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Survivors of Trauma Support (SOTS) is a non-profit collective of individuals who have been traumatized, or support those who have been traumatized, through interpersonal and / or environmental factors, and who choose to overcome the impact of the trauma upon their lives.

SOTS is committed to mindful awareness, mutual respect, personal responsibility and commitment toward growth. 'Working together towards a better, safer future for trauma survivors, their families, and their community.

Moonyah Counselling has sponsored the Knox area since 1990.

The work at Moonyah and Survivors of Trauma Support is vital work. SOTS offers safety to victim/survivors and demonstrates understanding of the complexity of the impact of trauma on the human psyche and whole self. We work towards resolving the trauma, enabling re-empowerment and developing a renewed ability to re-enter the community as aware, responsible, caring, hopeful individuals.

Many Knox residents and beyond have been assisted through the work of SOTS. Over the past few years SOTS has supported a victim of the Bali bombing: many women and some men recovering from rape or assault, women and men managing historic childhood trauma, i.e. sexual abuse, neglect, emotional, physical, or emotional abuse as well as more recent domestic violence trauma.

We have supported an indigenous Australian woman, who is one of the stolen generation, and her family, who are all suffering the impact of inter-generational trauma. We have supported families in crisis after the loss of a family member, through illness and sometimes inter personal violence.

SOTS currently provides:

  • A safe place for members to come to have 'time out' when they feel overwhelmed or are tired from managing memories or flashbacks of their trauma. This important ability to just sit or to socialize with others who 'just know' alleviating the sense of alienation and helping reduce their depression and anxiety.

  • Three days per week 'drop in' (plans for extension) There is a therapist working at these times, and a volunteer available to make a cuppa or chat.

  • A place to do therapeutic craft work

  • A space to simply relax in an accepting environment.

  • A weekly meeting venue of an evening to just have a coffee and chat.

  • A weekly therapeutic facilitated activity.

  • A venue where phone assistance is given to trauma survivors. 24 hour message bank.

  • A confidential assessment facility.

  • A point of referral.

  • A venue for support.

Needs: To maintain the future growing needs and expand this service SOTS requires a large low cost facility which would require:

- Philanthropic donation.
- A donation towards purchasing equipment:
  computer, craft supplies, tressel tables, storage
  facilities, van, etc.

SOTS requires the following to continue to function:

  • Large gathering room/office/house for meetings and therapeutic activities.

  • Private bathroom/toilet facilities.

  • Kitchen area for refreshments and washing up after craft activities.

  • Large storage cupboards, or storage room.

  • Room for counselling, debriefing, confidential space.

  • Office area.

  • Proximity to public transport.

  • Parking.

  • An establishment grant.

  • Van with a view to providing mobile mandala facility.


AIM: To overcome the effects of trauma and to minimize the consequences to my life.


  • To increase self awareness and self-esteem.
  • To learn to appropriately trust. (Myself, others & the world.)
  • To learn to be assertive, direct and open.
  • To provide support, encouragement and respectfully challenge others in my group and to receive it myself.
  • To learn to identify my needs and communicate them legitimately.
  • To allow myself to recognise, own and validate my core feelings. (hurt, pain, shame, blame, fear, guilt, rejection.)
  • To allow myself to have feelings and to be willing to own them.
  • To separate feelings from actions and past from present.
  • To learn to cope with life's stressors more effectively.
  • To regulate my emotional reactions so that they become 'thought out' responses.
  • To be empathetic without taking responsibility for others feelings.
  • To learn to like and accept the whole 'me'.
  • To express my feelings in legitimate and safe ways.
  • To increase awareness in order to increase choice and action.
  • To increase my personal power.
  • To ask for what i need.
  • To escape black & white and develop comfort in grey.
  • To overcome my fear/hurt/anger at being misunderstood.
  • To learn to let go and move on.
  • To overcome the desire to run and hide. Staying present.
  • To identify and decrease behaviour that limits intimacy.
  • To increase problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • To give up the shoulds' and musts'.


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Moonyah acknowledges that we work on the land of the Wurundjeri Traditional owners.


"Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision,
but today well lived - makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope"
old Sanskrit proverb.