“Why Can’t I Get Over My Car Accident?”

Because trauma is NOT All in Your Mind.

It is also in Your Nervous System.

To successfully treat MVA trauma (PTSD) you MUST attend to your physiology as well as your psychology.

Day to Day Stress after your MVA

How we experience the events and people in our day-to-day life is based on how well our nervous system can respond.

When we are either stuck in the Freeze State, where we feel shutdown and overwhelmed – this is a Traumatic state.

OR stuck in the Fight or Flight State and feel “ON” and hyper-vigilant.

Then we can’t properly process the stimuli around us.

What is Car Accident Trauma?

After the accident, when that initial shock has subsided, many fail to recognize how these accidents effect their emotional and mental health.

When asked if trauma has ever been experienced, many don’t consider a car accident to be traumatic. This is because people occasionally assume trauma has to be something as significant as a death of a loved one or a natural disaster.

But trauma is anything that is “deeply distressing or disturbing,” and that looks different for each individual.

It’s important to remember that you don’t even necessarily have to be the driver in the accident for it to be traumatic, you can be the passenger or a bystander for it to have its effects on you.

Signs of PTSD after a Car Accident

  • General uneasiness and anxiety.

  • Irritable, excessive worry, or feelings of anger.

  • Nightmares, difficulty sleeping, and restlessness.

  • Lingering memories of the crash, reliving it mentally and thinking about it often.

  • Feelings of distress about driving or getting into a car or being around moving vehicles.

For many car accident victims, PTSD is a very real concern. If left unchecked, PTSD can be lead to more serious problems like depression, drug or alcohol dependence, thoughts of suicide, and physical health problems.

That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs and talk to a doctor or counsellor about it.

Counselling for MVA Trauma

At the Alpine Clinic we specialize in treating trauma, our Counsellors understand the necessity to consider what happens in your body as well as in your mind.

We provide Counselling that helps you reclaim your sense of self-confidence and well-being.

Many of our clients combine Counselling with Direct Neurofeedback.

Direct Neurofeedback for MVA Recovery

Direct Neurofeedback is a brain technology that calms your brain and helps reset your nervous system.

You can think of Counselling as working on your mind, while the Direct Neurofeedback works on your brain.

By sending imperceptible micro-signals, to your brain, Direct Neurofeedback helps to get you out of stuck and frozen patterns of thinking and reacting.

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"Incredible Clinic... I've had migraines for 28 years after a car accident and from my Direct Neurofeedback Treatments, they are gone."

"I started my treatments in November 2020 and my last migraine was in December 2020 - I had migraines close to every day."

"Many other changes happened as well, one very surprising one - I've struggled with being late since childhood and now I'm on time for everything. That in itself has been life changing."

"I do encourage anyone thinking of doing this to complete the 20 treatments recommended to ensure the changes are permanent."

"I have of course recommended family and friends and many have had great results as well."

Thank you to the team at Alpine Clinic for all your help... It's truly been a life changing experience!"

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MVA Recovery

Being in a car accident, can be extremely stressful.

Your whole life can change in a split second.

In addition to suffering from physical injuries, there can also be psychological consequences.

For some people, these difficulties may be short-lived while others may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In these cases, symptoms may continue to get worse over time.

After an accident, common physical symptoms of Car Accident Trauma include:

  • Fear of driving

  • Panic attacks

  • Insomnia,

  • Intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Fatigue and low energy

  • Muscle tension, aches and pains

  • Crying spells

  • Headaches

  • Stomach Distress

When your sense of personal safety and trust are shattered by a car accident, it’s very common to feel un-settled or afraid.

You may also feel unsure about how to cope with the consequences.

We Are Covered By:

– Most Extended Health Benefits –

– ICBC - We direct bill ICBC for You -

– First Nations Health Authority – We direct bill -

– Crime Victim Assistance Program – We direct bill -

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Direct Neurofeedback - it's FAST ACTING!

  • - It's very effective at helping Stress and PTSD.

  • - It is non-invasive, drug-free, painless and completely safe.

  • - Results are are exceptional, you will notices changes in the first few sessions.

  • - Direct Neurofeedback allows the Mind to Relax and the Nervous System to Reset.

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The difficult emotions and guilt can feel overwhelming, and you may become isolated because you don’t know what to do and the people around you don’t understand.

You may even begin to feel hopeless about the future, which can have major personal, financial and professional consequences for your life.

After an accident, common behavioral responses to Car Accident Trauma include:

  • Increased stress when trying to cope with daily activities

  • Feeling guilty or worried about others involved in the accident

  • Loss of self-esteem

  • Financial hardship because you’re unable to work

  • Persistent physical pain that affects personal relationships

  • Feelings of confusion and trouble concentrating on priorities

  • Loss of self confidence in driving and other aspects of life

  • Social withdrawal and isolation

While some people can “get over” symptoms more quickly, others may not be able to, unless they get the right kind of help. The longer someone avoids dealing with the consequences of a car accident, the longer they can be affected by the trauma.

Even though family and friends are doing their best to help, they may appear frustrated because they think you should just “get over it”.

If you’re struggling with a MVA Recovery, you need to ask for help.

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed and isolated by the after-effects of a car accident.

There is help available.

If you’re struggling with trauma, or wonder if you could have PTSD, please contact our office.

After you book an appointment, we’ll work together on a plan to help you regain control over your life. It is possible to feel normal again, and:

  • Drive with confidence

  • Overcome panic attacks

  • End nightmares and flashbacks

  • Manage stress

  • Rebuild your self-esteem

  • Return to work

  • Repair damaged relationships

  • Take back control of your life

If you’ve been in a car accident, your healing is not complete until the complex emotional and psychological issues have also been resolved.

We can help you do that.

The Next Step is Yours - Take It!

A Personal Letter To YOU,

It takes courage to initiate a change in your life - especially one that has been weighing you down for a long time. It is almost as if that which you want to get rid of, is a familiar friend. In reality it is your enemy, that undermines and restricts you everyday.

Isn't it time to finally throw the enemy out and live the rest of your life free?

The expertise we have at the Alpine Counselling Clinic is unsurpassed. The thousands of clients we have helped to make significant changes in their lives over the past 30 years, bears good testament to our professionalism and commitment.

If you are hesitant in any way about taking the next step, call the number below and ask for me personally - so we can talk. I guarantee your satisfaction. 

Claire Maisonneuve, director Alpine Clinic.

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