I’m a believer in a collaborative approach to treatment meaning I will encourage your feedback. I want to create a safe space for people to feel that they can attend to their health issues and trust that their needs will be respected. Consent is integral to the treatment process and the treatment can be modified to best meet the clients’ needs.
Recently, a greater understanding of the effects of trauma has been emerging from the healthcare community and some policies have been introduced around the idea of ‘trauma informed’ care. I think that recognizing the needs of clients with a history of trauma is key to facilitating a positive and therapeutic experience. In my understanding, this is about sensitivity for the client’s experiences and empowering the client to participate in their own healthcare.
This can simply be voicing concerns of discomfort or pain with the knowledge that adjustments are perfectly fine and treatments can be adapted if, for instance, emotions arise that need attending to. Safe space is key so we can work with what is emerging in a collaborative way. Acupuncture is gaining wide acceptance as a treatment method for ptsd and is valuable for it’s ability to work on a non-verbal level. If you’d like to read more on this topic, a fellow acupuncturist has written about it more extensively here: