Who can we help?

Trauma can occur when we are hurt and see others hurt from abuse, accidents, crime, or combat.

Have you been through a situation that made you feel fearful, helpless, or scared?

Have you recently felt numb, detached, or out of touch with the moment?

Do you avoid places and people that remind you of the trauma?

Does the memory of the trauma change the way you think, work, live, and interact with other people?

Do you have trouble in relationships and difficulty connecting with others in your life?

Trauma Counseling Can Help

People who have experienced trauma sometimes relive this trauma through nightmares or flashbacks. They have physical reactions to the environment that leave them shaky and exhausted. Trauma effects people’s memory, concentration, sleep, and appetite. It can make you feel angry, irritable, watchful, and jumpy.

Often people who have had a traumatic experience come to trauma counseling for help to deal with feelings of guilt, shame, self-blame, and isolation. We can create a safe place to explore memories and rewrite your story to make sense of the emotional pain and loneliness. In therapy we learn to connect to ourselves, our positive emotions, and eventually to attach to others and feel safe in the present, while building a better future.

What is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)?

TF-CBT is an effective cognitive-behavioral treatment that focuses on replacing negative thoughts, beliefs, and patterns of behaviours with positive, strength-based skills. In therapy we can learn methods to manage stress by increasing relationship, parenting, and coping skills. We believe that it is easier to change our thoughts and beliefs than directly trying to force our emotions to improve. By discussing our underlying thoughts we can learn to challenge negative patterns and test the reality of beliefs about our abilities and self-worth. Our thoughts aren’t always true!Let’s test the reality of them before we let them determine our feelings and actions.

Journaling about the trauma can change the meaning of the events and the end of the story so that future challenges can be planned for and met with confidence. Having a therapist to confide in can decrease loneliness, and be a stepping stone to trusting others and finding safety in social supports to maintain recovery.

Trauma–Focused CBT for Children:

When children experience trauma it can be difficult to know where to begin to help them begin to trust again. Trauma-focused CBT trauma counseling has been studied for its effectiveness in helping children who have survived trauma to feel less shame, depression, and behaviours were better for over two years.

We use trauma-focused CBT with the family to keep the parents connected and involved in their child’s care. We focus on the parents’ concerns for their child and on how to talk to the child about what has happened, and how to go forward. Studies show that parents who were treated with CBT had less depression, grief about the abuse, and more confidence in how to support and relate to their child after therapy. We can build resilience in your family to plan for and bounce back from future stressors together.

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/trauma.pdf

Expertise in the area special certifications:

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine:
How to Rewire the Traumatized Brain – Applying the Latest strategies to Speed Healing and Reduce Symptoms for Even the Most Traumatized Clients

Traumatology Institute:

Certified Clinical Traumatologist

Early Intervention Field Traumatologist

Assessment and Interventions

Clinical Standards of Trauma Care: Attachment, Systems, and Context

Tools for Trauma: A CBT Approach

Group Approaches with Trauma Survivors: Clinical

Compassion Fatigue Specialist (Therapist)

Compassion Fatigue Resiliency – Educator

Cybercounselling, Level 1 University of Toronto