I am a Bio Dynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapist. I trained at the Karuna Institute in Devon with Franklyn Sills in 1992. Following my initial Cranio-Sacral training, I subsequently followed a series of advanced level Cranio Sacral training specialising in birth trauma, amongst other things. Later I studied the foundation level of Core Process Psychotherapy. I have also trained in Shock and Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild. The advanced level Cranio Sacral Training also incorporated the work of Dr Peter Levine, so I am well versed in somatic experiencing.
How to Heal Trauma
This pioneering approach to trauma understands how it is important to heal the nervous system throughout the body. We are dealing here with the body/mind. Trauma leaves an intense package of condensed energy locked into the body and somatic experiencing allows this energy to be gently and safely released so that the brain can build new neural pathways. By accessing and experiencing our bodily sensations we become whole again.
Further Training in Pre and Peri Natal Trauma Resolution – working with adults and babies
Following my Cranio Sacral training I trained for 7 years with Karlton Terry who established the Institute of Pre and Perinatal Education. The three courses that I did with him during this time were Pre and Peri-natal Education, Embodiment, and understanding Baby Body Language.
These pieces of training gave me an in-depth understanding, drawing upon my own personal research, of how our earliest formative experiences are held in our cellular memories, and how to access these and to re-pattern them in order to free ourselves from limiting behaviour patterns and dysfunctional belief systems. The Embodiment training allowed me to explore deeper and earlier memories of how my soul moved from the non-physical realms into the physical, giving rise to me as a person, and the shock that came with that experience, together fortunately with the understanding of how to overcome that in order to align directly with my soul intention for this incarnation. I did not complete the final training which was in understanding Babies’ Body Language and how to work with them empathically whilst witnessing the stories of their uterine lives and their own embodiment experiences. However, I have had many experiences working with babies and young children with Cranio Sacral Therapy and the part of the Baby Language Course that I completed, complimented my understanding of the intense amount of suffering that we go through in utero and how important it is to listen with Empathy when babies express this through their movements and through crying.
My Approach to Healing
In my therapy sessions, I offer warm, friendly support and the pace of the work is unhurried so that each person’s psychological ‘process’ is supported according to their own unique needs. To heal trauma, we need quietness and safety and to feel sufficiently resourced. I relate to health and wholeness in each individual rather than the disease or problem. The work is helpful in relieving PTSD symptoms and also psychological conditions arising from pre-natal traumatic events.
When you come to me for a healing session, I create for you, not only a ‘deeply held and compassionate space’, but also provide you with comfort to relax after your session. After such deep work, it sometimes takes a while to be able to re-enter the normal world.
I am so pleased that I have embarked on this trauma-healing journey. I have had a lot of different talking therapies over the years, and have been a long-term yoga practitioner also, but I had never done somatic therapy in the way that Juliet offers it. I am now clear that for me this has been the missing link. During my stay at Healing Waters and the daily sessions with Juliet, I experienced so many “lightbulb moments” and a sense of everything clicking into place with my understanding of what has been holding me back and blocking me, beginning from the womb. I found Juliet’s explanations and knowledge fascinating, and her kind, calm, wise presence was therapeutic for me in itself. Having lost my mother fairly recently a lot of very old issues have come to the fore for me, and I found in Juliet a very healing energy – compassionate and also contained, warm and also boundaried – for me this served as a powerful example. Her experience in this subject is obvious, and I felt that I was in safe hands. I found her to be very attuned and present and she was able to track where I was by reading subtle cues. I now have so much more awareness of how and why I become activated, and the many resources available to me to regulate myself. I believe this to be life-changing, both individually and also for the collective at large. I found the work we did to be both very practical but also very profound, and touching on the spiritual. It can be challenging to integrate new insights and practices into daily life once back at the home bit I have found her online program hugely valuable for this. I am able to continue my learning and growth by using these evolving practices every day, and it provides me with a feeling of ongoing support. Thank you Juliet!
– Feb 2023 – A client (the name is withheld for privacy purposes)
“What comes to me when I recall my experience of trauma therapy is a feeling of being held in a very safe space. I was shown ways to learn how to resource myself in such a way, that is good to be in therapy and also so rewarding to do in daily life. from a safe and resourced place, it’s as if my own inner self allows me to unravel something that I am at that moment ready to bring into awareness and my own inner healing process can unfold what comes up. Juliet supports this process with gentle guidance.
From awareness and understanding at the moment it’s possible to be compassionate for me at the time when the traumatic event took place. This is truly a loving experience, it’s as if I am loving, healing and embracing that part of me, from that time, in my Heart. I believe that then part of my fragmented soul has returned. Each time I have trauma therapy all this occurs for different issues. Over time with this therapy, my soul has/is returning. This is truly the most beautiful experience I have ever encountered, my growing loving relationship with my soul. In a nutshell trauma therapy allows our inner self to carry out a process that allows mind body and soul to reunite.”
– A client (the name is withheld for privacy purposes)
This is a quote from a client that experienced pre-natal regression work with me.
“I had two x 2-hour pre-natal regression treatments with Juliet. WOW! Such amazing powerful experiences. ‘I regressed back to when I was an egg in the fallopian tube when my parents were making love as I was conceived and also felt my spirit descend from heaven into my body. I’d suffered so much trauma in these moments that I’d never faced or was aware of, yet going through this has released a massive amount of energy and now I feel so much more complete as a human being. Like a real man, full of love, no longer carrying this childish feeling of fear which was holding me back and preventing me from being the whole love that I am. Thanks so much to Juliet for this and I heartily recommend that everyone has this treatment.”
A Life Journey Lived from the Heart
Aside from the specific pieces of training detailed above, I have had a lifelong interest in health and have acquired a background knowledge of nutrition, naturopathy, herbalism and homoeopathy, Kinesiology, EFT and how the mind works using the principles of quantum physics. When working with a client, I bring all these skills and insights into the session. Fundamental to our physical well-being is good nutrition, which is why I am a passionate gardener. Growing my own food, I know that I am eating the very best quality. It is this quality of food that I offer to others that become involved in the Healing Gardens Cooperative.
I created both the Cooperative and Healing Waters Sanctuary so that people could find the quality of support and sensitivity, from the heart, from one human being to the next, that would support their very own personal needs for healing. There are times when I may not get everything right, and in this I ask for compassion from those of you who may not be satisfied, to understand that I work with a deep and heartfelt commitment to be of service to you.
I am a mother of four and naturally work sensitively and empathetically with babies and children as well as adults. Prior to setting up Healing Waters, I developed an organic smallholding, growing produce, rearing animals and training people in the principles of self-sufficiency and sustainability in the south of France. I have a strong connection with the earth, plants and animals. In creating the Healing Gardens Cooperative which is the sister project of Healing Waters Sanctuary, I hope to empower people to develop their own connections to the earth and to each other, to re-create a community where it has been destroyed by our modern lifestyles; to be able to nourish and honour their bodies, the temples to their souls with really good, vitally alive food. In the gardens, we grow a wide range of organic produce, keep bees and chickens and offer access to it to guests staying at the Sanctuary.
Apart from my professional training I have actively participated in peace movement campaigning and have also travelled extensively. I have been deeply involved in working with various NGO’s in relief work in Eritrea and India. In the UK I have helped people become financially self-empowered by sharing my knowledge of property investment and business development, having trained with T. Harv Eker, Bob Procter and Blair Singer.
The main inspiration in my life has come from Gandhi and the Dalai Lama and my core philosophy is Buddhist. In this respect, Healing Waters Sanctuary is a multi-faith centre, and it has received spiritual teachers and healers from different spiritual backgrounds, including a number of Tibetan Lamas.
“I wanted to thank you again for a most wonderful retreat. For me, it was a feeling of true healing which I had not experienced anytime before. It was amazing to become so close and intimate with myself, with my own body and be aware of all the sensations that came with that. For me, it was really profound and I am very grateful to you to this experience. You have a wonderful skill in holding the space, creating a safe environment and attending to every detail in a loving and kind way, which has all made this experience so wonderful.
Thank you also for opening your house to me and for your hospitality. I am looking forward to continuing working on trauma healing with you later in November.”
“When I first met Juliet, I was in the midst of a severe crisis, and in effect caught ‘between a rock and a hard place’; I was in too much physical pain to even sit in a chair and engage in traditional ‘talking’ therapy, but in too much psychological distress to engage with conventional Pain Management techniques.
Having previously found some relief with Cranial Osteopathy, I approached Juliet in the hope that Craniosacral Therapy might offer similar benefits; it did, but Juliet had much more to offer. In her practice room, Juliet had a comfortable mattress, upon which I gratefully threw myself, as lying down in itself always eased my physical symptoms. We began to talk, and much to my surprise I soon found myself engaged in the kind of effective psychotherapeutic process I had previously found inaccessible.
Although the process has been anything but linear, I have found the combination of ‘talking’ and ‘hands-on’ therapies within each session particularly helpful. In time, as I began to internalise the healing dialogues, techniques and processes in which Juliet engaged me, my belief in my capacity to heal and recover took root, and continues to grow.
On my darkest days, in the depths of my despair and fear, Juliet has never expressed anything but faith in my innate ability to heal and recover, even and especially when I clearly had no such faith. I have always found Juliet to be unfailingly kind, compassionate, unflappably calm, and generous with her time, wisdom, and genuine care and support. I owe her a great deal.”
A Testimonial from a client who did a mixture of Trauma Healing and Cranio Sacral work.
” For the last 3 months, I felt a very strong pain on my chest. The source of the pain was between the sternum and my heart area. The pain forced me to contract my chest area and I had difficulty breathing, it would start in the morning and stay with me the whole day with an intensity that would increase or decrease throughout the day. The pain followed the following pattern: it would start around the sternum area and spread like a current towards my heart area, expanding then around my heart and moving up to my throat area. I felt the pain as a constant current, this feeling and the difficulty breathing caused me anxiety, dizziness and difficulty focusing. I went to see 2 doctors and the diagnosed was that I had an injury in the muscles between my heart and my sternum.
I conducted a session on craniosacral therapy with Juliet and during the session, I had memories about a past life in which I was stabbed to death in exactly the same place where the source of my physical pain was now located.
When the pain started a few months ago I was living a very similar situation that what I lived in that past life. In that lifetime I took a decision that changed my life and I was killed for it.
I thought of taking the same decision months ago, and then, the pain started. One day, I felt as if the muscles around my heart contracted, and then all my body contracted, the muscles around my shoulder and the muscles in my neck. During the session with Juliet helped I remembered a scene in which my whole physical body was trying to protect my life: my neck twisted to avoid the bites of dogs, my shoulder and area around contracted to protect my body from the biting and the muscles around my heart tried to stop a dagger from piercing me.
The pain now is slowly slowly disappearing from my body, I can feel now how my neck, my shoulder area and the muscles around my heart are softer. I can breathe better and the stiffness is slowly changing into softness. I feel as if the space inside those areas is expanding. I feel as if the fear is slowly changing into peace.
I know now that I can go ahead with my decision and put it into practice as no one will kill me for it this time.”
A Testimonial from a client who worked on Pre-Natal Trauma Resolution with me as part of the Healing Programme
I am very grateful for your support (Juliet) – since I have done these sessions concerning my birth trauma I feel stronger. The most remarkable result is that it is much more easy and natural to make decisions and act on them, to say no to people. In some way, I am more organised, and my household doesn’t take so much energy anymore. These are the results on a personal level.
Professionally I’ve been able to help a lot of clients with parts of their birth trauma with great results. Before our session, I had a feeling that I didn’t get to the core of certain issues with some clients and now I have an understanding of what can happen between conception and birth and that brought me more background and experience that makes my therapy better and more profound. The therapy with you made me respect and love my body more than before. I loved myself when I came to you but now it is on another level. I can grasp the miracle that life, my life in this body actually is in a wonderful way now. That is very precious.
A big hug and love, Sara — Sara Busselen Spiritual Healer
Olga’s Experiance of Cranio Sacral with me.