Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Carmichael, CA

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Jennifer Mattice
MS, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
My nursing experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, Brainspotting sessions. With over 30 years of experience including Pediatric ICU, pre-hospital helicopter transport, and Emergency Medicine, I strive to help the healers in my community. I would like the opportunity to help you process the daily trauma your jobs create and guide you to a place with more peace and less stress. I have been there and I would like the opportunity to teach you how to heal your nervous system. I am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner and Life Coach.
My nursing experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, Brainspotting sessions. With over 30 years of experience including Pediatric ICU, pre-hospital helicopter transport, and Emergency Medicine, I strive to help the healers in my community. I would like the opportunity to help you process the daily trauma your jobs create and guide you to a place with more peace and less stress. I have been there and I would like the opportunity to teach you how to heal your nervous system. I am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner and Life Coach.
(916) 975-8718 View (916) 975-8718
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Brandi Juarez Family Therapy, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608
With years in codependency recovery and a fair amount of complex trauma, I'm driven to help others who have felt the impact of both of these issues.
Glad you're here. You may not be in the best mood, relationship, or situation, and you might be trying to help a loved one find a therapist; whatever it is - you are in the right place. My theoretical approach is always client-centered with an ecclectic treatment approach pulling from Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Gestalt, and Brainspotting therapies. I love helping people willing to explore hard things - who've had trauma - who are ready for different and want to make the most of it - who understand the importance of being true to yourself while honoring life choices for others - with strength.
With years in codependency recovery and a fair amount of complex trauma, I'm driven to help others who have felt the impact of both of these issues.
Glad you're here. You may not be in the best mood, relationship, or situation, and you might be trying to help a loved one find a therapist; whatever it is - you are in the right place. My theoretical approach is always client-centered with an ecclectic treatment approach pulling from Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Gestalt, and Brainspotting therapies. I love helping people willing to explore hard things - who've had trauma - who are ready for different and want to make the most of it - who understand the importance of being true to yourself while honoring life choices for others - with strength.
(916) 710-8845 View (916) 710-8845
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Everson Psychotherapy, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608
Waitlist for new clients
I commend you for searching for help! My empathetic, caring, and encouraging approach along with my education, specialized training, and life experiences continues to be of help to most people, while having a niche with tween/teen boys, men, veterans, couples, and parents. My life experience with adoption, military life, leading non-profits, marital challenges, men's issues, raising teens, overcoming addictions, and struggles with faith may also help you. Training to help with trauma, addictions, depression, and anxiety with Brainspotting and EMDR can provide the healing you and your loved one's have been seeking for some time.
I commend you for searching for help! My empathetic, caring, and encouraging approach along with my education, specialized training, and life experiences continues to be of help to most people, while having a niche with tween/teen boys, men, veterans, couples, and parents. My life experience with adoption, military life, leading non-profits, marital challenges, men's issues, raising teens, overcoming addictions, and struggles with faith may also help you. Training to help with trauma, addictions, depression, and anxiety with Brainspotting and EMDR can provide the healing you and your loved one's have been seeking for some time.
(916) 597-1107 View (916) 597-1107
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Kristine Ibrahimi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
I currently provide individual therapy to adults, and most often work with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions.
Hi, I'm Kristine Ibrahimi and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I am based in Irvine, California, and offer therapy throughout anywhere in California via telehealth. I am dedicated to fostering a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental space where you can navigate life's challenges, gain deeper self-understanding, and become the best version of yourself. I am passionate about guiding individuals on their journeys toward self-discovery, resilience, and enhanced overall life satisfaction.
I currently provide individual therapy to adults, and most often work with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions.
Hi, I'm Kristine Ibrahimi and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I am based in Irvine, California, and offer therapy throughout anywhere in California via telehealth. I am dedicated to fostering a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental space where you can navigate life's challenges, gain deeper self-understanding, and become the best version of yourself. I am passionate about guiding individuals on their journeys toward self-discovery, resilience, and enhanced overall life satisfaction.
(916) 775-8296 View (916) 775-8296
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Jennifer Welch
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
I am certified in Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, have special training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and also utilize play therapy with children.
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling lost, confused and without hope. Other times, we may just be stuck. This is where therapy comes in. I believe the relationship we create together is the foundation for great therapy. I want you to experience relief! Therefore, I utilize an individualized approach to address life's many challenges, inspiring growth. I am confident that the journey of therapy can greatly improve one's quality of life.
I am certified in Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, have special training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and also utilize play therapy with children.
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling lost, confused and without hope. Other times, we may just be stuck. This is where therapy comes in. I believe the relationship we create together is the foundation for great therapy. I want you to experience relief! Therefore, I utilize an individualized approach to address life's many challenges, inspiring growth. I am confident that the journey of therapy can greatly improve one's quality of life.
(530) 314-7425 View (530) 314-7425
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Helene E Goble, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
Helping people struggling with ADHD and trauma is my passion. I see ADHD as a different way to see and learn, not necessarily a "disorder." I enjoy working with clients who are ready to find ways to increase their quality of life. Another focus of treatment is exploring unresolved trauma that impacts functioning. It's amazing how processing these events changes the way you react to stress. The difference is processing from the mid brain. Brainspotting is used to accomplish this necessary part of healing. It literally speeds up therapy. Let's talk and decide if it can help.
Helping people struggling with ADHD and trauma is my passion. I see ADHD as a different way to see and learn, not necessarily a "disorder." I enjoy working with clients who are ready to find ways to increase their quality of life. Another focus of treatment is exploring unresolved trauma that impacts functioning. It's amazing how processing these events changes the way you react to stress. The difference is processing from the mid brain. Brainspotting is used to accomplish this necessary part of healing. It literally speeds up therapy. Let's talk and decide if it can help.
(916) 472-0858 View (916) 472-0858
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Tina Glishich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95609
I provide safe, accepting, and mindful environment as well as culturally sensitive services for children, adults, and families who are experiencing difficulties with emotional stress such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, behavioral issues such as ADHD, defiant, and oppositional behaviors, culture-related stress such as immigration and issues regarding identity including gender variant clients. I love helping couples and use Emotionally Focus Therapy in addition to CBT techniques.
I provide safe, accepting, and mindful environment as well as culturally sensitive services for children, adults, and families who are experiencing difficulties with emotional stress such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, behavioral issues such as ADHD, defiant, and oppositional behaviors, culture-related stress such as immigration and issues regarding identity including gender variant clients. I love helping couples and use Emotionally Focus Therapy in addition to CBT techniques.
(916) 347-5794 View (916) 347-5794
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David Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients. Rebuild or reclaim your relationship and happiness. I help couples and individuals overcome the emotional upheaval of past trauma, stress, and communication issues that often result in infidelity, addiction, sexual issues, shame and guilt. I'm confident you will find my friendly interactive style sets the stage you will want in a safe and nonjudgmental space. LGBT and friends of Bill W. welcomed. Your peace of mind, happiness, and success is my goal.
Not accepting new clients. Rebuild or reclaim your relationship and happiness. I help couples and individuals overcome the emotional upheaval of past trauma, stress, and communication issues that often result in infidelity, addiction, sexual issues, shame and guilt. I'm confident you will find my friendly interactive style sets the stage you will want in a safe and nonjudgmental space. LGBT and friends of Bill W. welcomed. Your peace of mind, happiness, and success is my goal.
(916) 436-1422 View (916) 436-1422
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Lori T Pranger
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
Thank you for taking this first step to care for yourself. While it's hard to seek help, it can change your life. Many individuals have been socialized to believe that they are the reason for all of their difficulties in life. I focus on how the problem is impacting your life and on how you can rediscover your strengths to create an alternative approach to your life, so the problem no longer defines your life. I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD and gender dysphoria, and have worked with individuals who identity as transgender or gender nonconforming and the LGBT community.
Thank you for taking this first step to care for yourself. While it's hard to seek help, it can change your life. Many individuals have been socialized to believe that they are the reason for all of their difficulties in life. I focus on how the problem is impacting your life and on how you can rediscover your strengths to create an alternative approach to your life, so the problem no longer defines your life. I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD and gender dysphoria, and have worked with individuals who identity as transgender or gender nonconforming and the LGBT community.
(916) 621-6138 View (916) 621-6138
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Kristen Crichton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608
I regularly integrate EMDR into my work with clients to help get them un-stuck from the trauma and wounds of the past.
You are making a huge step in reaching out for help right now! I understand how overwhelming it can be choosing the right therapist for you. My hope is that in choosing to work with me, you will find a safe and supportive environment where you can work through some of life's toughest issues. I feel confident that I can give you the tools you need to get through this trial. I have been successfully helping individuals, couples and families get un-stuck for over a decade. I hope you will give me the chance to help you too!
I regularly integrate EMDR into my work with clients to help get them un-stuck from the trauma and wounds of the past.
You are making a huge step in reaching out for help right now! I understand how overwhelming it can be choosing the right therapist for you. My hope is that in choosing to work with me, you will find a safe and supportive environment where you can work through some of life's toughest issues. I feel confident that I can give you the tools you need to get through this trial. I have been successfully helping individuals, couples and families get un-stuck for over a decade. I hope you will give me the chance to help you too!
(916) 226-4738 View (916) 226-4738
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Alexander Kagan
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608  (Online Only)
While I enjoy working with all client populations, I have a particular interest and experience in helping adults and children and who have experienced psychological trauma as a result of violent crime, physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or political persecution/torture in their country of origin.
Are you struggling with relationship issues? Is it difficult for you to communicate with your partner? Are your children entering adolescence with all its trials and tribulations? Are you anxious about ordinary events and don't understand why? Have you suffered a loss and can't come to terms with it? Has depression robbed you of the ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures? Are you an immigrant struggling adjusting to the new language and environment? If any of these questions rings true for you, then welcome and congratulations on making the first step to finding a lasting solution!
While I enjoy working with all client populations, I have a particular interest and experience in helping adults and children and who have experienced psychological trauma as a result of violent crime, physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or political persecution/torture in their country of origin.
Are you struggling with relationship issues? Is it difficult for you to communicate with your partner? Are your children entering adolescence with all its trials and tribulations? Are you anxious about ordinary events and don't understand why? Have you suffered a loss and can't come to terms with it? Has depression robbed you of the ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures? Are you an immigrant struggling adjusting to the new language and environment? If any of these questions rings true for you, then welcome and congratulations on making the first step to finding a lasting solution!
(916) 713-5612 View (916) 713-5612
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Michael Thaden
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, ATR-BC, CHT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
I have worked intensively with clients impacted by grief/loss, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, chemical/co-dependency, anger/impulse control problems, and life transitions.
I believe we come to our most difficult passages in life at opportune times in order to grow toward our true capacity and purpose. I respect that my clients possess the seeds of awareness and expertise to find answers and solutions to their own problems. My role is to facilitate a compassionate perspective to assist in working through difficult emotions, reactive defenses, or protective habits, and open attention back to fruitful areas. I am an advocate for personal development, collaborating in finding useful vantage points for expanding visibility, encouraging resolution, and resumption of the innate growth process.
I have worked intensively with clients impacted by grief/loss, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, chemical/co-dependency, anger/impulse control problems, and life transitions.
I believe we come to our most difficult passages in life at opportune times in order to grow toward our true capacity and purpose. I respect that my clients possess the seeds of awareness and expertise to find answers and solutions to their own problems. My role is to facilitate a compassionate perspective to assist in working through difficult emotions, reactive defenses, or protective habits, and open attention back to fruitful areas. I am an advocate for personal development, collaborating in finding useful vantage points for expanding visibility, encouraging resolution, and resumption of the innate growth process.
(916) 259-3990 View (916) 259-3990
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Renata Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608
I believe that when individuals are ready to receive help, they will benefit greatly. Those I serve have sought assistance because they seek to move beyond their struggle, not because they had been asked to do so. This is not to say that those who have been encouraged haven't benefited as well. The approaches used allow me to serve those who are experiencing stress, anxiety or trauma. I also assist those who are ready to find their life's purpose but feel that they need the extra support in meeting this goal.
I believe that when individuals are ready to receive help, they will benefit greatly. Those I serve have sought assistance because they seek to move beyond their struggle, not because they had been asked to do so. This is not to say that those who have been encouraged haven't benefited as well. The approaches used allow me to serve those who are experiencing stress, anxiety or trauma. I also assist those who are ready to find their life's purpose but feel that they need the extra support in meeting this goal.
(916) 778-3116 View (916) 778-3116
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Kathy Campbell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
I feel especially attuned to issues of grief, trauma, depression, and the spiritual seeking that often follows those experiences.
I often work with people who grapple with hard questions to which there is no one "right" answer. I offer a non-judegmental atmosphere in which each person can seek his or her own answers. Therapy is a co-creation. I work with each person to find what "speaks" to him / her. That may include talking, mindfulness practices, or creative arts therapies. Using these methods accesses parts of the brain that can't be reached through words alone, and puts people in the flow of their wisdom and creativity, from which solutions to problems can emerge.
I feel especially attuned to issues of grief, trauma, depression, and the spiritual seeking that often follows those experiences.
I often work with people who grapple with hard questions to which there is no one "right" answer. I offer a non-judegmental atmosphere in which each person can seek his or her own answers. Therapy is a co-creation. I work with each person to find what "speaks" to him / her. That may include talking, mindfulness practices, or creative arts therapies. Using these methods accesses parts of the brain that can't be reached through words alone, and puts people in the flow of their wisdom and creativity, from which solutions to problems can emerge.
(916) 550-5065 View (916) 550-5065
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Shelly Kunker
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
Please note - I do not accept insurance. I specialize in working with children, teenagers, and adults who have experienced trauma, grief, neglect and/or loneliness. Trauma can include a variety of things including physical, emotional, sexual or any other type of abuse, such as being raped or attacked; witnessing or experiencing something terrible such as a car accident or the trauma of combat deployment; the death of a loved one; or many other difficult life experiences. I have also helped numerous members of the LGBTQ community, including those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity.
Please note - I do not accept insurance. I specialize in working with children, teenagers, and adults who have experienced trauma, grief, neglect and/or loneliness. Trauma can include a variety of things including physical, emotional, sexual or any other type of abuse, such as being raped or attacked; witnessing or experiencing something terrible such as a car accident or the trauma of combat deployment; the death of a loved one; or many other difficult life experiences. I have also helped numerous members of the LGBTQ community, including those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity.
(916) 545-6795 View (916) 545-6795
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Brain Health Clinic
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT, BCN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608
I have specialized experience working with Brain trauma on individuals, and couples.
At the Brain Health Clinic Our mission is to help you discover or rediscover your potential by leading a life that is more satisfying. We do this through many avenues. We offer biofeedback, neurofeedback, neuromodulation and psychotherapy. If you are seeking a therapist, it is likely because you are experiencing significant upset in your life. It is as important to us as it is to you that we have the right relationship that works for both of us. Give us a call and we will find the right therapist within our group for you.
I have specialized experience working with Brain trauma on individuals, and couples.
At the Brain Health Clinic Our mission is to help you discover or rediscover your potential by leading a life that is more satisfying. We do this through many avenues. We offer biofeedback, neurofeedback, neuromodulation and psychotherapy. If you are seeking a therapist, it is likely because you are experiencing significant upset in your life. It is as important to us as it is to you that we have the right relationship that works for both of us. Give us a call and we will find the right therapist within our group for you.
(916) 398-2613 View (916) 398-2613
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Melissa Frazier
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in trauma, anxiety, and personal growth.
My ideal client is an individual seeking powerful change and who is also willing to look beyond traditional talk therapy to achieve it. As the field of psychology changes and grows, I believe it is important to adapt with it. As important as talk therapy can be to achieving stability, there are other valuable contributions that process trauma and transform the self without the discomfort of verbally processing painful memories. I combine both insight-oriented talk therapy and body based therapies such as the Safe and Sound Protocol, EMDR, and EFT Tapping for optimal, rapid, results.
I specialize in trauma, anxiety, and personal growth.
My ideal client is an individual seeking powerful change and who is also willing to look beyond traditional talk therapy to achieve it. As the field of psychology changes and grows, I believe it is important to adapt with it. As important as talk therapy can be to achieving stability, there are other valuable contributions that process trauma and transform the self without the discomfort of verbally processing painful memories. I combine both insight-oriented talk therapy and body based therapies such as the Safe and Sound Protocol, EMDR, and EFT Tapping for optimal, rapid, results.
(916) 571-0095 View (916) 571-0095
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Jan Osborn
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
I specialize in couple therapy, Lesbian & Gay families, addiction and recovery, and recovery from trauma, illness and loss and family therapy.
I have provided individual, couple and family therapy to the community for 25 years and strongly believe that healing and growth is possible. Particular specialties include couple and family therapy including LGBT, anxiety, addiction, grief, and trauma. I utilize both traditional therapy and EMDR (for trauma). We all have past hurts and traumas. Until healed these impact our current relationships and EMDR is a quicker treatment with lasting results.
I specialize in couple therapy, Lesbian & Gay families, addiction and recovery, and recovery from trauma, illness and loss and family therapy.
I have provided individual, couple and family therapy to the community for 25 years and strongly believe that healing and growth is possible. Particular specialties include couple and family therapy including LGBT, anxiety, addiction, grief, and trauma. I utilize both traditional therapy and EMDR (for trauma). We all have past hurts and traumas. Until healed these impact our current relationships and EMDR is a quicker treatment with lasting results.
(916) 525-7900 View (916) 525-7900
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Karen Juliet Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608
We all experience struggles in life with its unpredictable twists and turns. You are making a huge step in obtaining support to begin a journey of healing and growing. My goal is to provide a nurturing environment, empathetic and caring where clients feel safe to explore their lives. Over 12 years experience with therapy focus on interpersonal distresses such as anxiety, depression, breaking negative cycles, healing of emotional wounds, trauma, grief/loss, repairing and improving relationships. I focus on individuals, men, women, and young adults. All ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Located in the Fair Oaks Village.
We all experience struggles in life with its unpredictable twists and turns. You are making a huge step in obtaining support to begin a journey of healing and growing. My goal is to provide a nurturing environment, empathetic and caring where clients feel safe to explore their lives. Over 12 years experience with therapy focus on interpersonal distresses such as anxiety, depression, breaking negative cycles, healing of emotional wounds, trauma, grief/loss, repairing and improving relationships. I focus on individuals, men, women, and young adults. All ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Located in the Fair Oaks Village.
(916) 727-6428 View (916) 727-6428
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Julie Strathdee
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmichael, CA 95608
I work with couples, adults, and teenagers seeking relief from panic attacks, depression and suicidal thoughts, self harm, gender dysphoria, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma and PTSD.
You’re overwhelmed, overstimulated, and searching for relief, and quite frankly, getting pretty desperate. That "best life" others seem to live feels just beyond reach, with a little progress one day, then sliding all the way back to where you started. It’s exhausting. You logically know you’ve overcome so much, but where is that strength everyone says you have? Together, we can foster compassion for the coping skills you’ve used to survive. These strategies deserve acknowledgment and appreciation because they have kept you alive.
I work with couples, adults, and teenagers seeking relief from panic attacks, depression and suicidal thoughts, self harm, gender dysphoria, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma and PTSD.
You’re overwhelmed, overstimulated, and searching for relief, and quite frankly, getting pretty desperate. That "best life" others seem to live feels just beyond reach, with a little progress one day, then sliding all the way back to where you started. It’s exhausting. You logically know you’ve overcome so much, but where is that strength everyone says you have? Together, we can foster compassion for the coping skills you’ve used to survive. These strategies deserve acknowledgment and appreciation because they have kept you alive.
(916) 698-0288 View (916) 698-0288

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Trauma and PTSD Therapists

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.