Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Golden, CO

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Melissa Hunt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC, HHC
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80402  (Online Only)
Women's issues, trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and religious cult abuse and damage are areas that I aim to keep the scope of my practice.
Strengthen the Spirit. Heal the Soul. That is the motto at Four Winds Counseling Center. I believe that the counseling relationship is paramount in the healing process. My aim is to provide a safe environment in which the client feels their stories are valued, heard, and honored. I have a profound respect for the human experience and all that it encompasses, including, but not exclusively pain to the core of the essence of a person. Vulnerability is a privilege, and a privileged right. I aim to hold a container in the therapeutic room in which this privilege of vulnerability may be fostered.
Women's issues, trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and religious cult abuse and damage are areas that I aim to keep the scope of my practice.
Strengthen the Spirit. Heal the Soul. That is the motto at Four Winds Counseling Center. I believe that the counseling relationship is paramount in the healing process. My aim is to provide a safe environment in which the client feels their stories are valued, heard, and honored. I have a profound respect for the human experience and all that it encompasses, including, but not exclusively pain to the core of the essence of a person. Vulnerability is a privilege, and a privileged right. I aim to hold a container in the therapeutic room in which this privilege of vulnerability may be fostered.
(720) 608-4782 View (720) 608-4782
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Katherine Ward
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, JD, EMDR-C
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80403  (Online Only)
I can help you with a wide variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, relationship issues and stress management. As an EMDR therapist, I treat trauma of all kinds, ranging from single incidents to more complex histories, as well as fears and phobias. A major focus of my practice is in helping you to build the skills essential to reducing anxiety and stress. While entering therapy can feel daunting, it also represents the beginning of a journey of self-discovery and growth that offers tremendous rewards.
I can help you with a wide variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, relationship issues and stress management. As an EMDR therapist, I treat trauma of all kinds, ranging from single incidents to more complex histories, as well as fears and phobias. A major focus of my practice is in helping you to build the skills essential to reducing anxiety and stress. While entering therapy can feel daunting, it also represents the beginning of a journey of self-discovery and growth that offers tremendous rewards.
(303) 569-4650 View (303) 569-4650
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Angie Perry-Martin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, EdS, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
My approach integrates relational, trauma-informed, mindfulness-based and somatic/body-centered approaches that allow for exploration of experience, including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Neuroaffective Relational Model, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, & Trauma-Sensitive Yoga.
Do you want more freedom and ease, but when it comes to making lasting change that gets to the root of the issue, you have run out of ideas and patience and want support from someone who understands and can help facilitate growth? My goal is to help support your journey of discovery through inquiry and exploration. Together we will work to create more freedom and choice in thought, action, and feeling- transformation from the inside out. I work with individuals and couples across a wide variety of issues including relational stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, personal growth, and career and life transition.
My approach integrates relational, trauma-informed, mindfulness-based and somatic/body-centered approaches that allow for exploration of experience, including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Neuroaffective Relational Model, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, & Trauma-Sensitive Yoga.
Do you want more freedom and ease, but when it comes to making lasting change that gets to the root of the issue, you have run out of ideas and patience and want support from someone who understands and can help facilitate growth? My goal is to help support your journey of discovery through inquiry and exploration. Together we will work to create more freedom and choice in thought, action, and feeling- transformation from the inside out. I work with individuals and couples across a wide variety of issues including relational stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, personal growth, and career and life transition.
(720) 615-3662 View (720) 615-3662
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NeuroCraft Center LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, ICP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
I have been a trauma specialist for over two decades.
There are no "bad" clients. My ideal client is someone who has courage to heal. We can often say we want to change, but the fear of the "unknown" sometimes outweighs the motivation for actual change. I have shifted my approach to assisting in focusing on the motivation instead of changing. Our world is performance based, but I want your shifts to begin because they have been internal and sustaining. You can do this!
I have been a trauma specialist for over two decades.
There are no "bad" clients. My ideal client is someone who has courage to heal. We can often say we want to change, but the fear of the "unknown" sometimes outweighs the motivation for actual change. I have shifted my approach to assisting in focusing on the motivation instead of changing. Our world is performance based, but I want your shifts to begin because they have been internal and sustaining. You can do this!
(720) 640-7522 View (720) 640-7522
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Chuck Barr
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, Couples, EMDR, EFT, ACT
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80403
I welcome the opportunity to help you individually or as a couple to move in a direction that is happier, healthier, more at ease and deeply aligned with who you are really are and what matters most to you or your partner. Whether you are struggling with a relationship issue such as infidelity or a personal issue such as anxiety, fear, grief, depression, chronic pain or unresolved trauma (PTSD), we will work together towards healing and core level change - not just a temporary reduction in your symptoms. I view our work together as collaborative. You're the expert on your life, while I bring a psychological, holistic perspective.
I welcome the opportunity to help you individually or as a couple to move in a direction that is happier, healthier, more at ease and deeply aligned with who you are really are and what matters most to you or your partner. Whether you are struggling with a relationship issue such as infidelity or a personal issue such as anxiety, fear, grief, depression, chronic pain or unresolved trauma (PTSD), we will work together towards healing and core level change - not just a temporary reduction in your symptoms. I view our work together as collaborative. You're the expert on your life, while I bring a psychological, holistic perspective.
(720) 650-0852 View (720) 650-0852
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Sarah Rothluebber
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401  (Online Only)
I am Licensed Professional Counselor and hold a certificate in EMDR. My clinical background is primarily with children who have experienced trauma and adversity. Much of my work has focused on childhood bereavement and supporting grieving children. I use a trauma-informed care lens to support clients and meet them where they are. I have experience working with children four years old through young adulthood. I utilize individual therapy, play therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. I strive to be culturally competent, supporting discovery of self.
I am Licensed Professional Counselor and hold a certificate in EMDR. My clinical background is primarily with children who have experienced trauma and adversity. Much of my work has focused on childhood bereavement and supporting grieving children. I use a trauma-informed care lens to support clients and meet them where they are. I have experience working with children four years old through young adulthood. I utilize individual therapy, play therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. I strive to be culturally competent, supporting discovery of self.
(720) 924-4280 View (720) 924-4280
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Amy Couchman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
I offer trauma informed services that included Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) I will listen and tailor your counseling needs as we see fit.
I am Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in the counseling field. I enjoy working with people from adolescence to adults, including those who are aging, and specialize in supporting people in relationship work, depression, anxiety, attachment wounds career challenges and emotion intelligence. I love working with people who are curious and ready to build insight in order to deepen their connections with others. I believe that we are meant to be in relationship with one another and when we learn how to be over authentic selfs we deepen our connections and relationships.
I offer trauma informed services that included Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) I will listen and tailor your counseling needs as we see fit.
I am Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in the counseling field. I enjoy working with people from adolescence to adults, including those who are aging, and specialize in supporting people in relationship work, depression, anxiety, attachment wounds career challenges and emotion intelligence. I love working with people who are curious and ready to build insight in order to deepen their connections with others. I believe that we are meant to be in relationship with one another and when we learn how to be over authentic selfs we deepen our connections and relationships.
(720) 445-8319 View (720) 445-8319
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Emily Isaacs, Individual and Couples Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
I use a mindfulness, developmental, trauma-informed, body-centered approach to help clients examine their default strategies for living, and bring more choice to the process.
Good relationships = happy life. So simple yet so hard. I have over 15 years of clinical experience, helping individuals and couples build lives of happiness and meaning through better relationships, with yourself and with others. I am a down-to-earth, straight-forward, and compassionate. We'll work to heal old wounds and shift self-defeating patterns so you can live the life you really want, with relationships that are loving and rewarding.
I use a mindfulness, developmental, trauma-informed, body-centered approach to help clients examine their default strategies for living, and bring more choice to the process.
Good relationships = happy life. So simple yet so hard. I have over 15 years of clinical experience, helping individuals and couples build lives of happiness and meaning through better relationships, with yourself and with others. I am a down-to-earth, straight-forward, and compassionate. We'll work to heal old wounds and shift self-defeating patterns so you can live the life you really want, with relationships that are loving and rewarding.
(720) 414-5874 View (720) 414-5874
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Susannah Horwitz
Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC, EMDR
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
As your therapist, I can provide you with a safe and comfortable space for approaching challenges and developing creative solutions. I will become your guide as you work your way out of feeling "stuck" within situations or thoughts that may have become too difficult to manage. I use an experiential, trauma-informed, and strengths-based treatment approach that combines action-oriented and reflective techniques based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Somatic Psychotherapy (including EMDR), Expressive Arts Therapy, Nature-Based & Wilderness Therapy, and Mindfulness practices.
As your therapist, I can provide you with a safe and comfortable space for approaching challenges and developing creative solutions. I will become your guide as you work your way out of feeling "stuck" within situations or thoughts that may have become too difficult to manage. I use an experiential, trauma-informed, and strengths-based treatment approach that combines action-oriented and reflective techniques based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Somatic Psychotherapy (including EMDR), Expressive Arts Therapy, Nature-Based & Wilderness Therapy, and Mindfulness practices.
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Aleya Littleton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCAT
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
What will you do with your one Wild and precious Life?"- Mary Oliver. We work with clients who want to find themselves again. Maybe it's depression, trauma, or life changes. Maybe it's less specific, like being lonely or not being able to manage your stress - we can help you reconnect your head and your heart. We believe in the healing power of nature and experience, and use both in a way that will help you heal and finally find yourself again.
What will you do with your one Wild and precious Life?"- Mary Oliver. We work with clients who want to find themselves again. Maybe it's depression, trauma, or life changes. Maybe it's less specific, like being lonely or not being able to manage your stress - we can help you reconnect your head and your heart. We believe in the healing power of nature and experience, and use both in a way that will help you heal and finally find yourself again.
(708) 223-7534 View (708) 223-7534
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David W Donaldson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
I work with couples and with people who have trauma, depression, anxiety and problems with coping.
Looking for a Psychologist who is effective in rapid treatment techniques such as EMDR? I am experienced in working with couples with marital issues and with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, guilt or trauma. I will hear you and help you in a compassionate and patient manner. If it important to you to work with someone who can integrate spiritual and psychological treatment, I have training in both areas.
I work with couples and with people who have trauma, depression, anxiety and problems with coping.
Looking for a Psychologist who is effective in rapid treatment techniques such as EMDR? I am experienced in working with couples with marital issues and with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, guilt or trauma. I will hear you and help you in a compassionate and patient manner. If it important to you to work with someone who can integrate spiritual and psychological treatment, I have training in both areas.
(720) 943-7518 View (720) 943-7518
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Nicole Jefferson
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, LPCC, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
I am passionate about working with individuals who feel stuck by the overpowering impact of trauma, PTSD, and early childhood relational wounding.
“Therapy to help authentic souls navigate the wilds of life.” My most crucial long-term relationship has been with the great outdoors; my first therapist was Mother Nature. I have used my time in this mighty space to align the things that make my heartbeat: people, nature, and the power of self-development. The outdoors is a powerful resource that helps us feel grounded and at peace, immersed in all Mother Nature offers. My approach is whole-bodied, holistic, mindful, bodily, and expansive. My goal for people is to feel good in their skin and reach their true SELF. I offer indoor, virtual, and outdoor therapy.
I am passionate about working with individuals who feel stuck by the overpowering impact of trauma, PTSD, and early childhood relational wounding.
“Therapy to help authentic souls navigate the wilds of life.” My most crucial long-term relationship has been with the great outdoors; my first therapist was Mother Nature. I have used my time in this mighty space to align the things that make my heartbeat: people, nature, and the power of self-development. The outdoors is a powerful resource that helps us feel grounded and at peace, immersed in all Mother Nature offers. My approach is whole-bodied, holistic, mindful, bodily, and expansive. My goal for people is to feel good in their skin and reach their true SELF. I offer indoor, virtual, and outdoor therapy.
(303) 529-4260 View (303) 529-4260
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Danielle Vance
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, SEP
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
Somatic experiencing is a body oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress disorders.
I use traditional clinical approaches to therapy as well as alternative, Eastern practices, including Somatic therapy and Mindfulness to develop a creative approach to helping you integrate and heal. Specializing in womens issues, infertility and post pardum, self-esteem and relationship issues.
Somatic experiencing is a body oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress disorders.
I use traditional clinical approaches to therapy as well as alternative, Eastern practices, including Somatic therapy and Mindfulness to develop a creative approach to helping you integrate and heal. Specializing in womens issues, infertility and post pardum, self-esteem and relationship issues.
(303) 948-0261 View (303) 948-0261
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Brandy Nelson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LAC
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80403
Accepting new clients who are motivated for change this summer! Recognizing that you may need help is the first step to living the life you have always deserved. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma or addiction, I am here to help you get your needs met. We can explore different techniques and coping skills to jumpstart your journey and get you to the place you long to be; happy, peaceful and connected to others. Creating and working towards goals can be empowering. Learning to self-regulate can be a game changer. Being able to get your needs met effectively will enhance your life and your relationships.
Accepting new clients who are motivated for change this summer! Recognizing that you may need help is the first step to living the life you have always deserved. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma or addiction, I am here to help you get your needs met. We can explore different techniques and coping skills to jumpstart your journey and get you to the place you long to be; happy, peaceful and connected to others. Creating and working towards goals can be empowering. Learning to self-regulate can be a game changer. Being able to get your needs met effectively will enhance your life and your relationships.
(303) 622-3780 View (303) 622-3780
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Stacy Shelts
LPC
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
I specialize in developmental trauma and trauma-informed addiction treatment.
Do you ever feel preoccupied by feeling "too much" or "not enough?" Do you feel gnawing uncertainty more often than not? Maybe you have become so focused on the needs of others that you have lost yourself. Life isn’t going the way you thought it would. You might not know where to begin amid mental health trends. You might be sober-curious. You might have dating burnout or fallout with friends and family. I am heart-centered and direct in my approach, because when I feel emotionally supported in a counseling relationship, self-development work just flows.
I specialize in developmental trauma and trauma-informed addiction treatment.
Do you ever feel preoccupied by feeling "too much" or "not enough?" Do you feel gnawing uncertainty more often than not? Maybe you have become so focused on the needs of others that you have lost yourself. Life isn’t going the way you thought it would. You might not know where to begin amid mental health trends. You might be sober-curious. You might have dating burnout or fallout with friends and family. I am heart-centered and direct in my approach, because when I feel emotionally supported in a counseling relationship, self-development work just flows.
(720) 310-6148 View (720) 310-6148
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Carly Elizabeth Keaten
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
I love to work with children (12 and under), and teens (13-19), to provide a therapeutic process that draws forth each client's inner-strength and resilience. In a safe play therapy environment I create space for each client to work through any internal distress hindering them from being freely themselves. I am comfortable working with children who struggle with outburst, withdraw, trauma, social and family issues. Believing each client is unique, the treatment process and pace is tailored to their own needs. I also use non-directive techniques that greatly empower young clients.
I love to work with children (12 and under), and teens (13-19), to provide a therapeutic process that draws forth each client's inner-strength and resilience. In a safe play therapy environment I create space for each client to work through any internal distress hindering them from being freely themselves. I am comfortable working with children who struggle with outburst, withdraw, trauma, social and family issues. Believing each client is unique, the treatment process and pace is tailored to their own needs. I also use non-directive techniques that greatly empower young clients.
(833) 956-8640 View (833) 956-8640
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Monica King
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401  (Online Only)
As a licensed therapist specializing in trauma & resilience, I've been counseling in the lineage of Curanderismo since 2004 in the US/abroad.
What are you going through? What are you holding inside emotionally that is distracting you from your best life? Whatever it is, I can hold space for it. I provide affordable online therapy based on resilience. We will work together on your emotions, biochemistry, medications and perhaps intergenerational trauma to improve your mental health. My clients typically graduate within 9-12 months, achieving life goals, feeling a strong sense of vitality, and empowerment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are a special area of passion for me. Please come forward and share your story to clear the energy.
As a licensed therapist specializing in trauma & resilience, I've been counseling in the lineage of Curanderismo since 2004 in the US/abroad.
What are you going through? What are you holding inside emotionally that is distracting you from your best life? Whatever it is, I can hold space for it. I provide affordable online therapy based on resilience. We will work together on your emotions, biochemistry, medications and perhaps intergenerational trauma to improve your mental health. My clients typically graduate within 9-12 months, achieving life goals, feeling a strong sense of vitality, and empowerment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are a special area of passion for me. Please come forward and share your story to clear the energy.
(303) 943-1849 View (303) 943-1849
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Michele Ater
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, ACS, TFT, CCHt
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
My practice focuses on trauma, anxiety, and depression. We work holistically with your mind (thoughts), body (nutrition/exercise) and spirituality (energy/meditation). I have a very safe and comforting office environment. Let’s get you on the path to mindful growth and inner peace. I really look forward in working with you. I now specialize in KAT-Ketamine Assisted Therapy and PAT-Psychedelic Assisted Therapy for PTSD, Treatment resistant depression, addictions and chronic pain. Email for information. owcmichele gmail.com
My practice focuses on trauma, anxiety, and depression. We work holistically with your mind (thoughts), body (nutrition/exercise) and spirituality (energy/meditation). I have a very safe and comforting office environment. Let’s get you on the path to mindful growth and inner peace. I really look forward in working with you. I now specialize in KAT-Ketamine Assisted Therapy and PAT-Psychedelic Assisted Therapy for PTSD, Treatment resistant depression, addictions and chronic pain. Email for information. owcmichele gmail.com
(720) 903-3830 View (720) 903-3830
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Quddus Maus
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401  (Online Only)
Quddus is a Licensed Professional Counselor based in the Boulder/Denver, CO area, specializing in mindfulness-based counseling for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and trauma. With a holistic approach, Quddus believes in the integration of mind, body, and spirit for the healing journey. Holding a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, he has extensive experience in the human services field and has taught clinical courses at Naropa University's Graduate School of Counseling Psychology.
Quddus is a Licensed Professional Counselor based in the Boulder/Denver, CO area, specializing in mindfulness-based counseling for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and trauma. With a holistic approach, Quddus believes in the integration of mind, body, and spirit for the healing journey. Holding a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, he has extensive experience in the human services field and has taught clinical courses at Naropa University's Graduate School of Counseling Psychology.
(720) 782-2949 View (720) 782-2949
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Grace J. Willow
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A, LPCC, NCC, CHT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401  (Online Only)
My practice is designed for those who want to go beyond traditional talk therapy into the realm of embodied healing & transformation. Processing and integrating past experiences with self and others creates the opportunity for cellular change & healing from the inside out. I specialize in supporting adult clients 21+ struggling with unresolved trauma that blocks them from moving forward, anxiety, imposter syndrome, self-worth, perfectionism, boundaries, embodiment, chronic pain, sexuality challenges, existential and spiritual ennui and life purpose, feeling stuck and directionless, and life transitions.
My practice is designed for those who want to go beyond traditional talk therapy into the realm of embodied healing & transformation. Processing and integrating past experiences with self and others creates the opportunity for cellular change & healing from the inside out. I specialize in supporting adult clients 21+ struggling with unresolved trauma that blocks them from moving forward, anxiety, imposter syndrome, self-worth, perfectionism, boundaries, embodiment, chronic pain, sexuality challenges, existential and spiritual ennui and life purpose, feeling stuck and directionless, and life transitions.
(503) 395-4477 View (503) 395-4477
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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.