Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Mirfield

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Fenix CBT Psychotherapy, Autism and OCD Specialist
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Mirfield WF14
At Fenix CBT we specialise in CBT/DBT therapy specifically adapted to autistic adults, children and young people, OCD (ERP) 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 (ERP) 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.
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Dr Rachel Lee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, CPsychol
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mirfield WF14
I offer specialist therapy (including EMDR) for anxiety & trauma symptoms such as low self-esteem, intrusive memories, nightmares, avoidance and overwhelming emotions. I'm a friendly, experienced Clinical Psychologist & accredited EMDR Consultant. I worked in the NHS for 20 years, including as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. I now run my own psychology practice, North Star Psychology Ltd. I help people heal from trauma & change unhelpful patterns so that they can feel calmer and more confident, reach their goals, improve their relationships and live a more fulfilling life. Please contact me to arrange a free consultation.
I offer specialist therapy (including EMDR) for anxiety & trauma symptoms such as low self-esteem, intrusive memories, nightmares, avoidance and overwhelming emotions. I'm a friendly, experienced Clinical Psychologist & accredited EMDR Consultant. I worked in the NHS for 20 years, including as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. I now run my own psychology practice, North Star Psychology Ltd. I help people heal from trauma & change unhelpful patterns so that they can feel calmer and more confident, reach their goals, improve their relationships and live a more fulfilling life. Please contact me to arrange a free consultation.
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Dr Catherine (Katie) Moizer
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Mirfield WF14
I am a highly experienced and skilled Clinical Psychologist of 17 years. I provide psychological assessment and therapy to young people and adults with a wide range of presenting issues, such as anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, relationship issues and eating related issues. I have a wide range of experience and skills to draw from, with specialist knowledge and skills in assessment (including cognitive assessment), cognitive behavioural approaches, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye-Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing and cognitive analytical mapping. I am fully DBS checked.
I am a highly experienced and skilled Clinical Psychologist of 17 years. I provide psychological assessment and therapy to young people and adults with a wide range of presenting issues, such as anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, relationship issues and eating related issues. I have a wide range of experience and skills to draw from, with specialist knowledge and skills in assessment (including cognitive assessment), cognitive behavioural approaches, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye-Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing and cognitive analytical mapping. I am fully DBS checked.
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Tina Waddington
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Mirfield WF14
Everybody who comes to counselling has different aims and outcomes that they want to achieve. Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I believe it can unlock thoughts and emotions and help you to process your experiences, exploring your current difficulties, alongside historic issues and relationships.
Everybody who comes to counselling has different aims and outcomes that they want to achieve. Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I believe it can unlock thoughts and emotions and help you to process your experiences, exploring your current difficulties, alongside historic issues and relationships.
01924 977645 View 01924 977645
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Rosy Finley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Mirfield WF14
Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or it feels the right time to speak to someone again, you are welcome here. Counselling with me can be a place to offload, work through or process some of those feelings or hard thoughts. A chance to untangle what is going on for you, while still enabling you to function day to day. I am an integrative, relational counsellor which means I am qualified in a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches and tailor sessions to meet your individual needs.
Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or it feels the right time to speak to someone again, you are welcome here. Counselling with me can be a place to offload, work through or process some of those feelings or hard thoughts. A chance to untangle what is going on for you, while still enabling you to function day to day. I am an integrative, relational counsellor which means I am qualified in a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches and tailor sessions to meet your individual needs.
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Michelle Spendlove
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Mirfield WF14
I'm Michelle, and I'm passionate about helping those who want to help themselves. I'm a Registered Member of the BACP, and my homely therapy room is based in Huddersfield town centre. I also offer video counselling depending on your preference. I'm an Integrative counsellor, using a range of techniques from various talking therapies, tailored to your individual needs. Together, we will explore your thoughts and feelings to find the root cause of any issues, and begin the healing process. I operate my practice by viewing you as a person - not a 'patient', and pride myself on being down-to-earth, open-minded and relatable.
I'm Michelle, and I'm passionate about helping those who want to help themselves. I'm a Registered Member of the BACP, and my homely therapy room is based in Huddersfield town centre. I also offer video counselling depending on your preference. I'm an Integrative counsellor, using a range of techniques from various talking therapies, tailored to your individual needs. Together, we will explore your thoughts and feelings to find the root cause of any issues, and begin the healing process. I operate my practice by viewing you as a person - not a 'patient', and pride myself on being down-to-earth, open-minded and relatable.
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Counselling Devoted to You
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mirfield WF14
Life can be a rollercoaster at times and when we are faced with tough times it can be difficult to manage our feelings or even locate what we are feeling and why. Sometimes we can feel stuck, lost, numb or alone in our pain, I can offer you a safe and confidential space to explore your difficulties, free from judgement. I am a warm and friendly person and I aim to provide the conditions needed for you to feel confident enough to allow me to journey with you to move forward positively.
Life can be a rollercoaster at times and when we are faced with tough times it can be difficult to manage our feelings or even locate what we are feeling and why. Sometimes we can feel stuck, lost, numb or alone in our pain, I can offer you a safe and confidential space to explore your difficulties, free from judgement. I am a warm and friendly person and I aim to provide the conditions needed for you to feel confident enough to allow me to journey with you to move forward positively.
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Aspire Play Therapy (Huddersfield/Wakefield)
Counsellor, MA, PTUK
Verified Verified
Mirfield WF14
Play Therapy can help support social, emotional and behaviour difficulties and also children who are struggling with confused and upsetting experiences. Difficulties that can be supported through Play Therapy include anger, phobias, friendships, concentration, loss and bereavement, anxiety, parental separation, trauma, sibling rivalry, hyperactivity, behavioural issues, emotional literacy and many others. Through the support of the therapist, play can help a child achieve their full potential. You can contact me to arrange a free consultation in which your child's difficulties can be discussed and therapeutic goals agreed.
Play Therapy can help support social, emotional and behaviour difficulties and also children who are struggling with confused and upsetting experiences. Difficulties that can be supported through Play Therapy include anger, phobias, friendships, concentration, loss and bereavement, anxiety, parental separation, trauma, sibling rivalry, hyperactivity, behavioural issues, emotional literacy and many others. Through the support of the therapist, play can help a child achieve their full potential. You can contact me to arrange a free consultation in which your child's difficulties can be discussed and therapeutic goals agreed.
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Karen - Shoreline YCC
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Mirfield WF14  (Online Only)
Whatever has brought you here, I'm sorry that you are having difficulties, maybe I can be of help, so why not get in touch to see if I am the right counsellor for you? I am a caring, kind, and compassionate person who can offer you a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential space to explore your concerns. Together we will work using tools and techniques to support you to make changes. As we build a trusting, confidential and genuine relationship we will determine what your needs and goals are. We will agree a flexible approach using psychotherapeutic counselling and or hypnotherapy, and maybe some coaching, taking one step at a time.
Whatever has brought you here, I'm sorry that you are having difficulties, maybe I can be of help, so why not get in touch to see if I am the right counsellor for you? I am a caring, kind, and compassionate person who can offer you a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential space to explore your concerns. Together we will work using tools and techniques to support you to make changes. As we build a trusting, confidential and genuine relationship we will determine what your needs and goals are. We will agree a flexible approach using psychotherapeutic counselling and or hypnotherapy, and maybe some coaching, taking one step at a time.
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Anya Zinkivskay
Counsellor, MRes, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS1
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in working with clients affected by complex trauma and PTSD (rooted in armed conflicts, physical or sexual abuse, childhood trauma), 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 Evidence-based techniques such as CBT, ERP and EMDR, in conjunction with psychoeducation. Client-Centred approach is central to my therapeutic aim of growing self-awareness and offering clients a proactive involvement in their therapeutic process. My private practice is based in Derbyshire and virtually on Zoom, 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 (rooted in armed conflicts, physical or sexual abuse, childhood trauma), 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 Evidence-based techniques such as CBT, ERP and EMDR, in conjunction with psychoeducation. Client-Centred approach is central to my therapeutic aim of growing self-awareness and offering clients a proactive involvement in their therapeutic process. My private practice is based in Derbyshire and virtually on Zoom, where in a confidential, safe and empathic environment I have been supporting clients from across the UK and Europe.
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J Heline Freea Mind Body Therapies Training Supervision
Counsellor, PsychD, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wakefield WF1
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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Juna Brookes
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Calverley LS28
Hi, my name is Juna Brookes, I am a BACP accredited counsellor and qualified EMDR Therapist in Horsforth, Leeds. 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.
Hi, my name is Juna Brookes, I am a BACP accredited counsellor and qualified EMDR Therapist in Horsforth, Leeds. 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.
0113 467 8327 View 0113 467 8327
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Sycamore Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Holmfirth HD9
A few of the issues I come into contact with regularly are: Relationship issues, Anger, Stress, Bereavement, Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Sexual, Physical and Emotional abuse, Identity, Sexuality, Addiction, Self-harm, suicidal thoughts, PTSD.
My name is Sharon. I understand that choosing to contact a therapist can be difficult. Making the first contact can be a daunting experience due to the number of therapies available, along with the uncertainty of which therapy will work best for you. As an integrative therapist, we will explore this together on our first consultation and agree on the best way forward for you, to ensure your psychological and emotional growth. Therapy will be created for your individual needs, with a clarity of what you can expect to achieve. The path you wish to take towards fulfilment will be with me being there with you every step of the way.
A few of the issues I come into contact with regularly are: Relationship issues, Anger, Stress, Bereavement, Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Sexual, Physical and Emotional abuse, Identity, Sexuality, Addiction, Self-harm, suicidal thoughts, PTSD.
My name is Sharon. I understand that choosing to contact a therapist can be difficult. Making the first contact can be a daunting experience due to the number of therapies available, along with the uncertainty of which therapy will work best for you. As an integrative therapist, we will explore this together on our first consultation and agree on the best way forward for you, to ensure your psychological and emotional growth. Therapy will be created for your individual needs, with a clarity of what you can expect to achieve. The path you wish to take towards fulfilment will be with me being there with you every step of the way.
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Mind Hubs
Psychotherapist, MSc, BPC
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1
In-person or online. With over 15 years clinical experience working for many years with complex trauma & PTSD in one of the UK's largest NHS Foundation Trusts. Specialising in addictions and eating disorders. For the last 8 years, I have been in private practice and mostly working with intersectionality, ADHD, PTSD & racial trauma. I also run a monthly group to explore the intersectionality of ethnicity & gender for diverse corporate women creating a safe, welcoming space where you can explore, grow, and thrive. Book a 30 min consultation
In-person or online. With over 15 years clinical experience working for many years with complex trauma & PTSD in one of the UK's largest NHS Foundation Trusts. Specialising in addictions and eating disorders. For the last 8 years, I have been in private practice and mostly working with intersectionality, ADHD, PTSD & racial trauma. I also run a monthly group to explore the intersectionality of ethnicity & gender for diverse corporate women creating a safe, welcoming space where you can explore, grow, and thrive. Book a 30 min consultation
020 3893 3290 View 020 3893 3290
Photo of Kat Hurst - Kat Hurst Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, MBACP, Counsellor
Kat Hurst Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wakefield WF2
Hello, my name is Kat and I am an anxiety and trauma focused therapist. I support clients who have experienced any kind of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, depression and/or any kind of trauma or abuse, such as physical, sexual, psychological, neglect, etc. I work from a gendered perspective with women and girls and those who identify as female only from the age of 14 and above. I work in an integrative way with clients using a phased approach to recovery. I will offer you the space to talk and be truly heard about matters that are causing you distress.
Hello, my name is Kat and I am an anxiety and trauma focused therapist. I support clients who have experienced any kind of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, depression and/or any kind of trauma or abuse, such as physical, sexual, psychological, neglect, etc. I work from a gendered perspective with women and girls and those who identify as female only from the age of 14 and above. I work in an integrative way with clients using a phased approach to recovery. I will offer you the space to talk and be truly heard about matters that are causing you distress.
01924 975598 View 01924 975598
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Dr James Spiers
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1
Not accepting new clients
Hello, I'm James, a chartered and HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, EMDR Therapist, and RAPPS registered clinical supervisor. I offer specialist assessment and treatment for people with persisting anxiety based problems, trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD, including people diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) and non-epileptic seizures.
Hello, I'm James, a chartered and HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, EMDR Therapist, and RAPPS registered clinical supervisor. I offer specialist assessment and treatment for people with persisting anxiety based problems, trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD, including people diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) and non-epileptic seizures.
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Stella Catherine Marklew
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Halifax HX3
My training and experience enable me to work with a wide range of issues, with a specialist area in panic/anxiety/trauma/PTSD.
I work with each client addressing their specific problems and tailoring the work to meet their needs, personality and preferred way of working. Everyone will experience difficulties at some point in their lives but sometimes we need help to overcome problems and find better life solutions. I work in a confidential and safe environment where clients are able to develop more contentment and fulfilment in their lives.
My training and experience enable me to work with a wide range of issues, with a specialist area in panic/anxiety/trauma/PTSD.
I work with each client addressing their specific problems and tailoring the work to meet their needs, personality and preferred way of working. Everyone will experience difficulties at some point in their lives but sometimes we need help to overcome problems and find better life solutions. I work in a confidential and safe environment where clients are able to develop more contentment and fulfilment in their lives.
01303 761515 View 01303 761515
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Ruth Netherwood MBACP
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1
My work 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. 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 work 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. 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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Aleksandra Romana Brzezinska
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified 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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Heather Howard-Thompson
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wakefield WF1
I work with a range of conditions including stress, depression, anxiety disorders; trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Panic Disorder, BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, relationship problems, work related issues etc.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, EMDR and DBT Practitioner. My background is in mental health nursing (since 1997!). I have extensive experience in working with clients struggling with emotional regulation, anxiety, complex trauma and a range of common mental health problems. I am the founder and director of Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd, a private therapy practice and have a team of associates that work with children, adolescents and adults.
I work with a range of conditions including stress, depression, anxiety disorders; trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Panic Disorder, BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, relationship problems, work related issues etc.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, EMDR and DBT Practitioner. My background is in mental health nursing (since 1997!). I have extensive experience in working with clients struggling with emotional regulation, anxiety, complex trauma and a range of common mental health problems. I am the founder and director of Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd, a private therapy practice and have a team of associates that work with children, adolescents and adults.
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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.