A traumatic event is one that causes extreme emotional or physical harm, and causes you to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. The nature of traumatic events varies greatly from person to person, but some common factors include feeling isolated or afraid, having a sense that your personal coping strategies are not adequate for the situation. It is very common to experience intense emotions, have nightmares, and find it difficult to function immediately after a trauma. For some people the distress does not go away, and can get worse with time. In this case it can be very useful to work with a psychologist to gain support to process your experience, and learn to cope with your emotions and changed view of the world. Our psychologists can help you to cope with recent trauma, or with distress relating to trauma that happened a long time ago.