The Aurora Foundation for People Abused in Childhood (Aurora) is a Specialist Therapy Centre, therapeutic community founded in late 2006 by Susannah Faithfull (pictured right as a 5 year old) to help people like herself whose lives have been blighted by childhood abuse. Aurora was created from her experiences as a survivor of childhood abuse and her professional work with other adult victims. We were registered as a charity in 2007 and started supporting survivors the same year.
From Susannah’s personal recovery and later as a therapist she developed an approach for her own practice which is now utilised in Aurora – this is called the “Aurora Approach”. This unique approach combines specialist therapeutic and social intervention to effectively help adult men and women heal from all forms of childhood abuse and trauma - especially sexual abuse.
Susannah Faithfull - CEO Aurora as a 5 year old
As a specialist service embracing the "Aurora Approach" our therapy team provide specialist talking therapies counselling/ psychotherapy) and also specialist bodywork interventions (complementary therapy). This combination helps adult victims to gradually recover from emotional, psychological and physical trauma arising from their childhood abuse. Whilst counselling for childhood abuse can help a victim to talk about their experiences, often their physical body trauma remains largely unresolved. With Aurora’s unique combination, the bodywork interventions alongside the talking therapies can effectively help a client to heal both their mind and body (see video about Aurora's approach). Aurora’s philosophy is to encourage clients to fully participate in their own therapy choices and decide with professional guidance when (or indeed if) they receive a combination of talking and bodywork therapies.
How Aurora helps
We constantly ask clients for feedback on the Aurora service and some of this feedback is on our Client Testimonials page. As part of our ongoing Crowdfunding Campaign we also produced a video that captures two clients' views on how Aurora has helped them.
Many adult victims of abuse appear to function well in their daily working lives however they may experience social isolation and/or difficulties in their intimate personal relationships. Aurora’s therapeutic community environment helps to reduce social isolation by providing a safe, confidential space where clients can meet other victims/survivors in a respectful and relaxing atmosphere. Indeed, Aurora clients continue to describe the Therapy Centre as an invaluable sanctuary providing solace from their stressful, busy and often painful lives, a place where they are warmly welcomed, respected and understood – where they can be themselves. Clients appreciate the option to arrive earlier to prepare for their appointments and stay afterwards to fully prepare for their journey home. Aurora is also open outside of appointments should clients wish to relax and unwind in the centre, either in the sitting room or the beautiful Aurora garden.
Aurora Therapy Team
One of the important aspects of the Aurora Team is that - as well as being highly experienced, sensitive and dedicated health professionals who genuinely wish to make a positive difference to clients - many of them are also survivors or supporters of survivors of childhood abuse themselves. The Aurora Team work together to provide clients with a unique, specialised combination of counselling, support and bodywork therapies for aiding recovery within a warm, caring and nurturing environment.