Experiencing a traumatic event can significantly impact family, social and work life. It is normal to feel a range of strong emotions after trauma, but if emotions remain intense and are causing problems it is a good idea to seek some help.
There are a number of treatment options to help you manage if you’re struggling with life and relationships after a traumatic event.
Talking to a trusted GP is often a good place to start if you’re struggling with the impacts of a traumatic event on your mental health. Your GP can provide you with treatment directly, or they can refer you on to other services that might be helpful, including counselling services.
Some questions you may wish to ask as a starting point during your appointment are:
A counsellor is a trained professional with whom you can form a close relationship. They have been trained to offer a range of different types of assistance, with talk-based therapy being the most common. They can help provide support and skills to help you cope with the impacts of a traumatic event on your life and relationships. They can also help you determine if you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD or detrimental alcohol and substance use and point you in the direction of further help if needed.
During your counselling session, you will begin the process of talking about and working through, the issues in your life and relationships that have resulted from experiencing a traumatic event. The counsellor will help you to address these issues in a positive way. They will work with you to clarify the issues, explore your options (including further treatment options) and develop strategies to cope better in day-to-day life and increase yourself-awareness. You might find that even just the process of sharing your story with your counsellor and being heard helps you to feel better.