Services Overview

Trauma Counselling

What is Trauma Counselling?

People with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience insomnia, flashbacks, low self-esteem, and a lot of painful or unpleasant emotions. You might relive the event or lose your memory of it altogether.

When you're traumatized, you may feel like you'll never get your life back. The good news is you can recover from trauma.

Counselling, or talk therapy, is a way to help you with a wide variety of mental health and emotional challenges. Counselling can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so you can function better, increase your feeling of well-being, and begin your recovery journey.

 

How Trauma Counselling Helps?

Counselling helps with issues such as coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental health issues, like depression, trauma, PTSD, obsessive thoughts, or anxiety.

Counselling has proven valuable in helping people overcome the distress, pain, and inner turmoil that come from having lived through overwhelmingly traumatic experiences.

The Counselling Session

Counselling sessions are typically held once a week for 60-minutes. Clients share personal feelings and thought in an open and supportive environment.

Counselling can be short-term (a few sessions), dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months), dealing with long-standing and more complex issues.

What is Trauma Therapy and Counselling?

Approach

Overview

I apply a variety of counselling approaches and adapt the strategy to fit the needs of each of my clients. I've found the following approaches highly effective in my work with clients:

  • Polyvagal Approach
  • Client-Centred
  • Narrative-Based
  • Existential and Gestalt
  • Cognitive

Trauma Informed

The trauma-informed approach focuses on engagement, empowerment, and collaboration. A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles:

  • Safety
  • Trustworthiness and Transparency
  • Peer support
  • Collaboration and mutuality
  • Empowerment, voice and choice
  • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

This perspective links recovery and resilience for those individuals that are impacted by trauma. 

Polyvagal Approach

This approach recognizes biologically programmed shifts from fight-or-flight to shutdown when individuals feel trapped. This approach helps clients identify the movement from shutdown into fight-or-flight and helps them build bridges and possibilities to shift into social engagement. Social engagement helps clients gain a sense of safety and builds social supports into their daily lives that help them heal and recover.

Client-Centered

Client-Centred Therapy is a process of freeing a person and removing obstacles so that healthy growth and development can proceed, and the client can become independent and self-directed. The Client-Centred approach to therapy operates with the assumption that we are all positive, caring, and trustworthy. I apply the concept of unconditional positive regard, and I believe that all clients, no matter what the problem, can improve without being taught anything specific by the therapist, once they and respect themselves. All the resources all lie within the client.

Narrative-Based

Narrative therapy is a form of counselling and therapy that focuses on the client’s life narratives. Stories can be a powerful negative or positive influence on the way people see themselves and their lives. I collaborate with clients to empower them to step away from problem-saturated or oppressive stories and begin to explore untold stories where their intentions, hopes, values, desires, and dreams have room to thrive.

Existential and Gestalt

Gestalt therapy is an existential or experiential form of counselling and therapy that emphasizes personal responsibility and the experience in the present moment. The Gestalt approach explores the present moment for the client in the therapist-client relationship, their environment, and the social contexts in the client's life. Exploring the self-regulating adjustments clients make to adapt and respond to their life situation is a core element of Gestalt therapy.

Cognitive

The cognitive approach aims to improve mental health by addressing both thoughts and emotions. The focus is on challenging and changing unhelpful and unwanted thoughts and behaviours, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. The cognitive approach is a proven to assist clients in recovering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Managing Anxiety

Managing Anxiety

Pandemic and COVID-19 Trauma and Stress

Managing Life and Work Stress

Managing Life and Work Stress

Maintaining Mental Health During a Crisis

Maintaining Mental Health During a Crisis

Recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress

Recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress

Working Through Grief and Loss

Working Through Grief and Loss

Recovering from Sexual Assault

Recovering from Sexual Assault

The Approach

Why Counselling Might Be Right For You?

  • You’re just going through the motions of life. 
  • You’re tired of coping and want to feel like you’re thriving. 
  • Life feels way out of balance. 
  • Things are basically okay but you have the sense that something is missing. 
  • You wonder about the meaning of your life.
  • You want to create a new vision for your life, or you already have a vision but are having trouble fulfilling it.
  • You are bothered by fear and self-doubt.
  • You want to learn to feel confident.
Why Counselling?

Author of

Recovering from Workplace PTSD

Recovery Guide and Workbook

A Recovery Guide and Workbook for PTSD Survivors and Mental Health Professionals

Book- Recovering from Workplace PTSD