Relationship Therapy Centre

Trauma
Therapy

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and heal from past trauma.

Benefits of Trauma Therapy

Rebuild safety and joy

Forge ahead with self-discovery and personal growth, reclaiming agency over your life and embrace new possibilities.

Decenter the trauma

Have your life story defined by your skills, values, hopes, identity and all that is important to you, rather than the trauma you experienced

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reconnect

Receive the support you deserve by learning to trust, connect and be vulnerable with others again. 

Trauma is not not exclusive to an event.

It is the effects that can linger and harmfully influence our sense of self, sense of safety, and our relationships. While trauma can affect people differently it often invites feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, anger and more.

Therapy for trauma offers a space to be prioritized and begin the journey towards re-establishing trust in yourself and others.

You may be struggling with trauma If you find yourself...

Then you may benefit from accessing therapy for trauma in Mississauga, Burlington or online.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma can manifest in diverse ways, and its effects may not always present in obvious or linear ways. Sometimes, the symptoms or challenges experienced may not immediately appear connected to the traumatic event, making it challenging to recognize the underlying impact of the trauma on one’s life.

Signs and symptoms it may be helpful to seek therapy for trauma:

Insomnia, nightmares, or restless sleep, can all be a sign there is underlying trauma. Traumatic experiences can disrupt the body’s natural sleep patterns and persist long after the event occurred.

Trauma therapy creates an opportunity to explore traumatic root causes that may be inviting sleep challenges. By exploring what is being experienced, and potential coping strategies and relaxation techniques trauma therapy may support in you in accessing restful nights. 

Trauma has the power to leave individuals struggling with deep feelings of self blame and unworthiness.

Through trauma therapy the shame/guilt thoughts will be given space to be unpacked and challenged. We work to build self-compassion, allowing individuals to release themselves from the burden of blame for what they never should have experienced.

Struggling to trust in relationships, with oneself, or the community and world at large, can often be related to trauma. Experiencing something traumatic can diminish one’s sense of safety and security, leading to difficulties in opening up to others, forming healthy attachments, or believing in oneself.

In trauma therapy, the underlying factors contributing to trust issues can be explored. Through therapy, fear thoughts about trusting can be identified, explored and gently challenged.

Often times traumatic events lead to experiences of chronic stress, hypervigilence, and sleep challenges. The constant alertness can be draining, both physically and emotionally. 

Trauma therapy offers a space to identify and explore the cycle of hyperarousal/alertness and fatigue. Psychoeducation can be provided around the body’s response to trauma and coping strategies, relaxation techniques and reintegration of self compassion and care can be implemented. 

A common response to traumatic experiences is to retreat from social situations in effort to minimize potential triggers or safety threats. While removing oneself from social settings may feel to be helpful at the time, prolonged isolation can create feelings of loneliness, exacerbating anxious and/or depressive thoughts and ultimately hindering personal growth. 

Through trauma therapy the desire to isolate can be explored and gently challenged. We can take time to consider what feels helpful about doing so, while also challenging harmful thought patterns, developing coping strategies and learning effective ways to build and stay connected to supportive relationships. Trauma therapy can be supportive in breaking free from the isolation patterns and empower you to create meaningful connections.

Traumatic experiences can impede on the brain’s ability to effectively regulate emotions, leading to intense or frequent emotional reactivity and difficulties in managing stress. For example, this can look like challenges regulating emotions, experiencing mood swings, overwhelming anger and/or sadness. 

By accessing trauma therapy psychoeducation can be provided to help increase self-awareness and compassion for what is being experienced. Emotions can be identified and unpacked, and emotion regulation and communication skills can be learned and implemented.

Traumatic experiences can leave individuals feeling constantly on edge, scanning their environment for signs of danger, even in seemingly safe situations. This hypervigilance can be exhausting and disruptive, impacting one’s ability to relax, focus, or enjoy daily activities.

In trauma therapy exploring the root cause of the hypervigilence can be helpful. Therapy for trauma can include offering relaxation techniques, grounding exercises, and cognitive-behavioural interventions to tend to and challenge the hypervigilence in effort to regain a sense of safety.

Avoiding situations, people, places, or activities associated with past trauma can act as a protective mechanism but can ultimately also perpetuate the fear and anxiety.  

Seeking trauma therapy offers a safe,  supportive space to explore the underlying causes of avoidance behaviours and develop healthy coping strategies. We gradually process and confront the traumatic experiences, learning to increase our window of tolerance to potential reminders, with aim to regain control over their lives. 

Traumatic experiences can imprint themselves deeply in the mind and body, resurfacing unexpectedly in the form of flashbacks, intrusive memories, causing intense emotional distress. These intrusive memories can impede on daily life, creating fear, anxiety, and overwhelm.

Through trauma therapy, these memories can be processed at the pace that feels best for you. Grounding techniques and cognitive behavioural techniques can be beneficial along the way. By addressing intrusive memories we can gradually reduce their impact, heal from past wounds, and move forward with greater resilience and peace of mind.

Dissociation, a state of feeling disconnected from oneself, surroundings, or reality, can often be an indicator that trauma therapy might be helpful. Traumatic experiences can overwhelm the mind’s ability to process and integrate information, leading to a disconnection from one’s thoughts, emotions, and identity. This can present as feeling numb, spaced out, or separate from one’s body, making it challenging to engage fully in daily life.

Trauma therapy can aim to explore underlying causes of dissociation and develop grounding techniques to anchor oneself in the present moment. Learning to recognize and manage dissociative symptoms, exploring trauma narratives, and working to fill the gaps in identity and memories are central goals. 

Unexplained physical symptoms, like chronic pain, tension, or gastrointestinal issues, can often be impacts of trauma. Our mind and body can often remember traumatic experiences that leads to our bodies tensing up and creating somatic symptoms long after the event itself. 

Trauma therapy creates an opportunity to explore the mind-body connection and address the root causes of somatic symptoms and space to unpack the impacts of them. Techniques to release tension, regulate the nervous system, and process the underlying causes can all be helpful.

 Traumatic experiences can leave individuals feeling overwhelmed by intense emotions and struggling to cope. In an attempt to numb or tend to the pain and/or regain a sense of control, harmful behaviours might be turned to. This can include but is not limited to substance use, self-harm, reckless driving etc. These often only further increase the likelihood of unfavourable outcomes and further suffering. 

In trauma therapy the underlying causes of destructive behaviours can be explored, and the impacts of engaging such behaviours can be considered. We aim to establish healthier coping strategies. Through therapy, the underlying emotional wounds are tended to, with aim to empower individuals to break free from self-destructive patterns, reclaim their autonomy and sound decision making that is aligned with one’s values rather than a response to one’s fears and pain. 

Regain Control of Your Life story.

In-person trauma therapy in Mississauga & Burlington. Online sessions across Ontario, BC, & Alberta.

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Relationship Therapy Centre

Why Work With Us

As humans, we have two fundamental needs; to be connected with ourselves, and to experience belonging with others.

When we shift our perspective from criticism, internally or externally, and turn to curiosity, we begin to create space for compassion, accountability, change, and growth.

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Our Approach to trauma Therapy in Mississauga, Burlington & Online

How Our Trauma Therapy Works

At Relationship Therapy Centre, we aim to get to know you before we get to know the problem. We believe in the power of human connection as much as we believe and invest in evidence based interventions. Our diverse team of therapists work from a range of therapeutic approaches including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Narrative Therapy. Tailoring our approach to your unique experience, we help you reconnect with hope.

We Connect

We get to know who you are as a person and also take time to consider how it is that you came to decide to access therapy for trauma now. We get to understand what you need from trauma therapy where we often explore the triggers and impacts and effects.

We Collaborate

Together, we consider what we are signing up to do to help work through the trauma. Whether that means we discuss and process the trauma and/or the impacts and effects of the trauma and/or the preferred ways of being.

We Grow

Through our work, we will support you in identifying patterns and themes in the trauma and its impacts, effects, and your responses. Working together, we will identify your existing skills, strengths, and resources. We will share psychoeducation and offer tools and strategies to help you manage triggers and work towards your preferred self.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The main goal when accessing trauma therapy is to consider what you are experiencing that you wish to no longer experience – or to consider what you aren’t experiencing that you wish you could. 

In therapy, we work together to consider the risks and benefits to discussing the actual trauma. We spend time uncovering the impacts and effects of the traumatic event and typically aim to have you leave therapy with an experience of:

  • Greater confidence and ability in managing symptoms 
  • Greater self awareness and compassion for the good reasons you are experiencing what you are. 
  •  Increased awareness and implementation of coping strategies that help you feel regulated and safe. 
  • Greater confidence and comfortability in accessing support from your loved ones.

 

It is a misconception that we must discuss the trauma in order to experience relief and healing. Trauma therapy can be helpful when unpacking the traumatic event, but also when choosing to only discuss its impacts and effects. 

Deciding whether to converse about the traumatic event is something that you and the therapist can decide. It is important to consider what the hopes would be in discussing the event, what signs might be present that would indicate it is too much too fast, and to process how discussing it impacts you and informs the therapeutic work.

Trauma is subjective, varying greatly from person to person, and can stem from a single event or prolonged exposure to adversity. Ultimately, anything that leaves an individual experiencing an absence of safety in who they are, how they act, and where they can be, can be traumatic. 

The impacts of trauma can be felt mentally, emotionally, and physically, often resulting in symptoms like flashbacks, anxiety, depression, and challenges in trusting oneself and/or others. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or something similar, it may be helpful to navigate a free consult for trauma therapy.

 

What You Can Expect from Trauma Therapy:

How To Get Started

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Offering in-person therapy in Mississauga and Burlington. Virtual therapy sessions are available in Ontario, BC, and Alberta.

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