Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Guelph, ON

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Chaos to Connection
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G  (Online Only)
Vulnerability is the first step to healing. When we are able to be vulnerable with ourselves, we are able to open up,. I want your messy self to show up and feel safe in your own space alongside me. I am a student of the Satir Family System's model and help the whole family grow alongside one another. I love the challenge of helping the client heal and being part of the process. My goal is to help clients associate self-responsibility with success. The Satir approach can help clients work through trauma and develop a greater sense of harmony and inner peace. I am a firm believer in therapy being client-driven and action orientated.
Vulnerability is the first step to healing. When we are able to be vulnerable with ourselves, we are able to open up,. I want your messy self to show up and feel safe in your own space alongside me. I am a student of the Satir Family System's model and help the whole family grow alongside one another. I love the challenge of helping the client heal and being part of the process. My goal is to help clients associate self-responsibility with success. The Satir approach can help clients work through trauma and develop a greater sense of harmony and inner peace. I am a firm believer in therapy being client-driven and action orientated.
(705) 999-8332 View (705) 999-8332
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Shadi Ramez
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1E
Waitlist for new clients
I have years of experience working with trauma (developmental, single episode, attachment, sexual, domestic violence and partner abuse ), parenting challenges, depression and anxiety.
I am glad you are here. You are here because you are ready to heal. Healing and recovery process is profound, hard work and takes time. But you will never regret choosing to feel better, stronger and whole.
I have years of experience working with trauma (developmental, single episode, attachment, sexual, domestic violence and partner abuse ), parenting challenges, depression and anxiety.
I am glad you are here. You are here because you are ready to heal. Healing and recovery process is profound, hard work and takes time. But you will never regret choosing to feel better, stronger and whole.
(226) 602-8616 View (226) 602-8616
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Taylor Ashley
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Waitlist for new clients
My current passions are focused on helping people better understand and manage their ADHD, work through trauma at all levels, and navigate body image struggles as well as eating disorders. Her interest stems in part from her own journey of getting help for eating disorder treatment and ADHD. Taylor appreciates that although it can be difficult to reach out, she’s also personally experienced the relief and confidence that can be gained through a supportive therapeutic relationship. Taylor helps her clients not only feel heard and accepted, but also ensures they walk away with practical skills and strategies to help reduce anxiety.
My current passions are focused on helping people better understand and manage their ADHD, work through trauma at all levels, and navigate body image struggles as well as eating disorders. Her interest stems in part from her own journey of getting help for eating disorder treatment and ADHD. Taylor appreciates that although it can be difficult to reach out, she’s also personally experienced the relief and confidence that can be gained through a supportive therapeutic relationship. Taylor helps her clients not only feel heard and accepted, but also ensures they walk away with practical skills and strategies to help reduce anxiety.
(548) 488-3170 x128 View (548) 488-3170 x128
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Tara Maggiacomo
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping adult survivors of childhood trauma navigate the complex journey towards healing. With a deep understanding of the profound impact trauma can have on one's life, I specialize in supporting individuals struggling with symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, addictions, and eating disorders. Through collaborative exploration and insight-oriented therapy, I work alongside my clients to uncover the roots of their distress, develop healthier coping strategies, and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness, self-worth, and resilience.
I am passionate about helping adult survivors of childhood trauma navigate the complex journey towards healing. With a deep understanding of the profound impact trauma can have on one's life, I specialize in supporting individuals struggling with symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, addictions, and eating disorders. Through collaborative exploration and insight-oriented therapy, I work alongside my clients to uncover the roots of their distress, develop healthier coping strategies, and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness, self-worth, and resilience.
(289) 272-6986 View (289) 272-6986
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Kaitlyn Tersigni
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, BASC, RT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G
In practice, I use a trauma-informed, attachment-based approach, drawing from various therapeutic methods like Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR trained).
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. My name is Kate, and I am a Therapist that supports clients of all ages across the life span. Here are some of the populations I have served to give you an idea of clientele I support: children ages 5+, teens going through transitions, women and men with past trauma, men with schizophrenia and past addictions, perinatal support and parent coaching, and caregivers of loved ones with complex health issues. My overarching goal when working with clients is frequently to reduce the overwhelm they experience in their lives and promote feelings of calm and control.
In practice, I use a trauma-informed, attachment-based approach, drawing from various therapeutic methods like Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR trained).
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. My name is Kate, and I am a Therapist that supports clients of all ages across the life span. Here are some of the populations I have served to give you an idea of clientele I support: children ages 5+, teens going through transitions, women and men with past trauma, men with schizophrenia and past addictions, perinatal support and parent coaching, and caregivers of loved ones with complex health issues. My overarching goal when working with clients is frequently to reduce the overwhelm they experience in their lives and promote feelings of calm and control.
(226) 408-4562 View (226) 408-4562
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Samantha Turner
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
As a somatic based therapist who has a special focus on trauma and attachment based hurt and injury, I walk with you in creating curiosity and compassion toward your inner self while supporting the changes you crave.
Swinging between overwhelm and numb/flat? Stuck in patterns that you wish you could change but continue to repeat despite effort? Maybe your past continues to replay in your present? Maybe you feel unsafe or on edge all the time? Experienced a traumatic event or major life transition that has thrown you off kilter? Or just at a loss of what to do next?
As a somatic based therapist who has a special focus on trauma and attachment based hurt and injury, I walk with you in creating curiosity and compassion toward your inner self while supporting the changes you crave.
Swinging between overwhelm and numb/flat? Stuck in patterns that you wish you could change but continue to repeat despite effort? Maybe your past continues to replay in your present? Maybe you feel unsafe or on edge all the time? Experienced a traumatic event or major life transition that has thrown you off kilter? Or just at a loss of what to do next?
(226) 887-8370 View (226) 887-8370
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David Green- C2C Psychotherapy & Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G  (Online Only)
We make use of trauma-informed approaches that supports client needs.
Are you struggling to manage your emotions of sadness, anxiety, anger, overthinking and panic? Do you experience a sense of helplessness in understanding your own behavioral reactions? Sometimes, lack of control in life can create a sense of despair. The desire of being heard, understood, seen, heal and recover can contribute in our optimal functioning and well-being. Healing can help individuals have better relationship with themselves, their career, their environment and other people around them. Seeking therapy can be challenging however, not impossible. With trust and hope, you can reach the goals of your mental wellness.
We make use of trauma-informed approaches that supports client needs.
Are you struggling to manage your emotions of sadness, anxiety, anger, overthinking and panic? Do you experience a sense of helplessness in understanding your own behavioral reactions? Sometimes, lack of control in life can create a sense of despair. The desire of being heard, understood, seen, heal and recover can contribute in our optimal functioning and well-being. Healing can help individuals have better relationship with themselves, their career, their environment and other people around them. Seeking therapy can be challenging however, not impossible. With trust and hope, you can reach the goals of your mental wellness.
(289) 274-7698 View (289) 274-7698
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Erin Vivian
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E
I have 20+ years of clinical experience including community counselling & residential programs focused on trauma, anxiety, depression, self-regulation & substance use.
Is something in your life is not working or holding you back from experiencing the life you imagined? Reaching out for help can be overwhelming & yet you have taken the courageous first step by looking for a therapist. I understand life can be challenging & believe everyone is doing the best they can, based on the experiences, resources and skills they currently have.
I have 20+ years of clinical experience including community counselling & residential programs focused on trauma, anxiety, depression, self-regulation & substance use.
Is something in your life is not working or holding you back from experiencing the life you imagined? Reaching out for help can be overwhelming & yet you have taken the courageous first step by looking for a therapist. I understand life can be challenging & believe everyone is doing the best they can, based on the experiences, resources and skills they currently have.
(226) 702-4420 View (226) 702-4420
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Art Therapy Guelph
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, RCAT, RP, DVati
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
My clients tend to be creative adult women who have one of four issues they want to address, trauma and PTSD, depression, grief and loss or anxiety. They are often spiritual, empathic and may have suffered narcissistic abuse. They have bravely sought peace and positive change, despite their story or childhood. They are open to creatively expressing and processing their emotions, negative life experiences and traumas. They seek an authentic down to earth therapist. At Art Therapy Guelph, I continue to experience and witness art therapy’s gentle healing powers. By joining me, you can too!
My clients tend to be creative adult women who have one of four issues they want to address, trauma and PTSD, depression, grief and loss or anxiety. They are often spiritual, empathic and may have suffered narcissistic abuse. They have bravely sought peace and positive change, despite their story or childhood. They are open to creatively expressing and processing their emotions, negative life experiences and traumas. They seek an authentic down to earth therapist. At Art Therapy Guelph, I continue to experience and witness art therapy’s gentle healing powers. By joining me, you can too!
(226) 778-2012 View (226) 778-2012
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Supria Karmakar
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
For over 30 years, I have been working with people who have experienced trauma, both simple and complex post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges.
Taking the step to explore your life and feelings in counselling takes boldness and bravery. Congratulations for taking that first step. Relationships are often central in our lives. The first significant relationship is the one you have with yourself, then with your significant others, and the community. It is through our everyday relationships we can begin to understand others, our communities and ourselves. I work with individuals and offer group programs. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults of all ages in my practice both in person, online and/or on the phone.
For over 30 years, I have been working with people who have experienced trauma, both simple and complex post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges.
Taking the step to explore your life and feelings in counselling takes boldness and bravery. Congratulations for taking that first step. Relationships are often central in our lives. The first significant relationship is the one you have with yourself, then with your significant others, and the community. It is through our everyday relationships we can begin to understand others, our communities and ourselves. I work with individuals and offer group programs. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults of all ages in my practice both in person, online and/or on the phone.
(844) 301-5114 View (844) 301-5114
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Susan Hanna
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
In my private practice I offer therapy to people who need more than what they can access through short term services. I have worked in mental health and employee assistance programs (EAP), and enjoy doing longer term therapy. Primarily, I work with adults who are struggling with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, couples with relationship concerns, and people who have life changes they are working through. In my practice, I take an anti-oppression, culturally informed stance to peoples' issues and experiences. I am committed to ongoing professional development.
In my private practice I offer therapy to people who need more than what they can access through short term services. I have worked in mental health and employee assistance programs (EAP), and enjoy doing longer term therapy. Primarily, I work with adults who are struggling with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, couples with relationship concerns, and people who have life changes they are working through. In my practice, I take an anti-oppression, culturally informed stance to peoples' issues and experiences. I am committed to ongoing professional development.
(226) 796-5650 View (226) 796-5650
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Naszrin Arghoshi
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Hello, my name is Naszrin. I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist. I have 7 years of experience as a therapist and over 10 years of experience in the social service sector. My areas of expertise include anxiety, trauma, depression, relationships, parenting support, family dynamics and exploration of intersecting identities. I am told that I bring warmth and a sense of calm into sessions. I offer individual and family therapy; in person sessions are available in Guelph and virtually across Ontario.
Hello, my name is Naszrin. I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist. I have 7 years of experience as a therapist and over 10 years of experience in the social service sector. My areas of expertise include anxiety, trauma, depression, relationships, parenting support, family dynamics and exploration of intersecting identities. I am told that I bring warmth and a sense of calm into sessions. I offer individual and family therapy; in person sessions are available in Guelph and virtually across Ontario.
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Tanya Rae
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G  (Online Only)
Has trauma left you feeling lost, on edge, generally scared, or disconnected from others? Are there childhood experiences you'd like to resolve? Do you struggle in relationships and often feel alone, misunderstood and somehow different? Has your experience with a religious group left you feeling bad about who you are and with more fears than answers? Are you struggling with the question, "Who am I"? Does depression or anxiety leave you spinning or struggling to enjoy life? I have experience working in these areas with clients, and it would be my privilege to join you as you work your way through to the other side.
Has trauma left you feeling lost, on edge, generally scared, or disconnected from others? Are there childhood experiences you'd like to resolve? Do you struggle in relationships and often feel alone, misunderstood and somehow different? Has your experience with a religious group left you feeling bad about who you are and with more fears than answers? Are you struggling with the question, "Who am I"? Does depression or anxiety leave you spinning or struggling to enjoy life? I have experience working in these areas with clients, and it would be my privilege to join you as you work your way through to the other side.
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Phil Naylor
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, CH, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I work with a wide range of issues and am especially adept at working with trauma/PTSD, panic attacks, anxiety, phobias, depression and life transition issues.
Are you stuck in a loop of anxiety, negative thinking, emotional turmoil and/or self sabotaging behaviours? Are you tired of suffering, and feeling overwhelmed, and powerless? Do you feel the need for a real solution but have been frustrated by limited or superficial approaches when you have tried therapy before? Through my experience in treating thousands of clients I’ve discovered what is most effective in solving problems and just as importantly, how to help my clients understand themselves and the root of their problem. I empower them with effective tools and insights so they can also coach themselves as they move forward.
I work with a wide range of issues and am especially adept at working with trauma/PTSD, panic attacks, anxiety, phobias, depression and life transition issues.
Are you stuck in a loop of anxiety, negative thinking, emotional turmoil and/or self sabotaging behaviours? Are you tired of suffering, and feeling overwhelmed, and powerless? Do you feel the need for a real solution but have been frustrated by limited or superficial approaches when you have tried therapy before? Through my experience in treating thousands of clients I’ve discovered what is most effective in solving problems and just as importantly, how to help my clients understand themselves and the root of their problem. I empower them with effective tools and insights so they can also coach themselves as they move forward.
(226) 909-7066 View (226) 909-7066
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The Feeling Space Somatic Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, ISTP, CYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E
The Feeling Space is operated by Emily Barrie, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Integrative Somatic Therapist (ISTP), bodyworker, and trauma yoga teacher.
Have you noticed a sense of longing to feel more connected to your body, to the land, or in your relationships? Are you experiencing anxiety, grief, loneliness, or trauma? Trauma can live in the body as disrupted patterns of relating: to ourselves, our bodies, our breath, and the world around us. Somatic therapy is a practice in re-connecting to those things that remind us of our aliveness and can help us build a sense of home in our bodies and our world. This work is gentle, and centers the experience of the nervous system in therapy, drawing from arts, play, spirituality, compassion-focused and nature-based approaches.
The Feeling Space is operated by Emily Barrie, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Integrative Somatic Therapist (ISTP), bodyworker, and trauma yoga teacher.
Have you noticed a sense of longing to feel more connected to your body, to the land, or in your relationships? Are you experiencing anxiety, grief, loneliness, or trauma? Trauma can live in the body as disrupted patterns of relating: to ourselves, our bodies, our breath, and the world around us. Somatic therapy is a practice in re-connecting to those things that remind us of our aliveness and can help us build a sense of home in our bodies and our world. This work is gentle, and centers the experience of the nervous system in therapy, drawing from arts, play, spirituality, compassion-focused and nature-based approaches.
(548) 901-0193 View (548) 901-0193
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Courtney Bell
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with 12 years of clinical experience. Working with children and youth is a specialization of mine but I also love working with adults. I am currently completing trauma training in Somatic Experiencing, which explores the mind-body connected and how stress gets stored in the body. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and relationship issues. I use an integrative approach which incorporates a mind-body approach and is considerate of the latest neuroscience research. I describe myself as a client-centred, relational and strengths based therapist.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with 12 years of clinical experience. Working with children and youth is a specialization of mine but I also love working with adults. I am currently completing trauma training in Somatic Experiencing, which explores the mind-body connected and how stress gets stored in the body. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and relationship issues. I use an integrative approach which incorporates a mind-body approach and is considerate of the latest neuroscience research. I describe myself as a client-centred, relational and strengths based therapist.
(226) 780-3107 View (226) 780-3107
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Justin Leung
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
My areas of specialty include PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-worth, men's issues, and spirituality.
Trauma, depression, and other mental health issues can often cause individuals to become "stuck" leading to feelings of resignation or hopelessness. It can often feel like the individual is at the bottom of a well which keeps getting deeper, with the light out feeling further and further out of reach. It can lead individuals to believe that there is no path forwards, or that any path forward is one devoid of meaning or fulfillment.
My areas of specialty include PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-worth, men's issues, and spirituality.
Trauma, depression, and other mental health issues can often cause individuals to become "stuck" leading to feelings of resignation or hopelessness. It can often feel like the individual is at the bottom of a well which keeps getting deeper, with the light out feeling further and further out of reach. It can lead individuals to believe that there is no path forwards, or that any path forward is one devoid of meaning or fulfillment.
(548) 483-6768 View (548) 483-6768
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Kristen McLeod
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I work with children and adolescents struggling with trauma or regulation-based concerns, and their families. Trauma-informed care strives to create physical, psychological, and emotional safety for individuals with every contact. Trauma-informed care moves away from a "what's wrong with you" perspective and seeks to determine "what's happened" and how best we can move forward collaboratively in a safe, strengths-based way.
I work with children and adolescents struggling with trauma or regulation-based concerns, and their families. Trauma-informed care strives to create physical, psychological, and emotional safety for individuals with every contact. Trauma-informed care moves away from a "what's wrong with you" perspective and seeks to determine "what's happened" and how best we can move forward collaboratively in a safe, strengths-based way.
(226) 894-0403 View (226) 894-0403
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Lisa Clendening
Registered Social Worker, BEd, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1E
Waitlist for new clients
Does your life look great from the outside and yet you are struggling to find inner peace and meaning? Do you feel stuck or feel like you are experiencing overwhelm from a history of losses or difficult, traumatic events? Do you suffer from complex PTSD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and/or addictions including problematic eating patterns as a result? Healing, transformation, and lasting wellness are possible when you reach out to me for support. In session, you will be listened to, validated, and empowered to learn to use evidence-based strategies that will help you to achieve peace and a sense of purpose.
Does your life look great from the outside and yet you are struggling to find inner peace and meaning? Do you feel stuck or feel like you are experiencing overwhelm from a history of losses or difficult, traumatic events? Do you suffer from complex PTSD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and/or addictions including problematic eating patterns as a result? Healing, transformation, and lasting wellness are possible when you reach out to me for support. In session, you will be listened to, validated, and empowered to learn to use evidence-based strategies that will help you to achieve peace and a sense of purpose.
(226) 916-5539 View (226) 916-5539
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Sarah McGrath McKinley
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
It can be so hard to manage your day-to-day when anxiety, trauma, and a general sense of unease fill your mind (and body) with negative thoughts and sensations. You might be feeling stuck, but you're also searching for the right support because you have hope that you can heal. I recognize the value of truly knowing that you’ve not only been heard, but also understood. Sometimes this seemingly simple act can spark the beginning of a healing journey. I believe that therapy should be a collaborative and empowering process, and whenever possible, one that seeks to focus on strengths rather than to pathologize weakness.
It can be so hard to manage your day-to-day when anxiety, trauma, and a general sense of unease fill your mind (and body) with negative thoughts and sensations. You might be feeling stuck, but you're also searching for the right support because you have hope that you can heal. I recognize the value of truly knowing that you’ve not only been heard, but also understood. Sometimes this seemingly simple act can spark the beginning of a healing journey. I believe that therapy should be a collaborative and empowering process, and whenever possible, one that seeks to focus on strengths rather than to pathologize weakness.
(226) 271-2329 View (226) 271-2329

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Trauma and PTSD Counsellors

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.