So it’s it’s interesting actually that our suffering our trauma our traumatic experiences can actually be used as a way to develop empathetic connections between people in DOUGHERTY: Well said… LBW: and it’s also interesting because that’s the step that needs to be taken in order to get over that trauma so it’s like realizing that your trauma is not just a it’s not it’s not just a experience that you’re having alone you’re also connected to many other people that are in the same state of feeling you know and that’s how you can really work through it that just I don’t I just clicked for me that’s amazing DOUGHERTY: Yes and my whole premise is that around collective trauma the the massacre in Orlando a couple summers ago they’re killing of 54 or whatever it was gay men in that bar that that’s the one that cracked me open that’s the one that I just said something’s going on that I cannot imagine that the world is happening and not coming into my office that often clients walk in and I have a story that said well this is their time in their space it’s for their personal problems and and I’m going to I’m going to respect that and I will attend to my social issues outside in my office but that one took me over the edge because I knew more and more my clients are like me they’re reading paper is following social media they’re being affected by the collective traumas in the world that are more and more obvious to us so that next week I asked like 30 people 30 clients walking in I actually wrote a letter and put it in my waiting room and told people what I was thinking so I could prepare them 20 of the 30 people said they were significantly distressed grieving upset I’ll raise whatever it was by what happened in Orlando and most of the time I wouldn’t have a prior to that I wouldn’t ask that question in my office but since then I’m bringing it up all the time and I’m finding it’s so interesting that what gets triggered for people their personal nerve is their own trauma but it connects them to the collective and what I love about that is once people are able to process their own personal connection to the collective trauma because I want people to not only not lose their mental health and their connection to their intimate others I want them to stay and become socially engaged and as a therapist that’s not that’s not supposed to be something that I’m concerned about you know about wanting my clients to become socially engaged and I just think that’s totally wrong headed I understand the thinking behind that but I want every one of my clients and I don’t care what their affiliation or their political group the world is sort of chaotic and if it’s your church group youth baseball soccer whatever it is or your social activism that the more you can touch your personal trauma and understand how it connects to the collective it it makes us more human it makes us more fully human and generally it makes us want to become or stay socially engaged

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Anatole Hudson, Bachelor of Psychology and Health Wellness Specialist facilitates Boranup Forest Retreat. Boranup Forest Retreat (BFR) is a 7 bedroom house on a blueberry farm 10 minutes south of Margaret River providing short term accommodation for attending retreats The house is ideally set out with peaceful bedrooms that are separate from the main living areas of the house to allow privacy and peace and quiet. The house overlooks a dam and is surrounded by forest.
He has over ten years of experience in private practice and additionally has worked for another 15 years in injury management and rehabilitation, disability and employment, chronic pain and general mental health. He has a special interest in regenerative medicine, gut health and ADD/ADHD and likes to encourage education and information sharing for mutual benefit. He has over ten years of experience in private practice and additionally has worked for another 15 years in injury management and rehabilitation, disability and employment, chronic pain and general mental health. He has a special interest in regenerative medicine, gut health and ADD/ADHD and likes to encourage education and information sharing for mutual benefit.

Boranup Forest Retreat has been created to promote health and wellness focusing on all major aspects of health: physical, psychological and spiritual. Services include Counselling, Outdoor Activities, Yoga, HeartMath, Sound Therapy, and Massage.

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