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Counselling for Trauma Recovery

While everyone goes through a traumatic experience at some point in their lives, some will find it harder to cope than others. Although physical trauma can be hard to heal from, psychological trauma can be challenging to navigate because not a lot of people know how to seek help or whether they should seek help in the first place. At Chettiar Counselling, we will help you decide whether you need therapy or not, and we’ll offer support to assess your therapy needs.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is a mental condition that is associated with an overwhelming circumstance or event, leading to a state of fear, anguish, helplessness, and even anger. Trauma is defined as an experience where the person is terrified and powerless and then overwhelmed. It is not so much about what has happened to them but how that impacts them.

How Did I Acquire It?

It can be one of the following:

  • Physical abuse during childhood
  • Bullying by fellow students
  • Harsh breakups with a romantic partner
  • Sexual assault
  • Major surgeries and medical conditions
  • Losing a dear loved one (friend or family member)
  • Being caught in a tragedy (e.g., natural disaster, car accident)

Take note that trauma can also be something deep in your subconscious that may have been forgotten or blocked out because you were forced to repress it. Think of this as a coping mechanism, which may have been proper at the time but still comes out in other forms. Fortunately, many counsellors are equipped to deal with these difficult situations through talk therapy and other methods, allowing them to find out the root cause of your trauma.

Here’s how we can help.

Trauma leaves a lasting memory in your brain and body, especially in the events where you lost control of the situation and felt helpless in taking action to keep yourself or a loved one safe.

If not dealt with properly, a traumatic experience can lead to a lifetime of struggle and suffering, which is why it’s very important to seek help on the first signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Our therapists at Chettiar Counselling understand trauma and its effects on the mind and body. We have been trained to offer several counselling approaches that deal with trauma including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory, and Mindfulness Approach.

Our counselling sessions are centered around helping you deal with the traumatic experiences in your life so you can move forward with a more positive mindset.

Get in touch with us to discuss your need for trauma counselling. Our therapists are ready to help you.

Want to know more? Check out our blogs related to trauma recovery.

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Heather Eskedjian

Heather Eskedjian
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy for Adults)



Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Depression, Infertility Concerns, Grief & Loss, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Body Image Concerns and Self‑Esteem Issues.

Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis
Registered Psychotherapist

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(Individual Therapy and Couples Counselling)



Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, Grief & Loss, Burnout, Divorce and Conflict Resolution Skills.

Susana Cadavid

Mary Lee Knox-Bauer
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 16+)



Anxiety, Stress Management, Depression, Trauma, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem and Body-Image Concerns, Grief and Loss, LGBTQ+, FASD.

Natasha Busic

Natasha Busic
Registered Social Worker

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Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Burn Out, Sress Reduction and Management, Emotional Regulation, Trauma, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss.

Sandra_Harrison

Sandra Harrison
Registered Psychotherapist

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(Current/Returning Clients only)



Gender Diversity and Gender Minority Stress, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ2+, Identity, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Work/Life Balance, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Conflict Resolution Skills.

Hari Chettiar

Hari Chettiar
Clinical Director, Registered Psychotherapist

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FEB 1st to MARCH 15th Video Sessions Only
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Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger management, Couples Counselling, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Gaming Issues, Parenting Support.

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Anxiety, Depression, Parenting Support, Separation and Divorce, Relationship Issues, Spirituality and Faith Concerns, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Grief & Loss, Work‑Life Balance.

Rochelle Martin

Rochelle Martin
Registered Social Worker

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy 18+ & Couples Counselling)



Relationship and Attachment Issues, Anxiety, Stress, Loss of Sense of Self and/or Connection with Others, Trauma, Emotion Regulation, Depression, Self‑Esteem Issues.

Madelyn Whittle

Madelyn Whittle
Regitered Psychotherapist

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(Individual Therapy for Adults)



Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Self‑Discovery.

Susana Cadavid

Susana Cadavid
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

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Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Stress, Work Place Issues, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, LGBTQ2+ Support, Body Image Concerns.

Kelly Nancekivell

Kelly Nancekivell
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

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Anxiety, ADHD Management, Relationship Issues, Depression, Stress, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem and Body-Image Concerns, Divorce, Infertility Concerns, Grief & Loss.

Sara Kohtala

Sara Kohtala
Registered Psychotherapist

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Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Sex and Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Trauma, Grief, Emotions Regulation, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Eating disorders.

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