The word trauma comes from the Greek word for “wound.” A traumatic experience is an event in which you perceive your survival to be threatened, or where your entire worldview is shattered. Often both happen together.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the name given to the cluster of symptoms people tend to experience after living through a traumatic event, such as a car accident, a sexual assault, or some form of attack or abuse. These symptoms are often severe and can include intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, depression, addiction, numbness, insomnia, lack of appetite, addiction, rage, avoidance, digestive issues, and chronic pain.

Understandably, many people experiencing these nightmarish symptoms believe that they're broken or “crazy.” In reality, their brains have simply adapted to the trauma in an attempt to protect themselves against further threat. The problem is that these adaptations persist beyond the original threat and tend to cause serious problems in ordinary life.

The good news is, counselling has been proven to be extremely effective in treating PTSD. John offers EMDR therapy, a cutting edge form of counselling known as the “gold standard” of trauma therapy and based on the latest neuroscientific research. He's also trained in trauma-informed CBT.

For more information on trauma and PTSD, check out the blog post “What Is Trauma?”

If you live in Waterloo, Kitchener, or Cambridge and you’re ready to begin your road to recovery, call John at 226-791-5606 or email

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