Trauma Centre Broadmeadow Newcastle Open

We are a registered NDIS provider

Our Trauma Centre is open in Broadmeadow Newcastle where there are Psychologists and Counsellors available, bulk billing is available with a referral from your GP for the Psychologist.  If you would like to book an appointment or enquire as to our services and availability please call 02 4998 6003 or email admin@healforlife.com.au

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Letters recommending our training

“I think this course is great. Definitely learnt alot about understanding what ###### has been through and better ways to approach different situations. I highly recommend this course at the start of becoming a foster Care as it will help better prepare for what is to come” Jaimi R. 6.2.2019 TIP for foster parents Newcastle

“Well worth it. We wish we had completed it months ago. Learnt a lot and recommend it to all trauma children and carers alike” Andrew T. 6.2.2019 TIP for foster parents Newcastle

“I thoroughly enjoyed the content.  I have been studying developmental trauma and complex trauma for many years and I found this training provide a different and interesting approach to assisting and empowering clients who have faced trauma and adversity.  Thank you Liz.” Brendon, Health Professional 16.04.2018  Trauma Informed Practice Workshop Newcastle

“This workshop gives everyone the opportunity to look at what trauma is and strategies to better deal with traumatised children; in the school setting as well as in the family, as a parent. It is presented in a clear, easy to understand manner, with opportunities to practice some of the strategies. Re-evaluating current practice is always food for thought for me and a positive experience. I found it very beneficial.  –  Thank you.” Teacher, local Primary School 30.04.2018,  Trauma Informed Practice Workshop

“I was privileged enough to attend the two day training workshop at Woomera (Albury) earlier this year. Firstly, I commend you and your team for providing access to this invaluable workshop. More importantly, I would endorse the type of program conducted by ‘Heal for Life’ as an invaluable method of assisting those most difficult of clients to make positive changes to their lives. These clients often present as clients of multiple agencies and are at high risk of harm to themselves or others. Many of these people have often been ‘written off’ as too difficult to deal with, or beyond help.” David Cottee, Detective Chief Inspector, Albury Local Area Command, NSW

Testimonial recommending our work

“Public Mental Health Services are not resourced for the long term management of the sequelae of childhood trauma.  NGOs such as the “Heal For Life” programme are an urgently needed and valuable resource for unresolved trauma issues.” Dr Andrew Walker, FRANZCP, M.Psychotherapy (UNSW), Psychiatrist, Toronto, NSW (April 2015)

Do you want to heal from childhood abuse or trauma, depression, anxiety, self harm or poor relationships?

We provide a proven, long lasting solution in a safe and supportive environment.

We have helped nearly 8,000 people heal during the last 18 years. 

Over 90% of people who have attended our residential retreats have said it was ”life changing” or “very positive”.

Our programs are about healing from trauma and have been carefully designed to help survivors understand the impact trauma has had on their lives. We provide the knowledge to understand and some tools to help you start healing from the past so you can create a new and better future.

You can learn more by visiting our Programs page.


New Podcast from Liz on coping strategies for a changing world with Skye McKenzie.


Healing from trauma

Testimonials – Adult Healing Week

“To say this was the best decision of my life is an understatement. I can honestly say this week has given me more than the last 35 years of on and off therapy. There is nothing that compares to this, it’s intensive, run by other survivors, which for me was more effective. This is real and undeniably life changing and the best process I’ve ever encountered, for that I am grateful. Thank you Jenny, Liz, Kerin, Graham, Kristina and Helen for helping me reconnect and giving me my life back.” Brenda K.(Aug 2019)

“An amazing place for people with trauma to reconnect to their wounded self and kick start a healing journey, supported by a loving community. The best things about the week in my experience are – the amazing nature with animals, birds, trees and a lake. – No pressure and a truly trauma informed environment- cosy and homey atmosphere with a fireplace, cushions, blankets- no judgement and a very safe environment to explore all the vulnerable  parts of self – Lots of deep work but also lots of fun and creative activities. I recommend for everyone who refuses to be a victim.” Ioulia S.(Aug 2019)

“Slow & steady, gentle, powerful, safe, loving, caring and wonderful, thank you thank you thank you.” John M. (Aug 2019)

“Heal For Life has given me the toolbox to look forward to a brighter future. The workshops are very resourceful, the group activities look beyond the imaginable to transform your life back on track. Absolute life changing for survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, also domestic violence survivors or for people who have difficulties in expressing their feelings or emotions. A place of safety, where people can heal empowerment for life.” Candice A(March 2019)

“So lovingly structured to allow oneself to journey to their depth in safety and unconditional love, the knowledge given has allowed me to understand myself and accept myself. Without this Program, this place I know for certain I wouldn’t be living.” Amy W(Feb 2019)

“This week has opened my eyes, my mind and my heart to a world of possibilities. Before I came here I was suffering physical symptoms from being overwhelmed by seemingly irrational fears and anxieties. I now understand so much of myself, my past and my needs and having been given the tools to connect with myself and de-trigger myself are invaluable and life changing.” Harry I(Feb 2019)

“Heal For Life fills the gap that Institutional therapy does not. It allows us to be survivors as opposed to victims. It allows us to become healthy. It is a lovely Program that nurtures and most importantly empowers us to take control of the negative influences in our lives once and for all. Don’t be scared to come, you are not alone and recognising past abuses of your innocence is finally not taboo.” Kate M( Feb 2019)

“Thank you Heal For Life for showing me the way through this difficult journey. I felt I was able to make changes in my life. I was so scared and afraid on my first day but coming and participating I am able to feel love and feel accepted. I was able to deal with heavy issues and let go. Thank you Liz this was the most amazing Program.” Ann S. (Jan 2019)

“Thank you for a life changing week. Even though I felt like I was a fair way along on my healing journey, my time here has really allowed me to accept much deeper things that have yet to be healed. Thank you for opening my eyes and giving me the tools to move forward with a much deeper sense of self love and self worth.” Jenna W.(Jan 2019)

“I am very happy to recommend the HFL retreats to other survivors. I felt supported by the team and especially benefited from being in a shared healing environment with other survivors. This week has lightened the load and provided fantastic tools for my journey. Thank you.” Tina G(Jan 2019)

“My healing week was insightful, emotional, tiring and eye opening, it was well worth it. I have rediscovered myself and ready to embark on the journey that awaits. I recommend he Heal For Life healing week to anyone suffering as a result of childhood trauma and who feels lost as a result.”Megan W(Dec 2018)

“A great week with amazing PSVs. Really learnt a lot and still have a lot to learn, thank you so much.”Christy(Dec 2018)

“I thoroughly enjoyed ridding myself of limiting core beliefs by connecting with my inner child and deep traumas, now healed. I leave feeling freer, more expanded and motivated to fulfil my life purpose. Thank you to the beautiful and sensitive volunteers who held space and facilitated such potent shifts and healing.”Holly R(Dec 2018)

“My week at Heal For Life was extraordinary. After 47 years of chaos, pain and despair I have finally found sanctuary and hope. The Program gave me insights, strategies and knowledge far beyond anything I thought achievable. The staff at Heal For life are the most compassionate, understanding, loving and beautiful people that has been my honour to meet. These wonderful people have changed my life and enabled me to reclaim my heart and soul and has given me the hope I thought was impossible to find.”Mark P(Oct 2018)

“Heal for Life provided a safe environment and genuinely caring community where I felt able to express my needs. Concentrating on my journey to recovering from my childhood trauma has helped me become a more whole person. Heal for Life has/is life changing my life in the most amazing and beautiful way.” Cassandra T(Oct 2018)

“Nothing comes close to how amazingly life changing this program is. I am so excited and confident in moving forward on my healing path. THANK YOU HEAL FOR LIFE.” Tamecca(Oct 2018)

“This week I have had at Heal For Life has been life changing. Such a nurturing and supportive environment. Kim and the volunteers held space for my healing journey this week and I am eternally grateful. For anyone that is struggling or wants to be the best person they can be.”Anna(Sept 2018)

“This week was pretty life changing for me. I have gone away with the tools I need to not be frightened of emotions being triggered up but to see them as an opportunity to understand myself better and change the endings of my story. I appreciate being given ways to work with my emotions rather than being overwhelmed with them. A brilliant very supportive week, thank you.” Michelle(Sept 2018)

“My week at Heal For Life feels life changing. However, the wisdom I have gained, the open heartedness I am feeling and the understanding I now have about myself cannot be undone and I am so grateful for the wonderful experience I have had. Sending so much love to all associated with my journey, thank you.” Melanie K ( Aug 2018)

“This week has been amazing. The facilitator, workshops, support and love has been priceless. I was incredibly blessed by the other guests and privileged to share their journey with them. I felt very safe and incredibly supported whilst processing my trauma, in an absolutely stunning environment. I came kicking and screaming and then didn’t want to leave. I am SO thankful for Heal For Life.” L.M(May 2018)

“This week has been a beautiful experience. The setting is wonderful, the staff who are survivors were very present to us and assisted us on our healing journey with such care and compassion” Maria W(May 2018)

“The week was amazing, the staff at Heal For Life have been professional and wonderful in the way the program was organised and run. Thanks everyone at Heal For Life for the best week I’ve had in a long, long time.” Craig B(April 2018)

“It has been a wonderful journey during the healing week. A deep sense of helplessness and loneliness often engulfed me with my childhood trauma but with support, love and friendship I know I am never alone again.” Sherina(April 2018)

“Heal for Life is an incredible opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together to find healing, to find tools for healing and experience healing in their lives. I have been touched and transformed by Heal for Life and cannot recommend it enough.” Josephine D (April 2018)

“I had lost purpose in my life and I felt broken. Coming to Heal For Life has helped me find that again and helped me on my journey of self love and peace. I am so grateful, thank you! “Debra Keane (March 2018)

“I know I am now not alone and I feel a hell of a lot stronger. I appreciated everything I was taught here and I’d let everybody I know that this place is amazing. Thank you so much for letting me find myself again.” Nikky Edwards (March 2018)

“Having worked in community service for over 20 years and with people with trauma, I fully believe this program is an amazing tool to heal childhood and adult trauma. Well done team, keep up the great work. The world needs this program.” Fi (Feb 2018)

“There’s a type of healing made possible only by sharing time with other survivors. I’m eternally grateful for the Heal For Life Program” Danielle ( Feb 2018)

“Thank you for helping me to change my perspective on life. I won’t ever forget my time here. My journey starts now to a much healthier and whole life.” Mel (Jan 2018)

“I strongly recommend this healing week for anyone that has suffered childhood trauma. The staff are incredibly skilled, kind and effective in their method of healing. The property has the most amazing energy and sense of calm. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough.” Vicki (Jan 2018)

“It is amazing! This week has been life changing and I can’t imagine my future not having experienced what I have with HFL. The Facilitator and team are amazing, loving, caring and accepting. I really felt loved, cared for and heard. Thank you so much Heal for Life!” Carla L(Jan 2018)

“This week has been very healing, I have been able to achieve a lot especially with critical voice, rejection, emotional and physical abuse, understanding the inner child and knowing his needs, lots of self care for the adult and the child for my future.” Glenn B (Jan 2018)

“I found it to be very informing, very exciting. It was full of great knowledge, very informative indeed. I would recommend Heal For Life to anyone, it is such a great program.”  D R (Dec 2017)

” Thank you so much for an incredibly safe and supportive environment & really valuable information and processes. I will treasure my experience at Heal For Life.” H (Dec 2017)

“So very inspiring. Loved that the workers understood what it was like, they truly cared and that I think for me was the biggest help all week.” (Nov 2017)

” I learnt so much about myself. I felt I was given time to feel & respond and I was guided so well to release, that I was amazed at where it took me. My tool box feels full.” (Nov 2017)

” I can’t thank the Facilitators enough for the love, guidance, support, kindness, joy and lots of laughs. I’m walking away with my heart, mind, body and soul open, calm and ready to walk fee in my journey” (Nov 2017)

“A safe and professionally run program which provided significant gains in personal healing work.” Kim Taylor-psychotherapist (Sept 2017)

“The up to date neuroscience was clearly articulated in a variety of accessible formats. The team of facilitator and volunteers were expert, committed and compassionate.” Terri Dry(Sept 2017)

“The staff have been incredible, and I feel my whole life is transformed” (sept 2017)

“Wow, what a great program to experience and journey. Support workers were so helpful and supportive.” J (Sept 2017)

” Very inspiring even for a sceptic, life changing and very inspiring.” Shannon R (Sept 2017)

“I feel like a new person with lots of tools and strategies to help me cope with the real world. Your Program saved my life and I can go ahead and start creating the life and happiness I have only dreamed of. If you are in decisive about Heal For Life, trust me it works.” Sasko (Aug 2017)

“It was a very healing experience. It allowed me to connect with my inner child and allow further healing on my journey. It was a blessing and has helped to heal my life, thank you.” (Aug 2017)

“I could never go on with my life without this week being place in my physical and emotional being. Everybody should have access to this.” Araya (Aug 2017)

“This program is unique and effective. I am leaving feeling revitalised, rejuvenated and whole again.” (June 2017)

“Heal For Life opened up a world of possibilities I didn’t know were possible.” (June 2017)

“The program and team can help you feel supported, understand more about your experience with trauma and help you safely release some feelings held within for many years.” Penelope (May,2017)

“There was such a positive and supportive feeling amongst the group I felt safe in this beautiful space. I can’t thank you enough for helping me reclaim myself. What a great environment for healing xx.” (May, 2017)

“The program is amazing, wouldn’t change anything about it.” Alex Irvine (April, 2017)

“This experience is an amazing process, run by a dedicated, authentic team of volunteers which is the key to its success.” Cathi (April, 2017)

” Has been the best experience of my life. Highly recommend HFL, don’t be scared, this place rocks.” K.Perrin (April, 2017)

“The calibre of the carers was world class!” Martina V  (April, 2017)

“Exceeded my expectations. I recommend it as a giant step in your healing journey.” Sheeley Wheeldon  (April, 2017)

“I had an amazing week, grateful to all the team for keeping me safe and supported.” Martin Yates  (April, 2017)

“Gratitude does not cover it! HFL has changed my life. I would especially encourage men to attend. My two visits have been such a blessing” Don Fairlie (March, 2017)

“This week has changed the way I look at everything but most importantly myself. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I feel hope I never thought I would” Theo Butler (March, 2017)

“The support and encouragement was outstanding. I’m eternally grateful to the whole team from HFL” Oriana Russell (March, 2017)

“The strength and experience our leaders had to offer was amazing. And to be there to HEAL with other SURVIVORS  is what is so empowering” Anna Neville (March, 2017)

“Transformation, forever grateful. Thanks with all my heart. I now see light at the end of the tunnel which for so long just felt like a hole” Karma Selth (March, 2017)

“Life changing. Great process, easy to implement and the week gave me skills to take home” Christina Love (February, 2017)

“I learned so much this week. This has been such a shock to my system but funnily enough I feel that I have more energy” Joshua Thompson (February, 2017)

“Because of the workshops and the support from the team I have been able to confidently begin my healing journey” Alexander Buist (February 2017)

“I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to come to such a blessed and safe place – to be supported, nurtured and loved for my healing process”  Tracey Ginder (January, 2017)

“So, so grateful for the breakthroughs of this week – the HFL model is BRILLIANT” Helen Maguire (January, 2017)

“Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering.” Dr Peter Levine, Author of Waking the Tiger.