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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, MSW, RSW

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. 

How I Can Help

I have trained extensively in therapies that can help you to identify, access, and process the root causes of your symptoms. These therapies help you to bypass the thinking part of your brain, which can interfere with this important work. During your first appointment, I will listen compassionately to your experiences and concerns. We will work collaboratively to identify your goals and I’ll share how specific therapies may be able to help. I integrate a number of trauma-focused modalities to provide you with a tailored treatment that addresses your unique experiences and set of concerns. You can learn more about the approaches I draw from most frequently below.

Brainspotting

Brainspotting uses our field of vision to discover where we are holding traumatic experiences in our brain. Once identified, focused mindfulness can be utilized to deeply process held traumas in the brain and body until they are released and resolved.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization
& Reprocessing Therapy

EMDR uses alternating stimulation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain to process bothersome experiences. This process reduces the emotional disturbance associated with traumatic memories, increases regulation in the nervous system, and replaces unhelpful beliefs with more accurate cognitions.

Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy

Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy facilitates the transition into a relaxed and focused mental state. In this state, we’re able to address the psychological, emotional, and physical effects of trauma by updating trauma memory networks at both conscious and subconscious levels.

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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy utilizes directed mindfulness as an access route to the body. With this access, we can process and resolve traumatic experiences stored in the body by discharging excess arousal and completing stuck survival responses.

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