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Mindfulness Treatment with Torture and Trauma Clients at STARTTS (Case study)

Gordana Hol-Radicic

The focus of the lecture was to present a case study on “Mindfulness Treatment with Torture and Trauma Survivors at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)”. 

A female, 45 year old client presented with strong emotions and symptoms associated with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD).  Her emotional responses were on a continuum between anxiety/panic attacks to symptoms related to Major Depressive Disorder, while she was  crying, being fearful and experiencing agitation and anger outbursts.

Conflit of interest: none disclosed
Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
August 2008, New South Wales, Australia.
Visit STARTTS at : www.STARTTS.org.au

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Gordana Hol-Radicic

Gordana Hol-Radicic is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years experience as a clinican, including more than 20 years working clinically with the complex presentations of torture and trauma survivors. Gordana is able to utilise various therapeutic approaches in the group and individual treatment of STARTTS’ clients from diverse age groups: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

Currently Gordana is the Direct Services Coordinator at STARTTS. She is responsible for ensuring the delivery of counselling services to refugee and asylum seeker clients, and manages five direct services teams of approximately 50 counsellors and the intake sub-team. She also provides clinical trainings, support and consultation to STARTTS’ counsellors and other service providers. Gordana has presented at international conferences and for the online psychological journal, ‘Psychevisual’, addressing topics on the psychological assessment of torture and trauma survivors, the psychological and physiological base of traumatic memories, and the utilisation of Neurofeedback with clients suffering from complex PTSD.

 

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