My Background

I have worked with grief recovery and survivors of traumatic death of a loved one for 24 years in Victoria, B.C. and surrounding districts. This naturally branched to working with those of all ages, who have suffered trauma as a result of other life events. The need to be of optimum service and better informed led to further studies in the field of traumatic experience.  The study of trauma is ever evolving and the need for continued education is paramount. My  qualifications are as follows:

. Certified Trauma Practitioner (Level 1, National Institute of Trauma and Loss)

. Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner (Level 2, National Institute of Trauma and Loss)

. Graduate Certificate  in Complex Trauma (Master's level) (Justice Institute of B.C.)

. Graduate Studies in Pastoral Care and Counselling (Island Pastoral Services)

. Grief Recovery

Michele Smith


Explore the rest of our site to learn more about what we have to offer, and get in touch with any questions. 

What is provided on this site is general information, not advice, and is not intended to be a substitute for therapy.

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Trauma Practitioner

If you have suffered any of the following life events, you may be suffering from trauma.

. Childhood sexual abuse

. Abuse

. Traumatic loss of a loved one (suicide, homicide, death of a child)

. Natural Disaster

. Betrayal of Trust

. Systemic Abuse

. Community violence (burglary, bullying, mugging, sexual or physical assault, shooting)

. Witnessing of a Traumatic Event

(not a comprehensive list)


Trauma can result from an event or series of events or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically and emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse affects on the individuals physical, emotional, social, or spiritual well being.

A traumatic event is a life experience that involves actual or perceived threats to ones own safety or the safety of a loved one. Usually categorized by feelings of helplessness and terror, with the individual unable to make sense or come to terms with the event. The circumstance commonly includes abuse of power, betrayal of trust, entrapment, pain, confusion, helplessness, and/or loss.

This can lead to the traumatic experience becoming stuck in the bodies nervous system, unable to complete it's cycle, and holding it's victim in a flight, fight or freeze state.

Trauma tends to be subjective, so what may traumatize one person, may not another.

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. Loss of sense of safety

. Loss of self

. Re-enactment 

. Loss of self worth

. Dissociation

. Loss of Trust

. Shame

. Loss of Intimacy

. Loss of physical connection to the body

. Loss of danger cues

. Hyper-vigilance

. Physical shut down

. Self Harm 

. Sleep disturbance

. Difficulty in decision making

. Memory issues

. ADHD like symptoms

. Easy startle response

. Overwhelming fear

. Social Isolation

. Sexual dysfunction

. Emotional numbing

. Guilt

(This is not a comprehensive list of symptoms that may be experienced when suffering from trauma, nor do all symptoms need to be experienced for an individual to be suffering from trauma)

Trauma does not have to be a life sentence. Please contact Michele for an initial consultation.

Also offered are peer groups and educational seminars.

Please check back for articles and updated information.

Trauma Practitioner

Michele Smith


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