Trauma/PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after a person has experienced, witnessed, or been exposed to a major trauma. PTSD can present itself in a number of ways, and what triggers one person may not be the same for another. What we do know is that PTSD often develops in those who have experienced repeated and extreme exposure to traumatic events.

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Trauma/PTSD Symptoms

The symptoms of PTSD are usually grouped into four distinct types:

  • Intrusive memories – nightmares, flashbacks, and recurrent memories of the event
  • Avoidance – Avoiding places, activities, or people that remind you of the event
  • Negative changes in thinking and mood – hopelessness, feeling numb or detached, and negative thoughts about yourself and the world
  • Changes in physical and emotional reactions – easily startled, always “on guard”, trouble sleeping, and self-destructive behaviour 

The treatment for PTSD begins with evidence-based psychotherapy and anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications. Those with PTSD may find that they also receive benefits from seeking out a support network, such as:

  • family service agencies
  • counsellors or therapists
  • family doctors
  • community health centres
  • workplace employee assistance programs (EAPs)

How can therapy help?

There have been a number of recent advances in how we treat trauma based on neuroscience informed practices. We specialize in somatic and mindfulness based approaches for the treatment of PTSD and complex, developmental trauma. Talk therapy can be helpful to develop a sense of safety and trust with a caring other but might not be enough to teach the body to feel safe enough in everyday life. Somatic approaches like neurofeedback and Sensorimotor psychotherapy train the nervous system to feel calm and regulated so that people can benefit from the insights of talk therapy.

Our therapists are trained in different evidence based therapies that will help you feel better.

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Did you know?

In a 2008 study, the prevalence rate of lifetime PTSD in Canada was estimated to be 9.2%. Traumatic exposure to at least one event sufficient to cause PTSD was reported by 76.1% of respondents interviewed.ADHD occurs in 4% of adults and 5% of children worldwide. Scientific studies have shown that ADHD is heritable and will often persist throughout someone’s life.