Counselling for Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma can be caused by a variety of bad experiences, including emotional, physical, sexual, developmental, medical, or attachment trauma that was experienced by a person as a child. Children are often assumed to be resilient when it comes to bad experiences. However, research shows that many of these children will carry the emotional burdens of their past into adulthood. Childhood trauma is a significant factor in the development of many mental health issues in adulthood, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Although not all trauma will create lasting damage in the bodies and minds of those it affects, some people may need the understanding, kindness and guiding hand of someone trained to administer trauma-based healing. Counselling provides a safe space to explore past experiences and learn to heal from them.

Adults with Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma has the potential to continue affecting an individual long into adulthood. It can negatively impact a person's trust in others, self-confidence and personal boundaries, relationships, and behaviour. Furthermore, continuous exposure to traumatic situations can cause general anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, separation anxiety, social anxiety, self-destructive behaviour and chronic health issues such as pain, indigestion and headaches.

Common Kinds of Trauma

Domestic Abuse and Neglect

Childhood trauma impacts the development of children and teens. Countless studies have shown that childhood abuse, neglect and/or exposure to domestic violence can lead to negative life-long outcomes. Teenagers and adults who have grown up around or have directly experienced domestic abuse may develop mental health issues such as trust issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, communication issues, low self esteem and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Developmental Trauma

Developmental trauma is a largely overlooked consequence of long term, repeated childhood neglect, parental inconsistency, verbal abuse, emotional abandonment or manipulation by parents. Adults who suffered from developmental trauma may go on to develop Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), which is characterized by difficulties with building relationships, emotional regulation, memory issues, poor or disjointed self-perception, low self-esteem and trust issues.

Attachment Trauma

When children are separated from the main caregivers, they may experience attachment trauma. Children and adults who have experienced this kind of trauma may experience trust issues, withdraw from relationships in order to avoid further rejection or hurt or become overly dependent or attached to others who have shown them kindness or affection. In some cases, a person may develop separation anxiety, which causes a person to feel extreme anxiety about being alone, nausea, stomach pain and stress when being separated from a parent, care giver, spouse, pet or child.

Medical Trauma

Medical trauma is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder that can result from experiencing a negative and traumatic event while receiving medical care as an adult or child. It should not be confused with accident trauma, where the latter is related to being traumatized by a serious accident. Medical trauma can result from a variety of circumstances including being treated poorly by healthcare providers, having a painful experience with a medical procedure, surviving a life-threatening medical event, injury, or illness, or simply being on the receiving end of a serious diagnosis.

Accident Trauma

The aftermath of being injured in an automobile accident can be a long, difficult process. It is not uncommon for victims to have trouble regulating their thoughts, feelings, mood, and behaviour following a collision. They may feel hypervigilant, agitated, anxious, depressed, or numb. Many have problems with sleep, memory, attention, and concentration. They may be forgetful or internally preoccupied, phobic and fearful.

Assault Trauma

Being physically or sexually assaulted has a way of disrupting the mind and body - it affects the individual on a neurological level. This kind of trauma disrupts how we see the world, others, and ourselves. The victim often feels unsafe, trapped, vulnerable, and confused, while also grappling with denial, confusion, guilt, shame, anxiety, or depression. Many victims of assault blame themselves for what happened to them and that may lead to self-destructive behaviours.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is the first form of therapy that uses eye movement to process the traumatic memories. A counsellor will help their patient access those memories by stimulating both sides of the brain, alternating from the left side to the right, by directly stimulating both sides of the body using clickers or tapping. When both sides of the brain are stimulated, the individual will be better able to face, understand, and process these traumatic memories.

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Trauma Therapists

Alison Statham
Virtual & In-Person

Alison Statham

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Alison helps individuals with anxiety, trauma, depression, emotional regulation, social skills, OCD, stress, burnout life transitions, ADHD, panic attacks, & relationship issues.
Alyssa Gonzalez
Virtual & In-Person

Alyssa Gonzalez

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Alyssa works with children, adolescents, & adults who experience a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting, trauma, family issues, stress and more.
Amanda Herbert
Virtual & In-Person

Amanda Herbert

Occupational Therapist
$170 per hour
Amanda provides assessments and counselling for depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, sensory and emotional dysregulation, and cognitive impairments.
Angela Regino
Virtual & In-Person

Angela Regino

Occupational Therapist
$170 per hour
Angela provides various professional assessments & counselling to adults with anxiety, depression, trauma (PTSD), personality disorders, chronic pain, brain injury, cognitive concerns, stress, and more.
Ayisha Lewthwaite
Virtual & In-Person

Ayisha Lewthwaite

Occupational Therapist
$170 per hour
Ayisha works with adults struggling with mental health issues, cognitive impairment, chronic pain, mood disorders, and returning to work.
Brittney Giacchetta
Virtual & In-Person

Brittney Giacchetta

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Brittany works with individuals living with anxiety, borderline personality disorder, burnout, chronic pain, complex mental health, depression, autism, life transitions, couples issues, phobias, trauma, and stress.
Cara Hason
Virtual & In-Person

Cara Hason

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Cara has over 10 years of experience in helping individuals living with anxiety, depression, trauma, panic attacks, stress, OCD, intrusive thoughts, PTSD, relationship issues, and perinatal issues.
Dr. Sharanpreet Kaur
Virtual Only

Dr. Sharanpreet Kaur

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Sharanpreet specializes in trauma assessment and treatment, chronic pain, workplace issues, medication management, anxiety, grief and more.
Jacob Fox
Virtual & In-Person

Jacob Fox

Registered Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Jacob works with teenagers and adults living with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, relationship issues, men's issues, and more.
Jaimee Grossklaus
Virtual & In-Person

Jaimee Grossklaus

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Jaimee works with adults who live with anxiety, trauma (PTSD), depression, stress, poor self-esteem and confidence, work concerns, chronic health concerns, and brain injuries.
Joel Zimmerman
Virtual & In-Person

Joel Zimmerman

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
*Virtual Sessions Only* Joel works with individuals who need support for anxiety, depression, personal growth, and trauma (PTSD); as well as couples and families who want to improve communication, conflict management, and trust.
Joshua Woelfle
Virtual & In-Person

Joshua Woelfle

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Joshua works with adults and teenagers living with PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, stress, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, phobias, OCD, and relationship issues.
Kaitlyn Barnett
Virtual & In-Person

Kaitlyn Barnett

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Kaitlyn works with individuals living with anxiety, depression, anger issues, ADHD, life transitions, stress, trauma (PTSD) and more.
Kyle Dyck
Virtual & In-Person

Kyle Dyck

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Kyle provides assessments and counselling for trauma, PTSD, grief, insomnia, pain, stress, anxiety, depression, gender identity, sexuality, ADHD, autism, life transitions, and more.
McKenzie Snyder
Virtual & In-Person

McKenzie Snyder

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
McKenzie can help individuals with anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, chronic pain, motor vehicle trauma, brain injury, life changes and more.
Megan Zmetana
Virtual & In-Person

Megan Zmetana

Registered Occupational Therapist, MSCOT
$170 per hour
Megan specializes in supporting individuals as they return to work after an illness, injury, trauma, mental health concern and any other reason preventing them from resuming their lives.
Nadine Hynd
Virtual & In-Person

Nadine Hynd

Registered Psychologist
$200 per hour
Nadine offers counselling, as well as formal assessments including mental health assessments, cognitive assessments, adoption assessments, functional capacity assessments, intelligence (IQ) assessments, ADHD assessments and more.
Rameen Kargger
Virtual & In-Person

Rameen Kargger

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Rameen offers assessments and counselling for couples and individuals with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, phobias, OCD, and much more.
Shaheena Kassam
Virtual & In-Person

Shaheena Kassam

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Shaheena offers assessments and counselling for children, youths, and their families, as well as adults, to help them with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other behavioural or social challenges.
Stephen Walker
Virtual Only

Stephen Walker

Reg. Clinical Social Worker
$200 per hour
Stephen works with individuals and couples (12+) dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma (PTSD), family violence, addictions, grief/loss, couples concerns and more. With 10+ years of experience, he offers a range of interventions following a Feedback Informed Treatment approach to tailor therapy to his clients' unique needs and preferences.
Steve Slopek
Virtual & In-Person

Steve Slopek

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Steve provides counselling for individuals living with trauma, anxiety, substance issues, relationships issues & more; as well as, assessments to diagnose ADHD and autism.
Tina Larkin-Black
Virtual & In-Person

Tina Larkin-Black

CCTP, MSW, RSW
$200 per hour
Tina has over ten years experience working with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, domestic violence, codependency and illness adjustment.

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