Living Your Life Beyond Trauma

Connect,

Heal,

Thrive

What We Can Help With

Trauma and Grief

Anxiety

Stress and Burnout

Depression and Isolation

Self-Esteem and Body Image

Relationships and Couples

Chronic Pain and Illness

Perfectionism 

Personal development and growth

Sense of self

Overall identity crisis

First Responders Treatment

What Is Trauma?

Trauma can be a result of various experiences. It could be an experience or experiences that left us overwhelmed, shocked, threatened, or unable to get away or fight back. It’s what happens due to not having our needs met, a safe place or person to help protect us, soothe us or teach us how to help soothe ourselves when under intense stress. Trauma also happens when our bodies shut down into a frozen state, and we become stuck in that state. In essence, trauma is when the body/nervous system is stuck in a place of not feeling safe, so it does not know how to regulate itself. We feel stuck. We feel overwhelmed.

In terms of the brain – how the brain stores shock as memory also involves intense reactions and physical distress. If the information isn’t stored efficiently, it may lead to changes within the neuro network. Because everyone responds differently to traumatic events, we may have some reactions to a greater degree than others. Some of us may not have any at all. Feeling an array of emotions and changes to sleep, eating and thought patterns after trauma can happen. Some people have intense or severe symptoms immediately after the trauma, some feel better within a few days or months, and others recover more slowly. Others feel fine at first but need support later on.

Trauma can significantly impact our lives and our relationships. The good news is that it can be healed. We can heal with understanding, support and guidance, techniques and tools that can be provided within the therapy process. Trauma does not have to define us or our lives; we can live a life beyond trauma.

How We Can Help

Individual Therapy

Therapy is a collaborative treatment/process based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a safe, supportive environment that allows you to talk openly, understand, and process (mentally, emotionally, physically) with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. You and your therapist will work together to identify your needs and wishes and help you change the things that keep you from feeling and being the best version of yourself.
*Also offered as a First Responder Treatment*

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is the process of helping guide and support partners within an intimate relationship to recognize and understand unhelpful or hurtful repeating patterns caused by relational wounds or past trauma to help better manage and reconcile troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress upon the relationship. Couples therapy can help partners understand and support each other, re-establish a connection and be a pathway for growth and healing.

EDMR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for treating trauma, disturbing life experiences and other mental health struggles.

*Also offered as a First Responder Treatment*

EDMR Consultation for Therapists

 

Consultation services are for other EMDR therapists wanting essential training consultation hours, working towards becoming certified or support in their practice. 

Who We Help

We are a multi-disciplined mental health centre in Barrie, Ontario, focused on helping people grow and heal from trauma of all different types. We support children/families, youth, and adults. Individuals and couples.

We walk the path of growth, healing and recovery with you.

How It Works

Get Connected

Our team will help you connect with a therapist to best support your goals.

Book an Appointment

One of the team members or the therapist of your choice will be in touch to book an appointment.

Get Started

When you come in for your scheduled appointment, you and your therapist will have a collaborative discussion about what therapy is best for you.

Meet The Therapists

Courtney Firetto

MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker, EMDR Clinician

Brit Lobsinger

Registered Psychotherapist (RP)

Ashley Statham

MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker, EMDR Clinician

Brianna Mainprize

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q) , MACP, BA