We often explore mental health definitions, signs and symptoms. PTSD is no exception, yet what happens after we figure out that it is a possibility we have endured trauma and a mental health injury. Frontline workers whether it be First Responders, Military, Veterans, Corrections,Probation and Parole often question this to Mental Health Professionals. For instance most have advised us ” I have PTSD, how can you help me” We often advise Frontline that PTSD is a diagnosis and it is one part of the healing process. We often advise Frontline, that we change the lingo from PTSD to PTSI – Post Traumatic Stress Injury, as that is what we are focusing on, in a therapeutic setting. Even changing the lingos can alter how we manage our own trauma.
We are often asked questions on how to seek help with a mental health injuries like PTSI. First and foremost, Mental Health Professionals must be well equipped of understanding Frontline Trauma. Everyone can provide assistance, but understanding First Responders, Military, Veterans, Corrections, Probation and Parole role in their community or country, what that entails, the jargon, the evolution of protecting, serving and saving is one big step that is not only essential but necessary.
At Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services, we have that expertise and we are affliliated with a number of Frontline Organizations. We just don’t provide therapy, we provide the essence of understanding the root of trauma, and how you can manage life beyond the badge and the uniform. #BootsOnTheGround #Mission #Training #Grounding #TransformingIntoCivilianLife #WeRemember #StrengthInNumbers
A recent article from The Global News theorized the differences between a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist and a Therapist. The article came from a perspective of a Psychologist who is through a regulated body. What is a regulated body? Regulated body is a place where Professionals are under an Affiliated College that provides code of conducts, ethics, guidelines, educational workshops when a person is providing a professional service. For instance, Physicians are affiliated with their Province (Ontario as an example)/State College, like Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Another example , there are different forms of Therapists that are under different Colleges as well, like Psychotherapists are often affiliated with College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario and Therapists that have a Social Work background are affiliated with the College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers of Ontario.
But what are the differences? Besides the Affiliated College, it depends on what a Professional is specializing in. For the purpose of keeping this simple, we are taking the perspective of a Therapist who has a Social Work background.
Social Workers have often been associated with Child Protection Services, Hospital settings and schools. However, there is another perspective of Social Workers that are often ignored. Social Workers who successfully obtain a Graduate Degree in Psychology or Social Work, can also become a Registered Therapist.
Social Workers who become Therapist are allowed by their affiliated College to call themselves varies Professional Names, such as Registered Social Workers, Therapist, and Mental Health Counsellor.
Social Workers have the knowledge and training in providing various forms of Therapy such as, Individual, Couple, Family, Group Therapy. Therapy approaches that a Social Worker can also use but not limited are as follows:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Person-Centered Therapy (Client-Centered)
Therapists comes from all walks of life and provides numerous areas of expertise. Clients have always a choice in choosing what kind of Mental Health Professional they require in becoming a better and stronger individuals.
Education is the key to Awareness and Awareness is the key to Accepting Who You Are!
“It’s Okay to Not Be Okay”
A topic that most of us have anxiety of – seeking professional help when we are unable to figure things out on our own.
The most common statement that is often used ” how can I open up to a stranger when I can’t even open up to my family/friends”
The word therapy is scary but also has held a lot of stigma. Therapy used to be looked down upon and only if you were defined as “crazy” that you would go seek help.
The world of therapy has changed dramatically as we break the silence on mental health. Seeking help isn’t just for significant mental health issues but it is also to help and guide when you just feel lost or needing a direction to find your passion in life.
When we click on a button on our laptop, smartphone, or pick up the phone to say “hi my name is, and I am inquiring what your counselling services offer as I need some help” can be the most powerful step that you would ever make for yourself. Seeking help and talking to someone other than family and friends are intimidating but at Embracing Empowerment counselling services, we are guided by how you are feeling through hope, compassion and empathy.
Therapy doesn’t change YOU it Empowers You ! #EmbraceHopeCompassionHealing #EmpoweringTheProcess