Trauma and PTSD Therapists in La Vista, NE

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Tachelle Reeker
Counselor, MS, LIMHP, PLADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
Do you often find yourself going back and forth about making a change in your head? Is part of you wanting to make that change and part of you not feeling sure or quite ready yet? This is all part of the change process, and you are probably further along than you realize! Sometimes a new perspective and new tools can help us "get off the seesaw" and get closer to the life we want to have. I often see clients who are dealing with trauma, substance use, anxiety, or depression. I work to build a space of non-judgment and acceptance so my clients can be seen exactly as they are without fear, so we can find the path forward together.
Do you often find yourself going back and forth about making a change in your head? Is part of you wanting to make that change and part of you not feeling sure or quite ready yet? This is all part of the change process, and you are probably further along than you realize! Sometimes a new perspective and new tools can help us "get off the seesaw" and get closer to the life we want to have. I often see clients who are dealing with trauma, substance use, anxiety, or depression. I work to build a space of non-judgment and acceptance so my clients can be seen exactly as they are without fear, so we can find the path forward together.
(402) 382-2465 View (402) 382-2465
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Shawna Ciurej
Counselor, LIMHP, LMHC
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
I am experienced in areas including depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma.
Immediate openings now available / I believe the foundation of successful therapy is a great relationship with your therapist. My approach to therapy is to collaborate with my clients to learn about their own goals and to determine what their unique needs are. I utilize my extensive training background and experience to create an individualized approach to therapy for each person that I work with.
I am experienced in areas including depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma.
Immediate openings now available / I believe the foundation of successful therapy is a great relationship with your therapist. My approach to therapy is to collaborate with my clients to learn about their own goals and to determine what their unique needs are. I utilize my extensive training background and experience to create an individualized approach to therapy for each person that I work with.
(531) 365-0118 View (531) 365-0118
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Carol Sheffield Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, LIMHP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
Waitlist for new clients
Interventions that are utilized: Trauma Informed Care, Evidenced-Based Practices, Strength-Based Treatment and EMDR.
I have approximately twenty years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families dealing with issues pertaining to depression and anxiety disorders, past trauma, stress and anger management, family and relationship difficulties, behavioral problems, positive decision making, and grief/loss. As the wife of a retired Air Force veteran, I have a comprehensive understanding of the issues and difficulties facing service members and their families. I also have extensive experience addressing client trauma and aspire to assist clients in reprocessing their trauma so that they can lead full and healthy lives.
Interventions that are utilized: Trauma Informed Care, Evidenced-Based Practices, Strength-Based Treatment and EMDR.
I have approximately twenty years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families dealing with issues pertaining to depression and anxiety disorders, past trauma, stress and anger management, family and relationship difficulties, behavioral problems, positive decision making, and grief/loss. As the wife of a retired Air Force veteran, I have a comprehensive understanding of the issues and difficulties facing service members and their families. I also have extensive experience addressing client trauma and aspire to assist clients in reprocessing their trauma so that they can lead full and healthy lives.
(402) 241-5671 View (402) 241-5671
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Lisa Parisien
Counselor, LIMHP, LADC, CHT, CMT
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
I have been working in the field of mental health and addiction for over 20 years. I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I treat individuals and couples. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Hypnosis is very effective in treating trauma. I am also a certified master trainer of hypnosis. I own Intuitive Therapies and A + Academy of Hypnosis. I certify others in hypnosis. www.aplusacademyofhypnosis.com. My work days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I will return messages on those days.
I have been working in the field of mental health and addiction for over 20 years. I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I treat individuals and couples. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Hypnosis is very effective in treating trauma. I am also a certified master trainer of hypnosis. I own Intuitive Therapies and A + Academy of Hypnosis. I certify others in hypnosis. www.aplusacademyofhypnosis.com. My work days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I will return messages on those days.
(402) 382-9332 View (402) 382-9332
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Connie Lofgreen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, CSAT, LCSW
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
I am a Level II EMDR and experienced in using EMDR to relieve recent or past trauma survivors overcome the difficult symptoms of PTSD---flashbacks, shame, out of proportion emotions, anxiety, depression and other symptoms.
Many people are experiencing the devastation of iporn-online pornography, chat rooms, escort and massage services- and other compulsive sexual behaviors. These compulsive behaviors can cause impotence, relationship crisis, depression and anxiety, job loss and legal problems. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Marriage and Family Therapist, I can help you overcome sex addiction and get your life back on track. See my book, The Storm of Sex Addiction available at www.amazon.com for more information about iPorn and sex addiction and details about my outpatient treatment program- STARPRO and other relationships services.
I am a Level II EMDR and experienced in using EMDR to relieve recent or past trauma survivors overcome the difficult symptoms of PTSD---flashbacks, shame, out of proportion emotions, anxiety, depression and other symptoms.
Many people are experiencing the devastation of iporn-online pornography, chat rooms, escort and massage services- and other compulsive sexual behaviors. These compulsive behaviors can cause impotence, relationship crisis, depression and anxiety, job loss and legal problems. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Marriage and Family Therapist, I can help you overcome sex addiction and get your life back on track. See my book, The Storm of Sex Addiction available at www.amazon.com for more information about iPorn and sex addiction and details about my outpatient treatment program- STARPRO and other relationships services.
(402) 509-3078 View (402) 509-3078
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Rachael Griffin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
I am trained in providing play interventions to identify stressors and process trauma experiences.
"Owning your story is the bravest thing you will ever do."- Brené Brown We all have stories, some that we have chosen to create and others that were created for us. Maybe your story is easy, maybe your story is hard, perhaps your story is embarrassing or maybe your story creates feelings of guilt or shame; Whatever the story, whatever chapter you may be in, whatever chapter you may be thinking about opening, I commend your bravery and courage. You do not have to suffer alone.
I am trained in providing play interventions to identify stressors and process trauma experiences.
"Owning your story is the bravest thing you will ever do."- Brené Brown We all have stories, some that we have chosen to create and others that were created for us. Maybe your story is easy, maybe your story is hard, perhaps your story is embarrassing or maybe your story creates feelings of guilt or shame; Whatever the story, whatever chapter you may be in, whatever chapter you may be thinking about opening, I commend your bravery and courage. You do not have to suffer alone.
(402) 415-2062 View (402) 415-2062
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Audrey Dworak
MA, PLMHP
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
Hey there! I’m Audrey Dworak, a dedicated and compassionate therapist on a mission to create a space where hope and healing come together. Armed with a Master’s degree in clinical psychology I specialize in helping children, adolescents, and adults navigate the complexities of life. With a deep passion for understanding and assisting young minds, I have experience providing effective therapy for individuals facing various challenges. My experience extends to working with those who have endured trauma, struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. Let's confront life's adversities together!
Hey there! I’m Audrey Dworak, a dedicated and compassionate therapist on a mission to create a space where hope and healing come together. Armed with a Master’s degree in clinical psychology I specialize in helping children, adolescents, and adults navigate the complexities of life. With a deep passion for understanding and assisting young minds, I have experience providing effective therapy for individuals facing various challenges. My experience extends to working with those who have endured trauma, struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. Let's confront life's adversities together!
(402) 869-6886 View (402) 869-6886
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Cody Bonertz
Counselor, LIMHP, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
I have over 10 years of experience working with adolescents, and adults that have struggled with trauma, anxiety, depression, and much more.
Do you feel like life throws obstacles that can feel too hard to overcome? Your mental health can impact your life in so many different ways and sometimes we need help with learning what works for us as an individual. You may need help coping in a variety of ways, processing what has happened to you, or just need someone to listen. You deserve happiness so our work together will involve addressing the areas in your life that you wish to improve so you can live the life as you see it. I am LGBTQIA+ Community Friendly
I have over 10 years of experience working with adolescents, and adults that have struggled with trauma, anxiety, depression, and much more.
Do you feel like life throws obstacles that can feel too hard to overcome? Your mental health can impact your life in so many different ways and sometimes we need help with learning what works for us as an individual. You may need help coping in a variety of ways, processing what has happened to you, or just need someone to listen. You deserve happiness so our work together will involve addressing the areas in your life that you wish to improve so you can live the life as you see it. I am LGBTQIA+ Community Friendly
(402) 809-5278 View (402) 809-5278
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Courtney Liester
Counselor, MS, LMHP, LIMHP, CPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
I enjoy assisting clients in healing from depression, trauma, and binge eating disorder.
My name is Courtney Liester and I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner. I am licensed in both Nebraska and Colorado. I am passionate about providing person-centered integrative therapy to those who wish to create positive and lasting change in their lives.
I enjoy assisting clients in healing from depression, trauma, and binge eating disorder.
My name is Courtney Liester and I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner. I am licensed in both Nebraska and Colorado. I am passionate about providing person-centered integrative therapy to those who wish to create positive and lasting change in their lives.
(531) 208-1854 View (531) 208-1854
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Shelli Reams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LIMHP, LCSW, LISW, LADC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
Waitlist for new clients
You have been successful in life, and you have felt there is something which is holding you back from the life you want. Maybe it is a trauma from your past, anxiety, depression, a change in a life situation, relationship issues, or addiction; together you and I can work for you have the life you want. Whether your goal is staying in your current situation, or if it is finding the courage to make a change, I am here to help you let go of things which hold you back from the life you desire.
You have been successful in life, and you have felt there is something which is holding you back from the life you want. Maybe it is a trauma from your past, anxiety, depression, a change in a life situation, relationship issues, or addiction; together you and I can work for you have the life you want. Whether your goal is staying in your current situation, or if it is finding the courage to make a change, I am here to help you let go of things which hold you back from the life you desire.
(531) 233-4123 View (531) 233-4123
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Ivy Slepicka
Counselor, MA, LMHP
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
My therapeutic experience includes working with individuals of all ages struggling with addiction, major mental health disorders, behavioral issues, grief, and trauma.
Life can be difficult to navigate. Working a demanding job, managing a household, engaging in a relationship, caring for children, maintaining a social life, addressing health concerns, and so many other daily pressures can overwhelm anyone. My goal is to help you, your relationships, and your family to grow and thrive. By building upon your individual strengths, we can work together to find solutions that work for you to overcome the challenges you are facing.
My therapeutic experience includes working with individuals of all ages struggling with addiction, major mental health disorders, behavioral issues, grief, and trauma.
Life can be difficult to navigate. Working a demanding job, managing a household, engaging in a relationship, caring for children, maintaining a social life, addressing health concerns, and so many other daily pressures can overwhelm anyone. My goal is to help you, your relationships, and your family to grow and thrive. By building upon your individual strengths, we can work together to find solutions that work for you to overcome the challenges you are facing.
(402) 389-4129 View (402) 389-4129
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Anita Akers
Counselor, LIMHP, LDAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
Are you struggling with motivation or overwhelmed to face each day? Do your children disrespect or not follow through on your expectations? Do the stressors of just life get to you? I am her to help. I provide a nonjudgmental/hopeful environment when you come into my office. I have provided mental health services for the last eleven years to children and adolescents who are struggling with trauma, family challenges, school struggles, and needed emotional assistance. In the last five years, I have assisted families and individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. My style is focus on the allowing the individual a
Are you struggling with motivation or overwhelmed to face each day? Do your children disrespect or not follow through on your expectations? Do the stressors of just life get to you? I am her to help. I provide a nonjudgmental/hopeful environment when you come into my office. I have provided mental health services for the last eleven years to children and adolescents who are struggling with trauma, family challenges, school struggles, and needed emotional assistance. In the last five years, I have assisted families and individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. My style is focus on the allowing the individual a
(531) 233-0912 View (531) 233-0912
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Rebecca Nichols
Counselor, MS, LMHP, PLADC
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
I also have experience and additional training working with children with Autism, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, and children that have suffered some form of trauma.
Have you become increasingly concerned about your child's behavior at home or school? Do you worry that your child is struggling with day to day functioning? Are their behaviors difficult to understand and manage? Does the smallest thing seem to trigger your child? If so, you are not alone. We can work through these issues together. Childhood is a difficult time and creates unique parenting challenges as well. I specialize in working with children and families during these difficult times in order to restore a sense of peace and understanding for not only the child, but the entire family.
I also have experience and additional training working with children with Autism, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, and children that have suffered some form of trauma.
Have you become increasingly concerned about your child's behavior at home or school? Do you worry that your child is struggling with day to day functioning? Are their behaviors difficult to understand and manage? Does the smallest thing seem to trigger your child? If so, you are not alone. We can work through these issues together. Childhood is a difficult time and creates unique parenting challenges as well. I specialize in working with children and families during these difficult times in order to restore a sense of peace and understanding for not only the child, but the entire family.
(402) 858-9493 View (402) 858-9493
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Lilian Curtis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LIMHP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
I am trained in evidence based treatments and I specialized in seeing clients with Trauma, Adjustment Difficulties, Grief/Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD/ ADD, Stress Management, Parenting Issues, Relationship Issues and family conflicts.
Do you feel stuck and overwhelmed? Do you feel like life has no meaning or purpose? Life can be difficult when walking through the valley of challenges. Be encouraged, there is hope! While there are many ways to overcome obstacles and live a fulfilled life, therapy is one way. As your therapist, my goal is to partner with you in a therapeutic alliance and tackle life's challenges as a team. My clients find me to be empathetic, empowering and an active listener. I also offer faith based therapy to individuals who choose to incorporate faith into the therapeutic process.
I am trained in evidence based treatments and I specialized in seeing clients with Trauma, Adjustment Difficulties, Grief/Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD/ ADD, Stress Management, Parenting Issues, Relationship Issues and family conflicts.
Do you feel stuck and overwhelmed? Do you feel like life has no meaning or purpose? Life can be difficult when walking through the valley of challenges. Be encouraged, there is hope! While there are many ways to overcome obstacles and live a fulfilled life, therapy is one way. As your therapist, my goal is to partner with you in a therapeutic alliance and tackle life's challenges as a team. My clients find me to be empathetic, empowering and an active listener. I also offer faith based therapy to individuals who choose to incorporate faith into the therapeutic process.
(402) 810-7123 View (402) 810-7123
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Krystle Robinson Eckhart
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, HSP
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128  (Online Only)
I work with individuals with a wide range of concerns. My clinical specialties and interests include disordered eating, body image, obesity and weight loss, LGBTQ, gender identity, phase of life transitions, grief/loss, relationships, assertive communication, issues related to trauma/adverse life experiences, holistic health and wellness, self-compassion, and promoting self-awareness and insight. My background includes significant experience in the delivery of behavioral health care including individual psychotherapy and inpatient, intensive-outpatient, and outpatient groups. In addition to my experience with psychotherapy services, I also complete psychological assessments, provide supervision to pre-doctoral psychology interns, and consultation services.
I work with individuals with a wide range of concerns. My clinical specialties and interests include disordered eating, body image, obesity and weight loss, LGBTQ, gender identity, phase of life transitions, grief/loss, relationships, assertive communication, issues related to trauma/adverse life experiences, holistic health and wellness, self-compassion, and promoting self-awareness and insight. My background includes significant experience in the delivery of behavioral health care including individual psychotherapy and inpatient, intensive-outpatient, and outpatient groups. In addition to my experience with psychotherapy services, I also complete psychological assessments, provide supervision to pre-doctoral psychology interns, and consultation services.
(417) 238-0530 View (417) 238-0530
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Alyssa Grant
Counselor, LIMHP, CMSW
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
I have assisted individuals with processing through anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, life changes, trauma and PTSD.
The first thing that anyone says when describing me is, “Alyssa loves her work!”. I’m not only good at providing my clients with a listening ear in times of need and skills to better help them navigate these challenges, but I also really enjoy doing it. I believe that everyone deserves to be heard, to feel that their struggles and challenges are valid and to know that they are not alone.  During my time working in the mental health field, I’ve gained valuable skills in communication, understanding, and patience that I bring to every session.
I have assisted individuals with processing through anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, life changes, trauma and PTSD.
The first thing that anyone says when describing me is, “Alyssa loves her work!”. I’m not only good at providing my clients with a listening ear in times of need and skills to better help them navigate these challenges, but I also really enjoy doing it. I believe that everyone deserves to be heard, to feel that their struggles and challenges are valid and to know that they are not alone.  During my time working in the mental health field, I’ve gained valuable skills in communication, understanding, and patience that I bring to every session.
(402) 539-5706 View (402) 539-5706
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Saira Bhatti
Provisional Master Social Worker, PLMHP, PMSW
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
As well working with all ages that have experience trauma in their life from childhood abuse, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, PTSD, domestic violences (physically and emotional), self-esteem, coping skills, stress management, and boundary setting.
I have 8 years of experience within this field. I believe that my job as a therapist is to walk you through your journey in a partnership with clients as they find their true happiness from resolving and healing from past pain. Engaging and allow you to share freely without judgement or shame. Helping clients find their own happiness, and goal, you may have for yourself in ways that can be achieve in a positive and healthy way. Personal growth and happiness are individualized and unique for everyone. I do not feel it is my job to force my lifestyle or goals on a client.
As well working with all ages that have experience trauma in their life from childhood abuse, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, PTSD, domestic violences (physically and emotional), self-esteem, coping skills, stress management, and boundary setting.
I have 8 years of experience within this field. I believe that my job as a therapist is to walk you through your journey in a partnership with clients as they find their true happiness from resolving and healing from past pain. Engaging and allow you to share freely without judgement or shame. Helping clients find their own happiness, and goal, you may have for yourself in ways that can be achieve in a positive and healthy way. Personal growth and happiness are individualized and unique for everyone. I do not feel it is my job to force my lifestyle or goals on a client.
(531) 530-3202 View (531) 530-3202
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Brittany Lee Schuller-Harvey
Counselor, PLMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
In the famous words of Eric Matthews, (BMW) “Hey bro, life’s tough, get a helmet!” If only it were that easy, right!? This statement from my old sitcom obsession hit deep the first time I heard it, but has really engraved itself deeper the older, more experienced with life I have gotten. I’ve learned very quickly and/or the hard way that walking around with a helmet on wouldn’t make much of a difference at all and would probably just add to the stressors and hardships of life. Today’s world is different. Today’s world is hard. Today’s world can be scary. But most importantly, you don’t have to go through today’s world alone.
In the famous words of Eric Matthews, (BMW) “Hey bro, life’s tough, get a helmet!” If only it were that easy, right!? This statement from my old sitcom obsession hit deep the first time I heard it, but has really engraved itself deeper the older, more experienced with life I have gotten. I’ve learned very quickly and/or the hard way that walking around with a helmet on wouldn’t make much of a difference at all and would probably just add to the stressors and hardships of life. Today’s world is different. Today’s world is hard. Today’s world can be scary. But most importantly, you don’t have to go through today’s world alone.
(402) 809-7446 View (402) 809-7446
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Tara Thomsen
Counselor, MS, LIMHP, CPC
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
Each person is unique,and deserves to be treated as an individual. I believe in providing support and acceptance to assist you in feeling safe sharing problems. Being down to earth and approachable are things I strive for. I hope to assist you in finding tools to feel better so you can find your "best" life. Usually, I am able to find time for new clients within 48 hours and can accommodate most schedules. I am happy to consult with you to see if I am the right therapist for you.
Each person is unique,and deserves to be treated as an individual. I believe in providing support and acceptance to assist you in feeling safe sharing problems. Being down to earth and approachable are things I strive for. I hope to assist you in finding tools to feel better so you can find your "best" life. Usually, I am able to find time for new clients within 48 hours and can accommodate most schedules. I am happy to consult with you to see if I am the right therapist for you.
(402) 318-3029 View (402) 318-3029
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Kimberly Wittmeier
Counselor, LIMHP, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
Waitlist for new clients
Throughout our journey in life, we endure countless challenges, hardships, and the list is endless. During these times in our life, we may encounter the inability to see the light at the end of the tunnel, repair the broken pieces, and feel as though we have nowhere or no-one to turn to. My perspective is that throughout our journey in life, each of us have internal tools to make changes, heal, prosper, to recognize the strengths, potential, and growth that we are all capable of and deserve. I firmly believe in a person-centered approach, where acceptance, understanding, and empathy are the foundation of therapy.
Throughout our journey in life, we endure countless challenges, hardships, and the list is endless. During these times in our life, we may encounter the inability to see the light at the end of the tunnel, repair the broken pieces, and feel as though we have nowhere or no-one to turn to. My perspective is that throughout our journey in life, each of us have internal tools to make changes, heal, prosper, to recognize the strengths, potential, and growth that we are all capable of and deserve. I firmly believe in a person-centered approach, where acceptance, understanding, and empathy are the foundation of therapy.
(402) 628-7880 View (402) 628-7880

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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.