Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Psychodynamic Therapy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that usually starts within the three months of a traumatic incident. It has been reported that in rare cases, PTSD symptoms may only occur after a number of years.

Three groups of symptoms are present in people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Increased anxiety / emotional arousal includes anger or irritability, overwhelming shame or guilt, sleeplessness and self-destructive behaviour. The second group of symptoms, known as intrusive memories, causes flashbacks to the traumatic event and upsetting dreams. The third group of symptoms that a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patient may experience, includes emotional numbing or avoidance. This group of symptoms includes memory problems, poor concentration, feeling emotionally numb, a sense of hopelessness, and an avoidance of activities that the person used to find enjoyable.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms may be present for a while, disappear and then return again. General stress may increase the symptoms, as can reminders of the traumatic incident.

Therapists who address  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder generally use one, or a combination of trauma therapies to treat it. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is commonly used and can help a person to change their reactions to traumatic memories.

Exposure therapy can help a person reduce the amount of fear related to the feelings and thoughts associated with past traumatic events. Cognitive therapy helps a person to change the way he or she thinks about the event and the aftermath of a traumatic incident. It will help a person to identify thoughts that cause fear and anger, and learn ways to replace those thoughts with less stressful and more empowering thoughts.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related issues you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy can help clients to become aware of feelings of vulnerability that have been repressed from their conscious awareness. This approach is based on the theory that every person has an unconscious which stores vulnerable and painful emotions that are too deep to handle on a conscious level.

Psychodynamic Therapy addresses the defense mechanisms that  have been developed. Defense mechanisms can sometimes do more harm than good. By resolving vulnerabilities such as repression and denial, painful emotions and memories can be processed in order for the defense mechanisms to be resolved, or reduced.

Therapists use a range of core principles in Psychodynamic Therapy, based on the client's needs. It will help the client to gain perspective while recognizing behaviours, actions, responses and character traits that can be transformed.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Psychodynamic Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Jordan Gruenhage

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Canadian Certified Counsellor who primarily works with gay men through online video counselling across BC. As a gay man, do any of these sound familiar? I’m... Read more

Catriona Remocker

M.A., RCC
I have five years of post-graduate training in Couple and Family Therapy and PhD studies in Family Systems from UVic, a Masters from UofT, and a BA in Psychology from UBC. I use a Bowen Family Systems approach in my... Read more

Kelly Kavanagh

M.A., R.Psych
My name is Kelly Kavanagh (MA, MEd, R.Psych) co-owner of Richmond Couples and Child Counselling (RCCC), located directly across from the Richmond Hospital. I am a psychologist working exclusively with children,... Read more

Kim Leduc

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist and have been practicing since 2003. I do individual therapy with adults from a psychodynamic perspective. Much of my work has focused on helping people who are experiencing depression,... Read more

Amber Lowdermilk

M.Couns., RCC
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Amber is a Registered Clinical Counsellor whose compassionate nature and warm personality helps her client’s feel secure and safe, as together they challenge and overcome a variety of painful difficulties... Read more

Alexandra Cope

M.Couns., RCC
I provide traditional talk therapy at ARC Counselling in Vancouver.  My counselling approach is primarily person centred. I believe that you have a unique journey and have within yourself the resources needed for... Read more

Patricia Friedman

M.S.W., RSW
This is the first step in looking for the right professional who can help you and I hope I can make this process easy for you. I work with adults who feel like something is not right in their life; they may feel... Read more

Kerry Chutter

M.A., RCC
My professional practice emphasizes individual counselling within a range of concerns; including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, illness, substance misuse, disordered eating, grief, and loss. The symptoms... Read more

Rene Weideman

Ph.D., R.Psych
I'm warm, kind, respectful, and perceptive I'm an experienced therapist with a very good reputation. My career has included Hospital, University, and Private Practice work I've had leadership positions... Read more

Nancy B Matechuk

M.C., RCC
Nancy B. Matechuk , MC, RCC Registered Clinical Counsellor Nancy has over 20 years of experience as counsellor, mediator with a broad range of specialized training supporting... Read more

Brenda Casey

B.A. Hons, RCC
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PLEASE NOTE: Telephone counselling available.                             ... Read more

Kyla Yaskowich

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Online booking
In my work as a Registered Psychologist in over 18 years of practicing, I have had the honor and privilege to accompany individuals and couples along their journeys to discovering the emotional and spiritual growth... Read more

Daeniela Bheaumont

M.Ed., R.Psych
    • Video on profile
I am a registered psychologist (College of Psychologist of BC #651) and have been a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology since 1990.  I received my Masters degree in Counseling... Read more

Tania Zulkoskey

M.S.W., RCSW
Video/Telephone Sessions Available. Tania counsels individuals, children and couples on issues such as:  relationship dynamics  communication issues  parenting and multiples  ... Read more

Susan Blake

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Susan Blake, Registered Psychologist, provides individual and group psychotherapy with adults, working within a contemporary psychodynamic approach.Together we explore the experiences and relationships that have... Read more

Pam Paquet

M.Ed., CCC
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Before I try to impress you with credentials, accomplishments and experience, I want to introduce myself on a personal level. I love change. I love helping people create their change. I am passionate about seeing people... Read more

Diana Romer

M.Ed., RCC
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I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has over 20 years experience working with adults and adolescents as an educator, and counsellor. My... Read more

Kimberly Stringer

Psy.D., R.Psych
Life is inherently complex and challenging. Sometimes these challenges feel overwhelming and this is where psychology can help. In an environment of understanding and acceptance, psychologists can help you better... Read more

Fayza Bundalli

M.S.W., RSW
Hi.  I'm Fayza. I am a Somatic Therapist and Registered Social Worker.  I support clients who are queer (or LGBTQ2S+), and clients who are Indigenous, Black, and/or People of Colour, to heal from the... Read more

Celine Brouillette

Ed.D., R.Psych
Thank you for visiting my website. As a registered psychologist, I’ve been practicing in Vancouver and North Vancouver for over 20 years, providing psychotherapy and psycho-educational assessments. I work with... Read more

Tessa Sivak

M.C., RSW
We are human and challenges arise for each of us. Counselling can be a means of support a way to heal from past experiences and to plan for the future. There are many reasons people access counselling. The most common... Read more

James Lowe

M.A., CCC
James is a counsellor who practices multicultural counselling in Vancouver, Richmond and Metro Vancouver, BC. James provides cross cultural counselling and therapy to a variety of ethnic and minority immigrants and... Read more

Chris Clarke

M.A., RCC
Chris has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from City University. He has been practicing on Vancouver Island for over 13 years. Chris is currently married for over 24 years and has two teenagers. He worked as a... Read more

Laura Worrall

MC, RCC
Laura Worrall, MC:AT, RCC, RCAT, BCATR Laura has a Master’s in Counselling: Art Therapy degree (MC:AT), and has been in private practice for the past 20 years. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a... Read more

Jo-Ann Majcher

Ph.D., R.Psych
Jo-Ann Majcher works with children and adults to help them cope with life challenges.  She helps children who are experiencing difficult life transitions (e.g., separation, blending families, grief, school... Read more

Bonnie Mason

M.A., RCC
Bonnie Mason and Associates currently has five  associates providing services to White Rock, Surrey &  South Surrey.  Melanie Huck, Tia Noble,  Sherri Calder, Kainaz Cowasjee... Read more

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW
  NOTE: To provide support during COVID-19 precautions,  sessions may now be in person or virtual: video or by phone. Please call or email to book your appointment. Taking new clients. No matter how... Read more

Nicklas Ehrlich

M.S.W., RCC
Have you felt frustrated or stuck? Have you struggled to follow through on goals you've committed to? Have you experienced frustration when your actions haven't matched your best intentions? These are very... Read more

Jan McNeill

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Jan is a registered clinical counsellor seeing people in the Central Island area, located in Nanaimo. Jan has been a counselling therapist for almost two decades and in the field of social services for longer than 30... Read more

Curt DeWolff

M.Ed., CCC
In my counselling sessions I work to maintain and ensure a safe environment for my clients. I try to create a space where clients feel free of judgment or saying the "wrong" thing. I believe a strong... Read more