Posttraumatic Stress Disorde

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can follow the experiencing or witnessing of a severe trauma involving the actual or threat of death or serious injury to the self or others. The traumatized person has typically reacted to the trauma with intense fear, helplessness or horror. Alternatively, an accumulation of less intensely damaging situations (‘small ‘t’ traumas’) can over time also lead to PTSD.
The symptoms involve re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive memories, dreams, flashbacks, and intense emotional and physiological responses to cues that resemble the traumatic event. In addition, the person finds himself or herself making frantic efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or activities associated with the trauma. He or she may feel detached from others, lose interest in various activities or pursuits, and may have a sense of a shortened life. Symptoms often also include insomnia, outbursts of irritation or anger, hypervigilance, and poor concentration. These symptoms cause significant impairment in social, occupational, and other areas of functioning. If these symptoms last for one month or less, the diagnosis of Acute Stress is given. If they last longer than one month, the diagnosis of PTSD is given. If the symptoms last longer than three months, the PTSD is considered to be Chronic.
Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) may apply to a person who has experienced trauma, usually ongoing, from significant attachment figures who emotionally, physically, or sexually abused or neglected them. Witnessing ongoing verbal or physical violence or living with parents who engage in substance abuse can be another pathway to C-PTSD. The resulting disruption to the attachment bonds can predispose the person to long-term problems with relationships, self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, shame, and dissociation.

Psychologists with Expertise in Post Traumatic Stress Therapy

Many psychologists at Gilmour Psychological Services® have experience helping clients with PTSD and C-PTSD and enjoy working with such complex people. Clients quickly learn that they can be confident that they and their lives can be improved.

Contact Gilmour Psychological Services® in Ottawa to schedule a consultation with a psychologist who has an expertise in  Posttraumatic Stress Disorders.

Iris Jackson

Dr. Iris Jackson

Dr. Iris Jackson provides psychological services to adults, and couples. Although she treats a wide spectrum of issues and disorders, she has special proficiency in the treatment of substance abuse problems, identity problems, adult survivors of childhood trauma, anger management, mood and depression, anxiety and self-esteem disorders, post traumatic stress, and relationship conflicts.

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Frances Smyth

Dr. Frances Smyth

Dr. Frances Smyth provides therapy services for child, adolescents, adults and their families. Although she treats a wide range of mental health and wellness issues, she has special proficiency in the treatment of anger management, anxiety/stress/depression, family difficulties and life transitions.

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Karen Davies

Dr. Karen Davies

Dr. Karen Davies provides psychological services to adults, adolescents and children. She treats people individually, in couples, or in families for a wide range of presenting problems, including: anxiety disorders, dealing with depression, post traumatic stress, anger management, substance abuse, identity and self-esteem issues, difficulties with communication, intimacy issues and relationship conflict resolution.

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Doreen Gough


Dr. Doreen Gough

Dr. Doreen Gough conducts psychotherapy with individuals. She works with a diversity of adult problems including, but are not limited to: depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal feelings, post traumatic stress, substance abuse problems, dealing with grief, accepting infertility, crisis counselling, work burn-out, emotional reactions to medical problems and survival of sexual abuse, accidents, criminal attack or war.

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Anne Boland

Dr. Anne Boland

Dr. Anne Boland provides therapy to Anglophone and francophone adults and couples. She works from a holistic healing and integrative perspective in the treatment of anger, mood and anxiety disorders, childhood trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders (including Borderline), interpersonal difficulties, and religious or spiritual issues.

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Sandy Ages

Dr. Sandy Ages

Dr. Sandy Ages provides psychological services to children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological problems. Depression, anxiety, anger, stress management, relationship issues, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, grief, and adjustment to life change are some of her areas of interest.

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Qadeer Ahmad

Dr. Qadeer Ahmad

Dr. Qadeer Ahmad provides general psychological services to adults, couples and their respective families. Anger management, health psychology, hypnotherapy, addictions therapy, stress management, grief/bereavement, family difficulties and conflict resolution are some of his areas of interest.

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Paul Basevitz


Dr. Paul Basevitz

Dr. Paul Basevitz provides psychological services to adults experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, interpersonal problems, anger and life transitions. He maintains a particular interest in working with individuals suffering from anxiety conditions including: panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and chronic worrying.

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Deanna Drahovzal


Dr. Deanna Drahovzal

Dr. Deanna Drahovzal provides psychotherapy and assessment services to individual children, adolescents, and adults; couples; and, their families. In her practice, she assists those with a wide variety of challenges, including: anxiety/stress, depression, anger, low self-esteem, health problems, learning difficulties, memory training (Cogmed) and adjustment to major life changes.

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Sarah Pantin

Dr. Sarah Pantin

Dr. Sarah Pantin provides psychotherapy to adult and young adult clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties including anger management, depression, anxiety/stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, adjustment to life changes, grief, separation, stress and work-place issues.

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Marc Zahradnik

Dr. Zahradnik

Dr. Marc Zahradnik provides psychological assessment (both psychodiagnostic and psychoedcuational) and psychotherapy services to both adolescents and adults. He works with clients who are struggling with the following: trauma, depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems, major life changes, gambling, sleep problems, assertiveness, and anger. Dr. Zahradnik’s training has covered both the assessment and treatment of the full range of anxiety and mood disorders.

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Jessica Henry

Dr. Jessica Henry

Dr. Jessica Henry provides individual psychotherapy to adults in both English and French. She works with individuals who experience a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment to life changes, and substance use difficulties.

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Delyana Miller


Dr. Delyana Miller

Dr. Delyana Miller provides psychotherapy and neuropsychological and psychological assessment services to adults and seniors with a variety of psychological difficulties such as depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem issues, learning and memory problems, adjusting to life changes.

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Jessica Henry

Dr. Douglas Scoular

Dr. Scoular has been a Psychologist since 2006. He has expertise in treating adults, adolescents, children, parents, and families. Dr. Scoular believes in collaboratively forming therapeutic goals utilizing the latest psychological research. He helps his clients to realize their goals through the use of Cognitive Behavioural or Interpersonal therapies, as well as employing other well-researched therapeutic modalities. Dr. Scoular closely monitors client progress using psychological questionnaires and client feedback. His interpersonal approach is highly engaging and interactive, providing a calm, positive, and professional therapeutic presence.

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