Is Trauma Having a Negative Impact on You?

One way to define trauma is to say that it is what happens when any situation or event has overwhelmed a person’s capacity to cope, and left the person less able to function than they were before.

You don’t have to have been in the military or to have served as a first responder to have experienced trauma. By this definition, many of us have experienced it at some point in our lives. It may have been because of a specific isolated event, or it may have been due to a complex situation.

What causes trauma?


Sometimes trauma can be caused by witnessing or experiencing a death or serious threat to one’s life or physical integrity, but often times, the cause is a threat to our sense of identity or emotional safety. Relationships can cause trauma. We can even experience trauma when we feel responsible for what has occurred.

Whatever the cause, trauma can leave a person feeling hopeless, lost, or disconnected. It can sometimes cause us to experience diagnosable disorders such as Acute Stress Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, various anxiety disorders, and more. Sometimes it leads to addictions to alcohol or other substances, gambling, or sex. Everyone is different. Maybe you are functioning fairly well, but there is something you know is not quite right.

If you think your life may have been affected by trauma, and you would like help, registered psychologist Brian Welling has many years’ experience helping people come to terms with what has happened to them so that they can find their balance and wholeness once again. Because Brian wants you to feel safe and cared for at all times, you will control the pace of your therapy.

Call 780-222-7405 to book your appointment at the Welling Centre located in Parkallen. 


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