foundational to our practice. Everything discussed in your therapy sessions is kept strictly confidential, except in rare circumstances where there is a legal obligation to report (such as any possible imminent risk of harm to oneself or others). We are committed to creating a safe space where you can feel secure to share and explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement.

Ready to journey beyond your trauma towards a brighter tomorrow?

Whether it's a recent event or a distant memory, the weight of trauma doesn't have to define your future. Together, we will navigate the intricacies of your healing process, empowering you to reclaim peace, strength, and joy in your life.

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