North Queensland Trauma Centre Offering Strategies for Healing from Trauma

As an independent private psychotherapy practice, the North Queensland Trauma Centre follows the "Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder" published by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH). To read more about these guidelines visit It is the mission of the North Queensland Trauma Centre to provide quality mental health services to adult survivors of trauma, natural disasters and catastrophic events in the civilian population

Daily Saying

October 24th, 2015


am I

just such a mirror

to the universe

as this soft orb

of silver

that can lie

so low within

the grass

and yet contain

within itself

the sky?

                                                                           Chris Williams 1985

Affect Regulation Therapy

March 18th, 2012

Martha Landman will be training therapists in Townsville in Affect Regulation Therapy Phase 2 on request. Next training will be scheduled for early 2016. To register your interest email Anca Ramsden at

Phase 1 of Affect Regulation Therapy is done online with Anca Ramsden.

Affect Regulation Therapy ( A.R.T.) is proven to provide rapid results, including reduced stress levels, releae of trauma and improvements in mood. These results raise client commitment to therapy. Using a combination of standard psychotherapy methods along with body movement and sensory activities, A.R.T. improves client outcomes and is a suitable support for most mental healthcare programs.

Through A.R.T. clients learn to regulate mood and control positive and negative arousal states using their most natural emotional processing medium, the body based self system. You’ll see immediate and sustained results in clients’ abilities to control affect states and achieve situation appropriate emotional responses.  Release of trauma is gentle and happens in a very calm state.

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Make Powerful Choices to Create the Life You Want

October 25th, 2011

Once trauma is healed, you may need practical skills for daily living. In this workshop Marney Walker, expert on the art of making the right choice towards the outcome you want, you will be taught simple but powerful techniques towards a meaningful life.  To book, please email me at

Overcoming Depression – Achieve Happiness

January 2nd, 2010

Depression, often experienced as “the depth of despair”, is one of the most underdiagnosed medical conditions.  It also is common in trauma clients. When not managed well, it can become debilitating.  Sufferers often try to camouflage and deny their painful symptoms.  This does not have to be the case.

The good news is that there are a myriad of strategies that not only help us to conquer depression, but build a mental immune system that can ‘protect us from the beast’.  In addition to medical treatment and therapy, getting the right information is a powerful tool in speeding up recovery from depression.  By correcting irrational and limiting beliefs about ourselves we can take control of our emotions and get back in the driving seat of our life.

The first step in taking control is to realise that depression is something we do, rather than mainly a condition we experience.  Once we fully understand how we “depress”, it becomes easier to follow the strategies that will lead us to happiness. On some level, strange and offensive as this may sound, we choose all our behaviours. The undesired, unwanted misery we experience may be better than something bigger we do not want to face. When we become aware of this “crazy” phenomenon it opens up a whole new world of self-control and ultimate success.

For the next educational seminar on ‘Overcoming Depression – Achieve Happiness’, email