Delton Glebe Counselling Centre
WALKING WITH YOU: Trauma Counselling for Refugees
OVERVIEWThe American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional reaction to an extremely negative event. Trauma is severe and can have a lasting impact on a person's mental and emotional well-being. Common sources of trauma include rape, domestic violence, natural disasters, severe illness or injury, death of a loved one, and/or witnessing violence. The experience of becoming a refugee, fleeing your home and travelling to another country can be a traumatic event. As Canada and Waterloo Region continue to welcome government, private and blended model sponsored refugees, as well as refugee claimants, the weight and impacts of trauma can become evident. While people respond to trauma differently some impacts can be nightmares, mood swings, isolation, anger, violence, depression, anxiety, denial, self-harm, addiction, illness, and/or fatigue. These symptoms can be noticeable in days, months or years. Addressing trauma prevents permanence and long lasting effects for the person and their family.
PROGRAM IMPACTThe trauma a refugee—individuals, parents, children and youth—may experience in their country of origin is compounded by a journey of displacement and separation on their way to a new homeland. The transitional experiences of living in a refugee camp, separation from others, exhaustion and fear of the unknown adds to the challenges. After arriving in a new country and community, settlement concerns can add further stress and challenges: accessing housing, health worries, worries about people left behind, discrimination, language barriers, and/or limited income. Research shows that enduring trauma, in addition to migration and settlement stressors, can lead to the development of escalating health concerns.
The cost of seeking support for mental health should not be a barrier to getting help and support. The Trauma Counselling for Refugees Fund will ensure those seeking therapeutic trauma and post-traumatic stress counselling will be able to access it. Counselling can offer a safe space where people are accepted to share their story and experiences, and start to identify the impact of the traumatic experiences in their lives. Counselling honours their strength and resilience, and, by using various therapeutic approaches, can alleviate or lessen the effects of trauma, including anxiety, depression, isolation, and sensitively work through the sadness, grief, and horror they may carry.
GIVING OPPORTUNITYThe impacts of unresolved trauma can be devastating to an individual and their family. They look for help for themselves or a loved one, but may not be able to access it due to finances and/or a lack of coverage. At the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, we have professional therapeutic counsellors, and art and play therapists. We are committed to providing our services at an affordable cost. Donating to our Trauma Counselling for Refugees fund will help us to ensure we do not turn people away because they may lack the ability to pay. Clients will be referred from local refugee serving organizations including our founding partner Muslim Social Services. In addition, we offer the Empowering Muslim Women group, which is a weekly facilitated program. Donations to the fund can support participation in the group as well as supplies, refreshments, honorariums and space costs. Donations are extremely appreciated, and can be made online.
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ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATION
MISSIONThe Delton Glebe Counselling Centre is a multi-faith agency committed to strengthening emotional and spiritual well-being.
We believe faith and spirituality are important resources for healing and change.
We seek to understand everyone's unique faith and spiritual world view, and never impose one.
We embrace diversity and cultural inclusivity. All are welcome.
We provide therapists trained in psychotherapy and spirituality.
We provide services to individuals, couples, families, children and groups.
We serve the community, providing the highest quality care at an affordable cost.
ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILEThe Delton Glebe Counselling Centre is a not for profit, multi-faith, counselling agency committed to strengthening emotional and spiritual well-being. We opened in 2013, and are rooted in the belief that faith and spirituality are important resources for healing and change. We embrace diversity and cultural inclusivity, and offer counselling to all individuals. Our associate therapists are registered clinicians in social work and psychotherapy, as well as graduate level student interns.
We offer therapeutic counselling for individuals, families, couples, children and adolescents using various approaches. Our offerings also include professional Child/Play therapy and Art therapy. As a program of the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier University, we work closely with many students from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, providing a safe, welcoming space and supports.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICESAs a therapeutic counselling agency our main service is professional counselling for individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. There are many ways to work with a therapist on your mental health and wellness. This is a partial list of the therapeutic approaches employed by therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists working at the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre:
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- A donation of $20 will pay for one counselling session for a student with a supervised graduate level intern
- A donation of $40 will pay for one counselling session for any community member with a supervised graduate level intern
- A donation of $100 will provide a child with one session with either an Art or Play Therapist; $100 can also provide a community member with a session to see one of our Registered Social Workers or Registered Psychotherapists
- A donation of $120 will support a couple to seek counselling