ACC Sensitive Claims

The Nelson Clinic has an experienced team of clinicians that are accredited to provide assessments and therapy related to sexual trauma.

These services are available to any adult or child who has experienced sexual trauma in New Zealand at any point in their lives.

This support is fully funded by ACC and you can start whenever you are ready. There are also support services available for your family and whānau.

Accessing ACC funded therapy

To access this service, you will need to meet with an ACC registered therapist who will explain the process to you.

  • You can start therapy straight away, as soon as a therapist is available
  • You do not need to wait for ACC to process your claim
  • You can choose how long you want counselling for
  • You can take a break and come back to counselling at a later date if you wish
  • It is okay to change therapists if you want someone who better suits you

Contact Us to request an appointment with one of our therapists who can support you

Group Therapy

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

What does Trauma Sensitive Yoga involve?
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) aims to introduce yoga in a way which supports participants to notice what they feel in their body and enable a sense of agency in moving their body in a way that feels safe and empowered. Participants are invited to engage in movement and to choose how to respond. This practice of Trauma Sensitive Yoga is from the Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga programme at the Justice Research Institute and is based on research which has been carefully designed to assist in healing the effects of trauma. A safe and supportive group environment will be offered, with two facilitators to provide guidance. This environment is suitable for all abilities and no experience is needed.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga is a 60-minute class. After the class clients are offered the opportunity to drink tea, connect with others and/or make use of a range of art making materials. This is optional  and clients can leave at any time. This time is designed to support safe opportunities for social connection and integration of yoga.

Potential benefits and outcomes of TSY:

  • Improved emotional regulation and reduction of hyperarousal
  • Reconnecting with and befriending the body in a compassionate way
  • Awareness of breath
  • Developing awareness of choices in relation to the body
  • Tuning into the body and somatic sensations safely

Who can participate in this group?
Anyone with an approved ACC ISSC claim is eligible. Clients can request participation by contacting their therapist and expressing interest. If appropriate, the therapist can then request approval from ACC.

What do you need for an in-person class?
Everything is provided but participants are also more than welcome to bring their own mat / props if they choose. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes that can be moved in.

Participant Commitment
This is an 8-week course and there is an expectation that participants will make a commitment to attend all 8 weeks to ensure optimal benefit and be able to integrate these practices over time.

Outcome Measure and Evaluation
Participants will fill out the Insomnia Severity Index prior to starting and upon completion of the yoga course. An anonymous evaluation form will be provided to participants to assess their experience of the group and inform development.

We will liaise with participants and the lead provider (therapist) prior to the group commencing to ensure we are aware of any particular needs or safety concerns that may require supportive attention. Participants will be invited to check in with the facilitators after each session if they require additional support and we will liaise with the lead provider to ensure participants are supported as needed.

Cultural Sensitivity
Cultural diversity and bicultural awareness are seen as a strength in group process and participants will be encouraged to express any unique cultural perspectives and needs. We will check with participants prior to the group whether there is anything needed to feel safe and comfortable. To ensure the benefits associated with cultural diversity in group process, this programme will be advertised within culturally diverse contexts and specifically, in Māori services and organisations. Guidance and support will be sought from ACC cultural advisors as indicated.

Group Facilitators

Jen Holmes-Beamer
Jen is ACC-registered as an occupational therapist and is currently training with the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy in psychodynamic psychotherapy for complex trauma. Jen is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) facilitator through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. She has facilitated yoga in mental health settings since 2016 in both Canada and New Zealand and is passionate about trauma-informed mind-body practices that empower others in their own journey of awareness, resiliency, and healing.

Hester Phillips
Hester Phillips is a registered Arts Therapist, group facilitator and movement teacher who supports others to live their unique potential. She holds a first class clinical Master's degree in Arts Therapy, is a certified Open Floor movement meditation teacher and the co-founder and director of Conscious Dance Aotearoa, New Zealand's annual festival of Conscious Dance. Hester's Master's thesis research explored the efficacy of trauma informed movement for clients with physical symptoms of trauma. Hester specialises in somatic approaches in trauma recovery in her busy private practice in Nelson.

Anna Clarkson
Anna is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in working with trauma for many years and has a particular interest in an integrative approach to healing. Anna has completed initial training in Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga.