Counselling for Trauma in Calgary
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Counselling for Trauma in Calgary

According to the Canadian Psychological Association, 76% of Canadians have admitted to experiencing at least one traumatic event in their lives. This entails that no one is immune to trauma, and that it can happen to anyone at any time.

Trauma can ruin your emotional stability, mental health, and can even negatively impact your cognitive abilities. Going through a traumatic experience is hard. And if you happen to be going through such an event, don’t do it alone.

There are resources available designed to help you overcome the emotional upheaval that a traumatic experience can put you through. Keep reading to learn more. 

Counselling for trauma

Think of trauma counselling as an intervention of sorts. It’s a short-term involvement best suited to an individual who has gone through a traumatic experience. Trauma can present itself in many variations; divorce, death, illness, robbery, car crash, losing a home or job, etc. 

As a matter of fact, you could consider any incident that is overwhelmingly negative and alters the perception of yourself and the world as a traumatic experience. 

The majority of us will go through some type of traumatic event at one point or another in our lives.

For this reason, trauma counselling is a supportive safety net that helps you recognize and accept the emotions associated with the traumatic event.  Although the feelings will fluctuate from person to person, generally, the most prevalent ones are: fear and anger. 

Fear and anger are powerful and potent emotions – that if left unaddressed – can have a devastating effect on both your physical and mental wellbeing. 

And of course, our reactions aren’t restricted to fear or anger; we can also feel hopelessness, self-hate, misery, sorrow, and other emotions associated with the situation at hand. 

When this stockpiled emotional input has no outlet, it will be expressed in other ways. And some of these ways include physical manifestations such as:

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Hostility
  • Irregular sleep patterns, etc

Treatments and therapy types

Luckily, even the most traumatic experiences can be treated with the right forms of therapy for a sufficient amount of time. Here are a few therapy treatments to be aware of that you may want to consider. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

CBT is a potent kind of psychotherapeutic treatment utilized by many counselors. This form of therapy assists with terminating unproductive thoughts that affect actions and eliminate stress.  

In fact, several studies have concluded that CBT can be even more effective than medication for managing anxiety and stress.

Art Therapy

A unifying mental health profession, Art Therapy enhances the quality of an individual’s life through the practice of art-production. Our therapists will help foster your creativity to produce art that articulates your feelings that you may not be comfortable speaking. This has a therapeutic effect that can be very beneficial to recovery. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a rather new and unconventional kind of therapy. However, it is steadily becoming more commonplace, especially for managing PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Typically, PTSD transpires when a traumatic event happens such as car crashes, physical assaults, or combat in war. 

Get help today

Here at Family Psychology Place, we understand the difficulties and challenges associated with the traumatic events in your life. And we want you to know that you’re not in this alone, our team of experienced therapists can help treat your trauma by retraining your brain to confidently manage the traumatic events that you’ve experienced. 

 

Get in touch with us today to learn more.