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,
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
A venue where phone
assistance is given to trauma survivors. 24 hour message
A point of referral.
A venue for
Needs: To maintain the future
growing needs and expand this service SOTS requires a large low
cost facility which would require:
- Philanthropic donation.
donation towards purchasing equipment:
craft supplies, tressel tables, storage
facilities, van, etc.
requires the following to continue to function:
room/office/house for meetings and therapeutic
Kitchen area for
refreshments and washing up after craft activities.
cupboards, or storage room.
Room for counselling,
debriefing, confidential space.
Proximity to public
Van with a view to
providing mobile mandala facility.
AIM: To overcome the
effects of trauma and to minimize the consequences to my
- 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'
- 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
- To ask for what i
- To escape black &
white and develop comfort in grey.
- To overcome my
fear/hurt/anger at being misunderstood.
- To learn to let go and
- 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'.