Trauma Counselling

Trauma Counselling:


Trauma counselling is one of the most courageous types of counselling engaged in, particularly for those who have been traumatized in early childhood. The effort to continue to trust and to be in the therapeutic relationship while being triggered by the past is a monumental task. I find it challenging and honouring to be a part of a process that moves people from victims to survivors and finally to thrivers.

In the last few years, there has been an impressive amount of brain research facilitating new non talking therapies for trauma. Of particular interest has been both One Eye Integration (OEI) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have used both these techniques for some years and find that clients have felt most personally successful with one eye integration, although at times I have combined the two. I am a trainer and a supervisor of OEI.


How might you experience trauma?


The diagnosis of trauma involves three main symptoms.


Where you may feel an exaggerated startle response, panic, irritability and sleeping problems.


Where you may experience numbing, dissassociation (disconnection from self, others and experiences), poor concentration, blocked thoughts and emotions, and avoidance of places and people who trigger difficult trauma responses.


Where you might experience fragmented flashbacks from the trauma, dreams, intrusive nonverbal body experiencing. Symptoms of body experiencing include headaches, numbness & emptiness, nausea & stomach cramps, neck, shoulder & back pain, throat and chest constriction. Because of the parts of the brain involved with trauma there is a difficulty for those experiencing trauma to explain to themselves and others exactly what they are experiencing. If some of this sounds like you, you may want to invest in trauma therapy.


 Trauma can occur from all sources. Some examples are parents and family members, spouses and siblings, business associations, robbery or assailant experiences, accidents, workplace supervisors, colleagues, subordinates, sexual offenders.


Some possible goals in trauma therapy are to reduce the hyperarousal state by moving from re-experiencing the trauma events to “remembering” the events, to reduce anxiety, panic, irritability, numbing and avoidance.


Testimonial: One day when anger and hate are eating you alive, when your past is killing you, in the black hole of a depression, when there is no choice but dying, someone comes and helps you to save yourself. She is just there to give keys to open the doors of all the closets where your monsters are hiding. You resist, you deny, you cry, you throw up, and step-by-step, like a baby, you start walking closer to the light and finally you are free. There is no more hate and danger, no more phobias and scary things, no more demons. You are free; free to enjoy life and people and you just keep smiling. Thanks Lynda. I would not done it without you. I have now a new me, a new happy life.


    If you would like a male therapist who practices OEI trauma therapy, connect with Sean Latimer.
    It is recommended that while you are engaging in trauma therapy that you help yourself between sessions by learning to relax your body. Cris Boyd is both a trauma therapist and a Yoga instructor.