262 Commercial Street, North Sydney, NS B2A 1B8

When your past is getting in the way of living in the present,

Trauma Therapy can help you regain control of your life.

Is a past traumatic event or current situation keeping you from living fully?

Trauma Therapy can help you regain control of your life.


The effects of Trauma are
different for everyone.

We understand that trauma can affect individuals in many different ways. It can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, and even physical pain. It can make it difficult to form relationships, and it can affect your ability to work and function in daily life.

Our Trauma therapy treatment is specific to your needs and situation.

Trauma Affects People In Many Ways

  • Struggle with finding meaning in life which can lead to social isolation & withdrawal from friends & family
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory problems. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Negative self-image and low self-esteem as well as struggles with addiction or substance abuse
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, chronic pain, and fatigue
  • Emotional difficulties, including anxiety, depression, and mood swings
  • Relationship problems, including difficulty forming and maintaining healthy connections

Trauma Therapy treatment can help you address the effects of
trauma and get you on the path to healing

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Why You Can't Just Get Over It

Trauma goes beyond feeling upset or experiencing difficulty in your life. Trauma is an overwhelming experience that your brain can’t handle at the time it is happening. When this occurs, in the simplest explanation – our brains skip over the emotional process needed to handle what has happened and creates a block or a loop in your mind. This is why trauma can make you feel like you’re stuck. So when you tell yourself (or someone else tells you), “What’s in the past is in the past” or “It was a long time ago, it’s time to move on” this doesn’t address what happened and is the reason why you can’t just “get over it”.

Even if your trauma is decades old, processing what happened can be highly beneficial to living better now.

Why Choose East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all therapy.

Who you are and the struggles you’ve faced are as unique as the DNA you carry. We strive to create a safe space where people can explore difficult issues and experience transformational change. We believe in diversity, social justice and we stand in support of racial, gender, and cultural equality. 

We believe that everyone should have access to helpful, high-quality, up-to-date therapy.

East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic provides in-person therapy in North Sydney, Industrial Cape Breton, and virtual therapy across Nova Scotia.

Beth Toomey, Registered Clinical Social Worker, East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic, North Sydney

Beth Toomey MSW, RSW
Clinical Director & Founder

Beth Toomey, Registered Clinical Social Worker, East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic, North Sydney

Beth Toomey MSW, RSW
Clinical Director & Founder

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East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic

How Our Trauma Therapy Works

We get to know you

We take the time to understand your struggles, life-history and get clear on your goals.

We Develop A Roadmap

We create a customized plan and provide the tools you need to help you move forward.

We support you on your path

We work with you as long as you need to make the changes that will help you thrive.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Trauma Therapy

Trauma is a distressing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. It can involve physical harm, the threat of harm, or witnessing harm to others.

Anyone can be affected by trauma, regardless of age, gender, or background. Trauma can happen to anyone who has experienced or witnessed a distressing event.
Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (cPTSD) is a type of PTSD that can occur after prolonged or repeated exposure to trauma. It can cause difficulties with emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, and self-identity.
Trauma and PTSD are not the same thing. Trauma is the event that caused the distress, while PTSD is the psychological response to the trauma.
Symptoms of trauma can include anxiety, depression, flashbacks, nightmares, and physical symptoms such as headaches or chronic pain.
Yes, it is. In order to be diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder a person must display a specific set of symptoms. Licensed mental health professionals trained to perform diagnostic assessments will help you understand if your symptoms are sufficient to meet criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD and, if so, will offer treatment recommendations. Upon successful completion of specialized mental health treatment, symptoms can be reduced to the point that remission is achieved.

6 less recognized symptoms of trauma

Uncategorized physical symptoms

Also knows as somatization. Somatization refers to the manifestation of physical symptoms that have no clear medical cause. This can include symptoms such as chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues, or headaches.


Dissociation is a coping mechanism that involves a disconnection between thoughts, emotions, and memories. This can manifest as feeling disconnected from one's surroundings or feeling like you are observing your own life from a distance.


Hypervigilance is a state of heightened alertness and awareness of potential danger. This can cause individuals to be easily startled, have difficulty sleeping, and be constantly on guard.

Feelings of Guilt or Shame

Trauma survivors may experience feelings of guilt or shame, even if they were not responsible for the traumatic event. These feelings can be overwhelming and interfere with daily life. There can also be a negative change in self-perception, including feelings of worthlessness or self-blame.

Difficulty with intimacy

Trauma can make it difficult for individuals to form close, intimate relationships or deepening relationships that are important to them. This can be due to a fear of vulnerability or a fear of being hurt again.

Self-destructive behaviour

Trauma survivors may engage in self-destructive behaviour such as substance abuse, self-harm, or risky sexual behaviour as a way to cope with their pain and trauma.

Therapists who specialize in Trauma Therapy

What you can expect from
Trauma Therapy

  • Increased sense of self-awareness and understanding of your emotions.
  • Improved relationships with friends, family, and loved ones.
  • Reduction in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and flashbacks.
  • Improved self-esteem and self-image.
  • Better coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and triggers.
  • Increased ability to form and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Improved quality of life and overall wellbeing.

Regain control of your life and start living
more fully with trauma therapy.

How To Get Started

If you’re ready to get started with therapy, you can book a free phone consultation with our Client Services Coordinator below. During the consultation, we will answer any questions you have and match you with the therapist best suited for your unique situation.
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Stop letting your past get in the way of
living more fully today.

East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic

Trauma therapy can help you move forward.

Stop letting your past get in the way of
living more fully today.

East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic

Trauma therapy can help you move forward.