Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Leicester

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Chris Parker
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I work with clients with a variety of issues, including trauma, shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, EUPD, both male and female child and adult abuse, PTSD and many others.
Hi I'm Chris and based in Leicester. I'm an accredited Member of the BACP. At Leicester Therapy if you are struggling with something in your life at the moment and want to take that first step towards change I am here to help you. My priority is to provide you with a safe, confidential space and to support you through the whole process. As a humanistic therapist I practice in a non-judgemental, ethical, structured way and can help you to develop your solutions that will help you change and grow. I work from Office 5 above Leicester Coffee House Company, 110 Granby Street Leicester LE1 1DL
I work with clients with a variety of issues, including trauma, shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, EUPD, both male and female child and adult abuse, PTSD and many others.
Hi I'm Chris and based in Leicester. I'm an accredited Member of the BACP. At Leicester Therapy if you are struggling with something in your life at the moment and want to take that first step towards change I am here to help you. My priority is to provide you with a safe, confidential space and to support you through the whole process. As a humanistic therapist I practice in a non-judgemental, ethical, structured way and can help you to develop your solutions that will help you change and grow. I work from Office 5 above Leicester Coffee House Company, 110 Granby Street Leicester LE1 1DL
0116 478 6983 View 0116 478 6983
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Rima Sidhpara
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1
I offer an initial consultation, which is also an opportunity to assess whether my style of working is for you. My aim is to help individuals and couples address the causes of their problems, reduce symptoms and move forward in life. I can work with most adult mental health issues , and I specialise in Borderline personality disorder/EUPD, Trauma, and PTSD.
I offer an initial consultation, which is also an opportunity to assess whether my style of working is for you. My aim is to help individuals and couples address the causes of their problems, reduce symptoms and move forward in life. I can work with most adult mental health issues , and I specialise in Borderline personality disorder/EUPD, Trauma, and PTSD.
0116 478 4480 View 0116 478 4480
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Lucy Johnson
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1
I am an HCPC Registered Creative Arts Therapist and Lifespan integration therapist. I am also a highly experienced trainer. I have over 16 years experience working with children and families in crisis. I have provided support and therapy to children and adults who have experienced sexual, emotional and domestic abuse. I specialise in Trauma, Attachment and PTSD. I offer brief therapy as well as long term support and come from a very humanistic approach. I work with children from the age of 3+ and I also offer family therapy.
I am an HCPC Registered Creative Arts Therapist and Lifespan integration therapist. I am also a highly experienced trainer. I have over 16 years experience working with children and families in crisis. I have provided support and therapy to children and adults who have experienced sexual, emotional and domestic abuse. I specialise in Trauma, Attachment and PTSD. I offer brief therapy as well as long term support and come from a very humanistic approach. I work with children from the age of 3+ and I also offer family therapy.
0116 464 9535 View 0116 464 9535
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A&F Psychological Services Ltd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
We specialise in working with complex/longer-term psychological difficulties such as trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, and relationship issues.
We understand that everyday life is stressful and have worked to make our services as flexible as possible, and adapted to your needs. Our aim is to provide quality assessment, support and psychology services for individuals and their families, to improve mental and emotional well-being. We're a collection of chartered and HCPC registered Psychologists experienced in working with adult and adolescent clients. Our clinicians can support you with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, and OCD.
We specialise in working with complex/longer-term psychological difficulties such as trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, and relationship issues.
We understand that everyday life is stressful and have worked to make our services as flexible as possible, and adapted to your needs. Our aim is to provide quality assessment, support and psychology services for individuals and their families, to improve mental and emotional well-being. We're a collection of chartered and HCPC registered Psychologists experienced in working with adult and adolescent clients. Our clinicians can support you with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, and OCD.
01536 907319 View 01536 907319
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Rita Clare
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
If you have PTSD, or any upsetting memories, there is no need for you to divulge any details at all.
Are you feeling stuck about the past? Perhaps the present is a source of stress? Or maybe you have a general feeling of uncertainty about the future? I am a very empathic and non-judgemental therapist with the benefit of a practical and solution-focused mind. I can help you identify and meet your missing emotional needs so that you can heal and stay mentally balanced; moving you on from states such as stress, anxiety, OCD, depression, anger, or addiction. This is a modern therapy with the added advantage of an optional guided imagery at the end of each session, as an extra 'boost' for feeling emotionally calm and in control again.
If you have PTSD, or any upsetting memories, there is no need for you to divulge any details at all.
Are you feeling stuck about the past? Perhaps the present is a source of stress? Or maybe you have a general feeling of uncertainty about the future? I am a very empathic and non-judgemental therapist with the benefit of a practical and solution-focused mind. I can help you identify and meet your missing emotional needs so that you can heal and stay mentally balanced; moving you on from states such as stress, anxiety, OCD, depression, anger, or addiction. This is a modern therapy with the added advantage of an optional guided imagery at the end of each session, as an extra 'boost' for feeling emotionally calm and in control again.
01604 343091 View 01604 343091
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Dr Victoria Horwood
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I specialise in complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional and relational difficulties, grief, loss, anxiety and depression.
Are you finding it difficult to cope? Are you experiencing problems with your emotions, relationships, thoughts or behaviours? Have you experienced painful events that you are struggling to process or make sense of? Are these traumas interfering with yours or your families well-being and happiness? I am able to provide a comprehensive service that can support you or your child to heal and begin to live the life you deserve. I use a number of psychological therapies that are effective, individually tailored to your needs and are backed by scientific research.
I specialise in complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional and relational difficulties, grief, loss, anxiety and depression.
Are you finding it difficult to cope? Are you experiencing problems with your emotions, relationships, thoughts or behaviours? Have you experienced painful events that you are struggling to process or make sense of? Are these traumas interfering with yours or your families well-being and happiness? I am able to provide a comprehensive service that can support you or your child to heal and begin to live the life you deserve. I use a number of psychological therapies that are effective, individually tailored to your needs and are backed by scientific research.
0115 824 4284 View 0115 824 4284
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Kim Thomas
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1
As a Human Givens therapist I am trained in the most up-to-date evidence-based approach to counselling and psychotherapy. Human Givens therapy is a safe, fast and a highly effective way to make positive changes in life. With years of experience supporting countless clients I provide reliable practical help for a variety of Issues including •Depression/low mood •Panic attacks •Phobias •Low self-esteem •Self-harming •Eating disorders •Poor concentration •Anxiety and Stress •Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) •Addictions (all kinds) •Obsessions (OCD) • Poor Sleep
As a Human Givens therapist I am trained in the most up-to-date evidence-based approach to counselling and psychotherapy. Human Givens therapy is a safe, fast and a highly effective way to make positive changes in life. With years of experience supporting countless clients I provide reliable practical help for a variety of Issues including •Depression/low mood •Panic attacks •Phobias •Low self-esteem •Self-harming •Eating disorders •Poor concentration •Anxiety and Stress •Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) •Addictions (all kinds) •Obsessions (OCD) • Poor Sleep
01664 494374 View 01664 494374
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Andrelax
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1
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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Gemma Pearson
Psychologist, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I specialise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, PTSD and anxiety using EMDR, which has a strong evidence base for effectiveness.
Do you ever find yourself falling into the same unhelpful patterns - relationships, working too much, health - but don't seem to be able to stop this? Do you ever feel distress, anxiety, depression or sadness that can feel uncontrollable? Have you suffered a recent trauma and need help for PTSD? As a psychologist with ten years experience offering therapy, often to individuals with complex needs, I am passionate about helping you to break your cycles and understand why they occur. This can include offering a safe space to explore any history of difficult experiences which you still feel effect you.
I specialise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, PTSD and anxiety using EMDR, which has a strong evidence base for effectiveness.
Do you ever find yourself falling into the same unhelpful patterns - relationships, working too much, health - but don't seem to be able to stop this? Do you ever feel distress, anxiety, depression or sadness that can feel uncontrollable? Have you suffered a recent trauma and need help for PTSD? As a psychologist with ten years experience offering therapy, often to individuals with complex needs, I am passionate about helping you to break your cycles and understand why they occur. This can include offering a safe space to explore any history of difficult experiences which you still feel effect you.
01858 452696 View 01858 452696
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Garry Rollins
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE4
I work with clients with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, emotional disregulation, child abuse issues, PTSD, and so many others.
Hello. I am a trained and qualified therapist and counsellor, working within a whole range of issues, especially focusing on clients with hard to address issues. My priority is providing a safe, professional and yet friendly service. Whatever issues you have, give me a call and we can talk and I can let you know whether I am honestly able to help.
I work with clients with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, emotional disregulation, child abuse issues, PTSD, and so many others.
Hello. I am a trained and qualified therapist and counsellor, working within a whole range of issues, especially focusing on clients with hard to address issues. My priority is providing a safe, professional and yet friendly service. Whatever issues you have, give me a call and we can talk and I can let you know whether I am honestly able to help.
0116 326 2879 View 0116 326 2879
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Shikila Sabrina Shields
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE3
I have helped clients with a range of difficulties, from low mood and self esteem, to anxiety, insomnia, worry and social anxiety, panic, phobias and OCD, PTSD and loss, or adjusting to long term health conditions. From the initial assessment, together we will explore and understand things from your viewpoint, as well as the changes you seek.
I have helped clients with a range of difficulties, from low mood and self esteem, to anxiety, insomnia, worry and social anxiety, panic, phobias and OCD, PTSD and loss, or adjusting to long term health conditions. From the initial assessment, together we will explore and understand things from your viewpoint, as well as the changes you seek.
0116 464 9661 View 0116 464 9661
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Imbeko Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I am an Integrative Counsellor who qualified from the University of Leicester and is a member of the BACP. I have a friendly & trustworthy personality and has experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues, including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, PTSD, Low Confidence and problems arising from childhood. By applying an integrative approach; Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Cogitative Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transitional Analysis (TA), Gestalt etc. I would feel honoured to listen empathetically to your individual concerns.
I am an Integrative Counsellor who qualified from the University of Leicester and is a member of the BACP. I have a friendly & trustworthy personality and has experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues, including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, PTSD, Low Confidence and problems arising from childhood. By applying an integrative approach; Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Cogitative Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transitional Analysis (TA), Gestalt etc. I would feel honoured to listen empathetically to your individual concerns.
0116 326 1315 View 0116 326 1315
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Schola Shum Osong
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE4  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, internal conflict, overwhelmed with life challenges, feel stuck, etc, you are in the right place. I am passionate about helping people explore these feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential space, look for ways to cope, feel better and move forward. I work with a wide rage of issues, including, anger management, self-esteem, stress, relationship breakdown, PTSD, bereavement/grief, domestic violence and many others. I also offer Christian Counselling, a form of spiritual counselling to individuals that would like counselling tailored to their Christian perspective.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, internal conflict, overwhelmed with life challenges, feel stuck, etc, you are in the right place. I am passionate about helping people explore these feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential space, look for ways to cope, feel better and move forward. I work with a wide rage of issues, including, anger management, self-esteem, stress, relationship breakdown, PTSD, bereavement/grief, domestic violence and many others. I also offer Christian Counselling, a form of spiritual counselling to individuals that would like counselling tailored to their Christian perspective.
0116 502 3307 View 0116 502 3307
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SR Inspiration CBT Practitioner
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE3
This therapist prefers to be identified as CBT Practitioner. I aim to work emphatically and collaboratively engage the client. If you are experiencing the following : Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Abuse , Bereavement, Depression, Marriage or Relationship breakdown, PTSD, Self-Esteem, Stress , and Eating disorders call this practitioner for help. Don't leave it too late. My therapeutic approach using CBT model provides a short-term, goal focused and highly structured approach to therapeutic Assessment, Stabilisation, Planning, Intervention, Resilience and Evaluation. Call now for help. Do not leave it too late.
This therapist prefers to be identified as CBT Practitioner. I aim to work emphatically and collaboratively engage the client. If you are experiencing the following : Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Abuse , Bereavement, Depression, Marriage or Relationship breakdown, PTSD, Self-Esteem, Stress , and Eating disorders call this practitioner for help. Don't leave it too late. My therapeutic approach using CBT model provides a short-term, goal focused and highly structured approach to therapeutic Assessment, Stabilisation, Planning, Intervention, Resilience and Evaluation. Call now for help. Do not leave it too late.
0116 478 2890 View 0116 478 2890
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Hamed Rehman CBT Ltd
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I am an experienced CBT therapist with 8 plus years of experience in both private practise and NHS. I work with a range of disorders using CBT techniques, including PTSD (complex also), Depression, Anxiety disorders such as OCD Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Worry and Specific Phobias. Additionally I have a special interest in working with people from BAME communities, to provide culturally sensitive therapy and overcome the stigma in the communities in regards to mental health.
I am an experienced CBT therapist with 8 plus years of experience in both private practise and NHS. I work with a range of disorders using CBT techniques, including PTSD (complex also), Depression, Anxiety disorders such as OCD Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Worry and Specific Phobias. Additionally I have a special interest in working with people from BAME communities, to provide culturally sensitive therapy and overcome the stigma in the communities in regards to mental health.
01922 927022 View 01922 927022
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Mynd Care Psychotherapies Limited
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1  (Online Only)
Mynd Care Psychotherapies offers individualised, goal orientated Psychotherapy services such as counselling, couple's therapy for depression, CBT and EMDR. We work with all anxiety disorders, PTSD and depression. We have a diverse group of staff that can cater for people from all diverse backgrounds. We particularly encourage you to come forward if you are seeking therapy that is culturally and religiously sensitive, as this is an area of expertise and experience with the staff at our service. We offer therapy un numerous languages!
Mynd Care Psychotherapies offers individualised, goal orientated Psychotherapy services such as counselling, couple's therapy for depression, CBT and EMDR. We work with all anxiety disorders, PTSD and depression. We have a diverse group of staff that can cater for people from all diverse backgrounds. We particularly encourage you to come forward if you are seeking therapy that is culturally and religiously sensitive, as this is an area of expertise and experience with the staff at our service. We offer therapy un numerous languages!
0121 387 6409 View 0121 387 6409
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Paul Garner
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7  (Online Only)
I have experience working with Anxiety, Depression, Self Worth, PTSD and Couples Therapy.
I am passionate about counselling and what offering you a safe, non judgemental space can do to explore those internal conflicts impacting your life. I am fully aware, that your anxiety can spike at the thought of talking therapy, so making that appointment can be very difficult. I can offer you a free informal, face to face or telephone chat to see how I work might help you. Your safety and care is my highest priority.
I have experience working with Anxiety, Depression, Self Worth, PTSD and Couples Therapy.
I am passionate about counselling and what offering you a safe, non judgemental space can do to explore those internal conflicts impacting your life. I am fully aware, that your anxiety can spike at the thought of talking therapy, so making that appointment can be very difficult. I can offer you a free informal, face to face or telephone chat to see how I work might help you. Your safety and care is my highest priority.
01509 323093 View 01509 323093
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Adriana Pavelescu
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE6
Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy : CBT Treatment: People involved in RTA, Loneliness, Couple therapy, Divorce, Abuse, Anxiety, Panic attack, Depression, Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, Trauma, Passive aggressive behavior, Behavior problems, Postnatal depression, Self-harming, Separation anxiety, PTSD, Phobias, Panic Attack, etc.
I'm a Clinical Psychologist(HCPC Registered) &hypnotherapist, owner of Psychotherapy&Hypnotherapy. My passion is assisting traumatized and distressed patients in their healing. I am experienced in providing psychological therapy and hypnotherapy to individuals, couples and families with a wide range of distressing feelings, including childhood trauma, anxiety disorder, panic attack, depression, stress, anger, confidence building, self esteem, phobia's, insomnia. I also offer CBT treatment session for RTA accident and Psychological Medical Report For Court. I use modalities such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy
Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy : CBT Treatment: People involved in RTA, Loneliness, Couple therapy, Divorce, Abuse, Anxiety, Panic attack, Depression, Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, Trauma, Passive aggressive behavior, Behavior problems, Postnatal depression, Self-harming, Separation anxiety, PTSD, Phobias, Panic Attack, etc.
I'm a Clinical Psychologist(HCPC Registered) &hypnotherapist, owner of Psychotherapy&Hypnotherapy. My passion is assisting traumatized and distressed patients in their healing. I am experienced in providing psychological therapy and hypnotherapy to individuals, couples and families with a wide range of distressing feelings, including childhood trauma, anxiety disorder, panic attack, depression, stress, anger, confidence building, self esteem, phobia's, insomnia. I also offer CBT treatment session for RTA accident and Psychological Medical Report For Court. I use modalities such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy
01788 229228 View 01788 229228
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Hollie Jeffery
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE7
Therapy can be a great tool for restoring life balance and bringing about positive change. It can help you to understand more about yourself, your thoughts, and your emotions. Therapy could be beneficial if day to day life feels overwhelming or if you have difficult life experiences that you feel ready to explore. Perhaps you can be highly critical of yourself. You might regularly experience emotions that feel unmanageable and overpowering OR you may often find yourself entirely disconnected from how you’re feeling. You might want to learn more about yourself and your relationships with others.
Therapy can be a great tool for restoring life balance and bringing about positive change. It can help you to understand more about yourself, your thoughts, and your emotions. Therapy could be beneficial if day to day life feels overwhelming or if you have difficult life experiences that you feel ready to explore. Perhaps you can be highly critical of yourself. You might regularly experience emotions that feel unmanageable and overpowering OR you may often find yourself entirely disconnected from how you’re feeling. You might want to learn more about yourself and your relationships with others.
01644 714964 View 01644 714964
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Shelley Smith - Sunrise Wellbeing
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7
I am passionate about providing a therapeutic service to help people of all ages with their presenting issues, to support their mental health and wellbeing and to assist them with strategies and skills that can prevent their troubles from escalating. We are all just trying our best in this busy world but sometimes need a little support along the way, especially in times of difficulty. I developed Sunrise Wellbeing to provide a bespoke emotional support service, tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Through a friendly integrative approach, we can work together to understand emotions and develop healthy coping strategies.
I am passionate about providing a therapeutic service to help people of all ages with their presenting issues, to support their mental health and wellbeing and to assist them with strategies and skills that can prevent their troubles from escalating. We are all just trying our best in this busy world but sometimes need a little support along the way, especially in times of difficulty. I developed Sunrise Wellbeing to provide a bespoke emotional support service, tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Through a friendly integrative approach, we can work together to understand emotions and develop healthy coping strategies.
0116 464 8087 View 0116 464 8087

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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.