“Recovery from trauma is being fragile and strong at the same time. It’s a beautiful medley of constantly being broken down and pieced back together.”

Kate J. Tate


Overwhelmed as a result of a distressing experience? Often times traumatic events are not processed at the time they occur. Without sufficient inspection, these memories can be suddenly triggered, leaving us vulnerable to a range of wellness concerns. EMDR and CPT allows for the reprocessing of these memories in a safe way that encourages introspection and personal growth.

CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) is an evidence-based therapy that addresses the beliefs and emotions associated with experiencing a traumatic incident. This therapy is delivered over the course of 12-sessions using worksheets and processing in sessions to challenge and modify beliefs related to the trauma. Through working through “stuck-points” that keep one negatively influenced by the trauma, the client will create a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event to reduce its negative effects on one’s current life. This treatment is strongly recommended for the treatment of PTSD and can be effective for those who are negatively impacted by traumatic experiences.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy recognized as being effective for the treatment of trauma and life events that have been disturbing to an individual. EMDR is designed to process the emotions, thoughts, and body sensations arising further to a traumatic event. The goal of the EMDR process is to establish a state of learning allowing the experiences that are causing problems to be worked through and stored appropriately in the brain in order to be able to guide an individual in positive ways in the future, discarding the negative emotions, beliefs, and body sensations, and leaving an individual with emotions and awareness that leads to healthy interactions and behaviours.

If you are an individual in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas suffering from a past trauma, please call us at 226-338-4158 or email at info@exhaletherapy.ca to set up an appointment. We are also here to support and treat PTSD and offer therapy for First Responders, and Victims of Workplace Trauma and Abuse.