Many women who struggle with substance abuse or problem gambling have experienced some type of trauma in their lives, i.e. physical and/or sexual abuse during childhood, or possibly living as adults in situations where they are in danger. Gambling or using may function as a coping mechanism in these situations.
At Jean Tweed, all clinical services are trauma informed, which means we understand the role that trauma may have played in your life and we will provide a safe and caring environment for you while you begin to make lifestyle changes.
We also offer a range of trauma-specific services for current Jean Tweed clients:
Building Resilience is a 4 week group that provides information about the impact of trauma, the connections to substance use and/or gambling, and builds on existing resources for coping.
Seeking Safety addresses the concurrent impact of trauma, substance use and/or gambling. The focus is on safety skills, coping, empowerment, and personal support. It is approximately 20 weeks in length.
Parenting Through Trauma offers women the opportunity to look at the effects of trauma on themselves as mothers. Self-image, parenting strategies, boundaries, are some of the topics discussed within an atmosphere of safety and support. It is typically 10 weeks in length.
Trauma Recovery Group focuses on individual goals established by each participant to further her healing from the impact of trauma. This group is geared to women who have had previous trauma counselling, have achieved some control over posttraumatic symptoms, and are stable in their goal related to substance use and/or gambling. This group is 16 weeks.
Individual Trauma Counselling is offered for the duration of one year. It is generally recommended that women participate in the Building Resilience and/or Seeking Safety groups prior to individual counselling. Please note that there is a waitlist for this service.
One time Consultations are an opportunity to speak with a counselor about trauma counselling, to enquire about a specific question or receive general information.