Category Archives for Trauma

What Do Therapists Provide? – A Perspective From A Registered Social Worker

 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)

Exposure Therapy

Play Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Mindfulness

EMDR

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!

 

 

 

The Truth About Human Trafficking in Canada

80 percent of Airbnb in Vancouver are being used for exploitation.  

 

On Friday October 27, 2017 Founder and Therapist of Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services, Parul Shah attended a Full Day Seminar on Working with Trafficked Persons:  Dynamics and Best Practices.  Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Program Larissa Maxwell was the Guest Speaker for the Day.  Larissa spoke a lot about the difference between Trauma Informed Care  and the necessity of Mental Health Professionals to use Trauma Sensitive Care especially dealing with victims and survivors of Human Trafficking. Trauma Sensitive Care includes specifically designed Therapeutic strategies, building autonomy, compassion are a few examples.

There are three forms of Human Trafficking:

Sexual Exploitation,

Labour, and Organ.

The most known is Sexual Human Trafficking.  A 2005 Canadian Statistics study showed numbers in regards to Human Trafficking that were before the Courts are astonishing!  Out of 360 identifed 341 were Canadians related cases; 111 were underage and the numbers are rising.

 

Human Trafficking often has a result where some victims become the one who victimizes another. The cycle can continue, however Trauma Sensitive Care, can bring back the humanity in the horrific human acts placed upon them.

 

We often hear “walk a mile in my shoes” when we describe our own hardships, hurdles, complexity of life, trauma, but what happens when we actually understand that phrase. We build empathy, we learn there are two truths, we learn about someone’s trigger, or as Larissa Maxwell suggested “activating thoughts/emotions”; we learn to listen when someone tells their story; we learn to unravel the pain, and we learn to heal.

Excerpt: Information provided through Larissa Maxwell and her Organization Deborah’s Gate that is located in an undisclosed Location for those who have been traumatized through Human Trafficking.

 

Attachment and Trauma Conference

Healing Is Much More Than Words – Daniel Seigel

Founder and Therapist of Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services, Parul Shah recently attended an International Conference regarding Attachment and Trauma: The Neurobiology of Healing. The Conference had 11 Speakers and over 1200 Professionals from various backgrounds attended the Conference.  The main theme throughout the 3 days was that there is a neurobiology connection between attachment, trauma and healing.

Upcoming Events

Founder and Therapist of Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services, Parul Shah will be participating  in a number of Events in September.

September 9th, 2017 – Speaking and Supporting Local FireFighters with First Responders Family Resiliency Support Group Ottawa

September 22nd, 2017– On Air with Local Cogeco Tv,  discussing Mental Health and Diversity.

September 28th, 2017 – Speaking to Ottawa and Area Provincial Probation Officers, and Federal Parole Officers, regarding Mental Health in the Workplace, and Trauma.

When We Band Aid Trauma

 Mental health/illnesses are rising everyday and services are growing at a rapid pace, however when the demand is so high and supply becomes full, we become the band-aid society. What does that mean?

When issues are only dealt with on a surface level .

What happens if we continue to band-aid? We continue to see the same stigma, the same struggles over and over and over again with no resolution.

At Embracing Empowerment we truly believe “peeling the onion (layers) ” meaning, getting to the “root” of struggles is the only way to reduce stigma and help those who continue to struggle with their own mental health/illness.

Trauma changes people, period. To  understand that every struggle has a root, and in order to omit or diminish the pain we must understand the wounds within.