Dr Johanna Lynch is a family doctor who has spent the last 12 years working with adult survivors of childhood trauma. She has undertaken further training in grief and loss, trauma, attachment, dissociation, hypnosis and the impact of life experience on the body. She is currently learning about sensorimotor therapies and internal family systems and undertaking a PhD integrating trauma and attachment into whole person care in general practice.
Dr Johanna Lynch is a community educator in whole person care and trauma-informed practice within medicine, and facilitates case consultation groups – multidisciplinary and for family doctors – face to face and online as part of supporting the therapeutic community worldwide.
In Johanna’s own words: I love making quilts – where each coloured fragment of material becomes an important part of the whole pattern. As I approach care for each person, my focus is also on caring for and welcoming each part of the whole. Those wise, kind, sad, angry, creative, chaotic, organised, overwhelmed, thoughtful, emotional, spiritual and brave parts of each of us matter.
My original training was in medicine, where I gained an awe for our interconnected physical bodies (graduated from The University of Queensland in 1992). I did some post graduate experience in rehabilitation (at Greenslopes) and psychiatry (in London) and gained a respect for the part that the mind plays in health. In 2003 I became a Fellow of the Royal Australian college of General Practitioners (I became a GP) and I loved the work of staying aware of the big picture of someone’s life story, while caring about the details. I loved caring for whole families, working to prevent illness and helping people own and understand their own health. In response to the need in our community, I trained further in grief and loss through UQ, and even set up a multidisciplinary clinic in Manly for 5 years called Integrate Place, where I really enjoyed working as part of a multidisciplinary team. I now work in a psychology clinic called Zest Infusion, studying at the University of Queensland, and teaching as part of the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
I am also a proud advocate for and member of the Advisory Panel of Blue Knot Foundation.
I have a special interest in helping people manage internal self-talk, past overwhelming memories, hopelessness and feelings of not belonging, as part of their journey of growth to find a sense of safety, comfort and hope. I align myself with the founder of medicine – Hippocrates, who says our goal should be to “cure sometimes, heal often and console always”. And I also hold the attitude of the priest Henri Nouwen who says: “What does hospitality as a healing power require? It requires first of all that the host feel at home in his own house and secondly that he create a free and fearless place for the unexpected visitor”. I hope that each unexpected visitor I meet will feel welcome.
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