Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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First Step Men's Therapy (Eng/Fre)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Our specialities include: addiction, alcohol use, depression, sex therapy, OCD, ADHD, trauma, grief, divorce, infidelity, anxiety, men's issues, self-esteem, stress, and relationship issues.
Feeling disconnected lately? Doubting your role as a father, son, or partner? Maybe you're dealing with anger, feeling stuck, or overwhelmed, and it's starting to weigh on you. You're not alone in this struggle. We understand! We know that men face unique challenges and sometimes find it hard to reach out for help. But staying silent can lead to even bigger issues like addiction, anxiety, or depression. Don't let these feelings control you. Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow. Our therapy sessions offer a safe, supportive environment for you to heal & grow. Click "Website" for a free consultation. Services en français!
Our specialities include: addiction, alcohol use, depression, sex therapy, OCD, ADHD, trauma, grief, divorce, infidelity, anxiety, men's issues, self-esteem, stress, and relationship issues.
Feeling disconnected lately? Doubting your role as a father, son, or partner? Maybe you're dealing with anger, feeling stuck, or overwhelmed, and it's starting to weigh on you. You're not alone in this struggle. We understand! We know that men face unique challenges and sometimes find it hard to reach out for help. But staying silent can lead to even bigger issues like addiction, anxiety, or depression. Don't let these feelings control you. Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow. Our therapy sessions offer a safe, supportive environment for you to heal & grow. Click "Website" for a free consultation. Services en français!
(343) 307-9734 View (343) 307-9734
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Ottawa Centre for Resilience
Psychologist, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S
We are currently accepting clients immediately with NO WAIT for psychotherapy (children, adolescents, adults, and families). You can book an intake here: aws-portal/owlpractice.ca/ocfr We are a mental health centre for childhood trauma & dissociation, attachment, adoption, and high-conflict families for Ottawa and surrounding areas. Our clinicians have advanced training in a variety of evidence-based trauma-informed approaches for treating children, youth, adults, and families, including psycho-biologically and somatic based approaches, such as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, SMART, Brainspotting, and Safe and Sound Protocol.
We are currently accepting clients immediately with NO WAIT for psychotherapy (children, adolescents, adults, and families). You can book an intake here: aws-portal/owlpractice.ca/ocfr We are a mental health centre for childhood trauma & dissociation, attachment, adoption, and high-conflict families for Ottawa and surrounding areas. Our clinicians have advanced training in a variety of evidence-based trauma-informed approaches for treating children, youth, adults, and families, including psycho-biologically and somatic based approaches, such as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, SMART, Brainspotting, and Safe and Sound Protocol.
(613) 714-0662 View (613) 714-0662
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Rachelle Viau
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Z
As a Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario with over 16 years of experience working in mental health, I specialize in working with emotional and relationship issues, self-esteem, life transitions as well as childhood trauma.
Life can be hard. Whether it is life transitions, stressors, illness, or any perceived limitation, we will all struggle, experience pain, sorrow, and discomfort. The question is, how do we support ourselves during difficult times? What type of relationship would we like to have with ourselves, others, and the world on the winding path of life? I believe psychotherapy connects us with our strengths, values, and compassion we need to live a more fulfilling, meaningful, and authentic life, despite obstacles we all encounter. It helps guide us toward approaching life with an open heart.
As a Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario with over 16 years of experience working in mental health, I specialize in working with emotional and relationship issues, self-esteem, life transitions as well as childhood trauma.
Life can be hard. Whether it is life transitions, stressors, illness, or any perceived limitation, we will all struggle, experience pain, sorrow, and discomfort. The question is, how do we support ourselves during difficult times? What type of relationship would we like to have with ourselves, others, and the world on the winding path of life? I believe psychotherapy connects us with our strengths, values, and compassion we need to live a more fulfilling, meaningful, and authentic life, despite obstacles we all encounter. It helps guide us toward approaching life with an open heart.
(613) 701-9670 View (613) 701-9670
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Emily Vanden Hanenberg
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2J
However, I base much of my work in attachment theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and trauma informed interventions.
Accepting new clients - I work primarily with teens (14+) and adults who are experiencing attachment disruptions, relationship difficulties, anxiety, and depression. I know that starting therapy can be scary and feel like a very vulnerable step. It is my goal to provide a safe environment that makes navigating this vulnerability a little less difficult! I aspire to create an environment where my clients feel safe, seen, and understood. I aim to work with my clients to create change that inspires a more authentic and fulfilling life.
However, I base much of my work in attachment theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and trauma informed interventions.
Accepting new clients - I work primarily with teens (14+) and adults who are experiencing attachment disruptions, relationship difficulties, anxiety, and depression. I know that starting therapy can be scary and feel like a very vulnerable step. It is my goal to provide a safe environment that makes navigating this vulnerability a little less difficult! I aspire to create an environment where my clients feel safe, seen, and understood. I aim to work with my clients to create change that inspires a more authentic and fulfilling life.
(343) 655-3670 View (343) 655-3670
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First Step Men's Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Our specializations include: Borderline Personality, grief, life transitions, alcohol use, Narcissistic Personality, trauma, OCD, ADHD, behavioural issues, anger management, chronic impulsivity, anxiety, infidelity, depression, dual diagnosis, and men's issues.
Men often face pressure to suppress their emotions, making therapy a courageous act of defiance. As a therapist, I specialize in guiding men through reconnecting with their emotions and inner selves. Many men seek deeper connections and understanding, aiming to enhance relationships and daily life. No matter what you are struggling with, my goal is to help you understand your underlying motivations and develop healthier coping mechanisms. With a focus on avoidant attachment styles, I provide a safe space for exploration and empowerment, aiming to shift patterns and foster self-discovery. Book a free 20-minute consult to learn more!
Our specializations include: Borderline Personality, grief, life transitions, alcohol use, Narcissistic Personality, trauma, OCD, ADHD, behavioural issues, anger management, chronic impulsivity, anxiety, infidelity, depression, dual diagnosis, and men's issues.
Men often face pressure to suppress their emotions, making therapy a courageous act of defiance. As a therapist, I specialize in guiding men through reconnecting with their emotions and inner selves. Many men seek deeper connections and understanding, aiming to enhance relationships and daily life. No matter what you are struggling with, my goal is to help you understand your underlying motivations and develop healthier coping mechanisms. With a focus on avoidant attachment styles, I provide a safe space for exploration and empowerment, aiming to shift patterns and foster self-discovery. Book a free 20-minute consult to learn more!
(343) 633-2702 View (343) 633-2702
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Robert Anderson
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2C
With over 17 years of experience in mental health settings I have built a foundation that focuses on Complex Trauma, PTSD, addiction, anxiety, depression and general mental health.
I offer an eclectic approach that helps you uncover, work with, and release the issues that you want resolved. Since no two people are alike, I adapt my approach to suit your needs. Who you are now and who you can become is what I am interested in helping you discover.
With over 17 years of experience in mental health settings I have built a foundation that focuses on Complex Trauma, PTSD, addiction, anxiety, depression and general mental health.
I offer an eclectic approach that helps you uncover, work with, and release the issues that you want resolved. Since no two people are alike, I adapt my approach to suit your needs. Who you are now and who you can become is what I am interested in helping you discover.
(343) 304-5601 View (343) 304-5601
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Samantha Whittle
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
Hi, I'm Sam! I'm a trauma therapist and a sex therapist, with over 15 years of experience in the sexual health field. I support people as they heal trauma, create meaningful relationships and embrace pleasurable sexuality. If you've clicked on my profile, you might be looking to reclaim your life from the effects of sexualized trauma, intimate partner violence, or chronic pelvic floor pain. Or maybe you're looking for guidance in having more orgasms, navigating non-monogamy, or inviting more desire into your relationship(s). Whatever the reason, I'd be happy to help.
Hi, I'm Sam! I'm a trauma therapist and a sex therapist, with over 15 years of experience in the sexual health field. I support people as they heal trauma, create meaningful relationships and embrace pleasurable sexuality. If you've clicked on my profile, you might be looking to reclaim your life from the effects of sexualized trauma, intimate partner violence, or chronic pelvic floor pain. Or maybe you're looking for guidance in having more orgasms, navigating non-monogamy, or inviting more desire into your relationship(s). Whatever the reason, I'd be happy to help.
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Lisa O'Grady
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, D:IET, D:VATI, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2E  (Online Only)
Along with offering treatment for anxiety (excessive worry, intrusive thoughts, health worries, trauma, PTSD), depression and insomnia, I also offer creative and expressive therapies for those struggling to express themselves with words or prefer creative approaches.
Immediate appointments available! Feeling overwhelmed by things everyone else seems to do easily? Avoiding doing things you want to do? Caught on a roller coaster of anger, sadness or shame? Are your relationships suffering? Has the "problem" taken over your life? Feeling stuck and confused about what to do or how to find help? I can help you figure out what's keeping the "problem" going and what your next steps might be.
Along with offering treatment for anxiety (excessive worry, intrusive thoughts, health worries, trauma, PTSD), depression and insomnia, I also offer creative and expressive therapies for those struggling to express themselves with words or prefer creative approaches.
Immediate appointments available! Feeling overwhelmed by things everyone else seems to do easily? Avoiding doing things you want to do? Caught on a roller coaster of anger, sadness or shame? Are your relationships suffering? Has the "problem" taken over your life? Feeling stuck and confused about what to do or how to find help? I can help you figure out what's keeping the "problem" going and what your next steps might be.
(613) 482-4100 View (613) 482-4100
Natasha Penny
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCC, TITC-CT, MA, BA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2G
Viewing your concerns from a trauma-informed lens, I will incorporate elements from different approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical therapy.
Currently accepting new clients, and offering clinical supervision. As your counsellor, I will work with you to create and nourish a safe environment. A space where you can talk openly, free from judgement or pressure, and feel comfortable in your vulnerability. Vulnerability allows you the opportunity to progress towards an authentic life while expressing and processing your emotions. I will support you in identifying your needs, and strengths. and work towards your desired lifestyle.
Viewing your concerns from a trauma-informed lens, I will incorporate elements from different approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical therapy.
Currently accepting new clients, and offering clinical supervision. As your counsellor, I will work with you to create and nourish a safe environment. A space where you can talk openly, free from judgement or pressure, and feel comfortable in your vulnerability. Vulnerability allows you the opportunity to progress towards an authentic life while expressing and processing your emotions. I will support you in identifying your needs, and strengths. and work towards your desired lifestyle.
(343) 304-6185 View (343) 304-6185
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Alicia Shameer
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2A
Hello! I'm Alicia, I'm glad you found me. I know that it can be difficult to start the therapeutic journey whether you are new to the therapy world or whether you are looking for another therapist. I'm always grateful to be able to hold space with sensitivity and respect for clients and work at your own pace. I want to help clients feel safer within their bodies and minds when navigating their environment. Perhaps you are someone struggling with childhood trauma and you would want to learn how this changes the way you interact with the world and your relationships.
Hello! I'm Alicia, I'm glad you found me. I know that it can be difficult to start the therapeutic journey whether you are new to the therapy world or whether you are looking for another therapist. I'm always grateful to be able to hold space with sensitivity and respect for clients and work at your own pace. I want to help clients feel safer within their bodies and minds when navigating their environment. Perhaps you are someone struggling with childhood trauma and you would want to learn how this changes the way you interact with the world and your relationships.
(343) 309-9489 View (343) 309-9489
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Anna Karuna Egan
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Welcome, If you're struggling, please know that you're not alone. We all encounter obstacles and moments of feeling lost, but you don’t have to face them alone. As a therapist, my goal is to support you in rediscovering your strengths, uncovering underlying issues, and nurturing a compassionate inner voice. Whether you're navigating a challenging life transition, coping with trauma, illness, or loss, or battling overwhelming stress, burnout, or anxiety, I'm here to support you on your journey. I offer trauma-informed care and draw on two decades of studying Buddhism and yoga to provide holistic perspectives along the way.
Welcome, If you're struggling, please know that you're not alone. We all encounter obstacles and moments of feeling lost, but you don’t have to face them alone. As a therapist, my goal is to support you in rediscovering your strengths, uncovering underlying issues, and nurturing a compassionate inner voice. Whether you're navigating a challenging life transition, coping with trauma, illness, or loss, or battling overwhelming stress, burnout, or anxiety, I'm here to support you on your journey. I offer trauma-informed care and draw on two decades of studying Buddhism and yoga to provide holistic perspectives along the way.
(343) 338-9288 View (343) 338-9288
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Shelley Briscoe-Dimock Ottawa Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD, , RP, RSW, RMFT-SM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G
I draw on relevant evidence-based approaches to provide effective treatment and supervision and consultation from a trauma-informed and inclusive approach with particular attention to culture and diversity.
Are you struggling with your mental health or in your relationship with your partner or family? Reaching out for help can be a daunting experience. Successful therapy depends on finding the right therapist - one you can connect with and one who is competent to work with your issues. These are two of the most important factors in getting the right help. Are you a therapist looking for your own therapist, clinical supervision or mentorship? Are you developing your competencies to become and independent practitioner or looking for consultation to navigate difficult cases?
I draw on relevant evidence-based approaches to provide effective treatment and supervision and consultation from a trauma-informed and inclusive approach with particular attention to culture and diversity.
Are you struggling with your mental health or in your relationship with your partner or family? Reaching out for help can be a daunting experience. Successful therapy depends on finding the right therapist - one you can connect with and one who is competent to work with your issues. These are two of the most important factors in getting the right help. Are you a therapist looking for your own therapist, clinical supervision or mentorship? Are you developing your competencies to become and independent practitioner or looking for consultation to navigate difficult cases?
(343) 633-2687 View (343) 633-2687
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Anna Nyiri
Registered Psychotherapist, MA(Ed), RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2A
Waitlist for new clients
I work with individuals and couples experiencing trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, and relationship disruptions. I have a special interest in Somatic Experiencing and Parts Work, with couples I follow the PACT approach (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) although we may draw on other approaches as they suit your needs.
I work with individuals and couples experiencing trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, and relationship disruptions. I have a special interest in Somatic Experiencing and Parts Work, with couples I follow the PACT approach (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) although we may draw on other approaches as they suit your needs.
(343) 307-8808 View (343) 307-8808
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Chelsea Whyte
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G
My practice is trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming.
— Now Accepting New Clients — Are you ready to see yourself in a different light? Congratulations on starting this courageous process to self-discovery and healing. I enjoy helping youth and adults build healthy relationships and minds. My approach emphasizes warmth, inclusivity & acceptance; aiming to create a safe, comfortable, nonjudgemental space where you feel validated and empowered to bring about meaningful life changes. I am passionate about working with you to bring about emotional resilience, healthy communication, and adaptive coping skills to your life.
My practice is trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming.
— Now Accepting New Clients — Are you ready to see yourself in a different light? Congratulations on starting this courageous process to self-discovery and healing. I enjoy helping youth and adults build healthy relationships and minds. My approach emphasizes warmth, inclusivity & acceptance; aiming to create a safe, comfortable, nonjudgemental space where you feel validated and empowered to bring about meaningful life changes. I am passionate about working with you to bring about emotional resilience, healthy communication, and adaptive coping skills to your life.
(343) 453-4739 View (343) 453-4739
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Robin Harnden
MA, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
I offer a time and place where clients can slow down and connect with themselves as they explore how past patterns are affecting their current life, and move beyond the impact of unsatisfying and painful experiences. The results can be increased self-understanding, improved relationships, coping with loss, trauma, and life transitions with resiliency, and feeling empowered to make changes in one's life.
I offer a time and place where clients can slow down and connect with themselves as they explore how past patterns are affecting their current life, and move beyond the impact of unsatisfying and painful experiences. The results can be increased self-understanding, improved relationships, coping with loss, trauma, and life transitions with resiliency, and feeling empowered to make changes in one's life.
(343) 312-6544 View (343) 312-6544
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Andre Betim
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
Using trauma training and orientation (EMDR, IFS, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Somatic interventions, etc.
How we relate to ourselves, how we relate to each other, and how we perceive our sense of belonging in the communities where we live, work or coexist; all significantly influence our mental health.
Using trauma training and orientation (EMDR, IFS, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Somatic interventions, etc.
How we relate to ourselves, how we relate to each other, and how we perceive our sense of belonging in the communities where we live, work or coexist; all significantly influence our mental health.
(343) 321-1327 View (343) 321-1327
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Men & Healing: Psychotherapy for Men
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S  (Online Only)
If you are a man who has experienced childhood abuse, neglect or trauma.
Welcome to Ontario's online therapy centre specifically designed for men and their families. All of our services are professionally facilitated by accredited psychotherapists who are experts in the field. We tailor our individual services to specifically meet men's needs in a way that speaks to men. Our widely known and respected men's group therapy programs include Anger Management, Childhood Trauma Recovery, Emotional Integrity and Sexual Integrity. Living a healthier and happier life is possible. People can change. Therapy can help.
If you are a man who has experienced childhood abuse, neglect or trauma.
Welcome to Ontario's online therapy centre specifically designed for men and their families. All of our services are professionally facilitated by accredited psychotherapists who are experts in the field. We tailor our individual services to specifically meet men's needs in a way that speaks to men. Our widely known and respected men's group therapy programs include Anger Management, Childhood Trauma Recovery, Emotional Integrity and Sexual Integrity. Living a healthier and happier life is possible. People can change. Therapy can help.
(855) 248-7258 View (855) 248-7258
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Valérie Boisvert - Trauma Therapist
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1G
Do you feel stuck in the past? Do you have racing thoughts or nightmares affecting your sleep? Do you feel overwhelmed by daily stressors, by grief or by a current life transition? Do you feel like nobody truly understands you? I can help you untangle these thoughts and feelings to help you find the peace of mind you have been looking for. I offer counselling and psychotherapy sessions in both French and English to individuals (10+ years old) who are dealing with diverse life challenges. I specialize in childhood trauma and PTSD, and I also help clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, conflictual relationships and more.
Do you feel stuck in the past? Do you have racing thoughts or nightmares affecting your sleep? Do you feel overwhelmed by daily stressors, by grief or by a current life transition? Do you feel like nobody truly understands you? I can help you untangle these thoughts and feelings to help you find the peace of mind you have been looking for. I offer counselling and psychotherapy sessions in both French and English to individuals (10+ years old) who are dealing with diverse life challenges. I specialize in childhood trauma and PTSD, and I also help clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, conflictual relationships and more.
(343) 801-1779 View (343) 801-1779
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Nick Delroy
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2H  (Online Only)
Substance use, trauma and mental health issues can put a significant dent in someone's quality of life. From simply being uncomfortable with how much you are using, or how it is affecting your life, to wishing you could shut your brain or your memories off; to being suicidal or at risk of overdose. You don't need to do this alone. Talking to someone who has seen and helped others with these things can be immensely relieving. If your teenager is going through these problems, it is also relieving to know they are talking to someone about them. Trying to parent a teenager while they are going through this chaos can be challenging.
Substance use, trauma and mental health issues can put a significant dent in someone's quality of life. From simply being uncomfortable with how much you are using, or how it is affecting your life, to wishing you could shut your brain or your memories off; to being suicidal or at risk of overdose. You don't need to do this alone. Talking to someone who has seen and helped others with these things can be immensely relieving. If your teenager is going through these problems, it is also relieving to know they are talking to someone about them. Trying to parent a teenager while they are going through this chaos can be challenging.
(844) 812-8763 View (844) 812-8763
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Tola Ogunlana
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
I offer services to individual adults (18+) in the areas of attachment trauma, faith-based trauma, sexual trauma, and childhood trauma.
I work from an approach grounded in self-compassion and the understanding that difficult times are not a sign of personal failure. I believe that healing requires unlearning the parts of ourselves and our experiences that keep us burdened in favour of kinder ways of being.
I offer services to individual adults (18+) in the areas of attachment trauma, faith-based trauma, sexual trauma, and childhood trauma.
I work from an approach grounded in self-compassion and the understanding that difficult times are not a sign of personal failure. I believe that healing requires unlearning the parts of ourselves and our experiences that keep us burdened in favour of kinder ways of being.
(343) 945-7651 View (343) 945-7651

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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.