Trauma and PTSD Therapists in London, ON

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Di Riseborough
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MSc
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
London, ON N6G
Change can be scary! Starting therapy takes guts. I understand that choosing a therapist can be overwhelming, so thank you for stopping by. While this may be a challenging time in your life, this is an opportunity to explore, gain insights and heal. Relationship Conflicts, Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Trauma, Life Transitions, or just the need to find a way to stop feeling 'stuck', are issues I help people with on a daily basis. Forgiveness, Spiritual Crisis & Integral Breath Therapy are also areas in which I provide a respectful, comfortable, non-judgmental, & supportive environment in which to assist you in your healing process.
Change can be scary! Starting therapy takes guts. I understand that choosing a therapist can be overwhelming, so thank you for stopping by. While this may be a challenging time in your life, this is an opportunity to explore, gain insights and heal. Relationship Conflicts, Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Trauma, Life Transitions, or just the need to find a way to stop feeling 'stuck', are issues I help people with on a daily basis. Forgiveness, Spiritual Crisis & Integral Breath Therapy are also areas in which I provide a respectful, comfortable, non-judgmental, & supportive environment in which to assist you in your healing process.
(226) 400-2003 View (226) 400-2003
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Natalie Hazzard
Psychologist, PsyD, CPsych
Verified Verified
London, ON N6G
I conduct psychological assessments for adults, focusing on diagnosing conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and ADHD.
As a clinical psychologist focusing on assessment for adults, I understand the importance of providing thorough and accurate evaluations to support individuals in their mental health journey. My approach is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and evidence-based practices, ensuring that each client receives personalized care. Every individual has a unique story and set of experiences that shape their mental health concerns. By taking a holistic view of each client's background, symptoms, and goals, I strive to offer comprehensive assessments that address not only their current challenges but also their underlying needs and strengths.
I conduct psychological assessments for adults, focusing on diagnosing conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and ADHD.
As a clinical psychologist focusing on assessment for adults, I understand the importance of providing thorough and accurate evaluations to support individuals in their mental health journey. My approach is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and evidence-based practices, ensuring that each client receives personalized care. Every individual has a unique story and set of experiences that shape their mental health concerns. By taking a holistic view of each client's background, symptoms, and goals, I strive to offer comprehensive assessments that address not only their current challenges but also their underlying needs and strengths.
(519) 957-2805 View (519) 957-2805
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Eden Martin
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW (S)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6C
I work most with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and the impacts of violence and trauma.
As a psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, my passion is for empowering individuals to access their own innate healing abilities. My utmost goal is to provide a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space within which you can share your concerns and hopes while working towards a happier and more fulfilled future. I use a range of modalities including CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, relational approaches, mindfulness, and solution focused approaches. In my work with couples, I use Emotionally Focused and Gottman Method Couples Therapy modalities.
I work most with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and the impacts of violence and trauma.
As a psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, my passion is for empowering individuals to access their own innate healing abilities. My utmost goal is to provide a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space within which you can share your concerns and hopes while working towards a happier and more fulfilled future. I use a range of modalities including CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, relational approaches, mindfulness, and solution focused approaches. In my work with couples, I use Emotionally Focused and Gottman Method Couples Therapy modalities.
(226) 271-1371 View (226) 271-1371
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Dr. Danielle Cataudella
Psychologist, PsyD, CPsych
Verified Verified
London, ON N6B  (Online Only)
I have spent many years specializing in health and rehabilitation psychology (acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, trauma and grief) and am licensed to work in this area of practice in addition to clinical psychology more generally.
I have over 20 years experience providing evidence based treatments (research has proven work) for a range of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as specialized training working with individuals who are medically complex or bereaved. In therapy, we would work together to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific situation in order to ensure the best possible outcome. Therapy also has the potential to help you gain insight about yourself (health and unhealthy patterns), to learn new ways of coping with stressors, and to identify value driven goals for living a more meaningful life.
I have spent many years specializing in health and rehabilitation psychology (acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, trauma and grief) and am licensed to work in this area of practice in addition to clinical psychology more generally.
I have over 20 years experience providing evidence based treatments (research has proven work) for a range of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as specialized training working with individuals who are medically complex or bereaved. In therapy, we would work together to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific situation in order to ensure the best possible outcome. Therapy also has the potential to help you gain insight about yourself (health and unhealthy patterns), to learn new ways of coping with stressors, and to identify value driven goals for living a more meaningful life.
(226) 546-1119 View (226) 546-1119
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Megan Armstrong
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6C  (Online Only)
In the past 10 years in the field, I have developed interest in helping people with emotional understanding and regulation, trauma/PTSD treatment and interpersonal challenges. If you are looking to make changes to how you respond to or express your emotions, we would be a good fit. If you are want to manage your trauma symptoms rather than having them manage you, we would be a good fit. If you are someone who wants to develop further insight and understanding in order to move forward, we would be a good fit.
In the past 10 years in the field, I have developed interest in helping people with emotional understanding and regulation, trauma/PTSD treatment and interpersonal challenges. If you are looking to make changes to how you respond to or express your emotions, we would be a good fit. If you are want to manage your trauma symptoms rather than having them manage you, we would be a good fit. If you are someone who wants to develop further insight and understanding in order to move forward, we would be a good fit.
(226) 241-8019 View (226) 241-8019
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Christina Kahlou
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N5V
Waitlist for new clients
With 19 years experience, I know the most successful modalities are DBT to learn skills for emotions and people, and EMDR to eliminate negative core beliefs, trauma, and triggers.
I believe we all dream to live lives of more and lives of less. More: happiness, peace, achieving meaningful goals, and joy in relationships. The opposite is also true, we seek lives with less. Less: stress, negative coping, anger, and disconnection. Are you one of millions of new Canadians trapped between 2 worlds? Is it time to create your own life? Do you experience anxiety, depression, or relationship issues that never seem to change; growing up "fine but feeling empty", or loveless parenting, do you want to change how you parent your own child--all of which can hold you back or instill panic. Small steps can feel overwhelming.
With 19 years experience, I know the most successful modalities are DBT to learn skills for emotions and people, and EMDR to eliminate negative core beliefs, trauma, and triggers.
I believe we all dream to live lives of more and lives of less. More: happiness, peace, achieving meaningful goals, and joy in relationships. The opposite is also true, we seek lives with less. Less: stress, negative coping, anger, and disconnection. Are you one of millions of new Canadians trapped between 2 worlds? Is it time to create your own life? Do you experience anxiety, depression, or relationship issues that never seem to change; growing up "fine but feeling empty", or loveless parenting, do you want to change how you parent your own child--all of which can hold you back or instill panic. Small steps can feel overwhelming.
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Bryan Fee
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A
I have over 10 years of experience and specialize in anxiety, mood disorders, and substance use concerns using trauma-informed treatment. I also have a strong interest supporting individuals who have experienced spiritual psychosis and other atypical experiences of consciousness. I view everyone as comprised of mind, body, and spirit. We all share common pains in life and these experiences (past and present) change us. Life traumas can cause us to identify with a false version of ourselves. Coming to know your self creates greater authenticity and freedom.
I have over 10 years of experience and specialize in anxiety, mood disorders, and substance use concerns using trauma-informed treatment. I also have a strong interest supporting individuals who have experienced spiritual psychosis and other atypical experiences of consciousness. I view everyone as comprised of mind, body, and spirit. We all share common pains in life and these experiences (past and present) change us. Life traumas can cause us to identify with a false version of ourselves. Coming to know your self creates greater authenticity and freedom.
(226) 641-0742 View (226) 641-0742
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Dr. Sherin Hussien
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6H  (Online Only)
I am a trauma informed therapist, and work primarily with individuals who are newcomers and refugees in settlement sector, on a wide variety of issues, including the following: Depression, Anxiety, Relationship challenges and problems (ex. marriage counseling), Self-esteem and identity challenges, Parenting issues and intergenerational conflict, Trauma impacts, Transitions to Canada resource building, and Support networking. My therapeutic approach is centered around building a therapeutic relationship where you feel seen, heard, valued, and trusted.
I am a trauma informed therapist, and work primarily with individuals who are newcomers and refugees in settlement sector, on a wide variety of issues, including the following: Depression, Anxiety, Relationship challenges and problems (ex. marriage counseling), Self-esteem and identity challenges, Parenting issues and intergenerational conflict, Trauma impacts, Transitions to Canada resource building, and Support networking. My therapeutic approach is centered around building a therapeutic relationship where you feel seen, heard, valued, and trusted.
(226) 773-9266 View (226) 773-9266
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Katie Dutot
MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6H
I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults experiencing challenges with mental health diagnoses, developmental trauma, relationship difficulties, and interpersonal conflict. I am passionate about engaging others in meaningful conversations that empower them to lean into their challenges to learn ways to heal and take charge of their dreams, hopes, and goals. I strive to create a space for people to feel safety and security through a collaborative relationship wherein they tap into their resiliency and explore themselves.
I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults experiencing challenges with mental health diagnoses, developmental trauma, relationship difficulties, and interpersonal conflict. I am passionate about engaging others in meaningful conversations that empower them to lean into their challenges to learn ways to heal and take charge of their dreams, hopes, and goals. I strive to create a space for people to feel safety and security through a collaborative relationship wherein they tap into their resiliency and explore themselves.
(226) 241-8332 View (226) 241-8332
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Shelley Myer
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6K
Trained for trauma intervention through Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Boston (TCTSY).
I am a passionate social worker with over 20 years of experience front line and clinically specific therapy. I have pursued yoga therapy to incorporate in my practice specifically working with complex trauma. My current modality is clinical support that could incorporate yoga. Individuals and couples welcome.
Trained for trauma intervention through Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Boston (TCTSY).
I am a passionate social worker with over 20 years of experience front line and clinically specific therapy. I have pursued yoga therapy to incorporate in my practice specifically working with complex trauma. My current modality is clinical support that could incorporate yoga. Individuals and couples welcome.
(226) 640-8239 View (226) 640-8239
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Jenn Neufeld
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
London, ON N6K  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My aim is to create a safer space, particularly for trauma survivors and folks who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+.
Connecting with a therapist can be a difficult step - but for many, it's a step to growth, healing and change. Worries, stress and hurtful experiences can feel overwhelming. I support clients from all walks of life with warmth, compassion, and non-judgment. Together, we can start to understand what's been going on for you, and together, we can find strategies and tools that can help you cope. My work is grounded in feminist and anti-oppressive practices, and my approach is queer positive, harm-reduction focused, neurodiversity-affirming and body positive.
My aim is to create a safer space, particularly for trauma survivors and folks who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+.
Connecting with a therapist can be a difficult step - but for many, it's a step to growth, healing and change. Worries, stress and hurtful experiences can feel overwhelming. I support clients from all walks of life with warmth, compassion, and non-judgment. Together, we can start to understand what's been going on for you, and together, we can find strategies and tools that can help you cope. My work is grounded in feminist and anti-oppressive practices, and my approach is queer positive, harm-reduction focused, neurodiversity-affirming and body positive.
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Ontario Trauma Therapy - Natalie
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6B  (Online Only)
When you have experienced trauma, your whole system can feel challenged day to day. You might struggle with persistent anxiety, feelings of shame and hopelessness and have a bleak outlook on the future. You can feel exhausted by your circumstances and truly at a loss for how to change or heal. Trauma impacts your thinking, your happiness, your quality of life and your joy. You can often find yourself engaging in behaviours that don't serve you, trying to numb out or manage the pain. It can feel hard to get close to anyone. It can be so hard to trust yourself, or other people. I completely understand, and I help people change daily.
When you have experienced trauma, your whole system can feel challenged day to day. You might struggle with persistent anxiety, feelings of shame and hopelessness and have a bleak outlook on the future. You can feel exhausted by your circumstances and truly at a loss for how to change or heal. Trauma impacts your thinking, your happiness, your quality of life and your joy. You can often find yourself engaging in behaviours that don't serve you, trying to numb out or manage the pain. It can feel hard to get close to anyone. It can be so hard to trust yourself, or other people. I completely understand, and I help people change daily.
(226) 840-3237 View (226) 840-3237
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Paulina Dysko
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6H
I work with children, adolescents and adults impacted by trauma, loss and other life challenges. Having worked for years surrounded by trauma and alongside first responders, I discovered that healing often begins with taking a moment for yourself and having support of someone who can help us navigate the pain. It is natural to feel unsure or anxious when seeking support at first. To get a better sense of what to expect, envision our sessions like a friendly conversation where we tackle difficult issues using the tools I have, but always strive to leave feeling a bit lighter and more grounded than before.
I work with children, adolescents and adults impacted by trauma, loss and other life challenges. Having worked for years surrounded by trauma and alongside first responders, I discovered that healing often begins with taking a moment for yourself and having support of someone who can help us navigate the pain. It is natural to feel unsure or anxious when seeking support at first. To get a better sense of what to expect, envision our sessions like a friendly conversation where we tackle difficult issues using the tools I have, but always strive to leave feeling a bit lighter and more grounded than before.
(226) 786-0750 View (226) 786-0750
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Sheldon Hill
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
I have a particular training and experience working with ADHD/ADD, trauma, relationship concerns, anxiety, identity development and life transitions.
Every person has the capacity for growth and change, and together we can work to form goals to help you meet your full potential. This could mean that you are looking to develop skills and new abilities to support yourself, or perhaps you want to understand your life on a deeper level. Exploring your internal world, such as your thoughts, emotions, past experiences and values, is an important part of our work, including your beliefs about your life and the world. During our time together, we work as a partnership to develop new insights which can alleviate difficult thoughts, cohere your identity and enhance your life.
I have a particular training and experience working with ADHD/ADD, trauma, relationship concerns, anxiety, identity development and life transitions.
Every person has the capacity for growth and change, and together we can work to form goals to help you meet your full potential. This could mean that you are looking to develop skills and new abilities to support yourself, or perhaps you want to understand your life on a deeper level. Exploring your internal world, such as your thoughts, emotions, past experiences and values, is an important part of our work, including your beliefs about your life and the world. During our time together, we work as a partnership to develop new insights which can alleviate difficult thoughts, cohere your identity and enhance your life.
(226) 702-8473 View (226) 702-8473
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Sarah Szpak
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6P
My approach is relationship-focused, trauma-informed, and draws on over 9 years of experience in educational, community-based, and private practice settings.
Do you feel like you’re trapped in a cycle? Maybe your identity and relationships seem complicated or stuck in place, or you’re struggling through a time of major change. Perhaps you feel like you can't meet expectations or that the people around you don't understand you. Working through these experiences in a supportive environment can help you see complex situations more clearly or make them feel more manageable. If you're ready to take this step, we'll start by building a sense of safety and trust with each other before jumping in.
My approach is relationship-focused, trauma-informed, and draws on over 9 years of experience in educational, community-based, and private practice settings.
Do you feel like you’re trapped in a cycle? Maybe your identity and relationships seem complicated or stuck in place, or you’re struggling through a time of major change. Perhaps you feel like you can't meet expectations or that the people around you don't understand you. Working through these experiences in a supportive environment can help you see complex situations more clearly or make them feel more manageable. If you're ready to take this step, we'll start by building a sense of safety and trust with each other before jumping in.
(226) 242-9778 View (226) 242-9778
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Theresa Marie Stock
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
London, ON N6G
identifies the sensations of anxiety, stress, or trauma symptoms and supports better nervous system regulation and healing.
For over 20 years I have supported adults, children, couples and families to have healthier relationships, and better emotional well being. I specialize in working with symptoms of stress, anxiety, and trauma and I use a strength based, relational lens to understand your unique symptoms and to build on your strengths. If you or your child is struggling with emotional regulation, anxiety, anger, behaviour problems, or persistent health issues connected to stress please call for a free consultation.
identifies the sensations of anxiety, stress, or trauma symptoms and supports better nervous system regulation and healing.
For over 20 years I have supported adults, children, couples and families to have healthier relationships, and better emotional well being. I specialize in working with symptoms of stress, anxiety, and trauma and I use a strength based, relational lens to understand your unique symptoms and to build on your strengths. If you or your child is struggling with emotional regulation, anxiety, anger, behaviour problems, or persistent health issues connected to stress please call for a free consultation.
(226) 774-0712 View (226) 774-0712
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Patricia Carey
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
London, ON N5Z
These therapies provide unique ways to address trauma, anxiety, stress, and other emotional challenges so you can heal and regain control, balance, and peace.
You’ve come looking for a therapist. Someone who helps you to feel safe, seen, and validated. Someone who sit with you when you feeling down, self-critical, vulnerable and all jittery inside. Someone who doesn’t try to “fix” you, but helps you know yourself and heal yourself. There are several ways therapy can help but what makes therapy so special is that you can be authentic, not judged, and your story can be safety shared with another. I am here to hear your story, to help to understand your suffering, to give you tools and ways to understand your problem better. I am here to be a witness and hold space for your jittery feelings.
These therapies provide unique ways to address trauma, anxiety, stress, and other emotional challenges so you can heal and regain control, balance, and peace.
You’ve come looking for a therapist. Someone who helps you to feel safe, seen, and validated. Someone who sit with you when you feeling down, self-critical, vulnerable and all jittery inside. Someone who doesn’t try to “fix” you, but helps you know yourself and heal yourself. There are several ways therapy can help but what makes therapy so special is that you can be authentic, not judged, and your story can be safety shared with another. I am here to hear your story, to help to understand your suffering, to give you tools and ways to understand your problem better. I am here to be a witness and hold space for your jittery feelings.
(226) 408-4474 View (226) 408-4474
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My Online Art Therapy
Art Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
London, ON N6C  (Online Only)
Past trauma and difficult life decisions act as stumbling blocks on the road ahead.
Confidential & Accessible: Connect from anywhere in Canada to find emotional healing and wellness through art making at My Online Art Therapy. Creative expression in an art therapy session helps to release trauma, depression, anxieties, stress and more. Confidentiality, especially for LGBTQ+ clients is an important factor. Online art therapy can provide that safe healing space. My sessions are affordable and I offer free consultation sessions to see if art therapy is a good fit. Contact me especially if you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or struggling with issues around trauma.
Past trauma and difficult life decisions act as stumbling blocks on the road ahead.
Confidential & Accessible: Connect from anywhere in Canada to find emotional healing and wellness through art making at My Online Art Therapy. Creative expression in an art therapy session helps to release trauma, depression, anxieties, stress and more. Confidentiality, especially for LGBTQ+ clients is an important factor. Online art therapy can provide that safe healing space. My sessions are affordable and I offer free consultation sessions to see if art therapy is a good fit. Contact me especially if you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or struggling with issues around trauma.
(226) 781-3705 x1 View (226) 781-3705 x1
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Alexandra Marino
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, DPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
London, ON N6A
I practice trauma-informed & integrative psychotherapy, with a heavy influence of Attachment Theory, Parts Work and the interconnected role of our nervous system (somatic-focused).
I understand the feeling of overwhelm that some may have towards therapy. This understanding enables me to be genuine and intentional within my work. I enter each relationship with new energy, focusing our time on your unique goals. I believe in the philosophy that we are innately pulled towards health therefore, I believe in your capacity to move towards a healthier and happier version of yourself. I work as a facilitator, guiding you in accessing your innate resiliency.
I practice trauma-informed & integrative psychotherapy, with a heavy influence of Attachment Theory, Parts Work and the interconnected role of our nervous system (somatic-focused).
I understand the feeling of overwhelm that some may have towards therapy. This understanding enables me to be genuine and intentional within my work. I enter each relationship with new energy, focusing our time on your unique goals. I believe in the philosophy that we are innately pulled towards health therefore, I believe in your capacity to move towards a healthier and happier version of yourself. I work as a facilitator, guiding you in accessing your innate resiliency.
(226) 400-1108 View (226) 400-1108
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Nadia Maiolino
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A  (Online Only)
Within a compassionate setting, I help my clients understand and address mental health concerns using evidence-based strategies (treatments that have been shown to work). I work with adults with a range of concerns, including depression, social anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have provided psychological services in various settings (e.g., outpatient mental health programs), and I have a strong research and practice background in emotional disorders and trauma/PTSD.
Within a compassionate setting, I help my clients understand and address mental health concerns using evidence-based strategies (treatments that have been shown to work). I work with adults with a range of concerns, including depression, social anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have provided psychological services in various settings (e.g., outpatient mental health programs), and I have a strong research and practice background in emotional disorders and trauma/PTSD.
(548) 708-5382 View (548) 708-5382

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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.