ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Our clinic’s story is deeply rooted in the legacy of Dr. Gordon Davidson, a highly respected and accomplished professional in the field of trauma treatment. With an extensive background working with trauma, Dr. Davidson dedicated his life to helping individuals affected by these experiences.

Having treated hundreds of individuals impacted by trauma, Dr. Davidson’s expertise extended beyond therapy sessions. He conducted critical incident debriefings for over 25 years in various settings, providing crucial support to those affected by traumatic events. In addition, he played a pivotal role in training first-responder groups in peer debriefing processes, empowering them to navigate the emotional toll of their work.

One of Dr. Davidson’s significant contributions was conducting psycho-legal PTSD assessments for individuals who experienced workplace traumas, as well as those in police and military settings. His expertise was also sought after by survivors of native residential schools, as he provided essential support and guidance through their healing journeys. Through his work as a counsellor for members and former members of the military and RCMP, Dr. Davidson developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges and rewards involved in such professions.

Beyond his dedication to individual therapy and trauma work, Dr. Davidson was an innovator in the mental health field. In the mid-1970s, he introduced mindfulness and yoga methods to the BC Mental Health system, recognizing their potential in promoting well-being and resilience. Always at the forefront of advancements, he was an early adopter of biofeedback methods and developed strategies utilizing this technology for the treatment of PTSD.

In 2013, Dr. Davidson founded an outpatient treatment center for PTSD, where he conducted individual and group therapy sessions. Recognizing the need for comprehensive care, he went on to establish a groundbreaking four-week residential program for individuals suffering from PTSD in 2016. This program was the first of its kind in Canada and showcased highly encouraging results. Inspired by the outcomes, Dr. Davidson developed the Operational Stress Recovery Program, with a specific focus on supporting police and military personnel.

Dr. Davidson’s expertise in workplace stress issues made him a sought-after consultant for provincial and municipal governments, hospitals, First Nations groups, professional partnerships, corporations, and NGOs. His collaboration with labor lawyers to offer workshops on workplace bullying and harassment further demonstrated his commitment to improving work environments and promoting psychological well-being. Dr. Davidson’s insights were widely recognized and quoted in media outlets, including the Vancouver Sun and Toronto Globe and Mail. His research contributions were published in esteemed journals such as the Journal of Family Psychology and the Organizational Development Journal. He also presented his findings at provincial, national, and international conferences, including Europe.

Dr. Davidson’s passion for teaching extended to trauma-related topics. He shared his knowledge with the Okanagan School of Massage and held teaching positions in the Psychology, Social Work, and Education departments at Okanagan University College, which is now UBC Okanagan. As an expert witness, Dr. Davidson was called upon to testify in court cases related to parental fitness, custody and access, and trauma. His expertise and professional credentials included a BA in Social Work from the University of Montana, an MA in Applied Behavioural Science from Whitworth University, and a doctorate in Counselling Psychology from UBC.

After the unfortunate passing of Dr. Gordon Davidson in 2018, we faced a significant transition period. However, determined to continue providing exceptional care to individuals affected by operational stress injuries, Dr. Tina Rochford-Davidson stepped forward to assume the role of clinical director and lead the clinic with unwavering dedication.

With over thirty years of experience in the field of mental health, Dr. Rochford-Davidson’s expertise and leadership have been instrumental in maintaining the clinic’s mission and commitment to helping those in need. Her extensive academic background, including a Diploma in Registered Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health.

In her private practice in Vernon, Dr. Rochford-Davidson has touched the lives of countless individuals, providing compassionate and evidence-based therapy across a wide range of areas, including trauma recovery, anxiety and depression, stress management, and addiction recovery. Her expertise extends to working with couples and families, guiding them through relationship challenges and promoting healthy dynamics.

Dr. Rochford-Davidson’s remarkable reputation as a trusted expert extends beyond her private practice. She is a preferred provider for WorkSafe BC, ICBC, and various EFAP programs, and has served as a consultant to the legal system, providing invaluable insights and expertise. Additionally, her extensive experience in critical incident debriefings and defusings has granted her a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by first responders.

Dirk Terpstra plays a vital role in our program, working alongside Dr. Gordon Davidson from the beginning, and serving as a connecting force during the clinic’s transition period. As a former American Express Executive turned internationally recognized Intuitive Speaker, Coach, and HeartMath® Certified Trainer, Dirk brought his expertise and experience to support individuals and organizations. He played a significant role in sharing the evidence-based Resilience Advantage Training Program, strengthening stress resilience, and promoting optimal well-being within our team and clients. His compassion, expertise, and dedication have made him an invaluable member of our program.

Today, Dr. Rochford-Davidson’s role as the clinical director ensures that the clinic maintains its exceptional standards of care. Her exceptional skills and commitment to evidence-based practices have made her an invaluable leader within the organization. Together with a dedicated team of professionals, she continues to build upon the legacy left by Dr. Gordon Davidson, supporting individuals on their path to recovery and resilience.

Our clinic’s story also encompasses the dedication and contributions of Adrienne Davidson, Dr. Davidson’s daughter. From a young age, Adrienne assisted in conducting psychovocational testing for her father and developed a strong connection with the mental health profession. She went on to complete a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and is currently a Master of Counselling Psychology candidate. After the unfortunate passing of Dr. Gordon Davidson in 2018, Adrienne stepped up to support her mother, Dr. Tina Rochford-Davidson. Adrienne’s role expanded to become the Director of Operations, reflecting her passion for social impact initiatives and workplace well-being.

​With Dr. Rochford-Davidson and Adrienne’s expertise and passion for social impact initiatives and workplace well-being, the clinic remains steadfast in its commitment to making a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities. Together, they lead a team of dedicated professionals who combine their diverse skills, academic pursuits, and compassionate nature to provide exceptional care and support to those navigating the challenges of operational stress injuries.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach to treating PTSD and co-occurring mental health conditions is grounded in a comprehensive and holistic framework that draws on the expertise of a diverse faculty of experts with professional and personal experience. We emphasize the importance of being able to self-regulate your body in the face of challenging experiences. Instead of being held hostage to the whims of an activated or traumatized nervous system, we explore deeply experiential practices that aim to transform your body’s response, so that you feel more in control of every situation.

Here’s an overview of our approach:

Faculty Expertise
Learn from a diverse faculty of experts who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide you through the program.

Cutting-Edge Research
Benefit from the abundance of understanding and information that has resulted from the last two decades of research on trauma. Here are some of the latest trends and approaches in the treatment of PTSD:

  1. Trauma-Informed Care: Trauma-informed care is an approach that recognizes the prevalence of trauma and its impact on individuals. It focuses on creating safe and supportive environments in all aspects of treatment, from therapy to healthcare settings.
  2. Neurobiological Understanding: Advances in neuroscience have deepened our understanding of how trauma affects the brain and nervous system. This knowledge has led to therapies that specifically target neural pathways, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and neuro/biofeedback. We utilize HeartMath HRV Biofeedback Training, which has been extensively studied in First Responders.
  3. Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth: Treatment approaches now often include a focus on fostering resilience and promoting post-traumatic growth. This means helping individuals not only recover from trauma but also emerge from it stronger and with a greater sense of purpose.
  4. Mindfulness and Yoga: Mindfulness-based therapies, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as yoga, are increasingly integrated into PTSD treatment. These practices help individuals regulate their emotions and reduce symptoms.
  5. Complementary Therapies: Complementary therapies like art therapy, equine therapy, and adventure therapy are increasingly incorporated into treatment plans to provide alternative avenues for expression and healing.
  6. Cultural Competence: Cultural competence in PTSD treatment recognizes the importance of tailoring therapy to the individual’s cultural background and beliefs. Culturally sensitive approaches can be more effective in addressing trauma in diverse populations. The military and First Responder culture is a subculture of its own that requires cultural humility and competence.
  7. Prevention and Early Intervention: There is growing recognition of the importance of prevention AND early intervention in the aftermath of trauma. Providing support and treatment soon after a traumatic event can prevent the development of chronic PTSD, and prevention efforts can prime the nervous system to mitigate trauma and stress before it occurs.
  8. Teletherapy and Digital Interventions: The use of teletherapy and digital interventions has expanded, making PTSD treatment more accessible to individuals, including those in remote or underserved areas. Apps and online platforms are being developed to provide psychoeducation and support. Our in-person programs are entirely delivered on site, however we are digitally competent to deliver services virtually when required.

Skills, Practices, and Tools
Develop greater resiliency, inner peace, healthier relationships, and more—for self-healing and working with others.

Healing from All Types of Trauma
Explore the many types of trauma we encounter—intergenerational, personal, and collective.

Our approach emphasizes a combination of knowledge, skills, practices, and tools aimed at fostering greater resilience, inner peace, post-traumatic growth, healthier relationships, and self-healing while equipping individuals to work with others. We invite you to join us on this transformative journey to healing and well-being.