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Step of the Way

Your well-being is my priority. Since 2006, I have provided Calgary area clients with a wide range of psychological and counseling services to suit their needs. Whether you are looking for support as an individual, a couple, or a family, my therapeutic approach is designed to strengthen confidence, build coping strategies, and assist in the healing process.

Together, we will employ a range of evidence-based treatments and therapeutic tools proven to promote self-awareness and skills building. Potential strategies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Gottman Method, Attachment-based Psychotherapy, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 
trauma

Trauma Therapy

Traumatic events can affect your brain and your life

Scientific evidence reveals that traumatic events physically alter our brains. The event provokes hyperarousal in the brain, which results in hypervigilance, alertness, anxiety, poor sleep, and changes in appetite. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after a very scary or traumatic event, such as abuse, an accident, a significant loss, or a natural disaster. Symptoms of PTSD include reliving the event through nightmares or flashbacks, avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, and feeling unsafe in the world, even when a person is not in danger.

Unfortunately, people often experience triggers after a traumatic event. Seemingly harmless situations can now be interpreted as dangerous and trigger fight, flight, or freeze responses. The brain and body remember the trauma, and intuitively respond in an effort to protect you from getting hurt again. However, this new pattern of hypervigilance can be very debilitating to your personal and physical well-being, as well as your relationships. 

Psychological trauma can affect your life for many years after the causal event, and it is essential to get help and move forward. You may feel scared talking about your trauma, but it will allow you to process difficult events and redefine the trauma’s impact in your life. Professional mental health care will offer you therapeutic strategies that have proven valuable in helping people to overcome distress, pain, and dysfunction after trauma. 

Therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy CBT and Accelerated Resolution Therapy ART, are evidenced to significantly address post traumatic stress. These strategies help to raise awareness of the true impact of trauma, reduce or eliminate trauma symptoms, regain a sense of empowerment and control in one’s life, overcome addictions associated with traumatic stress, and improve daily functioning.

Hilda Leon

Registered Psychologist

Consider the services I offer, and do not hesitate to contact me if you think I can help you in any way. I want to learn about your concerns and give you the opportunity to ask me any questions 
on your mind.

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