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Trauma-Informed Counselling

What is Trauma-Informed 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 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-Informed 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.

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

The Therapy Session

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

Therapy 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 Counselling?

Why Trauma-Informed Therapy 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?

Approaches

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.

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. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

This structured therapy encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which reduces the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.

Brainspotting

BSP targets the right hemisphere, the limbic system, and the brain stem (midbrain).  It seems to bypass the “thinking” cortex of your brain and is thought to directly access the deep parts of your brain involved in emotional regulation. 

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.

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).

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.

Strengths-Based Approach and Positive Psychology

The strength-based approach empowers you to see yourself at your best to appreciate your value. Learn to capitalize on your strengths rather than focus on negatives. Identify constraints that might be limiting your growth and draw upon your inner resilience to overcome them.

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. Fundmentally all the resources we need are within us.

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