Services – Trauma

“Even When It Is Not Fully Attained, We Become Better By Striving For A Higher Goal.”

– Viktor Frankl


“It’s not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside of you as a result of what happened to you.” 
-Dr. Gabor Maté

Trauma is damage to the psyche that is sustained after experiencing or witnessing an extremely distressing or frightening event. It can result in changes in coping, functioning, and wellbeing, and can leave you feeling hyper-alert and unable to relax. Many people with trauma have an inability to feel safe and secure.

Trauma is an invisible condition that can impact all areas of your life. Family, friends and coworkers may notice that you are not as present as you used to be, and you may appear distant, disengaged, and easily frightened. Furthermore, there are many different types of trauma that an individual can experience, such as developmental trauma, vicarious trauma, and intergenerational trauma.

If left untreated, trauma may develop into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event that can result in several distinct and debilitating cognitive and physiological symptoms. These symptoms can impact various domains of functioning, such as work, family, and relationships. Individuals living with PTSD often experience negative alterations in their thoughts and cognitions, experience intrusive memories of the event(s), and subsequently experience strong emotions that can inhibit their ability to experience a sense of safety, comfort, and joy.

Some of the symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Unwanted and intrusive thoughts and memories of the event
  • Changes in mood and thinking
  • Internal reminders of the traumatic event
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Increased anxiety and decreased mood
  • Avoidance of people, places, smells and events that may trigger unwanted memories, thoughts and feelings
  • Agitation, irritability and hypervigilance

There are three evidence-based approaches that have shown to be effective in treating PTSD, which includes Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Mission Hill Psychology provides treatment for trauma and PTSD using EMDR – is a brain and body-based treatment that integrates traumatic memories into a more complete (adaptive) neural network that results in less distress and improvement in functioning. These new networks are thought to facilitate insight, learning, growth, and elimination of the distress associated with memories of the traumatic event(s).

EMDR can be a stand-alone treatment, or it can be combined into a treatment plan.

Read more about EMDR here.

The great news is that PTSD is a treatable condition! The symptoms of trauma no longer have to hold you back from fully engaging with your life again. Help is available.

Mission Hill Psychology specializes in the treatment of PTSD, mood, stress and anxiety disorders. Reach out to us to book in for a 15-minute consultation to see how we can help!


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