Hey, I see you over there.
You’ve found my website in your search for a therapist because you’re feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.
Some days you’re anxious and flooded with too much energy to handle. Other days, you feel sad and exhausted. Sometimes you feel okay but can’t enjoy this feeling because you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. Other times, you're zoned out, just going through the motions of your day.
You’ve tried your best to manage, but everything feels out of control.
I want you to know that things can be different.
Life can be easier.
Chloe Beedham (she/her)
BA, BSW, MSW, TITC-CT, RSW
I have had the pleasure of working with individuals who have experienced trauma for over 10 years. Early in my career, I noticed that many of my motivated clients felt stuck. They were doing everything within their power to heal, however, triggers and symptoms continued to overwhelm them. I wanted individuals to find resolution to their past traumas, so they could live the life they wanted.
Hi, I'm Chloe. A Clinical Traumatologist and Registered Social Worker with a Master of
Social Work from McGill University.
What I have learned from the science and years of working with individuals who have experienced traumatic events, is that talking alone often doesn’t cut it. Science tells us that our bothersome experiences are actually stored in areas of our brain that can’t be fully accessed through talk therapy.
Trauma Expert, Bessel van der Kolk, states:
“Neuroscience research shows that very few psychological problems are the result of defects in understanding; most originate in pressures from deeper regions in the brain that drive our perception and attention. When the alarm bell of the emotional brain keeps signalling that you are in danger, no amount of insight will silence it.”
Non-traumatic memories are stored in the front-left part of our brain (aka our thinking brain), where we have access to language and communication. Traumatic memories on the other hand are stored in the back-right part of the brain, where language is less accessible. In this area of the brain, we experience the world through automatic responses, body sensations, and sensory information. If traumatic experiences were stored like non-traumatic memories, they actually wouldn't be all that bothersome. It's not thinking about a traumatic experience that is upsetting, it's reliving the emotions, bodily sensations and sensory information (sights, smells, sounds, textures, and tastes related to the event). To heal from trauma, we have to access and process the feelings, physical sensations and automatic survival responses associated with the event(s), which are held in areas below our thinking brain.