Trauma can be defined as experiencing any event, or a number of events that exceeds the ability to cope (Sidran Institute, 2014). It is arguable that most people have experienced some type of trauma throughout their lives. From the loss of a pet, to being bullied, to experiencing a car accident or natural disaster, to not having needs met, to surviving physical, emotional, sexual, or domestic abuse, trauma changes the way the nervous system operates. When we experience trauma, our nervous systems prepare our bodies to fight or flight. If neither of these options are available to us, we freeze. If not able to process the traumatic incident(s), the nervous system remains activated which can lead to a variety of difficulties such as feeling like our emotions are taking over, feeling startled or scared easily, ruptured relationships, nightmares, flashbacks, or body memories to name a few. As you can imagine, the chaos that accompanies these difficulties can make it difficult to cope. The positive news is that we can heal from trauma and its effects on our lives. Working in a supportive and safe therapeutic relationship, I guide clients on a journey to recovery from the effects of trauma by using best-practice techniques from the latest research in trauma therapy such as body/somatic-based approaches that teach the nervous system how to regulate and heal.

I am also registered with the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) which provides some counselling funding for eligible individuals who have been victims of crime / abuse. Please see Crime Victim Assistance Program BC for more information on CVAP funding.