Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Courtenay, BC

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Becky Michaluk
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe IFS is the most effective trauma -healing approach available.
I offer insight-based, experiential therapy for clients who want to get to the root of their problems by locating unconscious issues and traumas, and actively working with these in-session in a gentle, effective way. Many of my clients have already tried "analyzing" their way free from unhealthy mental states and behaviours, and have realized they need a more effective strategy. My clients learn how to manage their behaviours and emotions from a wise, self-regulated place. I also work with partners who want to deepen their communication and connection and gain freedom from negative patterns. All approaches are evidence based.
(778) 655-4239
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Kelly McManus
Psychologist, PhD, R, Psych
Verified
Verified
She enjoys treating anxiety, depression, panic, eating issues, body image issues, grief/loss, marriage issues, adjustment to life changes, addictions, abuse or trauma , and pain management.
Dr. Kelly McManus has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been practicing for over 12 years in various mental health settings as a Psychologist and as Registered Clinical Counsellor. Dr. McManus also has a Masters Degree in Education. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She uses integrative, strengths-focused, evidenced-based therapy. Her education includes theory and practice in the major approaches in Psychology including Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Narrative. Dr. McManus tailors her approach to your particular needs, goals, and preferences. Dr. McManus also takes ICBC and Veteran's Affairs clients.
(855) 463-2706
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Erinn Doncaster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, RSW, CCC, SEP
Verified
Verified
As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Erinn specializes in helping their clients heal from trauma and relational wounds.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stuck, Erinn can help you begin the journey toward feeling greater capacity, peace, and aliveness again. Perhaps childhood experiences have left you with residual depression, anxiety, or recurring relationship patterns that you don’t know how to change. Or maybe you recently gave birth and you feel like you “should” be happy but you’re actually struggling to cope. Or perhaps you or your partner experienced a trauma and now you’re trying to navigate the impacts on your relationship. Or maybe you’re struggling with PTSD symptoms following an accident, assault, or exposure to occupational stress.
(778) 766-3516
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Sara Turner
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Drawing from trauma renegotiation work, attachment theory, and current neuroscience, RSP is designed to help regulate the nervous system, foster insight, and promote deep and lasting integration of the healing that takes place.
We carry our life story within us. Each person has a unique collection of joys and triumphs, pleasures and pain that imprints their biology. These imprints, formed unconsciously, influence our feeling states, our decision making, self-esteem, and the way we see the world. They shape the way our nervous systems respond and adapt to challenges and change. The imprints that hold the most charge are often formed in childhood or in response to trauma , and they have the ability to create mental, emotional, and physical imbalance—to create a state of disregulation. However, we each possess the profound capacity for change.
(778) 760-2915
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Jennifer Shillington
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
This holistic mind, body and spirit approach allows us to become gently aware of rigid patterns and trauma that interfere with our natural resiliency and embodying our most authentic and present self.
Do you want to reignite a passion for your life and feel more connected to yourself and others? Together in a warm and nurturing space you will become empowered as your own healer. You will be invited to regain a sense of self-efficacy and gain skills to journey back to a grounded sense of self.
(778) 770-5462
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Sherina Holmes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health and substance use issues including trauma , anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationships, addiction and self-esteem issues.
(604) 295-5482
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Lake & Associates Inc.
Counsellor, MEd, CCC
Verified
Verified
I have two areas of specialization, trauma and relationships (sometimes they are connected).
Change! If you want to change your relationships, feel better about yourself, enjoy life more, and overcome the debilitating effects of past trauma , now is the time to transform your life. Hi, I'm Steven Lake and I have been assisting people to improve their lives for 20+ years. The first step in making change is often the scariest. If you have any questions or just want to get a sense of who I am, please contact me by email or phone for a free initial consult. I look forward to working with you to create change in your life.
(855) 522-0813
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Nina Fleming
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
Verified
I have advanced training in EMDR, an effective trauma treatment, which I offer alongside somatic, relational approaches to healing.
I believe we all have innate resilience and capacity for wellness – sometimes, when we encounter trauma , loss, or stress, we lose touch with those strengths. We may struggle with worry, hopelessness, self-criticism, or feel "stuck." Our relationships may suffer. At these times, we all need and deserve support. I work with each client to build self-compassion, confidence and regulation, gain insight, and grow skills for wellbeing. To me, safe, empathic relationships are the foundation of health and growth. I strive to create a safe space for clients, and attune to the heart of an issue, so that deep, lasting change can occur.
(226) 639-6026
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Christina McGill
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The theoretical framework from which I work is client-centered, strengths-based, trauma -informed, and attachment and mindfulness based.
It is my pleasure to assist clients in connecting with their innate capacity to heal, supporting them to know their inner self and to trust themselves. I have extensive experience assisting a diverse range of clients to achieve their goals, develop new skills, regain emotional balance, and increase their sense of well-being. Clients can expect to feel deeply understood and validated while being gently invited to identify distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviour patterns that interfere with their ability to live their best life.
(902) 201-9453
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Kate Pinsonneault
Counsellor, MACP, CIMH, RCC-ACS, CCTP
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, a Certified Infant Mental Health Clinician, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I work with all ages and offer support and a wide variety of treatment options including EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Therapies, Emotional Focussed Therapy, sand tray therapy, play therapy and biofeedback.
People who experience difficulties in their relationships have often been hurt in the past. If this happened early in life, they may not even be aware of it. I help individuals, couples and family members discover and heal old wounds from early trauma or past relationships. I offer a variety of therapeutic options so you can chose an approach that is comfortable for you. Each individual determines the goals, pace, and treatment options that are the best fit for them. My client-centred practise ensures that everyone is treated with respect, confidentiality, compassion and cultural sensitivity.
(855) 982-1185
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Rebeca Padilla
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
Verified
I work through a body positive, gender affirming, anti-oppressive, anti-colonial, trauma -informed lens.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, RCC 1509 who specializes in EMDR & Somatic Therapy. I hold a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and has 14 years of experience working in mental health, wellness and embodiment practices. The counselling relationship is so important, and I strive to create a warm, trusting, honest, and dedicated relational space. I truly believe my clients are the experts of their own lives, and what guides my work is the understanding that each individual has an innate ability to self regulate, heal, and feel worthy of experiencing life at its fullest.
(226) 790-0106
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Nicole Burgess
Counsellor, MACP, MTA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
This has provided me experience working in end-of-life care, life transitions, trauma , and women facing violence.
Through a caring, respectful and collaborative relationship we will work together to rediscover and develop strengths and resiliency as you work towards your goals. I hold a strong belief in our innate wholeness as individuals. It is only the twists and turns of life’s path that sometimes makes this wholeness difficult to see. I hold a Masters degree in counselling psychology and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). In addition, I am an accredited music therapist with the Canadian Music Therapy Association.
(778) 949-3067
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Marie Jakalicia Guignard
Counsellor, RCC, BA, MA, CPA
Verified
Verified
I specialize in trauma -informed therapy and EMDR.
Do you feel hopeless, a lack of motivation and interest, a feeling of constant tension and fear? Have you experienced, witnessed, or heard any harmful or threatening events and found yourself feeling persistent sadness, constant worry, excessive guilt, shame, or anger? Do you feel this need to have something change in your life, find your inner self, find peace, grow, take care of yourself, love yourself, appreciate other people's love, and enjoy life?
(236) 562-7353
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Tatiana Naomi Baron
Counsellor, MACP, RCC
Verified
Verified
Using a person-centered and strength-based approach, I help adults and youth develop the skills they need to live the life they desire. I aim to provide a culturally safe environment that is inclusive and trauma -informed. While my focus is on the here and now, I find it helpful to explore how an individual’s history has influenced their behaviours, thoughts, and beliefs. My practice is guided by my client. I am an ally of the LGBTQ2+S community.
(902) 710-3083
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Chad Northcott
Counsellor, MA, CCC, RCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am trauma informed, and have a fully developed ability to accept you as you are, and to see the potential within, even if you don’t.
Has traditional therapy not worked for you? Do certain memories still have a strong negative emotional pull when they come up, or when discussed in therapy? For some, there needs to be more than simply talking about the issues that distress us. Sometimes we need to address the underlying cause — the ‘root’ of the problem — not just the current symptoms that currently cause us distress: whether it be interpersonally, emotionally or within the cognitive space.
(709) 400-2366
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Whole Heart Centre
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, MFT, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
An area that is dear to my heart is working in trauma recovery with adults, especially for those who have a history of relational attachment wounds, childhood abuse and neglect, or bullying.
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” –Brené Brown. As your mentor or counsellor, I want to create a safe space for you to recognize and transform the life patterns of overwhelming anxiety or panic attacks, persistent stress from big life changes and events, distress from trauma , and pain from broken or disconnected relationships. Using both traditional and holistic healing methods, I'll show you how to nurture your emotional health, cultivate an inner strength and confidence, tap into love, and step into your power as a wise self-healer.
(778) 557-7273
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Kathi Cameron
Counsellor, BKin, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
I take a somatic and trauma -informed approach to eating disorders and try to work within a client's care team (caregivers, GPs, nutritionist) when possible.
I specialize in eating disorders, human performance, and health psychology. I have over 30 years of experience in exercise science, exercise and nutritional psychology, health promotion and coaching. I work with clients struggling with negative body image and take the "health at every size" approach to health counselling/coaching. I work with a wide variety of athletes and academics in performance/ test anxiety. Additionally, I offer a low fee internship program with 55 minute sessions for $25. For more information check out my website.
(844) 758-9924
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Grunberg Patterson Centre for Counselling
Psychologist, PhD, RCC, RPsych
Verified
Verified
Areas of special interest include: Trauma , Depression, Life Changes, Grief, and Chronic Pain.
Ethical, caring and safe relationships form the fabric of a rich and joyful life, therefore, individual and community healing go hand in hand. We believe in the healing power of a therapeutic relationship, where clients can feel valued and empowered to envision, practice and create change. Creating this relationship is the starting point for therapy. In all aspects of our work - therapy, assessment, consultation and education - we are committed to our clients and to the bonds of family, friendship and community that sustain them. We are proud of the way that we, as a practice, contribute to community health.
(844) 611-2987
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Rachel Bullock
Counsellor, RCC, MACP
Verified
Verified
I have years of experience working with a range of issues, such as anxiety, trauma and PTSD , grief and loss, perfectionism, low self-worth, and personal growth.
There are times when we feel overwhelmed, scared, lost. We're doing our best, but we can't seem to find our way. As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to catch your breath, find your strength, and navigate towards wellness.
(867) 988-1594
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Leanne Longeway Counselling And Art Therapy
Counsellor, MC, RCC, CCC, RCAT, BFA
Verified
Verified
Do you want change in your life that invites balance, calm, health and well-being? Are you seeking support with self-esteem, relationships, anxiety, trauma , grief, ageing, career burnout or stress management? My approach to therapy is to provide a caring, supportive experience for individuals as they explore and build pathways to achieve healing and meaning, that also builds upon personal strengths, while honoring inner wisdom, intuition and voice.
(778) 608-3895
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Trauma and PTSD Counsellors

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.