Our Trauma Therapy Approach

Ian has worked with many individuals that have faced various forms of trauma that involve pain, betrayal, domestic violence, child abuse and a lot more. Our trauma services aim to reclaim your power from fear and pain, finding peace and resilience along the way.
If you or someone you recognize is suffering from trauma, contact us today. Together, we can move towards a future filled with healing, hope, and new beginnings.

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What is Trauma?

Trauma is a psychological response to several distressing events that can deeply affect your life. Trauma can begin as early as childhood, known as C-PTSD, impacting life into late adulthood if left untreated. It can happen because of an accident or many smaller bad occurrences that keep piling up over time. This can change how you feel and act.
However, with help and time, you can get better. If you’re dealing with trauma, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Trauma can happen to anyone, and it can make you feel really upset or scared.

But there’s help available. At Ian Robertson Therapy & Counselling, we know that trauma is difficult to handle. That is why we offer a safe place where you can talk about what you’re going through and work on feeling better.

Consult our licensed therapist today and find out if you are showing signs of trauma. The earlier you detect it, the sooner you’ll get better.

How Can You Recognize The Symptoms?

If You can recognize a trauma even from afar. You’ll notice quick emotional changes, like mood swings, fear, and a lot of negative thoughts. You can also feel an increase in your heart rate, and you tend to avoid specific places.

  • Significant memory loss of specific times, people and events.
  • Out-of-body experiences, such as feeling as though you are watching a movie of yourself.
  • Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.
  • A sense of detachment from your emotions or emotional numbness
  • A lack of a sense of self-identity.
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Improved Emotional Regulation

Trauma therapy treatment improves your emotional regulation, making it simpler to manage tough feelings. It equips you with easy coping techniques for handling overwhelm in daily life. It also enhances relationships by improving communication and building trust with others.

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Easy To Use Coping Mechanisms

Whether it’s communication barriers, trust issues, or other relational hurdles, we offer a guiding hand to navigate them, rebuilding and fortifying bonds.Trauma therapy helps you manage your emotions better, making it easier to handle tough situations. It teaches you coping mechanisms to avoid being engulfed by the same distressing feelings and move forward.

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Strengthened Relationships

Trauma therapy improves your relationships by helping you communicate more effectively, understand others, and show empathy. As you address past traumas, you’ll build deeper connections and trust with people, resulting in more fulfilling and supportive relationships in your life.

Healing from Trauma with Individual Therapy in Niagara Falls

Start healing your trauma with individual therapy in Niagara Falls or online. This refers to being one-on-one with our licensed trauma therapist. During this therapy, you can freely explore your feelings and understand the effect of the trauma on your life.
Our therapist will give you the safe space you need and develop coping strategies to help you cope and lean towards healing — one step at a time.

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The Difference Between Regular Therapy

When it comes to regular therapy, it’s having a conversation with someone who knows a lot about how our minds work. They listen to you, help you understand your thoughts and feelings, and give you advice on how to handle problems. Our approach is to includes an in-depth trauma assessment for trauma symptoms and dissociation, focus on stabilization of symptoms and then treating the held trauma within the mind and body. Trauma is treatable, and you can go on to live a meaningful and purposeful life with proper treatment.

Why Choose Us for Trauma Therapy in Niagara Falls

If you regularly experience any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from trauma or PTSD:

  • Expert Trauma Therapists: Our team consists of licensed therapists specializing in trauma therapy.
  • Comprehensive Trauma-Focused Treatments: Our trauma treatments are tailored to address specific trauma for thorough healing.
  • Holistic Approach to Healing: We don’t just cure one part of the body. We ensure that your mind, body, and spirit are covered for overall wellness.
  • Evidence-Based Practices: Our therapeutic techniques are rooted in research and proven to be effective.
  • Supportive and Safe Environment: We provide a caring and secure space where you feel understood and protected during your healing journey.
  • Personalized Care Plans: Tailored treatment strategies designed to meet your specific needs.
  • Ongoing Support:We offer continued assistance and guidance throughout the healing process for long-term progress.
  • Reputation for Excellence:Recognized track record of high-quality and effective trauma therapy services.
  • We Teach Trauma to Therapists:We strive to provide therapists with the knowledge and skills needed to support people who have experienced traumatic events effectively.

Our Comprehensive Approach to Trauma Therapy

Our trauma therapy approach includes various techniques like Brain-spotting Therapy for tension release, EMDR for traumatic memories, TIR for emotional impact reduction, CPT for modifying beliefs, and more.

These are tailored to individual needs and often combined for the best results. Consulting a therapist is essential to finding the right treatment plan. Recovery from trauma is achievable with proper support. Below we go over a range of our specialized techniques:

Brain-spotting Therapy

This helps find and work through hidden trauma by looking at certain spots in your vision. By looking at certain points, it accesses deeper parts of your brain to release unprocessed trauma.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

This therapy uses eye movements to help you process and let go of traumatic memories. By following a side-to-side visual stimulus, you can reframe how you think about the trauma, reducing its emotional impact.

Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR)

TIR is a quick therapy that helps reduce the stress and pain from traumatic events. It involves talking about the trauma in a safe and structured way to lessen its hold on you.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

CPT teaches you to alter negative thoughts about the trauma to help you feel better. It helps you understand how your thoughts about the trauma affect your feelings and behavior, allowing you to make positive changes.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Trauma

This therapy helps you understand how your thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected and how to deal with trauma-related problems. It provides practical strategies to manage and reduce the impact of trauma on your daily life.

Prolonged Exposure (PE)

PE involves facing and talking about the trauma until it feels less scary. By gradually facing your trauma-related memories, you can significantly decrease your fear and anxiety.

Safe Sound Protocol

This uses special music to help calm your mind and reduce stress. The music is designed to train your brain to handle stress better, making you feel more relaxed and less overwhelmed.

Structural Dissociative Therapy

This therapy helps you bring together different parts of yourself that were separated because of trauma. It works on integrating these parts into a cohesive whole, helping you feel more complete and balanced.

Polyvagal Therapy

This therapy focuses on the vagus nerve, which helps control your body’s response to stress to help you feel more in control. By understanding and working with this nerve, you can learn to be more in control and lower your anxiety and panic.

The Stages of Our Trauma Therapy in Niagara Falls

Each step is designed to support you in reclaiming your life and finding peace after trauma. Remember, it’s a process, and it’s okay to move at your own pace.
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Personalized Attention

You’re not just another number; you’re an individual with unique experiences and needs. Our therapist will take the time to understand your story, your triggers, and what you hope to achieve through therapy. They’ll work with you to create a plan that feels right for you, ensuring that every session is focused on your progress


Processing and Grieving Traumatic Memories

This stage is about facing the past head-on. You’ll learn techniques to safely explore your traumatic memories, such as mindfulness and grounding exercises. It’s a space where you can grieve the losses and changes that have come from your trauma without judgment or pressure to move on before you’re ready.


Reconnecting with the World

As you heal, you’ll start to feel more comfortable in social situations and activities that once felt daunting. You might begin by re-establishing old relationships or forming new ones. You’ll also rediscover hobbies and interests that bring you joy. The goal is to help you find a sense of normalcy and purpose in life again.

Reach Out to Begin Your Journey

When you’re ready to begin feeling better, reach out to us at Ian Robertson Therapy & Group. We’re here to support you throughout your healing journey. Our experienced therapists will listen to your concerns, provide personalized treatment plans, and guide you through the process with compassion and understanding. With our expertise and dedication to your well-being, you can take the first step towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.

Book a Session Today

Book a session today and take the first step towards a brighter future. You deserve to feel better. Let’s begin this journey together.