Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

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Shannon Newcomb
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSW, LMSW, CLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63143  (Online Only)
I have over 9-years-experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, and developmental disabilities.
Do you feel like no one understands what you're going through and like you have to constantly explain yourself? We all have bumps along the road and I am here to provide you with the support needed in order to get through them. I provide therapeutic services through a "person-centered" approach and allow for clients I am working with to take the driver's seat and determine where we go and what aspects of concern we will talk about in session. I am here to listen, help you create positive change in your life, and provide you with skills necessary to handle everyday hurdles you encounter.
I have over 9-years-experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, and developmental disabilities.
Do you feel like no one understands what you're going through and like you have to constantly explain yourself? We all have bumps along the road and I am here to provide you with the support needed in order to get through them. I provide therapeutic services through a "person-centered" approach and allow for clients I am working with to take the driver's seat and determine where we go and what aspects of concern we will talk about in session. I am here to listen, help you create positive change in your life, and provide you with skills necessary to handle everyday hurdles you encounter.
(636) 434-2577 View (636) 434-2577
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Dr. Robin Moore-Chambers
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSW, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63136
Are you depressed, anxious with panic attacks, self-harming, angry, and/or distressed from past or current abuse/trauma? Are you grieving a major loss or sometimes you may feel like you do not want to be here. You may have family/relationship issues, parent-child conflict or single-parenting. Or you may have "church-hurt" or other hurtful situations. Well, there is hope. As a Trauma-Informed therapist I know that your path can get heavy. But you are still unique and can still Awaken to Every Opportunity For You and become a better version of yourself. You do count, you matter and there are new Awakenings everyday!
Are you depressed, anxious with panic attacks, self-harming, angry, and/or distressed from past or current abuse/trauma? Are you grieving a major loss or sometimes you may feel like you do not want to be here. You may have family/relationship issues, parent-child conflict or single-parenting. Or you may have "church-hurt" or other hurtful situations. Well, there is hope. As a Trauma-Informed therapist I know that your path can get heavy. But you are still unique and can still Awaken to Every Opportunity For You and become a better version of yourself. You do count, you matter and there are new Awakenings everyday!
(314) 582-0246 View (314) 582-0246
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Carly Sparks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63108
KINETIC counseling specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, familial stress, and parenting. With 14 years of experience in family social work, Carly provides private counseling services which focus on a comprehensive appreciation of the complexity of people's lives and choices. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Stress Reduction techniques, Mindfulness strategies, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions. Carly works to incorporate a holistic approach embracing each person's interests, hobbies, educational background and belief system.
KINETIC counseling specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, familial stress, and parenting. With 14 years of experience in family social work, Carly provides private counseling services which focus on a comprehensive appreciation of the complexity of people's lives and choices. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Stress Reduction techniques, Mindfulness strategies, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions. Carly works to incorporate a holistic approach embracing each person's interests, hobbies, educational background and belief system.
(314) 310-0186 View (314) 310-0186
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Olivia Carosello
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63124
I have been a psychotherapist for the past decade, and work from a psychodynamic and trauma-informed perspective. I strive to provide a safe, respectful space in which to explore thoughts, feelings, dreams, and desires. I work with a range of issues, and have particular experience with anxiety, trauma, and depression; life transitions; and concerns related to identity. I have been fortunate to work with a diverse group of people, and have found a particular affinity for creative people, academics, and those passionate about their work; those who feel particularly sensitive; and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
I have been a psychotherapist for the past decade, and work from a psychodynamic and trauma-informed perspective. I strive to provide a safe, respectful space in which to explore thoughts, feelings, dreams, and desires. I work with a range of issues, and have particular experience with anxiety, trauma, and depression; life transitions; and concerns related to identity. I have been fortunate to work with a diverse group of people, and have found a particular affinity for creative people, academics, and those passionate about their work; those who feel particularly sensitive; and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
(314) 310-7076 View (314) 310-7076
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Rachael M Carr
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63118  (Online Only)
I use EMDR, NARM, and other trauma-informed interventions to help you gain new coping and emotional regulation skills, which I believe are vital resources to processing and finding relief from traumatic experiences.
I am passionate about coming alongside clients as they seek to find comfort, peace, and healing in the midst of the many difficulties that life can bring. From the moment you walk in my office, my goal is to provide you with a place where you feel safe to work through issues at your own pace, while experiencing both comfort and understanding. Since I work with many clients experiencing trauma and cPTSD, consent and safety are of the utmost importance to me. I strive to create an environment where clients can feel seen and heard without experiencing shame.
I use EMDR, NARM, and other trauma-informed interventions to help you gain new coping and emotional regulation skills, which I believe are vital resources to processing and finding relief from traumatic experiences.
I am passionate about coming alongside clients as they seek to find comfort, peace, and healing in the midst of the many difficulties that life can bring. From the moment you walk in my office, my goal is to provide you with a place where you feel safe to work through issues at your own pace, while experiencing both comfort and understanding. Since I work with many clients experiencing trauma and cPTSD, consent and safety are of the utmost importance to me. I strive to create an environment where clients can feel seen and heard without experiencing shame.
(314) 549-5842 View (314) 549-5842
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Stephene VandenBrink
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63118
My approach involves the whole person--past and the present; mind and body, it is trauma informed and attachment focused.
Life can present us with a myriad of troubles. Sometimes we get stuck in survival mode; we’ve spent years just getting by or we’ve been knee deep in struggle. Maybe you’re tired? Tired of sadness, anger, hopelessness, physical pain, and anxiety. You’re ready for change, but need someone you can be honest with. Someone who won’t judge you, but will gently help you walk in new paths and gain the freedom and healing that you long for.
My approach involves the whole person--past and the present; mind and body, it is trauma informed and attachment focused.
Life can present us with a myriad of troubles. Sometimes we get stuck in survival mode; we’ve spent years just getting by or we’ve been knee deep in struggle. Maybe you’re tired? Tired of sadness, anger, hopelessness, physical pain, and anxiety. You’re ready for change, but need someone you can be honest with. Someone who won’t judge you, but will gently help you walk in new paths and gain the freedom and healing that you long for.
(314) 396-8460 View (314) 396-8460
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Tonya Hutchinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63108  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with trauma, and family of origin issues, among others.
Therapy is a partnership between the client and the therapist, and I feel honored when I am allowed to walk the path towards hope, empowerment and healing with another individual. You deserve someone who sees you, and will listen with an empathetic and non-judgmental ear. Life itself can be a struggle at times, and part of my role is to help you to recognize your strengths and assist you with concrete tools. For Black and Brown folks, as well as the LGBTQIA community, the stress can be overwhelming. It is ok, and at times necessary, to have that safe place, and safe person to hear you out. You are worth it!
I specialize in working with trauma, and family of origin issues, among others.
Therapy is a partnership between the client and the therapist, and I feel honored when I am allowed to walk the path towards hope, empowerment and healing with another individual. You deserve someone who sees you, and will listen with an empathetic and non-judgmental ear. Life itself can be a struggle at times, and part of my role is to help you to recognize your strengths and assist you with concrete tools. For Black and Brown folks, as well as the LGBTQIA community, the stress can be overwhelming. It is ok, and at times necessary, to have that safe place, and safe person to hear you out. You are worth it!
(314) 501-9691 View (314) 501-9691
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Danielle High
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63112
Waitlist for new clients
I know reaching out for help can be daunting and overwhelming. I am here to make this process easier for you. I have worked with individuals and families from differing backgrounds, experiences, and concerns. My counseling style is strength-based, meaning I like to focus on the many positive traits you already possess and work collaboratively to reach the goals you would like to achieve. We are all searching for acceptance and understanding. I am here to help. I have extensive experience working with individuals that have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, LGBTQIA+ related concerns, and non-monogamous relationships.
I know reaching out for help can be daunting and overwhelming. I am here to make this process easier for you. I have worked with individuals and families from differing backgrounds, experiences, and concerns. My counseling style is strength-based, meaning I like to focus on the many positive traits you already possess and work collaboratively to reach the goals you would like to achieve. We are all searching for acceptance and understanding. I am here to help. I have extensive experience working with individuals that have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, LGBTQIA+ related concerns, and non-monogamous relationships.
(314) 270-1294 View (314) 270-1294
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C Katke Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63146
Waitlist for new clients
I work with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, grief, relationship issues and more.
Dealing with depression or anxiety? Struggling to understand the challenges in your life? Feeling stuck, confused, or overwhelmed? Ready to move forward? Begin your journey in a safe, comforting environment where you will find respect, acceptance, and understanding to begin to heal from your pain and find solutions to move forward. Therapy that does not tell you how to live your life, but offers you guidance, suggestions, perspective, and support to help you choose the direction you want to go.
I work with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, grief, relationship issues and more.
Dealing with depression or anxiety? Struggling to understand the challenges in your life? Feeling stuck, confused, or overwhelmed? Ready to move forward? Begin your journey in a safe, comforting environment where you will find respect, acceptance, and understanding to begin to heal from your pain and find solutions to move forward. Therapy that does not tell you how to live your life, but offers you guidance, suggestions, perspective, and support to help you choose the direction you want to go.
(314) 254-9161 View (314) 254-9161
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Monica Uthlaut
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63144
*My specialties include: healing trauma through neuroscience; Somatic EMDR; Natural Processing (somatic/body work - a "bottom up" strategy for effectively healing a dysregulated nervous system and trauma, which often presents like "anxiety/depression/mood symptoms"); holistic and integrative nutritional wellness; narcissistic abuse; domestic violence.
Unbeknownst to many, the stigma associated with therapy is lifting. Society is learning and realizing overall health needs to be a non-negotiable. My passion lies in supporting/educating clients on what trauma actually is (and is not) and how to effectively heal. My ideal client is ready to do some hard work and is willing to be challenged. You are curious and brave enough to look inside and identify road blocks, get honest with self, work on vulnerability, improve awareness, and face your fears. Together, we will identify and dig out the roots that no longer serve you and cultivate a healthier and more fulfilling path.
*My specialties include: healing trauma through neuroscience; Somatic EMDR; Natural Processing (somatic/body work - a "bottom up" strategy for effectively healing a dysregulated nervous system and trauma, which often presents like "anxiety/depression/mood symptoms"); holistic and integrative nutritional wellness; narcissistic abuse; domestic violence.
Unbeknownst to many, the stigma associated with therapy is lifting. Society is learning and realizing overall health needs to be a non-negotiable. My passion lies in supporting/educating clients on what trauma actually is (and is not) and how to effectively heal. My ideal client is ready to do some hard work and is willing to be challenged. You are curious and brave enough to look inside and identify road blocks, get honest with self, work on vulnerability, improve awareness, and face your fears. Together, we will identify and dig out the roots that no longer serve you and cultivate a healthier and more fulfilling path.
(314) 310-3429 View (314) 310-3429
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Lisa Elwood
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP, ABPP
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63123  (Online Only)
I work specifically with adult survivors of trauma and focus on trauma responses.
I work specifically with adult survivors of trauma and focus on trauma responses.
(317) 342-5730 View (317) 342-5730
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Jenny Scott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63109
This can be very helpful when dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma-related issues.
I know that reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things any of us do. That’s why I aim to make your experience with help-seeking and mental health as approachable and, dare I say, as fun as possible. I believe that counseling and therapy should be an experience that challenges us in different ways and pushes us to grow through our problems. That’s why, in addition to traditional one-on-one therapy, I offer new and different approaches such as animal-assisted therapy and cognitive-based adventure therapy. There are so many avenues we can take to change ourselves and I hope that what I offer can make that accessible.
This can be very helpful when dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma-related issues.
I know that reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things any of us do. That’s why I aim to make your experience with help-seeking and mental health as approachable and, dare I say, as fun as possible. I believe that counseling and therapy should be an experience that challenges us in different ways and pushes us to grow through our problems. That’s why, in addition to traditional one-on-one therapy, I offer new and different approaches such as animal-assisted therapy and cognitive-based adventure therapy. There are so many avenues we can take to change ourselves and I hope that what I offer can make that accessible.
(314) 207-3372 View (314) 207-3372
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Laciee Rousseau
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd, PLPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63104
Therapy is the experience of reflecting on our stories, finding authorship in them, and making edits along the way. You deserve a space to feel heard and to share those stories without judgment, reclaim the power in those stories, and to allow yourself space to heal. As a therapist, I provide a compassionate, playful space for clients wanting to understand the impacts of their relationships, navigating stressors and life changes, and exploring trauma (including sexual abuse). My aim is to create a comfortable space where you can allow yourself to be vulnerable and unapologetically yourself.
Therapy is the experience of reflecting on our stories, finding authorship in them, and making edits along the way. You deserve a space to feel heard and to share those stories without judgment, reclaim the power in those stories, and to allow yourself space to heal. As a therapist, I provide a compassionate, playful space for clients wanting to understand the impacts of their relationships, navigating stressors and life changes, and exploring trauma (including sexual abuse). My aim is to create a comfortable space where you can allow yourself to be vulnerable and unapologetically yourself.
(314) 916-6397 View (314) 916-6397
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Michelle Perotta
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Michelle earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University & her Licensed Master of Social Work License 2011. Michelle has worked with a diverse population over the years, primarily focusing on children, teenagers, & families, as well as individuals facing trauma. Michelle believes that all individuals wish to be heard, accepted & understood, but when faced with stressful & challenging situations life can seem overwhelming, unmanageable, and out of control, but therapy can help bring you peace, or "calm the chaos" as she frequently says.
Michelle earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University & her Licensed Master of Social Work License 2011. Michelle has worked with a diverse population over the years, primarily focusing on children, teenagers, & families, as well as individuals facing trauma. Michelle believes that all individuals wish to be heard, accepted & understood, but when faced with stressful & challenging situations life can seem overwhelming, unmanageable, and out of control, but therapy can help bring you peace, or "calm the chaos" as she frequently says.
(314) 582-5126 View (314) 582-5126
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Shirley Crenshaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63146  (Online Only)
My speciality is treating children with attachment disturbances. Most of the children I see have been adopted, but many have had other medical and other relationship traumas that have contributed to their current acting out or anxiety issues. Many of the children I see have been previously diagnosed as having Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, and Bi-Polar Disorders. I also see adults who have experienced childhood trauma.
My speciality is treating children with attachment disturbances. Most of the children I see have been adopted, but many have had other medical and other relationship traumas that have contributed to their current acting out or anxiety issues. Many of the children I see have been previously diagnosed as having Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, and Bi-Polar Disorders. I also see adults who have experienced childhood trauma.
(314) 551-9323 View (314) 551-9323
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Kristen Wurth
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63132
As a therapist knowing the impact of navigating life with a "neuro-spicy" brain I have a passion, empathy, and understanding of how ADHD and trauma impact our human experience.
On the outside, you look cool, calm and collected. Internally...there is a whirling tornado of thoughts, sensations, emotions... You may be looking for guidance on your journey of learning the how's and why's behind the things you do and think. Life can be a big, overwhelming, and never ending "to do" list that you are working hard to manage and looking for encouraging support to help you breathe and decompress. You are seeking a safe space to express, collaborate and learn ways to cultivate self esteem, focus, and success with managing life.
As a therapist knowing the impact of navigating life with a "neuro-spicy" brain I have a passion, empathy, and understanding of how ADHD and trauma impact our human experience.
On the outside, you look cool, calm and collected. Internally...there is a whirling tornado of thoughts, sensations, emotions... You may be looking for guidance on your journey of learning the how's and why's behind the things you do and think. Life can be a big, overwhelming, and never ending "to do" list that you are working hard to manage and looking for encouraging support to help you breathe and decompress. You are seeking a safe space to express, collaborate and learn ways to cultivate self esteem, focus, and success with managing life.
(636) 241-9967 View (636) 241-9967
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Ben Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63139
I offer queer-affirming trauma-informed care to people of all races, religions, and sexual and gender identity.
It is my goal as a therapist to foster an empathetic and collaborative space that encourages self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-acceptance for adults of all identities. I use a holistic queer-affirming approach that uses unique exercises tailored to my client’s strengths. I am passionate about helping my clients set boundaries, build confidence, and explore new perspectives. I am a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri St. Louis.
I offer queer-affirming trauma-informed care to people of all races, religions, and sexual and gender identity.
It is my goal as a therapist to foster an empathetic and collaborative space that encourages self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-acceptance for adults of all identities. I use a holistic queer-affirming approach that uses unique exercises tailored to my client’s strengths. I am passionate about helping my clients set boundaries, build confidence, and explore new perspectives. I am a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri St. Louis.
(314) 834-5987 View (314) 834-5987
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Taylor J Scott
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63108  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I integrate a mixture of Eastern and Western approaches in the therapy process that include the use of mind, body, and spirit in order to heal trauma from within.
I provide a unique and practical approach to therapy that focuses on integrating the spiritual, physical, and emotional parts of a person. This union reduces anxiety and increases confidence along with creativity. We deserve to live from the little fire in our souls, creating the life we not only deeply desire but the one we desperately need. I would love to journey alongside you as you take back your personal power!
I integrate a mixture of Eastern and Western approaches in the therapy process that include the use of mind, body, and spirit in order to heal trauma from within.
I provide a unique and practical approach to therapy that focuses on integrating the spiritual, physical, and emotional parts of a person. This union reduces anxiety and increases confidence along with creativity. We deserve to live from the little fire in our souls, creating the life we not only deeply desire but the one we desperately need. I would love to journey alongside you as you take back your personal power!
(314) 501-9092 View (314) 501-9092
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Kathleen Godefroid
Pre-Licensed Professional, PLPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63129
Waitlist for new clients
I work from an attachment perspective, with a focus on developmental trauma, integrating the mind and body through Internal Family Systems, Inner Child work, Narrative theories, with an emphasis in healing trauma through EMDR.
I work with women to help rebuild a relationship with themselves that tells them they are good, and that the adversity they have experienced is not their fault. Many of my clients have experienced relational trauma that has silenced their voice, disconnected them from their emotions and bodily experience. I enjoy working with women on various issues including emotional abuse, powerlessness, relational issues (mother-daughter relationships), boundary issues, anxiety, depression, confusion and anger. I focus my energy into creating a safe space where you can begin to know and trust yourself, experiencing a sense of empowerment.
I work from an attachment perspective, with a focus on developmental trauma, integrating the mind and body through Internal Family Systems, Inner Child work, Narrative theories, with an emphasis in healing trauma through EMDR.
I work with women to help rebuild a relationship with themselves that tells them they are good, and that the adversity they have experienced is not their fault. Many of my clients have experienced relational trauma that has silenced their voice, disconnected them from their emotions and bodily experience. I enjoy working with women on various issues including emotional abuse, powerlessness, relational issues (mother-daughter relationships), boundary issues, anxiety, depression, confusion and anger. I focus my energy into creating a safe space where you can begin to know and trust yourself, experiencing a sense of empowerment.
(314) 742-8139 View (314) 742-8139
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Michelle Marie Seliner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63105
My practice provides treatment and resources for adolescents and adults who are struggling with mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders while engaging in self-injury (cutting, burning, scratching, picking and trichotillomania), disordered eating, sexual promiscuity, substance abuse and other risky, impulsive behaviors. In addition we have programs available for families looking to support a loved one struggling with self-destructive behavior. We offer individual, family and group psychotherapy and, family/friends educational classes.
My practice provides treatment and resources for adolescents and adults who are struggling with mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders while engaging in self-injury (cutting, burning, scratching, picking and trichotillomania), disordered eating, sexual promiscuity, substance abuse and other risky, impulsive behaviors. In addition we have programs available for families looking to support a loved one struggling with self-destructive behavior. We offer individual, family and group psychotherapy and, family/friends educational classes.
(630) 503-6721 View (630) 503-6721

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.