Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Liverpool

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The Therapy Corner
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L36  (Online Only)
EMDR is a modality I used with multiple presentations and proves to be effective, especially for PTSD.
Hi my name is Lynsey and I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse in which I specialise in child and adolescent mental health. I am BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapist. I have completed the specialised EMDR training for children which enables me to work with children and young people from the age of 2 years old.
EMDR is a modality I used with multiple presentations and proves to be effective, especially for PTSD.
Hi my name is Lynsey and I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse in which I specialise in child and adolescent mental health. I am BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapist. I have completed the specialised EMDR training for children which enables me to work with children and young people from the age of 2 years old.
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Michelle Robinson
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L18
My name is Michelle, and I am a person-centred counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist. Life can seem unmanageable at times, and you might find yourself reading this because you are dealing with an issue that feels overwhelming. Whatever the reason may be, you are not alone. People seek counselling for different reasons, from stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood trauma and relationship issues, to name but a few. Counselling can support you to help yourself in a way that acknowledges feelings and helps you to understand yourself better, aiding you to make positive lasting changes in your life.
My name is Michelle, and I am a person-centred counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist. Life can seem unmanageable at times, and you might find yourself reading this because you are dealing with an issue that feels overwhelming. Whatever the reason may be, you are not alone. People seek counselling for different reasons, from stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood trauma and relationship issues, to name but a few. Counselling can support you to help yourself in a way that acknowledges feelings and helps you to understand yourself better, aiding you to make positive lasting changes in your life.
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Beautiful Minds Talking Therapy Services
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
I also have a good working of OCD, ADHD and Asperger's and how negative patterns of behaviours and Childhood traumas and PTSD.
Beautiful Minds Talking Therapy Service has been providing counselling for many years. I understand that taking the first step can be scary and overwhelming. But if you can find the courage to take that first step, it can be life changing. Let me help you explore, understand, and unpick the things that are causing your difficulties in your life. I will help you to take back control of your life and take action to find solutions and resolutions that will empower you. I will help you gain a better understanding of your difficulties and develop your knowledge and awareness of your internal constructs. let me help you.
I also have a good working of OCD, ADHD and Asperger's and how negative patterns of behaviours and Childhood traumas and PTSD.
Beautiful Minds Talking Therapy Service has been providing counselling for many years. I understand that taking the first step can be scary and overwhelming. But if you can find the courage to take that first step, it can be life changing. Let me help you explore, understand, and unpick the things that are causing your difficulties in your life. I will help you to take back control of your life and take action to find solutions and resolutions that will empower you. I will help you gain a better understanding of your difficulties and develop your knowledge and awareness of your internal constructs. let me help you.
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Carol McGrath
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L18
My speciality is Trauma/ PTSD, Compassion Fatigue.
I work with Current and Ex Emergency Services staff. I am ex Emergency Services. I am a very experienced Psychotherapist and have helped a vast amount of Emergency Services clients over the years. Are you stressed with Protocols, Procedures, Pressure? Time restraints? Lack of staff? Therapy is about listening to your needs, issues and your goals for therapy. Maybe you don't know what to deal with because you are so overwhelmed and exhausted with numerous issues. Or you may know what you want but you are too embarrassed to seek help. I can help you focus on the most important issue, which will start you on your road to recovery.
My speciality is Trauma/ PTSD, Compassion Fatigue.
I work with Current and Ex Emergency Services staff. I am ex Emergency Services. I am a very experienced Psychotherapist and have helped a vast amount of Emergency Services clients over the years. Are you stressed with Protocols, Procedures, Pressure? Time restraints? Lack of staff? Therapy is about listening to your needs, issues and your goals for therapy. Maybe you don't know what to deal with because you are so overwhelmed and exhausted with numerous issues. Or you may know what you want but you are too embarrassed to seek help. I can help you focus on the most important issue, which will start you on your road to recovery.
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Sarah Caroline Cathcart
Counsellor, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Liverpool L15
I have recently returned from Canberra, Australia where I was working in trauma focused work and am a qualified EMDR therapist. More recently, I have worked within schools to deliver a mental health programme, teaching schoolchildren three key areas of mindfulness, gratitude and empathy to improve their mental health. I provide a compassionate and empathetic space, ensuring the client feels safe and enabling them to make positive changes in their life. I have experience working with clients with PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, panic disorder and OCD.
I have recently returned from Canberra, Australia where I was working in trauma focused work and am a qualified EMDR therapist. More recently, I have worked within schools to deliver a mental health programme, teaching schoolchildren three key areas of mindfulness, gratitude and empathy to improve their mental health. I provide a compassionate and empathetic space, ensuring the client feels safe and enabling them to make positive changes in their life. I have experience working with clients with PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, panic disorder and OCD.
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Luke Stevenson
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L2
I am a somatic-focused, psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health sector since 2016. I hold a strong belief in working with bodily held emotions and memories, making use of authentic movement exploration and the use of creative tasks; such as drawing, object relational projection to support the therapeutic process of the client. I am experienced in a wide range of client needs, which spans from Low level anxiety to high intensity PTSD. My main focus is to support my clients to engage in the present to reach their full potential.
I am a somatic-focused, psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health sector since 2016. I hold a strong belief in working with bodily held emotions and memories, making use of authentic movement exploration and the use of creative tasks; such as drawing, object relational projection to support the therapeutic process of the client. I am experienced in a wide range of client needs, which spans from Low level anxiety to high intensity PTSD. My main focus is to support my clients to engage in the present to reach their full potential.
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George Maxwell
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liverpool L1
I offer evidence-based CBT, EMDR and Positive Psychology to support clients across the full range of the wellbeing spectrum. As an accredited CBT Therapist, I will help you to overcome your anxiety and depression problems using active, effective treatments that will change your life. I specialise in OCD (and its many subtypes), PTSD and Social Anxiety. As a Positive Psychologist, I can teach you how to flourish, feel happier and live a life full of meaning and value. I work with clients internationally via Zoom and offer in-person therapy at my office in Rodney Street in Liverpool.
I offer evidence-based CBT, EMDR and Positive Psychology to support clients across the full range of the wellbeing spectrum. As an accredited CBT Therapist, I will help you to overcome your anxiety and depression problems using active, effective treatments that will change your life. I specialise in OCD (and its many subtypes), PTSD and Social Anxiety. As a Positive Psychologist, I can teach you how to flourish, feel happier and live a life full of meaning and value. I work with clients internationally via Zoom and offer in-person therapy at my office in Rodney Street in Liverpool.
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GetCBT (Victoria Lacey, CBT Therapist Wirral)
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Liverpool L2
If you're struggling, we want to help. Hi, I'm Victoria, the founder of GetCBT. I started GetCBT to provide you with a First Class Psychotherapy experience, bringing you highly experienced and skilled therapists, working with Depression & Low self-esteem, and specialising in Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Worry, OCD, PTSD, Phobia's, Social Anxiety & Health Anxiety. Whether this is your first or last appointment, please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make your journey or the therapy process in general, easier for you and your circumstances.
If you're struggling, we want to help. Hi, I'm Victoria, the founder of GetCBT. I started GetCBT to provide you with a First Class Psychotherapy experience, bringing you highly experienced and skilled therapists, working with Depression & Low self-esteem, and specialising in Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Worry, OCD, PTSD, Phobia's, Social Anxiety & Health Anxiety. Whether this is your first or last appointment, please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make your journey or the therapy process in general, easier for you and your circumstances.
0151 453 3877 View 0151 453 3877
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Dr Gemma Parry
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1  (Online Only)
I am here to help if you are looking to improve your life and the way you feel. This might be managing emotions, symptoms or difficulties – like stress, low mood, anxiety, OCD and trauma / PTSD, working through life challenges which are holding you back, improving relationships or feeling better about yourself. If you have been through a difficult or traumatic time and need validation, support and guidance feel free to get in touch. I offer therapy online and would be happy to meet with you for a free 20 minute video or phone call before committing, to help you to choose a therapist who feels right for you.
I am here to help if you are looking to improve your life and the way you feel. This might be managing emotions, symptoms or difficulties – like stress, low mood, anxiety, OCD and trauma / PTSD, working through life challenges which are holding you back, improving relationships or feeling better about yourself. If you have been through a difficult or traumatic time and need validation, support and guidance feel free to get in touch. I offer therapy online and would be happy to meet with you for a free 20 minute video or phone call before committing, to help you to choose a therapist who feels right for you.
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Rochelle Armstrong
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Liverpool L1  (Online Only)
My therapeutic experiences includes working with clients who have experienced childhood trauma, have post-traumatic stress disorder, identity crisis, racial trauma, racial identity crisis, personal crisis, depression, low self esteem, mood disorders, personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder (BPD/EUPD) and many ranges of emotional ways of being. I promote resilience, mental fitness, prioritising a self care lifestyle, goal and self development accountability. I also encourage self-exploration and developing a sense of self, goal setting, becoming more of who you were born to be and living your best life!
My therapeutic experiences includes working with clients who have experienced childhood trauma, have post-traumatic stress disorder, identity crisis, racial trauma, racial identity crisis, personal crisis, depression, low self esteem, mood disorders, personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder (BPD/EUPD) and many ranges of emotional ways of being. I promote resilience, mental fitness, prioritising a self care lifestyle, goal and self development accountability. I also encourage self-exploration and developing a sense of self, goal setting, becoming more of who you were born to be and living your best life!
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Ameda Blades
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1  (Online Only)
The modality that I use is person-centred and experiential however I draw from a broad range of theoretical perspectives to work in an integrative way. I work in a sex and body positive way, this includes working with those who work in the sex industry. The majority of my working life has been working with individuals who have experienced personal and vicarious trauma or those who live or work in a chaotic and traumatic environment. When working with dissociative identity disorder as a presentation double length sessions (100 minutes) are available. SCID-D assessments, diagnosis and treatments plans offered.
The modality that I use is person-centred and experiential however I draw from a broad range of theoretical perspectives to work in an integrative way. I work in a sex and body positive way, this includes working with those who work in the sex industry. The majority of my working life has been working with individuals who have experienced personal and vicarious trauma or those who live or work in a chaotic and traumatic environment. When working with dissociative identity disorder as a presentation double length sessions (100 minutes) are available. SCID-D assessments, diagnosis and treatments plans offered.
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Claire Crilly
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L18  (Online Only)
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
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Dr Nadia Balmain
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
Hi, I’m Dr Nadia Balmain. Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an accredited EMDR Practitioner. I have provided psychotherapy for over ten years both in the NHS and in private practice. I offer therapy for many different problems, but I have a special interest in providing therapy for PTSD, complex Trauma, Anxiety and Depression. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is the gold standard treatment for PTSD and is recommended by NICE guidelines. EMDR helps clients to process traumatic and distressing experiences which are causing the present-day symptoms.
Hi, I’m Dr Nadia Balmain. Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an accredited EMDR Practitioner. I have provided psychotherapy for over ten years both in the NHS and in private practice. I offer therapy for many different problems, but I have a special interest in providing therapy for PTSD, complex Trauma, Anxiety and Depression. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is the gold standard treatment for PTSD and is recommended by NICE guidelines. EMDR helps clients to process traumatic and distressing experiences which are causing the present-day symptoms.
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Megan Bowes
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liverpool L37  (Online Only)
I specialise in EMDR for PTSD/ trauma and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals with chronic conditions such as chronic pain and long covid.
I am a Senior Health Psychologist specialising in Trauma, phobias and Chronic conditions. Together, we can work through any difficulties holding you back from living the life you'd like to lead. If you are struggling, either mentally or physically, please get in touch for a free consultation.
I specialise in EMDR for PTSD/ trauma and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals with chronic conditions such as chronic pain and long covid.
I am a Senior Health Psychologist specialising in Trauma, phobias and Chronic conditions. Together, we can work through any difficulties holding you back from living the life you'd like to lead. If you are struggling, either mentally or physically, please get in touch for a free consultation.
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Dr Miguel Montenegro
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Chartered and Registered Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist and Psychotherapist based in Liverpool City Centre and online for video calls. Going to clients is possible but only when appointments are funded by NHS, local authorities, and accident claims cases. I work with people who need specific assessments and therapy for anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, Autism, psychosis, low self-esteem, work-related stress, brain injuries, dementia, learning disabilities, personality disorders, relationship issues and many more. Appointments in English and Portuguese languages.
I am a Chartered and Registered Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist and Psychotherapist based in Liverpool City Centre and online for video calls. Going to clients is possible but only when appointments are funded by NHS, local authorities, and accident claims cases. I work with people who need specific assessments and therapy for anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, Autism, psychosis, low self-esteem, work-related stress, brain injuries, dementia, learning disabilities, personality disorders, relationship issues and many more. Appointments in English and Portuguese languages.
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Andrea Connell
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Liverpool L17
I've worked with a diverse range of clients for issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, addiction, panic attacks, stress, bereavement and relationship problems.
We all have times when we feel lost, alone or misunderstood. We want things to change but we don’t know how. Unsure of what we want we may talk to family or friends, but all they do is offer opinions. Sometimes we have no one to talk to and remain trapped in isolation unsure of own truth. This is where counselling can help.
I've worked with a diverse range of clients for issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, addiction, panic attacks, stress, bereavement and relationship problems.
We all have times when we feel lost, alone or misunderstood. We want things to change but we don’t know how. Unsure of what we want we may talk to family or friends, but all they do is offer opinions. Sometimes we have no one to talk to and remain trapped in isolation unsure of own truth. This is where counselling can help.
0151 541 4057 View 0151 541 4057
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Margi Hudson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L4
As an integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP I understand that not one therapeutic approach fits all. Instead I take into account, you as an individual and your circumstances, and use elements of different approaches to support in your journey. I will provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment to help you explore any topic you wish. Unsure how to move forward, apprehensive about counselling, not sure what to expect from counselling then I am here for you. I have supported people with trauma, ACEs, bereavement/loss, domestic violence, PTSD, anxiety, depression, low self worth and general wellbeing
As an integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP I understand that not one therapeutic approach fits all. Instead I take into account, you as an individual and your circumstances, and use elements of different approaches to support in your journey. I will provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment to help you explore any topic you wish. Unsure how to move forward, apprehensive about counselling, not sure what to expect from counselling then I am here for you. I have supported people with trauma, ACEs, bereavement/loss, domestic violence, PTSD, anxiety, depression, low self worth and general wellbeing
0151 453 4065 View 0151 453 4065
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Bayswater Counselling Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Liverpool L1
Gillian has experience working with a wide range of presenting issues, including low self-esteem; depression; self-harm and suicidal ideation; stress & anxiety; sexual trauma including rape and historic abuse; PTSD; strong feelings of guilt, shame and anger; work or school related issues and bereavement.
Gillian’s approach is extremely client focused whilst promoting integrative counselling including CBT, tailored to suit the individual needs of her clients. She offers a professional and confidential space where clients can explore and understand their experiences and the root to their problems, helping them to process difficult and strong emotions whilst assisting them to break the cycle of negative thinking and subsequent behaviors. Gillian collaboratively works with her clients to facilitate personal growth which encourages her clients to feel more positive about themselves enabling them to live a fuller and happier life.
Gillian has experience working with a wide range of presenting issues, including low self-esteem; depression; self-harm and suicidal ideation; stress & anxiety; sexual trauma including rape and historic abuse; PTSD; strong feelings of guilt, shame and anger; work or school related issues and bereavement.
Gillian’s approach is extremely client focused whilst promoting integrative counselling including CBT, tailored to suit the individual needs of her clients. She offers a professional and confidential space where clients can explore and understand their experiences and the root to their problems, helping them to process difficult and strong emotions whilst assisting them to break the cycle of negative thinking and subsequent behaviors. Gillian collaboratively works with her clients to facilitate personal growth which encourages her clients to feel more positive about themselves enabling them to live a fuller and happier life.
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Photo of Susanne Katharina Hill, Psychologist in Liverpool, England
Susanne Katharina Hill
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Liverpool L2  (Online Only)
I hold additional qualifications in NLP and CBT, Trauma, PTSD and put the client at the heart of everything I do.
The relationship you will have with your therapist is the most important thing when it comes to working through troubles successfully. Whether you are currently looking for yourself or your child - getting a 'feel' for whether I am the right therapist for you/them without worrying about the expense is crucial- therefore I invite you to get in touch for a free phone/video consultation to enable us to get to know each other. I am warm, caring and non-judgmental- a person who cares deeply for my clients who bring a vast range of challenges. Get in touch now - I'd love to hear from you.
I hold additional qualifications in NLP and CBT, Trauma, PTSD and put the client at the heart of everything I do.
The relationship you will have with your therapist is the most important thing when it comes to working through troubles successfully. Whether you are currently looking for yourself or your child - getting a 'feel' for whether I am the right therapist for you/them without worrying about the expense is crucial- therefore I invite you to get in touch for a free phone/video consultation to enable us to get to know each other. I am warm, caring and non-judgmental- a person who cares deeply for my clients who bring a vast range of challenges. Get in touch now - I'd love to hear from you.
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Photo of Kieran Lee, Psychotherapist in Liverpool, England
Kieran Lee
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
As a sport specialist with a background in Sport & Exercise Psychology, I can help anyone in or outside of the sporting realm with injury recovery, PTSD and trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression, performance anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, and sleep difficulties.
Mental health doesn't have to be scary! I want to take the fear out of mental health and first help you understand your own...what makes you tick and what's stopping you from ticking? When we understand how to manage our mental health, we can structure our lives to fulfil us in the long and short term. Whatever you're struggling with right now, we will work to uncover that sense of self you might have lost.
As a sport specialist with a background in Sport & Exercise Psychology, I can help anyone in or outside of the sporting realm with injury recovery, PTSD and trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression, performance anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, and sleep difficulties.
Mental health doesn't have to be scary! I want to take the fear out of mental health and first help you understand your own...what makes you tick and what's stopping you from ticking? When we understand how to manage our mental health, we can structure our lives to fulfil us in the long and short term. Whatever you're struggling with right now, we will work to uncover that sense of self you might have lost.
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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.