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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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Susana Cadavid

Susana Cadavid, MACP (in progress),
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist

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

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Kelly Nancekivell, MACP (in progress),
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Intern Therapist

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

Rochelle Martin

Rochelle Martin, M.S.W,
Registered Social Worker

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Relationship and Sex Related Issues, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ+ Support, Stress, Trauma, Self-Esteem Issues.

Sara Kohtala

Sara Kohtala, M.A.,
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.

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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

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Sandra Harrison, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist

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(Individual Therapy 16+ & Family Counselling)



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

Kelly O'Hearn

Kelly O'Hearn, MACP (in progress),
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Intern Therapist

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Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Life Transitions, Emotions Regulation, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Issues.

Hari Chettiar

Hari Chettiar, M.C.,
Clinical Director
Regitered Psychotherapist

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Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger management, Couples Counselling, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Gaming Issues, Parenting Support.

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Megan Gauthier

Megan Gauthier, M.S.W.,
Registered Social Worker

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Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Eating Disorders.

Jocelyn Hansen

Jocelyn Hansen, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist

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Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Anger Management, Relationship Issues, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Esteem, Life Transitions, Eating Disorders.

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