For individuals afflicted by acute, chronic, and/or complex trauma, it is important to understand and recognize the ways you have been impacted by your experience.
It is essential to understand that symptoms come from somewhere and to develop awareness and compassion for oneself.
As powerful and adaptive our brains and nervous systems are, they are greatly impacted by the perception of trauma. It is 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 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.
I have received the BC Professional Firefighter Association (BCPFFA) Silver Seal of Endorsement and have 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.