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Location: 110-5405 Eglinton Ave. W.

 Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 5K6



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    What is Trauma?

    There are many events and situations that occur throughout life that are classified as trauma. Trauma can be a one-time event, a prolonged event or a series of events. These may include early childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect, domestic abuse, living in war or conflict, any type of real or threatened physical or sexual violence. Traumatic experiences can also include exposure that occurred during military service or on the job as a first responder, nurse (or any other type of person working in emergency services), in which case the resulting symptoms are most often classified as operational stress injuries. Trauma can also include workplace accidents, car accidents, the list is endless. Trauma is less about the experience itself and more about the impact it has on the individual.

    Trauma physically changes our brains. When you experience a traumatic event, your mind changes and areas of your brain that used to work in a certain way actually change because of what is called hyperarousal (being overly activated) due to the traumatic event.  There is an area of the brain that acts as an alarm for all of us, to notify us of danger and so when you hear the terms fight, flight or freeze this is what is being activated. What happens after trauma is that this little alarm (the amygdala) becomes overactive and so instead of only alerting is to real danger it is sounding the alarm too often, making you feel unsafe. This makes life very challenging.

    This is overly simplified to what is actually happening in your brain and body but sometimes it helps people to have a basic understanding.

    What is Trauma Therapy?

    The first step in therapy is always about feeling safe (physically and emotionally). Regardless of whether it was in early childhood or occurred more recently, this is always the most important first step and cannot be rushed.  We will work together to find strategies that work for you and ways to help your alarm centre re-calibrate so it is not always sending you danger signals. We will also talk about some of the thoughts that you have and how they may be impacting your current state of being.


    If your trauma happened many years ago, we will talk about how this impacts your life today, and once we have established a therapeutic relationship where you feel safe, we will begin to get to the root of your trauma. This does not mean retelling your story but rather the impact that it had on you then and how it continues to impact you in the here and now.

    What To Expect

    Your first session will involve an initial assessment of your well being as well as an intake of your personal history and background. Subsequent therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length and are unique to each individual's treatment plan. Get in touch with me to book your first session here. 

    Trauma Counselling

    Trauma counselling, psychotherapy, trauma therapy, treatment for PTSD, traumatic stress, operational stress injury, complex trauma, relational trauma