When the Past Lives On,
Talking Isn’t Always Enough
Do you remember the last time you felt triggered? Chances are, your body went into survival mode and you felt the need to fight, freeze, or flee rather than think, review, and reflect. In order to engage in the traditional type of talk therapy, known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we need to access our thinking brains. However, extensive research has shown that when we are triggered, our thinking brains go offline.
Therapies that only focus on thoughts or emotions, fail to address the ways in which trauma is stored in the body. The deeper healing work then goes untouched and the root cause unexplored. You may walk out of a session thinking, ‘that just didn’t work for me’. Using a trauma-specific approach, I work with the whole person to help calm the survival and emotional part of the brain first, so we can then access the thinking brain … and create lasting, transformational change.
Supporting Mental Strength, at Every Step
Whether you are four, fourteen, or forty – one size does not fit all. That’s why I use an assortment of therapeutic techniques to guide clients on a journey that breaks through harmful thought and relational patterns, makes sense of negative memories, and empowers them to reach their full – and amazing – potential.
Types of Therapy & Modalities
I use a variety of therapies, modalities, and approaches to support you on your therapeutic journey.
Child, Youth & Adult EMDR Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a 3-pronged therapy that focuses on the past, present, and future to help the brain desensitize and reprocess negative memories from the past and neutralize triggers. As a result of reprocessing past memories, emotional distress, sensations of ‘stuckness’, and related symptoms of mental unease are alleviated.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Trauma-focused CBT addresses the unique needs of persons with trauma symptoms and resulting symptoms of depression, difficult behaviour problems, and other challenges related to trauma.I incorporate tenets of TF-CBT into individual sessions for adults, children, and combined parent-child sessions.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy incorporates the body into the emotional and cognitive processing of trauma. By using the body (rather than just thought or emotion) as a primary entry point in trauma processing, we can directly treat the effects of trauma on the nervous and sensorimotor systems.
Polyvagal Theory in Trauma Therapy
Polyvagal Theory offers a way to understand how our autonomic nervous system relates to the ability to connect to and communicate with others and responds to cues of danger and safety. It also offers a way of conceptualizing and understanding the internal mechanisms of fear or trauma-based reactions and symptoms.
The Havening Techniques® incorporates several powerful therapeutic tools. It can be used to treat the consequences of stressful or traumatic memories as well as to offer new resourcing tools. The method helps the brain to ‘de-traumatize’ the memory and remove its negative impact on both our psyche and body. As part of its protocol, The Havening Techniques uses the sensory input of human touch as a therapeutic tool — called Havening Touch®.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) incorporates aspects of mindfulness, cognitive behavioural, and self-regulation skills to help clients develop their own inner resources and make positive shifts in attitudes, behaviours, and relationships. It teaches acceptance, non-judgement, and observing (rather than becoming).
Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR)
Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a trauma-specific therapy. It accesses the core of the traumatic experience in the part of the brain which orients to situations of danger or attachment disruption. DBR was created for the treatment of attachment shock, but it can also be applied to other unresolved traumatic experiences. The focus on neck and head tension in a DBR session provides an anchor in the part of the memory sequence that occurred before the shock (or emotional overwhelm) to alleviate symptoms.
Dissociation Specific Therapies
Instead of focusing on one theory or approach in working with complex trauma and dissociation, Jillian uses a phased approach to healing and is trained in a variety of modalities and theories to offer clients an approach that suits them and their experiences. Her goal is to bring trauma therapy to the client, rather than the client coming to a specific therapy. Jillian is trained in various theories and approaches, including: Ego State Therapy, The Theory and Treatment of Structural Dissociation, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Betrayal Trauma and disorganized attachment, and the Cascade Model of Defence.
Jillian was trained by the ASCH (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, founded by Milton H. Erickson, MD in 1957) and weaves a hypnosis-informed approach into her practice. This allows for constructive flexibility and hypnosis-based problem solving within complex trauma and dissociation therapy. She is trained in and receives ongoing consultation in the fundamentals of clinical hypnosis, therapeutic processes, and the practice of hypnotic inductions and interventions with clients who have trauma, complex trauma, or dissociation.
Certified Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Provider
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges. Based on decades of research, it is a non-invasive application of Polyvagal Theory. The SSP is a specialized listening program used to support and grow internal emotional control and regulation, social engagement, and sound sensitivities. The complete SSP program accesses 3 main pathways that are designed to help the nervous system to better receive, process, and respond to the cues and signals from the world around us. This helps clients feel more regulated in the face of life’s challenges.
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