Somatic Experiencing Therapy for trauma and addiction & Cam’s Story

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Trauma PTSD and Addiction

Our guest… Melina McConnell. Melina has been a Counsellor and a part of Edgewood Vancouver since 2009.  Melina has worked with individuals and loved ones faced with the adversity of addiction. She offers a safe and caring environment for individuals to work through their trauma, addiction or codependent behaviours.  Melina’s clinical experience includes individual, couples, family counselling, group therapy and is one of the facilitators in our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program.  She also holds a certificate in Intervention Training and is currently enrolled in a 2-year Somatic Experiencing program; a therapy for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma issues.

Here is a little info on Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing Therapy

Trauma is a fact of life. It can result from extraordinary events, such as violence, physical, emotional, sexual abuse, addictions and PTSD, as well as everyday “ordinary” events, such as injuries, car accidents, divorce, job loss, grief, perinatal, postnatal, post-partum, surgery and medical procedures.

Fortunately, resilience is also a fact of life. We all possess the capacity to rebound from stress and accompanying feelings of fear and helplessness.

Somatic Experiencing is a body-orientated approach in the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It’s a method of releasing traumatic shock from the body in order to heal, restore and move towards greater resilience, self-regulation and mindfulness.

Somatic Experiencing is not talk therapy it supports the nervous system to renegotiate and heal trauma, rather than relive or re-enact the traumatic experience.


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