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Engaging in trauma counselling at Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre can lead to numerous benefits, such as emotional healing, restoration of self-esteem, and improved relationships. Clients learn coping strategies that enable them to face life’s challenges with newfound strength and confidence.

What is Trauma?

Trauma can be defined as anything you personally perceive to be threatening, overwhelming or upsetting. Trauma happens when your ability to cope with the disturbing event is completely overwhelmed.

Many people suffering from trauma-induced symptoms tend to believe that there is no hope for recovery.  If you’re struggling to cope with the effects of trauma, it is important to remember that these symptoms are treatable. Trauma Therapy can provide an opportunity to process your experiences and start working towards healing. With the right help, you can heal from trauma and find relief from the distressing events of your past.

“Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” 
Peter Levine

Examples of Traumatic Experiences:

  • Childhood emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Being bullied
  • Domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Natural disaster
  • Being a refugee or a victim of war trauma
  • Death of a family member or close friend
  • Car Accidents
  • See someone die/illness
  • Surgery/birth trauma
  • End of relationship/divorce
  • Victim of discrimination
  • Workplace stress, harassment, job loss
  • Living with ongoing criticism and contempt

How Does Trauma Affect Us ?

Trauma can cause long-lasting changes in our nervous system. When we experience a traumatic event, our brain goes into survival mode. The fight-or-flight response is activated, and stress hormones are released. 

This can lead to changes in the way our brain processes information and how we respond to stress. We may become more easily agitated or have difficulty sleeping. We may startle easily or have trouble concentrating. Over time, these changes can persist and lead to problems with relationships, work, and mental health.

Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre's Approach

Healing from Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on our lives. When we think of trauma, we often think of physical and sexual abuse,  domestic violence, and emotional manipulation. For little children who come into this world expecting unlimited and unconditional love, ANY experience in which they feel unloved, unworthy, helpless, or powerless can feel intensely traumatic. It can leave them feeling scared, alone, and unworthy of love and connection. Childhood trauma can show up  as:

  • Not being able to express your emotions
  • Sacrificing yourself to please others
  • Not being able to say no and set healthy boundaries
  • Beating up yourself for your past mistakes or disappointing others
  • Not being able to ask for help or support
  • Seeking external validation and having low self-esteem

Trauma therapy can help us find relief from the distressing events of our past and create a brighter future for ourselves. Our experienced childhood trauma counsellors in Vancouver and BC can help you address the root causes of your problems and move towards healing.

How Can Trauma Counselling Help?

We utilize mind-body approaches based in neuroscience which tackle the root of the problem. For most of the people that come to us, that root is past experiences of stress and trauma. 

These treatment approaches effectively release the negative impacts of trauma. Our team of experienced trauma counsellors have specialized skills and expertise in understanding and alleviating impacts of trauma. We provide secure online counselling and psychotherapy throughout Vancouver and BC.

Our Registered Clinical Counsellors & Therapists in Vancouver & Coquitlam

We take great care in selecting the therapists we hire and only bring on those who embody our values of compassion, curiosity, and openness. We believe that these qualities are essential to creating an environment where our clients can feel safe and supported as they navigate their mental health journey.

Or view our list of counsellors accepting clients

Types Of Trauma Therapy:

We use a variety of different trauma therapy treatment options to help you heal from trauma and PTSD. Some have been used for decades while others have only been used in recent years. They have proven to be effective in most clients when dealing with traumatic events.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Lifespan Integration Therapy (LI)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
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Benefits of Seeking Trauma Counselling

Engaging in trauma counselling at Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre can lead to numerous benefits, such as emotional healing, restoration of self-esteem, and improved relationships. Clients learn coping strategies that enable them to face life’s challenges with newfound strength and confidence.

Why Choose Lotus Therapy?

Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre provides compassionate, trauma-informed care through holistic, evidence-based practices in an inclusive environment, offering flexible scheduling and low-cost options to ensure accessible, quality mental health support.

Compassionate Care in a Safe Space

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, our highly skilled clinicians provide a safe, inclusive space where compassion and connection foster profound healing and personal growth.

Holistic, Trauma-Informed Approach

We utilize a holistic, trauma-informed approach, integrating mind, body, and nervous system techniques to address core issues and unlock your potential.

Flexible and Accessible Quality Service

Committed to accessible care, we offer flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends, and low-cost options without compromising our evidence-based, quality service.

Downtown Vancouver

938 Howe Street, Suite 703, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9.

Coquitlam

3030 Lincoln Ave #211, Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4

FAQ

Trauma counselling is a form of therapy designed to help clients heal from the emotional and psychological effects of traumatic experiences. This specialized counselling approach aims to provide support, strategies to cope with distress, and techniques to process and overcome the impact of trauma, facilitating recovery and resilience.

Trauma counselling can be beneficial for clients who feels overwhelmed, stuck, or profoundly affected by traumatic events. It’s particularly beneficial for those who find that their experiences are impacting their daily lives, relationships, and ability to enjoy life. Trauma counselling offers a path towards recovery and can be a crucial step in regaining a sense of control and peace.

Your first session at Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre is primarily about building a foundation of trust and understanding. You’ll meet with one of our highly skilled and compassionate counsellors who will explain the process of counselling, discuss confidentiality, and begin to learn about you and your experiences. This session is a safe space for you to share as much or as little as you are comfortable with about your trauma and its impact on your life.

 

 

The duration of trauma counselling varies significantly among clients, influenced by factors such as the nature and complexity of the trauma, personal therapy goals, and the individual’s healing process. Generally, recovery from single-event trauma, like car accidents, may be quicker as these incidents often involve processing a specific, isolated experience. On the other hand, healing from developmental trauma, such as ongoing childhood trauma, can take longer. This type of trauma involves complex layers of emotional, psychological, and sometimes physical impact that have developed over years.

Recognizing the need for trauma counselling often starts with acknowledging how your experiences are affecting you. Signs that you might benefit from trauma counselling include persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or anger; intrusive thoughts or flashbacks of the traumatic event; difficulty sleeping or nightmares; withdrawing from relationships or activities you once enjoyed; feeling numb or disconnected; or experiencing intense reactions to reminders of the trauma. If these symptoms persist and interfere with your daily life, seeking professional support through trauma counselling can be a significant step towards healing.

“There is a wisdom in trauma when we realize that our traumatic responses and imprints are not ourselves and that we can work them through and thus become ourselves.”

― Gabor Mate

Recommended Reading:

  • The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk
  • Trauma and the Body – Pat Ogden et al.
  • Waking the Tiger – Peter Levine
  • Healing Trauma – Peter Levine
  • It Didn’t Start With You // Mark Wolynn