Understanding Complex Trauma

The effects of complex trauma are insidious and can significantly impact students’ ability to function academically, socially, and emotionally. Complex trauma influences a person’s self concept and can leave them feeling shame, guilt, low self esteem, and with a poor self image. These effects are often under-recognized in education. This workshop will strive to support an understanding of the various aspects of complex trauma, and will present a relational approach to working with those who have a complex trauma history. It will promote dialogue around common client manifestations and common struggles to working with these clients.

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Friday 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

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  • Lavender Counselling
    Kelsey Siemens

    Kelsey primarily works with adult individuals on a broad range of issues, including (but not limited to) PTSD and complex-PSTD, anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation, sexual difficulties and spirituality. Her heart feels particularly drawn to working with individuals who have experienced trauma, relational wounding and/or neglect. She is also passionate about helping men and women embrace their bodies and their sexuality. 

    Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA, University of the Fraser Valley) and a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology (MA, Trinity Western University). She is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Clinical Counsellor. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and a level II certified Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI) therapist (level II), which are therapeutic approaches for treating trauma. She has been trained as a sex therapist, and is currently in the process of obtaining ASSECT certification.