Trauma and Stress Counselling and Psychotherapy Services
Your Source for Personal Mental Health Growth
Since 2002, we have helped clients break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let us help you learn coping strategies to better manage your stress, anxiety and trauma. If you need trauma counselling, couples, family counselling or EMDR therapy, we can help. We can look into the cause of your problems and process the issues that are standing in the way of you reaching your full potential. The answers are usually within ourselves. You don't have to be alone in this journey. We have an extensive background in trauma and stress counselling psychology, therefore we can support you with these issues. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.
What is Stress, Psychological Trauma and PTSD?
Stress is a normal human reaction that happens to everyone. In fact, the human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress responses help your body adjust to new situations. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated and ready to avoid danger. However, it becomes a problem when stressors continue without relief or periods of relaxation. This is when our body starts to show physiological and psychological symptoms that we have difficulty managing. Some people resort into use of alcohol, or other substances, while others dissociate and avoid. Stress, when not managed, affects personal well being and interpersonal relationships. For this reason, mental health counselling services are necessary to address the unhealthy coping strategies, build stress tolerance and prevent burnout. Therefore clients will be able to "handle" stressful events when encountered again.
Psychological trauma is an intense experience that affects emotional and physical safety of self and others. Therefore, when people face trauma, they primarily focus on survival and protection. Consequently, they can experience a mixture of various emotional reactions, such as withdrawal, confusion, shock, and anger. People who experience trauma, if not resolved, could develop symptoms of acute stress, simple PTSD or Complex PTSD. Simple PTSD occurs after one-time trauma, such as car accident, natural disaster, assault or similar.
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) represents a set of symptoms related to a series of stressful events that occur repeatedly and cumulatively and within specific relationships and contexts . Any time of childhood abuse and maltreatment constitute typical forms of chronic traumatization. Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence and abuse, divorce, mental illness of family member, and similar events when accumulated could constitute the experience of complex PTSD.
All these events require a proper trauma and stress management through counselling or psychotherapy.
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