TherapyWorks is dedicated to supporting individuals and families impacted by a wide variety of experiences, some of which may be traumatic.Trauma is something most of us have experienced in one form or another. It could have happened to us directly or to someone close. We can become traumatized by any experience that is perceived as life-threatening, and where our ability to respond is overwhelmed.
Trauma responses can range from obvious ones such as flashbacks, panic attacks, and anxiety, to more subtle ones, such as feelings of emptiness and numbness. As a trauma informed therapist, I facilitate the healing process for traumatic experiences such as childhood neglect and experiencing or witnessing violence. I also collaborate in managing responses caused by common triggering events such as the loss of a loved one, a relationship breakup, or dealing with illness.
TherapyWorks offers services to address:
Panic Attacks & Anxiety
Simple and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship Violence and Abuse
Childhood Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse
Complicated Grief, Loss, and Transitions
Self Harming Behaviour
Choosing to engage in therapy has the potential for tremendous growth. My clinical skills and experience in developing a strong therapeutic relationship, while incorporating an individualized approach, creates a supportive space for increased insight, skill development, expansion of choices, and deeper connection to life.
I am committed to your empowerment in this process.
Melanie Crudgington, MSW, RSW
Violation lies at the heart of childhood sexual abuse. Survivors may experience feelings such as shame, guilt, self blame, anger, grief, or powerlessness that can have a deep impact on many areas of life. Therapy can help you develop new skills to self regulate and explore coping strategies.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
~ Khalil Gibran
Relationship violence can take on many forms including emotional, psychological, economic, physical and/or sexual abuse. Women in abusive relationships often battle with feelings of confusion, isolation, and disconnection. Therapy can help you regain a sense of personal power.
The places where we cringe are our personal edges. They are the doors we have never been quite able to walk through, although we have always known they are waiting for us.
~ Stephen Levine
When a loved one dies, conversations around us begin to include subtle messages about acceptance, finding closure, letting go, or moving on. The physical death of a loved one may bring with it waves of sadness, denial, anger or despair. Therapy can help you reframe the emotional experience of loss.
Remembered lives are moral documents and their function is salvific, inevitably implying, ‘All this has not been for nothing’.
~ Barbara Myerhoff
Life can sometimes be complex
due to struggles with relationships, health, life transitions and compulsions.
At various points in our lives, we may experience feelings of tension, stress, anxiety or stagnancy. Therapy can help
you change patterns of thinking,
emotional responses, and behaviour.
I am the architect of myself.
~ Carl Rogers
It is only by going down into the abyss
That we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
The very cave that you are afraid to enter
Turns out to be the source
Of what you were looking for.
~ Reflections on the Art of Living, by Joseph Campbell