Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Laura Solomon
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
I have training in childhood and sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, and LGBTQIA+ affirmative care.
The human experience can be confusing and overwhelming, especially when you are struggling with your identity, the painful residue of an unhealthy relationship, and/or a history of trauma. You may feel rumblings of intense emotions that get activated, despite your best efforts to hold it all together. It may be hard for you to trust yourself or others. You may feel like the people around you don’t understand what you’re going through, wouldn't accept you as you are, or wouldn't want to be burdened with your problems. You may feel stuck, or even broken. Therapy can provide the safe space needed to process and grow.
I have training in childhood and sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, and LGBTQIA+ affirmative care.
The human experience can be confusing and overwhelming, especially when you are struggling with your identity, the painful residue of an unhealthy relationship, and/or a history of trauma. You may feel rumblings of intense emotions that get activated, despite your best efforts to hold it all together. It may be hard for you to trust yourself or others. You may feel like the people around you don’t understand what you’re going through, wouldn't accept you as you are, or wouldn't want to be burdened with your problems. You may feel stuck, or even broken. Therapy can provide the safe space needed to process and grow.
(323) 375-0931 View (323) 375-0931
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Mary Jordan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Do you find yourself shut down or suppress your feelings? Do you struggle in relationships due to your trauma? Are you unsure of where you belong? I work with people of all identities to process unresolved feelings due to trauma. I strive to provide you a safe and non-judgmental space, in order for you to develop coping mechanisms for trauma symptoms (anxiety, depression, addiction, etc.) and to explore aspects of yourself. I can help you let go of past HURTS and develop tools to find RELIEF.
Do you find yourself shut down or suppress your feelings? Do you struggle in relationships due to your trauma? Are you unsure of where you belong? I work with people of all identities to process unresolved feelings due to trauma. I strive to provide you a safe and non-judgmental space, in order for you to develop coping mechanisms for trauma symptoms (anxiety, depression, addiction, etc.) and to explore aspects of yourself. I can help you let go of past HURTS and develop tools to find RELIEF.
(213) 632-3615 View (213) 632-3615
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Sylvanna M. Vargas
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Vargas is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of adolescent and adult depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and anxiety. She has expertise working with youths and adults struggling with suicidal and self-harming thoughts and behaviors, with the goal of identifying and aligning with a life worth living. Dr. Vargas works with people experiencing the consequences of minoritization, including racial trauma and minority stress. She is an LGBTQ affirming provider and provides gender affirming therapy.
Dr. Vargas is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of adolescent and adult depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and anxiety. She has expertise working with youths and adults struggling with suicidal and self-harming thoughts and behaviors, with the goal of identifying and aligning with a life worth living. Dr. Vargas works with people experiencing the consequences of minoritization, including racial trauma and minority stress. She is an LGBTQ affirming provider and provides gender affirming therapy.
(424) 352-8896 View (424) 352-8896
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Dr. Lauren Bochicchio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Most of my clients come to therapy to work on changing their behavior, learning how to manage or reduce symptoms of stress and trauma, or to build new skills.
The evidence based practice movement in medicine relies on the latest scientific evidence to inform clinical practice. Therapy should be no different. Here, we will work as a team to understand your goals and figure out how to to attain them using the latest research. And, we will monitor your progress while we do it.
Most of my clients come to therapy to work on changing their behavior, learning how to manage or reduce symptoms of stress and trauma, or to build new skills.
The evidence based practice movement in medicine relies on the latest scientific evidence to inform clinical practice. Therapy should be no different. Here, we will work as a team to understand your goals and figure out how to to attain them using the latest research. And, we will monitor your progress while we do it.
(424) 401-5863 View (424) 401-5863
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Sandra Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90042
I work through modalities that meet my client's needs including Attachment Based, Relational, Family/Martial, Strength Based, Trauma Focused, Cognitive Behavioral etc.
I see therapy as working towards a new improved and more empowered you. I view and treat my client as the expert in his/her life. I view myself as a facilitator of emotional healing and change. I provide a non-judgmental environment where my client can explore relationships and other aspects of his or her life and decide upon changes or adjustments he or she can implement. Therapy is a safe space where perfection is not required or expected.
I work through modalities that meet my client's needs including Attachment Based, Relational, Family/Martial, Strength Based, Trauma Focused, Cognitive Behavioral etc.
I see therapy as working towards a new improved and more empowered you. I view and treat my client as the expert in his/her life. I view myself as a facilitator of emotional healing and change. I provide a non-judgmental environment where my client can explore relationships and other aspects of his or her life and decide upon changes or adjustments he or she can implement. Therapy is a safe space where perfection is not required or expected.
(323) 929-2233 View (323) 929-2233
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Christina Ahumada
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
I have extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, severe mental illness, transitions/loss, and chemical dependency with a particular interest in childhood trauma and its impact in adulthood.
Therapy is a dynamic process where old wounds can begin to heal and new experiences can become more meaningful and fulfilling. Yes, it can be difficult and painful, but it can also be extremely rewarding and life-changing. Through insight, empathy, support, and understanding, as well as through the relationship you and I will share, I approach the therapeutic process as an avenue to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and trusting environment. As a result of this process, you can gain more self-awareness, which can help foster deeper connections in relationships with yourself and others.
I have extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, severe mental illness, transitions/loss, and chemical dependency with a particular interest in childhood trauma and its impact in adulthood.
Therapy is a dynamic process where old wounds can begin to heal and new experiences can become more meaningful and fulfilling. Yes, it can be difficult and painful, but it can also be extremely rewarding and life-changing. Through insight, empathy, support, and understanding, as well as through the relationship you and I will share, I approach the therapeutic process as an avenue to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and trusting environment. As a result of this process, you can gain more self-awareness, which can help foster deeper connections in relationships with yourself and others.
(323) 370-0634 View (323) 370-0634
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Abby Goldstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, #112691
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
I enjoy working with both couples and individuals who are grappling with a variety of life challenges; life changes, including health issues, career goals, trauma, loss, anxiety or mood disorders.
If we have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that we all need and thrive in relationships. Therapy is an important tool for developing and nurturing positive relationships, both with others and with yourself. Using my training as a marriage and family therapist, my life experiences and love of people, I foster a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment. I believe that it is not the challenges or traumas that form us, but how we respond to them. Collaboratively we can build resiliency as we discover and heal the obstacles that interfere with you having a deeper, more meaningful life.
I enjoy working with both couples and individuals who are grappling with a variety of life challenges; life changes, including health issues, career goals, trauma, loss, anxiety or mood disorders.
If we have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that we all need and thrive in relationships. Therapy is an important tool for developing and nurturing positive relationships, both with others and with yourself. Using my training as a marriage and family therapist, my life experiences and love of people, I foster a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment. I believe that it is not the challenges or traumas that form us, but how we respond to them. Collaboratively we can build resiliency as we discover and heal the obstacles that interfere with you having a deeper, more meaningful life.
(818) 293-4956 View (818) 293-4956
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Louise Dixon De Silva
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035  (Online Only)
Dr. Dixon De Silva is an expert in helping her clients manage and overcome a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety and depression, emotion deregulation problems, suicide and self-harm thoughts, and trauma. She is also a specialist in reproductive mental health treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, PMS and PMDD, sexual dysfunction, and sexual trauma.
Dr. Dixon De Silva is an expert in helping her clients manage and overcome a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety and depression, emotion deregulation problems, suicide and self-harm thoughts, and trauma. She is also a specialist in reproductive mental health treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, PMS and PMDD, sexual dysfunction, and sexual trauma.
(424) 788-5356 View (424) 788-5356
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Jomana Sweiss
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
People come to me when they feel overwhelmed by their emotions, stuck in spirals of anxiety, depression, or trauma responses. I provide one-on-one, couples, and group therapy to help people explore their identities and relationship issues so that they can overcome the walls they have unintentionally created that may be shutting others out. I tend to work best with those who are curious about themselves and eager to grow.
People come to me when they feel overwhelmed by their emotions, stuck in spirals of anxiety, depression, or trauma responses. I provide one-on-one, couples, and group therapy to help people explore their identities and relationship issues so that they can overcome the walls they have unintentionally created that may be shutting others out. I tend to work best with those who are curious about themselves and eager to grow.
(747) 207-4340 View (747) 207-4340
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Leily Labuda
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90004
I work with adults, teens, couples and families struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Are you struggling with anxiety, grief, low self esteem or are stuck in patterns and relationships that are no longer serving you? I offer a warm, empathic, and non-judgmental place, so that we can work together to process painful and traumatic emotions, navigate life-stressors, gain new insights, and take practical steps toward healthy self-acceptance. I specialize in treating trauma through an attachment and relational lens. I use evident-based treatments such as EMDR, EFT and mindfulness that allow for a holistic and collaborative approach to help my clients gain awareness and to cultivate change and deeper connection.
I work with adults, teens, couples and families struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Are you struggling with anxiety, grief, low self esteem or are stuck in patterns and relationships that are no longer serving you? I offer a warm, empathic, and non-judgmental place, so that we can work together to process painful and traumatic emotions, navigate life-stressors, gain new insights, and take practical steps toward healthy self-acceptance. I specialize in treating trauma through an attachment and relational lens. I use evident-based treatments such as EMDR, EFT and mindfulness that allow for a holistic and collaborative approach to help my clients gain awareness and to cultivate change and deeper connection.
(323) 576-4487 View (323) 576-4487
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Shelly Elia-Shaul
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90042
I particularly enjoy working with women on identity issues, emotional disturbance, sexual trauma, and childhood trauma.
I am an associate marriage and family therapist working with kids, teens, and adults toward achieving balance, joy, and healing. I help clients with trauma, anxiety, identity issues, emotional disturbance and eating disorders. I utilize psychodynamic and attachment theories that help uncover patterns shaped in the early stages of life. Also, I apply skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), including emotional regulation, mindfulness, and relationship skills. I work from a feminist and social justice framework, which means that I emphasize how social and cultural factors influence mental health.
I particularly enjoy working with women on identity issues, emotional disturbance, sexual trauma, and childhood trauma.
I am an associate marriage and family therapist working with kids, teens, and adults toward achieving balance, joy, and healing. I help clients with trauma, anxiety, identity issues, emotional disturbance and eating disorders. I utilize psychodynamic and attachment theories that help uncover patterns shaped in the early stages of life. Also, I apply skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), including emotional regulation, mindfulness, and relationship skills. I work from a feminist and social justice framework, which means that I emphasize how social and cultural factors influence mental health.
(323) 709-0894 View (323) 709-0894
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Ryan Chandler
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, LCMHC, MLADC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046
As a psychotherapist with expertise in depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and more, I'm here to extend a helping hand on your journey.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or struggling to cope with life's challenges? Taking that first step to ask for help can be daunting, but you've already shown courage by considering it. Just like standing at the edge of a high dive, it can feel scary and intimidating. But remember, you're not alone, and reaching out for support is a significant achievement in itself.
As a psychotherapist with expertise in depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and more, I'm here to extend a helping hand on your journey.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or struggling to cope with life's challenges? Taking that first step to ask for help can be daunting, but you've already shown courage by considering it. Just like standing at the edge of a high dive, it can feel scary and intimidating. But remember, you're not alone, and reaching out for support is a significant achievement in itself.
(310) 660-7875 View (310) 660-7875
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Sarah Freedman Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90230
I specialize in trauma, relationships, life transitions, depression, anxiety and grief.
I work collaboratively with my clients to cultivate and stengthen meaningful relationships, both with themselves and with others. A core element of our work will center around building self-compassion while strengthening self-esteem and resiliency. Together, we will cultivate awareness and tools to help you manage emotional discomfort, and invite your values to guide your healing journey. I use body-centered interventions to explore how trauma, stress, anxiety and more show up in our bodies, strengthening the mind-body connection. Our work together will integrate all of the different parts that make you uniquely you.
I specialize in trauma, relationships, life transitions, depression, anxiety and grief.
I work collaboratively with my clients to cultivate and stengthen meaningful relationships, both with themselves and with others. A core element of our work will center around building self-compassion while strengthening self-esteem and resiliency. Together, we will cultivate awareness and tools to help you manage emotional discomfort, and invite your values to guide your healing journey. I use body-centered interventions to explore how trauma, stress, anxiety and more show up in our bodies, strengthening the mind-body connection. Our work together will integrate all of the different parts that make you uniquely you.
(310) 905-5956 View (310) 905-5956
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Nicole Woolf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026
My approach to therapy is tailored to your needs and may include body/mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Seeking help can be scary and exciting, and it takes a lot of bravery and courage to take the initial step. You may be feeling like you are depressed and anxious due to your trauma. I aim to meet you where you are mentally and emotionally and help you grow, learn skills, and adapt to new changes. We can work together to identify your goals and needs and address the emotional and behavioral challenges you experience.
My approach to therapy is tailored to your needs and may include body/mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Seeking help can be scary and exciting, and it takes a lot of bravery and courage to take the initial step. You may be feeling like you are depressed and anxious due to your trauma. I aim to meet you where you are mentally and emotionally and help you grow, learn skills, and adapt to new changes. We can work together to identify your goals and needs and address the emotional and behavioral challenges you experience.
(818) 293-4986 View (818) 293-4986
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Yasi Shamtoub
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
In addition to having expertise with substance use disorders, I provide therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues related to singles, dating, love, and relationships.
I believe that psychotherapy can be a process of healing, self-discovery, and a path towards feeling more fully alive. Whether you are trying to alleviate troublesome symptoms, achieve a greater sense of well being, and/or achieve more intimacy and closeness with yourself and others, finding a therapist that is a good fit is an essential first step. Together, we will set goals, explore underlying issues, and work towards emotionally and intellectually understanding what is going on to empower you to create the life that you want.
In addition to having expertise with substance use disorders, I provide therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues related to singles, dating, love, and relationships.
I believe that psychotherapy can be a process of healing, self-discovery, and a path towards feeling more fully alive. Whether you are trying to alleviate troublesome symptoms, achieve a greater sense of well being, and/or achieve more intimacy and closeness with yourself and others, finding a therapist that is a good fit is an essential first step. Together, we will set goals, explore underlying issues, and work towards emotionally and intellectually understanding what is going on to empower you to create the life that you want.
(424) 383-5190 View (424) 383-5190
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Elaine Skoulas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
You've made it this far, but something is holding you back from the life you want to be living. You have learned a lot about yourself and relationships, yet you keep ending up stuck in the same patterns. Past trauma doesn’t have to continue to hurt your present life anymore. You might be someone who always puts others first, and now it's finally time to have a space just for you. You might be navigating a life with chronic pain, anxiety, or depression and need the support to get unstuck. Reaching out is a powerful first step to take care of yourself. I am committed to supporting you with warmth and kindness every step along the way.
You've made it this far, but something is holding you back from the life you want to be living. You have learned a lot about yourself and relationships, yet you keep ending up stuck in the same patterns. Past trauma doesn’t have to continue to hurt your present life anymore. You might be someone who always puts others first, and now it's finally time to have a space just for you. You might be navigating a life with chronic pain, anxiety, or depression and need the support to get unstuck. Reaching out is a powerful first step to take care of yourself. I am committed to supporting you with warmth and kindness every step along the way.
(818) 350-5204 View (818) 350-5204
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Elyse Springer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA-CLPT, MFT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
I'm a seasoned trauma therapist working with PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD and perinatal mental health (preconception, pregnancy and postpartum). You have symptoms getting in the way of your success - we'll focus on reducing symptoms, clearing the emotional clutter that impacts your mood, relationships with partners, with friends, and work. I'm certified in EMDR, a certified EMDR Consultant, certified in Interpersonal Therapy, certified in Perinatal Mental Health and often train other clinicians around trauma, birth loss, pre and postpartum mental health, HIV/AIDS and 2SLGBTQI+.
I'm a seasoned trauma therapist working with PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD and perinatal mental health (preconception, pregnancy and postpartum). You have symptoms getting in the way of your success - we'll focus on reducing symptoms, clearing the emotional clutter that impacts your mood, relationships with partners, with friends, and work. I'm certified in EMDR, a certified EMDR Consultant, certified in Interpersonal Therapy, certified in Perinatal Mental Health and often train other clinicians around trauma, birth loss, pre and postpartum mental health, HIV/AIDS and 2SLGBTQI+.
(213) 973-4715 View (213) 973-4715
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John 'jasper' Kump
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCPS
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035  (Online Only)
I work with adults and couples experiencing anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and compulsive/addictive behaviors.
Are you looking for a supportive space to explore thoughts, process feelings, create a plan for lasting change and live the kind of life you want? No matter what you've been through or what your current circumstances are, you have deep strength, resiliency and the capacity to change. Whether you're dealing with trauma or anxiety, struggling with relationships, sex and intimacy or trying to cope using addictive/compulsive behaviors - there is help and hope. Is now the time for you to begin?
I work with adults and couples experiencing anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and compulsive/addictive behaviors.
Are you looking for a supportive space to explore thoughts, process feelings, create a plan for lasting change and live the kind of life you want? No matter what you've been through or what your current circumstances are, you have deep strength, resiliency and the capacity to change. Whether you're dealing with trauma or anxiety, struggling with relationships, sex and intimacy or trying to cope using addictive/compulsive behaviors - there is help and hope. Is now the time for you to begin?
(213) 866-1921 View (213) 866-1921
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Tom Szabadi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship/intimacy issues, infidelity/betrayal, addiction, and alcohol/substance abuse disorders. I am a sex-positive therapist who works with clients of all sexual orientations and gender identities. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which can assist with resolving lingering effects of past traumatic memories. It can also lesson the hold of negativity and limiting beliefs and move you to a much healthier self-concept and higher self-esteem.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship/intimacy issues, infidelity/betrayal, addiction, and alcohol/substance abuse disorders. I am a sex-positive therapist who works with clients of all sexual orientations and gender identities. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which can assist with resolving lingering effects of past traumatic memories. It can also lesson the hold of negativity and limiting beliefs and move you to a much healthier self-concept and higher self-esteem.
(213) 513-7301 View (213) 513-7301
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Catherine Rossi
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma work, and am trained in Brainspotting.
Every human struggles, and every human deserves to feel seen, heard, and supported while finding their way to a healthy flow. Are you feeling disconnected? Your mental health may seem hard for others to understand, or even for you to understand. Maybe it feels overwhelming to question why you feel this way, or what's actually in your control to change. Maybe the things that get you through aren’t the healthiest for you, and you’re ready to try something different. I'm here to accompany and guide you, whether navigating life transitions, addiction, relationship issues, or managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar, or ADHD.
I specialize in trauma work, and am trained in Brainspotting.
Every human struggles, and every human deserves to feel seen, heard, and supported while finding their way to a healthy flow. Are you feeling disconnected? Your mental health may seem hard for others to understand, or even for you to understand. Maybe it feels overwhelming to question why you feel this way, or what's actually in your control to change. Maybe the things that get you through aren’t the healthiest for you, and you’re ready to try something different. I'm here to accompany and guide you, whether navigating life transitions, addiction, relationship issues, or managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar, or ADHD.
(818) 962-2816 View (818) 962-2816


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.