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Caroline Browne is a trained Clinical Psychologist and currently retraining in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Her private practice is located in South Melbourne. Interests include body-centered psychotherapy, yoga, meditation and exploring our relationship to ground and belonging. Telephone 9804 5000.

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Caroline Browne is a trained Clinical Psychologist and currently retraining in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Her private practice is located in South Melbourne. Interests include body-centered psychotherapy, yoga, meditation and exploring our relationship to ground and belonging. Telephone 9804 5000.

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Ethos


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Body-centered psychotherpay

Ethos


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Body-centered psychotherpay

INTEGRATION, COLLABORATION AND CARE

Our vision is to offer quality, effective and integrated psychotherapies influenced by both traditional and contemporary thinkers to individuals, and couples, in Melbourne. Contemporary therapists know that making sense of our life history changes our relationships with others and ourselves. Research has also shown that the best indicator of a child's emotional health is in how their parent made sense of their story.

It's been a life mission to create a like-minded therapeutic space for psychotherapists and a safe therapeutic environment for people interested in exploring what motivates them and the role the body can play in healing and transformation. A deeply held vision for less suffering, and greater unity, in the world is at the work's core.

"... we come to resonate with one another. The whole we create together is truly larger than our individual identities. We feel this resonance as a palpable sense of connection and aliveness. This is what happens when our minds meet..."
Dr Daniel J Siegel, MD
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Biography


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Body-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Hyperarousal, Hypoarousal, Window of Tolerance, Optimal Arousal Zone

Biography


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Body-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Hyperarousal, Hypoarousal, Window of Tolerance, Optimal Arousal Zone

Caroline Browne's story

My first formal psychological study was in the field of trauma whilst writing a master's thesis in 2004. I was naturally curious about what happens to the psyche when negative experiences repeatedly occur outside ones control. When a human being is totally helpless. I found, consistent with research at the time, that childhood trauma negatively impacts how we view others and ourselves later in life. The journey then took me to working with families suffering, deep, multigenerational trauma. Change happened in very small windows.

Over the past decade, or so, I have trained in psychodynamic therapy, infant and child development, Jungian mind, body and soul, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Havening Techniques and the meditative practices of Zen and Yoga. In July 2017 I completed yoga teacher training in the Krishnamacharya tradition.  During the past few years I've exposed myself to the contemporary leaders of body-centered psychotherapy – bringing focus to unconscious body patterns and how they shape beliefs about self and the world we live in.

As it's unfolded, helping people recover a sense of wholeness in the body has become my life's work. We know that our experience of embodiment, or lack of, is woven into the hyper and hypo arousal states our autonomic nervous system activate to cope/survive experiences like: child abuse and neglect, growing up in families affected by alcoholism or violence, being bullied at school or work, the affects of active addition, the sudden death of a close friend or relative, change because our partner leaves us, or our work has lost direction or we're transitioning to a new stage of life. Many clients walk into my rooms literally burnt out in mind and body from decades of living on adrenalin and stress. The other extreme might be feeling a chronic sense of flatness and/or disconnection. Or we may oscillate between the two. The beginning of therapy is often to learn that we have a body. From an embodied place we can start releasing trauma and attachment wounds and reclaim a sense of wellness and belonging – to ourselves, to the earth and in our relationships.

Experience in the Now is being absolutely in my body in primal sensation in conscious awareness listening from the inside. This is my work – this is my living.
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Psychotherapy


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness. We provide adult and couple psychotherapy within a collaborative and creative frame.

Psychotherapy


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness. We provide adult and couple psychotherapy within a collaborative and creative frame.

My work as a psychotherapist is constantly evolving. The original ground was the psychodynamic tradition and it’s interest in the unconscious.

More recently, I’ve added the body and breath into the therapeutic picture. This certainly feels more complete. Because every client's adaptation to their life experience is unique to them I like to, together, create a therapeutic map that fits with already known strengths and other parts that might be available for change. Within our relationship I draw from a range of therapeutic models and techniques – structural dissociation, sensorimotor psychotherapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, internal family systems, attachment theory and Havening Techniques.

Over time, we come to honour Ron Kurtz’s (founded  of Hakomi Therapy) principles of organicity (that there is an inborn intelligence and wisdom of the body that offers a capacity for growth, healing and change), non-violence (change without force), mind-body holism and unity (we are all interconnected and part of a unified whole) in the therapeutic relationship and our lives more broadly.

"My first impulse is to find something to love, something heroic, something recognisable as the gift and the burden of the human condition, the pain and the grace that's there to find in everyone you meet"
Ron Kurtz

 
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Interests


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness. Interests are in working from a psychotherapeutic frame to heal trauma. Specialised training in sensorimotor psychotherapy. 

Interests


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness. Interests are in working from a psychotherapeutic frame to heal trauma. Specialised training in sensorimotor psychotherapy. 

SENSORIMOTOR PSYCHOTHERAPY

Developed by Pat Odgen PhD, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is one way to access and study, with mindfulness, the way our bodies organise experience around health and wellness, our emotional/attachment wounds and symptoms of traumatisation. We begin, with mindful awareness, to notice and report our immediate bodily experience in relation to a theme or memory. In states of overwhelming emotion, we’ll typically practice body, breath exercises that engage the (para)sympathetic nervous system(s) to restore safety and calm, or increased aliveness, to the body. Bit by bit, we come to inhabit our body, and lives, more fully. 

For further information www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org

 

BODY, BREATH PRACTICE

Eastern Contemplative Traditions have known for more than 2500 years that awareness of breath and body sensation helps calm our nervous system and bring us back into our bodies. There are particular exercises, we can practice together, that help our bodies remember it's natural state of connection and wellness.  Containment exercises work well when we’ve lost connection with our core and feel overwhelmed. That sense inside if our cup is too full and spilling over or if a glass of water is being poured into a paper bag. Feeling into our feet and the earth can help us return to our body when we lose our groundedness. Feeling into, and lengthening, our spine can help us feel more solid and real.

HAVENING TECHNIQUES

Havening Techniques are exposure-based psychosensory methods that disrupt the pathway between a particular memory and the overwhelming, habitual emotional, cognitive and somatosensory responses we experience.  Havening Techniques typically treat amygdala-based disorders. The amygdala is the part of the brain that encodes traumatic memory.  Havening techniques, through sensory input (touch that produces delta waves) and distraction, have the potential to delink habitual emotions (e.g., fear) from a particular emotional/distressing memory  (e.g., a childhood piano recital).

For further information www.havening.org

 
"No ray of sunlight is ever lost, but the green which it wakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted the power to live to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith"
Albert Schweitzer
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Contact


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne Psychology, 140 Albert Road South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness.

Contact


Caroline Browne, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, South Melbourne Psychology, 140 Albert Road South Melbourne, Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness.

Contact

Caroline Browne
140 Albert Road
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205

Telephone 03 9804 5000
 

 

 

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BRAND MARK

(Designed by RoscherCreative)

The well-known Rorschach Inkblot Test inspired the Caroline Browne brand mark. The pattern the inkbot makes is mandala like in shape, which taps into Caroline's use of Eastern philosophies and methods in her approach to therapy. The inkblot is the coming together of two faces, two profiles. This speaks both of the collaboration of client and therapist and also the layered nature of the human psyche. The colours, from the magenta bottom to red heart centre, stretch up to the enlightened gold. The shape is uplifting and suggests progress and evolution.

It is an inkblot test.

So what do you see?