Your life feels really hard sometimes.
You are dealing with so much, and holding everything together as best you can.
Behind closed doors and closed eyes, you are struggling. Even when it seems like things are fine, you are hurting inside. And you can’t stop it, no matter what you’ve tried.
Sometimes you feel exhausted, confused, angry, empty or crazy.
Trauma responses can show up in a lot of different ways and places.
are losing sleep
feel sensitive or on guard
avoid people or places
get angry or cry easily
have unexplained pain
You want to believe it isn’t your fault, yet you still blame yourself.
Trauma is anything that overwhelms a person's internal capacity to cope.
Everyone experiences events differently.
If your brain perceives threat or harm and is prevented from releasing the stress after, the effects of the trauma can linger in your body long-term.
You can experience trauma in many different situations:
work or social settings
childhood or family of origin
physical or sexual encounters
injuries or car accidents
Sometimes we don't even remember our traumas or believe we experienced trauma.
Trauma is often hidden because we learned to protect and quiet our pain.
A trauma therapist can help you figure out why you do what you do, what happened to you, and how you learned to cope with stress and trauma.
Trauma counselling can help you make sense of your experiences and find a new way forward.
You can gain awareness, respond instead of reacting, and feel open and free again.
Life doesn't have to be so overwhelming. You can live with more ease, create space in your day for what makes you smile, and manage difficulties with greater control and compassion.
Trauma can silence you and take away your power.
When you understand your emotions and sensations, you can welcome them and listen to their message.
It is possible to find your voice, express yourself in creative ways, and trust your own judgment.
You can wake up looking forward to your day, and go to sleep feeling calm and peaceful.
What if you could...
relax in your body
laugh more often
allow yourself to rest
be kind to yourself
A good trauma therapist helps you feel at ease, even when you're working on hard things.
You can feel confident moving forward as you build trust in your therapist and yourself.
Trauma counselling gives you a space to explore your beliefs, stories, and habits with curiosity.
Trauma therapy can help you:
connect body and mind
embrace your strengths
practice new skills
release old patterns
meet your needs
At Therapy Alberta, you don't have to relive or ignore your past - we do what works best for you.
You can expect to develop a plan with your trauma counsellor where you feel safe to focus on whatever you choose - past, present, or future.
Many types of therapy do not require you tell your story or talk about your trauma.
All of our trauma therapists prioritize creating a supportive therapeutic space with you.
When you’re ready to try therapy (or try again), you can build a relationship with a trauma-informed therapist who values whole person care. You're human first and what you're struggling with doesn't define you.
Some approaches to trauma counselling include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing Therapy (EMDR)
We offer exclusively online counselling so you can connect to a therapist anywhere in Calgary and across Alberta.
The best therapist to meet your unique needs might live in a different area.
We love online therapy because it's convenient and flexible.
You'll love online therapy if you are:
a little nervous about going to therapy
most comfortable in your own space
choosing a therapist based on your preferences
okay skipping the drive and physical meeting
We build great relationships online and sometimes the distance makes it a little easier to explore and process vulnerable parts of your trauma.
Our therapists offer evening and weekend appointments to fit your lifestyle.
You might still have some questions or concerns about trauma counselling...
What is trauma?
Trauma is anything that overwhelms a person's internal capacity to cope. Everyone experiences events differently, and if threat or harm is perceived and prevents the body or mind from integrating or releasing the stress, the effects of the trauma can linger for decades.
What is a trauma-informed therapist?
Trauma-informed therapists understand the impact of negative experiences on a person’s body and mind. They recognize your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are the ways you have learned to cope with stress and trauma. They know how to facilitate recovery, and practice in a way that reduces the likelihood of causing further harm. Trauma-informed therapists provide safety and choice at every step of the process and prioritize building a secure therapeutic relationship - the basis for healing.
What is whole person care?
We see your whole person – mind, body, emotion and identities. How you respond now makes sense when you consider the whole picture, including your past and present relationships. No one develops alone without the influence of other people, culture, society, and history, so of course we need help learning to grow in new ways. That's why we're here for you.
How much does trauma counselling cost?
Our trauma therapy sessions with a psychologist are $200 per 50-minute session. We offer direct billing for most insurance companies, or a receipt to claim for re-imbursement or as a medical expense on your taxes. Sliding scale fees are available.