Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Birmingham

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Sian Davies
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Birmingham B26
EMDR is particularly helpful for people who have PTSD .
During the past 25 years that I have worked as a Counsellor, I have had the great privilege and opportunity of seeing people's lives change for the better. We all have challenges in our lives and most of the time we manage them through our own resources and with the help of trusted friends and family. There are times however, when we need professional help and assistance. I am able to offer confidential counselling in a comfortable setting. My aim would be to work with you to understand your situation and assist you in finding resolution.
EMDR is particularly helpful for people who have PTSD .
During the past 25 years that I have worked as a Counsellor, I have had the great privilege and opportunity of seeing people's lives change for the better. We all have challenges in our lives and most of the time we manage them through our own resources and with the help of trusted friends and family. There are times however, when we need professional help and assistance. I am able to offer confidential counselling in a comfortable setting. My aim would be to work with you to understand your situation and assist you in finding resolution.
0121 227 7913 View 0121 227 7913
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Dr Judith Holden
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B3
I am a Registered and Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Coaching Psychologist, with more than twenty-five years of clinical experience. I offer clinical psychology interventions, supervision, and expert witness services. In my psychological therapy work I specialise in PTSD, complex trauma, personality and attachment issues with adults. We will take a collaborative, bespoke approach to overcoming barriers to progress and taking meaningful action that aligns with your personal values. ​ I offer one-to-one coaching psychology, facilitating growth, development, and fulfilment in your personal and professional life.
I am a Registered and Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Coaching Psychologist, with more than twenty-five years of clinical experience. I offer clinical psychology interventions, supervision, and expert witness services. In my psychological therapy work I specialise in PTSD, complex trauma, personality and attachment issues with adults. We will take a collaborative, bespoke approach to overcoming barriers to progress and taking meaningful action that aligns with your personal values. ​ I offer one-to-one coaching psychology, facilitating growth, development, and fulfilment in your personal and professional life.
0121 661 8059 View 0121 661 8059
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Dr Rosalind Brock
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B38
Hello, I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. I can offer you a warm, supportive environment in which to explore and understand the issues that have brought you to therapy. Using evidence-based interventions, we can work collaboratively together towards change. I work with adults with a variety of difficulties, but have specialist experience of working with PTSD, C-PTSD/complex trauma, anxiety issues, OCD, phobia, birth trauma and baby loss. I have a wealth of experience from both NHS and private settings to draw on to support you.
Hello, I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. I can offer you a warm, supportive environment in which to explore and understand the issues that have brought you to therapy. Using evidence-based interventions, we can work collaboratively together towards change. I work with adults with a variety of difficulties, but have specialist experience of working with PTSD, C-PTSD/complex trauma, anxiety issues, OCD, phobia, birth trauma and baby loss. I have a wealth of experience from both NHS and private settings to draw on to support you.
0121 728 6567 View 0121 728 6567
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SJ Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Birmingham B2  (Online Only)
As an experienced Psychotherapist, I work with a range of issues including anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, phobias, depression .
Hello, my name is Sobia and I'm an Accredited Psychotherapist with 17 years experience. I have worked in mental health services for over 20 years. Are you struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, feeling overwhelmed? Maybe you are finding it hard to come to terms with major life events, difficult experiences or traumas. If you are looking to make sense of your experiences, emotions or to change how you think or deal with difficulties in your life, then maybe therapy is the way forward for you. I provide a safe, contained, compassionate and person centred therapeutic environment for you to share and explore your difficulties.
As an experienced Psychotherapist, I work with a range of issues including anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, phobias, depression .
Hello, my name is Sobia and I'm an Accredited Psychotherapist with 17 years experience. I have worked in mental health services for over 20 years. Are you struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, feeling overwhelmed? Maybe you are finding it hard to come to terms with major life events, difficult experiences or traumas. If you are looking to make sense of your experiences, emotions or to change how you think or deal with difficulties in your life, then maybe therapy is the way forward for you. I provide a safe, contained, compassionate and person centred therapeutic environment for you to share and explore your difficulties.
0121 387 0239 View 0121 387 0239
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Parveen Kaur
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B17
I am a fully accredited and qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, working in both the private and public sector. I have over 14 years of experience working in mental health NHS services and can support people experiencing low mood, depression, generalised anxiety, phobias, PTSD, relationship difficulties, anger, loss, bereavement, trauma, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, OCD, identity and cultural issues. I am able to offer integrative psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR or person centred counselling to help people move forward in their lives when they feel stuck or distressed.
I am a fully accredited and qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, working in both the private and public sector. I have over 14 years of experience working in mental health NHS services and can support people experiencing low mood, depression, generalised anxiety, phobias, PTSD, relationship difficulties, anger, loss, bereavement, trauma, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, OCD, identity and cultural issues. I am able to offer integrative psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR or person centred counselling to help people move forward in their lives when they feel stuck or distressed.
0121 752 9130 View 0121 752 9130
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MindCalm Ltd
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B16
I commonly work with clients with symptoms of PTSD and/or Eating Disorders. I also work with people with other anxiety disorders and depression. People accessing my support are often looking to come to terms with traumatic events, or may be looking to overcome issues they face with eating such as restricted eating, fear of weight gain or over eating. It may also be that clients are looking for more general stress management, worry management or to address a specific phobia. Overall, however, people are often accessing therapy to achieve a particular set of goals so that they can function better and be happier in themselves.
I commonly work with clients with symptoms of PTSD and/or Eating Disorders. I also work with people with other anxiety disorders and depression. People accessing my support are often looking to come to terms with traumatic events, or may be looking to overcome issues they face with eating such as restricted eating, fear of weight gain or over eating. It may also be that clients are looking for more general stress management, worry management or to address a specific phobia. Overall, however, people are often accessing therapy to achieve a particular set of goals so that they can function better and be happier in themselves.
0121 817 7969 View 0121 817 7969
Dr Soraya Michelle De Boni
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B27
I also help people with relationship problems, depression, anxiety problems, phobias, PTSD, obsessions and compulsions, grief and loss.
Do you feel stuck, lost and alone in life? Do you feel overwhelmed by your problems and struggle to understand why you feel so unhappy and unfulfilled? Do you worry about letting people get emotionally close to you and so tend to distance yourself from others? Yet then feel isolated and deeply unhappy? Have you always felt different or as though there was something wrong with you? Do you have a longing to understand yourself and feel an emotional connection with people in your life? I have worked with many people with these kinds of problems. It is likely that you experienced emotional neglect or trauma as a child.
I also help people with relationship problems, depression, anxiety problems, phobias, PTSD, obsessions and compulsions, grief and loss.
Do you feel stuck, lost and alone in life? Do you feel overwhelmed by your problems and struggle to understand why you feel so unhappy and unfulfilled? Do you worry about letting people get emotionally close to you and so tend to distance yourself from others? Yet then feel isolated and deeply unhappy? Have you always felt different or as though there was something wrong with you? Do you have a longing to understand yourself and feel an emotional connection with people in your life? I have worked with many people with these kinds of problems. It is likely that you experienced emotional neglect or trauma as a child.
0121 285 4539 View 0121 285 4539
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Duncan Quinney
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Birmingham B43
I specialise in helping people with Anxiety, Low mood and Depression, Trauma and PTSD. Stress and Relationship issues and provide Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2009 and have been a counsellor since 2006. I am fully qualified with a First Class Honours Degree from Derby University in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and have a Diploma in Counselling.
I specialise in helping people with Anxiety, Low mood and Depression, Trauma and PTSD. Stress and Relationship issues and provide Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2009 and have been a counsellor since 2006. I am fully qualified with a First Class Honours Degree from Derby University in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and have a Diploma in Counselling.
0121 817 7120 View 0121 817 7120
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Dr Catherine Bamford
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B38
I am an experienced and compassionate Consultant Clinical Psychologist providing assessment and therapy to children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological difficulties and challenges. Common issues include depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, relationship difficulties, autism, ADHD, bereavement, chronic pain and PTSD. I am also a specialist in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. I work with a team of Associate Psychologists with a wide range of other specialities. We see individuals, couples and families. Please visit my website for more information and for our fees www.bamfordpsychologyservice.co.uk
I am an experienced and compassionate Consultant Clinical Psychologist providing assessment and therapy to children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological difficulties and challenges. Common issues include depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, relationship difficulties, autism, ADHD, bereavement, chronic pain and PTSD. I am also a specialist in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. I work with a team of Associate Psychologists with a wide range of other specialities. We see individuals, couples and families. Please visit my website for more information and for our fees www.bamfordpsychologyservice.co.uk
01926 293392 View 01926 293392
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Janice Chan Therapy & Consulting
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B2  (Online Only)
My clinical experience includes trauma from abuse, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions and relational health.
Looking a therapist can feel daunting, and my hope is to offer a space for you to feel totally seen, heard and understood. We all find ourselves feeling stuck in thinking and behaviour patterns that we wish were different at times. Talking to friends and family isn't always useful, or an option. That's where therapy may be more effective. I am a BACP registered psychological therapist with over a decade of experience of working multi-culturally using CBT, CPT, IFS and solution-focused approaches. I provide a warm, confidential, non-judgmental space to support you to work through life's issues.
My clinical experience includes trauma from abuse, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions and relational health.
Looking a therapist can feel daunting, and my hope is to offer a space for you to feel totally seen, heard and understood. We all find ourselves feeling stuck in thinking and behaviour patterns that we wish were different at times. Talking to friends and family isn't always useful, or an option. That's where therapy may be more effective. I am a BACP registered psychological therapist with over a decade of experience of working multi-culturally using CBT, CPT, IFS and solution-focused approaches. I provide a warm, confidential, non-judgmental space to support you to work through life's issues.
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Jordan Pinnock CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I offer something unique and valuable to each of my clients: a supportive, safe, and compassionate space for addressing your mental health needs. I’m passionate about helping individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I've supported individuals addressing more common challenges such as anxiety and depression, as well as those facing more complex needs, including severe panic attacks, phobias, trauma, and PTSD. I have a particular interest in providing an adaptive approach for people with ASD and/or ADHD comorbidities. Each person's situation is unique, and my approach revolves around personalised support to address your distinct needs
I offer something unique and valuable to each of my clients: a supportive, safe, and compassionate space for addressing your mental health needs. I’m passionate about helping individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I've supported individuals addressing more common challenges such as anxiety and depression, as well as those facing more complex needs, including severe panic attacks, phobias, trauma, and PTSD. I have a particular interest in providing an adaptive approach for people with ASD and/or ADHD comorbidities. Each person's situation is unique, and my approach revolves around personalised support to address your distinct needs
0121 809 5552 View 0121 809 5552
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psychlarity Consultancy
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
Welcome to my profile. I am fortunate to have worked across a range of contexts as well as extensive experience with a numerous clients. As a consultant family and systemic psychotherapist with 25 years experience I specialise in parental alienation, reunification, complex trauma and ptsd, couple therapy, family therapy, eating disorders, child and adult mental health, relationship difficulties, addiction including porn, sex and betrayal. I provide therapy for child to parental violence and repair family systems. Alongside working with courts, solicitors, social care, individual clients I also provide coaching and supervision.
Welcome to my profile. I am fortunate to have worked across a range of contexts as well as extensive experience with a numerous clients. As a consultant family and systemic psychotherapist with 25 years experience I specialise in parental alienation, reunification, complex trauma and ptsd, couple therapy, family therapy, eating disorders, child and adult mental health, relationship difficulties, addiction including porn, sex and betrayal. I provide therapy for child to parental violence and repair family systems. Alongside working with courts, solicitors, social care, individual clients I also provide coaching and supervision.
01902 973074 View 01902 973074
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Mind Hubs
Psychotherapist, MSc, BPC
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
I desire to see you healed and whole. I provide weekly one-to-one psychotherapy in person from Central London or online. With over 15 years clinical experience working for many years with complex trauma & PTSD in one of the UK's largest NHS Foundation Trusts. Specialising in addictions and eating disorders. For the last 8 years, I have been in private practice and mostly working with ADHD, PTSD & racial trauma. I also run a monthly group to explore the intersectionality of ethnicity & gender for diverse corporate women creating a safe, welcoming space where you can explore, grow, and thrive. Can't wait to meet you!
I desire to see you healed and whole. I provide weekly one-to-one psychotherapy in person from Central London or online. With over 15 years clinical experience working for many years with complex trauma & PTSD in one of the UK's largest NHS Foundation Trusts. Specialising in addictions and eating disorders. For the last 8 years, I have been in private practice and mostly working with ADHD, PTSD & racial trauma. I also run a monthly group to explore the intersectionality of ethnicity & gender for diverse corporate women creating a safe, welcoming space where you can explore, grow, and thrive. Can't wait to meet you!
020 3893 3290 View 020 3893 3290
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Tracey Peabody
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
I have worked with individual clients with complex mental health needs such as Complex PTSD, PTSD, addiction, anxiety, depression and other issues.
I am a CBT and Person-Centred counsellor bringing kindness, compassion, and empathy to your emotional needs. Are you overwhelmed, and life is just getting on top of you? Are you struggling with managing difficult emotions; feelings of lack of self-worth, loneliness, or other mental health issues and don’t know where to turn for support? Sometimes we all need a helping hand. By bringing heartfelt empathy to your issues, we can build a powerful and healing therapeutic relationship to help you discover your potential and capacity for change.
I have worked with individual clients with complex mental health needs such as Complex PTSD, PTSD, addiction, anxiety, depression and other issues.
I am a CBT and Person-Centred counsellor bringing kindness, compassion, and empathy to your emotional needs. Are you overwhelmed, and life is just getting on top of you? Are you struggling with managing difficult emotions; feelings of lack of self-worth, loneliness, or other mental health issues and don’t know where to turn for support? Sometimes we all need a helping hand. By bringing heartfelt empathy to your issues, we can build a powerful and healing therapeutic relationship to help you discover your potential and capacity for change.
01788 228353 View 01788 228353
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Katie Hewston
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I am a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist and CBT Supervisor. I have a particular interest in working with Trauma, low self-esteem and personality difficulties. I am trained and offer Trauma Focused Therapy for PTSD and Complex Trauma. My interpersonal approach is warm, genuine and kind. I am a human being and aware that we all can struggle at times in our lives and need a helping hand! Please feel free to contact me via email if you would like to know more (katiehewston@gmail.com)
I am a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist and CBT Supervisor. I have a particular interest in working with Trauma, low self-esteem and personality difficulties. I am trained and offer Trauma Focused Therapy for PTSD and Complex Trauma. My interpersonal approach is warm, genuine and kind. I am a human being and aware that we all can struggle at times in our lives and need a helping hand! Please feel free to contact me via email if you would like to know more (katiehewston@gmail.com)
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Heather Phillips
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
Are you looking for a safe space with an experienced trauma-informed therapist? I offer CBT & EMDR to mothers and parents to tackle low self-esteem, anxiety, & trauma/ PTSD. Perhaps you are having strong reactions to things, or maybe you are struggling with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, or nightmares. You might be having trouble sleeping or issues with food or body image. Maybe you feel disconnected, irritable, guilty, and not the parent/ partner/ person that you want to be. When things feel tough, working with someone who you feel 'gets it' and knowing the space is safe and free from judgement is really important.
Are you looking for a safe space with an experienced trauma-informed therapist? I offer CBT & EMDR to mothers and parents to tackle low self-esteem, anxiety, & trauma/ PTSD. Perhaps you are having strong reactions to things, or maybe you are struggling with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, or nightmares. You might be having trouble sleeping or issues with food or body image. Maybe you feel disconnected, irritable, guilty, and not the parent/ partner/ person that you want to be. When things feel tough, working with someone who you feel 'gets it' and knowing the space is safe and free from judgement is really important.
01865 638457 View 01865 638457
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Elaheh Akbari
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth and fulfillment, I am here to support you.
Are you seeking guidance, support, and empowerment to navigate life's challenges and achieve your goals? With over 30 years of experience working with adults and children, I am dedicated to helping you overcome obstacles, unlock your potential, and thrive in your life. I have worked closely with sufferers of significant trauma, including refugees from war zones, women and children who faced adversity. I offer specialised support to people suffering from anxiety, complex trauma, family issues, stress insomnia and anxiety and many more. Are mental barriers holding you back from moving forward? I help people overcome these hurdles.
Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth and fulfillment, I am here to support you.
Are you seeking guidance, support, and empowerment to navigate life's challenges and achieve your goals? With over 30 years of experience working with adults and children, I am dedicated to helping you overcome obstacles, unlock your potential, and thrive in your life. I have worked closely with sufferers of significant trauma, including refugees from war zones, women and children who faced adversity. I offer specialised support to people suffering from anxiety, complex trauma, family issues, stress insomnia and anxiety and many more. Are mental barriers holding you back from moving forward? I help people overcome these hurdles.
020 3763 8563 View 020 3763 8563
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Andrelax
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B1
I deal with all issues: depression, anxiety, relaxation, panic disorders, phobias, school refusal, anger, PTSD, OCD, public speaking, children, well-being, grief counselling, relationship counselling and adoloscents.
Human givens practitioners offer practical, solution-focused help that deals with mental and emotional distress in the here and now. They won’t waste time just endlessly listening to you or attempting to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories from the past. Nor do they deal in time-wasting so-called voyages of ‘self-discovery’… Their psychotherapy training ensures that they have a sound body of evidence-based knowledge and the proven skills to help both adults and children as quickly as possible with a wide variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties.
I deal with all issues: depression, anxiety, relaxation, panic disorders, phobias, school refusal, anger, PTSD, OCD, public speaking, children, well-being, grief counselling, relationship counselling and adoloscents.
Human givens practitioners offer practical, solution-focused help that deals with mental and emotional distress in the here and now. They won’t waste time just endlessly listening to you or attempting to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories from the past. Nor do they deal in time-wasting so-called voyages of ‘self-discovery’… Their psychotherapy training ensures that they have a sound body of evidence-based knowledge and the proven skills to help both adults and children as quickly as possible with a wide variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties.
0115 697 1253 View 0115 697 1253
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Detti Balla
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
Hi! I am Detti Balla, a BACP registered counsellor, clinical and disaster trauma specialist, and educator in the areas of PTSD, disaster trauma, compassion fatigue, critical incident and stress management and more. My goal is to support and equip you with the tools necessary to overcome any challenges you may be facing, and empower you to overcome/dismantle any barriers that may be holding you back from finding hope and peace in living your life.
Hi! I am Detti Balla, a BACP registered counsellor, clinical and disaster trauma specialist, and educator in the areas of PTSD, disaster trauma, compassion fatigue, critical incident and stress management and more. My goal is to support and equip you with the tools necessary to overcome any challenges you may be facing, and empower you to overcome/dismantle any barriers that may be holding you back from finding hope and peace in living your life.
01747 440067 View 01747 440067
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The Therapy Quarters
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B1
Karen’s experience has and continues to produce effective results with clients within the following areas of therapy: Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Phobia’s, Low Self-Confidence/Esteem, Relationships, Bereavement, Physical/Sexual Abuse, OCD, Domestic Violence, Couples Therapy, Nutrition and Weight Management, Supervision and Work-related Issues.
Karen has managed a private practice offering counselling, EMDR Therapy, and Clinical Supervision to clients and practitioners internationally. Karen’s work over more than 25 years has been within charitable, public and private sectors alongside working with trainee practitioners from Universities throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire. Karen has experience working with Police and Emergency Blue Light services, Specialist Domestic Abuse services, NHS and care staff, as well as lecturing for a number of years and providing training to external agencies and organisations.
Karen’s experience has and continues to produce effective results with clients within the following areas of therapy: Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Phobia’s, Low Self-Confidence/Esteem, Relationships, Bereavement, Physical/Sexual Abuse, OCD, Domestic Violence, Couples Therapy, Nutrition and Weight Management, Supervision and Work-related Issues.
Karen has managed a private practice offering counselling, EMDR Therapy, and Clinical Supervision to clients and practitioners internationally. Karen’s work over more than 25 years has been within charitable, public and private sectors alongside working with trainee practitioners from Universities throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire. Karen has experience working with Police and Emergency Blue Light services, Specialist Domestic Abuse services, NHS and care staff, as well as lecturing for a number of years and providing training to external agencies and organisations.
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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.