Trauma Recovery

Adversity is part of life. Chances are you’ve already dealt with an adverse experience such as a motor vehicle collision, an assault, a big loss, or an unexpected injury. These events can affect you for a long time. Their negative impact and distress can carry on long after the event itself and harm your ability to function in everyday life.

Here at Kells we know that WELLNESS IS POSSIBLE, even in the face of adversity. That’s why we’ve developed our Trauma Recovery Programs! Our workshops are tailored to equip you with tangible skills and tools to develop resiliency, regulate anxiety, and return to healthy functioning. The program is developed by trauma experts, and facilitated by registered psychologists and mental health counsellors.

Our programs work! We know this because our lead psychologist, Janet Ryan-Newell, has combined her 30 plus years of experience with up-to-date research to help you return to healthy functioning after a traumatic experience. You can trust us because we’re experts.

In our workshops you’ll learn all about:

  • how trauma, adversity and toxic stress effects the body and brain
  • emotional regulation
  • distress tolerance
  • boundaries
  • building strong relationships
  • mindfulness
  • self-care
  • shame resilience
  • moving forward after a negative experiences


Are you ready to feel better? Join us for a workshop below:

Tools for Trauma

Tools for Trauma is a one-day workshop designed to provide practical skills to manage anxiety, regulate emotions, and recover from new or past traumatic stress. Whether you are feeling stuck in a rut, or like you’ve been carrying unnecessary heavy baggage, this 6.5 hour workshop can give you practical tools to help you move forward in your healing process.


By combining over 30 years’ experience with current research, our Trauma Psychologists at Kells Counselling designed Tools for Trauma to be accessible, applicable and cost effective. Unaddressed trauma and adverse life experiences can impact relationships, work, parenting, as well as quality of life and overall wellbeing. Take advantage of this opportunity to equip yourself with the tools for lasting healing and personal growth.


Upcoming Tools for Trauma Workshop:

Thursday July 25th, 2024, 9:30am-4:00pm


  • Book before June 30th, 2024 and receive 10%
  • Extended Health Benefits (No direct billing available for Sunlife, or Telus Health plans)
  • Cost $390 ($351 with 10% discount)
  • Pre-Authorized Credit Card

A cost effective one-day workshop offering better cost value than a standard counselling session


Questions? Contact mheal@kellscounselling.ca or call 780-430-4769 Ext. 409
Everyone deserves to feel better. Attending Tools for Trauma workshop is a great first step on your journey towards wellness.



RESET: JOURNEY for Adults Program

Journey is the third in our series of psycho-educational group programs focused on recovery from trauma and managing adversity. Taking place over 14 sessions, the program uses the metaphor of the journey to go into depth about a range of topics related to adversity and toxic stress, including setting and maintaining boundaries, developing effective coping strategies, using the wise mind, and moving through and past shame.

For upcoming RESET JOURNEY Programs:

  • Please check back in Summer 2024
  • Book online here
  • Phone 780.430.4769 ext.409

Cost: $167/week

This program saves you more than your equal amount of counselling sessions!


Individual Counselling and EMDR

Traumatic injury happens when a scary or negative memory gets stuck in our brain and body. After a traumatic injury you might feel scared, irritable, sad, anxious, or like you can not handle your life anymore. You may struggle with getting through the day, or even struggle with sleeping at night. All of these things are normal after experiencing trauma. 

The good news is here at Kells we have psychologists who can help you process your scary or negative memory and feel better! Our therapists are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  Research shows EMDR to be very effective in helping people process emotionally painful and traumatic experiences. When a disturbing experience happens, it is stored in the brain with all the sights, sounds, thoughts, and feelings of the event. When a person is emotionally overwhelmed, the brain cannot process the experiences as it would normally, and these negative thoughts, sensations, and feelings become trapped in the nervous system. EMDR unblocks and desensitizes this information, allowing it to be processed and safely restored. The memory remains but the negative intensity is neutralized.

EMDR has been shown to be especially effective with persons experiencing the following:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Traumatic Events
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Negative Self-Beliefs

Many clients who have made limited progress in the past, or who have not benefitted from more traditional therapies say that with EMDR they have finally found something that works for them.

Kells Trauma Recovery Program offers a way to get you back to your normal and rebuilds health following a traumatic event.