Brisbane Trauma Informed Practitioners

Anne Castles

I’m passionate about how we integrate and recover from trauma and mental health challenges particularly with healing approaches that centre holism and the transpersonal. 

As a professional social worker for the past 15 years I’ve worked primarily with women and mothers during their healing and recovery from trauma. This has included supporting women in their recovery from childhood sexual abuse; domestic and sexual violence; childhood developmental trauma and attachment issues; pregnancy/ birth/ postnatal trauma; and perinatal depression and anxiety. I also work with those looking to recover from and manage generalised anxiety and depression.

My approach to counselling and therapy is shaped by an array of social work and psychological modalities and theories for healing. These include, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness based cognitive behavioural approaches; anti-oppressive, feminist and anti-racist theories; and polyvagal theory and somatic, trauma-informed approaches to psychotherapy.    

My counselling approach is also informed by holistic frameworks of healing that centre the transpersonal and spiritual aspects of life. I have a particular interest in, reclaiming traditional women’s knowledge and wisdom; traditional womb healing practices; reclaiming women’s rites of passage (menstruation/ pregnancy/ birth/ mothering/ menopause); feminine/ Earth-based spirituality (shamanism/animism/Indigenous frameworks); traditional folk and plant medicine (including psychedelic medicines); the healing potential of altered states of consciousness; yoga; astrology and ancestor reverence practices.

My personal framework is that there are many and varied pathways to healing and we each deserve to find the one that aligns for us. As a therapist it’s always an honour to get to walk alongside someone for part of their journey.  

Ultimately the goal is for greater self-love and integration of the fragmented aspects of the self. When we do this we step more fully into our wholeness.