Looking for a Trauma Therapist for PTSD Treatment in Winnipeg?

You find yourself stressed out, anxious, angry, afraid. Sometimes, your feelings are all over the place, and at times your reactions seem so strong they overtake you. Often, painful or scary thoughts and feelings come on and you don’t know what to do to control them. The thoughts about the trauma you went through—what happened to you—keep coming back.

You Shouldn’t Have to Take On Trauma Alone

You know you should be able to handle stuff, but things are getting harder. So, trying to do it alone isn’t working anymore. It’s wearing you out. Your heart’s pounding, your head’s spinning, and it’s hard to focus or think. I understand and I know how horrible that is.

As someone who’s experienced trauma, abuse, and experienced post-traumatic stress for many years, I can tell you “I get it.” Along with my education and training to treat people with trauma, my understanding of how painful and difficult it can be is what helps our agency really support you. My Winnipeg Therapist a safe, caring place for you to do your trauma work. And, along with knowing what trauma and PTSD feel like, I also understand recovery and growth.

Types of Trauma We Treat

Short-Term Acute Distress

Short-term acute distress happens when we experience a traumatic event and have distressing thoughts, images, and emotions related to the event. The intense thoughts, feelings, and images of the traumatic event rise up in you and it feels like you’re reliving the traumatic event over and over.

Also, you can experience distressing dreams or nightmares of the traumatic event. Things that remind you of the trauma can trigger intense reactions. You can feel numb, exhausted, and agitated, and disconnected from others.

These intense and distressing emotions, thoughts, and body sensations last for a short period. Usually, less than a month. With your own resources and often with support from others close to you, you are able to manage the difficult thoughts and feelings. canYou experience a gradual decrease in symptoms until all symptoms are gone.

Acute distress can happen right after a traumatic event or up to 6 months later. Even if it appears later, acute trauma can still last around a month.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Someone with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has many similar symptoms as someone with Short-Term Acute Distress. A person with PTSD experiences flashbacks and nightmares of the traumatic event. They can feel numb, exhausted, agitated, and disconnected from others.

Unfortunately, the symptoms do not decrease. Instead, they become chronic. Meaning, they don’t go away. The horrible feelings, thoughts, and body sensations become a long-term problem. So, post-traumatic stress disorder is an extremely difficult mental illness to manage without help. It leaves your mind and body in a constant state of worry, agitation, and fear.

When PTSD goes untreated, you can develop a range of other problems like alcohol and drug addiction and social isolation. PTSD can also lead to secondary mental health like depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic. Unfortunately, these distressing symptoms last a very long time, often a person’s entire life.

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Often when we talk about trauma we talk about a one-time occurrence. Like a life-threatening experience such as a natural disaster, a vehicle accident, or an assault for example. Witnessing these events can also cause trauma and PTSD. But, these are one time events that cause PTSD to occur over a limited duration of time.

What is different with Complex PTSD, is that this trauma happens over months or years. C-PTSD can arise out of interpersonal abuse. And it can happen between adults, between an adult and child, between siblings, and from people in positions of power and authority, such as teachers, coaches, and bosses.

Many clients with C-PTSD have experienced emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and/or neglect. Prisoners of war and people living in war zones for an extended period of time can experience also C-PTSD.

Are Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Different?

A traumatic event can be overwhelming, shocking, and hard to make sense of. But, we all experience traumatic events differently. Some more intensely, others less so. Some people experience a traumatic event and go through minimal distress. The traumatic event can still be upsetting and disturbing, but some people don’t suffer the intense thoughts and emotions associated with trauma. On the other hand, the trauma experienced can be upsetting enough that PTSD treatment may prove beneficial.

This is because we have different levels of resilience—the internal strength to bounce back from hardship and tragedy.

Resilience in the Face of Trauma

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The greater the resilience, the easier it is to deal with life’s ups and downs—even the losses, and painful events. Resilience is a natural defense against mental and emotional life challenges, including potentially traumatic events. And, the good news is that resilience is something that increases through the trauma counseling and recovery process.

Our Approach to Trauma Counselling and PTSD Treatment

Therapy at My Winnipeg Therapist helps you understand your thoughts, feelings, and memories in relation to your traumatic experience. Our team of therapists will teach you tools and techniques to help you create a sense of safety, and how to gain some control over the distress. This new understanding helps you make sense of what you’re going through. You start realizing “I’m not crazy—this is how a sane person responds to an insane situation”.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Trauma

My Winnipeg Therapist uses several evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness training. CBT is one of the leading, scientifically validated treatments for reducing the pain of post-traumatic stress disorder. With CBT, we teach you skills to manage the distress more effectively, and how to reduce the trauma-related thoughts, feelings and sensations. The treatment starts with learning techniques to help you manage anxiety and fear.

Mindfulness to Overcome Trauma

In counselling we use mindfulness techniques and training to help you build a stronger sense of safety and calm. Mindfulness techniques we teach allow you to focus on what’s going on with you in the present. This helps you get out of your head and out of your trauma memories. The treatment allows you to move through the process in a safe, supportive way. But, always at a pace that feels ok for you.

PTSD Treatment Takes Time

While it’s a gradual process, successful clients know it takes time and commitment, because this leads to realizing the real benefits of this therapy work. Like learning how to let go of guilt, shame, and feeling more comfortable around others. This and many other important changes help you feel better about who you are.

After working with a counsellor at My Winnipeg Therapist, clients discover that it’s possible to feel less negative, and you can remember or discover what feeling positive is like. And, for many of our clients who are committed to the work, over time they find in themselves more energy and motivation, and a better outlook on life.

Barriers to Counselling

Are you feeling like you don’t have enough time to spend on counselling? The people who have the most success in counselling attend therapy on a weekly basis. That’s an hour a week! That’s less than watching a movie or game of sports on TV!

Some people worry that the cost is too much. I felt the same until I finally went counselling. But, I’ve heard from many clients I’ve worked with: “It’s the best investment I’ve ever made.”Older man in button up sits with his head in his hands as his therapist listens, and writes notes on a page. My Winnipeg Therapist offers ptsd treatment in Winnipeg, trauma treatment in Winnipeg, and more. Contact us today!

Some people are afraid of being judged. Well, I’ve been through some painful stuff—and felt crazy for it. So, I’m with you. And the counsellors at My Winnipeg Therapist are trained to understand and support—and feel deep empathy for people who have been traumatized.

Start PTSD Treatment in Winnipeg Today

With the right care and treatment, things can get better for you. At My Winnipeg Therapist, we want to help you get there. I know that even looking for therapy can be hard, never mind actually going. But unfortunately for most of us, if these trauma-related problems aren’t dealt with—things for you can get a lot worse.

Yes, we know it can feel really hard to reach out for help. So, we work hard to make the experience for you as stress-free, safe, and supportive as we can. If you are ready to see if PTSD treatment in Winnipeg could benefit you, here are three simple steps to begin counselling in Winnipeg:

  1. Contact My Winnipeg Therapist
  2. Meet with one of our caring therapists
  3. Start feeling calmer, more motivated, and better about yourself again!

PTSD Treatment isn’t the only therapy we offer at our Winnipeg Counselling office.

In addition to PTSD treatment and trauma counselling, My Winnipeg Therapist also offers a variety of mental health services. Our therapists offer specialized counselling for men and male youth, relationship counselling, marriage counselling, anxiety treatment, depression counselling, and low self-esteem counselling. Contact our Winnipeg counselling clinic today to get the help you need to move forward with confidence.