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Life exists beyond trauma

Trauma can cast a shadow over every aspect of life, often making it feel that life is dull and grey. In those moments of hopelessness and anxiety, overcoming your feelings alone can feel insurmountable. However, with the support and expertise of a trauma-informed and trained professional, life can start feeling a bit brighter.

A trauma counsellor is your guide on the journey towards healing and recovery. By fostering a compassionate and understanding environment, our counsellors empower you to rebuild a life that extends beyond the shadows of trauma. Your life, vibrant and resilient, awaits.

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Treating Trauma

Understanding Trauma

The word trauma describes a neurological response to an overwhelming experience that often will result in shock, denial, and changes to your body, mind and behaviour. Trauma has lasting adverse effects on your mental, physical, emotional, social, or spiritual well-being.

While most people think that trauma is only related to one or two significant events it can also be a response to repeated events, like ongoing abuse or neglect. Some common symptoms of trauma are:

Intrusive Thoughts and Hypervigilance

Intrusive thoughts, including flashbacks and nightmares, are common experiences for those dealing with trauma. This is often coupled with hypervigilance, where individuals become extremely sensitive to danger, constantly feeling on edge.

Emotional Disturbances

People experiencing trauma frequently encounter intense emotions like excess guilt or shame. These feelings can significantly alter their perception of themselves, leading to a distorted self-image and lowered self-esteem.

Emotional Regulation Challenges

Feeling easily overwhelmed and having difficulty managing emotions are hallmark signs of trauma. This can manifest in various ways, including emotional outbursts, severe anxiety, or an inability to cope with everyday stressors.
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How we help

At Phare, our goal is to make counselling as accessible as possible. This means ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to embark on a journey towards healing and personal growth. We do this by offering sliding scale sessions with qualified trauma counsellors from a variety of cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Our dedicated team of experienced and compassionate therapists are here to support you through the challenges of trauma. We believe in the power of connection and collaboration, working together with you to create a customised approach that meets your unique needs.

Meet The Team

"Phare is a responsive, consistent, and reliable service. They act quickly to support our clients and they take the time to work with people wherever they are in their mental health journey. Phare fills a gap in the mental health sector by trying to support as many people as possible, regardless of financial barriers. I am confident in referring my clients to them."

Hayley Schmalz

"Phare has been wonderful. Katie is my superhero. Her superpower  is listening…"

Michelle Edis
Phare Client

"Amazing service with an amazing cause! Katie is a lovely human with all the right intentions to help anyone who comes into her life. Highly recommend her and Phare as a whole."

Phare Client

Frequently Asked Questions

What does "trauma-informed" vs “trauma-focused/centred” counselling mean?

Trauma-informed is a lens rather than an approach/form of therapy. Counsellors using trauma-informed care work with the awareness that clients may have past traumas that are impacting their presenting concerns. Trauma-centred/trauma-focused care means that the focus of the sessions is to work with the client to process specific trauma(s) using various techniques.

How do I know if trauma-informed counselling is right for me?

That’s a great question. We offer free intake sessions with one of our specialists to ensure that you’re getting the help you need with the counsellor that’s right for you. Sign up to speak with one of our intake specialists here.

What types of traumas are addressed in trauma-focused counselling?

We can discuss any type of trauma but it also entirely depends on what you feel comfortable talking about. As you build a stronger relationship with your counsellor it’s likely that you’ll be comfortable sharing more with them.

How does confidentiality work in trauma-informed counselling, especially when discussing sensitive experiences?

Confidentiality is essential to the practice of counselling. All sessions are kept in the strictest confidence.

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