Dr Siobhan ReddelSensory Medical Therapist


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Hello, my name is Dr Siobhan Reddel

As a specialised General Practitioner trained in Somatic Experiencing™, and also a Focussed Psychological Strategies provider, I work with clients who may have difficulty regulating their emotions, and/or other components of their non-voluntary nervous system. This means clients may present with mental health concerns, problematic physical symptoms, or a combination of these.

For example, my clients often suffer from anxiety/depression, addiction or troublesome relationship patterns, as well as more formal diagnoses of post-traumatic stress, ADHD, eating or personality disorders. Physical problems can include chronic pain/headaches, gut concerns, recurrent rashes or unexplained joint/tendon problems, hypersensitivity and fatigue/fibromyalgia (a more comprehensive list is below).

I value helping clients resolve their current symptoms, both psychological and physical, whilst simultaneously addressing underlying problematic nervous-system ‘wiring’ to enable a more regulated response to future challenges.

My therapeutic style specifically addresses trauma stored deep in the mind and body's implicit (procedural and emotional) memory, using a somatic psychotherapeutic approach that works directly with feedback from the client's sensations. This approach fosters a safe space for clients to start to re-regulate nervous systems that may be excessively aroused, or alternatively sluggish and shut down. Pacing the approach with feedback from the senses and emotions also means that we work at a pace the client is ready for.

This therapy is enhanced by my training as an integrative GP, so I am comfortable reviewing current approaches and reassessing physical complaints and/or identifying past injuries or events that may have contributed to the presenting issues. I may suggest supporting the system with appropriate Western, or alternative evidence-based medications and therapies if necessary, whilst working towards healing at a deeper level. However at all times I am happy to liaise with existing regular practitioners, and value a team approach.

The length of therapy is variable: resolution of specific concerns can be achieved in as few as a couple of sessions. Deeper, ingrained patterns of behaviour or problems may take 6-12 sessions over a number of months. However usually clients stabilise over a few closely-spaced sessions and then the time between appointments increases as clients improve.

I see clients who experience a range of physical and mental health concerns that may have a basis in trauma or stress (although the actual events do not need to be identified), particularly if these have a somatic/physical component, such as:

  • Bladder/Pelvic irritability (unexplained or under-explained)
  • Breathlessness (unexplained or under-explained, e.g. erratically triggered asthma)
  • Cough (unexplained or un-resolving, e.g. post intubation/surgical)
  • Fainting (including POTS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headache (particularly if from past injury or migraine/cluster headache)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and stress-linked reflux/gastritis
  • Insomnia (particularly if involving chronic nightmares/vivid dreams)
  • Intolerance (food/chemical/other) or borderline auto-immune conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Fibromyalgia
  • Mast Cell Activation and related syndromes
  • Paralysis (unexplained/functional/‘chronic neurapraxia’)
  • Pain (particularly neuroplastic pain: including CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), pain related to endometriosis, sexual intercourse or unexplained breast pain)
  • Rashes that flare unexpectedly (and/or with stress/emotion)
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Seizure disorder (particularly if seizures get worse with emotion)
  • Swallowing difficulties (unexplained/post-anaesthetic intubation)
  • Tics/stutters
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Tendinosis (recurrent/chronic tendon issues)

Issues I can help with

Anxiety My Self
Borderline Personality My Self
Depression & Mood My Self
Disordered Eating
OCDMy Self
Pain Management
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety
Rehab & Injury Counselling My Self
Relationship CounsellingMy Self
Sleep DifficultiesMy Self
Stress Management & Relaxation My Self
Trauma & PTSDMy Self
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PO Box 142,

East Melbourne 8002

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