counselling for women
Therapy for Trauma
If only you could forget.
But the memories are etched in your mind.
One minute you think you’re doing OK and the next you feel flooded with intense emotions of fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame. Sometimes, your heart pounds so hard it feels like it is a hammer in your chest. Other times you feel nothing but numbness and a sense of disconnection from your body.
You want to be able to experience a sense of joy again, to be able to live your life the way you once did. Spontaneous, fun and vibrant. But that seems unimaginable right now, especially when you have to be very guarded and cautious to keep yourself feeling safe.
You try to remember how it felt to be trusting and relaxed, but all you can connect with now is being strong and tough.
You once heard someone talk about “white knuckling it through life” and that really resonated with you.
White knuckling it through life. That’s what you do.
You work incredibly hard to keep the feelings of powerlessness, panic at bay. You put on a mask and pretend that it’s all OK so that you don’t have to be the weak or “broken” one with your friends or at work.
There is a self-protecting part of you that doesn’t want to be fully seen by others for fear of being hurt or worse yet, being judged as “messed up”.
You’ve built up your walls of protection to feel safe but ended up keeping your passions, relationships and vitality at bay.
And, now here you are, afraid that you are never going to enjoy your life again.
You’re convinced that you are never going to get back to the relationships, places and activities that once made you feel so alive.
You give yourself a hard time, and try to downplay your experiences. After all, it’s not like you’ve been to war or lived through the horrible atrocities you see overseas on the news. Other people have it much worse, you keep telling yourself.
Sure, your experiences were hard but you struggle to identify with the term ‘trauma’. You never expected that your experiences would impact you in the way that they are.
When you seek trauma counselling at Restore. Renew. Revive. in Bedford, Nova Scotia
Imagine what it would be like to do the things that matter most to you, without being talked out of it by your self-protective part.
What would it be like to know that you could learn to have safe, healthy relationships with others or that you can learn to trust yourself again.
Think about how awesome it would be to know that you had the skills and tools necessary to cope effectively so that your past experiences could no longer control your life.
With the help of therapy for trauma:
- You will be able to get back to doing the things that are important to you
- You will have the practical strategies to deal with big emotions and sensations that show up in your body
- You will increase your ability to be more fully present in the moment so you can continue to enjoy your life even in the moments that feel less under your control
- You will be able to have safe and healthy relationships with children, friends, and romantic partners
- You will quit dodging the aspects of your life that make you afraid, powerless or that things are out of your control.
The Trauma Therapy Process
Counselling for Anxiety at Restore. Renew. Revive. in Bedford, Nova Scotia, will help you learn to get out from the grip of past trauma so that you can live a more full and vibrant life. Whether your trauma is from childhood experiences, relationship betrayal, a chronic illness or some other frightening or overwhelming event, you can learn feel to safer in your body, in relationships and find more vitality in your life instead of living a narrow life build around control and safety.
Here is what to expect:
Book a free 15 minute no-obligation call so we can chat more about working together.
It’s my hope that even before your first session you’ll be confident that we can work well together. And, if I’m not the right person for you, you can expect that I will point you in the right direction, so you can get the help you need.
I want you to be able to ask any questions you have about therapy with me, and anything else on your mind so you’ll know we’ll be a good fit so that coming to therapy in my Bedford office doesn’t feel as stressful.
Our first session is 60 minutes long so that we can really get to know each other.
People are often really nervous to come to their first counselling session, so I want you know that it’s going to feel just like having a conversation with me.
We will talk about what’s been going on and how anxiety has been getting in the way. We’ll get really clear about your goals for therapy. By the end of this session, we’ll have a plan for the way ahead and you’ll leave with some new things to try out between sessions.
Ongoing Counselling Sessions:
For the first 2-3 sessions, I generally meet with people weekly so that we can build momentum in the right direction. At these sessions, I will check in with you to see how things have been going between sessions. You can expect each session to include talking about practical steps you can take to move in the right direction and learning new skills and strategies to get you there.
You can expect that I’ll be asking you to test these things out between visits so that you’ll be making progress between each time we see each other. Once you start feeling more confident about managing your anxiety, we will spread out our visits to give you the chance to take the skills we’ve worked on together and test them out as you live your life.
On average, I see individuals for 10-20 sessions over a period of time. Of course, this depends on you, your situation and how quickly change starts happening. But this is something we will talk about together because, ultimately, I want therapy to be something that adds to your life and doesn’t feel like one more stressful thing to add to your week.
More About Marcy Daniels MSW, RSW
As a Registered Clinical Social Worker, I will help you work through your past trauma by teaching you how to feel your emotions without being run by them. I’ll give you the skills and tools you need to build safe and healthy relationships so you can get back to living the kind of life that brings you fulfillment. I’ll help you learn to trust yourself, your body and to find your voice so you can start living more like the kind of person you want to be.
Restore. Renew. Revive. counselling & couples therapy helps women shift from feeling like they always have to be guarded, strong and tough to being confident in their ability to manage their emotions and relationships successfully. I see clients throughout the Halifax Region in person and via a secure online Telehealth platform throughout Nova Scotia.
Who Benefits Most from Trauma Therapy
Trauma counselling with me is best for women who have experienced events in their lives or relationships that were frightening, overwhelming or left them feeling powerless and out of control.
You will benefit from Trauma Therapy if:
- You are always focused on the future and have a hard time living in the present
- You feel convinced that things are never going to work out
- You have stopped doing the things in your life that bring you happiness because you feel too afraid to do them
- You feel like you can’t trust other or trust yourself to know if somone is safe to connect with
- You have strong and unpredictable emotions or sensations that arise in your body, sometimes in response to a situation or a memory and othertimes seeming out of nowhere.
What Does Trauma Therapy Cost?
My initial session fee is $160 and each session after is 160.
My services are covered by most insurance plans & employee assistance plans. I also offer a limited number of reduced fee spots through Open Path Collective.
I am only able to directly bill certain insurance plans with Blue Cross. I will give you a detailed bill for you to submit to your plan or to keep for tax purposes.
I recommend you check your plan specifics before scheduling a session.
There are times when trauma therapy with me might not be the best fit:
- You have been given a diagnosis of an addiction and it is your primary presenting concern
- You have been given the diagnosis of an eating disorder and have not received treatment for this
- You are actively suicidal
- You want a diagnosis of a condition or other workplace evaluations (ie. short term disability)
- You can’t find a safe space to meet with someone online
If any of these apply to you, I can provide you with the appropriate referrals.
What are your office hours? Where are you located?
I am available for therapy sessions Tuesday – Friday 2 PM – 9 PM and Saturday 9-5.
My office is located across from the Sunnyside Mall in Sunnyside Place. I share a parking lot with the Riverside Pub.
The address is 1600 Bedford Highway, Suite 220, Bedford, Nova Scotia B4A 1E8
I serve women throughout Halifax in person and via a secure online Telehealth platform throughout Nova Scotia.
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