Is acupuncture for me?


If you have never before tired acupuncture people can be hesitant because it involves needles! However, not the kind of needles you likely encounter at the doctors or the hospital. No, instead acupuncture needles are super fine and most people cannot feel anything when they are applied. What people do experience however is a significant change in how they feel. So, we thought we would bring you a short article to answer the most common questions we hear…

How does it work?

Acupuncture works on the imbalance of energy within the body and aims to bring balance and harmony back to the system as a whole.

What does it involve?

Fine needles are placed in acupuncture points to help the person feel better. The acupuncturist chooses points specifically for the person and the problems they are experiencing.  It is not a one size fits all approach.

What does it help with?

People will seek acupuncture for a wide variety of reasons but frequently it is due to pain or injury or when the stresses and strains of modern life, or traumatic events have disturbed the body and mind’s equilibrium and is affecting people’s mental health, sleep, digestion, and overall health and well-being.

Our clinical Experience – Acupuncture and Trauma

Whilst acupuncture has thousands of years of history of treating emotional stress and distress, there has been a greater understanding of how acupuncture can support those who has been through stress, shock and trauma in recent times.

Acupuncture can be particularly helpful when someone is experiencing the physical symptoms of nervous system dysregulation after a traumatic event such as anxiety, increased heart rate, sleep disturbance etc.  Some people have acupuncture as part of their treatment plan and have psychotherapy at the same time, whilst others choose to have acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment.

Our Acupuncturist

SafeHaven’s acupuncturist, Rachel, has over 15 years of experience as an acupuncturist and has with us at SafeHaven since 2018.  She loves seeing the benefits that acupuncture can bring people and enjoys the holistic approach to health that acupuncture offers.

Listen to Rachel and Charlotte discuss acupuncture to find out more about this type of treatment:



Charlotte Copeland

SafeHaven Trauma Centre