Troubled by past trauma? Struggling to regain your emotional balance or trust others? Experiencing unwanted memories or bodily sensations?

Trauma can arise from any one-off or ongoing situation that we experience as overwhelming, threatening, or out of our control. Recovery takes time. But if months have passed and your symptoms aren’t passing, you may need professional help from an expert trauma therapist.

Trauma counselling and psychotherapy

When trauma is processed, we can still remember it but it feels like it is in the past. We don’t feel the emotions of the time again. In contrast, unprocessed traumatic memories can make us react as if the traumatic experience were happening in the here and now. These symptoms negatively impact many areas of our lives.

Counselling and online psychotherapy can help with healing from childhood trauma, as well as traumatic events such as bereavement, rape, accidents, fire, personal injury, abuse and assault. Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) respond well to talking therapies.

Trauma counsellors can focus on your traumatic symptoms whether they include anxiety, depression, guilt, sleep disturbances, flashbacks or nightmares.

Read more about the signs and symptoms of trauma here.

When to seek therapy for trauma

Recovering from trauma takes time, and everyone heals at their own pace. Seek help for trauma if you are suffering for a prolonged time or your symptoms are worsening:

  • trouble functioning at home or work
  • severe fear, anxiety or depression
  • physical symptoms such as panic attacks, nausea, difficulty sleeping
  • difficulty forming close, satisfying relationships
  • experiencing troubling memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
  • avoiding more and more experiences that remind you of the trauma
  • feeling disconnected from others
  • using alcohol or drugs to feel better

Working through trauma can be frightening and painful, so it is best undertaken with the help of a qualified therapist like the counsellors on this site. It’s important that the therapist you choose has experience treating trauma. But the quality of the relationship with your therapist is also important. Choose a trauma therapist you feel comfortable with.

When you book a session with a counsellor through the Harley Therapy Platform, we offer you a guarantee. So if you are not satisfied with your chosen therapist for any reason, we'll offer you another session with a different therapist free of charge.

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