Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Portland, OR

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Photo of Robyn Gregory, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Portland, OR
Robyn Gregory, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, JD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
Waitlist for new clients
I have worked successfully with clients on a wide range of issues: anxiety, depression, and issues that arise from traumatic experiences in life: whether it be oppression and marginalization, psychological, sexual or physical abuse, or other trauma.
I want to help you achieve clarity and comfort. If you are experiencing anxiety, anger, sadness, confusion, or other emotions that interfere with your life and relationships, I will work with you to better deal with current stressors and your emotional and behavioral reactions to them. Often, this involves working to heal past traumas. I work relationally and incorporate learnings from psychodynamic, attachment, mindfulness and existential theories.
I have worked successfully with clients on a wide range of issues: anxiety, depression, and issues that arise from traumatic experiences in life: whether it be oppression and marginalization, psychological, sexual or physical abuse, or other trauma.
I want to help you achieve clarity and comfort. If you are experiencing anxiety, anger, sadness, confusion, or other emotions that interfere with your life and relationships, I will work with you to better deal with current stressors and your emotional and behavioral reactions to them. Often, this involves working to heal past traumas. I work relationally and incorporate learnings from psychodynamic, attachment, mindfulness and existential theories.
(503) 444-9802 View (503) 444-9802
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The Hope Connection
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97221
If you are looking for confidential, professional and respectful counseling, you have come to the right place. If you have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship or family struggles... our group of qualified therapists will work with you on improving areas of your life so you gain control. Our goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. We will work with you to better understand and resolve challenges in your life and help you discover what may be holding you back from experiencing a fulfilling and meaningful life.
If you are looking for confidential, professional and respectful counseling, you have come to the right place. If you have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship or family struggles... our group of qualified therapists will work with you on improving areas of your life so you gain control. Our goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. We will work with you to better understand and resolve challenges in your life and help you discover what may be holding you back from experiencing a fulfilling and meaningful life.
(503) 967-4964 View (503) 967-4964
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Ellie Antico
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
Waitlist for new clients
I really enjoy working with individuals around issues of trauma, grief, self-esteem, personal growth, spirituality, psychedelic integration, life transitions, relational dynamics, communication, sexual difficulties, and societal oppression/equity.
I'm interested in you as whole person: mind, body and spirit. I know it takes courage to reveal ourselves so I hold space for all aspects of you with deep compassion. As a therapist I respect both your strength and vulnerability, offering a safe, nonjudgmental environment to express your truth, explore, and heal.
I really enjoy working with individuals around issues of trauma, grief, self-esteem, personal growth, spirituality, psychedelic integration, life transitions, relational dynamics, communication, sexual difficulties, and societal oppression/equity.
I'm interested in you as whole person: mind, body and spirit. I know it takes courage to reveal ourselves so I hold space for all aspects of you with deep compassion. As a therapist I respect both your strength and vulnerability, offering a safe, nonjudgmental environment to express your truth, explore, and heal.
(833) 885-2803 View (833) 885-2803
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Natalie Hahn
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
Some of my specialties include relationship issues, trauma, eating disorders, sex and sexuality, grief, women's issues, anxiety, suicidality, and self harm.
Here you are, browsing for therapists, making a choice not only to find a therapist that is the right fit for you but also making the choice to prioritize something that maybe you have neglected. I am here to hold that space for you to bring as much of your humanness as you are willing to bring into the room with me, no matter how dark it gets, and to be a witness without judgment or expectations so that you can heal wounds. All of my approaches in therapy are inspired by attachment theory, trauma-informed care, Internal Family Systems theory (IFS), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and narrative therapies.
Some of my specialties include relationship issues, trauma, eating disorders, sex and sexuality, grief, women's issues, anxiety, suicidality, and self harm.
Here you are, browsing for therapists, making a choice not only to find a therapist that is the right fit for you but also making the choice to prioritize something that maybe you have neglected. I am here to hold that space for you to bring as much of your humanness as you are willing to bring into the room with me, no matter how dark it gets, and to be a witness without judgment or expectations so that you can heal wounds. All of my approaches in therapy are inspired by attachment theory, trauma-informed care, Internal Family Systems theory (IFS), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and narrative therapies.
(503) 917-3671 View (503) 917-3671
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Britney Paddy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225
Dealing with anxiety, trauma, and stress can significantly affect your daily life, impacting your relationships, work, and self-esteem. These experiences can lead to feelings of isolation, making it challenging to find a way forward. My practice is specifically aimed at individuals who are ready to confront these issues directly, seeking not just symptom management but a deeper understanding and transformation of their relationship with these conditions. This approach is designed for those looking to regain control and find peace in their lives
Dealing with anxiety, trauma, and stress can significantly affect your daily life, impacting your relationships, work, and self-esteem. These experiences can lead to feelings of isolation, making it challenging to find a way forward. My practice is specifically aimed at individuals who are ready to confront these issues directly, seeking not just symptom management but a deeper understanding and transformation of their relationship with these conditions. This approach is designed for those looking to regain control and find peace in their lives
(503) 713-6313 View (503) 713-6313
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Bethany Kuehne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97266  (Online Only)
You're probably here because you want to feel better. Whether it's recovering from trauma, reducing anxiety and fear, or improving your relationship with yourself and others, therapy can help. I'm dedicated to helping individuals find healing, self-discovery, and emotional balance. With years of experience, my aim is to provide you with compassionate and evidence-based support on your journey. Many of my clients appreciate the blend of practical approaches, emotional processing and good humor that we create together. Our time together can empower you to make lasting, positive changes.
You're probably here because you want to feel better. Whether it's recovering from trauma, reducing anxiety and fear, or improving your relationship with yourself and others, therapy can help. I'm dedicated to helping individuals find healing, self-discovery, and emotional balance. With years of experience, my aim is to provide you with compassionate and evidence-based support on your journey. Many of my clients appreciate the blend of practical approaches, emotional processing and good humor that we create together. Our time together can empower you to make lasting, positive changes.
(503) 400-7162 View (503) 400-7162
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Barbara Eggenberger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist serving clients via zoom in California and Oregon. If you struggle with chronic issues and have tried other therapists and are still struggling, I may be the therapist for you. I am a specialist in accessing early trauma and clearing it through the use of brain-based therapies such as EMDR and Brainspotting. I am certified in Brainspotting and Systemic Family Constellations and trained in EMDR I/II. I combine these three methods plus my natural empathic abilities to access blockages and clear them. You will feel immediately better!
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist serving clients via zoom in California and Oregon. If you struggle with chronic issues and have tried other therapists and are still struggling, I may be the therapist for you. I am a specialist in accessing early trauma and clearing it through the use of brain-based therapies such as EMDR and Brainspotting. I am certified in Brainspotting and Systemic Family Constellations and trained in EMDR I/II. I combine these three methods plus my natural empathic abilities to access blockages and clear them. You will feel immediately better!
(916) 571-9297 View (916) 571-9297
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Chanda V Haynes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ACS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
Our trauma can leave us with feelings of shame, resentment, and guilt. When we don't take the time for our own recovery and healing, we can find ourselves becoming stressed and overwhelmed. We become unrecognizable to ourselves and disconnected from our own needs. Our physical health is impacted. We experience spiraling thoughts and an inability to relax. Our anger and sadness are easily triggered. We sabotage our important relationships. We lack trust and fear intimacy. We find ourselves feeling undeserving of the goodness life has to offer.
Our trauma can leave us with feelings of shame, resentment, and guilt. When we don't take the time for our own recovery and healing, we can find ourselves becoming stressed and overwhelmed. We become unrecognizable to ourselves and disconnected from our own needs. Our physical health is impacted. We experience spiraling thoughts and an inability to relax. Our anger and sadness are easily triggered. We sabotage our important relationships. We lack trust and fear intimacy. We find ourselves feeling undeserving of the goodness life has to offer.
(503) 212-9961 View (503) 212-9961
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Deborah Lyda High
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
My experience includes working with families, couples, high risk youth who have experienced trauma.
The act of doing therapy is a bit like tending to a garden; it takes diligence and care to achieve growth! It sounds challenging I know, but the outcomes and successes of working on yourself and your relationships far outweigh the negatives. We all have gardens that need occasional weeding and replanting, and when we are not taking care of ourselves, we can experience feelings of depression, anxiety, restlessness and frustration. In choosing to work with me, I will guide and encourage you by providing the necessary tools and resources that allow you to create a healthy and bountiful garden of your own.
My experience includes working with families, couples, high risk youth who have experienced trauma.
The act of doing therapy is a bit like tending to a garden; it takes diligence and care to achieve growth! It sounds challenging I know, but the outcomes and successes of working on yourself and your relationships far outweigh the negatives. We all have gardens that need occasional weeding and replanting, and when we are not taking care of ourselves, we can experience feelings of depression, anxiety, restlessness and frustration. In choosing to work with me, I will guide and encourage you by providing the necessary tools and resources that allow you to create a healthy and bountiful garden of your own.
(503) 564-1904 View (503) 564-1904
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Ally Simone
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, T2066
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
I work with adult individuals and relationships. Many of my clients are focused on healing from trauma, disrupting harmful patterns like people pleasing and codependency, and creating healthy relationships. I am committed to equity and inclusion, both personally and professionally and my goal is always that my clients feel seen and supported in all aspects of their identity. I am LGBTQIA+, and gender affirming, sex/kink positive and welcome all relationship configurations including CNM/Polyamory. I recognize and value all types of diversity including ethnicity, race, size, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, and abilities.
I work with adult individuals and relationships. Many of my clients are focused on healing from trauma, disrupting harmful patterns like people pleasing and codependency, and creating healthy relationships. I am committed to equity and inclusion, both personally and professionally and my goal is always that my clients feel seen and supported in all aspects of their identity. I am LGBTQIA+, and gender affirming, sex/kink positive and welcome all relationship configurations including CNM/Polyamory. I recognize and value all types of diversity including ethnicity, race, size, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, and abilities.
(503) 212-9970 View (503) 212-9970
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Britt Deely
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you have an interest in targeting anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues? The desire to heal from distressing experiences or trauma that have had an impact on your relationships, employment, health, and wellness? We will work together utilizing a variety of treatment modalities to move beyond your past so you can start living each day with a renewed sense of purpose and harmony.
Do you have an interest in targeting anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues? The desire to heal from distressing experiences or trauma that have had an impact on your relationships, employment, health, and wellness? We will work together utilizing a variety of treatment modalities to move beyond your past so you can start living each day with a renewed sense of purpose and harmony.
(971) 306-5131 View (971) 306-5131
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Kitty Kloud
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability! Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for trauma and therapeutic guidance & skills for ADHD. You feel lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed. You may have just received a diagnosis or started to question if you may have ADHD. Or, You may have complex trauma and feel therapy isn't working. If you have struggled healing trauma in the past, are having problems managing your ADHD symptoms, I have proven techniques and skills that will help you take back control in your life and emotional world. Whatever your situation, you deserve relief. Give yourself the chance to thrive.
Immediate Availability! Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for trauma and therapeutic guidance & skills for ADHD. You feel lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed. You may have just received a diagnosis or started to question if you may have ADHD. Or, You may have complex trauma and feel therapy isn't working. If you have struggled healing trauma in the past, are having problems managing your ADHD symptoms, I have proven techniques and skills that will help you take back control in your life and emotional world. Whatever your situation, you deserve relief. Give yourself the chance to thrive.
(503) 832-6218 View (503) 832-6218
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Principles of Peace
MAC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I am passionate and enthusiastic about empowering the voiceless to have a voice through advocacy and trauma informed therapy practices that provide a safe space for all people.
I have worked in the mental health field for several years; I have past experience as a clinician in various capacities working with women, children, adolescents, and families who have experienced adverse circumstances that include sexual abuse, addiction, domestic violence, DHS involvement, involvement in the criminal justice system among other circumstance that had a significant impact on their lives and mental health. My lived and professional experiences create space for me to position myself to walk along side of you as you embark of your journey of healing and self discovery and growth. Client empowerment is my priority.
I am passionate and enthusiastic about empowering the voiceless to have a voice through advocacy and trauma informed therapy practices that provide a safe space for all people.
I have worked in the mental health field for several years; I have past experience as a clinician in various capacities working with women, children, adolescents, and families who have experienced adverse circumstances that include sexual abuse, addiction, domestic violence, DHS involvement, involvement in the criminal justice system among other circumstance that had a significant impact on their lives and mental health. My lived and professional experiences create space for me to position myself to walk along side of you as you embark of your journey of healing and self discovery and growth. Client empowerment is my priority.
(971) 299-7119 View (971) 299-7119
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Growth Mindset Counseling and Wellness Services
Clinical Social Work Associate, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97266
My areas of focus are incarceration, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, and women's issues.
Are you looking for someone that you can connect with and share your thoughts and talk about your day to day stressors? Do you want a safe space where you are free to be you without judgement? Do you have internalized feelings or issues that you keep inside and avoid sharing with others? Are you having feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, a fear of being judged, perceived as different, or misunderstood? Are you open to learning where these challenges come from and ways of coping with them? Do you want to put in the effort to see the growth ?
My areas of focus are incarceration, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, and women's issues.
Are you looking for someone that you can connect with and share your thoughts and talk about your day to day stressors? Do you want a safe space where you are free to be you without judgement? Do you have internalized feelings or issues that you keep inside and avoid sharing with others? Are you having feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, a fear of being judged, perceived as different, or misunderstood? Are you open to learning where these challenges come from and ways of coping with them? Do you want to put in the effort to see the growth ?
(971) 318-4182 View (971) 318-4182
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Sajani Patel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
I have a solid awareness of the impact of social injustices, institutionalized racism, systematic sexism and homophobia, trauma, and toxic stress on people and the community.
I've been a therapist since 2004 and I still feel truly blessed to do the work that I love. I believe that people have the capability to create change, adjust to adverse experiences, and overcome hardships. I also believe in the resiliency, hope, and power in people to learn from mistakes, build skills, formulate positive perceptions, create healthy relationships, develop a sense of security, heal, grow, and be happy. In our work together, you can expect a safe and supportive therapeutic space and process. My style is open, strengths-based, and collaborative. I am also direct with humor and compassion.
I have a solid awareness of the impact of social injustices, institutionalized racism, systematic sexism and homophobia, trauma, and toxic stress on people and the community.
I've been a therapist since 2004 and I still feel truly blessed to do the work that I love. I believe that people have the capability to create change, adjust to adverse experiences, and overcome hardships. I also believe in the resiliency, hope, and power in people to learn from mistakes, build skills, formulate positive perceptions, create healthy relationships, develop a sense of security, heal, grow, and be happy. In our work together, you can expect a safe and supportive therapeutic space and process. My style is open, strengths-based, and collaborative. I am also direct with humor and compassion.
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Jorjan Parker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210
What brings you to think of talking to someone, may have to do with personal or work relationships, with past or present trauma, with serious losses, and/or may be psychological in nature. Inner or outer obstacles may be shutting down access to inner resources and clarity, and, possibly, hope. Here, a safe therapeutic environment, where you are accompanied as you express the thoughts and feelings that occur to you about your situation, is needed. Unrushed, being accurately heard and responded to, you will gradually put together pieces of your own puzzle, leading to new insights and a sense of inner freedom.
What brings you to think of talking to someone, may have to do with personal or work relationships, with past or present trauma, with serious losses, and/or may be psychological in nature. Inner or outer obstacles may be shutting down access to inner resources and clarity, and, possibly, hope. Here, a safe therapeutic environment, where you are accompanied as you express the thoughts and feelings that occur to you about your situation, is needed. Unrushed, being accurately heard and responded to, you will gradually put together pieces of your own puzzle, leading to new insights and a sense of inner freedom.
(503) 764-2987 View (503) 764-2987
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Anne Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
I am especially effective working with survivors of trauma and PTSD, and individual struggling with addiction, long term relationship dynamics, depression, anxiety, life transitions, spiritual growth, eating disorders, body image, and issues of shame and identity.
As a therapist, I provide an inclusive, non-judgmental space in which you can process the feelings, while feeling heard and understood. As a client, you can expect to join efforts to explore, laugh, and find your voice again. I help my clients to find freedom and strength as you express thoughts and emotions in a safe environment, thereby deepening your relationship with your true self and with others. I believe the therapy relationship should be one of mutual respect and collaboration.
I am especially effective working with survivors of trauma and PTSD, and individual struggling with addiction, long term relationship dynamics, depression, anxiety, life transitions, spiritual growth, eating disorders, body image, and issues of shame and identity.
As a therapist, I provide an inclusive, non-judgmental space in which you can process the feelings, while feeling heard and understood. As a client, you can expect to join efforts to explore, laugh, and find your voice again. I help my clients to find freedom and strength as you express thoughts and emotions in a safe environment, thereby deepening your relationship with your true self and with others. I believe the therapy relationship should be one of mutual respect and collaboration.
(971) 220-7052 View (971) 220-7052
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Elizabeth Armstrong
Licensed Professional Counselor, ART-BC, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
With extensive training and experience in mental health treatment for crisis, trauma, and intensive symptoms, I have supported people through their lifespan.
Accepting new clients! I understand how hard it is to be a human and how our histories, relationships, and structural oppression impact our health and wellness. I am a firm believer that we grow throughout the lifespan and that it is never too late for change and recovery. I am particularly interested in working with folks struggling with identity (LGBTQIA+, white guilt, and major life changes which impact how we think about ourselves), depression and anxiety, trauma, and people who are embarking on the parenting journey.
With extensive training and experience in mental health treatment for crisis, trauma, and intensive symptoms, I have supported people through their lifespan.
Accepting new clients! I understand how hard it is to be a human and how our histories, relationships, and structural oppression impact our health and wellness. I am a firm believer that we grow throughout the lifespan and that it is never too late for change and recovery. I am particularly interested in working with folks struggling with identity (LGBTQIA+, white guilt, and major life changes which impact how we think about ourselves), depression and anxiety, trauma, and people who are embarking on the parenting journey.
(503) 714-9747 View (503) 714-9747
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Madison Thomas
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
I am available for new clients, individually or family sessions. I am also taking clients for a teen DBT skills group (ages 12-18 if still in high school). I see our work together as a team that balances putting in the hard work while understanding you have to have some laughs along the way! Above all modalities, the therapeutic relationship is what I value most in our work together. I primarily use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Art Therapy. Despite my degree in art therapy, my dual license allows me to provide more traditional talk therapy, too.
I am available for new clients, individually or family sessions. I am also taking clients for a teen DBT skills group (ages 12-18 if still in high school). I see our work together as a team that balances putting in the hard work while understanding you have to have some laughs along the way! Above all modalities, the therapeutic relationship is what I value most in our work together. I primarily use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Art Therapy. Despite my degree in art therapy, my dual license allows me to provide more traditional talk therapy, too.
(503) 563-2503 View (503) 563-2503
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Michelle Perrier
Professional Counselor Associate , MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Using mindfulness, somatic practices, and Internal Family Systems, we will address anxiety and trauma by exploring your attachment and relationship dynamics.
Being a human is hard. In our work together, you'll find a compassionate space where you can navigate life's transitions and challenges, from identity exploration, relationship dynamics and tough emotions. It's okay to feel what you're feeling. We'll work on deepening your connection to your body & emotions, guiding you away from constant fight-or-flight responses. We'll delve into understanding your relationships & past experiences, focusing on attachment and the ways they shape your present, to softly process trauma. Clients have seen less anxiety, greater presence, better management of stress, process trauma, and more confidence.
Using mindfulness, somatic practices, and Internal Family Systems, we will address anxiety and trauma by exploring your attachment and relationship dynamics.
Being a human is hard. In our work together, you'll find a compassionate space where you can navigate life's transitions and challenges, from identity exploration, relationship dynamics and tough emotions. It's okay to feel what you're feeling. We'll work on deepening your connection to your body & emotions, guiding you away from constant fight-or-flight responses. We'll delve into understanding your relationships & past experiences, focusing on attachment and the ways they shape your present, to softly process trauma. Clients have seen less anxiety, greater presence, better management of stress, process trauma, and more confidence.
(971) 328-7425 View (971) 328-7425

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.