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Trauma therapy halifax
Bedford, Dartmouth, & SacKville

 The effects of trauma can impact all aspects of your life

Form meaningful relationships, and find the calm you need to live better.

Trauma Therapy in Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth & Sackville Areas

The effect of trauma can impact all aspects of your life.

Form meaningful relationships, and find the calm you need to live better.

Ability to get clarity around what’s keeping you stuck

A plan to help you move forward with a positive outlook on the future

Tools to manage stress and reduce negative thoughts

Is a past event keeping you stuck?

Trauma can occur in many forms, including physical or sexual abuse, unexpected injury or the dead of a loved one. 

The feeling associated with trauma can make you feel like you’re “stuck” and unable to move forward in your life. 

The effects can create long-lasting struggle, making even the simplest daily activity feel exhausting. This can lead to feelings of fear, guilt, shame and powerlessness.

Trauma Therapy Can Help You Move Forward.

Get the support you need with Trauma Therapy

Trauma Counselling In Halifax & Across Nova Scotia

Get the support you need with
Trauma Therapy

If you’re struggling with:

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    Intrusive thoughts
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    Flashbacks
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    Nightmares
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    Avoiding situations or people
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    Hypervigilance
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    Emotional numbness
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    Irritability or anger
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    Self-destructive behaviour

Trauma counselling can help you get clarity around what's keeping you stuck, provide the tools to manage stress and reduce negative thoughts, and develop a plan to help you move forward.

Intentional Outcomes Counselling

How Our Trauma Therapy Works

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We Connect

We get to know who you are and understand the struggles you’re facing.
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We Listen

We help you discover or uncover the person you are striving to become.
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We Help

We work with you on the skills, tools and actionable items you need to get there.

Meet Our Therapists

Therapists Specializing In
Trauma Therapy

Therapists Specializing In Trauma Therapy

Common Questions About Trauma Therapy

Trauma is a very personal experience, and what is traumatic for one person may not be for another. The effects of trauma can result from a wide range of events that are physically or emotionally overwhelming and may make us feel powerless or helpless. Some common types of events that can be traumatic are:

  • The sudden loss of a loved one through death or separation
  • Physical or sexual assault, abuse, or violence
  • Accidents such as car crashes, falls, or workplace injuries
  • Work related exposure in the 911 field or combat related service
  • Medical trauma such as serious illnesses, surgeries, or birth trauma
  • Covid related struggles
  • Childhood trauma, including neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or growing up in a household with addiction, mental illness, or domestic violence
  • Racial, gender or LGBTQ+ discrimination, oppression, and hate crimes

If you have experienced any event like the ones listed above and are now noticing symptoms such as flashbacks, increased anxiety, or feelings of detachment, therapy can help provide the guidance, clarity and support you need.

Trauma can be a difficult thing to process and it takes time to fully heal. It is important to be gentle with yourself throughout the process and remember that healing is a journey. At Intentional Outcomes, we will:

  • Provide a safe and judgment-free space where you can express your thoughts and process your emotions.
  • Help you work through any unresolved feelings or belief that may be keeping you stuck.
  • Teach you coping skills to help manage trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts.
  • Address negative self-beliefs, such as feeling helpless, hopeless, or unworthy. We will help you identify and challenge these beliefs and develop a more positive and self-compassionate outlook.
  • Provide education and resources to help you better understand your experience and its impact on your life.

Overall, therapy can provide you with the support and guidance you need to manage the impact of trauma on your life and move towards healing and recovery.

At Intentional Outcomes Counselling, we use a variety of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Processing (CP), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help you process and make sense of your trauma.

Trauma can have a wide range of effects on individuals, and the impact can vary depending on your unique experiences and circumstances. Some of the common effects of trauma:

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks and Nightmares
  • Anger and Irritability
  • Avoidance

The most effective way to manage the symptoms of trauma is to learn and develop skills to stop them from escalating. In therapy, we will guide you through effective techniques such as deep breathing, EMDR, and Cognitive Behavioural exercises, and grounding techniques to help you manage symptoms as you heal.

Healing from trauma is a journey, and while progress is not always linear, there are some indicators that healing is taking place as you move through therapy.

To start, you might start to notice that you have more energy, and you feel peaceful more often than before. Overall, you feel safer within yourself, as well as in the outside world.

Flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety attacks will start to diminish as you develop more coping skills. As situations arise in your everyday life that used to trigger distressing emotions, you may find that you are able to use the skills you have learned at therapy to manage the symptoms without feeling overwhelmed or dissociated.

Healing from trauma is a unique and individual process. While the signs of healing differ for each individual, you should find that over time, you are less hyper-vigilant and more able to relax and enjoy life.

What we want you to know as you begin therapy

Therapy is a very personal and vulnerable time, and it’s important to feel comfortable with the person you are talking to. At Intentional Outcomes, we strive to create a space where you feel safe, and finding the right therapist is a big part of that.

During our initial consult, we will match you with the therapist that we feel best aligns with your personality, values and goals. If at any point during therapy you feel like your therapist is not a good fit for you, let us know and we can make a change.

We understand that the trauma you have experienced was significant and likely affected you more than you know. Sharing your experience may bring up emotions and memories that you had worked to suppress, and we don’t expect you to share everything immediately.

It’s normal to feel like it’s getting worse before it gets better, and we will teach you tools and strategies that will help you cope with emerging emotions and take care of yourself as you move through the healing process.

Healing takes time, and we are here to walk with you, however long it takes. It’s ok to only share what you are comfortable with at each session. Baby steps still lead to progress, and we will respect your readiness and comfort level.

Your needs, values and goals are important to us. Throughout the therapy process we will provide you with tools, strategies and to cope with the emotions and thoughts that may rise to the surface. As you learn to recognize triggers in your everyday life, we will adjust our approach based on your feedback to help you best manage them as they arise.

We understand that healing from trauma is an unpredictable process, and all we ask is that you keep showing up. Your consistency and dedication to the process is what will make the biggest difference for you as we walk through this journey together.

No two healing journeys are the same, and we are here to support you through yours. As you work through trauma, you may find yourself walking through the stages of grief. Don’t feel discouraged if your healing process looks different than the timeline you have seen associated with other people’s process.

Your journey will be different. Sometimes progress will feel slow, sometimes there will be setbacks, and some days you will feel like excellent progress has been made! It’s all part of the process, and even during the slow times, you will still be taking steps forward.

Healing from trauma is hard work, and by working together, we will support you through the hard days and celebrate with you on the good days!

What happened to you, the trauma you experienced, is not your fault. No matter the circumstances, you didn’t ask for this, you didn’t do anything to deserve this. It can be easy to blame ourselves when bad things happen, but remember, we can’t control the actions of others or everything that happens to us. It’s okay to feel upset or angry about what happened.

You are not to blame. You are strong, you are brave, and we are here to help you on this journey to healing.

You don’t have to walk through this alone
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Trauma Treatment In Halifax & Across Nova Scotia

What you can expect from
Trauma Therapy

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    Significant improvements in your symptoms
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    Ability to get clarity around what's keeping you stuck
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    Tools to manage stress and reduce negative thoughts
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    Insight to recognize the behaviours that are contributing to your overwhelm
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    A plan to help you move forward with a more positive outlook on the future
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Significant improvements in
your symptoms
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Ability to get clarity around
what’s keeping you stuck

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Tools to manage stress and reduce negative thoughts

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Insight to recognize the behaviours that are contributing to your overwhelm

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A plan to help you move forward with a more positive outlook on the future

Knowing you don't have to walk through this path alone
can accelerate the healing process.

How Do You Get Started?

The first step can feel like the hardest.
Book a call and let us know how we can help.

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