“Fear says I will keep you safe, love says you are safe”
We can assist individuals responding to:
- Abuse and violence (sexual, physical, emotional, financial, spiritual), by an intimate partner (historical, single incident or ongoing)
- Violence by a stranger
- Cultural genocide (historical, generational)accidents
- Sudden death or injuries
- Occupational stress injuries
- Accumulated experiences such as childhood neglect and abuse
- Witnessing of a traumatic event(s)
Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are terms used for understanding the complex mind/body response to unpredictable/traumatic experiences that may create difficulties with:
- Regulation (fight/flight/freeze)
- Intense feelings of shame and overwhelm
- Intrusive thoughts
- Physical ailments
We also identify that trauma needs to be located within a larger sociopolitical context so that experiences of oppression and abuse are not disregarded. Moreover, individuals do many things (helpful and unhelpful) to resist the influence of trauma, to cope and to survive. We are interested in exploring all of these facets with you, if trauma has impacted your life.
Work with you to create safety –
You decide what you are willing to share, when, and with whom. Your emotional and physical boundaries will be respected and exploration will be at a level that you experience as tolerable.
You do not have to repeat a traumatic story over and over.
We will also work with you to find ways of restoring safety outside of counselling, including emotional safety and connection with others.
Take a mind/body approach –
We have therapists trained in:
all of which have been evidenced as helpful to trauma and incorporate a mind/body approach.