Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Oakwood

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Simon Kennedy
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oakwood 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
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BEE Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Oakwood LS8
Hello and welcome to my profile. I'm Tayba and I am trained as an integrative counsellor, but also work primarily from a trauma-informed and relational perspective. I tend to employ several other approaches based on what your need is and what is right for you, such as an embodied approach. I work with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, faith and cultural conflict, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, self-harm and bullying. The list is not exhaustive but should give you an idea of the range of issues I am able to help and support you with.
Hello and welcome to my profile. I'm Tayba and I am trained as an integrative counsellor, but also work primarily from a trauma-informed and relational perspective. I tend to employ several other approaches based on what your need is and what is right for you, such as an embodied approach. I work with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, faith and cultural conflict, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, self-harm and bullying. The list is not exhaustive but should give you an idea of the range of issues I am able to help and support you with.
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REAP Counselling Services
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Oakwood LS8
There is no need to feel you have to cope on your own because I have over 30 years of experience of delivering counselling for various addictions, anxiety, depression, sexual identity, couple counselling, bereavement and loss. I can deliver clinical supervision and counselling individuals, couples, groups as well as to diploma students. My service is tailor made where sessions can be held at any preferred venue at a time and day suitable to you. We can work your issues out together.
There is no need to feel you have to cope on your own because I have over 30 years of experience of delivering counselling for various addictions, anxiety, depression, sexual identity, couple counselling, bereavement and loss. I can deliver clinical supervision and counselling individuals, couples, groups as well as to diploma students. My service is tailor made where sessions can be held at any preferred venue at a time and day suitable to you. We can work your issues out together.
0113 467 9228 View 0113 467 9228
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Adam Clayton
Psychotherapist, MA, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Oakwood LS8
Beginning therapy is daunting. My job is to bring you space and deep listening; hearing what you need and responding compassionately and holistically to whatever emerges. I offer long-term psychotherapy, exploring what gets in the way of your connection with yourself and your relationships with others. These barriers are often unprocessed “knots” of pain revealed in our thinking, our feeling and how we walk, talk and interact. I enquire what it’s like “to be you” and together we explore how symptoms tell a story about your past, your present, and how your unknown or unloved parts can shape a new path.
Beginning therapy is daunting. My job is to bring you space and deep listening; hearing what you need and responding compassionately and holistically to whatever emerges. I offer long-term psychotherapy, exploring what gets in the way of your connection with yourself and your relationships with others. These barriers are often unprocessed “knots” of pain revealed in our thinking, our feeling and how we walk, talk and interact. I enquire what it’s like “to be you” and together we explore how symptoms tell a story about your past, your present, and how your unknown or unloved parts can shape a new path.
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Tracy Sapier
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Oakwood LS8
I trained as a person-centred counsellor, which simply means our sessions are all about you. I’d like to welcome you to a confidential and non-judgemental safe space where you can talk freely to explore your inner-self. Together, we can discover any underlying issues behind the difficulties you are experiencing and by overcoming the ghosts of your past, you will be in a better place to move forward with your life.Having counselling enables you to rediscover yourself in a safe place, where you can go at your own pace and allow yourself to release your true emotions that you may have locked away.
I trained as a person-centred counsellor, which simply means our sessions are all about you. I’d like to welcome you to a confidential and non-judgemental safe space where you can talk freely to explore your inner-self. Together, we can discover any underlying issues behind the difficulties you are experiencing and by overcoming the ghosts of your past, you will be in a better place to move forward with your life.Having counselling enables you to rediscover yourself in a safe place, where you can go at your own pace and allow yourself to release your true emotions that you may have locked away.
0113 487 2769 View 0113 487 2769
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Jo Miller
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Oakwood LS8
Are you struggling with anxiety? feeling overwhelmed, or stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours? Maybe you’ve experienced a bereavement or trauma and you’re finding it difficult to cope. Often, the thought of talking about how you’re feeling can be daunting, but I am caring, empathetic, insightful and ready to listen, so you can feel truly heard. I can offer you the support you need within a confidential and judgement free space. Finding the right counsellor is crucial, as building a strong therapeutic relationship is key in helping you to feel comfortable enough to fully open up and explore your concerns.
Are you struggling with anxiety? feeling overwhelmed, or stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours? Maybe you’ve experienced a bereavement or trauma and you’re finding it difficult to cope. Often, the thought of talking about how you’re feeling can be daunting, but I am caring, empathetic, insightful and ready to listen, so you can feel truly heard. I can offer you the support you need within a confidential and judgement free space. Finding the right counsellor is crucial, as building a strong therapeutic relationship is key in helping you to feel comfortable enough to fully open up and explore your concerns.
0113 519 9877 View 0113 519 9877

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Tracey Louise Ward
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBABCP
Verified 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
07500 934229 View 07500 934229
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Sarah Marzillier
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified 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
Photo of Ewelina Monika Ahmed - Fenix CBT Psychotherapy, Autism and OCD Specialist, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
Fenix CBT Psychotherapy, Autism and OCD Specialist
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Whinmoor LS14
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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Dr Rebecca Szlachcic
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified 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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Dr Beata (Bea) Michalska
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified 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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Simply Psychotherapy Ltd.
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified 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.
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Dr James Spiers
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leeds LS1
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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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
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Jodie Slee
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified 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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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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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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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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Jacquibird Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified 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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Juna Brookes
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Dunkeswick LS17
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
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.