Parenting After Trauma: Healing for Parent Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Neglect

Ismaili therapists Shahaa Kakar & Nasreen Gulamhusein, founders of the Port Moody-based private practice Breathing Space Counselling, have organized a workshop for parents on understanding the impact of childhood abuse and trauma on their parenting. The workshop takes place on May 13 in Port Moody, BC. Tickets are available here.

According to the event description – You thought you were “over it” — those terrible things happened a long time ago. Maybe you’ve been to therapy or maybe enough time has gone by and your past feels long gone. Then you have children and begin reliving your childhood trauma through flashbacks, panic attacks and other post-traumatic stress symptoms. You are not alone in what you are struggling with and healing is possible.

This workshop will focus on understanding the impact of childhood abuse and trauma on parenting, including what steps we can take to heal ourselves while raising our children. We will cover the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and teach about the neuroscience of trauma. You will leave with some simple tools you can use for self-regulation and a list of resources to help you build your circle of support.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • how early childhood trauma affects mental, emotional, and physical health throughout the lifespan
  • common triggers for parenting survivors
  • common reactions and symptoms experienced by parenting survivors
  • the role self and co-regulation play in recalibrating the body’s stress response system

About the Presenter: Joyelle Brandt

Joyelle_headshot_verticalJoyelle Brandt is a Self-Care Coach for moms. She specializes in working with mothers who are survivors of abuse – helping them develop a personalized self soothing toolkit for stress management. As a speaker, mothering coach, and multi-media creator, Joyelle works to dismantle the stigma that keeps childhood abuse survivors stuck in shame and self-hatred. She is the author/illustrator of Princess Monsters from A to Z and co-editor of Parenting with PTSD, the groundbreaking anthology that breaks the silence about the long-term impact of childhood trauma so that parents can break the cycle of abuse. When she is not busy raising two rambunctious boys, she is most often found playing her guitar or covered in paint at her art desk. You can keep up with Joyelle at


About the Event Hosts: Breathing Space Counselling



Breathing Space Counselling is a private counselling practice based in Port Moody run by Registered Therapeutic Counsellors from the Ismaili community, Nasreen Gulamhusein & Shahaa Kakar. They began their practice out of their shared passion to create a supportive, safe and connected place for parents to put down their responsibilities for a short time and focus on their inner work. They do this through offering in-person and online counselling for individuals and couples, as well as through community events like this one.

Their desire is to create a safe space for the community around them to connect and have access to support and resources, especially during times of struggle. Over time they have noticed the gap between the kind of support that is desired/needed and what is available. By listening to their clients and colleagues, they endeavour to answer that call and fill the gap by offering a periodic community events on a variety of topics. To find out more about what they offer, please visit



Parenting After Trauma: Healing for Parent Survivors of Childhood Abuse & Neglect
Mon, 13 May 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

@ White Lotus Divine Healing, 2607 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2B5
Tickets: BUY HERE

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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