Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible and extraordinary life event. It can shatter your sense of security and safety, and cause you to feel vulnerable and helpless. Typically, trauma victims experience both physical and emotional issues that disrupt and impede the ability to function. Examples include:

  • Anger
  • Shock
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Flashbacks
  • Guilt
  • Unpredictable emotions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Strained relationships
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

TCG trauma counsellors are experienced in a variety of methodologies and approaches. They can work with you to help you in the process of overcoming traumatic experiences, whether they are from childhood, assault, war or other causes.
Traumatized children often see the world differently, and can experience excessive feelings of fear and danger. TCG can help your child process trauma, develop coping mechanisms, and teach you new techniques to support their recovery.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that follows a traumatic event. It is characterized by such symptoms as

  • Persistent and frightening thoughts and/or memories
  • Flashbacks of the event
  • Dreams/nightmares
  • Emotional Irritability
  • Numbness
  • Survivor’s guilt
  • Anger

Those with PTSD may feel as if they are re-experiencing the traumatic event as if it were just happening, although the precipitating trauma may have occurred many months or years in the past. The symptoms may be so severe that the person with PTSD withdraws from family and friends and may be unable to work or attend school.

Trauma counsellors at TCG have up-to-date training and utilize a wide range of therapeutic techniques. They can help clients process their experience, develop strategies and resources to eliminate triggers, and reduce or resolve trauma symptoms.