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Trauma Counselling

If you can relate to any of the symptoms above, we know a piece of what you're struggling with. We also know how hard it can be to cope with these issues and how desperate you may feel when nothing seems to help.


Is What I Experienced Considered Trauma?

There are a variety of definitions for trauma, but a basic explanation would be that trauma is any event that has overwhelmed your capacity to cope, causing you to feel powerless and not in control. If an event causes too much physical or emotional distress our brain cannot fully function and make sense of our experience. 

It is estimated that about 70% of individuals will experience some sort of trauma within their lifetime. 1   

Attachment Injury/Developmental Trauma

When we grow up in a home that doesn't meet basic needs to feel safe, protected, and loved, we tend to adapt and do the best we can to get these basic needs met. The way we cope with these early experiences shape what we learn to expect of the world and those around us. How we interact with others later on in life often becomes influenced by these experiences. While there may or may not have been any traumatic experiences that greatly overwhelmed our capacity to cope and feel safe, we can still experience symptoms that are similar to those with trauma and abuse histories (ie.- relationship problems, feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, perfectionism, depression). Our symptoms and problems can sometimes be indications of how we coped with our family situations as children. For example, trying to be perfect in order to receive attention and love. 



What Does This Mean for Me?

If you've experienced trauma there is a chance it's still influencing you today, whether or not you actually still think about what happened. When we experience a traumatic event, our brains' ability to sort through and store information doesn't function properly. Instead our body protects us by making sure that we are ready to attack, run away, or freeze when the event happens.


When anything that is similar (inlcuding sounds, smells, sights, feelings) to the traumatic event(s) happens again, our body goes into this same protection mode. We don't have to know that this is happening for it to occur. This can look like anything from feeling anxious, feeling tension in our muscles, experiencing full-blown rage, to feeling like reality is distorted and we're in a dream. This is not something you can just easily will yourself to stop doing. Remember, this is your body's way of protecting you!

There is Hope

Together we can build practical ways to start dealing with your body's natural protective reaction and work towards resolving trauma through a variety of different therapies. We have worked with many individuals struggling with trauma and know that there is freedom, peace, and joy on the other side. Trauma counselling can start to offer you the relief you've been looking for. 

If you are ready for change, or even curious about change, please call - 604-454-4516  - or email for more information or to set up an appointment. 


1. Kessler, et. al., 1995 & Kulka, et. al., 1990.

"Natalie Dressler is a gifted trauma therapist who has worked with some of the most complex cases that face clinicians in this field...Her natural empathy and gentleness will be a relief for many.  I recommend her as a therapist, without reservation"

Richard A. (Rick) Bradshaw, PhD RPsych

Perhaps you Can Relate to One or More of the Following Possible Symptoms of Trauma and/or Abuse:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by your emotions, with little ability to find relief

  • General irritibility, feeling quick to anger or rage

  • Substance abuse

  • Eating disorders

  • Feeling numb, unreal, or like you are out of your body

  • Depression

  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep

  • No thoughts or feelings about your future

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feelings of shame and worthlessness

  • Self-destructive behaviour

  • Little or no memories

  • Feeling over aware of your surroundings

  • Problems with trusting others

  • Chronic pain and headaches

  • Poor concentration or memory

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Nightmares, Flashbacks

  • Inability to form safe boundaries or respect those in others

Trauma Counselling Maple Ridge

Dealing with Current or Past Trauma?


When we have experienced trauma, it is not uncommon to have resulting physical, emotional, or cognitive complaints. We don't have to be constantly thinking about what happened for trauma to still affect us.

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