Trauma Counselling Vancouver
People often think of trauma as having to do just with life and death types of events. While this is the most recognized and studied type of trauma (often called Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), there is also trauma that is relatively less intense, but still causes a lot of worry, rumination, stress, and avoidance of uncomfortable reminders of the past event or situation.
Sometimes people re-experience their past when they felt powerless and had intense needs that were not met or were ignored. This feeling of helplessness and the intense emotions that go along with it can imprint into a type of memory that is more connected with the body and non-verbal unconscious memory. This type of memory tends to last and the reminders keep on coming up unless there is emotional processing to help work it out. Because these sort of memories are imprinted deeply and activate so automatically, it requires a very special type of emotional processing to encourage healing.
This approach is shared by our counsellors who received training in the integrative psychotherapy of trauma expert Dr. Marv Westwood. Using aspects of prolonged exposure, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and experiential therapy, we take great care in helping to integrate and resolve the persistent shadows of yesterday’s misfortunes. While trauma tends to ‘shrink the world,’ you have our commitment to help you expand your possibilities of action, growth and relationship.