Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Leeds

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Photo of Aleksandra Romana Brzezinska, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Aleksandra Romana Brzezinska
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you can feel the positive acceptance which can help you to explore all your feelings and thoughts without any fear and accept yourself for who you truly are. As a psychotherapist I can help you to gain a better understanding of the root of your conflicts. I can also offer help to disconnected, distressed couples who are trying to rebuilt their relationship. If you are having difficulties dealing with traumatic events, PTSD, I can offer a short and successful technique REWIND which doesn’t require disclosure of the trauma. Available sessions via Skype and Zoom.
I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you can feel the positive acceptance which can help you to explore all your feelings and thoughts without any fear and accept yourself for who you truly are. As a psychotherapist I can help you to gain a better understanding of the root of your conflicts. I can also offer help to disconnected, distressed couples who are trying to rebuilt their relationship. If you are having difficulties dealing with traumatic events, PTSD, I can offer a short and successful technique REWIND which doesn’t require disclosure of the trauma. Available sessions via Skype and Zoom.
0113 519 4565 View 0113 519 4565
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Simon Kennedy
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS8  (Online Only)
I offer private clinics in Leeds, and provide highly specialist psychological therapy to address a wide range of difficulties including (but not limited to): • Anxiety • Depression • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Phobias • Panic Attacks • Low self-esteem • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties • Difficulty regulating emotions • Personality disorder • Hearing voices / psychosis
I offer private clinics in Leeds, and provide highly specialist psychological therapy to address a wide range of difficulties including (but not limited to): • Anxiety • Depression • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Phobias • Panic Attacks • Low self-esteem • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties • Difficulty regulating emotions • Personality disorder • Hearing voices / psychosis
07394 470900 View 07394 470900
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Jodie Slee
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
I also have specialist training in EMDR for PTSD and trauma.
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
I also have specialist training in EMDR for PTSD and trauma.
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
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J Heline Freea Mind Body Therapies Training Supervision
Counsellor, PsychD, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS14
Hi my name is Heline, I am a registered BSc Integrative Counsellor MBACP with 26 years experience. A clinical trauma therapist, supervisor, play therapist and cultural sensitive Trauma informed Trainer. I work with people of all ages who have experienced mental health and complex trauma in schools, colleges, education. NHS, Foster and social care system, Addictions field, family services and in the community. I provide a range of interventions that help reduce physical and psychological ailments, depression, anxiety, self harm, loss, PTSD inter generational wounds, identity issues, self image, suicidal ideation, family issues.
Hi my name is Heline, I am a registered BSc Integrative Counsellor MBACP with 26 years experience. A clinical trauma therapist, supervisor, play therapist and cultural sensitive Trauma informed Trainer. I work with people of all ages who have experienced mental health and complex trauma in schools, colleges, education. NHS, Foster and social care system, Addictions field, family services and in the community. I provide a range of interventions that help reduce physical and psychological ailments, depression, anxiety, self harm, loss, PTSD inter generational wounds, identity issues, self image, suicidal ideation, family issues.
0113 519 7247 View 0113 519 7247
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Fenix CBT Psychotherapy, Autism and OCD Specialist
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
Leeds LS15
At Fenix CBT we specialise in CBT/DBT therapy specifically adapted to autistic adults, children and young people, OCD and PTSD.
My name is Eve Ahmed I am an owner and Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP accredited) at Fenix CBT LTD. I utilise my skills and extensive experience to help my clients reach their personal targets and clinical recovery. I am very passionate about the work I do and I love helping people reach their goals. I have ten years of experience working in mental health in public and charity sector with adults and children. I completed BSc undergraduate degree in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and Level 3 Diploma in DBT and I also have (amongst many others) EMDR, ACT and Compassionate Mind training.
At Fenix CBT we specialise in CBT/DBT therapy specifically adapted to autistic adults, children and young people, OCD and PTSD.
My name is Eve Ahmed I am an owner and Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP accredited) at Fenix CBT LTD. I utilise my skills and extensive experience to help my clients reach their personal targets and clinical recovery. I am very passionate about the work I do and I love helping people reach their goals. I have ten years of experience working in mental health in public and charity sector with adults and children. I completed BSc undergraduate degree in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and Level 3 Diploma in DBT and I also have (amongst many others) EMDR, ACT and Compassionate Mind training.
0113 487 2229 View 0113 487 2229
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Juna Brookes
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS18
Hi, my name is Juna Brookes, I am a BACP accredited counsellor and qualified EMDR Therapist in Horsforth, Leeds. I always put my heart and soul into my work, support people, and love to see the positive changes we can make together. I specialize in Trauma/PTSD and anxiety treatments. I help my clients to let go and be free of the traumatic incidents in their past. I also offer Anger ManageMy country of origin is Azerbaijan and I counsel both in English and Russian languages.
Hi, my name is Juna Brookes, I am a BACP accredited counsellor and qualified EMDR Therapist in Horsforth, Leeds. I always put my heart and soul into my work, support people, and love to see the positive changes we can make together. I specialize in Trauma/PTSD and anxiety treatments. I help my clients to let go and be free of the traumatic incidents in their past. I also offer Anger ManageMy country of origin is Azerbaijan and I counsel both in English and Russian languages.
0113 467 8327 View 0113 467 8327
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Adeola Iluyomade
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS16
I offer a space to talk, giving you time out to reflect and to explore self-development. As an Integrative Relational Therapeutic Counsellor, I draw on different models of therapy including Psychodynamic, Systemic, Interpersonal Process, CBT, Transactional Analysis amongst others in supporting you to reach your desired goals to maximise your full potentials. Meaning, you will find my approach friendly, empowering and conversational in style. I take great care in ensuring that you feel safe, respected and valued. I offer flexibility of short or long term therapy as tailored round your needs. I adhere to the ethics & codes of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I offer a space to talk, giving you time out to reflect and to explore self-development. As an Integrative Relational Therapeutic Counsellor, I draw on different models of therapy including Psychodynamic, Systemic, Interpersonal Process, CBT, Transactional Analysis amongst others in supporting you to reach your desired goals to maximise your full potentials. Meaning, you will find my approach friendly, empowering and conversational in style. I take great care in ensuring that you feel safe, respected and valued. I offer flexibility of short or long term therapy as tailored round your needs. I adhere to the ethics & codes of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
0113 467 9309 View 0113 467 9309
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Simply Psychotherapy Ltd.
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
At Simply Psychotherapy, our passion is helping individuals like you overcome your mental health difficulties and achieve lasting progress and wellbeing. We offer evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) to address a wide range of mental health conditions. If you are struggling with depression, excessive worrying, stress, low self-esteem, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, body dysmorphia, binge eating, bulimia, or phobias. Through therapy we can give you effective strategies to break free from the grip of these conditions.
At Simply Psychotherapy, our passion is helping individuals like you overcome your mental health difficulties and achieve lasting progress and wellbeing. We offer evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) to address a wide range of mental health conditions. If you are struggling with depression, excessive worrying, stress, low self-esteem, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, body dysmorphia, binge eating, bulimia, or phobias. Through therapy we can give you effective strategies to break free from the grip of these conditions.
020 3828 7360 View 020 3828 7360
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Tracey Louise Ward
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBABCP
Verified
Leeds LS2  (Online Only)
My name is Tracey and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. My work in mental health began in 2003 when I volunteered for a helpline for children. Since then I have either been in education or working in mental health. I specialize in working with adults with mental health problems. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) both CBT and EMDR are evidence based psychological approaches to treat a wide range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adjustment difficulties
My name is Tracey and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. My work in mental health began in 2003 when I volunteered for a helpline for children. Since then I have either been in education or working in mental health. I specialize in working with adults with mental health problems. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) both CBT and EMDR are evidence based psychological approaches to treat a wide range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adjustment difficulties
01229 260837 View 01229 260837
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With The Seasons - Counselling & Trauma Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1
Are you feeling out of sync with the world and other people? You may be going through a bereavement or significant life changes, feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, confused, misunderstood or be living with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or Long Covid. I can help you reconnect to yourself and others. I can support you with the things that are holding you back as well as help you make more sense of the new world around you. I help you work with the body and mind together - a more effective way to stabilise and rebuild after a traumatic time as well as enable new insights and change - than bringing your pain up over and over again.
Are you feeling out of sync with the world and other people? You may be going through a bereavement or significant life changes, feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, confused, misunderstood or be living with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or Long Covid. I can help you reconnect to yourself and others. I can support you with the things that are holding you back as well as help you make more sense of the new world around you. I help you work with the body and mind together - a more effective way to stabilise and rebuild after a traumatic time as well as enable new insights and change - than bringing your pain up over and over again.
01274 015886 View 01274 015886
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Northern Lighthouse Psychology Ltd
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS27
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I’m Charlotte. I am a Registered Psychologist and Accredited EMDR therapist. I have 20 years of experience working with people suffering with mental health difficulties. I am passionate about helping people struggling with distressing emotions which may lead to suicidal & self-injurious thinking and behaviour. I also have significant experience working with people who have experienced trauma (and may have a PTSD diagnosis) and may have been given a personality disorder diagnosis. In addition to using EMDR I am also trained in DBT and schema therapy so tend to use a combined approach tailored to the needs of the individual.
Hi, I’m Charlotte. I am a Registered Psychologist and Accredited EMDR therapist. I have 20 years of experience working with people suffering with mental health difficulties. I am passionate about helping people struggling with distressing emotions which may lead to suicidal & self-injurious thinking and behaviour. I also have significant experience working with people who have experienced trauma (and may have a PTSD diagnosis) and may have been given a personality disorder diagnosis. In addition to using EMDR I am also trained in DBT and schema therapy so tend to use a combined approach tailored to the needs of the individual.
01924 938670 View 01924 938670
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Zoe Lamming
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Leeds LS20
I am particularly interested in women's mental health, and parental mental health as well as trauma and PTSD.
I work with a diverse range of clients, with different struggles and needs. I can help with abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, health related issues, loss, personal development, trauma, parental mental health, redundancy, relationships, self esteem, self harm, stress, work related issues. Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, I will give you space to feel heard, seen and understood. My wish is that you will develop a greater sense of hope and sense of empowerment.
I am particularly interested in women's mental health, and parental mental health as well as trauma and PTSD.
I work with a diverse range of clients, with different struggles and needs. I can help with abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, health related issues, loss, personal development, trauma, parental mental health, redundancy, relationships, self esteem, self harm, stress, work related issues. Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, I will give you space to feel heard, seen and understood. My wish is that you will develop a greater sense of hope and sense of empowerment.
01943 661595 View 01943 661595
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Sarah Marzillier
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Sarah. I specialise in trauma/PTSD, anxiety and depression, physical health conditions, spirituality and sexual and relationship problems. I am very experienced in third wave CBT, the trauma therapies (including EMDR) and energy psychology. I am polyamory, BDSM and kink aware. I am sex positive and supportive of diverse relationship orientations, sexualities and lifestyles. I have just completed a Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy.
Hi, I'm Sarah. I specialise in trauma/PTSD, anxiety and depression, physical health conditions, spirituality and sexual and relationship problems. I am very experienced in third wave CBT, the trauma therapies (including EMDR) and energy psychology. I am polyamory, BDSM and kink aware. I am sex positive and supportive of diverse relationship orientations, sexualities and lifestyles. I have just completed a Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy.
01904 929110 View 01904 929110
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Jacquibird Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS1
Welcome I am a registered MBACP accredited Counsellor/psychotherapist. I am qualified in several modalities of therapy - meaning I can integrate a range of interventions to support you. I work with individuals, couples, families, children and young people. I offer online appointments and face to face appointments in York and Thirsk. I also offer walk and talk sessions in York and Thirsk. I specialise in relationship and psychosexual therapy, trauma and PTSD. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like to talk in confidence, I'm here by your side to support you and help you move forward at your pace.
Welcome I am a registered MBACP accredited Counsellor/psychotherapist. I am qualified in several modalities of therapy - meaning I can integrate a range of interventions to support you. I work with individuals, couples, families, children and young people. I offer online appointments and face to face appointments in York and Thirsk. I also offer walk and talk sessions in York and Thirsk. I specialise in relationship and psychosexual therapy, trauma and PTSD. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like to talk in confidence, I'm here by your side to support you and help you move forward at your pace.
01889 227313 View 01889 227313
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Shalina Wong Psychological Services
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS1
Are you struggling with some stressors and worried that you’ve developed some depressive, anxiety or post-traumatic stress symptoms? Are you feeling bothered by some traumatic experience and wanted something to be changed? I have been specialized in the treatment of anxiety, trauma and relationship problems for many years and work as a clinical psychologist for more than 20 years. I've got abundant experience working in the community setting in Hong Kong and the NHS. Most of my clients have provided positive feedback for my psychological services.
Are you struggling with some stressors and worried that you’ve developed some depressive, anxiety or post-traumatic stress symptoms? Are you feeling bothered by some traumatic experience and wanted something to be changed? I have been specialized in the treatment of anxiety, trauma and relationship problems for many years and work as a clinical psychologist for more than 20 years. I've got abundant experience working in the community setting in Hong Kong and the NHS. Most of my clients have provided positive feedback for my psychological services.
01482 429275 View 01482 429275
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Dr Rebecca Szlachcic
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS1
I am an experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS and in the private sector. I am a trauma informed therapist, recognising that many people are trying their best to cope and live with the difficult life experiences they have been through. I understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship in finding a ‘good fit’ with a therapist. I enjoy working collaboratively and creatively with individuals and have experience in working with people with mild to severe mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, PTSD, psychosis and personality difficulties.
I am an experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS and in the private sector. I am a trauma informed therapist, recognising that many people are trying their best to cope and live with the difficult life experiences they have been through. I understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship in finding a ‘good fit’ with a therapist. I enjoy working collaboratively and creatively with individuals and have experience in working with people with mild to severe mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, PTSD, psychosis and personality difficulties.
0113 467 9507 View 0113 467 9507
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Ruth Netherwood MBACP
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1
My involves contracts with organisations such as The Centre for Crisis Psychology(CCP), EQUITY, Royal College of Music and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine(BAPAM), International Association of Rewind Trauma Therapy (IARTT), as well as individuals seeking Counselling, PTSD and trauma support.
My work covers Anxiety, Trauma, ADHD, ASD, communication, assertiveness and Relationships. My approach is integrative, with a particular interest in how our experiences impact our body. You will receive a non- judgemental, confidential, collaborative safe space Every person and experience throughout your life will affect you. How you process, respond and react will be normal for you, but may no longer be working or helpful. Distressing thoughts, relationships, emotions and sensations may linger or may lay hidden away. Our work together will clear the way for reflection, understanding and change, for a happier, healthier you.
My involves contracts with organisations such as The Centre for Crisis Psychology(CCP), EQUITY, Royal College of Music and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine(BAPAM), International Association of Rewind Trauma Therapy (IARTT), as well as individuals seeking Counselling, PTSD and trauma support.
My work covers Anxiety, Trauma, ADHD, ASD, communication, assertiveness and Relationships. My approach is integrative, with a particular interest in how our experiences impact our body. You will receive a non- judgemental, confidential, collaborative safe space Every person and experience throughout your life will affect you. How you process, respond and react will be normal for you, but may no longer be working or helpful. Distressing thoughts, relationships, emotions and sensations may linger or may lay hidden away. Our work together will clear the way for reflection, understanding and change, for a happier, healthier you.
01422 411626 View 01422 411626
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Dr Beata (Bea) Michalska
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
For the past ten years I have been helping individuals, couples and families with mental health difficulties. My professional journey includes over 8 years of NHS practice, big chunk of it dedicated to helping those on psychiatric wards. Now I work mainly in my private practice. Typical problems that I have experience treating include depression, anxiety, OCD, adjustment difficulties, trauma/PTSD, stress and relationship difficulties. I see psychotherapy as a personal journey, a chance to get to know yourself better, a safe space to explore and to grow. My interests lie in a human, in embodied experience and in the process.
For the past ten years I have been helping individuals, couples and families with mental health difficulties. My professional journey includes over 8 years of NHS practice, big chunk of it dedicated to helping those on psychiatric wards. Now I work mainly in my private practice. Typical problems that I have experience treating include depression, anxiety, OCD, adjustment difficulties, trauma/PTSD, stress and relationship difficulties. I see psychotherapy as a personal journey, a chance to get to know yourself better, a safe space to explore and to grow. My interests lie in a human, in embodied experience and in the process.
0131 381 0499 View 0131 381 0499
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Anya Zinkivskay
Counsellor, MRes, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS1
I specialise in working with clients affected by complex trauma and PTSD (triggered by armed conflicts, current and historic sexual abuse), Anxiety disorders particularly various manifestations of OCD, phobias and GAD, depression, neurodiverse development and function (ASD or specific learning difficulties), as well as loss bereavement and addiction.
As private practice and NHS practitioner, with a 20-year background in neuropsychology, I structure therapy around the needs of my clients. Using Trauma-informed practice I employ Humanistic and multiple Evidence-based techniques, in conjunction with psychoeducation. Client-Centred approach is central to my therapeutic aim of deepening self-awareness and offering clients a proactive involvement in their therapeutic process. My private practice is based in Derbyshire and virtually online. Where, in a confidential, safe and empathic environment I have been supporting clients from across the UK and Europe.
I specialise in working with clients affected by complex trauma and PTSD (triggered by armed conflicts, current and historic sexual abuse), Anxiety disorders particularly various manifestations of OCD, phobias and GAD, depression, neurodiverse development and function (ASD or specific learning difficulties), as well as loss bereavement and addiction.
As private practice and NHS practitioner, with a 20-year background in neuropsychology, I structure therapy around the needs of my clients. Using Trauma-informed practice I employ Humanistic and multiple Evidence-based techniques, in conjunction with psychoeducation. Client-Centred approach is central to my therapeutic aim of deepening self-awareness and offering clients a proactive involvement in their therapeutic process. My private practice is based in Derbyshire and virtually online. Where, in a confidential, safe and empathic environment I have been supporting clients from across the UK and Europe.
01663 790112 View 01663 790112
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connect 2 emdr
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified
Leeds LS26
Hi, I'm Lauren a trauma therapist specalising in EMDR psychotherapy. EMDR is now the front line treatment for PTSD. It can be used to treat single traumas, For example a road traffic accident. Or multiple traumas. For example, veterans, abuse survivors. EMDR is hugley succesful at treating a range of mental health issues (anxiety, low mood, poor sleep, self harm, self esteem, self sabotage behaviours and many more). For some starting therapy can be extremely daunting. Together we will develop a plan and pace that suits you.
Hi, I'm Lauren a trauma therapist specalising in EMDR psychotherapy. EMDR is now the front line treatment for PTSD. It can be used to treat single traumas, For example a road traffic accident. Or multiple traumas. For example, veterans, abuse survivors. EMDR is hugley succesful at treating a range of mental health issues (anxiety, low mood, poor sleep, self harm, self esteem, self sabotage behaviours and many more). For some starting therapy can be extremely daunting. Together we will develop a plan and pace that suits you.
01484 627683 View 01484 627683

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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.