The word trauma comes from the Greek word for “wound.” A traumatic experience is an event in which you perceive your survival to be threatened, or where your entire worldview is shattered.
Often both happen together.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the name given to the cluster of symptoms people tend to experience after living through a traumatic event, such as a car accident, a sexual assault, or some form of attack or abuse. These symptoms are often severe and can include intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, depression, addiction, numbness, insomnia, lack of appetite, addiction, rage, avoidance, digestive issues, and chronic pain.
Understandably, many people experiencing these nightmarish symptoms believe that they're broken or “crazy.” In reality, their brains have simply adapted to the trauma in an attempt to protect themselves against the further threats. The problem is that these adaptations persist beyond the original threat and tend to cause serious problems in ordinary life.
The good news is, counselling has been proven to be extremely effective in treating PTSD. We offer EMDR and ART, both are cutting edge forms of counselling known as the “gold standard” of trauma therapy and based on the latest neuroscientific research. Many of our staff are also trained in trauma-informed CBT which has also been proven to be highly effective in treating PTSD.
View Dr. Jan Seahorn's wonderful Tedtalk on understanding Trauma and PTSD:
When a crisis happens, you're the first one on the scene. Others rely on you, count on you and put their life in your hands. What happens when you are the one in crisis? Where do you turn?
At Parry Sound Counselling we specialize in helping those who help others. Whether you are a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, nurse, crisis counsellor or mental health profession, you put your mental and emotional health on the line every day for others. Let us be there to help you.
We know that PTSD, operational stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout are occupational hazards that can't be ignored. Failing to respond to early signs and symptoms could lead to major problems and emotional damage down the road. Loss of a career, marriage and even death are all consequences of ignoring workplace trauma.
The good news is, counselling has been proven to be extremely effective in resolving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The province of Ontario has finally recognized that PTSD is an occupational hazard for first responders and there is help available.
If you live in Muskoka-Parry Sound and you’re ready to begin your road to recovery, book an appointment at the link below, or call us at (705) 716-0749 or email email@example.com to set up an appointment.