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Address Traumatic Events with the Help of a Psychologist

Therapy May Help You Feel Hopeful About Your Future Knowing That the Past is Behind You

You may have experienced or witnessed a frightening or distressing event such as a motor vehicle accident, a natural disaster, or perhaps you have been the victim of an assault.

It is normal to have a psychological reaction to trauma such as feelings of fear, sadness, guilt and anger, to name a few.

However, if you have difficulty coping, functioning normally at home or work, or are not returning to normal after approximately 3-4 weeks, then it may be time to seek the help of a psychologist.

You may experience a range of problems following a traumatic experience. For example, struggling with anxiety, or depression that you can’t seem to shake off.

You may struggle to form close, satisfying relationships and feel disconnected from others. You may feel irritable and angry, or emotionally numb and empty.

You may have distressing and intrusive memories, flashbacks, disturbed sleep patterns, or nightmares.

You may avoid activities, places, thoughts, feelings or conversations related to the event. In addition, you may find yourself increasing the use of alcohol or drugs to feel better.

Whether the trauma happened a month ago or years ago, therapy offers hope for improvement. My approach to psychotherapy involves providing you with strategies and support for you to work towards reducing your emotional pain and feeling safer. After consultation we will develop a specific treatment plan based on your individual needs.

Through therapy, we can work together to create a safe environment so that you work towards:

  • Calming difficult emotions that may be associated with the trauma.
  • Coping with painful thoughts and feelings associated with the traumatic events.
  • Managing anxiety, depression or emotions such as anger, guilt, or sadness.
  • Overcoming dependency on addictive substances that you may be using to numb your pain.
  • Creating a renewed sense of self and a better future.
  • Changing unhelpful behaviour that may affect your relationships and quality of life.

You can work towards letting go of the hurt and look towards a brighter future.

Contact me if you want therapy addressing the symptoms of trauma.

 

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