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Trauma Processing and Recovery

Exposure to trauma can have a lasting impact. Events that happened long ago may continue to affect our current functioning, well-being, and quality of life. The term "trauma" often refers to situations or events that individuals have experienced in which significant danger, loss of control, helplessness, and distress were present. Typical examples of these events include car accidents, sudden loss, exposure to violence whether as a victim or witness, relationship betrayal, or physical or sexual abuse.

 

Symptoms of trauma can include recurring nightmares, heightened anxiety and stress response, intrusive thoughts and memories, depression, aggression, and persistent negative beliefs about oneself, among other conditions.

Trauma can also be caused by the absence of care

While symptoms of trauma can follow exposure to specific situations such as those identified above, psychological trauma can also occur as a result of childhood neglect, prolonged exposure to unstable and unsupportive living environments and caretakers, and continued unmet needs. Unresolved trauma can continue to impact present living, even if the source of trauma happened long ago. If trauma is holding you back from living your life, we can help.

How we can help

Trauma work will often begin with stabilization work. In this stage, our therapists will help you develop effective tools that you can use to help manage ongoing symptoms of trauma including stress, anxiety, depression and other emotional difficulties. Trauma work can be intimidating to start, yet the potential relief that can be experienced makes the journey worth it. Our warm, caring, and client-centered therapists will ensure that you feel in control throughout the process.

Our approach

  • Help you process and talk through traumatic memories and experiences

  • Resolve stuck feelings and limiting beliefs about yourself

  • Reduce suffering using specific trauma-focused treatment approaches

Clients who we have helped with trauma concerns report improvements in their mood and functioning and a greater ability to engage in their lives and with what matters to them. If you are looking to move past trauma and live your life more fully in the present, book an appointment with one of our therapists below. We offer in-person sessions in Toronto and remote sessions for anyone in Ontario.