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You may find yourself overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, or depression. Managing your emotions and thoughts seems increasingly difficult. Occasionally, a random sound, a particular scent, or an image might trigger intense feelings. It might be confusing not knowing exactly why these reactions occur.

It can feel like there’s no way to surmount these challenges alone.

If you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances, take comfort in knowing that we are expert therapists in London, Ontario, equipped to help you liberate yourself from these burdens.

Your circumstances can change.

You have the potential to reclaim a joyful and fulfilling life.

Some examples of the types of experiences we work with include:

Struggling with the effects of trauma can feel isolating, but you’re not alone. At Well Being Counselling, located in the heart of London, Ontario, we specialize in transformative trauma therapy tailored to your personal needs. Utilizing advanced techniques like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), our expert therapists are here to guide you toward a brighter, more peaceful future.

Trauma manifests into other mental health issues.

Some people can experience a trauma without developing trauma-responses; others don’t. Remember, a trait isn’t a symptom, and a symptom isn’t a disorder! Untreated trauma will rule your life. Depression, anxiety, intense shame, self-doubt, emotional flooding, nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, intrusive memories, difficulty regulating emotions, hypervigilance, memory problems, avoiding reminders of the trauma, and chronic pains can drain the joy and vitality from your life.

Understanding Different Types of Trauma

Trauma manifests in various forms, and pinpointing the specific type you’re experiencing is crucial for your recovery journey. Each type of trauma has nuances and sub-categories that help clarify the original incident, allowing us to tailor an effective treatment strategy.

Complex Trauma: Complex trauma arises from multiple distressing events that have a profound and enduring impact. The symptoms may evolve gradually or appear suddenly in response to a single traumatic event.

Emotional Trauma: This type of trauma focuses on the psychological effects of stressful experiences, including changes in brain function and a deterioration in mental health.

Vicarious Trauma: Also known as secondary trauma, vicarious trauma occurs when you witness traumatic events, even if not directly involved. This could happen to soldiers observing combat situations or bystanders at the scene of an accident, leading to lasting psychological effects.

What Triggers Traumatic Experiences?

The roots of trauma are diverse and multifaceted, and a critical aspect of trauma therapy lies in unearthing and addressing the underlying cause. While many reactions stem from encountering a specific event, some individuals may develop symptoms due to childhood adversities.

Trauma in adulthood can arise from:

  • Violence: Victims of violent acts, including sexual assault, robberies, and general violence, can develop lasting and detrimental symptoms.
  • Racial Discrimination: Racial trauma can occur when an individual is subjected to verbal and physical attacks due to their skin colour or cultural background.
  • Domestic Abuse: Abusive relationships can cause significant emotional distress, with symptoms often persisting even after the relationship ends.
    Medical Ordeals: Undergoing a stressful medical procedure or suffering from an illness can also trigger PTSD.
  • Terrorism: Being a victim of a terrorist attack can lead to recurrent nightmares and ongoing anxiety.
    Natural Disasters: Wildfires, tornadoes, and other natural calamities often result in property losses and traumatic symptoms.
  • Accidents: Trauma can arise from car accidents, workplace incidents, or other unforeseen accidents.

Childhood Trauma

As experienced counsellors specializing in childhood trauma recovery, we regularly treat individuals who have endured abuse or emotional adversities during their formative years. Regrettably, while some forms of trauma are immediate, the experiences witnessed in childhood can take years to manifest.

All children have fundamental needs, including love, safety, and protection. When caregivers fail to meet these needs, it can impact the child’s development, resulting in long-lasting effects.

If your child witnesses a traumatic event, seeking immediate help can reduce the risks of the experience carrying over into later life. Similarly, we also support adults grappling with the impact of their childhood traumas.

Emotional Neglect

Neglect is the most prevalent form of child abuse, but it is often not taken as seriously as sexual or physical abuse (Harvard). When a child’s emotional needs are unmet, met with avoidance or even overindulgence, they grow up without understanding how to manage their emotions effectively.

Consequently, adults struggle to process negative experiences and often suppress their emotions, creating a potentially volatile situation.

Sexual and Physical Abuse

Two of the most traumatic experiences any child can endure are physical and sexual abuse. Instead of growing up in a supportive environment, the child learns to live in fear and effectively walks on eggshells for years.

As they enter adolescence and adulthood, the impact of trauma can manifest in unhealthy relationships, unpredictable emotions, and harmful reactions to their unresolved abuse experiences.

Intergenerational Trauma

Children learn by example, and many of our clients seek help due to prolonged exposure to a parent or family member who has suffered trauma.

For instance, if a parent experiences severe abuse, they might become overly vigilant with their child or inadvertently pass on their behaviours, causing the trauma to manifest in the child later in life.

Other Experiences

We all react differently to circumstances, and children who have endured bullying, lost a parent, or dealt with the stress of relocating to a new area can develop symptoms of trauma. These effects might appear immediately or later in life.

It’s essential to remember that even though someone else experiences the same event, they might not develop traumatic symptoms. We all process things differently, and there’s no shame in acknowledging the need for support.”

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if you're looking for therapy for trauma in London, Well Beings Counselling would love to work with you. Call us at 604-305-0104 to book an appointment today.

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