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I have worked with individuals of all ages and areas of work (military, RCMP, victims of violence and abuse, victims of crime) that display symptoms of PTSD and Complex PTSD... read more
I have been working with and studying trauma work for approximately 5 years. Trauma seems to spill over into many different areas of practice and can result in many of the struggles that we face. I work from the perspective of the Triphasic model which incorporates a three phase process of therapy (stabilization, re-membering, and reintergration). I combine this approach with Cognitive Behavior Trauma Therapy, Narrative Therapy, mindfulness, and EMDR. All those models include a degree of psycho-education and building of awareness of one’s symptoms, how they function and are aggravated, as well as coping strategies that are coordinated to the individual needs and perspective of the patient. From this foundation one can process through the physiological and emotional pain of trauma and reintegrate these stories into their lives in a more adaptive way. Petal's Full Bio
I have dedicated a good portion of my career and training to understanding and assisting those who have suffered from trauma and traumatic events... read more
I use a variety of tools and interventions such as a tri-phasic approach, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and prolonged exposure to integrate the traumatic response and reduce emotional distress. I have experience working with military personnel, first responders (paramedics, fire-fighters, and police) who are suffering from PTSD. I am an authorized provider from Veteran Affairs and am able to direct bill for those that have been approved. Jasmine's Full Bio
As a therapist, I use my natural curiosity as a way to understand my client’s struggles, so that I can help them lead a happier, more fulling life... read more
I am currently a Registered Provisional Psychologist in the Province of Alberta. I completed my undergraduate in Psychology at the University of Alberta and my Masters in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. I have 19 years of experience working in mental health and addictions. I am passionate about helping adults, youth, couples and families recover from loss and heal from painful events in their life.
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When emotional and physical pain and suffering stems from trauma, it can feel as though one’s life has been turned upside down, and can create feelings of hopelessness... read more
Trauma has a profound, enduring impact on emotional and mental wellbeing. I have focused much of my counselling career on developing my understanding and skills in working with individuals that have experienced trauma. I primarily use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which has been established as an effective and efficient form of treatment for trauma and post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), and reduces distressing symptoms and improves overall wellbeing. I also incorporate hypnosis techniques to assist individuals in achieving relaxation, personal insight, wellness and inner calm. Petrina’s Full Bio
Experiencing traumatic events, whether in the past or recently, can affect us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. That is why I believe in a holistic approach to trauma therapy... read more
It is important to learn stress management and emotional regulation techniques in order to move away from being stuck in a constant state of stress response (fight or flight). Processing and integrating traumatic events will occur gradually and within the safety of a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
I have taken training related to prolonged exposure therapy as well as trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and have worked with adults diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder.
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The thinking comes last.
Charlene works with trauma from a bottom-up approach “from the toes to the head.” A body-centered or somatic approach is particularly well-suited to healing trauma as the symptoms are stored in the body... read more
Charlene has experience in the areas of early developmental and emotional trauma, motor vehicle accidents, shock trauma, sexual abuse and is currently enrolled in a specialized three-year body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma called Somatic Experiencing, or SE™, www.traumahealing.org. She completed a four-year post-graduate program in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) with a strong focus on early developmental trauma and attachment injuries. IBP is a comprehensive body-centered model of therapy that combines breathing, movement and presence to gain access to the wisdom of the body – something that is often interrupted, no longer accessible or just too scary to connect to after a traumatic event or series of traumatic injuries. Charlene is compassionate, emotionally present and takes a gentle approach to working with individuals. Charlene's Full Bio
Often when people experience trauma, they proceed through life with a greater level of fear than others might. This fear can lead to many difficulties, including explosive anger, anxiety, addictions, and difficulty trusting others... read more
I have worked extensively with histories of trauma, including physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse (i.e., childhood sexual abuse, incest, and/or rape), war, and criminal activity. I have found that clients who are willing to explore these histories are able to gain a better understanding of their past’s impact on present functioning. My goal in working with trauma is to get to a point in which the client can “let go” of the past and move forward with a healthier, more fulfilling life.Laura's Full Bio
After experiencing a traumatic event you may find that you become stuck in a pattern of negative thoughts, behaviours, and emotions... read more
In my work with individuals who have experienced traumatic events I utilize several evidence-based approaches. Prolonged exposure therapy allows clients to process and reorganize their emotional experiences of the traumatic event. Dialectical behaviour therapy complements the trauma-focused work by building emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills. I gained specialized skills and training in working with trauma at the Ottawa Operational Stress Injury Clinic which serves RCMP and military veterans.Laura's Full Bio
Experiencing trauma, whether in childhood or through upsetting events later in life, can have a lasting impact on many aspects of our wellbeing. The process of healing after trauma is unique to each person, though I keep in mind a broad framework of phases... read more
Ramona Kotke Gapp
First, I support individuals to strengthen their ability to effectively cope with difficult emotions, then we work together to process and integrate traumatic memories. Lastly, we strive to restore a sense of connection to community and to find meaning in personal activities. By working together in a safe space, we can use therapy as an opportunity to move beyond hurt and into a place of acceptance and healing.
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My experience with treating trauma includes a vast array of issues including childhood sexual abuse, rape, war, terrorism, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, and complicated grief. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is the therapy of choice for posttraumatic stress disorder. My approach is compassionate and my focus is your safety...read more
Before processing any trauma experience in session I will ensure you have resources to ground yourself and self-soothe. I teach relaxation techniques, mindfulness and encourage meditation and yoga practice to promote wellness. At the completion of EMDR therapy, painful memories that used to create a dramatic body response when brought to mind, now feel neutral and you can now apply positive beliefs about yourself when bringing the memory to mind such as “I am okay now” or “That was awful and I am strong".
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Unfortunately, trauma can happen to any one of us and sometimes, more than once which can lead to what is often called "complex trauma." This can lead to all kinds of unwanted thoughts, feelings, behaviours and body sensations that we might not realize is a result of the unfortunate experience(s) we have had. ...read more
When I work with these kinds of issues in therapy, I draw from evidence-based therapies to help individuals recover and ultimately, reclaim their lives. I also believe that the body holds a tremendous amount of wisdom and can be an important resource and conduit of healing, if we are open to listening to it.
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