Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Vaughan, ON

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Photo of Lea Joy Friesen, Registered Social Worker in Vaughan, ON
Lea Joy Friesen
Registered Social Worker, MEd, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4J  (Online Only)
Do you want to heal from trauma? Are you a first responder seeking support with the challenging situations you have been exposed with? Do you want to learn to manage your depression and anxiety? Acknowledging that there is something wrong in your life, takes courage and strength and I want to commend you for taking that first step. Whether you are experiencing PTSD, trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, phobias, depression, stress or anger management, addiction, grieving, relationship issues and cross cultural issues, I am here to help you with your journey of healing and recovery in a safe, open, and collaborative environment.
Do you want to heal from trauma? Are you a first responder seeking support with the challenging situations you have been exposed with? Do you want to learn to manage your depression and anxiety? Acknowledging that there is something wrong in your life, takes courage and strength and I want to commend you for taking that first step. Whether you are experiencing PTSD, trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, phobias, depression, stress or anger management, addiction, grieving, relationship issues and cross cultural issues, I am here to help you with your journey of healing and recovery in a safe, open, and collaborative environment.
(289) 274-6187 View (289) 274-6187
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Victoria Huang
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
8 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4K  (Online Only)
I always approach my clients in with an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, harm reduction framework. What does that mean? It means that I will always ask "what happened to you?" instead of asking "what's wrong with you?". It also means that I will always respect you as the expert in your own life. Finally, it means that I believe that everyone does their very best to survive and thrive each day–even on the days that we can't see any hope. I am here to be with you, even through the darkest of days, and help you find inspiration and hope within yourself.
I always approach my clients in with an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, harm reduction framework. What does that mean? It means that I will always ask "what happened to you?" instead of asking "what's wrong with you?". It also means that I will always respect you as the expert in your own life. Finally, it means that I believe that everyone does their very best to survive and thrive each day–even on the days that we can't see any hope. I am here to be with you, even through the darkest of days, and help you find inspiration and hope within yourself.
(289) 804-8384 View (289) 804-8384
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Dr. Tania Bielak
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
10 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4K  (Online Only)
To seek support in overcoming life’s challenges is an act of courage. You may be seeking practical strategies in order to overcome symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma. Or, you may be looking for a safe space and support in managing stress, cope with the demands of life, and navigate difficulties in relationships with other people. I have helped many clients to grow, develop insights, learn new tools, and make strides toward their goals. I would be happy to be a support to you in overcoming the struggles that are holding you back.
To seek support in overcoming life’s challenges is an act of courage. You may be seeking practical strategies in order to overcome symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma. Or, you may be looking for a safe space and support in managing stress, cope with the demands of life, and navigate difficulties in relationships with other people. I have helped many clients to grow, develop insights, learn new tools, and make strides toward their goals. I would be happy to be a support to you in overcoming the struggles that are holding you back.
(289) 217-9826 View (289) 217-9826
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Christine Park
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MDiv, RP(Q)
Verified
3 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4K  (Online Only)
In our work together, I provide a space that is compassionate, non-judgmental, and trauma-sensitive for you to share your stories as I journey alongside you with a holistic and collaborative approach.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. I believe that every person has inherent worth and is on a journey of healing, growth, and love. We all come with our own challenges and strengths. However, there may have been things that have made life not okay for you and that has brought on a layer of challenges that are heavy to hold alone. My commitment is to meet individuals, couples, and families in their process of making sense of the mysteries and difficulties in which we find ourselves and to offer encouragement, comfort, and hope.
In our work together, I provide a space that is compassionate, non-judgmental, and trauma-sensitive for you to share your stories as I journey alongside you with a holistic and collaborative approach.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. I believe that every person has inherent worth and is on a journey of healing, growth, and love. We all come with our own challenges and strengths. However, there may have been things that have made life not okay for you and that has brought on a layer of challenges that are heavy to hold alone. My commitment is to meet individuals, couples, and families in their process of making sense of the mysteries and difficulties in which we find ourselves and to offer encouragement, comfort, and hope.
(289) 312-5945 View (289) 312-5945
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Desiree Brown
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4K
I use a variety of therapeutic styles: DBT, CBT, internal family systems, emotion focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, harm-reduction, brief solution focused therapy and the triphasic model of trauma therapy.
I share a common human experience with my clients and appreciate our journeys. Maybe you're considering therapy to connect with someone non-judgmental and outside your personal support system; you're feeling uneasy or worrying about life; you're withdrawing from others and no longer find joy and pleasure; substance use or a habitual behaviour is getting in the way of meaningful relationships and meeting life’s challenges; or you experienced a major event in your life and you're feeling overwhelmed. We will endeavour to understand these challenges and I will support you in taking steps that would benefit you.
I use a variety of therapeutic styles: DBT, CBT, internal family systems, emotion focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, harm-reduction, brief solution focused therapy and the triphasic model of trauma therapy.
I share a common human experience with my clients and appreciate our journeys. Maybe you're considering therapy to connect with someone non-judgmental and outside your personal support system; you're feeling uneasy or worrying about life; you're withdrawing from others and no longer find joy and pleasure; substance use or a habitual behaviour is getting in the way of meaningful relationships and meeting life’s challenges; or you experienced a major event in your life and you're feeling overwhelmed. We will endeavour to understand these challenges and I will support you in taking steps that would benefit you.
(289) 276-8871 View (289) 276-8871
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Jolene Heida
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, PhD, (stu)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4J
Welcome. My practice is focused on supporting people to move beyond simply coping to fully resolving traumatic incidents, past events, and current challenges in their lives. We will collaborate to develop tangible goals for healing which will be the focus of our sessions. I specialize in providing trauma-focused therapy and to children, youth, and adults who have experienced interpersonal trauma. I have advanced training and expertise working working with first responders and First Nations communities impacted by trauma.
Welcome. My practice is focused on supporting people to move beyond simply coping to fully resolving traumatic incidents, past events, and current challenges in their lives. We will collaborate to develop tangible goals for healing which will be the focus of our sessions. I specialize in providing trauma-focused therapy and to children, youth, and adults who have experienced interpersonal trauma. I have advanced training and expertise working working with first responders and First Nations communities impacted by trauma.
(855) 999-0378 View (855) 999-0378
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Natalie Blake
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L6A  (Online Only)
Where there is hope ... there is life (Anne Frank). Are you hurt, anxious, ashamed or feel defeated? Would you like someone to help you navigate through a difficult situation in your life? Are you seeking guidance on your journey to living a fulfilled life? If so, you are not alone. Let’s journey together to work through trauma, difficulties or setbacks you are facing. Let’s tackle these challenges and help you move to a place of peace.
Where there is hope ... there is life (Anne Frank). Are you hurt, anxious, ashamed or feel defeated? Would you like someone to help you navigate through a difficult situation in your life? Are you seeking guidance on your journey to living a fulfilled life? If so, you are not alone. Let’s journey together to work through trauma, difficulties or setbacks you are facing. Let’s tackle these challenges and help you move to a place of peace.
(289) 216-7050 View (289) 216-7050
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Lotus Garden Counselling
Registered Social Service Worker, HBASc, RSSW, OAMHP
Verified
Vaughan, ON L4L  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Misha. From a trauma survivor to a Certified Trauma Therapist, I created Lotus Garden Counselling to provide a holistic and culturally informed quality of mental health support that cultivates growth, empowerment, and connection. I specialize in treating complex post-traumatic stress (C-PTSD) as result of childhood, relational, sexual, or vicarious trauma. From anxiety, anger, addiction, challenges in your relationships or difficulty with day to day tasks, I can help you develop attainable goals with actionable strategies to create harmony in your inner, and outer, worlds.
Hi, my name is Misha. From a trauma survivor to a Certified Trauma Therapist, I created Lotus Garden Counselling to provide a holistic and culturally informed quality of mental health support that cultivates growth, empowerment, and connection. I specialize in treating complex post-traumatic stress (C-PTSD) as result of childhood, relational, sexual, or vicarious trauma. From anxiety, anger, addiction, challenges in your relationships or difficulty with day to day tasks, I can help you develop attainable goals with actionable strategies to create harmony in your inner, and outer, worlds.
(289) 273-9837 View (289) 273-9837
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Lalia Palacio, Psychotherapy Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Vaughan, ON L4K  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed or shutdown or struggling? Are you unable to let go of the trauma that keeps you stuck in the past or stuck in 'survival mode'? Are your relationships strained? It take courage to recognize something isn't right & move to heal. I am a Trauma Therapist, who specializes in PTSD, complex trauma, dissociation, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction, low self-esteem, attachment trauma, relationship issues, chronic pain and more. I can help you take back control and restore safety, healthy patterns of self-care, empowerment & connection to your life. Also, I provide clinical supervision and consultation.
Are you overwhelmed or shutdown or struggling? Are you unable to let go of the trauma that keeps you stuck in the past or stuck in 'survival mode'? Are your relationships strained? It take courage to recognize something isn't right & move to heal. I am a Trauma Therapist, who specializes in PTSD, complex trauma, dissociation, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction, low self-esteem, attachment trauma, relationship issues, chronic pain and more. I can help you take back control and restore safety, healthy patterns of self-care, empowerment & connection to your life. Also, I provide clinical supervision and consultation.
(647) 490-8944 View (647) 490-8944
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Krysta Andrews
Registered Social Worker, RSW, PhD, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4K
We all have a story to tell that is uniquely ours. These stories can include our positive experiences but also times when we're faced with challenges that can make us feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unmotivated. As a therapist, I'm committed to providing you with a non-judgmental and safe space to tell your story. Whether you're facing a life transition, the effects of trauma, or challenges in your relationships—I want to help you to discover your strengths, embrace self-compassion, and take manageable steps towards your goals. I work holistically and collaboratively to tailor to the specific needs, values, and goals of each client.
We all have a story to tell that is uniquely ours. These stories can include our positive experiences but also times when we're faced with challenges that can make us feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unmotivated. As a therapist, I'm committed to providing you with a non-judgmental and safe space to tell your story. Whether you're facing a life transition, the effects of trauma, or challenges in your relationships—I want to help you to discover your strengths, embrace self-compassion, and take manageable steps towards your goals. I work holistically and collaboratively to tailor to the specific needs, values, and goals of each client.
(289) 301-9606 View (289) 301-9606
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Patricia A Weinberg
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Vaughan, ON L4K
We treat anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and other emotional issues.
We offer adult, child, teenager, family and couple's counselling. Focusing on the strengths, abilities and feelings of our patients, we can help them move forward and make positive changes in their lives. We help to improve relationships, behaviours and academic performance, as well as to deal positively with difficult situations and work on emotional issues. As we’re a group of professionals from different cultural backgrounds, we can offer services in different languages, and with an understanding of different cultures. Our services are covered by most insurance companies and we offer reduced fees through our internship program.
We treat anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and other emotional issues.
We offer adult, child, teenager, family and couple's counselling. Focusing on the strengths, abilities and feelings of our patients, we can help them move forward and make positive changes in their lives. We help to improve relationships, behaviours and academic performance, as well as to deal positively with difficult situations and work on emotional issues. As we’re a group of professionals from different cultural backgrounds, we can offer services in different languages, and with an understanding of different cultures. Our services are covered by most insurance companies and we offer reduced fees through our internship program.
(289) 236-3253 View (289) 236-3253
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Krish Dhir
Registered Social Worker, BComm, BSW, MSW RSW
Verified
Vaughan, ON L4H  (Online Only)
I focus on self-doubt, perfectionism, trauma, workplace burnout, stress management, relationship issues, pre & post bariatric surgery adjustment and emotional eating.
Do you ever wonder what feeling different or positive change would look like? Accessing help can be a challenging yet a simple process depending on the different walks of life we come from. Whether you are having difficulty coping with an event that happened in the past or present, feeling stuck, sad, overwhelmed, worried about the future, want to break the cycle of an unhelpful pattern that is impacting your life, managing avoidance, or improve relationships, we will work together to develop strategies towards achieving your goals at your pace. I will partner with you to refine and align your intentions for personal growth!
I focus on self-doubt, perfectionism, trauma, workplace burnout, stress management, relationship issues, pre & post bariatric surgery adjustment and emotional eating.
Do you ever wonder what feeling different or positive change would look like? Accessing help can be a challenging yet a simple process depending on the different walks of life we come from. Whether you are having difficulty coping with an event that happened in the past or present, feeling stuck, sad, overwhelmed, worried about the future, want to break the cycle of an unhelpful pattern that is impacting your life, managing avoidance, or improve relationships, we will work together to develop strategies towards achieving your goals at your pace. I will partner with you to refine and align your intentions for personal growth!
(289) 217-0461 View (289) 217-0461
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Sukaina Nathoo
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4H
I specialize in treatment of anxiety, attachment as well as trauma and occupational challenges like workplace performance.
As a working professional feeling anxious, overwhelmed and stuck you may find yourself struggling to find the solution to your challenges. Whether you are facing challenges with at work, with your personal mental health and/ or personal relationships I got you. As a psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience, I don't believe in putting people in boxes. You will receive a completely customized approach to treatment and together we will learn to make purpose driven, lasting changes so you can enjoy the life you work hard for!
I specialize in treatment of anxiety, attachment as well as trauma and occupational challenges like workplace performance.
As a working professional feeling anxious, overwhelmed and stuck you may find yourself struggling to find the solution to your challenges. Whether you are facing challenges with at work, with your personal mental health and/ or personal relationships I got you. As a psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience, I don't believe in putting people in boxes. You will receive a completely customized approach to treatment and together we will learn to make purpose driven, lasting changes so you can enjoy the life you work hard for!
(437) 372-5024 View (437) 372-5024
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Julie Cinamon
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4K  (Online Only)
Dr. Cinamon sees individuals and families for a number of reasons including difficulties with mood, anxiety, work and family related stress, emotion regulation, behaviour, and parenting. She supports people experiencing life transitions, parents seeking help for their children and teens, and individuals with symptoms impacting their day-to-day lives. She has a special focus on trauma, including sexual assault. She is skilled in providing a variety of therapy approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, traditional play therapy, family therapy, psychodynamic/family systems talk therapy, and trauma-informed therapy.
Dr. Cinamon sees individuals and families for a number of reasons including difficulties with mood, anxiety, work and family related stress, emotion regulation, behaviour, and parenting. She supports people experiencing life transitions, parents seeking help for their children and teens, and individuals with symptoms impacting their day-to-day lives. She has a special focus on trauma, including sexual assault. She is skilled in providing a variety of therapy approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, traditional play therapy, family therapy, psychodynamic/family systems talk therapy, and trauma-informed therapy.
(647) 370-2966 View (647) 370-2966
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Moonsun Jang
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4H
You have anxiety, sticky thoughts, or compulsions that you can't resist doing. Perhaps you've experienced a trauma that has deeply impacted your life. Many people describe feeling restless, jumpy, or on edge. You may dread getting up each day. I am passionate about working with people who are living with anxiety, OCD, and trauma. I also have experience supporting folks with substance use, eating disorders, relationship issues, and borderline personality disorder. Together, we can help you feel lighter.
You have anxiety, sticky thoughts, or compulsions that you can't resist doing. Perhaps you've experienced a trauma that has deeply impacted your life. Many people describe feeling restless, jumpy, or on edge. You may dread getting up each day. I am passionate about working with people who are living with anxiety, OCD, and trauma. I also have experience supporting folks with substance use, eating disorders, relationship issues, and borderline personality disorder. Together, we can help you feel lighter.
(289) 401-7615 View (289) 401-7615
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Alessandra D. Peretti
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, SSW, INHC
Verified
Vaughan, ON L6A
Alessandra is a Registered Social Worker with over 8 years of experience across a range of private and non-profit organizations. Her diverse roles as a Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Case Manager, Program Facilitator, and Wellness Consultant have honed her expertise in supporting individuals who have experienced complex trauma.
Alessandra is a Registered Social Worker with over 8 years of experience across a range of private and non-profit organizations. Her diverse roles as a Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Case Manager, Program Facilitator, and Wellness Consultant have honed her expertise in supporting individuals who have experienced complex trauma.
(289) 724-5647 View (289) 724-5647
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Jessica Bagiamis
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4K  (Online Only)
Welcome to my profile! It takes a lot of courage to reach out and begin the therapy process. As I walk alongside you on your journey, I hope to provide a safe and accepting space where you can share your experiences, begin to better understand yourself, learn new coping skills, and achieve your goals. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTSI), I approach therapy through a trauma-informed lens and can work with you through trauma, anxiety, depression, shame/guilt, anger, grief and loss, and stress.
Welcome to my profile! It takes a lot of courage to reach out and begin the therapy process. As I walk alongside you on your journey, I hope to provide a safe and accepting space where you can share your experiences, begin to better understand yourself, learn new coping skills, and achieve your goals. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTSI), I approach therapy through a trauma-informed lens and can work with you through trauma, anxiety, depression, shame/guilt, anger, grief and loss, and stress.
(249) 449-3293 View (249) 449-3293
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Shannon Robinson And Associates
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
Vaughan, ON L4K  (Online Only)
We have extensive experience treating BPD, emotional dysregulation & complex trauma.
We are a group of registered mental health professionals including a psychologist, social worker, and psychotherapist. Our priority is to provide clients with a safe and confidential space to better understand themselves and work through challenges. We offer evidence-based treatments including Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Compassion based therapies, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) & Prolonged Exposure (PE).
We have extensive experience treating BPD, emotional dysregulation & complex trauma.
We are a group of registered mental health professionals including a psychologist, social worker, and psychotherapist. Our priority is to provide clients with a safe and confidential space to better understand themselves and work through challenges. We offer evidence-based treatments including Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Compassion based therapies, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) & Prolonged Exposure (PE).
(647) 931-5010 View (647) 931-5010
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Anna Skomorovskaia
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RD, CDE
Verified
Vaughan, ON L4J  (Online Only)
My specialty is working with teenagers, students, adults, and families struggling with anxiety, PTSD, past trauma, hypervigilance, flashbacks, nightmares, body image difficulties, and eating disorders. My compassion, non-judgement, and trauma-informed approach allow me to create genuine connections with my client. I have formed a unique blended approach to psychotherapy and dietetics (nutrition) by combining my wealth of learning and experience within both fields. Through this adventure in education and experience, I discovered a wide array of techniques and modalities, helping to heal different challenges.
My specialty is working with teenagers, students, adults, and families struggling with anxiety, PTSD, past trauma, hypervigilance, flashbacks, nightmares, body image difficulties, and eating disorders. My compassion, non-judgement, and trauma-informed approach allow me to create genuine connections with my client. I have formed a unique blended approach to psychotherapy and dietetics (nutrition) by combining my wealth of learning and experience within both fields. Through this adventure in education and experience, I discovered a wide array of techniques and modalities, helping to heal different challenges.
(289) 274-6370 View (289) 274-6370
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Saidy Maurer
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4J  (Online Only)
My approach is grounded in a holistic, emotion centred and trauma informed lens.
For many living with anxiety, fear, relationships troubles, and imposture syndrome has become the norm. We distract ourselves through eating, substances, being excessively busy, working, or shopping. If you are feeling stuck and ready to move through worry, past traumas, doubt, grief, loneliness, or feeling as though you are not enough; reach out. My clients describe feeling more confident in managing their challenging feelings, anxieties and that they have found a new sense of freedom, feeling more like themselves. Please know, you are not alone. With the right therapeutic relationship, you are capable of change.
My approach is grounded in a holistic, emotion centred and trauma informed lens.
For many living with anxiety, fear, relationships troubles, and imposture syndrome has become the norm. We distract ourselves through eating, substances, being excessively busy, working, or shopping. If you are feeling stuck and ready to move through worry, past traumas, doubt, grief, loneliness, or feeling as though you are not enough; reach out. My clients describe feeling more confident in managing their challenging feelings, anxieties and that they have found a new sense of freedom, feeling more like themselves. Please know, you are not alone. With the right therapeutic relationship, you are capable of change.
(647) 360-7697 View (647) 360-7697

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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.