trauma Counselling

trauma Counselling

Many people face incredibly difficult situations and experiences that can alter their perspectives and challenge their entire way of thinking. These experiences create a void in their life and leave them grasping for answers.

Often, when victims of trauma are left untreated, they fall into a debilitating mental health condition where normal emotions are aggravated and overwhelmed by distress and intrusions – often in the form of FLASHBACKS, NIGHTMARES, MEMORIES or SENSATIONS.

Over time, these incidents become intensely painful for the individual and lead to instability and dysfunction in one’s day to day life.

There are two ways in which people come into contact with trauma, a one-time powerful incident or from chronic exposure to repeated traumatic events

One-time powerful incident Chronic exposure to repeated traumatic events
Rape Combat experience
Assault Child abuse
Exposure to catastrophic events Neglect
Violence or death Domestic violence
Injuries or illness First responder situations

These incidents threaten our sense of safety, esteem, identity or life, which can lead to depression, anxiety, addiction, emotional numbness or other dissociative disorders.

At River’s Edge Counselling Centre, we have a full team of therapists that work with people impacted by many different types of trauma.  Trauma therapy sessions are available in a safe, comfortable and understanding, one-on-one atmosphere.

Trauma Counselling Can Help You:

  • Learn new strategies and coping techniques for relaxation and managing distress associated with the trauma
  • Cope effectively with daily stressors
  • Identify and manage triggers
  • Integrate memories to relieve traumatic stress
  • Gain a sense of peace and hope from the effects of trauma
  • Facilitate transformation of trauma into a story of survival
  • Increase internal strength and motivation
  • Facilitate stronger interpersonal relationships

If You’ve Been Affected by Trauma and You’re Still Experiencing These Signs After a “Reasonable” Period Of Time, Trauma Counselling Should be Considered:

  • Constant feeling of Shock, denial, or disbelief
  • You’re prone to anger, irritability or mood swings
  • You feel guilty, ashamed or you self-blame for something
  • You feel sad or hopeless after going through a traumatic incident
  • You’re confused or having difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety and fear are impacting your life
  • You’re withdrawing from friends, family or loved ones
  • You feel disconnected or numb a lot of the time
  • You’re experiencing Insomnia or nightmares
  • You find yourself being startled easily
  • Your heartbeat races for no reason
  • You’re body has unexplained aches, pains and fatigue

 

meet our trauma counsellors

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Petal Murti
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

Jasmine Fulks
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

Jorge Ortiz
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. Jorge’s Full Bio


Petrina Runke
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


Lori Tiemer
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.
Lori's Full Bio

Charlene Remenda-Madra
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

Tania Johnson
My experience and training has nurtured a deep understanding of trauma-related cases. I use a Triphasic model when working with clients who have experienced trauma. ..... read more
This model focuses on three stages in therapy: Safety and Stabilization, Remembrance and Mourning, and Reconnection. In all three phases, I utilize cognitive, behavioural, body oriented and relational interventions. Above all else, I ensure that the therapeutic process is safe, warm and non-judgmental. Tania's Full Bio

Laura Byrtus
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

Laura Bailey
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