Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Rylie Terrion
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60614
My style of therapy is inspired by mindfulness based and trauma informed processing.
Life is challenging, pushing us to our limits and out of our comfort zones, but you don’t have to face the change alone. As Brené Brown said, “when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” Rather than trying to struggle with and overpower those feelings, we can work together to embrace and accept them in order to move forward. I aim to collaborate, empower, and teach you to work with any negative or painful emotional triggers. From our work together, I hope you find lightness and joy in your life again!
My style of therapy is inspired by mindfulness based and trauma informed processing.
Life is challenging, pushing us to our limits and out of our comfort zones, but you don’t have to face the change alone. As Brené Brown said, “when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” Rather than trying to struggle with and overpower those feelings, we can work together to embrace and accept them in order to move forward. I aim to collaborate, empower, and teach you to work with any negative or painful emotional triggers. From our work together, I hope you find lightness and joy in your life again!
(872) 204-1523 View (872) 204-1523
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Katrina Ramirez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60612
Healing can be a journey. Engaging in a space where your authentic self can shine can make that journey a bit less difficult. I try to create a space that is welcoming to your thoughts, feelings, and self-energy. I mostly work with people of marginalized communities (i.e. BIPoC, LGBTQ+, First-Gen/Immigrants), trauma survivors, and creatives. My past experiences including working with people with psychosis, sexual violence trauma, and gender affirming/supportive care.
Healing can be a journey. Engaging in a space where your authentic self can shine can make that journey a bit less difficult. I try to create a space that is welcoming to your thoughts, feelings, and self-energy. I mostly work with people of marginalized communities (i.e. BIPoC, LGBTQ+, First-Gen/Immigrants), trauma survivors, and creatives. My past experiences including working with people with psychosis, sexual violence trauma, and gender affirming/supportive care.
(773) 839-0278 View (773) 839-0278
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Jacqueline Allen
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have helped clients work through issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and a variety of other circumstances.
When I was a kid, I observed my mom go through counseling. I saw her gain tools to manage depression and evolve into someone who knew her worth. She modeled for me how effective counseling can be. It is my absolute pleasure to support my clients in this way. I am especially passionate about supporting women of color in healing from wounds, and seeing & strengthening their resilience.
I have helped clients work through issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and a variety of other circumstances.
When I was a kid, I observed my mom go through counseling. I saw her gain tools to manage depression and evolve into someone who knew her worth. She modeled for me how effective counseling can be. It is my absolute pleasure to support my clients in this way. I am especially passionate about supporting women of color in healing from wounds, and seeing & strengthening their resilience.
(872) 278-5111 View (872) 278-5111
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Cody Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60618  (Online Only)
Because of lived experience, I remain committed to bringing a trauma-informed liberatory praxis into my work.
My focus has always been to support and empower marginalized people, specifically: queer and transgender people, people of color, sex workers, folks living with housing insecurity, and those affected by the prison system. My aim is to develop trust and create a space with you, where you feel safe to be and explore who you are as you develop new insights and skills to achieve and maintain sustainable emotional wellness.
Because of lived experience, I remain committed to bringing a trauma-informed liberatory praxis into my work.
My focus has always been to support and empower marginalized people, specifically: queer and transgender people, people of color, sex workers, folks living with housing insecurity, and those affected by the prison system. My aim is to develop trust and create a space with you, where you feel safe to be and explore who you are as you develop new insights and skills to achieve and maintain sustainable emotional wellness.
(773) 974-9669 View (773) 974-9669
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Ethan York
Counselor, MA, LCPC, EMDR-C
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604  (Online Only)
Being queer myself, I often work with LGBTQ young adults and teens who are navigating life stressors while forming their identities. I’m formally certified with EMDRIA international in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and often use this approach to support clients' healing from childhood & other interpersonal traumatic experiences. I also assist clients in their processing of other aspects of identity including family, ethnicity, faith, and spirituality. I am very passionate about working with queer folks, people of faith, and additionally, those with post-traumatic stress symptoms and/or PTSD.
Being queer myself, I often work with LGBTQ young adults and teens who are navigating life stressors while forming their identities. I’m formally certified with EMDRIA international in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and often use this approach to support clients' healing from childhood & other interpersonal traumatic experiences. I also assist clients in their processing of other aspects of identity including family, ethnicity, faith, and spirituality. I am very passionate about working with queer folks, people of faith, and additionally, those with post-traumatic stress symptoms and/or PTSD.
(630) 381-7837 View (630) 381-7837
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Cristin McAuley
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
I may be a good fit for your needs if you're struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD or work/life balance.
Hi! Whether this is the 1st or the 50th profile you've viewed, I'm sending you the highest of high fives for seeking support while surviving all of THIS (picture me gesturing to the current state of the world). Adulting is hard and it’s made worse when we feel alone in the challenges we face. Once upon a time I was clicking through so many profiles and not even sure who or what I was looking for. Gratefully, that search led me down a path that completely changed me for the better and is the reason why you're reading this. Today I work hard to extend the same support and compassion to my clients that I received when I needed it most.
I may be a good fit for your needs if you're struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD or work/life balance.
Hi! Whether this is the 1st or the 50th profile you've viewed, I'm sending you the highest of high fives for seeking support while surviving all of THIS (picture me gesturing to the current state of the world). Adulting is hard and it’s made worse when we feel alone in the challenges we face. Once upon a time I was clicking through so many profiles and not even sure who or what I was looking for. Gratefully, that search led me down a path that completely changed me for the better and is the reason why you're reading this. Today I work hard to extend the same support and compassion to my clients that I received when I needed it most.
(847) 886-4130 View (847) 886-4130
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Kaitlyn Folkes
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60646
I help people struggling with issues with relationships, anxiety, mood, grief, and trauma. I believe healing comes from mutually empowering relationships and therefore my approach to therapy is very collaborative. I consider it the highest honor and privilege to share in your life story and journey.
I help people struggling with issues with relationships, anxiety, mood, grief, and trauma. I believe healing comes from mutually empowering relationships and therefore my approach to therapy is very collaborative. I consider it the highest honor and privilege to share in your life story and journey.
(773) 569-3582 View (773) 569-3582
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Lindsey Szeszol
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Hi there, I'm Lindsey. I work with folks ages 12 and up on goals related to depression, anxiety, trauma, complex trauma, body liberation, gender identity, and LGBTQIA+ identities. My work is centered around creating a warm, accepting space that promotes safety and connection to my clients. I believe healing happens through a collaborative relationship between you and myself, while emphasizing your autonomy and self-knowledge. Together we will work toward your current goals while also acknowledging the impact your past and the world around you has on your journey.
Hi there, I'm Lindsey. I work with folks ages 12 and up on goals related to depression, anxiety, trauma, complex trauma, body liberation, gender identity, and LGBTQIA+ identities. My work is centered around creating a warm, accepting space that promotes safety and connection to my clients. I believe healing happens through a collaborative relationship between you and myself, while emphasizing your autonomy and self-knowledge. Together we will work toward your current goals while also acknowledging the impact your past and the world around you has on your journey.
(312) 663-8475 View (312) 663-8475
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Amanda Rodriguez
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60623  (Online Only)
I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, a powerful treatment approach that targets negative core beliefs, unprocessed emotions, and stored trauma in the body.
Thank you for taking this first step in finding me here. You may be experiencing life challenges, relationship issues, work stressors, and you’re ready to break these patterns and gain clarity. I specialize my approach to what you need at the moment, whether that’s developing healthy boundaries, communication skills, or connecting with a deeper purpose. I welcome a wide variety of client concerns, with a specialization in healing the root cause of mental health issues utilizing talk therapy, somatic releasing work, and breathing exercises.
I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, a powerful treatment approach that targets negative core beliefs, unprocessed emotions, and stored trauma in the body.
Thank you for taking this first step in finding me here. You may be experiencing life challenges, relationship issues, work stressors, and you’re ready to break these patterns and gain clarity. I specialize my approach to what you need at the moment, whether that’s developing healthy boundaries, communication skills, or connecting with a deeper purpose. I welcome a wide variety of client concerns, with a specialization in healing the root cause of mental health issues utilizing talk therapy, somatic releasing work, and breathing exercises.
(773) 232-5298 View (773) 232-5298
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Crystal Ortiz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60637
I am a trauma-informed therapist who firmly believes that you are the expert of your story.
We've all been there: feeling lost in the darkness, or stuck with no sense of direction. Or maybe it's your sense of self that is taking a hit and you find yourself doubting your self-worth, your value, and your confidence is at an all-time low. We all have our own, unique struggles, and luckily there is hope. By being on this website and on this page right now, you are taking the first step to healing.
I am a trauma-informed therapist who firmly believes that you are the expert of your story.
We've all been there: feeling lost in the darkness, or stuck with no sense of direction. Or maybe it's your sense of self that is taking a hit and you find yourself doubting your self-worth, your value, and your confidence is at an all-time low. We all have our own, unique struggles, and luckily there is hope. By being on this website and on this page right now, you are taking the first step to healing.
(872) 239-3466 x237 View (872) 239-3466 x237
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Rachel D. Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience with relational conflict, life transitions, communication skills, intimacy/sexual issues, divorce, blended families, and trauma.
Are you living your ideal life? Are your relationships as close or as functional as you would like? As a Couple and Family Therapist, I specialize in services for couples, families, and individuals in Illinois and Indiana. I work collaboratively, providing a safe, culturally sensitive, and encouraging virtual space to explore what is no longer working for you. Together, with an approach based on your unique situation and experiences, we can work through what is keeping you from your desired life.
I have extensive experience with relational conflict, life transitions, communication skills, intimacy/sexual issues, divorce, blended families, and trauma.
Are you living your ideal life? Are your relationships as close or as functional as you would like? As a Couple and Family Therapist, I specialize in services for couples, families, and individuals in Illinois and Indiana. I work collaboratively, providing a safe, culturally sensitive, and encouraging virtual space to explore what is no longer working for you. Together, with an approach based on your unique situation and experiences, we can work through what is keeping you from your desired life.
(312) 626-4945 View (312) 626-4945
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Connor McInerney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604
My work draws from IFS (Internal Family Systems) and other trauma-informed therapy approaches to help you identify your innate strengths and empower you to heal, grow, and live a meaningful life.
Do you struggle with your inner critic? Have you felt lonely or rejected? Maybe you've tried to avoid anxiety, depression, or traumatic memories, seeking a way out of a rollercoaster of emotions. Have you experienced difficulty with life transitions; career/school stress; relationship issues including polyamory and CNM; bigotry; grief; addiction; sex/drug linked behavior; sexual assault/abuse; self-harm, or suicidal thoughts? Are you somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and feel like no one in your life understands you? If you answered yes to any of these issues, when was the last time you had a space to talk that was just for you?
My work draws from IFS (Internal Family Systems) and other trauma-informed therapy approaches to help you identify your innate strengths and empower you to heal, grow, and live a meaningful life.
Do you struggle with your inner critic? Have you felt lonely or rejected? Maybe you've tried to avoid anxiety, depression, or traumatic memories, seeking a way out of a rollercoaster of emotions. Have you experienced difficulty with life transitions; career/school stress; relationship issues including polyamory and CNM; bigotry; grief; addiction; sex/drug linked behavior; sexual assault/abuse; self-harm, or suicidal thoughts? Are you somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and feel like no one in your life understands you? If you answered yes to any of these issues, when was the last time you had a space to talk that was just for you?
(281) 688-4954 View (281) 688-4954
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Jessica Hoyos
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622
I offer supportive yet challenging feedback, blending therapeutic frameworks with a trauma-focused and mind-body approach.
I specialize in providing relationally focused therapy to individuals, couples, children, and families from diverse backgrounds and identities. As a bilingual clinician with Ecuadorian and Colombian heritage, I am particularly committed to serving BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and migrant communities who may face unique challenges in understanding and accessing mental health resources. By working alongside clients, my goal is to help break down societal beliefs surrounding therapy and identify a better understanding of yourself, and/or your family that is holistically informed by identity, culture, and past experiences.
I offer supportive yet challenging feedback, blending therapeutic frameworks with a trauma-focused and mind-body approach.
I specialize in providing relationally focused therapy to individuals, couples, children, and families from diverse backgrounds and identities. As a bilingual clinician with Ecuadorian and Colombian heritage, I am particularly committed to serving BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and migrant communities who may face unique challenges in understanding and accessing mental health resources. By working alongside clients, my goal is to help break down societal beliefs surrounding therapy and identify a better understanding of yourself, and/or your family that is holistically informed by identity, culture, and past experiences.
(708) 234-1742 View (708) 234-1742
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Jessica Mueller
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60622
Being an adult, in many ways, is like learning how to parent yourself. For those who have had childhoods filled with uncertainty, instability, abuse, and trauma, navigating adulthood can feel especially challenging. Without a model and space to learn the skills that were lacking, we can feel stuck. Therapy can provide a path to tools for learning how to express yourself, set relational boundaries, and navigate life challenges without either shutting down or going into overdrive.
Being an adult, in many ways, is like learning how to parent yourself. For those who have had childhoods filled with uncertainty, instability, abuse, and trauma, navigating adulthood can feel especially challenging. Without a model and space to learn the skills that were lacking, we can feel stuck. Therapy can provide a path to tools for learning how to express yourself, set relational boundaries, and navigate life challenges without either shutting down or going into overdrive.
(773) 741-0385 View (773) 741-0385
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Diana Heliotes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years experience working with adolescents & young adults. Currently I work with 18 year old to 64 year old individuals. I have been working with clients on a wide range of needs & concerns with an emphasis on anxiety, depression, grief/loss & simple & complex trauma. I also offer exit therapy for those seeking support after exiting a cult (such as QAnon).
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years experience working with adolescents & young adults. Currently I work with 18 year old to 64 year old individuals. I have been working with clients on a wide range of needs & concerns with an emphasis on anxiety, depression, grief/loss & simple & complex trauma. I also offer exit therapy for those seeking support after exiting a cult (such as QAnon).
(815) 569-0159 View (815) 569-0159
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Lou Agosta
Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60660
If you are struggling with being stuck, relationships, lack of emotional energy, trauma, self-defeating behavior, or lack of satisfaction in life, then a powerful conversation with empathy for what is possible can make a profound difference.
I offer you a safe zone with empathy in which you will get a good listening. Get the empathy - and empathic listening - you need to succeed - in relationships, career, and life. Within this safe zone, we work shifting you from stuckness to flourishing. My credentials: professor at Ross Medical University, author of 3 books on empathy, offer cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavioral (DBT), and psychodynamic existential humanistic therapy. Will give you a good listening with empathy. No need to for a Holiday Special: my rates are flexible in all seasons. Tell me what you can pay. Call for a complimentary consultation.
If you are struggling with being stuck, relationships, lack of emotional energy, trauma, self-defeating behavior, or lack of satisfaction in life, then a powerful conversation with empathy for what is possible can make a profound difference.
I offer you a safe zone with empathy in which you will get a good listening. Get the empathy - and empathic listening - you need to succeed - in relationships, career, and life. Within this safe zone, we work shifting you from stuckness to flourishing. My credentials: professor at Ross Medical University, author of 3 books on empathy, offer cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavioral (DBT), and psychodynamic existential humanistic therapy. Will give you a good listening with empathy. No need to for a Holiday Special: my rates are flexible in all seasons. Tell me what you can pay. Call for a complimentary consultation.
(773) 672-8611 View (773) 672-8611
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Lara L. Wolff
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
My practice is trauma-informed, somatic, and insight-based.
When we feel stressed and overwhelmed, numb, or stuck, calmness and connection is harder to come by. Our own bodies may feel beyond our control, or we may feel disconnected to them. We may desire change but don't know how to create it. If we feel shame or self-doubt, we may have difficulty finding our voice, our community, or our life’s work. Managing and making sense out of what we’re feeling or thinking sometimes is too much to carry alone. When we know it's time for the way we're feeling or thinking to shift, and we want more health, creativity, and joy in our lives, it's time to invest in ourselves and our wellbeing.
My practice is trauma-informed, somatic, and insight-based.
When we feel stressed and overwhelmed, numb, or stuck, calmness and connection is harder to come by. Our own bodies may feel beyond our control, or we may feel disconnected to them. We may desire change but don't know how to create it. If we feel shame or self-doubt, we may have difficulty finding our voice, our community, or our life’s work. Managing and making sense out of what we’re feeling or thinking sometimes is too much to carry alone. When we know it's time for the way we're feeling or thinking to shift, and we want more health, creativity, and joy in our lives, it's time to invest in ourselves and our wellbeing.
(872) 266-1272 View (872) 266-1272
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Michelle Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60653  (Online Only)
Using somatic and holistic practices, I help clients navigate grief and making life changes; improving relationships with self and others; healing from trauma by releasing stored emotions and understanding how it impacts your current functioning to improve quality of life.
If you're reading this you may be at a place in life where you are feeling disconnected from yourself and/or those around you. Maybe feeling lost or having a hard time prioritizing your needs? Allow me to invite you to journey back home to yourself. My name is Michelle Brown and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose core value is mental and emotional wellness through holistic, intentional living. The work I've done over the last 10 years, inside and outside the therapy space, is rooted in personal and intergenerational healing.
Using somatic and holistic practices, I help clients navigate grief and making life changes; improving relationships with self and others; healing from trauma by releasing stored emotions and understanding how it impacts your current functioning to improve quality of life.
If you're reading this you may be at a place in life where you are feeling disconnected from yourself and/or those around you. Maybe feeling lost or having a hard time prioritizing your needs? Allow me to invite you to journey back home to yourself. My name is Michelle Brown and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose core value is mental and emotional wellness through holistic, intentional living. The work I've done over the last 10 years, inside and outside the therapy space, is rooted in personal and intergenerational healing.
(872) 219-0659 View (872) 219-0659
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Chris Tennant
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, C-EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
Your decision to seek therapy is a sign of strength, courage, and respect for your personal well-being. I welcome people facing a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use challenges, LBGTQ+ identities, relationship issues, and the general "stuck" feeling. My therapeutic style is caring, encouraging and individualized in order to help each person learn skills to work with their emotions, see situations without judgment and recognize solutions that fit personal values. I also have a strong emphasis on diversity and social justice and incorporate it into my practice.
Your decision to seek therapy is a sign of strength, courage, and respect for your personal well-being. I welcome people facing a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use challenges, LBGTQ+ identities, relationship issues, and the general "stuck" feeling. My therapeutic style is caring, encouraging and individualized in order to help each person learn skills to work with their emotions, see situations without judgment and recognize solutions that fit personal values. I also have a strong emphasis on diversity and social justice and incorporate it into my practice.
(872) 239-3953 View (872) 239-3953
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Sarah Cozzi
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
I utilize a behavioral approach via DBT to help build coping skills and I offer EMDR to address trauma.
Maya Angelou said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Your story is important. Perhaps in this chapter you're encountering low self-esteem, looking to heal from past trauma, struggling with self-esteem, or needing a place to ventilate the sometimes overwhelming stressors from week to week. I can help with that. I'll meet you where you're at and help you build a sense of agency for the change you'd like to author in your life. Together we'll discover what works and what doesn't, and we'll explore how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are helping or harming.
I utilize a behavioral approach via DBT to help build coping skills and I offer EMDR to address trauma.
Maya Angelou said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Your story is important. Perhaps in this chapter you're encountering low self-esteem, looking to heal from past trauma, struggling with self-esteem, or needing a place to ventilate the sometimes overwhelming stressors from week to week. I can help with that. I'll meet you where you're at and help you build a sense of agency for the change you'd like to author in your life. Together we'll discover what works and what doesn't, and we'll explore how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are helping or harming.
(773) 570-4955 View (773) 570-4955
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.