Now providing virtual sessions all over Ontario
Trauma and PTSD can be debilitating, and traumatic events can change our perspectives and relationships with ourselves, others, and the world. Many people recover from trauma, but some get stuck with symptoms like nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance.
Trauma is not one size fits all. When triggered in the present, individuals often reenact their trauma response to the actual event from the past.
If you want to learn more about trauma and what you can do to overcome it, you can contact me for support and services. Commonly, people are scared or not ready to talk about their traumas, which is a typical response.
During our sessions, I facilitate processing trauma reactions, traumatic dreams, and adaptations in a safe and supportive environment. As a result, you will be able to reconstruct a narrative that helps you uncover your strengths and break free from trauma cycles.
Call me today to discuss how I can help.
Symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and trauma can include:
Several types of psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, may be used to treat trauma/PTSD.
PTSD treatment approaches can help you gain understanding of your trauma reactions and decrease symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks and avoidance. You and I can discuss what type of therapy or combination of therapies may best meet your needs.
Psychotherapy can be very beneficial for individuals who are experiencing PTSD and trauma. Some of the benefits of PTSD and trauma psychotherapy include:
It’s worth noting that different types of psychotherapy may be better for different people, so it’s important to work with a therapist to find the right approach for you.
Trauma is a psychological response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event or series of events that overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. Trauma can be caused by a wide range of events, such as physical or sexual abuse, car accidents, natural disasters, war, or other forms of violence. Trauma can also be caused by long-term exposure to distressing situations, such as living in poverty, experiencing discrimination, or working in a high-stress occupation.
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health condition that can develop after an individual experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It is an anxiety disorder that can occur after exposure to events such as combat, sexual or physical assault, serious accidents, or natural disasters.
There are several evidence-based treatments for PTSD, which can be divided into three main categories:Psychotherapy: This type of therapy is based on the idea that talking about traumatic experiences can help individuals process their feelings and emotions related to the event.
Some common types of psychotherapy for PTSD include:
Psychotherapy can be a highly effective treatment for PTSD and can help individuals reduce symptoms and improve their overall well-being. However, it’s important to note that PTSD is a complex condition that can have a lasting impact on an individual’s physical and mental health.
For the time being, we will be conducting appointments exclusively through virtual means.
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I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist and have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+, and I do not work with minors.
In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). My clinical training focuses on relationship and sex therapy and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor, teaching courses in mental health and addiction.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed articles and contribute chapters concerning Counselling, coming out, and trauma related explicitly to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to offer trainings nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at www.mnelearning.ca
Early in my professional career, I specialized in individual therapy and served clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD and grief. Since then, I have taken my clinical work to a higher level and gained expertise in four areas: PTSD and Trauma, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Sex and Relationship Therapy, and Refugee mental health issues. I have received various trainings in these areas since choosing to specialize. As an example, I received training from Division 56, Trauma Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research in writing immigration evaluations for immigration courts. Furthermore, I have completed multiple trainings in trauma/PTSD therapy and relationship therapy (Poly. Kink). I have participated in numerous training opportunities in the field of sex therapy, sexuality, and gender identity.
I am a LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive and informed therapist.
In addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.
In recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.