Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Greensboro, NC

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Nikki Lowman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Nikki Lowman. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NC. I am an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and a trauma-informed therapist. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults (18-25). My clients have experienced traumatic events (neglect, abuse, bullying, foster care, domestic violence, sudden death of a loved one), distressing life events/major life changes (divorce of parents, frequency moves or change in homes, school changes) and/or difficult adjusting to other stressors or life changes.
Hi! My name is Nikki Lowman. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NC. I am an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and a trauma-informed therapist. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults (18-25). My clients have experienced traumatic events (neglect, abuse, bullying, foster care, domestic violence, sudden death of a loved one), distressing life events/major life changes (divorce of parents, frequency moves or change in homes, school changes) and/or difficult adjusting to other stressors or life changes.
(336) 872-2639 View (336) 872-2639
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Beth Watkins
Counselor, NCC, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408
Ever feel like asking, “Why me, God?” or “What did I do so wrong?” Sometimes our hardest moments lead us to new beginnings. Simply taking the first step of seeking help can begin the process of healing. Life is hard. Depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict, disappointments can cause us to get stuck. Let’s be honest, life can lead us down some paths that we never meant to take. I would like to help you to dream again without fear.
Ever feel like asking, “Why me, God?” or “What did I do so wrong?” Sometimes our hardest moments lead us to new beginnings. Simply taking the first step of seeking help can begin the process of healing. Life is hard. Depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict, disappointments can cause us to get stuck. Let’s be honest, life can lead us down some paths that we never meant to take. I would like to help you to dream again without fear.
(336) 223-4687 View (336) 223-4687
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Kalyn Hamilton
Counselor, MS/EdS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27407
Waitlist for new clients
I am trauma-focused and utilize specialty approaches including Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting.
Please allow me to commend you for seeking out therapy: I am very glad that you are recognizing a personal need to find support in a mental health professional. Whether or not you decide that I am a good therapeutic fit for you and your needs, I believe wholeheartedly that every person can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. It can be supremely beneficial to have a caring but impartial perspective in your life to help you heal, grow, and fulfill your own personal needs/goals.
I am trauma-focused and utilize specialty approaches including Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting.
Please allow me to commend you for seeking out therapy: I am very glad that you are recognizing a personal need to find support in a mental health professional. Whether or not you decide that I am a good therapeutic fit for you and your needs, I believe wholeheartedly that every person can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. It can be supremely beneficial to have a caring but impartial perspective in your life to help you heal, grow, and fulfill your own personal needs/goals.
(336) 891-9762 View (336) 891-9762
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Lisa Partin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PLLC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
As a licensed therapist, I specialize in Trauma Informed Therapy to help both adults and children overcome these challenges.
Are you or a loved one dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic experience? Do life transitions leave you grappling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Are you concerned about your child's negative behaviors, sleep disturbances, or difficulties during a divorce? It's important to understand that children primarily operate based on emotions, while adults tend to use rational thinking. This emotional focus can impact a child's ability to make effective decisions and express their feelings.
As a licensed therapist, I specialize in Trauma Informed Therapy to help both adults and children overcome these challenges.
Are you or a loved one dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic experience? Do life transitions leave you grappling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Are you concerned about your child's negative behaviors, sleep disturbances, or difficulties during a divorce? It's important to understand that children primarily operate based on emotions, while adults tend to use rational thinking. This emotional focus can impact a child's ability to make effective decisions and express their feelings.
(336) 396-5942 View (336) 396-5942
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GoldStar Counseling and Wellness Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408
GoldStar Counseling & Wellness Center provides client-centered, therapeutic services for individuals seeking constructive solutions to regain daily, emotional stability. Key areas of focus are: sexual, emotional and physical abuse, childhood/adult trauma, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, anger management, relational problems, PTSD in addition to substance abuse and other addictions. GoldStar Counseling & Wellness Center prides itself in providing a safe, welcoming environment for clients to engage in non-judgmental conversations under the trusted guidance of our licensed therapists. Clients have the benefit of exploring both our coaching and counseling services to ensure the most effective results. Ultimately, we listen to and assess each client’s needs based on their unique set of experiences and desired goals, to provide them with the most appropriate pathway for progress. Located in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, GoldStar Counseling & Wellness Center is proud to serve clients in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, Charlotte, RTP, and surrounding areas.
GoldStar Counseling & Wellness Center provides client-centered, therapeutic services for individuals seeking constructive solutions to regain daily, emotional stability. Key areas of focus are: sexual, emotional and physical abuse, childhood/adult trauma, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, anger management, relational problems, PTSD in addition to substance abuse and other addictions. GoldStar Counseling & Wellness Center prides itself in providing a safe, welcoming environment for clients to engage in non-judgmental conversations under the trusted guidance of our licensed therapists. Clients have the benefit of exploring both our coaching and counseling services to ensure the most effective results. Ultimately, we listen to and assess each client’s needs based on their unique set of experiences and desired goals, to provide them with the most appropriate pathway for progress. Located in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, GoldStar Counseling & Wellness Center is proud to serve clients in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, Charlotte, RTP, and surrounding areas.
(336) 948-8879 View (336) 948-8879
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Marissa Salvitti
LPC Intern, BA, QP, NCCPSS
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27403
Waitlist for new clients
I am a therapist intern and Wake Forest University graduate student with extensive experience supporting individuals in crisis management, psychoeducation, and therapeutic interventions with such issues as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, family issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and life transitions. I approach each client with empathy and compassion while helping them explore the connection between past and present events to identify potential solutions to problems, find balance in their lives, and move toward becoming their ideal selves.
I am a therapist intern and Wake Forest University graduate student with extensive experience supporting individuals in crisis management, psychoeducation, and therapeutic interventions with such issues as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, family issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and life transitions. I approach each client with empathy and compassion while helping them explore the connection between past and present events to identify potential solutions to problems, find balance in their lives, and move toward becoming their ideal selves.
(336) 933-6927 View (336) 933-6927
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Tonya Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCASA, LICSW
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408  (Online Only)
My specialties include: depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, and addiction(s).
Having struggles with depression, anxiety, fear, past traumas, or addictive behaviors? I invite you to experience a new way of healing old wounds, finding new sources of energy to improve your relationships, and embark on the journey of self-discovery. I can share with you refined ways of managing symptoms of depression, anxiety, low self -image, dealing with past traumas, addressing addictions, and relationship issues, utilizing depth work, motivational therapies, and cognitive behavioral therapies.
My specialties include: depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, and addiction(s).
Having struggles with depression, anxiety, fear, past traumas, or addictive behaviors? I invite you to experience a new way of healing old wounds, finding new sources of energy to improve your relationships, and embark on the journey of self-discovery. I can share with you refined ways of managing symptoms of depression, anxiety, low self -image, dealing with past traumas, addressing addictions, and relationship issues, utilizing depth work, motivational therapies, and cognitive behavioral therapies.
(336) 383-1433 View (336) 383-1433
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Rhonda Hardin Blackburn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHS, NCC
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27403
With extensive training in Trauma-Focused Therapy and EMDR, I strive to help you make connections and find closure on unresolved thoughts and feelings about hurtful relationships and past events.
Navigating through difficult life experiences, relationships, or seeking personal growth can manifest stress, frustration, guilt, anxiety, anger, etc. My passion for supporting you provides an empowering and hopeful path to healing, growth and wellness. My intention is to help you recognize that you are enough, loved, heard, and worthy. It is a great privilege to walk alongside you as you make connections, gain clarity and acquire skills to promote growth. As a former educator, I also believe in providing psychoeducation to help you better understand the underlying reasons behind your conflicting experiences and thoughts.
With extensive training in Trauma-Focused Therapy and EMDR, I strive to help you make connections and find closure on unresolved thoughts and feelings about hurtful relationships and past events.
Navigating through difficult life experiences, relationships, or seeking personal growth can manifest stress, frustration, guilt, anxiety, anger, etc. My passion for supporting you provides an empowering and hopeful path to healing, growth and wellness. My intention is to help you recognize that you are enough, loved, heard, and worthy. It is a great privilege to walk alongside you as you make connections, gain clarity and acquire skills to promote growth. As a former educator, I also believe in providing psychoeducation to help you better understand the underlying reasons behind your conflicting experiences and thoughts.
(336) 864-9379 View (336) 864-9379
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Gilded Peace Counseling, PLLC
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Gilded Peace Counseling is Black-owned/operated, LGBTQIA+ affirming, a supporter of the healthy at any size community, poly & ethical non-monogamy friendly, sex-positive, and kink-competent. GPC offers counseling for all walks of life and has specialized experience counseling clients with intergenerational trauma, sexual and/or religious trauma, chronic illnesses, and hidden disabilities. We are passionate about members of minority, marginalized, and divergent communities being heard and seen, as intersectionality should only make voices louder.
Gilded Peace Counseling is Black-owned/operated, LGBTQIA+ affirming, a supporter of the healthy at any size community, poly & ethical non-monogamy friendly, sex-positive, and kink-competent. GPC offers counseling for all walks of life and has specialized experience counseling clients with intergenerational trauma, sexual and/or religious trauma, chronic illnesses, and hidden disabilities. We are passionate about members of minority, marginalized, and divergent communities being heard and seen, as intersectionality should only make voices louder.
(336) 276-0138 View (336) 276-0138
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LaTasha Carter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408
I am most experienced in the area of Unresolved Emotional Trauma.
Are you facing challenges in your life? You are not alone. Everyone can benefit from having a confidant to share their most inner thoughts. Clinicians are specialized listeners who can get to the root of the problem and help you reach your goals. It is my sincere mission, to aid individuals in living happier lives filled with purpose, satisfaction, and meaning. I know it can be difficult to take the first step. I am here to walk with you on this journey.
I am most experienced in the area of Unresolved Emotional Trauma.
Are you facing challenges in your life? You are not alone. Everyone can benefit from having a confidant to share their most inner thoughts. Clinicians are specialized listeners who can get to the root of the problem and help you reach your goals. It is my sincere mission, to aid individuals in living happier lives filled with purpose, satisfaction, and meaning. I know it can be difficult to take the first step. I am here to walk with you on this journey.
(336) 645-9741 View (336) 645-9741
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Dr. Kierra A. Carter
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA, LPCA, NCC, CLC
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401
I have experience working with life transitions, depression, self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, relationships and etc.
Relax. Breathe. Embrace the fact that you are seeking help to HEAL. The secret to getting ahead is simply getting started. Seeking counseling does not necessarily signify that something is wrong with you. Life just happens to deal us a bad set of cards and sometimes reshuffling the deck can be rather difficult. I am here to help you work with the hand you were dealt to become a winner despite your circumstances.
I have experience working with life transitions, depression, self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, relationships and etc.
Relax. Breathe. Embrace the fact that you are seeking help to HEAL. The secret to getting ahead is simply getting started. Seeking counseling does not necessarily signify that something is wrong with you. Life just happens to deal us a bad set of cards and sometimes reshuffling the deck can be rather difficult. I am here to help you work with the hand you were dealt to become a winner despite your circumstances.
(336) 298-2233 View (336) 298-2233
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Stephanie Wood
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, CRC, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients. I am a firm believer that people start to heal the moment they are heard. I specialize in helping individuals who are battling depression, anxiety or unresolved trauma. I aim to enhance each client's insight, resiliency and hope to help them achieve their fullest potential. The foundation of my psychotherapy is based on the Adlerian and Existential approach to help you reevaluate and find meaning and purpose in your life. I also incorporate neuropsychology to help you better understand the mind and brain connection, and how change is possible.
Accepting new clients. I am a firm believer that people start to heal the moment they are heard. I specialize in helping individuals who are battling depression, anxiety or unresolved trauma. I aim to enhance each client's insight, resiliency and hope to help them achieve their fullest potential. The foundation of my psychotherapy is based on the Adlerian and Existential approach to help you reevaluate and find meaning and purpose in your life. I also incorporate neuropsychology to help you better understand the mind and brain connection, and how change is possible.
(910) 218-8100 View (910) 218-8100
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Alyssa Triolo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS/EdS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27405
Waitlist for new clients
As your therapist, I aim to provide a judgement-free space where you can unpack your thoughts, gain clarity, and take steps towards the life you desire. My expertise in relationship issues, trauma recovery, and LGBTQ+ experiences helps clients process painful events, build resilience, and move forward with self-compassion. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, identity issues, trauma, or just need a listening ear during a life transition, I would be honored to walk alongside you on your journey towards growth and fulfillment.
As your therapist, I aim to provide a judgement-free space where you can unpack your thoughts, gain clarity, and take steps towards the life you desire. My expertise in relationship issues, trauma recovery, and LGBTQ+ experiences helps clients process painful events, build resilience, and move forward with self-compassion. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, identity issues, trauma, or just need a listening ear during a life transition, I would be honored to walk alongside you on your journey towards growth and fulfillment.
(336) 331-5966 View (336) 331-5966
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T'andra Wade
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408
I offer therapy services to adolescents, individuals, and families who may be experiencing family conflict, behavioral challenges, and trauma related issues.
Life can throw all forms of curveballs at us that we cannot control, where we sit and wonder what is going on. In life we get to a point where we stand up and say, I cannot do this alone. When we realize those challenges are too big to tackle alone, I am here to tell you it is okay to ask for help and know that there is support out there.
I offer therapy services to adolescents, individuals, and families who may be experiencing family conflict, behavioral challenges, and trauma related issues.
Life can throw all forms of curveballs at us that we cannot control, where we sit and wonder what is going on. In life we get to a point where we stand up and say, I cannot do this alone. When we realize those challenges are too big to tackle alone, I am here to tell you it is okay to ask for help and know that there is support out there.
(336) 645-9708 View (336) 645-9708
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Jane Tastet
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27455
I am trauma-informed and primarily treat complex trauma, relational trauma, and attachment ruptures.
If you struggle to trust, to find contentedness with life, or to feel like you truly know yourself, then I can help you access your inner guidance. My goal is to meet you where you are, hear you- hear what you say, and what you don't, and then work together to find the empowerment and resilience to adapt and overcome the suffering you're faced with. I believe you are inherently worthy and have goodness and wisdom inside. I believe the nervous system can get in the way of presence and happiness but with some processing, unlearning, and relearning you can break free from old patterns and meet the self that you've wanted to be.
I am trauma-informed and primarily treat complex trauma, relational trauma, and attachment ruptures.
If you struggle to trust, to find contentedness with life, or to feel like you truly know yourself, then I can help you access your inner guidance. My goal is to meet you where you are, hear you- hear what you say, and what you don't, and then work together to find the empowerment and resilience to adapt and overcome the suffering you're faced with. I believe you are inherently worthy and have goodness and wisdom inside. I believe the nervous system can get in the way of presence and happiness but with some processing, unlearning, and relearning you can break free from old patterns and meet the self that you've wanted to be.
(336) 560-8689 View (336) 560-8689
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Erin Cooley-Gross
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMHC, QS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27455  (Online Only)
I recognize the impact that trauma has on individuals and their families.
Hey! Welcome to the first step (or possibly the 100th step) in your self healing journey. I believe we are all innately capable of becoming aligned with our authenticity and to be the expert of ourselves. But sometimes we get in our own way! I guide my clients to be a more whole version of themselves; whether it be working through childhood trauma or by breaking down the barriers to new relationships. I use evidence-based modalities to help anyone on the road to self discovery and healing.
I recognize the impact that trauma has on individuals and their families.
Hey! Welcome to the first step (or possibly the 100th step) in your self healing journey. I believe we are all innately capable of becoming aligned with our authenticity and to be the expert of ourselves. But sometimes we get in our own way! I guide my clients to be a more whole version of themselves; whether it be working through childhood trauma or by breaking down the barriers to new relationships. I use evidence-based modalities to help anyone on the road to self discovery and healing.
(336) 530-5553 View (336) 530-5553
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Carla Kucinski
Counselor, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27401  (Online Only)
What so many of us are craving lately is peace. Our hearts, bodies and souls are carrying so much. We’re worried and weary. Maybe that’s what brought you here. You need help navigating uncertainty and change in your life--whether it's trauma, chronic illness, loss or anxiety. Sometimes we need someone to help guide us through these seasons of life and discover our inner wisdom to grow, heal and thrive again--not just survive. I’m here to help you find your way. To move through and heal from our pain, we need tools to feel grounded, to feel our feelings instead of run from them, and to develop a deeper relationship with ourselves.
What so many of us are craving lately is peace. Our hearts, bodies and souls are carrying so much. We’re worried and weary. Maybe that’s what brought you here. You need help navigating uncertainty and change in your life--whether it's trauma, chronic illness, loss or anxiety. Sometimes we need someone to help guide us through these seasons of life and discover our inner wisdom to grow, heal and thrive again--not just survive. I’m here to help you find your way. To move through and heal from our pain, we need tools to feel grounded, to feel our feelings instead of run from them, and to develop a deeper relationship with ourselves.
(336) 530-5958 View (336) 530-5958
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Dr. Juan B Santos: Couples And Individual Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, CRC, LCMHC-S
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410
I am dedicated to helping adults find healing and balance in their unique time of uncertainty. I also work to help couples enhance their lives and relationships by guiding them through challenges such as communication difficulties, emotional disconnection, disagreements, or recovering from affairs. My clients express that they count on me for professional guidance and as a compassionate companion. I bring over a decade of experience, trauma certification, doctorate-level training, and a culturally affirming foundation.
I am dedicated to helping adults find healing and balance in their unique time of uncertainty. I also work to help couples enhance their lives and relationships by guiding them through challenges such as communication difficulties, emotional disconnection, disagreements, or recovering from affairs. My clients express that they count on me for professional guidance and as a compassionate companion. I bring over a decade of experience, trauma certification, doctorate-level training, and a culturally affirming foundation.
(336) 223-8253 View (336) 223-8253
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Ann M. Gregory
PhD, LCMHCA, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408  (Online Only)
I work with a multitude of clients that may be feeling stuck in life, whether it be anxiety or depression, performance issues (athletes), trauma, developmental trauma (that which happens in childhood that one may or may not be aware of specifically). Our brains have been designed to heal. We are able to create new neuropaths for the entirety of our lives. In our work together, we can dismantle current maladaptive patterns and rewire our brains to process in healthy and meaningful ways. I have a history in Christian ministry and I understand the importance of faith; therefore, I am happy to integrate aspects of faith into our work.
I work with a multitude of clients that may be feeling stuck in life, whether it be anxiety or depression, performance issues (athletes), trauma, developmental trauma (that which happens in childhood that one may or may not be aware of specifically). Our brains have been designed to heal. We are able to create new neuropaths for the entirety of our lives. In our work together, we can dismantle current maladaptive patterns and rewire our brains to process in healthy and meaningful ways. I have a history in Christian ministry and I understand the importance of faith; therefore, I am happy to integrate aspects of faith into our work.
(336) 810-1277 View (336) 810-1277
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Ednalyn King Hurley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LCMHC, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27406  (Online Only)
The individuals I work with are psychologically healthy and can learn to think and decide for themselves. Due to stress, grief, anger ,anxiety,fear etc. they may need the aid of someone to guide them toward making positive change in their lives or setting goals for a new direction in life .I enjoy serving a diverse group of people , however specialties include working with women issues such as single parents, domestic violence, and animal assisted therapy.
The individuals I work with are psychologically healthy and can learn to think and decide for themselves. Due to stress, grief, anger ,anxiety,fear etc. they may need the aid of someone to guide them toward making positive change in their lives or setting goals for a new direction in life .I enjoy serving a diverse group of people , however specialties include working with women issues such as single parents, domestic violence, and animal assisted therapy.
(336) 645-3276 View (336) 645-3276
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Trauma and PTSD Therapists

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.