People often seek out trauma counselling because they no longer want their past experiences to impact their life. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to talk about what happened or share any details that you are not comfortable with. We will talk about the effects you are experiencing and how to minimize them. There are many ways that trauma can show up in your experience.
Some of those are:
- Past or current violence
- Sexual assault or abuse
- Accidents and injuries
- Acts of racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia and prejudice based violence.
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Extreme poverty, and minority stress
- The end of a relationship
- Living through war or prolonged periods of compromised safety
- Neglect and abandonment
- Witnessing unpleasant experiences and interactions
- Illness and pain
A counsellor works with you to gently explore the ways that trauma is impacting your life and helps you to reduce the negative aspects, and capitalize on your strengths. Trauma does not break us apart, rather it can make us stronger. The theory of post traumatic growth suggests that after a period of healing, we can make significant improvement to our lives! In fact, 30-70% of individuals who experienced trauma report positive change and growth coming out of the traumatic experience (Joseph and Butler, 2010)
At Eagle Wellness, we will support you to find ways of reducing painful and uncomfortable symptoms while following your pace. There are many people in Vancouver, and the lower mainland who have experienced trauma. Finding a safe counsellor who works in your neighborhood can be very beneficial to your overall health and wellness.