Trauma-counselling-Vancouver

Trauma says:

“I am overwhelmed”

“I’m fearful all the time”

“Why am I so quick to anger & impatient?”

“I feel disconnected from myself and others”

“I must be alert at all times to protect myself”

“Will I ever feel like my old self again?”

Any of these sound familiar? According to a 2008 study, the prevalence rate of lifetime Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Canada was estimated to be 9.2%. There are even more Canadians who don’t meet all of the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, or who don’t seek help at all.

But frankly trauma impacts everyone - you’ll be hard pressed to find an adult who is unscathed by some type of trauma. In Alexandra’s clinical work, she defines trauma as an event (or series of events) that overwhelm one’s capacity to cope. Trauma can also arise from chronic stress.

Trauma presents itself in many ways such as anxiety, depression, and psychosomatic forms (chronic fatigue, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, unexplained pain/aches in the body, etc.), and many more symptoms. Many people are unaware how much trauma is having an impact in their life.

THERAPY CAN BE A GREAT SUPPORT TO:

  • (a) understand your own experience of trauma and why you’re feeling ‘stuck’.

  • (b) build upon existing coping strategies and develop new ones, so you can function more easily in your life. You can learn to heal or compassionately co-exist with trauma symptoms.

ALEXANDRA’S PROCESS:

  • Educates clients on what trauma actually means. There are many different kinds of trauma, some are obvious and some are more subtle. We’ll also discuss the symptoms that arise as a result of trauma, this can help normalize experiences that may feel concerning to clients.

  • Educates clients on how trauma impacts their mind & body. Understanding how trauma impacts you on a physiological level can be empowering - it gives insight into HOW and WHEN to properly support yourself when trauma symptoms show up. You’ll become much more aware of your own nervous system and how to regulate it, which is the key to healing your trauma.

  • Explores the roots of your trauma. We’ll explore your own relationship with trauma and its origins, which plays a great role in your healing. This is done in a slow and safe way. Make sure any practitioner you see has specialized trauma training.

  • Teaches new ways of coping. We’ll examine what you’re already doing to support yourself (you may not be aware of it yet, but there’s always something helpful you’re already doing for yourself). We’ll also explore new “tools” to add to your “coping toolbox” - these will be customized because it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of deal.