HerHealing

HerSpace recognises that women who have once or repeatedly experienced exploitation and abuse and whose “consent” has been silenced, are very likely to suffer from mental health distress.

HerHealing is a free counselling service that offers these women the opportunity to:

  • Be introduced to a process that would allow them to experience safety and trust with a counsellor within a few sessions;
  • Self-determine to begin therapeutic work with an active and informed consent;
  • Choose the “pace” of counselling; and
  • Set the recovery goals that they’d like to achieve in our framework of one or a maximum of two phases of trauma recovery (20 sessions each).

Following is our approach to recovery from experiences of trauma related to exploitation:

  • We recognise that experiences of trauma affect our body, our emotions and our mind. Often, these experiences remain hidden and unrecognised, thus leading to the presentation of complex mental health “symptoms”.
  • We carry a holistic approach towards reducing impacts of trauma for a woman in her physical, sexual and emotional wellbeing.
  • We believe that the integration of experiences, along with the use of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (such as expressive art, sensory regulation, movement-based integration and emotional regulation modalities), lead to recovery.

Our HerHealing counsellors, who are trained in psychotherapy, will collaboratively engage with women to help:

  • Understand the effects of trauma in their daily functioning;
  • Gain confidence to self-regulate their physical, sexual and emotional triggers;
  • Build capacity to look at their experiences with pride and less shame or blame; and
  • Strengthen their relationships.

Our counsellors are typically located throughout Melbourne, including the areas of Melbourne CBD, Fitzroy North, Carlton North and Brunswick.

The HerHealing service is also (during COVID-19 pandemic, exclusively) delivered via phone and video calls.

If you are interested in receiving HerHealing counselling service or referring a woman you are worried about, please fill out one of the following forms:

Once you submit the form, it will be sent to the HerPathway counsellor, who will get in touch with you as soon as possible.