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Virginia Coster


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Work ACT Work Phone: 0429 902 427

Biographical Info

Hi I’m Virginia… TRTP Practitioner 

 

In my work as a midwife, I’ve encountered new mothers who went into parenting brimming with hope and excitement. They had read the baby books and websites. The nursery was decorated, the pram was bought … the name was picked … and then, everything came crashing down during the birth… 

 

From that moment, for these women, the gloss was off. This was not what they imagined they’d signed up for…  Sometimes it’s more serious than birth just ‘not going to plan’ … 

And yes, birth trauma is very real for many women. 

 

A third of women describe their baby’s birth as ‘traumatic’ and one in seven mothers develop post-natal depression. For six percent of Australian women the situation is even more serious. They meet the diagnostic criteria for Acute Stress Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Even more alarming, the leading cause of maternal deaths in Australia is …. Suicide. 

 

When birth doesn’t go to plan, sometimes it’s not as easy as just ‘getting over it’. Sometimes you find yourself still talking about it and thinking about it — obsessing over it, perhaps — for weeks, months or even years afterwards. You know it isn’t healthy, either for you or for your child. Sometimes this trauma even stands in the way of having other children. It certainly stands in the way of experiencing life fully and feeling ‘whole’. 

Notes

Symptoms of birth trauma, as with any psychological trauma may include:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Recurring nightmares
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Intense sadness
  • Loneliness
  • helplessness
  • Disconnection 
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • A desire to self-harm

 

I watched women reach out for conventional counseling and psychological help, and there were times when those approaches just didn’t cut it. Months would pass, with little or no improvement. Women don’t have months to lose searching for a solution. 

 

Working as a practitioner of The Richards Trauma Process has been life-changing for the clients I help, and for me. To see rapid, lasting improvement in a mother’s emotional state, in as little as three sessions, is extraordinarily rewarding. 

                                                           

I now work with women from all walks of life, from all stages of life, with all sorts of psychological issues that are causing them to feel stuck, miserable, women  self sabotaging, women experiencing anxiety, depression, self-harm, insomnia, low self esteem, grief and loss, PTSD and they too are having the groundbreaking shifts with The Richards Trauma Process ( TRTP).

 

When you know things can’t go on as they are TRTP may be the solution for you too like it has been for my clients. Are you ready? Are you worth it? 

I welcome any questions you may have or discuss how TRTP may be the fresh start to healing and health you’re looking for. Sessions can be face to face or via Skype. 

 

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional” 

Haruki Murakami

Areas of Interest

Women issues, anxiety, depression, grief, fears & phobias, self-harm.

Categories: Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Practitioners
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