Dr Sue Redmond is an Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapist (see below for more information), Child & Adolescent Development Specialist and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She has a PhD in Youth Leadership, Resilience and Social Support. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with children, adolescents and professionals, with a particular focus on wellbeing, mental health, sexual health and leadership.
She develops resources and training for professionals particularly social workers, social care workers, youth workers and teachers to equip them with the skills to change children and young people’s lives for the better. She also works at an organisational level around team development, leadership and conflict management. Sue has developed over 30 resources for professionals including;
- Tusla’s Child & Youth Participation Strategy, Toolkit, Training and Culture Change Process
- The Irish Junior Cert Cycle curriculum on Wellbeing, Mental health and Sexual health.
- The Manuela Programme – a Sexual Violence Prevention Programme
- Gender-Based Violence Prevention Programme for Youth Work Ireland
- University of Galway’s - Foundation in Youth Leadership & Community Action
- A Just Transition to Climate Change Programme for Youth Work Ireland
Sue has a 20-year of practice in meditation, is a Yoga Teacher, Surfer and Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do as well as mum to twins.
What is Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy?
There have been some exciting developments in the realm of trauma therapy. Guided by influential teachers such as Dr. Peter Levine founder of Somatic Experiencing, Deb Dana an expert in Polyvagal Theory, Pat Ogden founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and other influential experts such as Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk and Babette Rothschild. These pioneers in trauma therapy found that trauma happens in the body and must be released from the body. A body-centred approach can help a person come to healing and wholeness, which can be a beneficial option for people where talk therapy may be difficult and a person may remain stuck and dysregulated.
The core of somatic trauma work is the premise that the body can tap into its innate healing processes when supported to attune to the language of the body to release and discharge trapped emotions, including the fight, flight, freeze, and fawn responses that crop up in response to traumatic experiences. These get held in the nervous system, often for decades. Trauma happens in the body and to be healed it needs to be released from the body. The main aim of somatic work is to release buried emotions caused by trauma, providing healing from the inside out.
Using these body-centred approaches Sue has witnessed profound transformations as individuals embark on a journey to heal trauma at its roots. Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy gets people out of their heads, and safely into their bodies to foster healing. By addressing the physiological aspects of trauma and guiding clients through embodied experiences, we tap into the body's wisdom, enabling a comprehensive and lasting healing process.
Leadership & Conflict Resolution
Developed and delivered training in female leadership, unconscious bias and conflict resolution for large multinational companies and NGO's.
Sexual Violence Prevention
Developed 'The Manuela Programme' as part of a consortium with all Rape Crisis Centres, the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, Tusla. This project then secured funding at European level.
Youth Leadership & Climate Justice
Developed Youth Leadership & Community Action programme for NUIG. Developed 'Our Fair Planet' Climate Justice programme for Youth Work Ireland.
Child & Youth Participation
Developed the National Strategy for Child & Youth Participation and accompanying Culture Change Toolkit and Training for 4,000 staff within Tusla (Irelands, Child & Family Agency).
Research on youth leadership, parenting, domestic violence and homelessness. Education consultant for UNESCO delivered training and research in Africa.
New SPHE Curriculum
New National Junior Certificate curriculum for Social Personal and Health Education focusing on Wellbeing & Mental and Relationships & Sexuality Programme.
Advanced Masters in the Treatment of Trauma
Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy
Ph.D. in Youth Leadership, Resilience & Social Support
Masters in Health Education & Promotion
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher
Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Teacher
Yoga Teacher 200 hr
Dip in Business & Executive Coaching
HDip in Youth & Community Work
BSc Science - Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Psychology