Our Story

Empowering survivors since 1999.

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WHO WE ARE

We’re here because we’ve experienced first-hand the transformational power of healing from childhood trauma, and we genuinely care about helping others to experience their own healing too.

Our team is diverse, from peer workers and youth workers to psychologists and counsellors, to academics and administrators. We are united by a shared experience of childhood trauma.

As an organisation, we understand the challenges that every survivor must face on this journey and offer compassion and total acceptance to every survivor who comes to Heal For Life.

We know healing is a process and our collective understanding, experience and expertise allows us to provide a warm and safe environment for people to begin to heal. A place where they can start to feel optimistic about the possibilities the future holds and begin to heal for life.

OUR VALUES

SAFETY

Being safe and feeling safe are very different things. Healing can only happen when we feel safe,  so we focus on radical acceptance, validation, understanding and care in all that we do.

EMPOWERMENT

We support survivors to be the hero of their own story. We believe every survivor knows what they need in order to heal. Our role is to empower survivors with the knowledge, tools, and self-belief they need to heal themselves.

HOPE

We know healing is possible for everyone because we are survivors who have healed our childhood trauma. We believe every challenge is an opportunity to grow and that all survivors can experience the true meaning of safety, love and belonging.

OUR MISSION

“Empowering people to heal themselves from childhood trauma or abuse”

OUR VISION

    • To be a centre of excellence for healing from childhood trauma, depression and anxiety.
    • To be a valuable resource for survivors and their families, available through all media forms.
    • To assist survivors of childhood trauma without discrimination by age, gender, sexuality, physical ability, spiritual beliefs or cultural background.
    • To have all healing programs run by survivors of childhood trauma or abuse.
    • To be a community committed to loving and caring for each other as well as the guests who choose to come.
    • To have survivor-facilitators of the highest professional standards, supported by committed loving trained peer support volunteers.
    • To have a nationally-accredited training course for survivors, so Heal For Life Foundation philosophies can influence the way survivors of  childhood trauma and abuse can be healed.
    • To encourage change in the way parenting and child-rearing is approached when supporting those who have suffered from childhood trauma or abuse.
    • To be leaders in peer led trauma informed training.
    • To provide centres where people can access trauma informed counselling.
    • To provide accredited programs to run internationally.
    • To promote a better understanding of the effects of childhood trauma and abuse, encouraging people to see the connection between diagnoses such as Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal thoughts and their childhood.
    • To endeavour to practice cultural humility across all training and programs.
    •  To train teams to work within First Nation communities.
    • To encourage greater recognition that hurting people hurt people.
    • To break the cycle of inter-generational trauma through healing.

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