Richard Nevin

Richard Nevin M.Ed.,
Registered Clinical Counsellor,
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Phone: 250-888-0670

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Sidney Office
203 - 2377 Bevan Ave.
Sidney, BC V8L 4M9

"The core experiences of psychological trauma are disempowerment and disconnection from others. Recovery, therefore, is based upon the empowerment of the survivor and the creation of new connection. Recovery can take place only within the contezxt of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation ..." - Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery

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or go to
Royal Jubilee Hospital Emergency
or call the
Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society
at 1-888-494-3888




Traumatic Stress and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

"When the nervous system is overwhelmed, a dysfunctional neurological pattern is set in motion. And that pattern tends to recreate itself and persist, even when it has out lived its usefulness. When we are in a state of traumatic activation, we lose our ability to respond freely and flexibly in present time; instead, we react." Peter Levine

Sometimes, despite our best intentions, when we haven't healed our own trauma, we act in ways that overwhelm and cause trauma reactions in others.

Dr. Peter Levine has catalyzed a whole new approach to releasing trauma. Rather than crude catharsis, he has revealed refined, organic ways to support the body and nervous system to naturally release trauma with Somatic Experiencing, an innovative psychotherapeutic school that has trained thousands of therapists during the last twenty years.

Richard utilizes the protocols of Somatic Experiencing as an effective and gentle approach for working with traumatic stress, deconstructing and reintegrating both the psychological and physiological conditioning that limits our innate capacity to fully inhabit our body and live vibrant lives.

Sources of Traumatic Stress and PTSD

Pre and Perinatal Distress, Surgery, Illness, Burns, Suffocation, Choking, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Falls, Chronic Stress, Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse, Loss, Major Life Transitions, Natural Disasters, War

Symptoms of Traumatic Stress and PTSD

In trauma we tend to either be overwhelmed by intense bodily sensations or shut down against them. The degree to which we cannot deeply feel our body’s interior is the degree to which we crave excessive external stimulation. Or conversely, if we are overwhelmed by internal bodily sensations we drastically limit our exposure to external stimulation.

The following are some common symptoms of traumatic stress:

Hyperarousal & Constriction

Increased Heart Rate, Restricted Breathing, Cold Sweats, Muscular Tension, Chronic Pain, Inability to Sleep or Relax, Anxiety or Panic Attacks, Hyperactivity, Angry Outbursts, Hypervigilance, Racing Thoughts, Worry, Flashbacks

Disconnection & Dissociation

Low Energy, Exhaustion, Numbness, Weakness, Poor Digestion, Poor Immune System Function, Depression, Inability to Focus, Apathy, Disconnection in Relationship, Addictions

Syndromes (Syndromes occur over time as the symptoms above affect healthy function of body systems.)

Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Disorders, Hypertension, Pain Syndromes, Irritable Bowel, Spastic Colon, Sympathetically Mediated Pain Syndrome

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Evolution to fullness, clarity, and love is our life’s purpose.