Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Edinburgh

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Dr Beata (Bea) Michalska
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6  (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.
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Dr Corinna Panagou - Trauma Therapist
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH8  (Online Only)
My expertise extends from mild to severe clinical presentations, including anxiety, OCD, depression, self-esteem issues, grief, burn-out, relational difficulties, personality disorders, PTSD, complex trauma, and abuse.
Warm welcome, I'm Corinna, an academic and a registered Clinical Psychologist with doctoral-level training in evidence-based therapies, and a profound interest in trauma, and relationship issues. I bring extensive experience from diverse NHS settings, working with various age groups. My integrative approach includes CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, ACT, Schema Therapy, and DBT, enriched by psychodynamic insights. I am also trained in Flash and EMDR for trauma. I combine therapies for a personalized and tailored approach to each individual's unique needs.
My expertise extends from mild to severe clinical presentations, including anxiety, OCD, depression, self-esteem issues, grief, burn-out, relational difficulties, personality disorders, PTSD, complex trauma, and abuse.
Warm welcome, I'm Corinna, an academic and a registered Clinical Psychologist with doctoral-level training in evidence-based therapies, and a profound interest in trauma, and relationship issues. I bring extensive experience from diverse NHS settings, working with various age groups. My integrative approach includes CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, ACT, Schema Therapy, and DBT, enriched by psychodynamic insights. I am also trained in Flash and EMDR for trauma. I combine therapies for a personalized and tailored approach to each individual's unique needs.
01764 915852 View 01764 915852
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Tom Lawrence
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH3
If you are suffering from anxiety - depression/low mood - stress - anger problems - panic attacks - phobias - low self-esteem - self-harming - eating disorders - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, including military) - addiction (all kinds) - obsessions (OCD) - sleep problems - relationship problems, I can help. Difficulties can often be resolved within only a few sessions – sometimes just one – and in this way can provide good value for money.
If you are suffering from anxiety - depression/low mood - stress - anger problems - panic attacks - phobias - low self-esteem - self-harming - eating disorders - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, including military) - addiction (all kinds) - obsessions (OCD) - sleep problems - relationship problems, I can help. Difficulties can often be resolved within only a few sessions – sometimes just one – and in this way can provide good value for money.
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Dr Katie Davis
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
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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BeeSan Psychotherapy and Counselling Services
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I specialise in child sexual abuse, trauma/complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety, grief, loss relationship issues, and anger management.
Starting therapy may seem daunting at first as we try to make sense of our world, thoughts, feelings and emotions. We might be repeating patterns of behaviour in our present lives due to past experiences and patterns. I want to help you shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues and reveal new perspectives. Whether it’s self-development, addressing emotional and psychological issues, or processing traumatic events, I will work with you to help you become more integrated in yourself. I offer both online and in-person appointments in the centre of Edinburgh where we will work together to help you achieve your goal.
I specialise in child sexual abuse, trauma/complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety, grief, loss relationship issues, and anger management.
Starting therapy may seem daunting at first as we try to make sense of our world, thoughts, feelings and emotions. We might be repeating patterns of behaviour in our present lives due to past experiences and patterns. I want to help you shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues and reveal new perspectives. Whether it’s self-development, addressing emotional and psychological issues, or processing traumatic events, I will work with you to help you become more integrated in yourself. I offer both online and in-person appointments in the centre of Edinburgh where we will work together to help you achieve your goal.
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Evangelia Botsaki
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I am a CBT, Trauma-Focused therapist and I have experience working with clients who have experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, life changes, loss, relationship issues, self-confidence issues. My goal is to help you find your own solutions – whether that is making effective changes in your life or change the way you view yourself and others and experience relationships. Therapy is a safe and confidential space for you to talk about any issues or concerns you might have.
I am a CBT, Trauma-Focused therapist and I have experience working with clients who have experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, life changes, loss, relationship issues, self-confidence issues. My goal is to help you find your own solutions – whether that is making effective changes in your life or change the way you view yourself and others and experience relationships. Therapy is a safe and confidential space for you to talk about any issues or concerns you might have.
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Mama’S Worth - Pregnancy Perinatal Counselling Katalin Thomann
Counsellor, MSc, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
My passion for wanting to support mums was borne out of my own difficult journey into motherhood. A challenging pregnancy and a traumatic birth followed by severe postnatal depression and PTSD fuelled my drive to working with mums to make their journeys more manageable and enjoyable. Having worked hard on recovering from this difficult start to motherhood, I went on to train as a counsellor at the University of Edinburgh (MSc) and Chrysalis (Postgraduate Diploma). I have completed numerous trainings on trauma - specifically birth trauma and continue to participate in CPDs to inform my practice as a perinatal mental health therapist
My passion for wanting to support mums was borne out of my own difficult journey into motherhood. A challenging pregnancy and a traumatic birth followed by severe postnatal depression and PTSD fuelled my drive to working with mums to make their journeys more manageable and enjoyable. Having worked hard on recovering from this difficult start to motherhood, I went on to train as a counsellor at the University of Edinburgh (MSc) and Chrysalis (Postgraduate Diploma). I have completed numerous trainings on trauma - specifically birth trauma and continue to participate in CPDs to inform my practice as a perinatal mental health therapist
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The Feel Better Psychological Services
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH4
We are specialized in psychological treatments for Depression Anxiety Aggression Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety Disorders such as OCD, General Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety Social Phobia, Panic & Agoraphobia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Eating problems such as binge eating.
At The Feel Better Psychological Services we provide psychological therapy to adults and their families. All of our clinicians are accredited members of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) in the United Kingdom.
We are specialized in psychological treatments for Depression Anxiety Aggression Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety Disorders such as OCD, General Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety Social Phobia, Panic & Agoraphobia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Eating problems such as binge eating.
At The Feel Better Psychological Services we provide psychological therapy to adults and their families. All of our clinicians are accredited members of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) in the United Kingdom.
0800 669 6281 View 0800 669 6281
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Stuart P Morgan-Ayrs Frssa Frsph
MSc
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2
My clients have experienced trauma, neglect, abuse or Adverse Childhood Experiences. Main specialism: Complex Trauma (C-PTSD) & disassociation, depression, NEAD, anxiety, OCD, eating & mood disorders, flashbacks, relationships. Many have multiple diagnosis, underpinned by trauma or emotional "lack". Many have ADHD or ASD. Welcome: students, LGB & poly, ex forces, domestic violence survivors. Specialist post grad certifications include; Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, ASD, ADHD, Mood Disorders & Integrative Therapy. Many have had therapy before & now want specialist help. I support LGB & Kink.
My clients have experienced trauma, neglect, abuse or Adverse Childhood Experiences. Main specialism: Complex Trauma (C-PTSD) & disassociation, depression, NEAD, anxiety, OCD, eating & mood disorders, flashbacks, relationships. Many have multiple diagnosis, underpinned by trauma or emotional "lack". Many have ADHD or ASD. Welcome: students, LGB & poly, ex forces, domestic violence survivors. Specialist post grad certifications include; Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, ASD, ADHD, Mood Disorders & Integrative Therapy. Many have had therapy before & now want specialist help. I support LGB & Kink.
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Dr Lucy Abraham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Waitlist for new clients
I’m Lucy, I'm Director of Lucy’s Place CIC, an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC. I recently founded Lucy’s Place CIC because I want to offer people holistic person centred care - a place to recover, connect and thrive! I’m experienced in the treatment of a large range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD and interpersonal problems. My career has focussed largely on complex difficulties, but at Lucy’s Place CIC I am keen to work with anyone that wants gain a better understanding, to make a change in their lives for the better, improve their wellbeing and sense of self.
I’m Lucy, I'm Director of Lucy’s Place CIC, an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC. I recently founded Lucy’s Place CIC because I want to offer people holistic person centred care - a place to recover, connect and thrive! I’m experienced in the treatment of a large range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD and interpersonal problems. My career has focussed largely on complex difficulties, but at Lucy’s Place CIC I am keen to work with anyone that wants gain a better understanding, to make a change in their lives for the better, improve their wellbeing and sense of self.
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Doreen Morici
MSc
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in PTSD and trauma therapy.
Therapy is a gift--giving yourself permission to receive, to be heard, and to learn healthy and adaptive ways to be in relationship to self and others. Helping identify and transmute beliefs that no longer serve... from "I'm not good enough" to "I am worthy"; moving from fear to love and acceptance. A space to feel and understand your emotions, and let go. Offering a wholistic, integrative, and person-centered approach to wellness and empowerment while supporting you to find balance, hold boundaries, explore spirituality, and connect to your authentic self--moving out of your head and grounding into your heart, body, and soul.
as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in PTSD and trauma therapy.
Therapy is a gift--giving yourself permission to receive, to be heard, and to learn healthy and adaptive ways to be in relationship to self and others. Helping identify and transmute beliefs that no longer serve... from "I'm not good enough" to "I am worthy"; moving from fear to love and acceptance. A space to feel and understand your emotions, and let go. Offering a wholistic, integrative, and person-centered approach to wellness and empowerment while supporting you to find balance, hold boundaries, explore spirituality, and connect to your authentic self--moving out of your head and grounding into your heart, body, and soul.
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Dr Alan Grieve (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and have a special interest in helping people with different issues including PTSD and complex trauma. I also help people with many other difficulties including anxiety, phobias, anger, depression, low self-esteem and OCD. I qualified in 2010, but have been working in the area of mental health since 2003. I work with adults and children and adolescents of 12 years and over. Please call me and we can discuss if I am the right person to help you with your difficulties.
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and have a special interest in helping people with different issues including PTSD and complex trauma. I also help people with many other difficulties including anxiety, phobias, anger, depression, low self-esteem and OCD. I qualified in 2010, but have been working in the area of mental health since 2003. I work with adults and children and adolescents of 12 years and over. Please call me and we can discuss if I am the right person to help you with your difficulties.
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Jodie Slee
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (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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integration counselling & psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Do you feel stuck in a particular cycle that is impacting your life and needs to change? Does regulating emotions seem impossible?thinking negatively? have difficultly trusting others or doubt yourself?..Our hope is to offer you the tools, techniques and the inspiration you need towards improving your wellbeing, and encouraging personal growth. Whether you would like some help with anger, anxiety, addiction, phobias, to improve your mood, process trauma or improve your self-esteem. Together we can work together to help you to make lasting changes which will allow you to improve your outlook and live life to the fullest.
Do you feel stuck in a particular cycle that is impacting your life and needs to change? Does regulating emotions seem impossible?thinking negatively? have difficultly trusting others or doubt yourself?..Our hope is to offer you the tools, techniques and the inspiration you need towards improving your wellbeing, and encouraging personal growth. Whether you would like some help with anger, anxiety, addiction, phobias, to improve your mood, process trauma or improve your self-esteem. Together we can work together to help you to make lasting changes which will allow you to improve your outlook and live life to the fullest.
07723 923797 View 07723 923797
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Megan Bowes
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
I specialise in EMDR for PTSD/ trauma and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals with chronic conditions such as chronic pain and long covid.
I am a Senior Health Psychologist specialising in Trauma, phobias and Chronic conditions. Together, we can work through any difficulties holding you back from living the life you'd like to lead. If you are struggling, either mentally or physically, please get in touch for a free consultation.
I specialise in EMDR for PTSD/ trauma and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals with chronic conditions such as chronic pain and long covid.
I am a Senior Health Psychologist specialising in Trauma, phobias and Chronic conditions. Together, we can work through any difficulties holding you back from living the life you'd like to lead. If you are struggling, either mentally or physically, please get in touch for a free consultation.
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Arran Southall (Desktop Counselling)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Waitlist for new clients
I've supported individuals and couples facing anxiety, depression, complex-PTSD, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ issues, work difficulties and low self-esteem.
Are you tired of feeling anxious and depressed? Struggling with a difficult situation? Therapy is an investment in yourself and can enable great change in your life. It would be my privilege to support you in whatever challenge you are facing.
I've supported individuals and couples facing anxiety, depression, complex-PTSD, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ issues, work difficulties and low self-esteem.
Are you tired of feeling anxious and depressed? Struggling with a difficult situation? Therapy is an investment in yourself and can enable great change in your life. It would be my privilege to support you in whatever challenge you are facing.
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Dr Dorothy Tait
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Dr Dorothy Tait (also known as Dr Dot) has over 12 years of experience in the NHS delivering psychological interventions to adults struggling with their mental health. She is experienced in assessing, understanding and treating a breadth of diagnoses and psychological difficulties, ranging from mild to complex, in various NHS mental health settings around the UK. Dr Dot regularly works with people who struggle with Complex Trauma, PTSD, Addictions (drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, etc), Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-esteem and Self-confidence, Shyness, Social anxiety, Burnout and Grief / Bereavement and Self-harm.
Dr Dorothy Tait (also known as Dr Dot) has over 12 years of experience in the NHS delivering psychological interventions to adults struggling with their mental health. She is experienced in assessing, understanding and treating a breadth of diagnoses and psychological difficulties, ranging from mild to complex, in various NHS mental health settings around the UK. Dr Dot regularly works with people who struggle with Complex Trauma, PTSD, Addictions (drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, etc), Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-esteem and Self-confidence, Shyness, Social anxiety, Burnout and Grief / Bereavement and Self-harm.
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Healing State Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I have a particular interest in Trauma,PTSD,Fear and Addictions and its connection with Anxiety and Depression and work to help you find the solutions to reduce the impact this has on your life.
You can feel very alone when you are experiencing difficulties and uncertainty in your life, when your thoughts and emotions overwhelm you and a way forward feels hard to see. Counselling can provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and emotions, to help you better understand what you are feeling, allowing you the knowledge to find greater self awareness and safety within yourself. This provides you opportunities to have the space and choice in your life to find your own way forward to facilitate your potential for change, growth and personal fulfilment to create lasting positive changes in your life.
I have a particular interest in Trauma,PTSD,Fear and Addictions and its connection with Anxiety and Depression and work to help you find the solutions to reduce the impact this has on your life.
You can feel very alone when you are experiencing difficulties and uncertainty in your life, when your thoughts and emotions overwhelm you and a way forward feels hard to see. Counselling can provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and emotions, to help you better understand what you are feeling, allowing you the knowledge to find greater self awareness and safety within yourself. This provides you opportunities to have the space and choice in your life to find your own way forward to facilitate your potential for change, growth and personal fulfilment to create lasting positive changes in your life.
0141 673 3016 View 0141 673 3016
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Mairi McAllister
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
If you struggle at times with your mental or physical health, have anxiety or depression, PTSD/cPTSD then your not alone. As a result you might have developed addictions, self harm, have attempted suicide and struggle with guilt and shame. Relationships or parenting might be hard, socialising, dealing with anger or feeling fear that you cant explain. Talking can be scary, I see a lot of clients who have never opened up before, who feel they have to be strong when inside they are struggling to hold on, most of us need a safe place to explore our feelings and maybe talk about the things we cant share with anyone else.
If you struggle at times with your mental or physical health, have anxiety or depression, PTSD/cPTSD then your not alone. As a result you might have developed addictions, self harm, have attempted suicide and struggle with guilt and shame. Relationships or parenting might be hard, socialising, dealing with anger or feeling fear that you cant explain. Talking can be scary, I see a lot of clients who have never opened up before, who feel they have to be strong when inside they are struggling to hold on, most of us need a safe place to explore our feelings and maybe talk about the things we cant share with anyone else.
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Busy Minds Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I have a keen interest in working with ADHD, Autism, complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, disabilities, anger, cancer and chronic pain/ health related issues.
I am Katie Johnston a neurodivergent counsellor, I enjoy working within a pluralistic framework which draws from different modalities to support clients needs and challenges in therapy. Our work together will explore your needs and is not defined by one way of working with at times the need to " think out of the box" and find new ways to approach challenges and sticking points in life.
I have a keen interest in working with ADHD, Autism, complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, disabilities, anger, cancer and chronic pain/ health related issues.
I am Katie Johnston a neurodivergent counsellor, I enjoy working within a pluralistic framework which draws from different modalities to support clients needs and challenges in therapy. Our work together will explore your needs and is not defined by one way of working with at times the need to " think out of the box" and find new ways to approach challenges and sticking points in life.
01738 503547 View 01738 503547

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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.