Having a greater understanding of the impact of sexual abuse in society after working on Broadchurch, Kinergy reached out to see if I would be interested in supporting them. Kinergy is a charity based in Kingswood with a huge passion for supporting survivors. I can see there is a huge demand for support with 120 individuals currently on their waiting list. In my position I will hopefully be able to give voice to raise awareness for the charity and for survivors of sexual abuse.
Kinergy has been around for 23 years and will offer you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings. They have a warm inviting space with a team of amazing counsellors.
I am a trauma survivor. That is how I came to know Kinergy, when I was looking for help/therapy. I got to see first hand what Kinergy does. At Kinergy I was given access to some group therapy sessions which is what I had been looking for and needed at the time - being able to sit in a room with other women who had been through the same kind of trauma or similar to me, sharing our stories, how it made us feel, talking through things, just listening - it helped a lot.
Kinergy is the only organisation at the time I was able to find that offered those kinds of sessions in a group setting, as well as the 1-2-1 therapy sessions they run. There is still limited services that offer this support in Bristol. I think it's essential that we get to keep this service at Kinergy running.
To be given the opportunity to become an Ambassador for Kinergy/to be able to work with them means that I can give something back for what they helped me with by raising awareness of who they are and what they do, and because their amazing work, the women they help and come into contact with are at the very core of why I devised, set up my own women's classes. I would also like to signpost any women to them who might need their support.
Yes, that there is help and support out there. The first step is always going to be the hardest and that's asking for help. But knowing that you are not alone and that you can get the therapy that works for you, whether that's group therapy or 1-2-1 sessions or having access to grief therapy sessions... knowing that there is a place to go for this... it can make all the difference.
Also, don't be afraid to go/think outside of the box with your trauma recovery - to help me with my panic attacks and my breathing and fear of confined spaces, I did a beginner's scuba diving course in a swimming pool through a local scuba school! It took me a lot out of my comfort zone but what it helped me with was brilliant... After my trauma, I couldn't do eye contact. The scuba was absolutely brilliant for helping me with this.