Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Citrus Heights, CA

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Deanna Spence
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Citrus Heights, CA 95621  (Online Only)
I help support those who have experienced trauma and PTSD.
Becoming more mindful of how our thoughts affect our emotions allows us to truly see the connection our behaviors have in our day to day lives. I am a strengths-based and client centered therapist practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have also had training through UC Davis to incorporate Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in session. I treat mood disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar disorder. I help support those who have experienced trauma and PTSD. Serious mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Bipolar disorders are also a passion of mine.
I help support those who have experienced trauma and PTSD.
Becoming more mindful of how our thoughts affect our emotions allows us to truly see the connection our behaviors have in our day to day lives. I am a strengths-based and client centered therapist practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have also had training through UC Davis to incorporate Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in session. I treat mood disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar disorder. I help support those who have experienced trauma and PTSD. Serious mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Bipolar disorders are also a passion of mine.
(916) 269-3261 View (916) 269-3261
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Alexandra M Jansen
Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Citrus Heights, CA 95610  (Online Only)
Welcome, I work primarily with clients that are within the LGBTQIA+ and Kink/BDSM communities. I also am body positive, sex positive, poly positive, geek/nerd positive, and trauma informed. I feel that the therapy space should feel safe and build on your strengths. If you’re here, you’re probably struggling with a significant burden in your life. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, trauma, or even difficulties with relationships, I want you to know that researching your future therapist is a great first step. In fact, having a good relationship with them has been known to be a major factor in achieving progress in your therapy.
Welcome, I work primarily with clients that are within the LGBTQIA+ and Kink/BDSM communities. I also am body positive, sex positive, poly positive, geek/nerd positive, and trauma informed. I feel that the therapy space should feel safe and build on your strengths. If you’re here, you’re probably struggling with a significant burden in your life. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, trauma, or even difficulties with relationships, I want you to know that researching your future therapist is a great first step. In fact, having a good relationship with them has been known to be a major factor in achieving progress in your therapy.
(916) 823-8761 View (916) 823-8761
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Jordan Stern
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Citrus Heights, CA 95610  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new weekly individual clients for Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons! - I have 3 main specialties: trauma healing, gender exploration & transition, and supporting adults with ADHD/autism in navigating a world not set up to accommodate your needs. If your emotions feel "too big" all the time or upsetting memories are intruding on your current life, I can work with you to find ways to make the past stay in the past and find sustainable ways to express and cope with your feelings. I also help folks explore access needs and gain self-acceptance around disability.
Currently accepting new weekly individual clients for Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons! - I have 3 main specialties: trauma healing, gender exploration & transition, and supporting adults with ADHD/autism in navigating a world not set up to accommodate your needs. If your emotions feel "too big" all the time or upsetting memories are intruding on your current life, I can work with you to find ways to make the past stay in the past and find sustainable ways to express and cope with your feelings. I also help folks explore access needs and gain self-acceptance around disability.
(510) 880-3738 View (510) 880-3738
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Jan Osborn
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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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Lisa Gulino, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95611
I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and can use trauma-informed skills such as Brainspotting and EMDR therapy when working with you.
I love helping people work through their traumatic life experiences and helping them understand the effects of those events. If this applies to you or someone you care about, I am here to walk with you as you explore those things that leave you feeling "stuck" and guide you as you move forward into a better space. I work with individuals, children, families, and couples. My training has given me special insight into how trauma is passed down through the generations and the effects those traumas have on your life today. I want to share that insight with you.
I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and can use trauma-informed skills such as Brainspotting and EMDR therapy when working with you.
I love helping people work through their traumatic life experiences and helping them understand the effects of those events. If this applies to you or someone you care about, I am here to walk with you as you explore those things that leave you feeling "stuck" and guide you as you move forward into a better space. I work with individuals, children, families, and couples. My training has given me special insight into how trauma is passed down through the generations and the effects those traumas have on your life today. I want to share that insight with you.
(916) 367-4874 View (916) 367-4874
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Michael Thaden
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, ATR-BC, CHT
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
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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Crystal Harper
Pastoral Counselor, DMinCC, LCPC, CTSS, PhD
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95610  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, or other distressing emotions? How about your relationship? Do you desire release from unsuccessful patterns of behavior? Do you want to experience more peace and well-being? I effectively and compassionately help you navigate life-altering crisis and heal from traumatic experiences. With over 30 years of counseling experience, I have worked in: Suicide Prevention, Physical/Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, and PTSD. I have both a strong clinical and faith-based educational background and believe in taking a holistic approach to counseling.
Are you struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, or other distressing emotions? How about your relationship? Do you desire release from unsuccessful patterns of behavior? Do you want to experience more peace and well-being? I effectively and compassionately help you navigate life-altering crisis and heal from traumatic experiences. With over 30 years of counseling experience, I have worked in: Suicide Prevention, Physical/Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, and PTSD. I have both a strong clinical and faith-based educational background and believe in taking a holistic approach to counseling.
(916) 579-7621 View (916) 579-7621
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Gina A. Mertz, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
My areas of expertise include treating children, teens, adults and families of diverse backgrounds who have experienced trauma, abuse, loss, and significant life changes.
I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 25 years experience providing counseling to children, teens, adults and families. My mission is to provide help, hope and healing to you and your family through a collaborative and supportive therapeutic relationship. Whether you're seeking help for yourself or your loved ones, my goal is to always encourage, support and help you navigate the trials and hardships we encounter in life.
My areas of expertise include treating children, teens, adults and families of diverse backgrounds who have experienced trauma, abuse, loss, and significant life changes.
I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 25 years experience providing counseling to children, teens, adults and families. My mission is to provide help, hope and healing to you and your family through a collaborative and supportive therapeutic relationship. Whether you're seeking help for yourself or your loved ones, my goal is to always encourage, support and help you navigate the trials and hardships we encounter in life.
(916) 584-9135 View (916) 584-9135
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Caroline Holte
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California with over 15 years of experience. I have helped people with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, attachment issues, adjustment difficulties/life changes, trauma, cultural identity issues, and substance abuse issues.
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California with over 15 years of experience. I have helped people with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, attachment issues, adjustment difficulties/life changes, trauma, cultural identity issues, and substance abuse issues.
(626) 788-5327 View (626) 788-5327
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Andrew Lee
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Waitlist for new clients
We all struggle at different times in our lives. Whether it’s with depression, anxiety, trauma, or relationship issues… I want you to know that you don't have to do this alone. Maybe you have a need for clarity and a plan to navigate this chapter of your life. Maybe you're feeling stuck and are uncertain where to turn. Whatever challenges you are encountering, it would be my honor to walk with you through them, increase your resilience, and help you become the best version of you.
We all struggle at different times in our lives. Whether it’s with depression, anxiety, trauma, or relationship issues… I want you to know that you don't have to do this alone. Maybe you have a need for clarity and a plan to navigate this chapter of your life. Maybe you're feeling stuck and are uncertain where to turn. Whatever challenges you are encountering, it would be my honor to walk with you through them, increase your resilience, and help you become the best version of you.
(916) 827-1553 View (916) 827-1553
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Cheryl Swanson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Success in treatment means a reduction in anxiety/depression, a lowered response to trauma triggers, and an ability to use tools to self-regulate.
Hello, my name is Cheryl Swanson and I am a Christian therapist who specializes in therapy with adults and parents of children under 12 in the state of California. I have practiced for more than 30 years in a variety of settings with children, teens, and adults. I prioritize teaching tools to help clients lower their level of distress as we address the traumas or other issues fueling their anxiety/depression. I teach parents behavioral interventions to use at home to change a child’s negative behaviors.
Success in treatment means a reduction in anxiety/depression, a lowered response to trauma triggers, and an ability to use tools to self-regulate.
Hello, my name is Cheryl Swanson and I am a Christian therapist who specializes in therapy with adults and parents of children under 12 in the state of California. I have practiced for more than 30 years in a variety of settings with children, teens, and adults. I prioritize teaching tools to help clients lower their level of distress as we address the traumas or other issues fueling their anxiety/depression. I teach parents behavioral interventions to use at home to change a child’s negative behaviors.
(909) 281-7681 View (909) 281-7681
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Amanda Whitten
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
I treat a wide range of mental health concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and life transitions.
Whether you are looking for support through a challenging situation or you are ready to begin working towards a new direction in your life, we can work together to create the foundation and self-awareness you need to reach your goals. We will collaboratively explore your past, present and what you want your future to look like.
I treat a wide range of mental health concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and life transitions.
Whether you are looking for support through a challenging situation or you are ready to begin working towards a new direction in your life, we can work together to create the foundation and self-awareness you need to reach your goals. We will collaboratively explore your past, present and what you want your future to look like.
(916) 252-4189 View (916) 252-4189
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Alex Derevyanchuk
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CADC II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
I believe substance use to be a symptom and not the root issue, but without first addressing and treating addiction we will not be able to intervene the underlying issues. There is an array of individuals and families that I enjoy working with. Teens, young adults and their families, adults and or partners/spouses who need support around their loved ones addiction and also with parents whos children are struggling with addiction. My approach to treatment is trauma and attachment informed because I believe that most addiction is driven by trauma and a lack of a healthy relationship with ones self.
I believe substance use to be a symptom and not the root issue, but without first addressing and treating addiction we will not be able to intervene the underlying issues. There is an array of individuals and families that I enjoy working with. Teens, young adults and their families, adults and or partners/spouses who need support around their loved ones addiction and also with parents whos children are struggling with addiction. My approach to treatment is trauma and attachment informed because I believe that most addiction is driven by trauma and a lack of a healthy relationship with ones self.
(916) 248-7453 View (916) 248-7453
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Nikki Linde
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Are you longing to heal from trauma and cultivate healthy relationships? I'm passionate about guiding individuals like you towards fulfilling their goals. Together, we'll develop strong bonds, navigate difficult emotions, and practice useful skills for relief and healing. In today's interconnected world, trusted relationships are vital for exploration and growth. Let's embark on this journey together and empower you to flourish.
Are you longing to heal from trauma and cultivate healthy relationships? I'm passionate about guiding individuals like you towards fulfilling their goals. Together, we'll develop strong bonds, navigate difficult emotions, and practice useful skills for relief and healing. In today's interconnected world, trusted relationships are vital for exploration and growth. Let's embark on this journey together and empower you to flourish.
(530) 435-6108 View (530) 435-6108
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Lyl Starr
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, EMDR, Trauma, LGBTQ+
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Citrus Heights, CA 95611
I specialize in trauma-informed therapy for individuals, parents and those in the LGBTQ+ community to get curious about themselves and their experiences, so they can find a greater sense of peace and fulfillment in their lives.
Are you noticing experiences from your past showing up in your life or relationships today? Perhaps you’re realizing that the childhood you thought was “typical” was actually anything but, and you’re seeing the patterns showing up in the partners you choose or your tendency to try and keep everyone happy. Maybe you’re walking a road through parenthood that you never expected to be on: infertility, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, or postpartum anxiety or depression. While you might have pushed it away for a while, you now can’t ignore the impacts of these experiences on your body, your partner, your child, and your mental health.
I specialize in trauma-informed therapy for individuals, parents and those in the LGBTQ+ community to get curious about themselves and their experiences, so they can find a greater sense of peace and fulfillment in their lives.
Are you noticing experiences from your past showing up in your life or relationships today? Perhaps you’re realizing that the childhood you thought was “typical” was actually anything but, and you’re seeing the patterns showing up in the partners you choose or your tendency to try and keep everyone happy. Maybe you’re walking a road through parenthood that you never expected to be on: infertility, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, or postpartum anxiety or depression. While you might have pushed it away for a while, you now can’t ignore the impacts of these experiences on your body, your partner, your child, and your mental health.
(916) 656-0192 View (916) 656-0192
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Jessica Flowers-Guerrero
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
My name is Jessica Flowers-Guerrero and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I use a collaborative approach with my clients, while providing a warm and nurturing space for growth to take place. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families. I have experience assisting my clients in working through depression, anxiety, anger, perinatal mood disorders, infertility, substance abuse, behavioral issues, and trauma.
My name is Jessica Flowers-Guerrero and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I use a collaborative approach with my clients, while providing a warm and nurturing space for growth to take place. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families. I have experience assisting my clients in working through depression, anxiety, anger, perinatal mood disorders, infertility, substance abuse, behavioral issues, and trauma.
(916) 659-6840 View (916) 659-6840
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Lighthouse Family Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFC, MS, MA
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
My mission is to provide comfort, hope, and healing, in a nurturing and loving environment. I specialize in trauma and grief. I have over 20 years giving successful treatment to individuals, couples, children/teens, families, and the elderly. I am a Christian. I have had success with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Exposure Therapy, Behavior Therapy, and Christian Therapy. I have had experience working with many cultures and religions. I believe in nurturing individual growth in a loving and safe environment. I have worked with the courts and CPS, but I no longer am working with CPS, or court cases.
My mission is to provide comfort, hope, and healing, in a nurturing and loving environment. I specialize in trauma and grief. I have over 20 years giving successful treatment to individuals, couples, children/teens, families, and the elderly. I am a Christian. I have had success with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Exposure Therapy, Behavior Therapy, and Christian Therapy. I have had experience working with many cultures and religions. I believe in nurturing individual growth in a loving and safe environment. I have worked with the courts and CPS, but I no longer am working with CPS, or court cases.
(619) 609-9863 View (619) 609-9863
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Nefertiti Khemet Goudjayi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95610  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained in trauma-informed care, domestic violence, sexual assault, DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, and Exposure Therapy.
Maybe it started with a thought, that thought became bigger and bigger, that you were struggling mentally/emotionally. That thought brought you to my page, wanting to get help for the the intrusive thoughts, the struggles in your relationships, the worries, or deep sadness. I have a unique way of understanding and learning about people. I can be a listening ear, or I can be there to help guide you through some difficult life paths. We choose the path together, that way your needs are sure to be met. I have experience working with people who have ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
I am trained in trauma-informed care, domestic violence, sexual assault, DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, and Exposure Therapy.
Maybe it started with a thought, that thought became bigger and bigger, that you were struggling mentally/emotionally. That thought brought you to my page, wanting to get help for the the intrusive thoughts, the struggles in your relationships, the worries, or deep sadness. I have a unique way of understanding and learning about people. I can be a listening ear, or I can be there to help guide you through some difficult life paths. We choose the path together, that way your needs are sure to be met. I have experience working with people who have ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
(916) 527-8867 View (916) 527-8867
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Miranda N Enriquez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95621  (Online Only)
I understand the lasting impacts that trauma has on our relationships, perspective, and responses.
Do you desire to live life fully as your authentic self but feel held back by patterns, thoughts, responses, and beliefs? For so many, the journey towards self-acceptance and healing feels like a maze of obstacles and frustrations. When we feel shame, dislike, or distrust in ourselves due to choices we have made or experiences we have had, it can be hard to engage wholly in our lives. This can impact all areas of life including relationships, jobs, health, and overall enjoyment. Therapy can help you find the tools and acceptance needed to heal.
I understand the lasting impacts that trauma has on our relationships, perspective, and responses.
Do you desire to live life fully as your authentic self but feel held back by patterns, thoughts, responses, and beliefs? For so many, the journey towards self-acceptance and healing feels like a maze of obstacles and frustrations. When we feel shame, dislike, or distrust in ourselves due to choices we have made or experiences we have had, it can be hard to engage wholly in our lives. This can impact all areas of life including relationships, jobs, health, and overall enjoyment. Therapy can help you find the tools and acceptance needed to heal.
(916) 248-8812 View (916) 248-8812
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Erica Cowell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
They may be experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, identity conflicts, or life circumstances that are creating barriers to having the life they want to live and being the person they want to be.
My name is Erica Cowell and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). It has been my privilege to spend my career helping individuals and families navigate difficult moments and periods of change and questioning. I utilize an eclectic approach that draws on multiple therapeutic modalities to customize a treatment plan that matches your needs and preferences. I firmly believe that you are the expert on your own life and experiences. I am here to support you in identifying your treatment goals and then utilizing various evidence-based tools to help you achieve those goals.
They may be experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, identity conflicts, or life circumstances that are creating barriers to having the life they want to live and being the person they want to be.
My name is Erica Cowell and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). It has been my privilege to spend my career helping individuals and families navigate difficult moments and periods of change and questioning. I utilize an eclectic approach that draws on multiple therapeutic modalities to customize a treatment plan that matches your needs and preferences. I firmly believe that you are the expert on your own life and experiences. I am here to support you in identifying your treatment goals and then utilizing various evidence-based tools to help you achieve those goals.
(916) 251-1803 View (916) 251-1803

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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.