Listen to Episode 7 HERE

Nisha Gill of Feminine Instincts is a Melbourne-based Somatic Experiencing (trauma resolution) Practitioner with a background in counselling, bodywork, birth education, doula support, feminine embodiment yoga and birth hypnosis.

She specializes in birth and sexual trauma resolution via a neurophysiological approach which focuses on safety and capacity at the level of the autonomic nervous system. The approach also lends itself to preparing for birth when paired with bodywork to simulate labour and increase the birthing person’s threshold to stress and trauma responses.

Nisha works with individuals in therapy and groups for trauma education both in person and online.

In this episode we talk about:

  1. How we are still very much primal beings and our trauma responses as humans are not that different to animals
  2. Trauma as an incomplete nervous system response. How is trauma stored in the body even from a time when we were preverbal
  3. Why we don’t necessarily need to ‘remember’ the content of our traumas in order to work with them
  4. How to scan and listen to your body – where are the niggles? where do you feel stuck? How to we build in new calm and/or pleasant experiences and sensations
  5. What can you do to resettle your nervous system if you can’t leave the space?
  6. What does a session with a Somatic Experiencing practitioner look like? How to open your mind AND open your pelvis!


Nisha’s website

Nisha’s Birth Trauma Awareness Facebook Group

Nisha is also running a workshop on 13 April in Melbourne which is geared towards birth professionals who are keen to deliver trauma-informed care, help reduce the incidence of birth-related trauma and increase awareness around how trauma & stress may be impacting their work and life in general.

The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment Paperback by Alaine D. Duncan, Kathy L. Kain, & M.D. Michael Hollifield (2019)

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