TRAUMA & POST TRAUMATIC
Anyone who has experienced trauma will know that it can be very emotionally painful, and can elicit feelings of terror, shame, helplessness and powerlessness.
If psychological trauma symptoms don’t ease up, become even worse and you’re unable to move on from the event for a prolonged period of time, you may be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). People may re-experience the trauma mentally and physically.
Therapy can help people process distressing emotions and memories. In talking to a psychologist, you will be encouraged to process your feelings and meaning about the event, allowing you to build a new story.
Depression can impact every area of your life, including but not limited to how you sleep and eat, your education and career, your relationships, health, and concentration. Individuals suffering from depression often also have comorbid disorders, such as alcohol and drug abuse or other addictions.
Depression doesn’t just occur for an individual in vacuum; it can affect your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone around you. In addition, depression may impact how you perform at work or your levels of concentration, so it can negatively affect productivity.
Anxiety is a common experience and something that everyone encounters to some degree as they face their fears and life’s challenges and stresses. Everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety, but when the cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms of anxiety are persistent and severe, and anxiety causes distress in a person’s life, it may be beyond the normal range.
In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures. Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives
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RELATIONSHIPS & INFIDELITY
The relationships we have and our positions in them have profound influence over both the emotional and the physical support we have in life, as well as our own self-esteem and mental health. Relationship counselling can help improve the way you relate to those around you and allow you to break free from old patterns of behaviour.
Infidelity is unfaithfulness in a marriage or relationship and can cause deep-rooted scars, mistrust, and a loss of confidence in the relationship. If the betrayal is not properly addressed, it could irreparably damage the relationship, possibly leading to a breakup, separation, or divorce. Professional help is available through marriage counselling.
STRESS & BURNOUT
Stress can be considered a normal response to events in life and is considered adaptive under some circumstances. The popular term “fight-or-flight” captures the automatic response to stress that occur in body. Chronic unresolved stress begins to affect many aspects of life including the way we think, feel, our physical bodies, and the way we behave.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. Though it’s most often caused by problems at work, it can also appear in other areas of life, such as parenting, care-taking, or romantic relationships. Burnout can leave people feeling exhausted, empty, and unable to cope with the demands of life.
CAREER AND TRANSITION COUNSELLING
Career development is a lifelong process that, whether you know it or not, actually started when you were born! There are a number of factors that influence your career development, including your interests, abilities, values, personality, background, and circumstances. Career Counselling is a process that will help you to know and understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational, and life decisions.
The overall objective of career counselling is to assist individuals to achieve greater self-awareness, develop a life/work direction, increase understanding of learning and work opportunities and become self-directed in managing learning, work and transitions.