Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Hamilton, ON

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Michelle Crozier
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
I am deeply passionate about increasing the well-being for people navigating trauma recovery and relationship issues.
Welcome! I am a queer-identified Registered Social Worker, with over ten years of experience providing counselling support for individuals, couples, and families. I support people in deepening awareness of their thoughts, feelings, body sensations and adaptive ways of coping. Together we can explore the spaces in your life where you may feel stuck, gently fostering compassion, while moving toward desired growth. My practice is guided by a lens that is Anti-Oppressive, intersectional and feminist. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing on various evidence-based therapeutic modalities to discover what aligns with your needs.
I am deeply passionate about increasing the well-being for people navigating trauma recovery and relationship issues.
Welcome! I am a queer-identified Registered Social Worker, with over ten years of experience providing counselling support for individuals, couples, and families. I support people in deepening awareness of their thoughts, feelings, body sensations and adaptive ways of coping. Together we can explore the spaces in your life where you may feel stuck, gently fostering compassion, while moving toward desired growth. My practice is guided by a lens that is Anti-Oppressive, intersectional and feminist. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing on various evidence-based therapeutic modalities to discover what aligns with your needs.
(226) 407-4577 View (226) 407-4577
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Dr. Christina Harrington
Registered Social Worker, MSW, PhD, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8T
I have particular interest, knowledge and skills related to trauma and bereavement (with specialization in traumatic grief/sudden death and wartime bereavement).
I am an experienced and empathetic social worker offering you professional guidance toward personal well-being. I have experience in helping individuals and families with a broad range of health and mental health concerns; specializing in trauma, grief and loss. I work collaboratively with my clients and draw from a range of therapeutic techniques. This allows me to tailor treatment to your unique needs and goals. For PTSD- I am trained in and offer evidence-based protocols such as, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).
I have particular interest, knowledge and skills related to trauma and bereavement (with specialization in traumatic grief/sudden death and wartime bereavement).
I am an experienced and empathetic social worker offering you professional guidance toward personal well-being. I have experience in helping individuals and families with a broad range of health and mental health concerns; specializing in trauma, grief and loss. I work collaboratively with my clients and draw from a range of therapeutic techniques. This allows me to tailor treatment to your unique needs and goals. For PTSD- I am trained in and offer evidence-based protocols such as, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).
(289) 205-0108 View (289) 205-0108
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Jenni Shea
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, BEd, BA Hons
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
Many of us can say we are impacted by trauma. How is it showing up for you? If you feel ready I can support you to engage with your own system to build trust and acceptance within. I believe in your wisdom to heal. My focus is complex trauma, C-PTSD, relational trauma and self discovery. My clients come from all walks of life and include "only childs", creative types, entrepreneurs and other therapists. I work with incredible humans like you who are stuck, anxious, overwhelmed, easily triggered, navigating perfectionism, exhausted from people pleasing, dealing with a tough childhood, or who are simply curious about what is possible.
Many of us can say we are impacted by trauma. How is it showing up for you? If you feel ready I can support you to engage with your own system to build trust and acceptance within. I believe in your wisdom to heal. My focus is complex trauma, C-PTSD, relational trauma and self discovery. My clients come from all walks of life and include "only childs", creative types, entrepreneurs and other therapists. I work with incredible humans like you who are stuck, anxious, overwhelmed, easily triggered, navigating perfectionism, exhausted from people pleasing, dealing with a tough childhood, or who are simply curious about what is possible.
(365) 363-3337 View (365) 363-3337
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Michelle Lucci, Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, CPsych
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9A
Waitlist for new clients
With locations in Hamilton and Cambridge! Extensive experience working with trauma exposed professionals (first responders, frontline health care workers, military and veteran population). I have provided psychological assessment and treatment to adults and couples since 2004. My treatment focus includes utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions, such as CBT, CPT, EMDR, prolonged exposure and other trauma treatment modalities. Clinically, my broad range of experience includes working with individuals and couples struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, bereavement and trauma.
With locations in Hamilton and Cambridge! Extensive experience working with trauma exposed professionals (first responders, frontline health care workers, military and veteran population). I have provided psychological assessment and treatment to adults and couples since 2004. My treatment focus includes utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions, such as CBT, CPT, EMDR, prolonged exposure and other trauma treatment modalities. Clinically, my broad range of experience includes working with individuals and couples struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, bereavement and trauma.
(289) 277-5447 View (289) 277-5447
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Peaceful Pathways Counselling
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, TCTSYc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
My work is client-centered using a strength-based approach through a trauma-focused lens.
I am passionate about working with individuals to integrate their mental wellness and everyday life in order to obtain sustainable improvements, particularly those facing difficulty after experiencing trauma or loss.
My work is client-centered using a strength-based approach through a trauma-focused lens.
I am passionate about working with individuals to integrate their mental wellness and everyday life in order to obtain sustainable improvements, particularly those facing difficulty after experiencing trauma or loss.
(289) 778-0147 View (289) 778-0147
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Stacey Fernandes
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9H
Waitlist for new clients
Do you need help finding coping strategies for anxiety, depression, fatigue, trauma or stress to improve your wellness? Do you need guidance exploring emotions, thoughts, behaviours, boundaries and communication strategies? You deserve peace, growth and healing. Are you ready to tap into your innate authenticity, increase self compassion, boost your self esteem and create inspiring meangingful changes?
Do you need help finding coping strategies for anxiety, depression, fatigue, trauma or stress to improve your wellness? Do you need guidance exploring emotions, thoughts, behaviours, boundaries and communication strategies? You deserve peace, growth and healing. Are you ready to tap into your innate authenticity, increase self compassion, boost your self esteem and create inspiring meangingful changes?
(289) 206-0786 View (289) 206-0786
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Thecompassionproject.ca
Registered Psychotherapist, EdD, CCC-S, CCS-AC, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
We treat trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction.
Trauma specific therapy downtown and online! You have dedicated your life's work on the front lines, helping others in your community. You are a community member, counsellor, social worker, a teacher, a therapist, a police officer or paramedic, a nurse, a physician, a peer support worker, etc. We are skilled professionals who have specialized in working with helpers. We often call ourselves "therapists for therapists". We also work with first responders, teachers and healthcare professionals. We have understanding of the costs of caring and can support you while you are carrying the trauma stories of your clients or community.
We treat trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction.
Trauma specific therapy downtown and online! You have dedicated your life's work on the front lines, helping others in your community. You are a community member, counsellor, social worker, a teacher, a therapist, a police officer or paramedic, a nurse, a physician, a peer support worker, etc. We are skilled professionals who have specialized in working with helpers. We often call ourselves "therapists for therapists". We also work with first responders, teachers and healthcare professionals. We have understanding of the costs of caring and can support you while you are carrying the trauma stories of your clients or community.
(289) 274-9828 View (289) 274-9828
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Relationship And Trauma Therapy - Vrushalee Nachar
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8G  (Online Only)
I specialize in relationship issues, trauma therapy, anxiety, and healing from narcissistic abuse.
I help people from an unhealthy relationship to a secure one. Are you in a relationship where you wonder if you are being too sensitive? Like you are walking on eggshells or have your guard up? Maybe you have been betrayed, lied to, or gaslighted? This can leave you feeling alone, hopeless, depressed, and even guilty for thinking that you have not done enough. In therapy with me, you will begin to see things clearly, start trusting yourself, and learn tools to help you cope. Most importantly, you will feel a sense of peace, less exhaustion, and more hopeful.
I specialize in relationship issues, trauma therapy, anxiety, and healing from narcissistic abuse.
I help people from an unhealthy relationship to a secure one. Are you in a relationship where you wonder if you are being too sensitive? Like you are walking on eggshells or have your guard up? Maybe you have been betrayed, lied to, or gaslighted? This can leave you feeling alone, hopeless, depressed, and even guilty for thinking that you have not done enough. In therapy with me, you will begin to see things clearly, start trusting yourself, and learn tools to help you cope. Most importantly, you will feel a sense of peace, less exhaustion, and more hopeful.
(289) 985-0376 View (289) 985-0376
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Megan Bouck
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
I provide a compassionate approach to addressing trauma, empowering individuals on their journey to healing.
Life is a journey filled with transitions, challenges, and moments of self-discovery. You may be experiencing a career change, grief, a relationship shift, or personal evolution. You may be struggling to navigate stress, burnout, or anxiety, wanting to create and maintain boundaries, or wanting to start the process of healing from the experiences of your past. You may be wanting personalized and empathetic guidance in exploring these unique experiences and transformative phases. Regardless of why you have found yourself seeking support, I am glad you have.
I provide a compassionate approach to addressing trauma, empowering individuals on their journey to healing.
Life is a journey filled with transitions, challenges, and moments of self-discovery. You may be experiencing a career change, grief, a relationship shift, or personal evolution. You may be struggling to navigate stress, burnout, or anxiety, wanting to create and maintain boundaries, or wanting to start the process of healing from the experiences of your past. You may be wanting personalized and empathetic guidance in exploring these unique experiences and transformative phases. Regardless of why you have found yourself seeking support, I am glad you have.
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Hazim Al-Faouri
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), CCC, MA, HBA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8R  (Online Only)
While my work stems from many frameworks including a trauma-informed view of Solution Focused, EMDR, CBT, self-compassion and Narrative therapy, the space we build together would be specific to your needs, goals, and experiences.
Accepting NEW Clients - Ready to conquer stress, anxiety, or sadness and reclaim "feeling like yourself"? Overwhelmed by life's pressures, past traumas, or relationship challenges? Eager to grasp how your thoughts and feelings today connect to your overall sense of self? Seeking a therapist who gets your values and background, connecting you to your past, present, and future experiences? Let's team up to explore your struggles or dive into understanding yourself better. I'm here for both individuals and couples, guiding you through past, present, and future explorations.
While my work stems from many frameworks including a trauma-informed view of Solution Focused, EMDR, CBT, self-compassion and Narrative therapy, the space we build together would be specific to your needs, goals, and experiences.
Accepting NEW Clients - Ready to conquer stress, anxiety, or sadness and reclaim "feeling like yourself"? Overwhelmed by life's pressures, past traumas, or relationship challenges? Eager to grasp how your thoughts and feelings today connect to your overall sense of self? Seeking a therapist who gets your values and background, connecting you to your past, present, and future experiences? Let's team up to explore your struggles or dive into understanding yourself better. I'm here for both individuals and couples, guiding you through past, present, and future explorations.
(226) 702-0041 View (226) 702-0041
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Pathlight Counselling Ltd. (Eric Burnet)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience working with adults and youth dealing with anxiety, depression, work/school issues, relationship issues, parenting and family issues, trauma, and suicidal ideation. I have helped clients with diagnoses that include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have experience working with at-risk youth and youth involved in the youth criminal justice system. I am completely fluent in both English and French and provide services in both languages. I am a Registered Social Worker in both Ontario and Nova Scotia and am available to clients located anywhere in those provinces.
I have experience working with adults and youth dealing with anxiety, depression, work/school issues, relationship issues, parenting and family issues, trauma, and suicidal ideation. I have helped clients with diagnoses that include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have experience working with at-risk youth and youth involved in the youth criminal justice system. I am completely fluent in both English and French and provide services in both languages. I am a Registered Social Worker in both Ontario and Nova Scotia and am available to clients located anywhere in those provinces.
(365) 602-5599 View (365) 602-5599
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Katelyn Murphy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
In partnership we will explore your experiences and build a personalized care approach that is tailored to your individual needs. My care work aims at establishing a collaborative and safe(r) therapeutic space together, while disrupting and undermining the various oppressive systems that impact our collective and individual wellness experiences. Regardless of whatever issue is affecting your wellbeing, whether it be grief, disordered eating, relationship breakdowns, social isolation, anxiety, depression, trauma, or burnout, I am here to support you in creating routes to comfort and positive change.
In partnership we will explore your experiences and build a personalized care approach that is tailored to your individual needs. My care work aims at establishing a collaborative and safe(r) therapeutic space together, while disrupting and undermining the various oppressive systems that impact our collective and individual wellness experiences. Regardless of whatever issue is affecting your wellbeing, whether it be grief, disordered eating, relationship breakdowns, social isolation, anxiety, depression, trauma, or burnout, I am here to support you in creating routes to comfort and positive change.
(289) 312-2023 View (289) 312-2023
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Daria Oliveira
Registered Psychotherapist, MMHC, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8E  (Online Only)
I work from an attachment based, trauma informed lens; I provide compassion & sensitivity to my clients, understanding that their struggles may be the result of a deeper issue that needs tending to.
Do you feel stuck? Are you having difficulty understanding why past experiences continue to impact your life? Therapy can provide you with the guidance & clarity that you need to understand yourself & your experience differently. Allow me to support you in your healing journey; whether that means working through immediate challenges, or exploring issues on a deeper level. Let me help you discover who you are truly meant to be and help you to connect with your authentic self.
I work from an attachment based, trauma informed lens; I provide compassion & sensitivity to my clients, understanding that their struggles may be the result of a deeper issue that needs tending to.
Do you feel stuck? Are you having difficulty understanding why past experiences continue to impact your life? Therapy can provide you with the guidance & clarity that you need to understand yourself & your experience differently. Allow me to support you in your healing journey; whether that means working through immediate challenges, or exploring issues on a deeper level. Let me help you discover who you are truly meant to be and help you to connect with your authentic self.
(365) 601-9408 View (365) 601-9408
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Chantal Gray
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W  (Online Only)
Are you facing the challenges of setting boundaries, dealing with work-related or school stress, navigating anxiety, or coping with trauma and grief that impact your daily life? You don't have to face these struggles alone. I'm here to support you at any stage of your life journey. I bring a holistic and culturally responsive approach to therapy, tailored to meet the unique needs of children, youth, adults, and families. My practice is firmly rooted in the belief that everyone possesses inherent strengths that can be harnessed for healing and growth.
Are you facing the challenges of setting boundaries, dealing with work-related or school stress, navigating anxiety, or coping with trauma and grief that impact your daily life? You don't have to face these struggles alone. I'm here to support you at any stage of your life journey. I bring a holistic and culturally responsive approach to therapy, tailored to meet the unique needs of children, youth, adults, and families. My practice is firmly rooted in the belief that everyone possesses inherent strengths that can be harnessed for healing and growth.
(289) 206-8683 View (289) 206-8683
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Donnica Campbell
Registered Social Worker, CCIP, RSW, BSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
I have a deep focus on areas that many individuals face, such as abuse, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, human trafficking, anger management, self-esteem, and identity.
Embarking on a journey of healing is like taking steps toward a life of health and wellness. In my role, I strive to cultivate a nurturing environment where you can feel secure and embraced as you draw upon your inner strength, progressing towards a state of well-being. My mission involves crafting a space that encourages you to bring forth your true self without any reservations, fostering an atmosphere free from judgment or fear. With a foundation rooted in inclusive and trauma-informed practices, I aim to guide you towards recognizing your strengths and shaping a positive narrative.
I have a deep focus on areas that many individuals face, such as abuse, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, human trafficking, anger management, self-esteem, and identity.
Embarking on a journey of healing is like taking steps toward a life of health and wellness. In my role, I strive to cultivate a nurturing environment where you can feel secure and embraced as you draw upon your inner strength, progressing towards a state of well-being. My mission involves crafting a space that encourages you to bring forth your true self without any reservations, fostering an atmosphere free from judgment or fear. With a foundation rooted in inclusive and trauma-informed practices, I aim to guide you towards recognizing your strengths and shaping a positive narrative.
(289) 274-6093 View (289) 274-6093
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Danielle Hulan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
I have a special interest in anxiety and trauma, as well as fertility/perinatal mood.
And your chest clenched for attention. Skin crawling desperation. To call in sick, or to stay in bed, or to numb out with distractions that you do not feel proud of. Maybe you feel nausea or fear or shame, or an emptiness that aches inside you. Or anxiety that rarely seems to settle. Maybe you have repetitive or consuming thoughts of how incompetent or unworthy you are. Maybe you just feel simply exhausted. People come to see me to move away from feelings of overwhelm, to begin to know and trust themselves (and others) again, to begin to feel better in their lives (as they define it).
I have a special interest in anxiety and trauma, as well as fertility/perinatal mood.
And your chest clenched for attention. Skin crawling desperation. To call in sick, or to stay in bed, or to numb out with distractions that you do not feel proud of. Maybe you feel nausea or fear or shame, or an emptiness that aches inside you. Or anxiety that rarely seems to settle. Maybe you have repetitive or consuming thoughts of how incompetent or unworthy you are. Maybe you just feel simply exhausted. People come to see me to move away from feelings of overwhelm, to begin to know and trust themselves (and others) again, to begin to feel better in their lives (as they define it).
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Sevgim Kiper
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8N
Whether you are struggling with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, and/ or shame, I am honored to be part of your journey. Regardless of the issue, I value compassion and understanding clients through their own experience, and walking alongside them through their journey while providing clarity and insight.
Whether you are struggling with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, and/ or shame, I am honored to be part of your journey. Regardless of the issue, I value compassion and understanding clients through their own experience, and walking alongside them through their journey while providing clarity and insight.
(289) 272-2557 View (289) 272-2557
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Ancestral Memory Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem that affects relationships, ability to function? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, lost, by family and/or societal standards, just getting through the day, answering emails or texts, the thought that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel? Do you wonder if life could be better? Now more than ever, many people, are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, uncertain about how to cope with capitalism, oppression, and trauma. We believe everyone should have access to co-regulation, skills, and reminder of your inner wisdom.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem that affects relationships, ability to function? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, lost, by family and/or societal standards, just getting through the day, answering emails or texts, the thought that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel? Do you wonder if life could be better? Now more than ever, many people, are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, uncertain about how to cope with capitalism, oppression, and trauma. We believe everyone should have access to co-regulation, skills, and reminder of your inner wisdom.
(647) 557-3150 View (647) 557-3150
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Brittani Ali
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8H
Now welcoming new clients (offering in person, virtual, evening/ weekends, pay what you can & sliding scale options). We prioritize a compassionate, judgment free space. We offer a client-centred, trauma-focused & attachment-based approach to supporting mental and relational health. We believe that we all come to therapy with complex experiences that often connect and impact us, therefore, our approach will always honour your story and how the parts of it weave together. Britt has gained experience supporting individuals & families over the last 10 years working in the social services field. Britt also provides some supervision.
Now welcoming new clients (offering in person, virtual, evening/ weekends, pay what you can & sliding scale options). We prioritize a compassionate, judgment free space. We offer a client-centred, trauma-focused & attachment-based approach to supporting mental and relational health. We believe that we all come to therapy with complex experiences that often connect and impact us, therefore, our approach will always honour your story and how the parts of it weave together. Britt has gained experience supporting individuals & families over the last 10 years working in the social services field. Britt also provides some supervision.
(226) 781-0988 View (226) 781-0988
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Jane Savage
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9H  (Online Only)
Since 2009 I have had extensive training working in the mental health system with adults and families who have experienced trauma, anxiety/depression, addiction/substance issues, family/relationship issues, and other stressors in life.
Have you ever felt stuck? Do you ever think therapy is just not for me or think to yourself, is it worth it? Well, believe me, it is. One of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. My belief is that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgement.
Since 2009 I have had extensive training working in the mental health system with adults and families who have experienced trauma, anxiety/depression, addiction/substance issues, family/relationship issues, and other stressors in life.
Have you ever felt stuck? Do you ever think therapy is just not for me or think to yourself, is it worth it? Well, believe me, it is. One of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. My belief is that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgement.
(289) 273-8870 View (289) 273-8870

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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.