Trauma Therapy Clinic


Trauma Therapy Approaches

Dr. Michael Dadson -Trauma Therapy Approaches

According to Dr. Michael Dadson:
Being a trauma informed therapist means, acquiring the knowledge about what a psychological traumatic stress event is, the relationship of that event to the perception of the person, as well as understanding the physiological and psychological defensive responses to a traumatic event, the way these defensive responses work to help the person survive, how those reactions can become invasive and intrusive when prolonged, rigid, and repetitious over time.

4 Top Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Trauma

  • Process Experiential Emotion-focused Therapy (Person Centred Therapy, AEDP)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Neuro-feedback and bilateral stimulation (EMDR, OEI)
  • Psychodynamic Therapies (Attachment Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Gestalt)

The 3 Phases of Trauma Treatment

Dr. Mike Dadson identifies:

Research has shown that there’s three primary phases, not stages, but three primary phases or treatment. All three phases all always active in therapy but, one phase will be accented or forefront at different times in treatment. Usually at the beginning of therapy Phase one is more actively present and towards the end phase three is more present.


Why You Need a Trauma Informed Therapist

Michael Dadson On Trauma Counselling and The Importance of Finding The Right Therapist

Dr. Michael Dadson emphasizes, ”In order to effectively resolve trauma, it is important to seek a trauma informed therapist”.

Dr. Dadson emphasizes:

  • When a clinician is trauma informed, it means they are informed about, what makes traumatic stress distinctive from other stress, what are common reactions to traumatic stress. A trained trauma informed clinician will to know when traumatic stress leads to post traumatic stress disorder and how-to precise interventions can disrupt that outcome.

A trauma informed therapist is aware of the various elements of trauma including recognizing the characteristics of traumatic stress such as the psychologically impact, the impact on your body, and neurologically.



During Dr. Michael Dadson’s early career, he was a fellow and board member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), providing comprehensive experience and research into trauma and Dissociation. Highly recognized, two of Dr. Michael Dadson’s research papers were published in the academic peer reviewed Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

To book an appointment with Dr. Michael Dadson at his clinic Gentle Currents Therapy in Langley, British Columbia, or to receive a phone consultation click here.

  • The Application of Attachment Theory and Mentalization in Complex Tertiary Structural Dissociation: A Case Study. Volume 20, 2011 – Issue 3, Pages 322-343.
  • Integrative Therapeutic Interventions of Phase-Oriented Treatment: Additional Reflections on the Case of Lynn. Volume 21, 2012 – Issue 3, Pages 331-350.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and First Responders

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD) is when these reactions continue to reoccur for at least one month without resolving. “Seeking professional help immediately following a traumatic stressor may help prevent the onset of PTSD”, advises Dr. Dadson.

Dr. Dadson identifies:

Untreated traumatic stress can lead to long-term mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A mental health professional can help you develop coping strategies and a treatment plan to manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being.


20 Signs You May be Living with PTSD

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness, nightmares
  • Helplessness or despair
  • Anger or overwhelming emotions and outbursts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Flashbacks or recurring memories of the traumatic event
  • Avoidance of activities people, or situations that may remind the individual of the trauma
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stomach pain
  • Sensory motor kinds of experiences like an overactive startle reflex or hyper vigilance
  • Feeling emotionally overwhelmed with anxiety
  • Underwhelmed with depression or fatigue
  • Disruption to a person’s sense of identity
  • Significant increasing feelings of self-shame, self-blame or disgust
  • Intrusive cognitive thoughts, feeling and/or images related to the traumatic event.
  • Intrusive sensory experiences such as unwelcome smells, sounds, touch, taste.
  • Involuntary flash memories with overwhelming cognitions, emotions, sensation.

10 Examples of Childhood Trauma (Adverse Childhood Events)

  • Psychological, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect
  • Violence in the community or at school
  • Experiences of war or terrorism
  • The unexpected or violent loss of a loved one
  • Unexpected disasters (flooding, fire, earth quake)
  • Serious illness or injury
  • Mental illness
  • Divorce
  • Either experiencing or witnessing domestic violence
  • Substance abuse in the family


Dr. Michael Dadson cautions:

If you are beginning to have suicidal thoughts or ideation, Dr. Mike Dadson strongly recommends that a person seeks help from their doctor, or call a suicide hot line and find a Registered Clinical Counsellor who is trauma informed.

  • Talk Suicide Canada 1.833.456.4566
  • Kids Help Phone
    1 800-668-6868


Dr. Mike Dadson (Michael Dadson) Answers Important Questions About Trauma

What is Traumatic Stress?

A traumatic incident frequently causes the mind and body to be overwhelmed with feelings of powerlessness and terror. Traumatic stress has the same effect.

Dr. Michael Dadson reports:

The actual criteria of that traumatic stressful event is death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence. There may be a direct or indirect exposure to the stressor. For example, you may witness (by hearing or seeing) an individual violent near-death experience (indirect). You also may directly experience violence and near death yourself (direct).