© 2019 by Alana Stewart, AThR

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Trauma

Trauma is a stress response that continues to occur after a traumatic event has ended. A traumatic event is any stressful event or series of events that has overwhelmed our bodies natural abilities to cope. Trauma may continue for any amount of time after a traumatic event and can disrupt peoples wellbeing and sense of connection to others. 

Trauma may be expressed through mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, but it may also have physical and behavioural symptoms such as nightmares, sleep disturbance, muscle tightness, headaches, nausea, restlessness, social withdrawal, difficulty focusing and paying attention, dissociation, substance abuse, fatigue and more. 

Trauma can sometimes leave one in a painful emotional conflict of wanting to withdraw from others whilst at the same time craving closeness. After trauma ends our minds and bodies can still automatically tell us to approach everything with caution and make us feel chronically unsafe. Stigma can also prevent victims and survivors from reaching out for help and adds another layer of feeling isolated. 

I have worked with many adults and children who have experienced trauma and continue to have post-traumatic stress symptoms. Through my work in youth welfare, clinical mental health environments, community mental health and professional development in trauma-informed psychotherapy, I have gained an deepened understanding into the lived experience of trauma and surviving events like family violence and other types of relational abuse.

I offer a safe and empathetic space for children, adolescents and adults who have been impacted by traumatic events such as, past childhood abuse, family violence, sexual trauma, other violence. 

I offer online and face to face services.

Mental Illness & Trauma

I am also aware of the unique challenges faced by people living with trauma-spectrum mental health diagnoses such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex PTSD & PTSD. I currently work with many people who have experienced trauma and complex trauma in mental health settings who have been given these diagnoses. My approach is sensitive to the needs of people living with complex trauma and mental health diagnoses.

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