Trauma Informed Practice

At VCH Counselling, we are dedicated to providing trauma-informed care based on the principles outlined in the Judith Herman model. The Judith Herman model, as described in her seminal work "Trauma and Recovery," emphasizes understanding the complex effects of trauma on individuals and the importance of creating a safe therapeutic environment for healing to occur. Our commitment to Trauma Informed Practice, rooted in the Judith Herman model, guides our approach to counselling survivors of trauma.

Our Approach

In our counselling sessions, we draw upon the principles of the Judith Herman model to create a safe and supportive space where clients can explore their experiences of trauma and begin the journey of recovery. We recognize the importance of establishing safety, promoting empowerment, and fostering a trusting therapeutic relationship. Our approach is collaborative, person-centered, and respects the resilience and strengths of each individual.

Key Principles of the Judith Herman Model:

Safety: Establishing physical and emotional safety is paramount in our work with trauma survivors.

Empowerment: We empower clients to regain a sense of control over their lives and narratives, fostering autonomy and self-advocacy.

Trust: Building trust is essential in forming a therapeutic alliance grounded in mutual respect and understanding.

Normalization: We validate clients' experiences and normalize their responses to trauma, reducing shame and self-blame.

Integration: Our goal is to help clients integrate their traumatic experiences into their broader life narratives, promoting healing and growth.

Resources and Further Reading

For those interested in delving deeper into the Judith Herman model and Trauma Informed Practice, you can obtain a copy of her work Trauma and Recovery from libraries or bookshops new or second-hand.

Ready to Experience Trauma Informed Counselling?

Contact us today to schedule a session and embark on the path of healing guided by the Judith Herman model. Your journey towards recovery begins here.