Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Wakefield

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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.
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Northern Lighthouse Psychology Ltd
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF3
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I’m Charlotte. I am a Registered Psychologist and Accredited EMDR therapist. I have 20 years of experience working with people suffering with mental health difficulties. I am passionate about helping people struggling with distressing emotions which may lead to suicidal & self-injurious thinking and behaviour. I also have significant experience working with people who have experienced trauma (and may have a PTSD diagnosis) and may have been given a personality disorder diagnosis. In addition to using EMDR I am also trained in DBT and schema therapy so tend to use a combined approach tailored to the needs of the individual.
Hi, I’m Charlotte. I am a Registered Psychologist and Accredited EMDR therapist. I have 20 years of experience working with people suffering with mental health difficulties. I am passionate about helping people struggling with distressing emotions which may lead to suicidal & self-injurious thinking and behaviour. I also have significant experience working with people who have experienced trauma (and may have a PTSD diagnosis) and may have been given a personality disorder diagnosis. In addition to using EMDR I am also trained in DBT and schema therapy so tend to use a combined approach tailored to the needs of the individual.
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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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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.
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connect 2 emdr
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1
Hi, I'm Lauren a trauma therapist specalising in EMDR psychotherapy. EMDR is now the front line treatment for PTSD. It can be used to treat single traumas, For example a road traffic accident. Or multiple traumas. For example, veterans, abuse survivors. EMDR is hugley succesful at treating a range of mental health issues (anxiety, low mood, poor sleep, self harm, self esteem, self sabotage behaviours and many more). For some starting therapy can be extremely daunting. Together we will develop a plan and pace that suits you.
Hi, I'm Lauren a trauma therapist specalising in EMDR psychotherapy. EMDR is now the front line treatment for PTSD. It can be used to treat single traumas, For example a road traffic accident. Or multiple traumas. For example, veterans, abuse survivors. EMDR is hugley succesful at treating a range of mental health issues (anxiety, low mood, poor sleep, self harm, self esteem, self sabotage behaviours and many more). For some starting therapy can be extremely daunting. Together we will develop a plan and pace that suits you.
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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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With The Seasons - Counselling & Trauma Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1
Are you feeling out of sync with the world and other people? You may be going through a bereavement or significant life changes, feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, confused, misunderstood or be living with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or Long Covid. I can help you reconnect to yourself and others. I can support you with the things that are holding you back as well as help you make more sense of the new world around you. I help you work with the body and mind together - a more effective way to stabilise and rebuild after a traumatic time as well as enable new insights and change - than bringing your pain up over and over again.
Are you feeling out of sync with the world and other people? You may be going through a bereavement or significant life changes, feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, confused, misunderstood or be living with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or Long Covid. I can help you reconnect to yourself and others. I can support you with the things that are holding you back as well as help you make more sense of the new world around you. I help you work with the body and mind together - a more effective way to stabilise and rebuild after a traumatic time as well as enable new insights and change - than bringing your pain up over and over again.
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Kubra Hussain
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1  (Online Only)
Experienced in assessing and treating a wide range of anxiety and mood disorders in adults including Depression, Social Anxiety, OCD, General Anxiety, Anxiety, Health Anxiety, PTSD, Complex PTSD (C-PTSD), Low Self Esteem, Panic Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder & phobias.
My name is Kubra Hussain, I am an Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists. I specialise as a CBT Therapist, EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and clinical Supervisor.
Experienced in assessing and treating a wide range of anxiety and mood disorders in adults including Depression, Social Anxiety, OCD, General Anxiety, Anxiety, Health Anxiety, PTSD, Complex PTSD (C-PTSD), Low Self Esteem, Panic Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder & phobias.
My name is Kubra Hussain, I am an Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists. I specialise as a CBT Therapist, EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and clinical Supervisor.
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Jonathan Glynn
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1
I am a highly qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) working 1:1 in a relational, collaborative manner. CAT looks at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life). I have worked in both the private sector and NHS for 10+ years working with individuals with a range of presentations including anxiety and depression, mental disorders and individuals diagnosed with a personality disorder. I am also experienced using CBT and trained in REWIND therapy, used for treatment of phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I am a highly qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) working 1:1 in a relational, collaborative manner. CAT looks at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life). I have worked in both the private sector and NHS for 10+ years working with individuals with a range of presentations including anxiety and depression, mental disorders and individuals diagnosed with a personality disorder. I am also experienced using CBT and trained in REWIND therapy, used for treatment of phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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Dr Kerri Garbutt
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1  (Online Only)
ONLINE SESSIONS OFFERED: I am a Chartered and Registered Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of adults, with a wide range of psychological issues and needs. I am able to adapt my therapeutic approach and style to best meet your needs and therefore I can use a range of therapeutic approaches. I am also known for my ability to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with individuals that have difficulty trusting others, experience high levels of shame or have had negative experiences with other therapists/individuals in authority in the past. PLEASE MAKE CONTACT VIA EMAIL
ONLINE SESSIONS OFFERED: I am a Chartered and Registered Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of adults, with a wide range of psychological issues and needs. I am able to adapt my therapeutic approach and style to best meet your needs and therefore I can use a range of therapeutic approaches. I am also known for my ability to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with individuals that have difficulty trusting others, experience high levels of shame or have had negative experiences with other therapists/individuals in authority in the past. PLEASE MAKE CONTACT VIA EMAIL
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Lucy Louise Robinson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1
I am an integrative counsellor; psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. My therapeutic practice is based largely on the relational approach, this means I place great emphasis on the relationship between you and I as it is our relationship which becomes the vehicle for your therapeutic journey. Each person is unique and I will draw on modalities that I feel will most suit you and the issues that you present to me. During our sessions I would like you to have as much autonomy as possible but I shall also give direction should you need it.
I am an integrative counsellor; psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. My therapeutic practice is based largely on the relational approach, this means I place great emphasis on the relationship between you and I as it is our relationship which becomes the vehicle for your therapeutic journey. Each person is unique and I will draw on modalities that I feel will most suit you and the issues that you present to me. During our sessions I would like you to have as much autonomy as possible but I shall also give direction should you need it.
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Danny Ford
Psychotherapist, MA, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1
Do you feel different than other people, like nobody seems to understand you? Do you often feel like an outsider? Perhaps you have trouble standing up for yourself or speaking your truth. Do you tend to cater to other people's needs and don’t get what you need? Do people sometimes tell you that you're a loving and giving person, but you feel flawed and unlovable? Do you feel uncomfortable in social situations, fearing that people will reject you if you stand out? Do you feel depressed? Do you often feel anxious? Perhaps you often don’t know what you need or want. Are you very hard on yourself and have lots of self-critical thoughts?
Do you feel different than other people, like nobody seems to understand you? Do you often feel like an outsider? Perhaps you have trouble standing up for yourself or speaking your truth. Do you tend to cater to other people's needs and don’t get what you need? Do people sometimes tell you that you're a loving and giving person, but you feel flawed and unlovable? Do you feel uncomfortable in social situations, fearing that people will reject you if you stand out? Do you feel depressed? Do you often feel anxious? Perhaps you often don’t know what you need or want. Are you very hard on yourself and have lots of self-critical thoughts?
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Joshua Carter
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wakefield WF4
Hi, I'm Joshua, a professional psychotherapist and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I know how daunting it can be to look for a counsellor, or finding who will match your needs and expectations. So I will talk you through how I work and what I can offer you, to hopefully take away any confusion and make your search a little easier. I am located at Nostell Priory in Wakefield.
Hi, I'm Joshua, a professional psychotherapist and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I know how daunting it can be to look for a counsellor, or finding who will match your needs and expectations. So I will talk you through how I work and what I can offer you, to hopefully take away any confusion and make your search a little easier. I am located at Nostell Priory in Wakefield.
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Anna Settle
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wakefield WF1  (Online Only)
Our time together will centre around about releasing the burdens and healing the injuries that have resulted from past experiences. My intention is to enable and support you to be able to live your life in a way that is more true to who you really are. My aim is to offer the tools and compassion into the places of darkness and discomfort in your life. I am an Internal Family Systems therapist at the heart of sessions and greatly value the impact this way of being has for our inner world. Feel free to contact me for further information on IFS or to chat about sessions.
Our time together will centre around about releasing the burdens and healing the injuries that have resulted from past experiences. My intention is to enable and support you to be able to live your life in a way that is more true to who you really are. My aim is to offer the tools and compassion into the places of darkness and discomfort in your life. I am an Internal Family Systems therapist at the heart of sessions and greatly value the impact this way of being has for our inner world. Feel free to contact me for further information on IFS or to chat about sessions.
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Nicola Emsley Emdr
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Drama Therap.
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF4
Please contact me via email as a first port of call so we can arrange a telephone call. Are experiences from your past currently limiting your present and your future? Are you struggling to achieve your potential due to the constant management of anxiety, depression, stress and relational difficulties? I integrate approaches such as EMDR, mindfulness, sensorimotor or body-based work and psychoeducation to help my clients better understand where their difficulties have come from, how to manage and reduce symptoms and finally to process the trauma they are carrying from the past. If this sounds like it could help you, please read on.
Please contact me via email as a first port of call so we can arrange a telephone call. Are experiences from your past currently limiting your present and your future? Are you struggling to achieve your potential due to the constant management of anxiety, depression, stress and relational difficulties? I integrate approaches such as EMDR, mindfulness, sensorimotor or body-based work and psychoeducation to help my clients better understand where their difficulties have come from, how to manage and reduce symptoms and finally to process the trauma they are carrying from the past. If this sounds like it could help you, please read on.
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Lisa Furnish Gmbpss Mbacp
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wakefield WF1
Are you looking to find your self-worth again after an abusive relationship? Do you need a trauma-led psychotherapist who can help empower you in a safe and empathic way? I work with those who are trying to leave, or who have left, an emotionally abusive relationship and want to shed the trauma bonds and find their self-worth again. I have experience surviving trauma and working with others looking to heal from abuse, trauma bonding, and co-dependency. I can help you understand how abuse affects your mind, body, and well-being. I can help you navigate your way through the emotions of shame, guilt, and fear in a safe way.
Are you looking to find your self-worth again after an abusive relationship? Do you need a trauma-led psychotherapist who can help empower you in a safe and empathic way? I work with those who are trying to leave, or who have left, an emotionally abusive relationship and want to shed the trauma bonds and find their self-worth again. I have experience surviving trauma and working with others looking to heal from abuse, trauma bonding, and co-dependency. I can help you understand how abuse affects your mind, body, and well-being. I can help you navigate your way through the emotions of shame, guilt, and fear in a safe way.
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Victoria Northern
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wakefield WF2
I work with adults and young people with various presenting difficulties such as anxiety, OCD, phobias, stress, trauma, depression, anger, loss, low self esteem, self harm, relationship problems and abuse. Counselling is a process people seek when they want changes in their life. It can help us to understand and have better clarity of our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Let me ask you…Are you feeling stuck? Do you want to feel happier? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you feeling lost or hopeless? Are you battling with your inner critic? Do you want to heal from your past? If so let’s start your journey to discovering a new you.
I work with adults and young people with various presenting difficulties such as anxiety, OCD, phobias, stress, trauma, depression, anger, loss, low self esteem, self harm, relationship problems and abuse. Counselling is a process people seek when they want changes in their life. It can help us to understand and have better clarity of our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Let me ask you…Are you feeling stuck? Do you want to feel happier? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you feeling lost or hopeless? Are you battling with your inner critic? Do you want to heal from your past? If so let’s start your journey to discovering a new you.
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Kimberley Webb- Private Psychotherapy Yorkshire
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist, EMDR and Accredited Schema Therapist. I provide evidence-based psychological assessment, formulation and intervention to adults experiencing difficulties such as trauma, relationship difficulties and emotional distress. I provide bespoke therapy to support you in making sense of, and addressing the difficulties that prompted you to seek therapy. I. utilise schema, EMDR and psychodynamic approaches as well as traditional CBT methods, I am the co-developer of: privatepsychotherapyyorkshire
I am a HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist, EMDR and Accredited Schema Therapist. I provide evidence-based psychological assessment, formulation and intervention to adults experiencing difficulties such as trauma, relationship difficulties and emotional distress. I provide bespoke therapy to support you in making sense of, and addressing the difficulties that prompted you to seek therapy. I. utilise schema, EMDR and psychodynamic approaches as well as traditional CBT methods, I am the co-developer of: privatepsychotherapyyorkshire
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Women in Bloom Psychology
Psychologist, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
Wakefield WF1
Hi, I’m Tracey, I specialise in psychological assessment and therapy for women. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, pregnancy and motherhood, perimenopause/menopause, bereavements, traumas? As women, there can be many unique challenges and life transitions to face. Having a safe space to reflect on what's happening for you, to connect with the emotional impacts, and discover how you can learn to adapt is vital. It lets you build your sense of strength and resilience and ultimately, it encourages you to heal and continue to grow despite what life has thrown your way.
Hi, I’m Tracey, I specialise in psychological assessment and therapy for women. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, pregnancy and motherhood, perimenopause/menopause, bereavements, traumas? As women, there can be many unique challenges and life transitions to face. Having a safe space to reflect on what's happening for you, to connect with the emotional impacts, and discover how you can learn to adapt is vital. It lets you build your sense of strength and resilience and ultimately, it encourages you to heal and continue to grow despite what life has thrown your way.
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Amanda Bainbridge
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wakefield WF1
Does something need to change? Have you been feeling overwhelmed or frazzled? Are you juggling responsibilities and finding it difficult to make time for yourself? Do you want to improve your relationships and find more productive ways of communicating? Maybe memories from your past seem to be holding you back and you’ve decided it’s time to confront them, in a safe environment with a professional. Or perhaps you’re looking for a new direction, a sense of feeling more empowered in your life. If any of this sounds familiar, I might be able to help…
Does something need to change? Have you been feeling overwhelmed or frazzled? Are you juggling responsibilities and finding it difficult to make time for yourself? Do you want to improve your relationships and find more productive ways of communicating? Maybe memories from your past seem to be holding you back and you’ve decided it’s time to confront them, in a safe environment with a professional. Or perhaps you’re looking for a new direction, a sense of feeling more empowered in your life. If any of this sounds familiar, I might be able to help…
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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.