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Trauma Therapy

If you are looking to process and heal from trauma, PTSD, secondary trauma, or intergenerational trauma, we provide the support you need with trauma-focused therapy in Toronto

Reduce symptoms and flashbacks

Build a toolbox of coping skills

Restore a sense of safety & trust

Sleep, concentration, relationships, daily living

The effects of trauma can impact every area of your life.

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If you are experiencing:

  • Intrusive thoughts & distressing memories
  • Avoiding thoughts, activities, places and people that remind you of the trauma
  • Negative self-thoughts or pessimism
  • A sense of hopelessness for the future
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
  • A loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities
  • Emotional detachment or numbness
  • Feeling isolated from the people you care about
  • Frequent guilt, shame or anger
  • Unsure of how to cope in a healthy way

We provide virtual and in-person trauma therapy in Toronto to help you explore and process your feelings in a safe space.

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What is trauma and how does it differ from PTSD?

Trauma is our emotional and physiological response to distressing events, such as abuse, witnessing violence, an accident, or natural disasters. It can impact our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and overall well-being, often leading to feelings of fear, helplessness, and vulnerability.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), on the other hand, is a specific diagnosis. It comes with symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and avoiding reminders of the trauma. Not everyone who goes through trauma gets PTSD, but if you do, therapy can help both with trauma and PTSD symptoms.

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The types of trauma therapy can treat

Acute Trauma

Acute trauma refers to a single, highly distressing event that overwhelms your ability to
cope, such as a car accident or natural disaster. It can result in immediate feelings of shock, fear, and helplessness, and you may experience symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and intense emotional distress in the aftermath of the event. Therapy can help you process and cope with acute trauma by providing support, validation, and strategies for managing symptoms.

Chronic Trauma

Chronic trauma involves prolonged exposure to stressful or traumatic events over an
extended period, such as abuse, neglect, or living in a dangerous environment (a war zone or abusive household). Chronic trauma can have cumulative effects on your physical, emotional, and psychological well-being, and can show up as symptoms such as hypervigilance, dissociation, and difficulties forming trusting relationships. Therapy for chronic trauma often focuses on addressing complex emotional reactions, building
resilience, and developing coping strategies to manage ongoing stressors.

Complex Trauma

Complex trauma occurs when someone is exposed to multiple traumatic events, often of an interpersonal nature, over an extended period. Examples include childhood abuse or neglect, domestic violence, or being exposed to community violence. Complex trauma can have profound and far-reaching effects on a person’s sense of self, relationships, and overall functioning. If you have experienced it, you may have difficulties regulating emotions, forming secure attachments, and maintaining a stable sense of identity. Therapy for complex trauma typically involves a comprehensive approach that addresses your diverse needs, including trauma processing, emotion regulation skills, and relational healing.

Secondary Trauma

Secondary trauma, also known as vicarious trauma, occurs when you are indirectly exposed to the traumatic experiences of others. It’s common in professions such as healthcare, emergency response, social work, or therapy, where you regularly encounter trauma narratives as part of your work. Over time, exposure to others’ trauma can lead to symptoms similar to those experienced by primary survivors, including emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, and feelings of helplessness. Therapy for secondary trauma helps you set boundaries and manage the emotional impact of working with trauma survivors while also addressing any underlying issues related to empathy, compassion fatigue, or burnout.

Intergenerational Trauma

Intergenerational trauma refers to the passing down of trauma from one generation to the next. It can happen when the trauma experienced by parents influences how they raise their children or when systemic injustices perpetuate cycles of trauma. This concept is especially important for those who have faced significant adversities like child abuse or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which can impact parenting behaviors and continue the cycle of trauma.

Moreover, intergenerational trauma encompasses the lasting effects of societal injustices, such as racial trauma and societal oppression, as seen in descendants of war survivors,
refugees, and those affected by residential schools.

How can trauma therapy help?

In therapy, we use a trauma-focused approach to care, ensuring client physical, psychological, and emotional safety throughout treatment. We respect your choice and control throughout the process. We utilize cognitive processing therapy, somatic therapy, hypnotherapy, internal family systems, and other evidence-based trauma-focused approaches to help you heal.

In therapy, we provide a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your feelings, fears, and reactions surrounding traumatic events. By discussing and understanding what happened, as well as your emotional responses, you can begin to make sense of the experience and gradually integrate it into your life story. This process can help lessen the power that the trauma holds over you and promote healing.

Through therapy, you have the opportunity to work through intense emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, and anxiety in a way that fosters emotional growth and resilience. We can help you develop healthier coping mechanisms and responses to these emotions, allowing you to navigate difficult situations with greater ease and self-awareness.

Therapy can provide relief from distressing symptoms commonly associated with trauma, such as flashbacks, nightmares, and insomnia. By addressing the underlying causes of these symptoms and learning effective coping strategies, you can experience a reduction in their frequency and intensity, leading to improved overall well-being.

Together, we can create a personalized toolkit of coping skills tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. These skills may include relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, grounding techniques, and communication strategies. By practicing these skills regularly, you can learn to regulate your emotions and responses to triggering events, empowering you to navigate challenges more effectively.

Therapy can help you restore a sense of safety and regain trust in yourself and others. Through supportive therapeutic relationships, you can explore and challenge any negative beliefs or assumptions that may be hindering your ability to connect with others and feel secure. As you develop a deeper understanding of your own strengths and resilience, you can cultivate healthier relationships and feel more confident in your ability to cope with life’s challenges.

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Our approach to trauma therapy

Our clinic employs an integrated approach to treatment, utilizing a range of therapeutic techniques customized to address your individual needs.

Our focus on trauma resolution may incorporate:

Cognitive Processing Therapy

CPT helps us recognize and challenge negative patterns of thinking that have resulted from the trauma. This allows you to develop a deeper understanding of your experiences and shift to more productive thought patterns.

Somatic Therapies

Our bodies remember the trauma. Somatic experiencing and Sensory Motor Psychotherapy help you reconnect with physiological and physical sensations, allowing us to help you process and release the stored trauma.

Why Choose Talm Therapy?

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Julian Raveendran, MSW, RSW

Clinical Director & Founder

When you need to talk to someone who understands your lived experience, has the capacity to hold your worries confidentially and the competency to help you solve the issues you’re facing – we are here to provide the support and guidance you need to create lasting change.

We provide therapy that is:

Diverse & Inclusive

Our therapists are warm, empathetic, highly-trained mental health professionals with wide variety of lived experience.

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Process Focused & Results-Based

We regularly check-in to see if we are making progress on your goals and seek feedback after each session to make sure we’re constantly adapting to your needs.

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Comprehensive

Our therapists participate in group supervision, engage in gold-standard professional development programs, and regularly coordinate with a lead psychiatrist to optimize-care.

Therapists who specialize in trauma therapy

Eda Mucaj, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at Talm Therapy in Toronto

Eda Mucaj M.A.C.P, R.P.(Q)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Caroline Boutefeu, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at Talm Therapy in Toronto

Caroline Boutefeu M.A.C.P, R.P.(Q)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

How Our Trauma Therapy Works

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Free consult

Book a free 15-min phone call with your therapist

We will answer your questions, learn about what’s bringing you to therapy and explain the therapy process. It’s an opportunity for you to get a feel for the working relationship with your therapist to ensure a good fit.

INTRO SESSION

Complete a comprehensive assessment

This assessment helps us understand your experiences and challenges, fully define your goals for therapy, and determine the pace of our work together.
Registration Form
Before your first session, you will be asked to complete a registration/intake form gathering information about you.
Biopsychosocial Assessment
In our first session, we will paint a whole image of your life story including your work history, personal experiences, and relationships.
Goal Exploration & Setting

Together, we’ll work to identify goals and a treatment plan to guide us through our time together.

ONGOING SESSIONS

Work through your treatment goals at a pace that feels right for you

We check in along your journey to ensure that the strategies learned in session are effectively moving you towards your goals.

In-between sessions we may provide information to review and exercises to work on.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Trauma Therapy

Everyone’s experience with trauma is unique. Your vulnerability to PTSD can be influenced by various factors, including your genetic makeup, how severe the trauma was for you, your natural resilience, and the support you have from those around you. It’s also important to consider how your body and mind respond to stress and the coping strategies you’ve developed over time.

When you’re dealing with intrusive memories, it’s like your brain is trying to make sense of what happened by replaying the event in your mind. These memories can be incredibly vivid, causing flashbacks, intense dreams, or overwhelming thoughts that feel like you’re right back in that moment. It’s your mind’s way of processing what you went through, but it can be distressing and make it hard to move forward.

Feeling paralyzed during a traumatic event is a natural response to extreme stress. Your body’s instinct is to protect you, so it might temporarily freeze up to keep you safe. It’s like hitting the pause button, giving you a moment to assess the situation and figure out the best course of action. It’s a survival mechanism that’s meant to help in dangerous situations.

Preventing PTSD can be challenging, but there are steps we can take together to reduce the risk. Early intervention and supportive therapy can make a big difference in how you process and cope with the trauma. If PTSD does develop, there are effective treatment options available, including cognitive-behavioral therapies like CPT, which can help change how you think about and respond to the trauma. Medication can also be used alongside therapy to manage symptoms and support your healing journey.

Healing from trauma is a journey, and it’s normal to wonder if the pain will ever fade. With time and support, symptoms can improve, and you can learn to live a fulfilling life again. However, if you avoid therapy or don’t seek help, the symptoms may persist or even worsen over time. Therapy is a crucial part of the recovery process, providing a safe space to explore your feelings, develop coping skills, and find hope for the future.

Starting therapy can feel overwhelming, but it’s a brave step toward healing. In therapy, we’ll work together to explore your trauma, understand your emotions, and develop coping strategies that work for you. Through this process, you can expect to see improvements in managing your symptoms, gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, and building resilience for the future. It’s a journey, but one that’s worth taking for your well-being and happiness.

Everyone’s experience with trauma is unique. Your vulnerability to PTSD can be influenced by various factors, including your genetic makeup, how severe the trauma was for you, your natural resilience, and the support you have from those around you. It’s also important to consider how your body and mind respond to stress and the coping strategies you’ve developed over time.

When you’re dealing with intrusive memories, it’s like your brain is trying to make sense of what happened by replaying the event in your mind. These memories can be incredibly vivid, causing flashbacks, intense dreams, or overwhelming thoughts that feel like you’re right back in that moment. It’s your mind’s way of processing what you went through, but it can be distressing and make it hard to move forward.

Feeling paralyzed during a traumatic event is a natural response to extreme stress. Your body’s instinct is to protect you, so it might temporarily freeze up to keep you safe. It’s like hitting the pause button, giving you a moment to assess the situation and figure out the best course of action. It’s a survival mechanism that’s meant to help in dangerous situations.

Preventing PTSD can be challenging, but there are steps we can take together to reduce the risk. Early intervention and supportive therapy can make a big difference in how you process and cope with the trauma. If PTSD does develop, there are effective treatment options available, including cognitive-behavioral therapies like CPT, which can help change how you think about and respond to the trauma. Medication can also be used alongside therapy to manage symptoms and support your healing journey

Healing from trauma is a journey, and it’s normal to wonder if the pain will ever fade. With time and support, symptoms can improve, and you can learn to live a fulfilling life again. However, if you avoid therapy or don’t seek help, the symptoms may persist or even worsen over time. Therapy is a crucial part of the recovery process, providing a safe space to explore your feelings, develop coping skills, and find hope for the future.

Starting therapy can feel overwhelming, but it’s a brave step toward healing. In therapy, we’ll work together to explore your trauma, understand your emotions, and develop coping strategies that work for you. Through this process, you can expect to see improvements in managing your symptoms, gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, and building resilience for the future. It’s a journey, but one that’s worth taking for your well-being and happiness.

What You Can Expect From Trauma Treatment

As you begin to heal by having your experience validated, understood and accepted, you may notice that you:

  • Feel safer and are more trusting of yourself and others
  • Are more equipped to cope and regulate emotional and physiological responses
  • Don’t avoid people, places or situations to the same extent
  • Can more easily recognize and shift unhelpful thought patterns
  • Are able to connect on a deeper level with the people you care about

Gain the understanding & tools you need to navigate your healing with confidence & resilience.

How To Get Started

Book online today

Free Consultations

We will answer your questions, learn about what’s bringing you to therapy and explain the therapy process. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for the working relationship with your therapist. We want to ensure it’s a great fit for you!

Appointments

Returning clients can book in-person or virtual appointments below.

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Our support team is happy to answer any questions and assist with scheduling a session.

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