​​“Trauma is when we have encountered an out of control, frightening experience that has disconnected us from all sense of resourcefulness or safety or coping or love.” Tara Brach, 2011

Trauma therapy embraces the following: 


  • Every person’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery journey 
  • The interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety (amongst others) 
  • The understanding of the multitude of impact traumatic experiences can have and the respect for each person’s unique experience
  •  Honouring each person’s survival mechanisms as a necessary response to trauma
  • The need to work in a collaborative way with clients and their identified care givers and support system in a manner that is empowering and grounded in choice and self determination


Simply put it means asking “What happened to you?” Instead of “What is wrong with you?”



​Our Trauma Services are  built on six core principles:


1. Trauma Understanding - through knowledge and understanding trauma and stress we can act

      compassionately and take well-informed steps towards wellness.


2. Safety & Security -  increasing stability in our daily lives and having core physical and

      emotional safety needs met can minimize our stress reactions and allow us to focus our
      resources on wellness.


3. Cultural Humility & Responsiveness – when we are open to understanding cultural differences

      and respond to them sensitively, we make each other feel understood and wellness is
      enhanced.


4. Compassion & Dependability – when we experience compassionate and dependable

     relationships, we re-establish trusting connections with others that fosters mutual wellness.


5. Collaboration& Empowerment – when we are prepared for and given real opportunities to

     make choices for ourselves and our care, we feel empowered and can promote our own
     wellness.


6. Resilience & Recovery – when we focus on our strengths and clear steps we can take toward

     wellness, we are more likely to be resilient and recover. (adapted from Alameda County TIC)


"Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, need to be a life sentence".   Peter Levine

What is Trauma Therapy?

Trauma Specific Supports


Jolene Heida & Associates