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It is essential for folx affected by acute, chronic, and/or complex trauma to understand and recognize the ways your experience impacts you. Understanding that symptoms come from somewhere develops awareness and compassion for oneself.
As robust and adaptive, our brains and nervous systems are significantly impacted by the perception of trauma. It does not matter if these experiences happened when we are children or even a long time ago. Trauma can dysregulate our autonomic arousal states and can create patterns of behaviour that affect our daily functioning.
One's response to trauma is more than just the memory of the experience. It is how the trauma has impacted the brain and body.
I have been providing trauma with specific counselling services that recognize that healing trauma is more than just talking about what happened. By working with individuals to integrate their traumatic experience through movement, regulation, and connection, I can help repattern behaviours and even the brain's wiring.
Many therapists state that they work with individuals who have experienced trauma, but few have specifically trained to do so. I chose to focus on providing trauma-specific services because our understanding of the effects of trauma from an interpersonal neurobiology perspective parallel our understanding of how prenatal alcohol exposure affects physiological development.
Natascha has received the BC Professional Firefighter Association (BCPFFA) Silver Seal of Endorsement and has completed Level 2 of the Occupational Awareness Training for Healthcare Professionals. To learn more about the First Responders' mental health services, please follow the link.