Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Minneapolis, MN

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Madison Massoth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
I love working with adolescents and adults. I value the importance of empathy, connection, and understanding within the therapeutic relationship. She utilizes a relational and strengths-based approach. I work to help clients develop skills to improve their ability to cope with and manage ongoing life stressors. I am an experienced clinician, LGBTQ+ affirming therapist, who has experience working with trauma, anger, sexuality, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, effective communication, relationships, and attachment-based issues.
I love working with adolescents and adults. I value the importance of empathy, connection, and understanding within the therapeutic relationship. She utilizes a relational and strengths-based approach. I work to help clients develop skills to improve their ability to cope with and manage ongoing life stressors. I am an experienced clinician, LGBTQ+ affirming therapist, who has experience working with trauma, anger, sexuality, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, effective communication, relationships, and attachment-based issues.
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Timothy Bechtel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408  (Online Only)
I am trauma-informed and understand the effects of trauma, both big and small, and have strategies to help people heal from those painful life experiences.
Therapy can be a transformative process that helps you reclaim your vitality and connection with yourself and others. Through my 18 years as a therapist I’ve come to understand the common issues that get in the way of peoples’ growth and success. I can help you identify what is getting in your way, understand what you learned early on that caused you to feel stuck in life now, and address those issues in a way that creates lasting change. I utilize treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and other dynamic strategies to help you live life with more vibrancy and joy.
I am trauma-informed and understand the effects of trauma, both big and small, and have strategies to help people heal from those painful life experiences.
Therapy can be a transformative process that helps you reclaim your vitality and connection with yourself and others. Through my 18 years as a therapist I’ve come to understand the common issues that get in the way of peoples’ growth and success. I can help you identify what is getting in your way, understand what you learned early on that caused you to feel stuck in life now, and address those issues in a way that creates lasting change. I utilize treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and other dynamic strategies to help you live life with more vibrancy and joy.
(612) 887-2867 x2 View (612) 887-2867 x2
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Jac Stringer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55403  (Online Only)
I am a trans-genderqueer femme, disabled radical activist & social worker. I practice trauma-focused feminist therapy exclusively for trans youth & young adults ages 13-30. I provide healthcare letters for all ages, youth and adults, in one 30 min session. My specialties surround gender & sexuality, & trauma survivors experiencing depression, bipolar, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, disability, chronic pain, body image, systems/alters, dissociation, sexual assault, & histories with abuse & violence. I am body, sex, & kink positive, poly-inclusive, value accountability, & recognize the intersectional impact of systematic oppression.
I am a trans-genderqueer femme, disabled radical activist & social worker. I practice trauma-focused feminist therapy exclusively for trans youth & young adults ages 13-30. I provide healthcare letters for all ages, youth and adults, in one 30 min session. My specialties surround gender & sexuality, & trauma survivors experiencing depression, bipolar, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, disability, chronic pain, body image, systems/alters, dissociation, sexual assault, & histories with abuse & violence. I am body, sex, & kink positive, poly-inclusive, value accountability, & recognize the intersectional impact of systematic oppression.
(612) 439-2225 View (612) 439-2225
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Bryan Ellingson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55408
My clinical training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and complex trauma.
Lasting change is possible through a therapeutic relationship that is safe, collaborative, nonjudgmental, and engenders openness and trust. Our work together also values your uniqueness and specific goals. The client-therapist relationship is a chance to try new ways of thinking and feeling, being heard, understood and knowing yourself in a profound, new way.
My clinical training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and complex trauma.
Lasting change is possible through a therapeutic relationship that is safe, collaborative, nonjudgmental, and engenders openness and trust. Our work together also values your uniqueness and specific goals. The client-therapist relationship is a chance to try new ways of thinking and feeling, being heard, understood and knowing yourself in a profound, new way.
(612) 568-8670 View (612) 568-8670
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Linda Gensheimer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, PhD
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Bringing Together Art and Science reflects my clinical practice with adults, adolescents and couples. It is grounded in attachment theory, developmental/complex trauma, cognitive behavioral theory, psychodynamic theory and cultural competency. My practice also integrates emerging neuroscience research about the brain and how childhood and family experiences, including trauma, affects the brain and becomes the blueprint for subsequent relationships throughout our lives. My practice also has a human and artistic element - everyone is unique and our work together reflects this.
Bringing Together Art and Science reflects my clinical practice with adults, adolescents and couples. It is grounded in attachment theory, developmental/complex trauma, cognitive behavioral theory, psychodynamic theory and cultural competency. My practice also integrates emerging neuroscience research about the brain and how childhood and family experiences, including trauma, affects the brain and becomes the blueprint for subsequent relationships throughout our lives. My practice also has a human and artistic element - everyone is unique and our work together reflects this.
(612) 223-6606 View (612) 223-6606
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Shae Loucks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55416
When it comes to trauma, I don't believe you need to even fully remember it to heal from it.
If you're here because your past traumas are creeping up on you, what you show the world doesn't align with what's on the inside, or your anxiety/depression has depleted you---I want to work with you. You might be someone who has a hard time asking for help, so the fact that you're even thinking about getting it is a big step. Sometimes, we just need a therapist to guide us along our path to feeling better. I want you to feel equipped to handle life’s ever-changing ups and downs, and to be able to do it with a sense of purpose, stability, and self-awareness.
When it comes to trauma, I don't believe you need to even fully remember it to heal from it.
If you're here because your past traumas are creeping up on you, what you show the world doesn't align with what's on the inside, or your anxiety/depression has depleted you---I want to work with you. You might be someone who has a hard time asking for help, so the fact that you're even thinking about getting it is a big step. Sometimes, we just need a therapist to guide us along our path to feeling better. I want you to feel equipped to handle life’s ever-changing ups and downs, and to be able to do it with a sense of purpose, stability, and self-awareness.
(612) 662-6082 View (612) 662-6082
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Jenny Adams Salmela (Purpose Psychotherapy)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55418  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you worried your problems are too big or too small? You have nothing to fear. Some of my clients have experienced the worst life has to offer, and need help to heal deep trauma wounds, others simply desire to rebuild relationships or reduce anxiety, depression, or substance use. My clients often come to therapy to address issues in their past that are impacting their relationships, self image, or have led to unhealthy habits. I enjoy helping people to better understand themselves, to set boundaries with others, to realize goals, and to improve their health and wellness through integrative approaches.
Are you worried your problems are too big or too small? You have nothing to fear. Some of my clients have experienced the worst life has to offer, and need help to heal deep trauma wounds, others simply desire to rebuild relationships or reduce anxiety, depression, or substance use. My clients often come to therapy to address issues in their past that are impacting their relationships, self image, or have led to unhealthy habits. I enjoy helping people to better understand themselves, to set boundaries with others, to realize goals, and to improve their health and wellness through integrative approaches.
(612) 688-4675 View (612) 688-4675
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Regula Badertscher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55409  (Online Only)
I help women use the wisdom of their own bodies to heal from traumas large and small. I believe unrecognized trauma is the core and cause of much suffering women experience in daily life. I also believe, no matter your past experiences or your story, that you have the innate ability to feel whole again.
I help women use the wisdom of their own bodies to heal from traumas large and small. I believe unrecognized trauma is the core and cause of much suffering women experience in daily life. I also believe, no matter your past experiences or your story, that you have the innate ability to feel whole again.
(952) 800-3052 View (952) 800-3052
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Yellow Wallpaper Therapy
Counselor, MA, LADC, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408  (Online Only)
I believe that YOU are the best expert of you! I'm Elizabeth, and over my last 18 years of helping others I've put my warm, gentle and quirky personality into creating a safe place for therapy. I have put my focus on working with depression, trauma, anxiety, BPD and those on the Autism spectrum. I enjoy working with neurodivergent adults and folx in the LGBTQ+ community. Book with me now by emailing me or clicking on my website to schedule a Free 15 min consult!
I believe that YOU are the best expert of you! I'm Elizabeth, and over my last 18 years of helping others I've put my warm, gentle and quirky personality into creating a safe place for therapy. I have put my focus on working with depression, trauma, anxiety, BPD and those on the Autism spectrum. I enjoy working with neurodivergent adults and folx in the LGBTQ+ community. Book with me now by emailing me or clicking on my website to schedule a Free 15 min consult!
(763) 363-3679 View (763) 363-3679
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Josh Januschka
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403
My specializations are anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, religious trauma, harm reduction, transitions, college athletes, sports performance, and self-compassion.
Every person needs a secure space where they can become their most authentic selves. I strive to approach therapy with radical genuineness, compassion, warmth, and humor. I believe that therapy at its best is a creative, judgment-free space between equals. This creates an environment where you can be yourself and learn to manage thoughts and emotions getting in your way. I like to incorporate techniques from DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, attachment theory, body-centered approaches, sports psychology, mindfulness, body positivity, trauma-informed practices, and sometimes a dash of geek culture references.
My specializations are anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, religious trauma, harm reduction, transitions, college athletes, sports performance, and self-compassion.
Every person needs a secure space where they can become their most authentic selves. I strive to approach therapy with radical genuineness, compassion, warmth, and humor. I believe that therapy at its best is a creative, judgment-free space between equals. This creates an environment where you can be yourself and learn to manage thoughts and emotions getting in your way. I like to incorporate techniques from DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, attachment theory, body-centered approaches, sports psychology, mindfulness, body positivity, trauma-informed practices, and sometimes a dash of geek culture references.
(612) 421-0604 x30 View (612) 421-0604 x30
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Lance Hauge
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55409
My approach to therapy includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy, depth psychology, trauma work and somatics.
I work from an integral perspective and understand human experience within a developmental framework that includes inner and outer experience, varying levels of ego or self organization, and personal as well as transpersonal experience. My work is informed by the idea that while suffering is a part of the human experience, so is healing, growth, transformation.
My approach to therapy includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy, depth psychology, trauma work and somatics.
I work from an integral perspective and understand human experience within a developmental framework that includes inner and outer experience, varying levels of ego or self organization, and personal as well as transpersonal experience. My work is informed by the idea that while suffering is a part of the human experience, so is healing, growth, transformation.
(612) 999-1427 View (612) 999-1427
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Kyle William Ross
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with individual struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma/PTSD, and Children/Adolescents.
When we feel stuck in life everything can feel difficult and like a battle; I believe there is no need to face issues alone. With a collaborative approach, I can help people better understand the life events that have shaped their view of the world. Every individual experiences events that can discourage us. My goal is to help highlight the unique strengths that lie within all of us. I strive to help children/adolescents, families, and adults to recognize the meaning they attach to life experiences. When we understand the meaning we attach to events, we better understand our choices.
I specialize in working with individual struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma/PTSD, and Children/Adolescents.
When we feel stuck in life everything can feel difficult and like a battle; I believe there is no need to face issues alone. With a collaborative approach, I can help people better understand the life events that have shaped their view of the world. Every individual experiences events that can discourage us. My goal is to help highlight the unique strengths that lie within all of us. I strive to help children/adolescents, families, and adults to recognize the meaning they attach to life experiences. When we understand the meaning we attach to events, we better understand our choices.
(651) 571-4325 View (651) 571-4325
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Catherine Russell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Some of my work is with adolescent and adult women,teaching them the skills to manage underlying anxiety and trauma which often predate their substance use, adding to the effectiveness of the medication.
I work with families who have experienced a variety of traumas in my work at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Much of the that job involves counseling parents who have lost an infant or child, or who have a child with chronic health problems, or whose child has a life threatening condition. In addition, couples who try to have another child after a loss have specific needs. When interventions are available to address the trauma of child illness or death right away, we can sometimes reduce the severity of the struggles with their trauma.
Some of my work is with adolescent and adult women,teaching them the skills to manage underlying anxiety and trauma which often predate their substance use, adding to the effectiveness of the medication.
I work with families who have experienced a variety of traumas in my work at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Much of the that job involves counseling parents who have lost an infant or child, or who have a child with chronic health problems, or whose child has a life threatening condition. In addition, couples who try to have another child after a loss have specific needs. When interventions are available to address the trauma of child illness or death right away, we can sometimes reduce the severity of the struggles with their trauma.
(612) 260-4569 View (612) 260-4569
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Edwina Vah
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403
My current areas of interest are Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety and Depression.
I am fascinated with the idea of therapy being a form of art that beams in our most difficult times, like an individual’s strength and abilities to seek steps towards becoming whole. I’ve had the pleasure of working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
My current areas of interest are Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety and Depression.
I am fascinated with the idea of therapy being a form of art that beams in our most difficult times, like an individual’s strength and abilities to seek steps towards becoming whole. I’ve had the pleasure of working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
(952) 900-3575 x752 View (952) 900-3575 x752
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Jeff Walter
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55419
I have a record of success helping adults and couples heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship conflict and more.
I provide therapy personalized to address your unique goals and needs. My therapeutic approach is integrative and relationship-focused, influenced by liberation psychology, feminist/multicultural, and humanistic/existential lenses. I trained as a generalist and also have extensive experience working with overlapping healthcare needs, trauma survivors, people coping with experiences of domestic violence and abuse, and students addressing topics such as academic success, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity development, and healthy relationships. I continue to refine a culturally humble approach to psychotherapy work.
I have a record of success helping adults and couples heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship conflict and more.
I provide therapy personalized to address your unique goals and needs. My therapeutic approach is integrative and relationship-focused, influenced by liberation psychology, feminist/multicultural, and humanistic/existential lenses. I trained as a generalist and also have extensive experience working with overlapping healthcare needs, trauma survivors, people coping with experiences of domestic violence and abuse, and students addressing topics such as academic success, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity development, and healthy relationships. I continue to refine a culturally humble approach to psychotherapy work.
(612) 439-2189 View (612) 439-2189
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Amy Griffis
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Are you an older teen or adult ages 17-65 years old? And have you been experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, gender identity exploration/issues, body image issues, or other issues and wish you could work collaboratively with someone who is compassionate and supportive to help you achieve your goals? Change and relief are possible and you don't have to do it alone.
Are you an older teen or adult ages 17-65 years old? And have you been experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, gender identity exploration/issues, body image issues, or other issues and wish you could work collaboratively with someone who is compassionate and supportive to help you achieve your goals? Change and relief are possible and you don't have to do it alone.
(612) 482-7601 View (612) 482-7601
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Kristen Ryan
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Waitlist for new clients
Guided by an integrated approach to anxiety, depression, and trauma/abuse, I incorporate an emphasis on body-emotional awareness to foster sustained mental health.
Understanding the self is the first step toward change. Through compassion, reflection and skill development one has the opportunity to remove obstacles in the form of beliefs, mobilize one's inner resources, reduce suffering and create a more meaningful life. I have worked with adults who have survived trauma/abuse, struggled with problems in mood and thought and experienced self-worth injuries.
Guided by an integrated approach to anxiety, depression, and trauma/abuse, I incorporate an emphasis on body-emotional awareness to foster sustained mental health.
Understanding the self is the first step toward change. Through compassion, reflection and skill development one has the opportunity to remove obstacles in the form of beliefs, mobilize one's inner resources, reduce suffering and create a more meaningful life. I have worked with adults who have survived trauma/abuse, struggled with problems in mood and thought and experienced self-worth injuries.
(612) 564-4185 x1 View (612) 564-4185 x1
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Edith Lamboy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55408  (Online Only)
My clinical experience includes helping individuals with improving self-esteem and mood, making behavioral changes, healing from grief and trauma.
Are you struggling in your relationship to yourself or others? Would you like to feel better about yourself and life in general? Have losses taken the joy out of life? Are you a survivor of traumatic experiences? Would you like to make changes and are unsure where to begin? My approach is collaborative and gentle, tailored to your needs and issues. Let's work together towards reconnecting you to your own inner wisdom! I would love to help you in developing your strengths, internal resources and coping skills for the challenges in your life.
My clinical experience includes helping individuals with improving self-esteem and mood, making behavioral changes, healing from grief and trauma.
Are you struggling in your relationship to yourself or others? Would you like to feel better about yourself and life in general? Have losses taken the joy out of life? Are you a survivor of traumatic experiences? Would you like to make changes and are unsure where to begin? My approach is collaborative and gentle, tailored to your needs and issues. Let's work together towards reconnecting you to your own inner wisdom! I would love to help you in developing your strengths, internal resources and coping skills for the challenges in your life.
(612) 260-8755 View (612) 260-8755
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Kori Hennessy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55409
I specialize in EMDR therapy for trauma and have advanced training in working with people to heal from the effects of sexual violence.
Anxiety, sexual concerns, past traumas, self-doubt and unhelpful communication patterns can leave us feeling stuck. I help people remove the road blocks that keep them from having fulfilling connections with the people who matter most in their lives. I work with couples and individuals to heal from past wounds and move forward with the skills to embrace the present moment. I enjoy working with people as they build the confidence to be more centered and present in their intimate relationships and more comfortable in their relationship with themselves.
I specialize in EMDR therapy for trauma and have advanced training in working with people to heal from the effects of sexual violence.
Anxiety, sexual concerns, past traumas, self-doubt and unhelpful communication patterns can leave us feeling stuck. I help people remove the road blocks that keep them from having fulfilling connections with the people who matter most in their lives. I work with couples and individuals to heal from past wounds and move forward with the skills to embrace the present moment. I enjoy working with people as they build the confidence to be more centered and present in their intimate relationships and more comfortable in their relationship with themselves.
(651) 800-4538 View (651) 800-4538
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Connie G. Palacio
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55439
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, sexual health and sexuality, couple problems, intimacy problems, trauma, domestic abuse, divorce and separation, parenting problems, attachment, adoption and foster care, grief and loss, immigration issues, posttrauma, and domestic abuse.
Helping those experiencing personal, emotional, relationship, family, traumatic experiences or psychological struggles. Therapy is a journey of growth and self discovery. Let's embark on that life journey together. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you. My counseling style is warm, patient, kind and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, sexual health and sexuality, couple problems, intimacy problems, trauma, domestic abuse, divorce and separation, parenting problems, attachment, adoption and foster care, grief and loss, immigration issues, posttrauma, and domestic abuse.
Helping those experiencing personal, emotional, relationship, family, traumatic experiences or psychological struggles. Therapy is a journey of growth and self discovery. Let's embark on that life journey together. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you. My counseling style is warm, patient, kind and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
(612) 662-6560 View (612) 662-6560

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.