Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Kitchener, ON

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Miguel P Guayasamin
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2E
Over the last few years, I have dedicated my time to developing a trauma focused lens to better understand the unique impacts that adversity can have on our mental and physical health.
Life is beautiful, in part because of its challenges which can help us to grow and learn more about ourselves. There are times when we can feel overwhelmed and experience increased stress, anxiety, low mood or various other things that have us feeling less like ourselves. Simply put, those are all signs that you have done the best that you can with the skills and supports that you have to navigate this part of your life. My hope in this role is to support each individual to realign with their strengths and the development of the skills needed to thrive during these seasons.
Over the last few years, I have dedicated my time to developing a trauma focused lens to better understand the unique impacts that adversity can have on our mental and physical health.
Life is beautiful, in part because of its challenges which can help us to grow and learn more about ourselves. There are times when we can feel overwhelmed and experience increased stress, anxiety, low mood or various other things that have us feeling less like ourselves. Simply put, those are all signs that you have done the best that you can with the skills and supports that you have to navigate this part of your life. My hope in this role is to support each individual to realign with their strengths and the development of the skills needed to thrive during these seasons.
(226) 705-1071 View (226) 705-1071
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Victoria Couture
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H
I aim to create a safe and comfortable space that supports my clients growth and leads to positive change and overall wellness. My priority is to treat each person with kindness and respect and allow them the space to share openly and be their authentic selves. I am known for my warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach and integrative therapy style that is collaborative and person-centered. I incorporate various modalities and interventions to meet my client’s needs, including Brainspotting, Narrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Play-Based, Mindfulness-Based, and Trauma-Focused approaches.
I aim to create a safe and comfortable space that supports my clients growth and leads to positive change and overall wellness. My priority is to treat each person with kindness and respect and allow them the space to share openly and be their authentic selves. I am known for my warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach and integrative therapy style that is collaborative and person-centered. I incorporate various modalities and interventions to meet my client’s needs, including Brainspotting, Narrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Play-Based, Mindfulness-Based, and Trauma-Focused approaches.
(226) 779-2824 View (226) 779-2824
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Tess Klaver
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2G  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with women, trans and non-binary people who have had long-term mental health struggles and a history of trauma. The people I see are often struggling with understanding the impact of childhood wounds, stressful relationships involving difficulty with intimacy or autonomy, coping with the after-effects of sexual violence and/or feeling stuck in emotions such as shame and loneliness. These people may be trying to reconcile their values and desired way of being in the world with intense reactions that seem to come out of the blue. I also do work regarding gender, sexuality and neurodiversity.
I enjoy working with women, trans and non-binary people who have had long-term mental health struggles and a history of trauma. The people I see are often struggling with understanding the impact of childhood wounds, stressful relationships involving difficulty with intimacy or autonomy, coping with the after-effects of sexual violence and/or feeling stuck in emotions such as shame and loneliness. These people may be trying to reconcile their values and desired way of being in the world with intense reactions that seem to come out of the blue. I also do work regarding gender, sexuality and neurodiversity.
(548) 483-6601 View (548) 483-6601
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Sanctuary Counselling and Training
Registered Social Worker, HBA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2G
Waitlist for new clients
I am a registered social worker with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfred Laurier University, and have specializations in attachment & developmental trauma; sexual abuse; complex trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder.
A Sanctuary is a place of comfort, safety and healing, a refuge from the storms of our life. I aim not only to provide a sanctuary for my clients but to help them build one within themselves. Whatever you are struggling with I can help you to navigate by providing a safe & comforting environment where you can explore your own unique path to healing, growth and change. Together we will address the current issues as well as the relational patterns, experiences and beliefs that wound your sense of belonging and create obstacles to building a life worth living.
I am a registered social worker with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfred Laurier University, and have specializations in attachment & developmental trauma; sexual abuse; complex trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder.
A Sanctuary is a place of comfort, safety and healing, a refuge from the storms of our life. I aim not only to provide a sanctuary for my clients but to help them build one within themselves. Whatever you are struggling with I can help you to navigate by providing a safe & comforting environment where you can explore your own unique path to healing, growth and change. Together we will address the current issues as well as the relational patterns, experiences and beliefs that wound your sense of belonging and create obstacles to building a life worth living.
(548) 290-7786 View (548) 290-7786
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Nick Cardases
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, MA, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2M
There are valid reasons behind your behaviour and emotions. We function best in an environment where we feel safe, loved and valued and can develop healthy relationships and a positive sense of self. We can then better explore life from a position of mental and emotional well-being. Perhaps this has not been your experience. Trauma and distress can affect your feelings and behaviour. The hurt may have left you feeling unsafe, devalued and negative towards yourself. You may struggle with poor coping options that have caused harm and suffering to yourself and those around you. You might be finding it difficult to navigate life.
There are valid reasons behind your behaviour and emotions. We function best in an environment where we feel safe, loved and valued and can develop healthy relationships and a positive sense of self. We can then better explore life from a position of mental and emotional well-being. Perhaps this has not been your experience. Trauma and distress can affect your feelings and behaviour. The hurt may have left you feeling unsafe, devalued and negative towards yourself. You may struggle with poor coping options that have caused harm and suffering to yourself and those around you. You might be finding it difficult to navigate life.
(844) 260-9827 View (844) 260-9827
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Leanne Sawchuk
Registered Psychotherapist, DipTIRP, BA, RP, CTIC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H  (Online Only)
Life can be overwhelming at times and it often takes courage and bravery to open the door to something new and to something different. Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed or disconnected or maybe you need to better understand and work through what is happening in your life right now. I specialize in supporting individuals with eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety and self-esteem, addictions, relationship issues, and trauma. Together we will explore what is happening for you interpersonally and relationally, while making sense of the feelings, thoughts, and behaviours that are holding you back or causing you emotional pain.
Life can be overwhelming at times and it often takes courage and bravery to open the door to something new and to something different. Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed or disconnected or maybe you need to better understand and work through what is happening in your life right now. I specialize in supporting individuals with eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety and self-esteem, addictions, relationship issues, and trauma. Together we will explore what is happening for you interpersonally and relationally, while making sense of the feelings, thoughts, and behaviours that are holding you back or causing you emotional pain.
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Adrienne Luft
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H
I have 20+ years of clinical experience and have worked extensively with survivors of trauma/abuse; post-secondary students; children/youth with mental illness; adults experiencing stress/mental illness; and families experiencing behavioural challenges with their children.
Are you looking to create positive change in your life? Unsure how to navigate this terrain on your own? Do you want to be fully engaged in your life and relationships? The work we do together will help you cultivate meaning and make these changes. I work from a strengths-based perspective and believe that we all have within us the capacity to heal and thrive, far beyond what we often recognize. Engaging in the counselling process can be tremendously beneficial as we rediscover our own strength and resilience.
I have 20+ years of clinical experience and have worked extensively with survivors of trauma/abuse; post-secondary students; children/youth with mental illness; adults experiencing stress/mental illness; and families experiencing behavioural challenges with their children.
Are you looking to create positive change in your life? Unsure how to navigate this terrain on your own? Do you want to be fully engaged in your life and relationships? The work we do together will help you cultivate meaning and make these changes. I work from a strengths-based perspective and believe that we all have within us the capacity to heal and thrive, far beyond what we often recognize. Engaging in the counselling process can be tremendously beneficial as we rediscover our own strength and resilience.
(226) 773-2021 View (226) 773-2021
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Vanessa Lacoursier (Psychotherapy For You)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2A
Hello! My name is Vanessa Lacoursiere. I am a Master Social Worker, Addictions Specialist, and Trauma-Informed Therapist. I am a Professional Mental Health Counsellor on the Psychotherapy For You team and look forward to providing you support. I can provide consultations, treatment plans, and continuum of care referral services for individuals, couples, and families, ages 15-up. A little about me, I believe, “You cannot know where you are going, unless you know where you’ve been!” Nelly McClung. This quote speaks to my passion and experience for self-exploration to find resolve and the clarity required for next steps.
Hello! My name is Vanessa Lacoursiere. I am a Master Social Worker, Addictions Specialist, and Trauma-Informed Therapist. I am a Professional Mental Health Counsellor on the Psychotherapy For You team and look forward to providing you support. I can provide consultations, treatment plans, and continuum of care referral services for individuals, couples, and families, ages 15-up. A little about me, I believe, “You cannot know where you are going, unless you know where you’ve been!” Nelly McClung. This quote speaks to my passion and experience for self-exploration to find resolve and the clarity required for next steps.
(226) 455-7768 View (226) 455-7768
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Sue Klassen
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BEd, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2M
What might it feel like to release your stress and trauma and feel restored? To finally feel at home in your body? To feel more free to move towards your goals? I use evidence-based cognitive-somatic approaches, including Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to release stress, pain, depression, and anxiety, and efficiently overcome PTSD and trauma. I have strong affinity for working with neurodivergent individuals (ADHD, ASD, HSP). Whether you are experiencing physical, emotional, or interpersonal stress or trauma, find lasting relief here.
What might it feel like to release your stress and trauma and feel restored? To finally feel at home in your body? To feel more free to move towards your goals? I use evidence-based cognitive-somatic approaches, including Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to release stress, pain, depression, and anxiety, and efficiently overcome PTSD and trauma. I have strong affinity for working with neurodivergent individuals (ADHD, ASD, HSP). Whether you are experiencing physical, emotional, or interpersonal stress or trauma, find lasting relief here.
(226) 242-9885 View (226) 242-9885
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Valentin Angardi
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2M  (Online Only)
I am passionate about Trauma, Attachment, and Somatic work, Solution Focus Therapy (SFT), Sex Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Welcome to Purple House Psychotherapy! Therapy can be scary and choosing a therapist that matches your need that much more difficult. I trust in a collaborative work and that you are the expert of your life. I am merely a mirror, which will reflect your thoughts and feelings and allows an opportunity to gently challenge and create new changes. I strive to provide a safe and brave space where you can explore and re-discover your most authentic self. Together we will laugh, cry and explore. I believe in the power of hope, individual resiliency, and pets.
I am passionate about Trauma, Attachment, and Somatic work, Solution Focus Therapy (SFT), Sex Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Welcome to Purple House Psychotherapy! Therapy can be scary and choosing a therapist that matches your need that much more difficult. I trust in a collaborative work and that you are the expert of your life. I am merely a mirror, which will reflect your thoughts and feelings and allows an opportunity to gently challenge and create new changes. I strive to provide a safe and brave space where you can explore and re-discover your most authentic self. Together we will laugh, cry and explore. I believe in the power of hope, individual resiliency, and pets.
(548) 761-2069 View (548) 761-2069
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Michelle Goodman (Ramalho)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2P
I offer sessions using the following evidence-based approaches: CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy, Parts Focused Therapies, Solution Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
At times life can take us far away from ourselves, and each day can feel challenging. While therapy cannot remove our challenges, or erase our past, it can allow us to manage more effectively, and discover we are more resilient than we ever imagined. I work with youths and adults on a broad range of topics such as emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, grief, postpartum depression, self-esteem/body image issues, and parenting or relationship challenges. If you are looking to change unhelpful patterns, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and want to build a more fulfilling life, take that first step and reach out.
I offer sessions using the following evidence-based approaches: CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy, Parts Focused Therapies, Solution Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
At times life can take us far away from ourselves, and each day can feel challenging. While therapy cannot remove our challenges, or erase our past, it can allow us to manage more effectively, and discover we are more resilient than we ever imagined. I work with youths and adults on a broad range of topics such as emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, grief, postpartum depression, self-esteem/body image issues, and parenting or relationship challenges. If you are looking to change unhelpful patterns, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and want to build a more fulfilling life, take that first step and reach out.
(226) 640-4774 View (226) 640-4774
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Kaitlyn Power
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, TCTSY-F
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H
My primary clinical work has been offering individual and group therapy ages 15 and older who have navigated varying mental health challenges including trauma. My trauma experience is inclusive of childhood or adult sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, workplace trauma including first responders and military personnel, medical/dental and high impact trauma. In the realm of mental health and wellness I have worked alongside many who have experienced obstacles related to depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, eating disorder, addiction, grief, stress as well as those suffering with persistent or chronic pain.
My primary clinical work has been offering individual and group therapy ages 15 and older who have navigated varying mental health challenges including trauma. My trauma experience is inclusive of childhood or adult sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, workplace trauma including first responders and military personnel, medical/dental and high impact trauma. In the realm of mental health and wellness I have worked alongside many who have experienced obstacles related to depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, eating disorder, addiction, grief, stress as well as those suffering with persistent or chronic pain.
(226) 407-6039 View (226) 407-6039
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Andrea Kauppinen
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2G  (Online Only)
I have formal applied training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and families and often apply it in relationship work along with other practices grounded in attachment and trauma knowledge depending on the nature of client concerns and desired changes.
WIth a Master's Degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph, I specialize in strengthening the relationships of diverse couples, parents and their children/teens, and intimates. I work with individual clients from a relationship perspective in recognition of the significant impacts our relationships, past and present, have on our lives and wellbeing. I also take a systemic approach, viewing individual and relationship difficulties in historical context and consideration of the current conditions of people's lives. It is a respectful and comprehensive approach that is rooted in a strong therapeutic relationship.
I have formal applied training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and families and often apply it in relationship work along with other practices grounded in attachment and trauma knowledge depending on the nature of client concerns and desired changes.
WIth a Master's Degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph, I specialize in strengthening the relationships of diverse couples, parents and their children/teens, and intimates. I work with individual clients from a relationship perspective in recognition of the significant impacts our relationships, past and present, have on our lives and wellbeing. I also take a systemic approach, viewing individual and relationship difficulties in historical context and consideration of the current conditions of people's lives. It is a respectful and comprehensive approach that is rooted in a strong therapeutic relationship.
(548) 800-1794 View (548) 800-1794
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Tanya Young
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2B  (Online Only)
I have walked my own road with trauma and mental health, and have lived experience parenting anxious, neurodiverse, and medically complex children.
Whether it be you or a loved one, most of us have experienced some form of struggle or loss. In today’s fast-paced world many of us are also juggling the competing demands of work and home life; both have become further complicated by technology and social media. We live in a world where we are more connected, yet lonelier than ever. For those with children, we are inundated with parenting advice, leaving us questioning whether we are doing enough, or doing it right. With all the information overload it can be difficult to know where to get started when it comes to our emotional health.
I have walked my own road with trauma and mental health, and have lived experience parenting anxious, neurodiverse, and medically complex children.
Whether it be you or a loved one, most of us have experienced some form of struggle or loss. In today’s fast-paced world many of us are also juggling the competing demands of work and home life; both have become further complicated by technology and social media. We live in a world where we are more connected, yet lonelier than ever. For those with children, we are inundated with parenting advice, leaving us questioning whether we are doing enough, or doing it right. With all the information overload it can be difficult to know where to get started when it comes to our emotional health.
(226) 782-3033 View (226) 782-3033
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Mary Soppitt
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q)
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2M
Waitlist for new clients
If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, emotional regulation, relationship concerns, trauma or grief, send me a message to help determine whether we will be a good fit!.
Welcome here! Whatever brought you to this space, I want you to know you are welcome and supported. I view the therapeutic journey, as a client welcoming me to walk alongside them as they walk on the pathway of their life, and I don’t take this invitation lightly. I can understand it can be vulnerable to reach out for support and I honor your bravery in taking the first step. I hold a strong belief in the expertise of clients when it comes to their own lives, and as a therapist, my role is to support and guide you in processing and uncovering what's happening for you, in your internal world.
If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, emotional regulation, relationship concerns, trauma or grief, send me a message to help determine whether we will be a good fit!.
Welcome here! Whatever brought you to this space, I want you to know you are welcome and supported. I view the therapeutic journey, as a client welcoming me to walk alongside them as they walk on the pathway of their life, and I don’t take this invitation lightly. I can understand it can be vulnerable to reach out for support and I honor your bravery in taking the first step. I hold a strong belief in the expertise of clients when it comes to their own lives, and as a therapist, my role is to support and guide you in processing and uncovering what's happening for you, in your internal world.
(548) 457-1530 View (548) 457-1530
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Andrea Lobsinger
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2K  (Online Only)
Throughout this I have supported youth in addressing family conflict, establishing boundaries, trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviours, and through life-changing events.
I believe people are innately resilient, able to withstand adversity, bounce back from life challenges, and flourish. Being resilient does not mean you will never feel stressed, emotionally overwhelmed or suffer. Being resilient means having the courage to climb the mountain, embracing the journey of vulnerability and having the strength to heal. On the other side of this experience is self-awareness, meaningful connections with others, purpose and improved emotional and physical health.
Throughout this I have supported youth in addressing family conflict, establishing boundaries, trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviours, and through life-changing events.
I believe people are innately resilient, able to withstand adversity, bounce back from life challenges, and flourish. Being resilient does not mean you will never feel stressed, emotionally overwhelmed or suffer. Being resilient means having the courage to climb the mountain, embracing the journey of vulnerability and having the strength to heal. On the other side of this experience is self-awareness, meaningful connections with others, purpose and improved emotional and physical health.
(548) 488-0023 View (548) 488-0023
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Mary Luard
Registered Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2H
My work is all attachment and trauma based.
I work with individuals, couples and families through an adult attachment lens, trained and Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Because we are so important to each other and feeling safely, emotionally connected is our survival as humans, we tend to use strategies we learned in our earliest relationships with our caregivers. We all fear the universal anxiety of abandonment or rejection and are wired to monitor our relationships for security. The ways we cope with our vulnerability when these fears get triggered can push us into negative patterns with ourselves and others. Learn to trust our needs and send clear signals.
My work is all attachment and trauma based.
I work with individuals, couples and families through an adult attachment lens, trained and Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Because we are so important to each other and feeling safely, emotionally connected is our survival as humans, we tend to use strategies we learned in our earliest relationships with our caregivers. We all fear the universal anxiety of abandonment or rejection and are wired to monitor our relationships for security. The ways we cope with our vulnerability when these fears get triggered can push us into negative patterns with ourselves and others. Learn to trust our needs and send clear signals.
(519) 500-4268 View (519) 500-4268
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Haifa Staiti
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H  (Online Only)
I am committed to a trauma-informed, person-centred, culturally and spiritually responsive, and strength-based approach in my practice.
I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist with experience providing counselling support for both individuals and groups. I work with people living with complex and multidimensional difficulties relating to depression, anxiety, trauma, and mental health conditions. My work includes a deep commitment to the well-being of my clients and my passion is to guide my clients on the journey to make the shift from surviving to thriving.
I am committed to a trauma-informed, person-centred, culturally and spiritually responsive, and strength-based approach in my practice.
I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist with experience providing counselling support for both individuals and groups. I work with people living with complex and multidimensional difficulties relating to depression, anxiety, trauma, and mental health conditions. My work includes a deep commitment to the well-being of my clients and my passion is to guide my clients on the journey to make the shift from surviving to thriving.
(548) 708-5357 View (548) 708-5357
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Brigitte Huber
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2C  (Online Only)
I am a trauma therapist that practices Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), as well as other therapeutic styles.
I am no longer accepting clients. Thank you to all who have honored me with their trust over the years. It has been the greatest privilege to be a part of your journeys.
I am a trauma therapist that practices Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), as well as other therapeutic styles.
I am no longer accepting clients. Thank you to all who have honored me with their trust over the years. It has been the greatest privilege to be a part of your journeys.
(226) 242-6999 View (226) 242-6999
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Chris Hagen
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2B
For over 10 years, I've worked with people experiencing trauma, anxiety & depression. As we work together, you will start to recognize your emotions and learn how to stop them from taking over. You'll shift from feeling trapped by overwhelming fears and sadness to knowing why you feel this way and what to do about it.
For over 10 years, I've worked with people experiencing trauma, anxiety & depression. As we work together, you will start to recognize your emotions and learn how to stop them from taking over. You'll shift from feeling trapped by overwhelming fears and sadness to knowing why you feel this way and what to do about it.
(226) 894-8334 View (226) 894-8334

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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.