Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, sexual assault or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. It is normal to experience distressing reactions in response to traumatic events. These distressing reactions can make it quite difficult to manage the relationship with ourselves and other people, and get in the way of living the life that we desire. For many, symptoms may appear within three months of the traumatic experience but sometimes they can occur months or even years later. With effective treatment and support from a therapist, you can learn skills to help you manage your PTSD symptoms and continue to use these skills independently well beyond your time in therapy.
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Ontario Shores offers effective, evidence-based treatment for PTSD. Depending on an individual's situation, they may benefit from one of the following outpatient services:
- First Responder Assist (for police, firefighters, EMS, corrections officers, veterans and military personnel, public safety personnel.)
- Traumatic Stress Clinic
- Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program
If you meet the criteria for any of these services, ask your family doctor, or other primary care provider to submit a referral to Ontario Shores. The First Responder Assist and Ontario Structured Psychotherapy program are also available through self referral.
What to expect after a referral
You will be contacted to book an initial appointment with a therapist. Upon meeting with your assigned therapist, you will be provided with an overview of the program and work with you therapist to determine if you are the right fit for the services that the Traumatic Stress Clinic offers. Visit What to Expect While in Treatment for Trauma to find out more about these services.
Wait times can vary and you may have to wait approximately two years to see a therapist in the Traumatic Stress Clinic. We understand wait times can be long.
While you wait, it may be helpful to use Self-Help Resources and Support for Trauma page, which includes self-help books, apps, websites and videos. There are also several community organizations that offer therapy, workshops, peer support, and other types of programming that could be helpful for you as you wait.
What to expect
What to expect while in treatment for Trauma
While you wait for service please review these self-help resources