Your well-being is our ultimate concern. The Calming Ark provides trauma-informed psychological services. As such, our team is committed to support you on your journey towards healing, self-discovery, and self-actualization. The Calming Ark strives to create a calming and safe space as we journey with you through the storms of life. Our therapy sessions are designed to assist you in your healing process, and ultimately improve your quality of life. Take a look at some of the common areas for therapy, and if any area resonates with you, connect with us today to arrange for an appointment.
Areas for Therapy:
Some of the areas that propel people to seek out the help of a professional (i.e. psychologist, counsellor, psychotherapist) include, but are not limited to, the following:
Anxiety / Panic attacks
Childhood Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect)
Other issues/areas that prevent you from being a better version of yourself
Marital / Couple Therapy
Why see a psychologist for gastrointestinal issues?
Stress and psychological/emotional distress (such as depression and anxiety) can worsen your gastrointestinal symptoms.
Traumatic life experiences such as sexual or physical abuse are associated with an increased prevalence of IBS and other FGIDs.
Comorbid psychiatric disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder and major depression are highly prevalent in patients with FGIDs.
The brain-gut axis: our brain exerts a powerful influence over gastrointestinal pain perception, motility and secretion. Conversely, gastrointestinal symptoms also impact patients’ mood and stress levels as well as pain perception.
Role of a Psychologist
As gastrointestinal symptoms are closely linked with the psychological factors as outlined above, our psychologist can help you to learn how to a) better manage your emotions, b) process traumatic life experiences, c) make lifestyle changes, d) strengthen coping mechanisms and e) build resilience. See more here.