TI Updates

Dedicated to helping you help trauma survivors!

15 years of Trauma Practice with Dr. Anna Baranowsky

Guy Macpherson interviews Dr. Anna Baranowsky on her 15 years of Trauma Practice.

radio thunbnail

The Quote
We are all woven with a mechanism to recover.
Anna Baranowsky

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Anna shares the story of how when she was a very young girl she was aware of the fact that her father had experienced trauma and yet never received the care he needed, and how this knowledge influenced her to journey into the trauma field.

A Crucial Early Mistake
Anna shares an early story about working with a client who would enter the session in a state of panic wanting to talk his trauma, and thereby re-traumatize himself, and the knowledge now of what she would have done differently.

Anna’s Why
I have had the opportunity to see individuals do extremely well in trauma treatment and it reminds me of all the people in my life who have struggled with trauma and deserve to embrace growth in their life.

Anna’s Advice
Learn how to take care of yourself!
Whatever you do [to care for yourself] make sure that there’s something in place that will give you access to the core of your being and your own stabilization.

Anna’s Go-To Books

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, Judith Herman
Psychotherapy By Reciprocal Inhibition, Joseph Wolpe

Thank you for your service – How to talk to Veterans about their service

Thank you for your service
I know that I would not be sitting here today if it was not for the brave Canadian service members who rescued my own father from a concentration camp, fed him, cared for him and gave him safe passage to Switzerland where he spend over a year recovering from his ordeal.

I thank you not only for this act personally relevant to me and my family, but for your choice to serve your country, make the world a safer place, and the deep courage required to do your work.

I am touched everyday when I work with service members in my practice. How willingly you work to strengthen your body in preparation for deployment and sharpen your mind to focus on the task at hand.

Now I want to encourage you to take the time to strengthen, prepare and sharpen your mind to live peacefully as you re-integrate back into civilian life. Don’t underestimate what re-integration will require. Dedicate yourself as much to the goal of living comfortably at home as you did to train yourself for deployment. Work everyday to become settled, more at peace within side of yourself as this will be the big job for you. Learn to correctly interpret civilian life, connect with people who mean something to you, find ways to make meaning in your life today.

Most importantly, if you are not doing well, find whatever resources can help you. There are services that can make a difference to you. You are valued and loved by many. Continue to recognize that you are worthy of as much care and consideration as those you most willingly served. Now take the time to do something for yourself. This is your time and you are worth it!

Here is a link to a fabulous TED Talk. It fits the day. Let’s all remember.

Dr Anna B Baranowsky & the TI TEAM
www.whatisptsd.com & www.ticlearn.com

Personal Reactions when working with Trauma Clients

Do you notice that you have strong feelings when working with clients? Watch this powerful video.  Dr. Robert Muller author of “Trauma and the Avoidant Client” addresses the issue of therapist triggering response when working with clients.  He pinpoints how powerfully we as helpers can get reactive and avoid the trauma content because of our own deep feelings of discomfort.  He explains how important it is to give the message to the client that this is the place to talk about their trauma and they do not need to silence this history in the therapy session, but rather use this as a time to work through and make sense of their history.


A Kinder Way to Treat PTSD

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 12.19.37 PM

To read full article: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/10/30/todays-letters-splitting-hairs-over-definitions-of-terrorism/

Want to help Veterans across the country?

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 5.11.43 PM

We are working on a project that would help veterans find qualified trauma informed care practitioners.  If you are trauma trained and interested in being placed on a list being developed exclusively for veterans needing help then please do the following:

1.  Respond to this email with your full name; email address; phone number and full mailing address. DIRECT YOUR RESPONSE TO stephenfleming1@me.com

2.  Provide us with permission to reach out to you for a brief chat or email conversation

3.  Provide permission to place your contact information on the list

4.  Training background, qualifications, licensing board

5.  Special Certifications

This new project has the potential to help many veterans struggling to find meaningful help in their own communities.

Dr. Anna B Baranowsky, Traumatology Institute in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Fleming, York University

Supporting Veterans everywhere in the No Man’s Land Project

Have questions?  Email: stephenfleming1@me.com

No Man’s Land Project

A national organization of Canadian Forces veterans with PTSD have approached us to compile a national network of reputable and experienced mental health professionals. The network is designed to help individuals and families deal with trauma impact on members of our armed forces and their families. Licensed clinicians must be able to see patients/ families or refer them in their geographical area on this organizations website. If you can see clients directly, or if you can act as a referral to others in your area, please contact Dr. Stephen Fleming directly by email at stephenfleming1@me.com.

Responders Need Help Too

The recently launched “You Are Not Alone” Campaign sheds light on post-traumatic stress disorder among Emergency Responders such as police, firefighters, and paramedics. Tragically there have been 24 suicides within the past six months among this population. Those who help others can struggle with the impact of exposure to trauma in the workplace. Emergency responders can experience Secondary Traumatic Stress and need to be diligent in self-care. Their organizations, family and friends need to support our wounded warriors to ensure that we do not lose even one more to PTSD suicide a result of their helping work.


Dr Anna Baranowsky speaks more about EMS Secondary Trauma.

Dr Anna Baranowsky talks about the tragic suicides of police, EMS, military members and other care providers. She encourages EMS to seek help when needed and organizations to support staff. She reminds wounded warriors that help exists and that you do not need to suffer in silence alone.  

Symptoms after Concussion ‘may be PTSD’

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 11.08.32 AM

Research has indicated that Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) may lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more about the results here.


PTSD Suicides -Tragic

PTSD Suicides – Tragic

We all need to support those heroes who dedicate their lives to helping others.

>CONTACT US to share your story


Lincoln’s Guide to Trauma Recovery

After traumatic events we can feel defeated and lose our energy and hope. This video is a must watch for anyone looking for a sense of hope after trauma.

Ready to share your story? Create a short video under 5 minutes with a permission to share comment. Then let us know and we will include it in our collection.

CONTACT US to share your story

New Canadian Anti-Spam Law in effect from July 2014

The 2014 Canadian Anti-Spam Law was written to help and protect you. Details about the new law coming into effect July 2014 can be found  http://www.chamber.ca/resources/casl/. This Anti-Law legislature is likely the most vigorous in the world. Seems Canadians are leading the way in efforts to protect our in-box!