Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Bryn Mawr, PA

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Jenny Greenbaum
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010  (Online Only)
I specialize in perinatal mood disorders, OCD and anxiety, complex relationships, and trauma.
I primarily support women's wellness, parental growth, and family adjustment. I have been a therapist in the Philadelphia region for over 12 years and have worked in social work settings, community mental health and private settings. I'm an active community member and mother of three and am open, welcoming, and passionate about helping anyone and everyone reach their full potential. I am a therapist who genuinely enjoys working with my clients!
I specialize in perinatal mood disorders, OCD and anxiety, complex relationships, and trauma.
I primarily support women's wellness, parental growth, and family adjustment. I have been a therapist in the Philadelphia region for over 12 years and have worked in social work settings, community mental health and private settings. I'm an active community member and mother of three and am open, welcoming, and passionate about helping anyone and everyone reach their full potential. I am a therapist who genuinely enjoys working with my clients!
(484) 939-9628 View (484) 939-9628
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Sandra L Holloway
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, R-DMT, LBS
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a kind, skilled therapist who will meet you where you are at, and work with you to find a path towards your hopes and dreams. You can choose from a variety of healing practices such as mindfulness and movement, or cognitive therapy, to gather resources that will help you heal both the mind and the body. I work with children and adults, with trauma and dissociative disorders, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), ADHD, and big emotions and behaviors. I also consult with groups (schools, institutes), individuals and parent groups, to educate about trauma and parenting. Lets "zoom" or meet in my office!
I am a kind, skilled therapist who will meet you where you are at, and work with you to find a path towards your hopes and dreams. You can choose from a variety of healing practices such as mindfulness and movement, or cognitive therapy, to gather resources that will help you heal both the mind and the body. I work with children and adults, with trauma and dissociative disorders, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), ADHD, and big emotions and behaviors. I also consult with groups (schools, institutes), individuals and parent groups, to educate about trauma and parenting. Lets "zoom" or meet in my office!
(215) 995-2916 View (215) 995-2916
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Elana Gotfried
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of trauma, addiction, depression, grief/loss, and emotional dysregulation. When your coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient, and you're feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, anxious, or disconnected, therapy is an opportunity to learn how to increase your ability to manage life's demands, improve your quality of life, and achieve the change you are looking for. Therapy will begin with a conversation about your hopes for our work. Together we will deepen our understanding of your concerns, and establish new ways of feeling and being in the world.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of trauma, addiction, depression, grief/loss, and emotional dysregulation. When your coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient, and you're feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, anxious, or disconnected, therapy is an opportunity to learn how to increase your ability to manage life's demands, improve your quality of life, and achieve the change you are looking for. Therapy will begin with a conversation about your hopes for our work. Together we will deepen our understanding of your concerns, and establish new ways of feeling and being in the world.
(484) 380-9191 View (484) 380-9191
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Robert Schwarz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
With 35+ years of experience, my approach is to provide a safe environment and effective tools to help people meet their goals and find happiness. You are unique. Having different tools allows me to treat you in a customized manner. My work is focused active and results oriented. My credentials include: a clinical member of the AAMFT, approved consultant in clinical hypnosis, master practitioner of NLP, an advanced practitioner of two energy psychology approaches (EFT & TFT), Developed ACEP's EFT Training Program. Author of 2 books: Tools for Transforming Trauma; We're No Fun Anymore: Helping Couples Cultivate Joyful Relationships
With 35+ years of experience, my approach is to provide a safe environment and effective tools to help people meet their goals and find happiness. You are unique. Having different tools allows me to treat you in a customized manner. My work is focused active and results oriented. My credentials include: a clinical member of the AAMFT, approved consultant in clinical hypnosis, master practitioner of NLP, an advanced practitioner of two energy psychology approaches (EFT & TFT), Developed ACEP's EFT Training Program. Author of 2 books: Tools for Transforming Trauma; We're No Fun Anymore: Helping Couples Cultivate Joyful Relationships
(610) 915-8609 View (610) 915-8609
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Kristine Y. Sudol
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I specialize in PTSD (combat, sexual trauma, motor vehicle accidents, and interpersonal violence) and have extensive training in evidence based psychotherapy for trauma.
Telehealth Ready: I am very interested in quickly discovering a person's needs and preferences. My style combines compassionate listening with active and direct problem-solving. I appreciate humor and transparency, which augments a comfortable therapeutic relationship. I find that humor helps clients to feel more at ease when they are discussing very difficult topics. I have a broad range of experience, particularly with trauma and anxiety disorders. However, I greatly enjoy working with all kinds of individuals and couples. My experience includes hospital employment, university employment, consultation, and private practice.
I specialize in PTSD (combat, sexual trauma, motor vehicle accidents, and interpersonal violence) and have extensive training in evidence based psychotherapy for trauma.
Telehealth Ready: I am very interested in quickly discovering a person's needs and preferences. My style combines compassionate listening with active and direct problem-solving. I appreciate humor and transparency, which augments a comfortable therapeutic relationship. I find that humor helps clients to feel more at ease when they are discussing very difficult topics. I have a broad range of experience, particularly with trauma and anxiety disorders. However, I greatly enjoy working with all kinds of individuals and couples. My experience includes hospital employment, university employment, consultation, and private practice.
(215) 874-3832 View (215) 874-3832
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Diane Gibfried
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Waitlist for new clients
I offer an opportunity to address multiple issues with an emphasis on the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Trauma and emotional pain can lead to a sense of being stuck. This can feel like being stuck in responses to situations and events and people that maintain our pain and present obstacles to our growth and flourishing. A warm and trusting therapeutic relationship can create an opportunity to get unstuck. This can manifest as increased confidence and a feeling that you are more present in your life. It can foster self awareness and improvement in your relationship with yourself and others.
I offer an opportunity to address multiple issues with an emphasis on the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Trauma and emotional pain can lead to a sense of being stuck. This can feel like being stuck in responses to situations and events and people that maintain our pain and present obstacles to our growth and flourishing. A warm and trusting therapeutic relationship can create an opportunity to get unstuck. This can manifest as increased confidence and a feeling that you are more present in your life. It can foster self awareness and improvement in your relationship with yourself and others.
(610) 679-8004 View (610) 679-8004
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Derek Li
Licensed Professional Counselor, MPhilEd, MSEd, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I provide therapy and coaching on a spectrum of issues: relationship conflicts, parenting, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, gender identity, sexuality, addiction, and trauma.
“Sleep won’t help when it’s your soul that’s tired.” Have you ever faced moments in life where it seems like no one understands you? Perhaps you find yourself caught in a loop of meaninglessness, defeat, and imperfection, unsure of how to break free. Whether it's challenging interpersonal relationships, major life changes, struggles with self-identity, or feeling unable to function at your best, I'm here to help you discover answers and solutions in the safest space imaginable, offering unconditional support towards your personal goals and the pursuit of lasting happiness, peace, and fulfillment.
I provide therapy and coaching on a spectrum of issues: relationship conflicts, parenting, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, gender identity, sexuality, addiction, and trauma.
“Sleep won’t help when it’s your soul that’s tired.” Have you ever faced moments in life where it seems like no one understands you? Perhaps you find yourself caught in a loop of meaninglessness, defeat, and imperfection, unsure of how to break free. Whether it's challenging interpersonal relationships, major life changes, struggles with self-identity, or feeling unable to function at your best, I'm here to help you discover answers and solutions in the safest space imaginable, offering unconditional support towards your personal goals and the pursuit of lasting happiness, peace, and fulfillment.
(484) 263-8631 View (484) 263-8631
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Sarah Lewandowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CEDS-C
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Sarah specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma/ PTSD, and relationship challenges.
Sarah believes that success begins by empowering clients to enhance and embrace their authentic selves. She works from a person-centered approach where she provides care, concern and empathy to all clients. She believes in the power of relationships and connections to support clients in taking a more active role in their lives. She supports clients in exploring and fostering their self-reflective process in a safe and support environment, limiting reliance on the eating disorder or unhealthy narrative. Sarah believes that she holds hope for all clients and is ready to walk their journey along with them.
Sarah specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma/ PTSD, and relationship challenges.
Sarah believes that success begins by empowering clients to enhance and embrace their authentic selves. She works from a person-centered approach where she provides care, concern and empathy to all clients. She believes in the power of relationships and connections to support clients in taking a more active role in their lives. She supports clients in exploring and fostering their self-reflective process in a safe and support environment, limiting reliance on the eating disorder or unhealthy narrative. Sarah believes that she holds hope for all clients and is ready to walk their journey along with them.
(267) 416-0822 View (267) 416-0822
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Laura DiCesare
Psychologist, PsyD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Follow Dr.Laura.D on Instagram for Psychology Tips...While 20% of Americans have a diagnosed mental health illness, 100% of us have Mental Health! As a Positive Psychologist I, Dr. Laura DiCesare, and my Associates empower our clients with the tools to tap into their internal strengths and resources. Learning about our brains and how they work is necessary to finding more balance in life. Are you experiencing stress, anxiety, or sadness? Are you feeling alone or like no one truly listens or understands? Is there trauma from your past that is holding you back from the life you want? Then let's get started (licensed in 34 States!
Follow Dr.Laura.D on Instagram for Psychology Tips...While 20% of Americans have a diagnosed mental health illness, 100% of us have Mental Health! As a Positive Psychologist I, Dr. Laura DiCesare, and my Associates empower our clients with the tools to tap into their internal strengths and resources. Learning about our brains and how they work is necessary to finding more balance in life. Are you experiencing stress, anxiety, or sadness? Are you feeling alone or like no one truly listens or understands? Is there trauma from your past that is holding you back from the life you want? Then let's get started (licensed in 34 States!
(610) 285-1193 View (610) 285-1193
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Daniel Kulper
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Most individuals come by their problems honestly and often need new perspectives and coping skills to help navigate the inevitable problems of life. I combine evidence-based therapy practices with an empathetic and understanding attitude to develop a treatment tailor-fit to you as an individual. I help individuals with a variety of mental health issues with specialties in anger/aggression, trauma, PTSD, sexual behavior problems, personality issues, and mood disorders.
Most individuals come by their problems honestly and often need new perspectives and coping skills to help navigate the inevitable problems of life. I combine evidence-based therapy practices with an empathetic and understanding attitude to develop a treatment tailor-fit to you as an individual. I help individuals with a variety of mental health issues with specialties in anger/aggression, trauma, PTSD, sexual behavior problems, personality issues, and mood disorders.
(484) 255-8480 View (484) 255-8480
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Personal Odyssey Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, MS, NCC, CTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010  (Online Only)
Hi! I’m so glad you made it here. This odyssey is ultimately about you, but here is some information about me to help you decide if you’d like my support along the way. My name is Ana (with the Spanish pronunciation), and I graduated from Villanova University where I got my BA in Psychology and later my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a National Certified Counselor and Certified Trauma Professional. Throughout my clinical experience, I have helped clients navigate various concerns and and co-occurring issues, primarily addiction and trauma.
Hi! I’m so glad you made it here. This odyssey is ultimately about you, but here is some information about me to help you decide if you’d like my support along the way. My name is Ana (with the Spanish pronunciation), and I graduated from Villanova University where I got my BA in Psychology and later my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a National Certified Counselor and Certified Trauma Professional. Throughout my clinical experience, I have helped clients navigate various concerns and and co-occurring issues, primarily addiction and trauma.
(814) 559-4603 View (814) 559-4603
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Zoe Darazsdi
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010  (Online Only)
I provide support with anxiety, trauma, depression, and other concerns while also tending to the impact of social systems on your mental wellbeing.
One of the hardest parts of being neurodiverse is living in a world full of people who don’t get you. This can make us neurodiverse folks feel rejected, alone, and unworthy, which then creates many more mental health concerns. But, ironically, when we go to therapy for these problems, we are often met by a neurotypical therapist who doesn’t understand us either! As a neurodiverse therapist myself, I provide a level of personal understanding that, coupled with my years of education and experience, allows me to empower you to overcome mental health concerns that hold you back.
I provide support with anxiety, trauma, depression, and other concerns while also tending to the impact of social systems on your mental wellbeing.
One of the hardest parts of being neurodiverse is living in a world full of people who don’t get you. This can make us neurodiverse folks feel rejected, alone, and unworthy, which then creates many more mental health concerns. But, ironically, when we go to therapy for these problems, we are often met by a neurotypical therapist who doesn’t understand us either! As a neurodiverse therapist myself, I provide a level of personal understanding that, coupled with my years of education and experience, allows me to empower you to overcome mental health concerns that hold you back.
(484) 276-1603 View (484) 276-1603
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David Yusko
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Founder of the Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy which specializes in providing compassionate evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, and phobias. I also treat substance use disorders and work with athletes seeking to enhance performance through the mental aspect of competition. My work is largely guided by cognitive behavioral therapy principles, but I often incorporate aspects of mindfulness and psychodynamic theory. I seek to help clients return to the meaningful parts of their lives through a collaborative, goal-oriented, and practical approach.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Founder of the Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy which specializes in providing compassionate evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, and phobias. I also treat substance use disorders and work with athletes seeking to enhance performance through the mental aspect of competition. My work is largely guided by cognitive behavioral therapy principles, but I often incorporate aspects of mindfulness and psychodynamic theory. I seek to help clients return to the meaningful parts of their lives through a collaborative, goal-oriented, and practical approach.
(610) 850-0319 View (610) 850-0319
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Michael M. Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
As a Licensed Professional Counselor I provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I have several years of experience working with a diverse array of people and have had the privilege to walk alongside people as they navigated a variety of life conditions and issues. I treat individuals that are dealing with such issues as anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, divorce recovery, grief and loss, ADHD, anger and conduct issues, trauma, substance use and abuse issues, gambling, sexual and process addictions, addict in the family issues, codependency, attachment issues, personality disorders, and spiritual conflicts.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor I provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I have several years of experience working with a diverse array of people and have had the privilege to walk alongside people as they navigated a variety of life conditions and issues. I treat individuals that are dealing with such issues as anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, divorce recovery, grief and loss, ADHD, anger and conduct issues, trauma, substance use and abuse issues, gambling, sexual and process addictions, addict in the family issues, codependency, attachment issues, personality disorders, and spiritual conflicts.
(484) 222-4971 View (484) 222-4971
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Lori J Budman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW, CP/PAT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am trained in Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama, EMDR, Complex Trauma, CBT.
Each individual has within them the ability to heal. In our work together the goal will be to help you identify and navigate barriers that keep you from having the life you deserve to enjoy. The idea that we are wounded in relationship and so healing must also occur in relationship is at the root of the therapeutic process and the work we will do together. My style is open, authentic and warm. Together, we will discover what is present for you in the here-and-now, explore the underlying issues & repeating themes, and tap into your innate healing power so you can live a more full and satisfying life.
I am trained in Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama, EMDR, Complex Trauma, CBT.
Each individual has within them the ability to heal. In our work together the goal will be to help you identify and navigate barriers that keep you from having the life you deserve to enjoy. The idea that we are wounded in relationship and so healing must also occur in relationship is at the root of the therapeutic process and the work we will do together. My style is open, authentic and warm. Together, we will discover what is present for you in the here-and-now, explore the underlying issues & repeating themes, and tap into your innate healing power so you can live a more full and satisfying life.
(484) 380-9045 View (484) 380-9045
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Sameh Shaker
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, STM
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a PhD intern in Marriage and Family Therapy. I focus on attachment studies, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which I utilize in my work with individuals and couples. In my master’s degree, I focused on trauma and grief. I have over 12 years of experience working with clients who have experienced chronic and terminal illnesses, grief, and loss in the palliative and hospice care field. I also work with couples who experience emotional and sexual distress in their relationships.
I am a PhD intern in Marriage and Family Therapy. I focus on attachment studies, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which I utilize in my work with individuals and couples. In my master’s degree, I focused on trauma and grief. I have over 12 years of experience working with clients who have experienced chronic and terminal illnesses, grief, and loss in the palliative and hospice care field. I also work with couples who experience emotional and sexual distress in their relationships.
(484) 739-1859 View (484) 739-1859
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Samantha Ciambro
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010  (Online Only)
From an attachment theory approach, I work with individuals on addressing unmet needs and unprocessed trauma that may have developed in early childhood and are currently affecting their relationships.
Constant overthinking, poor self-esteem, relationship issues, people-pleasing tendencies, depressed mood. If this describes something that you are going through, you don't have to go through it alone. Life itself is hard and even more difficult when dealing with mental health struggles and life transitions. As a therapist, I'm here to walk along side you as you navigate life's difficulties. We can work together to find a unique therapeutic plan that meets your needs in order for you to obtain your goals and be in the place you want to be in.
From an attachment theory approach, I work with individuals on addressing unmet needs and unprocessed trauma that may have developed in early childhood and are currently affecting their relationships.
Constant overthinking, poor self-esteem, relationship issues, people-pleasing tendencies, depressed mood. If this describes something that you are going through, you don't have to go through it alone. Life itself is hard and even more difficult when dealing with mental health struggles and life transitions. As a therapist, I'm here to walk along side you as you navigate life's difficulties. We can work together to find a unique therapeutic plan that meets your needs in order for you to obtain your goals and be in the place you want to be in.
(484) 451-7322 View (484) 451-7322
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Dr. Thomas Le
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
As a person-centered, trauma-informed, and multicultural therapist, I strive to meet my clients where they are while also offering tangible strategies for growth, healing, and change. I specialize in the treatment of clinical concerns such as trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, relationship difficulties (e.g., romantic relationships and friendships, family dynamics), identity exploration, emotion regulation/dysregulation, substance use, disordered eating/body image concerns, and depression and anxiety. Clients have described me as warm, engaged, and nonjudgmental.
As a person-centered, trauma-informed, and multicultural therapist, I strive to meet my clients where they are while also offering tangible strategies for growth, healing, and change. I specialize in the treatment of clinical concerns such as trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, relationship difficulties (e.g., romantic relationships and friendships, family dynamics), identity exploration, emotion regulation/dysregulation, substance use, disordered eating/body image concerns, and depression and anxiety. Clients have described me as warm, engaged, and nonjudgmental.
(484) 263-8853 x711 View (484) 263-8853 x711
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Samantha Levinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
One of the main components of therapy is to provide a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. My office offers teletherapy play sessions with children and is also easily transformed into a space comfortable for adolescents, adults, and couples. For more than 15 years, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral and emotional challenges. My professional experience consists of working in a variety of settings including: in-home therapy, outpatient, and group practice. My clinical areas of specialty include: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, autism and trauma.
One of the main components of therapy is to provide a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. My office offers teletherapy play sessions with children and is also easily transformed into a space comfortable for adolescents, adults, and couples. For more than 15 years, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral and emotional challenges. My professional experience consists of working in a variety of settings including: in-home therapy, outpatient, and group practice. My clinical areas of specialty include: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, autism and trauma.
(484) 214-2429 View (484) 214-2429
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Rachael Ariel Scott
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
My mindfulness based, play therapy training has taught me how to help children that have gone through or may be going through a trauma. A child's language is play. A play therapy room offers a variety of mediums that will help a child safely express what they need to in order to heal through their play. My sessions also will partially include the parents, where feelings and coping skills can be discussed before the play time begins.
My mindfulness based, play therapy training has taught me how to help children that have gone through or may be going through a trauma. A child's language is play. A play therapy room offers a variety of mediums that will help a child safely express what they need to in order to heal through their play. My sessions also will partially include the parents, where feelings and coping skills can be discussed before the play time begins.
(484) 699-0930 View (484) 699-0930
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.