Traumawise is a Fremantle based counselling and psychotherapy service that can help you recover from life threatening events, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain and grief and loss.
I am Cheryl Pratt, an experienced and accredited PACFA counsellor located in the port city’s historic West End. I love my work and in some ways I feel being a therapist is like living many lives or at least engaging in multiple life processes. Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) has enriched the work I do as a trauma counsellor and it’s extremely rewarding not only to see people recover from trauma and start to feel better but to also see them really connecting with their physical presence, the world around them and feeling fully alive. As your therapist I can assure you of confidentiality, respect, empathy and a non judgemental attitude. I am willing to travel the extra kilometre or two (or more) with you to ensure you get the help you need.
I have lived in Fremantle for 35 years. I am a tertiary trained counsellor with more than 17 years’ experience helping adolescents, adults and families across a variety of settings including schools, TAFE, not for profit mental health and addiction recovery settings. I am a clinical registrant with the PACFA Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia which is the peak counselling membership organisation in Australia. I am also a full member of EMDRAA (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Association of Australia). I am constantly upskilling and adding to my knowledge base as EMDR evolves and grows as a dynamic therapy used for a variety of purposes. I believe that the counselling relationship is the base from which all healing stems so you can be assured that you will feel valued and listened to.
I have a wealth of life experience as a teacher, chaplain, journalist, support worker and parent/step-parent. I have a lived experience as a cancer survivor and feel this has in some ways transformed how I now work with people and how I view the world. Working in the addiction field for so many years has alerted me to the all-pervasive effects that trauma has upon the human person. After I was trained in EMDR I began to see the profound difference this approach could make, often in a short period of time and even now it never ceases to amaze me. I encourage trauma survivors to utilise the many forms of help that are available including yoga, somatic therapies, exercise, art, dramatic therapies, music and spirituality – utilise whatever support it takes to make you feel whole again.
How I Can Help You
I am able to assist in the following areas: