Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Belfast

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Ian Atkinson
Counsellor, ACC Reg
Verified
Belfast BT16
Im here to help you find a safe place where you can get help and acceptance. A place where you can be safe in your vulnerability. A place of healing. I want to help you help you travel the path from trauma to growth. I work from a person centred perspective but integrate other counselling methods. I have worked extensively with first responders and understand your needs.
Im here to help you find a safe place where you can get help and acceptance. A place where you can be safe in your vulnerability. A place of healing. I want to help you help you travel the path from trauma to growth. I work from a person centred perspective but integrate other counselling methods. I have worked extensively with first responders and understand your needs.
028 9694 3434 View 028 9694 3434
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Mark Rowney
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified
Belfast BT9
I have a specialism in PTSD and can offer specific treatment for type 1 or type 2 trauma.
The ideal client is someone who is motivated and determined to reach their therapeutic goals despite the presentation that they live with. Every client is an expert in their world, and therefore it is always a privilege for them to allow me to explore their difficulties in order to reach solutions that will increase their quality of life
I have a specialism in PTSD and can offer specific treatment for type 1 or type 2 trauma.
The ideal client is someone who is motivated and determined to reach their therapeutic goals despite the presentation that they live with. Every client is an expert in their world, and therefore it is always a privilege for them to allow me to explore their difficulties in order to reach solutions that will increase their quality of life
028 9692 8955 View 028 9692 8955
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Anne Marie McKinley
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT4
In my years of experience working as a Trauma Therapist. I worked within the NHS and treated trauma alongside PTSD responses to birth as a midwife and trauma therapist. Private practice includes working with life concerns such as depression, PTSD, dissociative conditions, and relationship stresses in any of life's circumstances. I am happy to work with almost any general life issue. Examples include GRI, sexual or other abuse, rape, and lifelong bullying are frequent concerns in therapy, and couple therapy is of particular interest. I use EMDR, Rewind, and Trauma-focused CBT in a person-centred approach and work with clients online
In my years of experience working as a Trauma Therapist. I worked within the NHS and treated trauma alongside PTSD responses to birth as a midwife and trauma therapist. Private practice includes working with life concerns such as depression, PTSD, dissociative conditions, and relationship stresses in any of life's circumstances. I am happy to work with almost any general life issue. Examples include GRI, sexual or other abuse, rape, and lifelong bullying are frequent concerns in therapy, and couple therapy is of particular interest. I use EMDR, Rewind, and Trauma-focused CBT in a person-centred approach and work with clients online
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Victoria Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT9
I specialise in the following: Trauma, Bereavement, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Family Trauma, Children’s Therapy, Eating Disorders, CBT and Psychodynamic therapy.
Hello Thank you for visiting my profile.  My name is Victoria, I am a qualified and registered Psychotherapist. My registrations are with British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I’m also on the register for British Society of Psychologists.  I am an experienced therapist working with children, teenagers, adults and family’s with a range of difficulties.  I provide a safe non-judgemental space to work together through whatever issues my clients bring. My work is intergrative and adapted to the clients individual needs.
I specialise in the following: Trauma, Bereavement, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Family Trauma, Children’s Therapy, Eating Disorders, CBT and Psychodynamic therapy.
Hello Thank you for visiting my profile.  My name is Victoria, I am a qualified and registered Psychotherapist. My registrations are with British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I’m also on the register for British Society of Psychologists.  I am an experienced therapist working with children, teenagers, adults and family’s with a range of difficulties.  I provide a safe non-judgemental space to work together through whatever issues my clients bring. My work is intergrative and adapted to the clients individual needs.
028 9692 8289 View 028 9692 8289
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Brenda Raflewski
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified
Belfast BT7  (Online Only)
I am an experienced practitioner offering CBT treatment for those who are currently living with symptoms of anxiety and depression. I will work with you to reduce and remove symptoms and achieve your treatment goals. CBT treats depression and anxiety disorders i.e. PTSD, OCD, panic dis, health anxiety, generalised anxiety dis, social anxiety, phobias, body dysmorphia. CBT can also help other problems where anxiety and/or low mood is a symptom eg disordered eating, low self-esteem, sleep disorders, tic disorder, emotional instability, sexual disorders, appearance concerns, worry, perfectionism etc.
I am an experienced practitioner offering CBT treatment for those who are currently living with symptoms of anxiety and depression. I will work with you to reduce and remove symptoms and achieve your treatment goals. CBT treats depression and anxiety disorders i.e. PTSD, OCD, panic dis, health anxiety, generalised anxiety dis, social anxiety, phobias, body dysmorphia. CBT can also help other problems where anxiety and/or low mood is a symptom eg disordered eating, low self-esteem, sleep disorders, tic disorder, emotional instability, sexual disorders, appearance concerns, worry, perfectionism etc.
028 9694 3495 View 028 9694 3495
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Eamonn McVeigh Consultant Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, PNCPS Acc.
Verified
Belfast BT12
I can help you with any Anxiety Disorder such as Panic attacks, PTSD, Depression, Eating disorders, Sleep problems and general health conditions.
Effective, Empathetic, Empowering. Mental ill health treated with care. Providing a Professional Service for your Mental Health needs​. I am a Mental Health Consultant. I provide treatment for Mental ill health conditions. I use CBT, Schema Therapy, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, EFT, Orthomolecular advice and Psychotherapy with Nutritional Guidance. In the first session I will do a full assessment and then offer the best treatment plan for your needs. We will work together on a weekly basis.
I can help you with any Anxiety Disorder such as Panic attacks, PTSD, Depression, Eating disorders, Sleep problems and general health conditions.
Effective, Empathetic, Empowering. Mental ill health treated with care. Providing a Professional Service for your Mental Health needs​. I am a Mental Health Consultant. I provide treatment for Mental ill health conditions. I use CBT, Schema Therapy, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, EFT, Orthomolecular advice and Psychotherapy with Nutritional Guidance. In the first session I will do a full assessment and then offer the best treatment plan for your needs. We will work together on a weekly basis.
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SJB Therapy and Supervision
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Belfast BT10
I have 13 years experience of working with clients that present with complex grief, acute stress, addictions, post-traumatic stress and clients who may or may not have a formal PTSD diagnosis.
Hello, I'm Sarah. I have 17yrs of experience within a variety of settings, NHS, Universities, FE colleges and workplace providers including specialised occupational groups-emergency services and armed forces. I believe that in therapy 'not one size fits all' and so I have made it my focus to continue to learn and develop my practice. My qualification and experience in the facilitation of reflexive supervision, both in groups and individual, can be of benefit to supervisees that request cross-professional supervisory support, and I offer timely group support in the aftermath of a critical incident.
I have 13 years experience of working with clients that present with complex grief, acute stress, addictions, post-traumatic stress and clients who may or may not have a formal PTSD diagnosis.
Hello, I'm Sarah. I have 17yrs of experience within a variety of settings, NHS, Universities, FE colleges and workplace providers including specialised occupational groups-emergency services and armed forces. I believe that in therapy 'not one size fits all' and so I have made it my focus to continue to learn and develop my practice. My qualification and experience in the facilitation of reflexive supervision, both in groups and individual, can be of benefit to supervisees that request cross-professional supervisory support, and I offer timely group support in the aftermath of a critical incident.
07518 629631 View 07518 629631
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Dr Katie Davis
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT1
With a background as a Principal Clinical Psychologist at the NHS trauma specialist service, I work with those impacted by trauma, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem and for those who are looking to make changes in their life, but aren’t sure where to start.
What if. Two words that send your mind down a well-worn path. Words and images that pop into your head at any moment and no matter how hard you try to push it away you find yourself stuck; thinking, feeling and doing the same thing over and over. Maybe it’s reliving the past, maybe it’s worrying about the future, or feeling you need to do something right now or something bad will happen. “What if” is hard to live with. But when your mind is stuck in the “what if’s” your brain is telling you there is something you need to figure out, something you need to rebalance.
With a background as a Principal Clinical Psychologist at the NHS trauma specialist service, I work with those impacted by trauma, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem and for those who are looking to make changes in their life, but aren’t sure where to start.
What if. Two words that send your mind down a well-worn path. Words and images that pop into your head at any moment and no matter how hard you try to push it away you find yourself stuck; thinking, feeling and doing the same thing over and over. Maybe it’s reliving the past, maybe it’s worrying about the future, or feeling you need to do something right now or something bad will happen. “What if” is hard to live with. But when your mind is stuck in the “what if’s” your brain is telling you there is something you need to figure out, something you need to rebalance.
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Claire Crilly
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT1  (Online Only)
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
01923 961134 View 01923 961134
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Roisen Keaveney
Psychologist, MSc
Verified
Belfast BT7
I have been working with post-traumatic stress disorder including abuse trauma and PTSD as a result of the Northern Ireland conflict for 21 years.
If you are interested in counselling feel free to contact me for a free 20 min consultation. I am a Chartered Psychologist with The Psychological Society of Ireland. I am also accredited with the BACP. I have 25 years experience of working in a wide range of settings including the statutory, voluntary & private sector. My experience includes: 5 years specialising within the mental health field including acute psychiatry and community mental health, 6 years specialising in counselling survivors of abuse including clerical abuse, 5 years specialising in University counselling and 3 years specialising in post primary counselling.
I have been working with post-traumatic stress disorder including abuse trauma and PTSD as a result of the Northern Ireland conflict for 21 years.
If you are interested in counselling feel free to contact me for a free 20 min consultation. I am a Chartered Psychologist with The Psychological Society of Ireland. I am also accredited with the BACP. I have 25 years experience of working in a wide range of settings including the statutory, voluntary & private sector. My experience includes: 5 years specialising within the mental health field including acute psychiatry and community mental health, 6 years specialising in counselling survivors of abuse including clerical abuse, 5 years specialising in University counselling and 3 years specialising in post primary counselling.
07480 776315 View 07480 776315
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SPACE
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Belfast BT14
I work with a wide range of issues including abuse, addiction, adolescence, anxiety, self confidence, bereavement, bullying, depression, divorce, ptsd, self harm, sexual identity to name just a few.
I am an accredited member of BACP and NCS. I have substantial experience working with both children and adults. I work in primary schools and also in the local community to provide quality counselling to help people be the best they can be. I am also CEO of a mental health charity and offer consultancy work as well as supervision. My approach is integrative so that I can tailor the service specifically for individual clients and longer term work. I also offer personal therapy for students training to be counsellors.
I work with a wide range of issues including abuse, addiction, adolescence, anxiety, self confidence, bereavement, bullying, depression, divorce, ptsd, self harm, sexual identity to name just a few.
I am an accredited member of BACP and NCS. I have substantial experience working with both children and adults. I work in primary schools and also in the local community to provide quality counselling to help people be the best they can be. I am also CEO of a mental health charity and offer consultancy work as well as supervision. My approach is integrative so that I can tailor the service specifically for individual clients and longer term work. I also offer personal therapy for students training to be counsellors.
028 9433 1973 View 028 9433 1973
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Soraya McMurray
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Belfast BT9  (Online Only)
Hi there and welcome to the first step in making a positive change. My name is Soraya McMurray I am a professional counsellor and life coach with 12 years of working with people from all cultures and backgrounds. In the past, in a variety of settings such as a GP’s surgery ,community centers and private practice. I have experience in working with a wide range of concerns and mental health issues, but a few examples are presenting issues such as developmental trauma, depression, anxiety, Asperger’s syndrome, self-harm, relationship and family issues, PTSD, self-esteem and self-identity issues, and life changes.
Hi there and welcome to the first step in making a positive change. My name is Soraya McMurray I am a professional counsellor and life coach with 12 years of working with people from all cultures and backgrounds. In the past, in a variety of settings such as a GP’s surgery ,community centers and private practice. I have experience in working with a wide range of concerns and mental health issues, but a few examples are presenting issues such as developmental trauma, depression, anxiety, Asperger’s syndrome, self-harm, relationship and family issues, PTSD, self-esteem and self-identity issues, and life changes.
028 9163 8587 View 028 9163 8587
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Lauren Gamble
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT14
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am an Integrative counsellor, which means I draw from different psychological approaches depending on your needs and goals. This is to offer you a unique and tailored experience through collaboration to facilitate your desired change. I offer a holistic, non-judgemental safe space allowing you to explore and gain greater insight into your thoughts, feelings, and fears with the aim to promote stress management, coping strategies, self-care, and healing. I have experience with CBT, anxiety, depression, stress, pregnancy/prenatal/postpartum, bereavement, relationships, infidelity, trauma and PTSD.
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am an Integrative counsellor, which means I draw from different psychological approaches depending on your needs and goals. This is to offer you a unique and tailored experience through collaboration to facilitate your desired change. I offer a holistic, non-judgemental safe space allowing you to explore and gain greater insight into your thoughts, feelings, and fears with the aim to promote stress management, coping strategies, self-care, and healing. I have experience with CBT, anxiety, depression, stress, pregnancy/prenatal/postpartum, bereavement, relationships, infidelity, trauma and PTSD.
028 9694 3441 View 028 9694 3441
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Joseph Coney
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified
Belfast BT1
As a senior member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the National Counselling Society my primary aim is to ensure my clients feel safe. Trained to Masters level in Counselling & Psychotherapy for over 20 years, clients can be sure of a professional confidential and ethical service. At any one time, I provide counselling training to approximately 50 counsellors training to degree level, therefore drawing on a wide array of experience. My main areas of expertise are suicide, trauma, and addiction, with particular interest and vast experience in working with couples with relationship problems.
As a senior member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the National Counselling Society my primary aim is to ensure my clients feel safe. Trained to Masters level in Counselling & Psychotherapy for over 20 years, clients can be sure of a professional confidential and ethical service. At any one time, I provide counselling training to approximately 50 counsellors training to degree level, therefore drawing on a wide array of experience. My main areas of expertise are suicide, trauma, and addiction, with particular interest and vast experience in working with couples with relationship problems.
028 9124 8302 View 028 9124 8302
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Elaine McIntyre
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Belfast BT9
Relationship & family issues, school and university stress, work stress, burnout, Trauma: childhood sexual abuse and PTSD, loss and bereavement, low mood and depression, low self esteem and feelings of shame.
I’m an experienced therapist, fully accredited with BACP and work with adults, young people and children. I've worked in the private sector, education and community settings covering a wide age range. I also work with private agencies, Employment Assistance Providers and insurance providers. I have a special interest working with teens and have a separate qualification in Counselling Children and Young People. I work with age 8+ years and have over 10 years experience working with under 18s. I'm a recognised therapist with Aviva, AXA and WPA insurance companies.
Relationship & family issues, school and university stress, work stress, burnout, Trauma: childhood sexual abuse and PTSD, loss and bereavement, low mood and depression, low self esteem and feelings of shame.
I’m an experienced therapist, fully accredited with BACP and work with adults, young people and children. I've worked in the private sector, education and community settings covering a wide age range. I also work with private agencies, Employment Assistance Providers and insurance providers. I have a special interest working with teens and have a separate qualification in Counselling Children and Young People. I work with age 8+ years and have over 10 years experience working with under 18s. I'm a recognised therapist with Aviva, AXA and WPA insurance companies.
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Marie-Claire Desgranges-Rodgers
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Belfast BT7  (Online Only)
A BSc Hons in Psychology, FdSc Integrative Therapist and trained in Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic approaches to counselling. My joy is in the collaborative and healing process of the therapeutic relationship. I believe in a holistic approach with the core value and understanding that you as a person are the expert in your own life. I believe that taking the decision to engage in therapy is a difficult and confusing one and my aim is to create a welcoming and encouraging environment for growth and change.
A BSc Hons in Psychology, FdSc Integrative Therapist and trained in Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic approaches to counselling. My joy is in the collaborative and healing process of the therapeutic relationship. I believe in a holistic approach with the core value and understanding that you as a person are the expert in your own life. I believe that taking the decision to engage in therapy is a difficult and confusing one and my aim is to create a welcoming and encouraging environment for growth and change.
028 9692 8901 View 028 9692 8901
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Dr Amanda Gleeson
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT8  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults and young people with a variety of different mental health difficulties. I am fully registered and offer a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of difficulties. These include anxiety, stress/overwhelm, OCD, panic and relationship difficulties. My specialist interest is supporting individuals who have experienced difficulties as a result of their experience of trauma and I have published research in this area. I currently offer online appointments only, with both evening and weekend availability.
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults and young people with a variety of different mental health difficulties. I am fully registered and offer a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of difficulties. These include anxiety, stress/overwhelm, OCD, panic and relationship difficulties. My specialist interest is supporting individuals who have experienced difficulties as a result of their experience of trauma and I have published research in this area. I currently offer online appointments only, with both evening and weekend availability.
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Tim Laubscher
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Belfast BT12  (Online Only)
I would like to work with any clients that have all kinds of issues and difficulties. I am here to help you discover, explore your issue, discover your goals and find a new way foward for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me Thursdays are the best time to call me but you can email any day of the week and I will endeavour to reply within 24 hours of your contact.
I would like to work with any clients that have all kinds of issues and difficulties. I am here to help you discover, explore your issue, discover your goals and find a new way foward for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me Thursdays are the best time to call me but you can email any day of the week and I will endeavour to reply within 24 hours of your contact.
028 9692 8958 View 028 9692 8958
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Dr Andrew Mc Gibbon
Psychotherapist, PsychD, ACP
Verified
Belfast BT9
I work therapeutically with Children, Adolescents, Parents and Young People up to 25. I help with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Developmental trauma disorder, Body dysmorphic disorder complex bereavement & post-adoption. I offer a contained, compassionate environment to help explore and work through, at a safe emotional pace, the underlying issues that are causing distress. My experience includes 15 years in the NHS within therapeutic services for Children, Adolescents, and Parents. I also offer Clinical Supervision to professionals
I work therapeutically with Children, Adolescents, Parents and Young People up to 25. I help with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Developmental trauma disorder, Body dysmorphic disorder complex bereavement & post-adoption. I offer a contained, compassionate environment to help explore and work through, at a safe emotional pace, the underlying issues that are causing distress. My experience includes 15 years in the NHS within therapeutic services for Children, Adolescents, and Parents. I also offer Clinical Supervision to professionals
028 9694 3369 View 028 9694 3369
Photo of Dr Casey McGivern, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Casey McGivern
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT4  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist working in East Belfast. My practice is situated conveniently by the M2 and M3 motorways and close to Belfast city centre. I have over 7 years' experience working in Clinical Psychology and the area of mental health with adults, children and families. I work with a range of issues such as trauma, OCD, anxiety, depression, grief and interpersonal relationship difficulties. I have a special interest in working with new parents and pregnant people in distress or encountering difficulty related to their parenting journey (birth trauma, postnatal depression etc.).
I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist working in East Belfast. My practice is situated conveniently by the M2 and M3 motorways and close to Belfast city centre. I have over 7 years' experience working in Clinical Psychology and the area of mental health with adults, children and families. I work with a range of issues such as trauma, OCD, anxiety, depression, grief and interpersonal relationship difficulties. I have a special interest in working with new parents and pregnant people in distress or encountering difficulty related to their parenting journey (birth trauma, postnatal depression etc.).
028 9694 3186 View 028 9694 3186

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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.