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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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Rachel Urquhart

Rachel Urquhart
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 13+)

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Anxiety, Depression, Anhedonia, Anger & Stress Management/Coping strategies, Resilience, Boundaries & Boundary Setting, Body Image, Identity & Self-Exploration, Meaning & Purpose, Life Transitions, Sexuality and Gender Expression, Relationships, Grief and Loss.

Shevaun Voisin

Shevaun Voisin
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 13+)

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Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Boundaries & Boundary Setting, Identity & Self-Exploration, Imposter Syndrome, Empowerment, Work-Life Balance, Meaning and Purpose, Self-Confidence, Spirituality and Faith, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues/Loss of Connection, Grief and Loss.

Melanie Bowman

Melanie Bowman
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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

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Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Suicidality, Self-Harm, Relationship Issues/Loss of Connection, Grief & Loss, Family Conflict, Self-Esteem/Self-Worth, Trauma, Situational Crisis, LGBTQ+, Identity Related Concerns.

Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy for Adults and Couples Counselling)

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Communication Strategies, Depression, Stress Management, Trauma, Sexual Assault, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Burnout, Self-Esteem, Chronic Pain, Relationship Issues and Sexuality (LGBTQIA+).

Janna Pardy

Janna Pardy
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 16+)

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Anxiety, Depression, Creativity, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Attachment and Early Life Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Self Esteem, Self Discovery.

Kelly Nancekivell

Kelly Nancekivell
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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

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

Craig Holman

Craig Holman
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 16+)

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ADHD Management, Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Anger Management, Communication Skills, Depression, Chronic Pain and Illness, Emotional Expression & Regulation, Stress, Grief & Loss, Parenting Support, and Burnout.

Dana MacDonald

Dana MacDonald
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy 13+,  Couples, Family Counselling)

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Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Stress Management, Life Stage Transitions, Chronic Pain, Illness, Grief and Loss, Caregiver Stress, Emotion Regulation, Relationships, Acute, Attachment and Early Life Trauma, Self-Esteem, Self Discovery.

Andi Kujtan

Andi Kujtan
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Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, Inner Child Work, Autism, ADHD, Parenting Support, Post-Partum Support, Life Transitions, Stress Management and Sexuality (LGBTQIA+).

Hari Chettiar

Hari Chettiar
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy 12+, Couples & Family Counselling)

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

Susan Vanleeuwen

Susan Vanleeuwen
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy 16+,
Couples and Family Counselling)

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Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Communication Strategies, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, Stress Management, Parenting Support and Strategies.

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker
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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
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy 18+ & Couples Counselling)

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

Caitlin Heximer

Caitlin Heximer
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 16+)

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Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, ADHD Management, Boundaries Setting, Grief and Loss, Stress Management, Trauma, Sexuality (LGBTQIA+), Workplace Stress, Burnout, Career Transitions.

Kelly O'Hearn

Kelly O'Hearn
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

**CASE LOAD FULL**
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Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Life Transitions, Emotional Regulation, School-Related stressors and challenges, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Maternal stress and anxiety, Teen and Youth self-discovery, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Issues.

Jelum Raval

Jelum Raval
Online Therapy

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Relationship Issues, Depression, Parenting Support, Communication Strategies, Couples Therapy, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem Concerns, ADHD Management.

Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis
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Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Anger Management, Couples Therapy, Depression, Grief & Loss, Burnout, Spirituality and Faith Concerns, Life Transitions, Parenting Support and Communication Skills.

Madelyn Whittle

Madelyn Whittle
Online Therapy

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

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