The Veterans Transition Network is the only Canadian charity delivering mental health services specifically for Veterans from coast to coast.
A PTSD program centred around equine therapy involving spouses and children. While the Canadian Forces uses team building, communications training and leadership development to prepare soldiers for war, Can Praxis uses horses to help soldiers recover from it and regain their family relationships.
A Wounded Warriors PTSD Program for Couples living with PTSD.
Homewood Health Centre’s Program for Traumatic Stress Recovery (PTSR) is one of the few in-patient programs of its kind in Canada. PTSR helps people recover from the after-effects of trauma, often diagnosed as the clinical disorder known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSR creates a community that helps trauma patients through the healing process, and is open to men and women who have experienced the psychological effect of a traumatic event.
Location: Guelph, Ontario
"As Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital, CAMH sets the standards for care, research, education and leading social change." Location: Toronto, Ontariohttps://www.camh.ca/
"...nine-week concurrent trauma and addiction program (CTAP) is designed to specifically treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and operational stress injuries (OSI) at the same time as addiction, and is designated for military, police, firefighters, EMS, and other first responders. Facilities in: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Nanaimo and Vancouver with additional outpatient locations.
A retreat centre for women veterans in the heart of Old Chelsea, Quebec, 15 minutes from Ottawa. It is committed to developing a strong network for women veterans, soon-to-be veterans, and spouses of military members as well as the RCMP.
Many veterans face problems with alcohol or substance abuse, but there are many resources where they — and their families — can get help, advice, and support. The team at the Columbus Recovery Centre has written a page that contains information and links not only to leading resources for veterans' addiction issues but also to resources for underlying conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health illnesses.
The Recovery Village Palmer Lake is one of several facilities in the Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) network that offers rehabilitation for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Established in 2012 by a team of medical and clinical professionals, ARS has helped hundreds of men, women and adolescents live healthier, happier lives with an advanced approach to patient care. The Recovery Village Palmer Lake uses the same approach, incorporating treatment that is evidence-based, comprehensive and individualized. We are also a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.
Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium — the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral, was used for decades in a number of industrial, commercial, military, and residential applications. Mesothelioma is one of the most serious diagnoses of all asbestos-related illnesses.
Prescribed medication for PTSD can include SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), a class of antidepressants that work by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain.
SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) is a class of antidepressants that work by influencing both serotonin and norepinephrine by preventing a person's brain cells from rapidly absorbing these neurotransmitters.
Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs used in treatment of anxiety, insomnia, agitation and alcohol withdrawal.
Two cannabinoids in particular have been very helpful in combating the symptoms of PTSD; CBD (cannabidiol) & THC (tetrahydrocannabinolis). It is consumed orally (oils and edibles), topically (creams and oils), and through inhalation (vape/smoke).
There are two man-made drugs called dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet), that are synthetic forms of THC.
There are many natural ways to relieve symptoms of PTSD such as; melatonin or tryptophan (sleep aids), dietary supplements (valerian), essential oils, and many other herbal medicines.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the most widely-used therapy for anxiety disorders. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions.
Cognitive behavioural therapy addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves. As the name suggests, this involves two main components:
The basic premise of cognitive behavioural therapy is that our thoughts—not external events—affect the way we feel. In other words, it’s not the situation you’re in that determines how you feel, but your perception of the situation. For example, imagine that you’ve just been invited to a big party. Consider three different ways of thinking about the invitation, and how those thoughts would affect your emotions.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a treatment model that was developed by clinical psychologist Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1990’s. It modified standard CBT approaches to be more suitable for use with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, a diagnosis characterized by intense suicidal ideology, self-harm and intense and violent emotions. It can often co-exist with depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders like Social Anxiety Disorder.
The core theory with DBT is of “Dialectics” or ideas in tension with each other, right and wrong, black and white and in the case of DBT the core dialectic of acceptance and change. Linehan found that traditional CBT was too change focussed and that sufferers of Borderline Personality Disorder emotional validation and acceptance strategies to be able to utilize the change strategies of CBT.
DBT utilizes the skills of mindfulness meditation to help people regulate their emotions and better self-regulate their behaviour. In doing so DBT was also one of the first therapeutic approaches to bring mindfulness skills into mainstream psychology.
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT - also known as "Tapping Therapy" or "Meridian Tapping Techniques (MTT)") was created by Gary Craig and works like emotional acupressure to quickly, gently and easily release the negative emotions and beliefs that are at the root of all our problems and pain.
Equine Therapy- Equine-assisted therapy (EAT) encompasses a range of treatments that involve activities with horses and other equines to promote human physical and mental health. The use of EAT has roots in antiquity, and EAT applies to physical health issues in modern form dates to the 1960s. Modern of horses for mental health treatment dates to the 1990s.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, non-traditional type of psychotherapy. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.
Although research continues, EMDR remains controversial among some health care professionals. At first glance, EMDR appears to approach psychological issues in an unusual way. It does not rely on talk therapy or medications. Instead, EMDR uses a patient's own rapid, rhythmic eye movements. These eye movements dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events.
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. NLP's creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. Bandler and Grinder also claim that NLP methodology can "model" the skills of exceptional people, allowing anyone to acquire those skills. They claim as well that, often in a single session, NLP can treat problems such as phobias, depression, tic disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, near-sightedness, allergy, common cold, and learning disorders.
NeurOptimal ® feedback. Neurofeedback (NFB) heals the brain. Psychotherapy heals the mind. Together, neurofeedback and psychotherapy can create lasting change and recovery. Neurofeedback improves brain function so you can better engage in the psychotherapy process and make more conscious, healthy decisions for yourself.
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, offers an additional treatment option for people with eating disorders, addictions, mood disorders, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. NFB has been around since the 1960's but it has not yet gained huge traction as a mainstream intervention, probably because the pharmaceutical industry holds the market on medication interventions. In addition, NFB equipment is expensive, so many clinicians shy away from using it. Nonetheless, there is a growing body of research showing neurofeedback efficacy in treating these disorders. In fact, The American Academy of Paediatrics has determined that NFB is a level two evidenced based practice in the treatment of ADHD. Neurofeedback also stabilizes the brain to reduce anxiety and depression, allowing for better, more lasting recovery from eating disorders and/or other addictions. It will not solve all your problems; and it can help stabilize your brain enough for you to do the recovery work necessary for lasting change.
Somatic experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client's perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). It was created by trauma therapist Peter A. Levine.
Sessions are normally done in person, and involve a client tracking his or her own experience. Practitioners are often mental health practitioners such as social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists (MFTs) or psychotherapists, but may also be nurses, physicians, bodyworkers, physical therapists, chaplains, clergy, or members of other professions. Certified practitioners complete a three-year training course (216 hours of instruction) and must complete 18 hours of case consultations and 12 hours of personal sessions. Somatic Experiencing is used for shock trauma in the short term and for developmental trauma as an adjunct to psychotherapy that may span years.
Somatic Experiencing attempts to promote awareness and release physical tension that remains in the aftermath of trauma.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress.
The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Reflexologists believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person's health.
Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Sometimes these practitioners use items, such as rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood, to assist in their work. Practitioners of reflexology include chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists, among others.