Dr. Barbara Harris, MSW, RSW
EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, and EMDR Consultant
Specializing in Trauma, Anxiety and Depression
Individual counseling for:
Have you experienced or witnessed an event that involved either real or perceived threat of injury or death? Did the event lead to feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror? Do you find yourself reliving aspects of the event, or avoiding reminders of the event? Do you tend to be easily startled?
Trauma counselling can help! Trauma therapy includes: assessment and history taking, setting treatment goals, education on PTSD, development of skills to manage and mitigate your symptoms, and, processing the traumatic events you experienced.
Understanding trauma includes learning about:
- what is trauma?
- symptoms of trauma
- trauma and the brain
- trauma recovery
- approaches to trauma therapy
Coping with the symptoms of trauma requires learning relaxation techniques, visualization, breathing exercises, wellness planning, and skills to specifically help you deal with your feelings in effective and healthy ways.
Most importantly, people experience trauma symptoms because the traumatic experiences have not been processed, so recovery also involves therapeutic processing of these events within a safe and comfortable environment.
EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is commonly used in the treatment of PTSD/trauma.
For more information about EMDR click here.
For more information about PTSD click here.
Do you feel sad all or most of the time? Do you lack motivation, or have difficulty concentrating? Do you have sleep problems? Do you tend to isolate yourself from life? Have you experienced a recent loss that has been difficult to accept or heal from? Do you feel helpless or hopeless?
Overcoming depression is possible and also includes education, skill development, and addressing underlying issues that caused the condition.
Understanding depression includes learning:
Counselling for Anxiety
Anxiety takes many forms, which include (but are not limited to): panic attacks; phobias (fear of people, places, or things), obsessive compulsive tendencies, and/or general anxiety symptoms such as excessive worry. However, when these conditions interfere with daily functioning, the person may have an anxiety disorder. I specialize in working with individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD).
Counselling can help! Recovering from anxiety includes: education, learning strategies to cope with the anxiety, and to actually reduce the intensity of your anxiety, as well as addressing underlying reasons for the anxiety.
Understanding anxiety includes learning about:
For more information about anxiety click here.
- I look forward to hearing from you.
- Dr Barbara Harris, PhD, MSW, RSW