Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Charlotte, NC

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Grove Counseling, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28217
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” -Brene Brown. When life feels overwhelming and scary, asking for help can feel like a huge risk. We offer a safe space where you will be heard, seen, and valued as the unique and complex individual that you are. Life is hard, but you don't have to do it alone. We can help you process trauma, work through big feelings, cope with change, and be your best self.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” -Brene Brown. When life feels overwhelming and scary, asking for help can feel like a huge risk. We offer a safe space where you will be heard, seen, and valued as the unique and complex individual that you are. Life is hard, but you don't have to do it alone. We can help you process trauma, work through big feelings, cope with change, and be your best self.
(980) 983-0624 View (980) 983-0624
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Nadia Antoszyk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28209
For the past twenty one years, I have worked as a LCSW with children, adolescents adults and couples using a variety of treatment modalities. This experience comes from woring in hospitals, mental health agencies and partial hospitalizations programs. I specialize in Mood Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Trauma/abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Bereavement/Grief and Mental Health Conditions(HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, and etc.) More recently, I was certified as a Parent Coordinator for the Mecklenburg Court system.
For the past twenty one years, I have worked as a LCSW with children, adolescents adults and couples using a variety of treatment modalities. This experience comes from woring in hospitals, mental health agencies and partial hospitalizations programs. I specialize in Mood Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Trauma/abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Bereavement/Grief and Mental Health Conditions(HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, and etc.) More recently, I was certified as a Parent Coordinator for the Mecklenburg Court system.
(704) 594-3131 View (704) 594-3131
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Erin Stewart
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I use trauma-informed modalities (EMDR, IFS, ACT, CCPT) and expressive art to serve children, teens, and adults.
You aren’t quite sure when life became so overwhelming, but the memories of past events, the feelings of a racing heart, and the constant panic are leaving you feeling hopeless and desperate for a solution. After the stress of a big transition or difficult, life-changing event, you aren’t sure how to cope. You miss feeling connected to yourself and others.
I use trauma-informed modalities (EMDR, IFS, ACT, CCPT) and expressive art to serve children, teens, and adults.
You aren’t quite sure when life became so overwhelming, but the memories of past events, the feelings of a racing heart, and the constant panic are leaving you feeling hopeless and desperate for a solution. After the stress of a big transition or difficult, life-changing event, you aren’t sure how to cope. You miss feeling connected to yourself and others.
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Yazmeen A Garcia
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, LCMHCA, LCASA, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
I currently serve clients from ages 10-100, with my primary focus being adolescents and adults. I am a mental health counselor as well as a licensed clinical addiction specialist, meaning I love working with both mental health disorders and addictions. When working with mental health, I serve those struggling with anxiety/depression, trauma/sexual abuse, bipolar I or II disorder, dissociative-identity disorder, grief, self-esteem concerns, identity matters, religious or spiritual factors, stress management, and those on the autism spectrum. My goals for my clients are to be able to increase their sense of self-worth and autonomy.
I currently serve clients from ages 10-100, with my primary focus being adolescents and adults. I am a mental health counselor as well as a licensed clinical addiction specialist, meaning I love working with both mental health disorders and addictions. When working with mental health, I serve those struggling with anxiety/depression, trauma/sexual abuse, bipolar I or II disorder, dissociative-identity disorder, grief, self-esteem concerns, identity matters, religious or spiritual factors, stress management, and those on the autism spectrum. My goals for my clients are to be able to increase their sense of self-worth and autonomy.
(980) 261-3768 View (980) 261-3768
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J. Michelle Daley
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28209
I have also worked with a diverse group of individuals and welcome anyone struggling from grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, Trauma, relationships, and impulse control disorders.
Therapy can feel like a scary step to take. Even more it can be a struggle to just share one's needs/stories. Which is why Diego and I work with each of our Clients in making that fear go away and assisting everyone in feeling comfortable and at ease. One of the first priorities I focus on is working with that fear, that uncomfortable feeling--It Gets Better. Diego is an amazing asset to this team as he will provide comfort to those who experience anxiety during therapy. He can provide decompression for those working through trauma or those experiencing sensory challenges.
I have also worked with a diverse group of individuals and welcome anyone struggling from grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, Trauma, relationships, and impulse control disorders.
Therapy can feel like a scary step to take. Even more it can be a struggle to just share one's needs/stories. Which is why Diego and I work with each of our Clients in making that fear go away and assisting everyone in feeling comfortable and at ease. One of the first priorities I focus on is working with that fear, that uncomfortable feeling--It Gets Better. Diego is an amazing asset to this team as he will provide comfort to those who experience anxiety during therapy. He can provide decompression for those working through trauma or those experiencing sensory challenges.
(980) 270-2140 View (980) 270-2140
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Darlene Mew
Counselor, LPC-MHS, MBA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28213  (Online Only)
It gives me joy to come alongside you as a partner in your journey towards being your best self. If you have felt like grief, trauma and anxiety have been holding you back from all you aspire to be, we can work together towards a life that is intentional. I love working with people who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and grief to clear out concerns that have impacted their mental health.
It gives me joy to come alongside you as a partner in your journey towards being your best self. If you have felt like grief, trauma and anxiety have been holding you back from all you aspire to be, we can work together towards a life that is intentional. I love working with people who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and grief to clear out concerns that have impacted their mental health.
(423) 244-0003 View (423) 244-0003
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Jasmine Garrison
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCASA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28273
I specialize in helping high-achieving professional women and men to free themselves of the hold that anxiety, trauma, stress, and other concerns have on their lives and feel empowered to take control of their futures.
Only Accepting New Clients for EMDR Therapy Intensives- Do people in your life tend to think you have it all together, but in reality, you suffer in silence? Are you overwhelmed and feel like you're barely keeping your head above water? You’re someone who pushes yourself beyond your limits, but you find yourself burnt out and feeling dissatisfied in certain areas of your life despite many accolades and reaching milestones. Self-doubt has crept in and is keeping you "Stuck." But you're ready to make some changes. You're ready to heal. Most of all, you’re ready to prioritize YOU. I'm here to help.
I specialize in helping high-achieving professional women and men to free themselves of the hold that anxiety, trauma, stress, and other concerns have on their lives and feel empowered to take control of their futures.
Only Accepting New Clients for EMDR Therapy Intensives- Do people in your life tend to think you have it all together, but in reality, you suffer in silence? Are you overwhelmed and feel like you're barely keeping your head above water? You’re someone who pushes yourself beyond your limits, but you find yourself burnt out and feeling dissatisfied in certain areas of your life despite many accolades and reaching milestones. Self-doubt has crept in and is keeping you "Stuck." But you're ready to make some changes. You're ready to heal. Most of all, you’re ready to prioritize YOU. I'm here to help.
(980) 655-3897 View (980) 655-3897
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Mylah M Chandler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28211
I am accepting new clients of all ages looking to improve their mental health and quality of life. I use a trauma-informed lens to help people manage the symptoms of their anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences. I have experience with conduct and behavioral disorders, Autism, and racial trauma. I focus on empowerment, cognitive restructuring, skill building, and education. At the end of our sessions, I hope you leave my office feeling replenished and prepared to face what life throws at you.
I am accepting new clients of all ages looking to improve their mental health and quality of life. I use a trauma-informed lens to help people manage the symptoms of their anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences. I have experience with conduct and behavioral disorders, Autism, and racial trauma. I focus on empowerment, cognitive restructuring, skill building, and education. At the end of our sessions, I hope you leave my office feeling replenished and prepared to face what life throws at you.
(704) 826-3649 View (704) 826-3649
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Trauma Eating Disorder Anxiety Recovery Laura Saune
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28204  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m a multicultural EMDR therapist who specializes in trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. My goal is to help you live more fully, have confidence in your self-worth, and have more peace in body and mind. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and unsafe in the world around you? Maybe you feel disconnected from yourself and others? Perhaps you’ve tried many things to stop obsessive thoughts and gain control, yet you are tired. If you are struggling and feel stuck, maybe it’s time to get some help. Let’s work together to develop a plan that will help you feel more stable and confident in navigating life.
Welcome! I’m a multicultural EMDR therapist who specializes in trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. My goal is to help you live more fully, have confidence in your self-worth, and have more peace in body and mind. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and unsafe in the world around you? Maybe you feel disconnected from yourself and others? Perhaps you’ve tried many things to stop obsessive thoughts and gain control, yet you are tired. If you are struggling and feel stuck, maybe it’s time to get some help. Let’s work together to develop a plan that will help you feel more stable and confident in navigating life.
(704) 703-7269 View (704) 703-7269
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Lauren Barker
Counselor, LCMHCA, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28209  (Online Only)
My approach is individualized & trauma-informed.
You might be struggling with an eating disorder or body image, anxiety, chronic illness, or trauma. Or you may be dealing with relationship concerns even if you're currently in couples counseling or have tried it before. You may also be a mental health provider seeking therapy for yourself. Working through any of these concerns can be overwhelming and feel impossible to manage alone. I aim to meet you where you're at and work as your partner to build coping skills, meaningful connections to yourself & others, and ultimately a life that you fully enjoy living.
My approach is individualized & trauma-informed.
You might be struggling with an eating disorder or body image, anxiety, chronic illness, or trauma. Or you may be dealing with relationship concerns even if you're currently in couples counseling or have tried it before. You may also be a mental health provider seeking therapy for yourself. Working through any of these concerns can be overwhelming and feel impossible to manage alone. I aim to meet you where you're at and work as your partner to build coping skills, meaningful connections to yourself & others, and ultimately a life that you fully enjoy living.
(704) 610-0379 View (704) 610-0379
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InclusiFlora Counseling PLLC
LCSW Associate, LCSWA, LMSW, LPC, ADC, NCC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28205  (Online Only)
InclusiFlora is built upon being neuroaffirmative, LGBTQIA+ affirmative, trauma-informed, and culturally competent for all (BIPOC affirmative and allied). We focus on working with trauma, LGBTQIA+, folx making neurodivergency work for them, specialty with religious trauma, self-harm, couples counseling, BPD, grief, anxiety, and depression. We work with teens and adults in SC, NC and FL. We love working through the good, the bad, and the ugly and supporting our clients to make life feel just a little lighter for them. Text or call today for your FREE-15 minute consult, to make sure you feel like we're a good fit!
InclusiFlora is built upon being neuroaffirmative, LGBTQIA+ affirmative, trauma-informed, and culturally competent for all (BIPOC affirmative and allied). We focus on working with trauma, LGBTQIA+, folx making neurodivergency work for them, specialty with religious trauma, self-harm, couples counseling, BPD, grief, anxiety, and depression. We work with teens and adults in SC, NC and FL. We love working through the good, the bad, and the ugly and supporting our clients to make life feel just a little lighter for them. Text or call today for your FREE-15 minute consult, to make sure you feel like we're a good fit!
(980) 998-1250 View (980) 998-1250
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Shaniqua Mone' Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28269
My empathetic, insightful and nonjudgmental personality, followed by my “You would love him/her too if you knew their story” approach to restoration in this field, has allowed me to treat many issues of emotional trauma.
Listen, I know you're tired of seeing therapist after therapist, feeling like there is no real change. Or maybe you haven't seen a therapist, but due to life's circumstances you’ve just given up hope that there could ever be a change! Look no further…don’t click on another profile… because this culturally competent therapist right here is changing the way we see our mental health! You are here because YOU have a desire to be a part of a change that’ll be the beginning of knocking down that invisible barrier that’s holding you back from ever truly coming up out of the bondage your pain has you in. I am here because I derived
My empathetic, insightful and nonjudgmental personality, followed by my “You would love him/her too if you knew their story” approach to restoration in this field, has allowed me to treat many issues of emotional trauma.
Listen, I know you're tired of seeing therapist after therapist, feeling like there is no real change. Or maybe you haven't seen a therapist, but due to life's circumstances you’ve just given up hope that there could ever be a change! Look no further…don’t click on another profile… because this culturally competent therapist right here is changing the way we see our mental health! You are here because YOU have a desire to be a part of a change that’ll be the beginning of knocking down that invisible barrier that’s holding you back from ever truly coming up out of the bondage your pain has you in. I am here because I derived
(704) 601-7003 View (704) 601-7003
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Kimberly Reese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
I'm Kimberly and I'm a Black Trauma Therapist, Black Enneagram CliniCoach, and Speaker. As a clinician, I specialize in treating trauma in Black people. I help us understand, heal from, and move through traumatic experiences. As a coach, I teach high-achieving Black women how to navigate their Blackness and their purpose with confidence in white spaces.
I'm Kimberly and I'm a Black Trauma Therapist, Black Enneagram CliniCoach, and Speaker. As a clinician, I specialize in treating trauma in Black people. I help us understand, heal from, and move through traumatic experiences. As a coach, I teach high-achieving Black women how to navigate their Blackness and their purpose with confidence in white spaces.
(919) 759-5485 View (919) 759-5485
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Erin Wakefield
Counselor, MS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
I come with an integrative and trauma-informed approach that allows me to see the whole person, worthy of goodness and acceptance.
I believe that every day will not look the same and challenges can be difficult to see around, especially heavy moments that can seem everlasting. I also believe wholeheartedly that each person has the innate ability to channel resilience within themselves to achieve joy and contentment. Every person brings something unique with them from each life experience and I value what this can bring into the counseling relationship. I appreciate and utilize curiosity through a holistic lens, intuitively tapping into areas that can create insight, empowerment, and transformation in daily life. Together, we will safely explore these spaces.
I come with an integrative and trauma-informed approach that allows me to see the whole person, worthy of goodness and acceptance.
I believe that every day will not look the same and challenges can be difficult to see around, especially heavy moments that can seem everlasting. I also believe wholeheartedly that each person has the innate ability to channel resilience within themselves to achieve joy and contentment. Every person brings something unique with them from each life experience and I value what this can bring into the counseling relationship. I appreciate and utilize curiosity through a holistic lens, intuitively tapping into areas that can create insight, empowerment, and transformation in daily life. Together, we will safely explore these spaces.
(704) 327-2267 View (704) 327-2267
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Hayley Dodd
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, YTT-200, MS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28216
Hayley Dodd is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with extensive experience working with teenagers and adults in both private and non-profit sectors of the mental health field. She specializes in working with clients coping with trauma, issues of loss and change, anxiety, depression, and the essential human tasks of: self-development, growth in relationships, and discovering meaning and purpose.
Hayley Dodd is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with extensive experience working with teenagers and adults in both private and non-profit sectors of the mental health field. She specializes in working with clients coping with trauma, issues of loss and change, anxiety, depression, and the essential human tasks of: self-development, growth in relationships, and discovering meaning and purpose.
(804) 361-6769 View (804) 361-6769
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Kayla Patterson
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262
Waitlist for new clients
You are the adult child of a family often filled with dysfunction. You were handed responsibility at an early age due to familial circumstances, and you have built your identity on being the "strong one" in your relationships. You struggle with expressing your needs, emotions, and boundaries with others. You worry that, if left unchecked, one day you will continue to repeat the patterns of generational trauma expressed by others in your family. If you resonate with the above statements, I think it is incredibly brave of you to consider seeking help. It is never too late to rewrite the story you wish to tell with your life.
You are the adult child of a family often filled with dysfunction. You were handed responsibility at an early age due to familial circumstances, and you have built your identity on being the "strong one" in your relationships. You struggle with expressing your needs, emotions, and boundaries with others. You worry that, if left unchecked, one day you will continue to repeat the patterns of generational trauma expressed by others in your family. If you resonate with the above statements, I think it is incredibly brave of you to consider seeking help. It is never too late to rewrite the story you wish to tell with your life.
(704) 389-5748 View (704) 389-5748
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MBS Therapeutics, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262
Our approach specializes in self-esteem & confidence building, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, abandonment, domestic violence, trauma, abuse, at-risk youth, and family conflict.
We understand that beginning therapy can be anxiety-provoking. We work to create a safe place for you to explore your emotions. Our therapeutic style is nonjudgmental, dynamic, and caring. Our goal for you to feel understood and empowered each time you walk out of our door. We have worked intensely with children, and adults for over 4 years. We conduct individual, family and group therapy sessions. We provide therapy for children and adult victims of abuse, teens and adults in the criminal justice system, individuals, and families in intensive in-home therapy.
Our approach specializes in self-esteem & confidence building, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, abandonment, domestic violence, trauma, abuse, at-risk youth, and family conflict.
We understand that beginning therapy can be anxiety-provoking. We work to create a safe place for you to explore your emotions. Our therapeutic style is nonjudgmental, dynamic, and caring. Our goal for you to feel understood and empowered each time you walk out of our door. We have worked intensely with children, and adults for over 4 years. We conduct individual, family and group therapy sessions. We provide therapy for children and adult victims of abuse, teens and adults in the criminal justice system, individuals, and families in intensive in-home therapy.
(704) 981-8509 View (704) 981-8509
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Gwyn Mohler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28204
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and attachment wounds, and I have training in trauma-focused therapies like EMDR, CPT and mind-body approaches.
I’m so glad you’re here. Making the decision to reach out for help takes tremendous courage and vulnerability. Great job on taking this first step. Maybe you're here because you're struggling with recurring anxiety, depression, or relationship challenges. Or maybe you've tried therapy before and it helped briefly, but you found yourself repeating the same patterns shortly after. If you're ready to do the deep work to uncover and heal the root cause of your distress so that you see lasting change in your life, I'd be honored to support you on this journey.
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and attachment wounds, and I have training in trauma-focused therapies like EMDR, CPT and mind-body approaches.
I’m so glad you’re here. Making the decision to reach out for help takes tremendous courage and vulnerability. Great job on taking this first step. Maybe you're here because you're struggling with recurring anxiety, depression, or relationship challenges. Or maybe you've tried therapy before and it helped briefly, but you found yourself repeating the same patterns shortly after. If you're ready to do the deep work to uncover and heal the root cause of your distress so that you see lasting change in your life, I'd be honored to support you on this journey.
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Susan Elizabeth Gessner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28203
I have specialized expertise in treating eating disorders and trauma.
I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist with 34 years of clinical experience. I am the owner of Charlotte Center for Balanced Living where I maintain a private practice in the historic Southend area of Charlotte, I pride my practice on delivering exceptional personalized care in a confidential, supportive, and safe environment. My treatment philosophy is empathically informed and draws from a broad range of theoretical orientations. I incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative approaches drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to
I have specialized expertise in treating eating disorders and trauma.
I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist with 34 years of clinical experience. I am the owner of Charlotte Center for Balanced Living where I maintain a private practice in the historic Southend area of Charlotte, I pride my practice on delivering exceptional personalized care in a confidential, supportive, and safe environment. My treatment philosophy is empathically informed and draws from a broad range of theoretical orientations. I incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative approaches drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to
(704) 765-6939 View (704) 765-6939
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Kristin Dickie
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
At Silver Lining Counseling, we use a variety of proven modalities to foster healing including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meditation techniques, behavioral therapies, solution focused therapy, family of origin and inner child work, and trauma therapy such as EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).
We are so glad you’re here. You have just taken the first step in your healing journey. From this day forward, the therapists at Silver Lining Counseling will help you develop positive thoughts and beliefs about yourself, will help you reduce anxiety so you can feel empowered to accomplish your goals and dreams, and will help you change unhealthy patterns of behavior that are affecting your life in negative ways.
At Silver Lining Counseling, we use a variety of proven modalities to foster healing including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meditation techniques, behavioral therapies, solution focused therapy, family of origin and inner child work, and trauma therapy such as EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).
We are so glad you’re here. You have just taken the first step in your healing journey. From this day forward, the therapists at Silver Lining Counseling will help you develop positive thoughts and beliefs about yourself, will help you reduce anxiety so you can feel empowered to accomplish your goals and dreams, and will help you change unhealthy patterns of behavior that are affecting your life in negative ways.
(704) 842-9001 View (704) 842-9001
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.