What is Trauma Informed Therapy (TIT)?

The concept of trauma informed therapy is based on the idea that people who have experienced traumatic events have different ways of approaching life than those who have not experienced such events. Individuals who have experienced trauma may exhibit signs of depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Some may also struggle with self-esteem issues, anger, and substance abuse.
TIT focuses on helping clients heal from past traumas by examining what happened during the event, why it happened, and how it has affected their lives since then. It also teaches clients techniques for coping with stressors in daily life so they do not become overwhelmed with emotions or behaviours they cannot control.

Types of Trauma

Trauma informed therapy is a holistic approach to counselling that involves the understanding and treatment of mental health issues in the context of trauma. Trauma is defined as any event that negatively impacts our sense of safety in the world. It can be the aftermath of a war, a car accident, assault, abuse, traumatic injuries, domestic violence, natural disasters, or school shootings. By empowering clients with knowledge about their symptoms and how they affect their lives, counsellors can help them make changes for the better.
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Acute Trauma

Acute trauma results from a sudden or shocking event. It's usually something like a car accident or a natural disaster, but it can also be something like a robbery or an assault. Trauma informed counselling focuses on treating acute trauma by helping clients process their experiences and find ways to cope with them.

Complex Trauma

A trauma-informed approach recognizes the impact of complex trauma on people's lives, and responds with a variety of supportive and practical interventions. The goal of counselling for complex trauma is to help people deal with the impact of past experiences on their lives today.

Veterans & Military

Veterans are often exposed to traumatic situations during combat and war which can cause devastating and long-lasting effects such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Trauma informed counselling is especially effective for veterans who are struggling with issues related to combat experiences.

RCMP & First Responders

RCMP officers and first responders are often exposed to dangerous, disturbing, and traumatic situations that can cause them to develop PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Trauma informed counselling can help reduce nightmares or flashbacks; improve sleep quality; decrease anger; and lower stress levels.

Medical Staff

This approach helps medical professionals deal with their feelings of helplessness when it comes to treating serious injuries or illnesses. It teaches them how to acknowledge their own feelings about what they see on a daily basis without feeling weak or unprofessional for showing emotion toward their patients' suffering.
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Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma happens when an individual experienced abuse at home, neglect from parents or guardians, or bullying at school. Trauma informed counselling is designed to help people who have experienced childhood trauma work through their past experiences in order to have healthier relationships in the future.
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Medical Trauma

Medical trauma can be a difficult experience to deal with. It's not just the physical pain that is difficult to manage, but also the emotional trauma of being in an ambulance or hospital. TIT can help people with medical trauma work through the emotions and physical sensations associated with their recovery.
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Sexual Trauma

Trauma informed counselling can enable you to regain control over your life by helping you process your emotions and feelings such as shame, fear and guilt that often accompany sexual trauma. Counselling can help you learn new ways of coping with these feelings so that you can begin to heal from the trauma.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after you've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It's normal to feel stressed, upset, or afraid after an event that makes you feel like your life or others' lives are in danger. PTSD is diagnosed when symptoms get worse and last longer than a month. If you have PTSD, it means that you continue to be troubled by flashbacks and nightmares of the event. You may also have trouble sleeping, feeling detached from other people, or avoiding situations that remind you of the event.
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Trauma Informed Therapists

Arian Guedes
Virtual and In-Person

Arian Guedes

Registered Psychologist M.A.C.P
$220 per hour
Arian has over 10 years of experience providing counselling to adult individuals and couples with anger issues, anxiety, trauma & PTSD, relationship issues, depression, identity concerns, low self-esteem, work-related issues, and more.
Michelle Koerner
Virtual & In-Person

Michelle Koerner

Mental Health Therapist MSW, RSW
$200 per hour
Michelle works with individuals who are living with anger issues, anxiety, childhood trauma, codependency, domestic violence, grief & loss, personality disorders, PTSD, self esteem issues, and more.
Dailyn Mccalla
Virtual & In-Person

Dailyn Mccalla

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Dailyn works with individuals, couples, and youth with a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, developmental disorders, depression, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, gender and sexuality, families, trauma and more.
Michelle Ruiz
Virtual & In-Person

Michelle Ruiz

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Michelle specializes in helping adult individuals struggling with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, grief & loss, relational concerns, occupational stress injuries, trauma, PTSD and more. ***Available for day-time therapy sessions on Thursdays & Fridays***

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