Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Sheffield

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Sally Moore
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sheffield S26
Waitlist for new clients
Are you experiencing any of the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD symptoms, or phobias? Perhaps you are wanting to work out why patterns keep repeating in your relationships, or maybe you are a couple wanting to improve communication and intimacy. I am counsellor and trauma therapist, offering therapy to individuals, couples and groups. My main approach is a type of therapy called Transactional Analysis, which can be used to help us to understand ourselves and our relationships better, and find ways to make the changes we want. I also offer EMDR, a NICE approved therapy, for PTSD, Phobias, Anxiety, and many other issues.
Are you experiencing any of the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD symptoms, or phobias? Perhaps you are wanting to work out why patterns keep repeating in your relationships, or maybe you are a couple wanting to improve communication and intimacy. I am counsellor and trauma therapist, offering therapy to individuals, couples and groups. My main approach is a type of therapy called Transactional Analysis, which can be used to help us to understand ourselves and our relationships better, and find ways to make the changes we want. I also offer EMDR, a NICE approved therapy, for PTSD, Phobias, Anxiety, and many other issues.
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Iris Marieke Winkel
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Sheffield S7
I offer people relief of PTSD symptoms as a result of a trauma incidents such as car accident, rape, sudden bereavement, medical malpractice etc. EMDR therapy is a quick way of processing such trauma's. Contact me if you want the trauma incident to stop being centre stage in your life.
I offer people relief of PTSD symptoms as a result of a trauma incidents such as car accident, rape, sudden bereavement, medical malpractice etc. EMDR therapy is a quick way of processing such trauma's. Contact me if you want the trauma incident to stop being centre stage in your life.
0114 697 3269 View 0114 697 3269
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MindScope Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sheffield S26
Does anxiety control your life? Is everything just too overwhelming? Do you, or your child struggle to 'fit 'in? Have you lost your sense of direction or purpose?, or maybe you just don't feel 'good enough'. As a Person centred counsellor I will listen without judgement, empower and support you. 'You' are the expert, this is your life, your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours are all important and extremely valid. Maybe your haunted by trauma, PTSD, phobias, bullying, nightmares or anxiety. By using Rewind therapy, together we can reframe the trauma and the fear offering you a happier, better quality of life.
Does anxiety control your life? Is everything just too overwhelming? Do you, or your child struggle to 'fit 'in? Have you lost your sense of direction or purpose?, or maybe you just don't feel 'good enough'. As a Person centred counsellor I will listen without judgement, empower and support you. 'You' are the expert, this is your life, your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours are all important and extremely valid. Maybe your haunted by trauma, PTSD, phobias, bullying, nightmares or anxiety. By using Rewind therapy, together we can reframe the trauma and the fear offering you a happier, better quality of life.
0114 697 0117 View 0114 697 0117
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Laura Flann
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sheffield S3
I follow a 3-phase trauma model and draw from a selection of therapeutic approaches to help a person overcome challenges such as PTSD, C-PTSD and dissociative struggles.
I am an integrative trauma therapist that specialise in trauma and eating disorders. I am currently undergoing the ISSTD training to specialise in Dissociative disorders including dissociative identity disorder (DID). I currently support those with DID under the supervision of a DID specialist supervisor.
I follow a 3-phase trauma model and draw from a selection of therapeutic approaches to help a person overcome challenges such as PTSD, C-PTSD and dissociative struggles.
I am an integrative trauma therapist that specialise in trauma and eating disorders. I am currently undergoing the ISSTD training to specialise in Dissociative disorders including dissociative identity disorder (DID). I currently support those with DID under the supervision of a DID specialist supervisor.
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Heather @ Lantern Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sheffield S8
I specialise in working with a range of mental health problems including anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, panic, phobias, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
My name is Heather, and I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) at Lantern Psychotherapy. I work alongside a small group of professional, experienced therapists providing high quality therapy. I provide therapy online and in person enabling you to access your therapy at a time and place convenient to you. CBT is a widely used, evidence-based, recommended therapy, suitable for a range of mental health problems. CBT is most effective when working together with a therapist towards your personal therapy goals. We will focus your sessions therefore, on the aspects of your difficulties most important to you.
I specialise in working with a range of mental health problems including anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, panic, phobias, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
My name is Heather, and I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) at Lantern Psychotherapy. I work alongside a small group of professional, experienced therapists providing high quality therapy. I provide therapy online and in person enabling you to access your therapy at a time and place convenient to you. CBT is a widely used, evidence-based, recommended therapy, suitable for a range of mental health problems. CBT is most effective when working together with a therapist towards your personal therapy goals. We will focus your sessions therefore, on the aspects of your difficulties most important to you.
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Adeola Iluyomade
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S1
I offer a space to talk, giving you time out to reflect and to explore self-development. As an Integrative Relational Therapeutic Counsellor, I draw on different models of therapy including Psychodynamic, Systemic, Interpersonal Process, CBT, Transactional Analysis amongst others in supporting you to reach your desired goals to maximise your full potentials. Meaning, you will find my approach friendly, empowering and conversational in style. I take great care in ensuring that you feel safe, respected and valued. I offer flexibility of short or long term therapy as tailored round your needs. I adhere to the ethics & codes of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I offer a space to talk, giving you time out to reflect and to explore self-development. As an Integrative Relational Therapeutic Counsellor, I draw on different models of therapy including Psychodynamic, Systemic, Interpersonal Process, CBT, Transactional Analysis amongst others in supporting you to reach your desired goals to maximise your full potentials. Meaning, you will find my approach friendly, empowering and conversational in style. I take great care in ensuring that you feel safe, respected and valued. I offer flexibility of short or long term therapy as tailored round your needs. I adhere to the ethics & codes of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
0113 467 9309 View 0113 467 9309
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Maggie Spark @ Lantern Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sheffield S10  (Online Only)
I offer one-to-one Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a wide range of difficulties, including depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia, and OCD.
My name is Maggie and I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist-in-training at Lantern Psychotherapy. Lantern Psychotherapy are a small group of professional, experienced therapists providing high quality online therapy, enabling you to access your therapy at a time and place convenient to you. I have many years' experience of providing therapy in the NHS, and I currently work as Deputy Programme Director for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Sheffield alongside my private practice.
I offer one-to-one Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a wide range of difficulties, including depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia, and OCD.
My name is Maggie and I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist-in-training at Lantern Psychotherapy. Lantern Psychotherapy are a small group of professional, experienced therapists providing high quality online therapy, enabling you to access your therapy at a time and place convenient to you. I have many years' experience of providing therapy in the NHS, and I currently work as Deputy Programme Director for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Sheffield alongside my private practice.
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Lara Myers
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Sheffield S11
I work with clients who have experienced relational trauma in childhood or as adults and the difficulties that arise : PTSD, depression, low self esteem, shame, anger and problems forming safe trusting relationships. I also specialise in bereavement Issues. I use an integrative approach which means I offer a non directive, non judgemental space to : develop coping mechanisms; explore what has happened and make sense of what you are experiencing; share information to increase understanding of how/why we respond as we do ; try out new ways of being and interacting with people; understand and trust yourself and your intuition.
I work with clients who have experienced relational trauma in childhood or as adults and the difficulties that arise : PTSD, depression, low self esteem, shame, anger and problems forming safe trusting relationships. I also specialise in bereavement Issues. I use an integrative approach which means I offer a non directive, non judgemental space to : develop coping mechanisms; explore what has happened and make sense of what you are experiencing; share information to increase understanding of how/why we respond as we do ; try out new ways of being and interacting with people; understand and trust yourself and your intuition.
07866 849412 View 07866 849412
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Dr James Spiers
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Sheffield S1
Waitlist for new clients
I am a chartered, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, EMDR Therapist and RAPPS registered clinical supervisor, qualified and trained to assess and treat a broad range of psychological problems across the lifespan. I offer specialist assessment and treatment for persisting anxiety based problems, trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD (multiple/chronic adverse events) including people diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) and Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD).
I am a chartered, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, EMDR Therapist and RAPPS registered clinical supervisor, qualified and trained to assess and treat a broad range of psychological problems across the lifespan. I offer specialist assessment and treatment for persisting anxiety based problems, trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD (multiple/chronic adverse events) including people diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) and Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD).
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Sarah Alison Kitley-Jones
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Sheffield S12
I am a person centred psychotherapist with lived experience of trauma and mental health difficulties. I work with you to identify areas of difficulty and distress. I have experience of working with clients suffering from PTSD, trauma, abuse, depression and other MH conditions. I have a studio in my garden for one to one Art Psychotherapy and also work online. I would be happy to discuss with you your needs and also to see if we can work together.
I am a person centred psychotherapist with lived experience of trauma and mental health difficulties. I work with you to identify areas of difficulty and distress. I have experience of working with clients suffering from PTSD, trauma, abuse, depression and other MH conditions. I have a studio in my garden for one to one Art Psychotherapy and also work online. I would be happy to discuss with you your needs and also to see if we can work together.
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Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S2
We at Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice are committed to helping people to overcome difficult and distressing times. We provide a safe and personalised service offering solutions for people experiencing a range of difficulties from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, worrying, social phobia, low self esteem, public speaking, OCD, & PTSD. At the center of Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice is an approach that supports clients to reach psychological and personal well-being,
We at Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice are committed to helping people to overcome difficult and distressing times. We provide a safe and personalised service offering solutions for people experiencing a range of difficulties from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, worrying, social phobia, low self esteem, public speaking, OCD, & PTSD. At the center of Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice is an approach that supports clients to reach psychological and personal well-being,
0114 478 2065 View 0114 478 2065
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Susan Coldwell Counselling and Supervision Online
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Sheffield S6  (Online Only)
I work with survivors of physical, psychological and sexual abuse, building trust to create a safe helping relationship where people can work through complex emotions and traumatic experiences giving rise to depression, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem and mental health problems.
In counselling you can speak to someone in confidence, who will listen as you talk through your thoughts feelings and problems. I offer a safe space where I will work with you to understand your difficulties without criticism or judgement. I can help you explore the things that are causing you trouble and come to a better understanding of yourself. Learning to accept and trust in yourself and your own natural inner resources, you will grow in confidence and self-esteem and draw on your own strengths to bring about real, meaningful change and growth.
I work with survivors of physical, psychological and sexual abuse, building trust to create a safe helping relationship where people can work through complex emotions and traumatic experiences giving rise to depression, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem and mental health problems.
In counselling you can speak to someone in confidence, who will listen as you talk through your thoughts feelings and problems. I offer a safe space where I will work with you to understand your difficulties without criticism or judgement. I can help you explore the things that are causing you trouble and come to a better understanding of yourself. Learning to accept and trust in yourself and your own natural inner resources, you will grow in confidence and self-esteem and draw on your own strengths to bring about real, meaningful change and growth.
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Well Minds PTS
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sheffield S10
We have specialist training in working with trauma and PTSD and also supporting people who have mental health issues that coexist alongside long term health conditions like Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, IBS and medically unexplained symptoms.
Well Minds PTS is run by Sally Willan and Leanne Alston. We are accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists with additional clinical training in EMDR and Couples Therapy for Depression . Our aim is to support people to manage their mental health whilst encouraging an overall healthy and active lifestyle. We work with a range of problems related to mental health including Depression or feelings of low mood, sadness and lack of motivation, Generalised Anxiety Disorder or excessive worry, stress, panic attacks or Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma and PTSD.
We have specialist training in working with trauma and PTSD and also supporting people who have mental health issues that coexist alongside long term health conditions like Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, IBS and medically unexplained symptoms.
Well Minds PTS is run by Sally Willan and Leanne Alston. We are accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists with additional clinical training in EMDR and Couples Therapy for Depression . Our aim is to support people to manage their mental health whilst encouraging an overall healthy and active lifestyle. We work with a range of problems related to mental health including Depression or feelings of low mood, sadness and lack of motivation, Generalised Anxiety Disorder or excessive worry, stress, panic attacks or Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma and PTSD.
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Linda Hardwick
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S11
As a CBT therapist I have experience in working with the following presentations, anxiety, phobia's, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, relationship issues, bereavement/loss, low confidence.
Hello, my name is Linda and I am a CBT therapist and Sensory practitioner. I have over 13 years experience of working in the NHS. Since qualifying in 2009 I have worked with older adults, adults and with children and adolescents in a variety of different settings. These have involved working in educational environments, hospitals and in community mental health teams. The majority of my work has been within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I have worked with children, young people and their families helping them with a wide range of issues. I provide face to face sessions on Thursday afternoons in Sheffield.
As a CBT therapist I have experience in working with the following presentations, anxiety, phobia's, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, relationship issues, bereavement/loss, low confidence.
Hello, my name is Linda and I am a CBT therapist and Sensory practitioner. I have over 13 years experience of working in the NHS. Since qualifying in 2009 I have worked with older adults, adults and with children and adolescents in a variety of different settings. These have involved working in educational environments, hospitals and in community mental health teams. The majority of my work has been within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I have worked with children, young people and their families helping them with a wide range of issues. I provide face to face sessions on Thursday afternoons in Sheffield.
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Sarah French
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S11  (Online Only)
CBT and ACT can help with depression, anxiety, OCD, worry, trauma, PTSD and self esteem.
My name is Sarah and I have over 20 years experience working as a Psychotherapist in the NHS and in private practice. I specialise in CBT, ACT, Compassion focused approaches and in EMDR. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), includes a range of talking therapies, all based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, what we do, and how our bodies feel, are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter all the others. When we’re low or upset, we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice thinking styles or unhelpful things that we do so we can live better.
CBT and ACT can help with depression, anxiety, OCD, worry, trauma, PTSD and self esteem.
My name is Sarah and I have over 20 years experience working as a Psychotherapist in the NHS and in private practice. I specialise in CBT, ACT, Compassion focused approaches and in EMDR. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), includes a range of talking therapies, all based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, what we do, and how our bodies feel, are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter all the others. When we’re low or upset, we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice thinking styles or unhelpful things that we do so we can live better.
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South Yorkshire CBT and Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S1
Suffering from dehabilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety and low self esteem can have a devastating effect on your work and personal life. We can work with you to overcome issues such as; depression, OCD, PTSD, phobias, chronic pain, domestic abuse, intrusive or inappropriate thoughts, low self esteem and relationship issues. By helping you identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and make appropriate changes in these areas you can experience improvements and a greater sense of well-being in your day to day life.
Suffering from dehabilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety and low self esteem can have a devastating effect on your work and personal life. We can work with you to overcome issues such as; depression, OCD, PTSD, phobias, chronic pain, domestic abuse, intrusive or inappropriate thoughts, low self esteem and relationship issues. By helping you identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and make appropriate changes in these areas you can experience improvements and a greater sense of well-being in your day to day life.
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Tanya Dobrovolskis
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S8  (Online Only)
Hi I am Tanya, working on line or phone, I am a neurodivergent psychotherapist. Experienced in working with trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, negative internal dialogue and ADHD. I use person centred and inner child therapy. This means looking back at your past to understand and challenge the unwanted behaviours you are dealing with today. I can offer you a safe environment to help you to change negative internal dialogue and low self-esteem and through self-compassion and empathy help you to build your self worth and feel stronger and more confident moving forward. I offer long and short term therapy.
Hi I am Tanya, working on line or phone, I am a neurodivergent psychotherapist. Experienced in working with trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, negative internal dialogue and ADHD. I use person centred and inner child therapy. This means looking back at your past to understand and challenge the unwanted behaviours you are dealing with today. I can offer you a safe environment to help you to change negative internal dialogue and low self-esteem and through self-compassion and empathy help you to build your self worth and feel stronger and more confident moving forward. I offer long and short term therapy.
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Jack Brown
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sheffield S1  (Online Only)
I am an expert in using CBT for depression as well as for common anxiety disorders including OCD, health anxiety, BDD, phobias, GAD and PTSD.
I am an accredited CBT therapist (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), I supervise and teach other therapists and have worked as a Senior Psychological Therapist in the NHS. I guarantee my clients a compassionate, dedicated and highly individualised therapy process, and a practitioner who cares deeply the quality of the work. I bring together a broad range of clinical skills and experience, gathered over 10 years in frontline NHS therapy services. This broad range of theory and experience helps me get to the heart of your issue and gives us a variety of tools, methods and ideas, to help achieve your goals.
I am an expert in using CBT for depression as well as for common anxiety disorders including OCD, health anxiety, BDD, phobias, GAD and PTSD.
I am an accredited CBT therapist (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), I supervise and teach other therapists and have worked as a Senior Psychological Therapist in the NHS. I guarantee my clients a compassionate, dedicated and highly individualised therapy process, and a practitioner who cares deeply the quality of the work. I bring together a broad range of clinical skills and experience, gathered over 10 years in frontline NHS therapy services. This broad range of theory and experience helps me get to the heart of your issue and gives us a variety of tools, methods and ideas, to help achieve your goals.
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Hope Therapy Hub
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S10
Hi, my name is Dawn. My background is as a registered mental health nurse and I have worked with children, young people, and families for over 25 years. I am also a dual-qualified psychotherapist and I work privately helping people from all age groups to overcome a wide range of mental health challenges which include: eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma work including PTSD, relationship difficulties, autism, and attention deficit disorders to mention a few. I love my job and I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and getting their lives back on track.
Hi, my name is Dawn. My background is as a registered mental health nurse and I have worked with children, young people, and families for over 25 years. I am also a dual-qualified psychotherapist and I work privately helping people from all age groups to overcome a wide range of mental health challenges which include: eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma work including PTSD, relationship difficulties, autism, and attention deficit disorders to mention a few. I love my job and I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and getting their lives back on track.
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M. E. Rebello
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Sheffield S11
I believe every individual has deep inherent dignity and that people are worth caring for. ​Yet we live in a world where we will suffer, some of us in deep and profound ways. I meet with many clients who have complex trauma or are working through challenges related to family or church hurt. They all desire to experience life differently, to heal and be renewed. Many of my clients also desire to work with a counsellor who has a Christian perspective and can offer insights on difficulties with Christian community.
I believe every individual has deep inherent dignity and that people are worth caring for. ​Yet we live in a world where we will suffer, some of us in deep and profound ways. I meet with many clients who have complex trauma or are working through challenges related to family or church hurt. They all desire to experience life differently, to heal and be renewed. Many of my clients also desire to work with a counsellor who has a Christian perspective and can offer insights on difficulties with Christian community.
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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.