With a service that specializes increasingly in the impact of traumatic events, whether as a result of a motor vehicle or industrial accident, or the result of workplace injury arising out of a specific service, such as policing, paramedical/ambulance, or emergency/fire services, we help individuals to better understand and manage their experiences, symptoms, and behaviours as they recover from traumatic events through both assessment and treatment. At the Thunder Bay office of the Paul Johnston-Psychology Professional Corporation, we have training in EMDR and cognitive and mindfulness based psychotherapies.
EMDR treatment is defined as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an integrative psychotherapy that has been researched extensively. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for trauma such as PTSD. It incorporates elements from many different types of treatment approaches and has helped millions of people.
Through research, doctors have found that EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. Following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings of a traumatic event. It appears that EMDR is similar to what happens naturally during dreaming or REM sleep. It can be thought of as helping a person see disturbing events in a new and less distressing way.
In addition to EMDR treatment, we offer other treatment methods for PTSD at our Thunder Bay centre. These include cognitive therapies and mindfulness based therapies. Cognitive Processing Therapy, otherwise known as CPT, is designed to help the client re-conceptualize the traumatic event in order to reduce its negative ongoing effects. The treatment helps to develop an awareness of the relationship between a person’s thoughts and feelings.
Our centre also works with mindfulness based therapies, which helps a person refocus on the present experiences instead of past traumatic experiences. It involves paying attention to the feelings and sensations of present-day experiences to help deal with the anxiety of PTSD.
Our goal is to help you take back control of your life with effective PTSD treatment.