Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Dudley

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AVK Therapy - Dr Amy Kirby
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Dudley DY1  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical Psychologist, qualifying from the University of Birmingham in 2012. I have gained a wealth of experience working in both the NHS and private sector. I have worked predominantly with adults, however do have some experience of working with children and families and couples. My own private practice operates on a remote basis through the use of video calls. I work with anyone that is struggling with difficult emotions or direction, including anxiety and depression, chronic stress, intrusive thoughts and ruminating, experience of trauma and PTSD, personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Among other things.
I am a Clinical Psychologist, qualifying from the University of Birmingham in 2012. I have gained a wealth of experience working in both the NHS and private sector. I have worked predominantly with adults, however do have some experience of working with children and families and couples. My own private practice operates on a remote basis through the use of video calls. I work with anyone that is struggling with difficult emotions or direction, including anxiety and depression, chronic stress, intrusive thoughts and ruminating, experience of trauma and PTSD, personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Among other things.
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Turn The Tide Counselling with Karen Frances
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dudley DY3  (Online Only)
My name is Karen and I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor. I imagine you are here because something in your life is troubling you, holding you back and preventing you from feeling secure, happy and fulfilled. Please be reassured that it is perfectly normal at certain points in our life to face difficulties that can leave us feeling distressed, out of control and overwhelmed, resulting in us suffering mentally, emotionally and physically. You may want to look at the past, work on the present or question what matters to you and decide on goals for the future. We often struggle alone with our problems but you don't have to....
My name is Karen and I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor. I imagine you are here because something in your life is troubling you, holding you back and preventing you from feeling secure, happy and fulfilled. Please be reassured that it is perfectly normal at certain points in our life to face difficulties that can leave us feeling distressed, out of control and overwhelmed, resulting in us suffering mentally, emotionally and physically. You may want to look at the past, work on the present or question what matters to you and decide on goals for the future. We often struggle alone with our problems but you don't have to....
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Elizabeth Anne Van Rein
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Dudley DY3
Elizabeth is an advanced accredited Psychotherapist, accredited Master Hypnotherapist and is a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. She specialises in abuse, trauma, identity disorders, disassociated amnesia, anxiety, stress, phobias, depression and suicidal thoughts.. Elizabeth has a keen interest in the relationship between Neuroscience and Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and our self belief systems and perceptions. She firmly believes that the advantages of counselling and psychotherapy give us a clear insight to the true essence of ourselves, unhindered by the fast pace of the modern environment.
Elizabeth is an advanced accredited Psychotherapist, accredited Master Hypnotherapist and is a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. She specialises in abuse, trauma, identity disorders, disassociated amnesia, anxiety, stress, phobias, depression and suicidal thoughts.. Elizabeth has a keen interest in the relationship between Neuroscience and Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and our self belief systems and perceptions. She firmly believes that the advantages of counselling and psychotherapy give us a clear insight to the true essence of ourselves, unhindered by the fast pace of the modern environment.
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Dr Leanne Tomkins
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Dudley DY1
Hello! I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with adults, children and families using a wide range of psychological approaches. I work one to one with adults and children of all ages offering evidence based therapy for a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties. I also work with parents and families to support you to understand and make sense of any emotional well-being concerns you may have for your child and family. Life can be a challenge for most of us at times for lots of different reasons. Accessing the right support can help you to thrive and improve your emotional 'wellness'.
Hello! I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with adults, children and families using a wide range of psychological approaches. I work one to one with adults and children of all ages offering evidence based therapy for a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties. I also work with parents and families to support you to understand and make sense of any emotional well-being concerns you may have for your child and family. Life can be a challenge for most of us at times for lots of different reasons. Accessing the right support can help you to thrive and improve your emotional 'wellness'.
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The AoC Trust / The Arts of Change Trust
Counsellor, HCPC-Drama Therap.
Verified Verified
Dudley DY1
Creative Arts Therapies & Traditional Talking Therapies. At The AoC Trust we really want to support families needing emotional help; couples trying to save their relationship or an individual looking for professional counselling/therapy in order to work through and heal psychological or social difficulties. If you cannot travel to us we can support you via telephone or video call. We are based in Central Dudley just a few minutes from the town centre and local bus station where we have our own lovely therapeutic rooms and training spaces and provide a fantastic team of registered and qualified therapeutic clinicians.
Creative Arts Therapies & Traditional Talking Therapies. At The AoC Trust we really want to support families needing emotional help; couples trying to save their relationship or an individual looking for professional counselling/therapy in order to work through and heal psychological or social difficulties. If you cannot travel to us we can support you via telephone or video call. We are based in Central Dudley just a few minutes from the town centre and local bus station where we have our own lovely therapeutic rooms and training spaces and provide a fantastic team of registered and qualified therapeutic clinicians.
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Ashley Mitchell Dainty
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Dudley DY3
Hi, My Name is Ashley, I have experience of working therapeutically with people who bring a broad range of personal difficulties within a variety of settings and organisations. some of these difficulties include: trauma, anxiety, depression, dealing with anger, Anxiety, panic, relationship difficulties, working to understand sexuality and identity to name just a few.I am a registered member of BACP and strive to offer a professional service in line with their ethical framework.
Hi, My Name is Ashley, I have experience of working therapeutically with people who bring a broad range of personal difficulties within a variety of settings and organisations. some of these difficulties include: trauma, anxiety, depression, dealing with anger, Anxiety, panic, relationship difficulties, working to understand sexuality and identity to name just a few.I am a registered member of BACP and strive to offer a professional service in line with their ethical framework.
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Suzanne Tibbetts
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Dudley DY1
I believe we are all susceptible, at some point in our lives, to feeling overwhelmed by what life can bring. Sometimes we encounter experiences that are hard for us to come to terms with leaving us in need of support, this may be in the form of a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, a job loss; any event that we struggle to comprehend and understand. Other times a series of events may have taken place that leave us feeling like we are walking under a big black cloud and fail to see a way forward. At times like this counselling can help.
I believe we are all susceptible, at some point in our lives, to feeling overwhelmed by what life can bring. Sometimes we encounter experiences that are hard for us to come to terms with leaving us in need of support, this may be in the form of a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, a job loss; any event that we struggle to comprehend and understand. Other times a series of events may have taken place that leave us feeling like we are walking under a big black cloud and fail to see a way forward. At times like this counselling can help.
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Julie Hannan
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Dudley DY1  (Online Only)
Hi, I have been working as a private psychologist for 15 years with adults experiencing difficulties. I work solely online via Zoom. I have a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. I worked as a Director and Board member of a multi-national organisation and retrained as a psychologist working as a Director of a voluntary counselling organisation in Birmingham and at several NHS hospitals in the West Midlands. I have a very positive optimistic approach to working with clients believing that in the right environment anything is possible. I really enjoy my work.
Hi, I have been working as a private psychologist for 15 years with adults experiencing difficulties. I work solely online via Zoom. I have a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. I worked as a Director and Board member of a multi-national organisation and retrained as a psychologist working as a Director of a voluntary counselling organisation in Birmingham and at several NHS hospitals in the West Midlands. I have a very positive optimistic approach to working with clients believing that in the right environment anything is possible. I really enjoy my work.
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Therapy Centre Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dudley DY3
Therapy Centre Services provides affordable and accessible counselling sessions for clients across the UK via Zoom or telephone. We know how difficult it can be to reach out for help, or to think about counselling, and provide a confidential and safe place for you to talk to one of our Counsellors. All of our team work in a non-judgemental way, listening to you, hearing you and helping you to work through the issues that you are experiencing.
Therapy Centre Services provides affordable and accessible counselling sessions for clients across the UK via Zoom or telephone. We know how difficult it can be to reach out for help, or to think about counselling, and provide a confidential and safe place for you to talk to one of our Counsellors. All of our team work in a non-judgemental way, listening to you, hearing you and helping you to work through the issues that you are experiencing.
01386 576960 View 01386 576960
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InReach Counselling & Wellbeing
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Dudley DY2
Are you struggling to cope with difficult feelings or situations? Do you need someone to talk to? You may feel stuck or overwhelmed, where the effort to get through each day feels too great. Are you feeling isolated, anxious or depressed, with little hope for the future? Perhaps relationships are challenging & you're wanting to improve how you connect with people. I am a qualified, person-centred counsellor, offering a combined approach, unique to you. Together we can take small steps to unravel any difficult thoughts & feelings. My private therapy room offers a calm, encouraging space where you can be yourself and find support.
Are you struggling to cope with difficult feelings or situations? Do you need someone to talk to? You may feel stuck or overwhelmed, where the effort to get through each day feels too great. Are you feeling isolated, anxious or depressed, with little hope for the future? Perhaps relationships are challenging & you're wanting to improve how you connect with people. I am a qualified, person-centred counsellor, offering a combined approach, unique to you. Together we can take small steps to unravel any difficult thoughts & feelings. My private therapy room offers a calm, encouraging space where you can be yourself and find support.
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Josh Campbell - Ryse Psychology
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Dudley DY1
Winner of the Midlands Enterprise Award 2023: 'Most Supportive Counselling & Psychotherapy service!' My service is for those who desire some kind of psychological help and change in your life. Life problems, in my view, are most often manifested in our relationship to ourselves, to others and the world. Our early family, friends, and environments tend to impact how we view, interact with, and problem solve in the present day and the patterns we repeat in our lives, for better and worse. How we grew up and our world as adults heavily influence how we think, feel, and cope with the situations we find ourselves in now.
Winner of the Midlands Enterprise Award 2023: 'Most Supportive Counselling & Psychotherapy service!' My service is for those who desire some kind of psychological help and change in your life. Life problems, in my view, are most often manifested in our relationship to ourselves, to others and the world. Our early family, friends, and environments tend to impact how we view, interact with, and problem solve in the present day and the patterns we repeat in our lives, for better and worse. How we grew up and our world as adults heavily influence how we think, feel, and cope with the situations we find ourselves in now.
0121 728 6537 View 0121 728 6537
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Phoenix Renewed Counselling Services
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dudley DY1
Many clients, with no prior knowledge of counselling, believe that the counsellor will sort their problems out for them. I will help you to explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview, so you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence. During our sessions, I will help you to realise what resources and support are available to you that you can use to work through your own issues, build your self-confidence and appreciate that you always have options. I will treat you as the expert on yourself, as no-one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you.
Many clients, with no prior knowledge of counselling, believe that the counsellor will sort their problems out for them. I will help you to explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview, so you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence. During our sessions, I will help you to realise what resources and support are available to you that you can use to work through your own issues, build your self-confidence and appreciate that you always have options. I will treat you as the expert on yourself, as no-one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you.
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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.
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The Therapy Quarters
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
2 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.
01782 493360 View 01782 493360
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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.
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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.
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Photo of Fiona C Kennedy - GreenWood Mentors, PsychD, CPsychol, Psychologist
GreenWood Mentors
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
Dissociation, PTSD, BPD/EUPD, anxiety, depression, OCD, BPD, autism, pain management are special interests.
Dr Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is Director of GreenWood Mentors www.greenwoodmentors.com. Providing evidence-based therapies proved to work. We are best placed to help those who want to move forward to be their best selves using an integration of evidence-based therapies. We are well-equipped to help people deal with trauma and the effects on their lives today. Our ideal client is motivated to do hard things in order to achieve their goals and willing to try new things. They are interested in developing a new, kinder, relationship with themself and others.
Dissociation, PTSD, BPD/EUPD, anxiety, depression, OCD, BPD, autism, pain management are special interests.
Dr Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is Director of GreenWood Mentors www.greenwoodmentors.com. Providing evidence-based therapies proved to work. We are best placed to help those who want to move forward to be their best selves using an integration of evidence-based therapies. We are well-equipped to help people deal with trauma and the effects on their lives today. Our ideal client is motivated to do hard things in order to achieve their goals and willing to try new things. They are interested in developing a new, kinder, relationship with themself and others.
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Photo of Jonathan Livingstone, MSc, GMBPsS, Psychologist
Jonathan Livingstone
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Stourbridge DY8
For individuals, therapies include REP to identify and resolve the biographical origins of problems; EMDR for PTSD; energy kinesiology; and hypnotherapy.
I have 26 years’ experience as a solution-focused therapist, psychologist and coach: helping couples to communicate effectively and let go of resentments; and helping individuals to overcome trauma, anxiety, childhood abuse, OCD, ADHD and other problems. I will help you to clarify your goals; identify what it is within you that is blocking achievement of your goals; find out where this comes from in your biography; and help you to process the experience to permanently resolve your problem. This person-centred therapy enables you fully to overcome your problem, not simply to understand or manage it, enabling swift transformation.
For individuals, therapies include REP to identify and resolve the biographical origins of problems; EMDR for PTSD; energy kinesiology; and hypnotherapy.
I have 26 years’ experience as a solution-focused therapist, psychologist and coach: helping couples to communicate effectively and let go of resentments; and helping individuals to overcome trauma, anxiety, childhood abuse, OCD, ADHD and other problems. I will help you to clarify your goals; identify what it is within you that is blocking achievement of your goals; find out where this comes from in your biography; and help you to process the experience to permanently resolve your problem. This person-centred therapy enables you fully to overcome your problem, not simply to understand or manage it, enabling swift transformation.
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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. 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. 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.
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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.
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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.