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Therapy For Trauma

Trauma can keep you stuck in a loop from your past. We can help you break the cycle so you can move forward.

Therapy can help you live in freedom

How do I know if I need trauma therapy?

When you have experienced trauma, you may feel unsafe in your body, your environment and your relationships. Your body is continually flooded with warning signals, and in an effort to manage these reactions. You protect yourself by hiding, even from your own self.

Therapy for trauma can help you make sense of your emotions and develop the skills you need to move forward

Trauma Therapy

What Can Cause Trauma?

Trauma has many sources and people’s ability to cope with the same situation varies. Trauma results when an experience has a lasting impact on physical, mental, or emotional well-being.

No form of trauma, physical, emotional or mental, should ever be dismissed or shamed. Mobius Psychological Services provides compassionate psychotherapy to help you heal.

Signs you are suffering from the effects of trauma

You may find yourself frequently reliving the event through intrusive thoughts, images, or memories that are difficult to control.
Sudden and intense feelings of reliving the traumatic experience, can cause you to lose touch with the present moment temporarily.
You may experience recurring nightmares related to the traumatic event or have difficulty sleeping due to anxiety, fear, or restlessness.
You may feel emotionally disconnected from yourself or others, experiencing numbness, apathy, or difficulty connecting with your emotions.
If you have experienced trauma, you may be constantly on edge or overly alert, expecting danger at any moment. This can lead to difficulty concentrating, irritability, and an exaggerated startle response.
You avoid places, people, or situations that remind them of the traumatic event, which can interfere with their daily functioning and relationships.
Feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, or shame can be common after a traumatic experience. These emotions may be persistent, overwhelming, or interfere with daily life.
You may experience persistent anxiety, panic attacks, or phobias related to the traumatic event or its reminders.
Negative beliefs about yourself, others, or the world following a traumatic experience, can lead to feelings of helplessness, mistrust, or hopelessness.

Trauma can manifest as physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach aches, or chronic pain, which may not have a clear medical cause.

These symptoms could indicate your are experiencing a trauma disorder. Your therapist will listen to your story and look at the elements surrounding your experience to determine if you may be experiencing one of the common disorders resulting from traumatic experiences.

Cartoon of different feelings that can come up from trauma

Conditions Resulting From Trauma

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, violent assault, or military combat. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event.
ASD is a short-term condition that occurs within one month of a traumatic event. Symptoms are similar to PTSD, but they typically last for a shorter duration. If symptoms persist beyond one month, the diagnosis may change to PTSD.
These are stress-related conditions that develop after a significant life change or stressful event, such as the loss of a loved one, a divorce, or job loss. Symptoms may include feelings of sadness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, or changes in sleep or appetite patterns. Although not strictly a trauma disorder, adjustment disorders can be related to traumatic experiences.
C-PTSD is a more severe form of PTSD that may develop after repeated or prolonged exposure to traumatic events, such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, or long-term captivity. Symptoms are similar to PTSD but may also include difficulties with emotional regulation, negative self-perception, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships.
Dissociative disorders involve disruptions in memory, awareness, identity, or perception as a response to trauma or stress. These disorders include dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder (DID), and depersonalization/derealization disorder.

Trauma responses are unique and can manifest in different ways. We will help you make sense of your experience.

About Us

Why Mobius Psychological Services?

Nahaleh Mosghtagh, Co-Founder & Clinical Director of Mobius Psychological Services in Toronto. Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, Ph.D., RP (Qualifying)

Nahaleh Moshtagh
Co-Founder & Clinical Director

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We believe therapy creates the architecture of possibility.

We are dedicated to helping you build the foundation that will support your greatest potential.

We offer therapy that comes from our lived experiences, skills and education.

We provide compassionate support on the journey to understanding yourself better, making deeper connections and living more fully.

Find The Right Therapist For You

Our Approach

How Our Trauma
Therapy Works

We Listen To You

We take the time to understand your story, why you deeply desire change and what is causing your individual symptoms.

We Develop A Plan

We work together to find the right plan that will help you heal and provide the tools you need to live to your potential.

We Move Forward

We support you as you move forward, adapt to your needs, and help you become confident in making the right choices for yourself. 

Overcoming trauma takes time and commitment, but with the right support, you can learn how to navigate your challenges, discover your inner strength and resilience, and live a more peaceful life.

Therapy For Trauma

What you can expect from this approach

Once you establish a trusting relationship with a therapist, you will quickly begin to see the benefits of speaking about your trauma. While the relief begins to happen almost immediately, the underlying emotions can take months to emerge in their full expression and then slowly one begins to change one’s relationship to the traumatic events.

As you progress in your therapy journey, you may notice the following positive results:

With therapy, you can regain a sense of stability and safety so you can move forward

Questions About Trauma & Therapy For Trauma

Frequently Asked Questions

It can be difficult to tell if your symptoms are brought on by trauma or another underlying problem because many mental health issues have similar symptoms. As you take into account the context of your experiences, including whether or not you may have been exposed to a traumatic event or a series of stressful events that may be connected to your symptoms.

Here are some signs that your symptoms could be trauma-related:

  • There is a direct link between a stressful incident and the beginning of symptoms.
  • You experience persistently bothersome ideas or recollections related to the traumatic experience.
  • There are physiological and emotional responses when you remember the event.
  • You find yourself avoiding people, places, or circumstances that bring up trauma-related memories.

We understand that what you’re going through can be incredibly overwhelming and may make you feel like you’re losing control. It’s not uncommon for individuals who are experiencing distressing thoughts, emotions, or behaviours to question their own sanity.

However, it’s important to recognize that your reactions are a normal response to the difficult experiences you’ve faced, and you’re not ‘going crazy.’ We will work together to understand your experiences, develop coping strategies, and help you regain a sense of control and stability in your life. Remember, seeking help and engaging in therapy is a sign of strength and resilience, and we are here to support you on your journey to healing.

Discussing your trauma in therapy can be an essential part of the healing process, but it’s important that it is approached in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you.
As therapists, we are trained to be sensitive to your needs and to prioritize your emotional well-being. We will work with you to determine the best approach and pace for addressing your traumatic experiences.

You have control over what you share in therapy, and you can choose when and how much to disclose about your trauma. In some cases, we may use techniques that help you process your experiences without requiring you to explicitly discuss the details of the traumatic event.

The primary goal of therapy is to support your healing journey, and your therapist will strive to create a safe and nurturing environment in which you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to the trauma at your own pace.

Discussing traumatic experiences in therapy can be emotionally challenging and you might feel worse for a short time. However, the purpose of therapy is to help you process and integrate these experiences in a safe, supportive environment, ultimately leading to a reduction in symptoms and improved well-being.

We will carefully monitor your reactions during therapy sessions and adjust the pace and approach as needed to minimize any distress. We will also work with you to develop healthy coping strategies to manage any discomfort that may arise during the therapeutic process.

While the intense emotional and psychological effects of trauma may not disappear completely, they can be significantly reduced and managed with appropriate support and treatment. Over time, people who attend therapy learn how to develop healthy coping strategies and build a strong support system helping their symptoms become more manageable and less disruptive to their daily lives.

Finding meaning in a traumatic experience is a deeply complex and personal matter and varies widely between people. It is important to acknowledge that trauma itself is often senseless and painful, and it is not necessary to find a deeper meaning or purpose behind it in order to heal.

As you work through your experience in therapy, you may find it helpful to explore the ways in which you have grown, changed, or developed resilience as a result of your traumatic experiences. This process, sometimes referred to as post-traumatic growth, can involve discovering new strengths, cultivating deeper relationships, or developing a greater appreciation for life.

Depending on your individual situation, there are several evidence-based therapeutic approaches we can use for treating trauma disorders, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT). These therapies have been shown to be effective in reducing trauma-related symptoms and promoting healing. The choice of therapy will be decided based on your unique needs, the severity of the trauma, and the therapist’s expertise.

Many recent studies have been demonstrating that guided psychedelic sessions can bring about healing and a change in one’s relationship to one’s past trauma experiences. Such guided sessions are currently only available as part of approved research protocols.

Psychedelic-related psychotherapy refers to the work one can do to prepare for psychedelic experience, or the work done afterwards to integrate the experience. During this kind of psychotherapy one has a chance to understand the personal meaning of what one has experienced, the way it might help to understand traumatic memories, and the way one can move forward with a new sense of freedom and purpose.

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