Central Coast Trauma Centre

Our Staff

Stress, anxiety and feeling down can affect anyone, and happen to a lot of us at some point in our lives.

BIO

BJ Murray

BJ Murray is an experienced counsellor, who has worked in the Mental Health industry for many years . BJ completed a Psychology Degree after deciding that ICU Nursing was not her passion anymore. She then registered as a Counsellor and began training towards her passion, which is helping those with Trauma, to heal and live the best version of themselves.

BJ has many specialities that she works in including Brainspotting, a powerful way to process stuck trauma from the brain. BJ is also a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and helps people who have had trouble quitting smoking. If you think that BJ could be a match for you please book a 15 min free call to chat to her and see how she can help.

BIO

Vanessa Thompson

Vanessa is a dedicated and experienced Registered Clinical Counsellor (PACFA) with a passion for supporting individuals, particularly children and young people, through their unique journeys towards healing and growth.

With a robust background in counselling and a special focus on trauma, neurodiversity and parenting after trauma, Vanessa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to CCTC. As a trained Brainspotting Therapist, Vanessa utilises innovative techniques to help clients process and overcome challenging experiences. Vanessa's commitment to professional development is evident through extensive training and qualifications, including, a Bachelor degree in Applied Social Science (Counselling), a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, and a Masters in Youth Mental Health. Additionally, registered as a Victims' Services and Carers Counsellor and offers professional supervision to fellow practitioners.

Vanessa is also proud to be a certified facilitator for several evidence-based programs, including Circle of Security, AutPlay, Tuning in to Teens, Bringing Up Great Kids, and Engaging Adolescents. These programs enable her to empower families and caregivers with practical tools and strategies to navigate various challenges effectively.

Vanessa strives to create a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their emotions, develop coping skills, and ultimately thrive. Whether you're seeking support for yourself, your child, or your family, Vanessa is here to walk alongside you on your journey towards healing and positive change.

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What our customers have to say

John Ephraim
John Ephraim
2024-05-02
Thank you to BJ @ coast Trauma, you amazing work and dedication to helping ppl has helped my son to recover and return to his life after a traumatic experience. I really can’t thank you enough.
Marlih Jung
Marlih Jung
2023-09-20
Comments Marlih Jung BJ is a highly skilled trauma councillor, What you need to know about trauma. To release trauma, one must acknowledge it first. Seek professional help if needed. Express emotions through therapy. Time and patience are essential for healing and recovery. Trauma therapy is a specialized approach to help individuals heal from emotional wounds. It employs evidence-based techniques to address trauma's impact. Skilled therapists provide a safe space for processing emotions and building resilience, promoting recovery and improved mental health. Wishing BJ much success in her new Centre.
Ali C
Ali C
2023-08-28
BJ has an extensive knowledge of trauma and it's impacts on the brain and the body. I had not heard of brainspotting prior to making my first appointment, and honestly I was sceptical of it, but needed help with trauma.  BJ created a safe and supportive environment that allowed me to explore my thoughts and feelings without judgment, or trying to intellectualise them. What impressed me the most was the tangible impact of brainspotting. It is so different to other kinds of therapy, you don't sit and talk about traumatic events, it lets your brain process it. After a few sessions things got a bit better. Now 6 months in and my ability to deal with triggers and to emotionally regulate has improved beyond measure, am very grateful.
Lauren Mann
Lauren Mann
2023-08-03
Choosing BJ as the therapist to help me work through my anxiety and childhood trauma has been the best decision I've made all year. She's caring, has always validated my emotions and helps me work through them with the use of brain spotting. I really can't thank BJ enough. I feel like a different person, all for the better! If you're wanting to start that scary journey of healing trauma, I would highly recommend choosing BJ ❤️
Ros Oakey
Ros Oakey
2023-08-02
BJ is very skilled in her approach. I appreciated being affirmed, having emotions validated and the explanation of how those emotions can manifest in a physical expression.
Vivian Laporta
Vivian Laporta
2023-06-08
BJ is a beautiful human and highly qualified. She helps me to transmute my traumas into flowers of wisdom, courage, acceptance, love and balanced emotions. Highly recommend BJ if you are ready to take your life to a next step of healing and growth. Have no words to thank her of our work together ❤️

Your Trauma Therapist on the Central Coast