"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." – Martin Luther King Jr.

Hi, I'm Karen Bartle, a professional coach, therapist, and trainer with a background in clinical, health, and positive/coaching psychology. Applying evidence-based approaches in my work, takes the guess work out of supporting others’ physical and mental recovery following trauma.

In addition to being a professional supporting others, I've also been a caregiver supporting family members following trauma and a trauma survivor managing countless post-trauma stress experiences of my own over the last 5 decades.


I know how much wasted energy goes into daily living and functioning with unmanaged post-trauma stress symptoms and how miserable things can be when there seems to be no end to our pain and suffering. It's heartbreaking for us as caregivers to witness and even harder when it's our trauma.


It's very common to not know where to start or what to do about it, but there is help and support at hand to get you back on track to living a healthy, happy and improved quality of life after trauma! 

Learn more about Karen


All around the world, everyday, thousands of us are experiencing challenging situations which trigger a mild or severe stress response. So many of these are associated with life threatening/ending incidents, and a proportion of these can lead to a mental health diagnosis such as acute stress disorder (ASD) and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


For the majority of people who experience post trauma stress following a traumatic event, although hard to deal with, it's usually short lived and will resolve itself with time. More than 90% of men and almost 80% of women exposed to life threatening trauma will not go on to experience symptoms associated with PTSD.


In the general population the incidence of serious post-trauma stress resulting in a diagnosis of PTSD is higher in women (10-14%) than men (4-5%). If you are diagnosed with PTSD the research suggests that  professional care and support is usually required to enhance long-term recovery.


The data also suggests that some people are vulnerable to the development of PTSD after experiencing one or more life threatening traumatic events, whereas others find resources of resilience, and while still affected by them, will recover more quickly and with less intensity.


Several factors have been found to contribute to the intensity of a response to trauma. For example, the intensity is much more severe when someone has an actual loss, where the intensity of fear is high, where success of attempts to minimize injury is low, and where it involves a high sense of perceived failure to act in ways that could have mitigated the circumstances of the event. 

Resilience & Recovery following trauma

My vision is for everyone to be able to access affordable support to build simple, effective, and easily implementable support strategies of resilience to enhance recovery from post-trauma stress following a life-threatening or life-ending event.

Learn more about what's available to help build resilience to enhance recovery for yourself and/or others from post-trauma stress symptoms

How we can support you at Unbinding Minds

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