Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP)
Monika and Giselle are both approved CVAP counsellors. The Crime Victim Assistance Program pays for counselling services for victims of crime, their close family members, and some witnesses.
Victims of crime often struggle with the emotional and psychological impact of the event. We help clients work through and resolve these impacts.
As CVAP counsellors, we help clients deal with:
- Trauma and PTSD
- Stress and Anxiety
- Family/Marital conflict
Information about CVAP (Crime Victim Assistance Program), including eligibility, can be found at:
Trauma and PTSD
Experiencing a traumatic event by definition has a detrimental impact on a person's well-being and psychological state. Some people fulfill the criteria for PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) after being victimized. When an event is overwhelming, the brain will not fully process it. A person who has been traumatized often feels as if they are reliving the event again and again or experience disturbances associated with the event.
While there are various ways to approach trauma in counselling, both Monika and Giselle generally use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming) for trauma treatment. It is an evidence-based therapy that can bring about changes and healing very quickly. EMDR allows a person to fully process an event that wasn’t adequately processed when it occurred, and helps to greatly reduce symptoms developed after trauma.
For more info about EMDR:
Here you can find questions posed by NewYorkTimes readers and answered by Francine Shapiro, who originally developed EMDR, on “The Evidence on EMDR”: http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/the-evidence-on-e-m-d-r/