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Treating Trauma in Edmonton

A trauma is typically described as a distressing event that affects you emotionally, psychologically and/or physically. Everyone will likely deal with some sort of trauma in their lifetime. Some people, however, may not be able to recover from it and the trauma will continue to impact their lives long after the event has taken place. When a past trauma continues to negatively affect your health and well-being, it's very important that you speak to counsellors professionally trained in identifying and treating trauma in Edmonton. The caring, compassionate team at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., JoAnn Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. is here to help you for as long as you need it. 


Our counsellors strive to help you deal with and understand what happened and start to heal your mind and body. We'll teach you healthy and effective coping methods and how to manage and hopefully even completely overcome your symptoms. Our office maintains a safe, confidential environment for everyone and encourages open, honest communication. Your counsellor will be unbiased and gently guide the discussion without ever being disrespectful to you or your situation.

Common Causes for Trauma in Adults
Have you lost your significant other? Been involved in a major car accident? Have you ever served in the armed forces? These are some of the many sources of trauma for adults. Other traumatic events and situations include unresolved childhood trauma, losing a child of your own, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, criminal acts, natural disasters, and the loss of relationships, both platonic and romantic. A situation could also be traumatic if it was deeply disappointing or humiliating for you. And remember, the same situation may not be as traumatic for someone else, but it was for you. Please don't be embarrassed or hesitant to seek help if you're struggling.

Trauma Counsellors for Edmonton
People seek counselling at different points following a trauma. Some might speak to a counsellor right after the fact, while others wait and only look for help after experiencing more and more distressing symptoms, which could include:

  • Severe anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Flashbacks
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Extreme guilt
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Anger or irritability
  • Hypervigilance
  • Aggressive or reckless behaviour
  • Shock or disbelief
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawing from others 
  • Body aches and pains
  • Rapid heartbeat

There are many other symptoms and they can also affect people who have witnessed a traumatic event or have a close friend or family member who experienced it. The situation may not have happened to you, but you can still suffer both physically and mentally, so please talk to a counsellor. We encourage any victim or witness of a trauma to rest, avoid alcohol and drugs, eat well and try and reduce their stressors.


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Our therapy approach will depend on your situation and the type of trauma suffered. Even if you think you've healed from whatever happened, trauma symptoms may resurface on the anniversary of the event or if something reminds you of it. This makes counselling even more
important, as we can give you tools to cope for the future and be there for you if something comes up and you need to talk. We can also speak to your loved ones to ensure they understand how to best help you as well.

Trauma is difficult to overcome at any age, but there is help available. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 780-433-2269.