“Trauma can become a vital part of your life – just like stones can support and strengthen the root structure of a tree. Like a tree, you are resilient. With patience and support, your roots can be restored, and your branches will spread again.”
– Ute Laurence
Trauma counselling can help you…
- Gain a sense of peace and relieve the effects of trauma
- Identify and manage triggers
- Cope with memories to effectively relieve traumatic stress
- Work on stronger interpersonal relationships
- Transform traumatic events into stories of survival and inspiration
- Relief of any guilt or self-shame for particular events
- Develop coping skills to work with mood swings, irritability or anger
Common ways to treat
If left untreated, trauma can lead to mental health conditions where aggravation can increase and distress can become overwhelming. Flashbacks, nightmares, memories, sensations and even certain actions can act as triggers to traumatic stress. Exposure to child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, assault, injuries or illness can leave a heavy internal footprint that can have a drastic impact on one’s life. However, even events that are may not be considered life-threatening can still have a drastic impact.
Serenity Now trusts in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in order to bring a sense of closure and peace to past painful experiences. MBSR is both a both a meditation practice and a fundamental way of being and perceiving. With practice, kindness and compassion, our clients are able to gain the ability to be in the present moment, rather than their minds tuning in on an ‘automatic pilot’ response.
Post traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly known as PTSD, affects many people. It is estimated in Canada that it affects 8% of the population but these numbers may be low considering that we have just expanded the defining characteristics of PTSD with the release of the DSM-V, which is the guiding manual for diagnosing mental health.
Great resource links
PTSD Association of Canada
PTSD Association of Canada works to raise awareness of PTSD and to champion research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of PTSD.
The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.