PTSD Therapy London ON

Stressful events occur in each of our lives. Sometimes there is enough support to allow people to continue as they did before the event; for others, this event may change their overall experience of safety in the world. This can lead to difficulty sleeping, overwhelming feelings of fear, sadness and low mood, feelings of agitation and hypervigilance in the body, or even disconnection in the body and to life. Whatever the impact, it is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. For many people, may decrease naturally over time. However, sometimes, these situations can lead to an ongoing condition called “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” which can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life and overall wellbeing.

If you feel that something from your past is impacting your current life, PTSD therapy may be a good fit for you. Our team offers in-person PTSD therapy in London, ON, and virtually to the province of Ontario.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event such as combat, natural disasters, sexual violence, serious accidents, terrorist acts, or war. If left untreated, PTSD can majorly undermine an individual’s quality of life. It is estimated that around 8% of Canadians meet the criteria for probable post-traumatic stress disorder. 

People with PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are no longer in danger. They may have nightmares or flashbacks about the event, feel sad, and lose interest in things they used to enjoy. They may also feel angry, irritable, or numb and have trouble concentrating, sleeping, or recalling details of what happened. These symptoms can make it hard for people with PTSD to go about their daily lives. Consider that PTSD can keep what happened in the past trapped in time, which is why the impacts of PTSD can feel raw and overwhelming like it is happening now.  

Living with PTSD can be extremely difficult without the right treatment and support. Working with a licensed trauma and PTSD therapist can be paramount to healing. If your story includes parts that feel unfinished, burdened, or stuck, we can help. To get started with PTSD counselling, send us a message today.

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a specific form of PTSD. C-PTSD can include developmental or attachment trauma, which refers to traumatic impact of trauma experienced in childhood. C-PTSD is a term used to encompass the impacts of multiple experiences of trauma that impact the individual’s core sense of safety and identity.  People who face repetitive traumatic experiences over time or live in violent, abusive, or traumatizing situations may develop C-PTSD. 

Regardless of your diagnosis, our team of counsellors is here to support you. Send our team a message today to get started.

Who Does C-PTSD Affect?

While the majority of people will experience some form of trauma in their lives, not all people will develop C-PTSD. C-PTSD impacts individuals who have experienced multiple traumas and layers of trauma experience. This means it is not a single incident or a single situation that has caused the impact of their trauma. Consider, early experiences of abuse, then romantic relationships that are abusive, then a sudden loss, or a car accident. Each of these occurrences can be traumatic in their own right; C-PTSD considers not just the individual effects of these experiences but also how they come to inform broader experiences of a lack of safety and lack of self connection.

Types of Counselling For PTSD and C-PTSD

Many types of psychotherapy have been shown to be very effective in treating and managing PTSD and C-PTSD. Specifically, trauma-focused CBT, EMDR, IFS, CPT, and other similar modalities have been shown as highly effective for sufferers of PTSD and C-PTSD. 

Our team is experienced in multiple different evidence-based trauma therapies that are effective for managing PTSD & C-PTSD. These therapies include:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Somatic Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

• Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

• Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

• Ego-state therapy

• Attachment therapy

• Hypnotherapy

• Mindfulness

If you’d like to read more about our therapists and their specialties, please view our therapist page. If you aren’t sure and would like guidance, please send us a message.

Online PTSD Therapy in Ontario

If you’re considering therapy but are having a hard time finding a local practitioner you trust, online PTSD therapy may be a good option for you. Our team draws from many trauma-focused educational backgrounds and clinical experiences. Our practitioners regularly provide online PTSD therapy services over the phone and virtually via secure online video conferencing. 

Online therapy for PTSD is just as effective as in-person, and sessions can include all treatment modalities, including EMDR, IFS, CBT, and more. 

Healing is Possible – We Can Help

If you feel ready to seek support, we applaud you for taking the first step. To book your first appointment, please send us a direct message and our team will get back to you promptly with the next steps.