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What makes trauma "Complex" and how does complex trauma differ from PTSD?

The main difference is that PTSD is generally related to a single event or series of events within a short period of time, while complex trauma is related to a series of events that repeatedly occurred over an extended period of time. The symptoms include significant challenges with regulating emotions, periods of amnesia or dissociation, difficulty in relationships, distorted perspective about the perpetrator, and feelings of guilt, shame or lack of self worth. Our training goes beyond basic trauma training, we are experts in treating complex trauma.


Using the structural dissociation theory, therapists work with clients to achieve "integration" of the system. Trauma related dissociation is described as "a mental escape when a physical escape is not possible", as a way of helping a person distance themselves from a traumatic experience. However, the dissociative experience can occur when a person becomes extremely stressed, triggered or overwhelmed when the "system" cannot decipher perceived threat from actual danger.

Read: Do You Have a “Normal Part” and a “Traumatized Part?"

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a theory that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of traumatic experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience healing from trauma, as opposed to management of symptoms. EMDR theory believes that the brain is fully equipped to heal, it just needs some help getting there.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma, much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

For more information on EMDR please watch this video!

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Religious trauma occurs when a person’s religious experience is stressful, degrading, dangerous, abusive, or damaging. Traumatic religious experiences may harm or threaten to harm someone’s physical, emotional, mental, sexual, or spiritual health and safety.  We are here to help you navigate your faith deconstruction and transition. We are a secular practice focusing on evidence based and advanced practices to treat the most complex traumas, including religious trauma.

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Affirmative care is defined as an approach to health care delivery in which organizations, programs, and providers recognize, validate, and support the identity stated or expressed by the individuals served. Affirmative or affirming care has been recognized as a best-practice form of service for the LGBTGEQIAP+ community. This model of care is founded on the assumption that sexuality and gender identity different from heterosexual and cisgender experiences, are normal and, moreover, that acknowledging and affirming identity and experience is a critical component of helping clients integrate their identity with the rest of their lived experiences.

Read more here: Affirmative Care Across Cultures


Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic in the medical field for many years, including use in the pediatrics field. For years, psychedelics have been gaining traction for use in the treatment of mental health disorders. Ketamine can decrease sensitivity to pain, and depending on dosage, route of administration, etc., it can create hypnotic, dream-like, or even fully dissociative trance states for a person.

Ketamine Assisted or Integration Therapy is a mental health treatment that involves using ketamine’s trance-inducing and pain-relieving properties to help individuals work through various mental and emotional challenges.

As experts in treating trauma and complex trauma, we utilize our experience to assist clients in experiencing deep trauma healing through the use of ketamine and quality trauma therapy. We have the to knowledge to assist you in getting deep into your trauma past, while maintaining safety and security through the assisted therapeutic experience. 

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