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Stress and trauma counselling Geelong

Stress counselling

Stress is a part of life that we all encounter from time to time. A little stress can be helpful, pushing us to get things done. But too much can affect us both mentally and physically.

Stress is a problem that feeds on itself and lowers your ability to cope, so the sooner you seek help, the better.

There are no quick fixes when it comes to treating stress, however getting the appropriate treatment with stress management counselling, and applying current research from neuroscience Helen Handsjuk will greatly enhance your ability to deal with stress in the long-term.

Trauma counselling

Trauma refers to the body or mind being overwhelmed by traumatic events. Psychological trauma in particular occurs as a result of a distressing event that results in neurological changes and leads the sufferer to question their beliefs while destroying their assumptions of trust. Experiencing a traumatic event can result in you feeling disconnected and often numb, leading to feelings of isolation at the time of acute stress or critical incident.

Trauma also affects people in different ways and, for some, the symptoms take weeks, months or even years to surface as in post traumatic stress with, for example, recurrent and intrusive memories and dreams and heightened reactions.

When to seek help

It doesn’t matter how large or small your traumatic experience was, you might benefit from trauma counselling from a professional psychologist. We all react differently to events and it is vital not to compare yourself to others. Getting help as soon as possible will give you the best chance to overcome any problems and move on with your life in a much more constructive way.

The first step to recovery is to make an appointment to discuss your concerns. It is especially important to get help if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • You feel unable to function in day-to-day life
  • You are unable to form or maintain relationships
  • You are self-medicating with drugs and/or alcohol
  • You are experiencing severe flashbacks
  • You feel emotionally numb
  • You are suffering from anxiety and/or stress.

Call Helen Handsjuk today on 0414 681 023. You can also contact Helen via email.

Trauma and stress can also adversely affect you relationships with your partner, family and friends. Helen also provides caring and professional relationships counselling in Geelong to help both you and others close to you through what can be a very difficult and challenging time.