Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Dresher, PA

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Dr. Rebecca Fisher
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma-informed and multiculturally focused psychoeducational and psychological evaluations.
Welcome. The struggles you are having right now make sense, given your biology, your backstory, the social context you grew up in, and your current experiences. I am passionate about helping individuals who have experienced trauma redefine who they are by understanding their trauma and its biological, cognitive, emotional, relational, and spiritual impact. I also love working with individuals with chronic pain or illness. Regardless of what you have been through, you are resilient and can rise from this moment.
I specialize in trauma-informed and multiculturally focused psychoeducational and psychological evaluations.
Welcome. The struggles you are having right now make sense, given your biology, your backstory, the social context you grew up in, and your current experiences. I am passionate about helping individuals who have experienced trauma redefine who they are by understanding their trauma and its biological, cognitive, emotional, relational, and spiritual impact. I also love working with individuals with chronic pain or illness. Regardless of what you have been through, you are resilient and can rise from this moment.
(267) 732-1025 View (267) 732-1025
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Sarah Herstich- Trauma And Eating Disorder Specialist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dresher, PA 19025  (Online Only)
You've tried the diets. You've read the self-help books. You've scoured TikTok and Instagram for answers. But, you just haven't been able to find your way out of dieting cycles, binge eating and harsh self-talk that leaves you feeling defeated and like you'll never feel normal around food or your body. I want you to know that healing is possible. That you can relearn how to trust your body and that you can heal from years of shame, blame, trauma and disconnection from yourself.
You've tried the diets. You've read the self-help books. You've scoured TikTok and Instagram for answers. But, you just haven't been able to find your way out of dieting cycles, binge eating and harsh self-talk that leaves you feeling defeated and like you'll never feel normal around food or your body. I want you to know that healing is possible. That you can relearn how to trust your body and that you can heal from years of shame, blame, trauma and disconnection from yourself.
(267) 309-2866 View (267) 309-2866
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Dathan C. Landon-Freeman
Psychologist, PhD, LP, LPC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025
I am an anxiety and trauma specialist.
Welcome to my profile! My name is Dr. Freeman, I am a Black male psychologist, and I am excited to offer you compassionate, skilled, and effective therapy. I support clients managing anxiety and trauma, so if you have a fear of persons, situations, and life events that restricts your well-being and quality of life, get in touch with me. I will assist you in becoming more confident in overcoming these concerns in hopes of easing your journey to recovery. In addition to therapy, I offer comprehensive, affirming psychological evaluations for trauma, ADHD, and autism. This process supports understanding strengths and areas of growth.
I am an anxiety and trauma specialist.
Welcome to my profile! My name is Dr. Freeman, I am a Black male psychologist, and I am excited to offer you compassionate, skilled, and effective therapy. I support clients managing anxiety and trauma, so if you have a fear of persons, situations, and life events that restricts your well-being and quality of life, get in touch with me. I will assist you in becoming more confident in overcoming these concerns in hopes of easing your journey to recovery. In addition to therapy, I offer comprehensive, affirming psychological evaluations for trauma, ADHD, and autism. This process supports understanding strengths and areas of growth.
(215) 883-9048 View (215) 883-9048
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Abundant Life Holistic Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025
Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Identity Development, Decision Making Skills, Personal Character Development, ADHD, Coping Strategies & much more!.
Hello! I’m Sheena Thomas, a licensed mental health clinician with over 10 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field. I’m passionate about helping others overcome mental health challenges and giving you the tools to create a life of balance and fulfillment utilizing scientific evidence-based practices as well as a holistic approach. It is my belief and testament that your life does not have to reflect your struggles and that you have the ability to learn how to control what may be currently controlling you. So, I welcome the opportunity to work with you.
Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Identity Development, Decision Making Skills, Personal Character Development, ADHD, Coping Strategies & much more!.
Hello! I’m Sheena Thomas, a licensed mental health clinician with over 10 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field. I’m passionate about helping others overcome mental health challenges and giving you the tools to create a life of balance and fulfillment utilizing scientific evidence-based practices as well as a holistic approach. It is my belief and testament that your life does not have to reflect your struggles and that you have the ability to learn how to control what may be currently controlling you. So, I welcome the opportunity to work with you.
(215) 515-2587 View (215) 515-2587
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Sharon Rosenthal
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025
I support people with anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem issues, family conflict, substance use disorders, OCD, trauma and so much more.
My favorite part of helping people is collaborating with my clients. I work together with teens and adults to help them reach their goals, get some relief and learn new ways to cope. As a licensed professional counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, my approach is both nurturing and strengths-based. I believe that every person is unique and has the ability to cope and heal.
I support people with anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem issues, family conflict, substance use disorders, OCD, trauma and so much more.
My favorite part of helping people is collaborating with my clients. I work together with teens and adults to help them reach their goals, get some relief and learn new ways to cope. As a licensed professional counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, my approach is both nurturing and strengths-based. I believe that every person is unique and has the ability to cope and heal.
(267) 209-6601 View (267) 209-6601
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Maureen Foy-Tornay
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, ATR, LPC, CTHM
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dresher, PA 19025
I have an interactive, creative and direct approach full of lively metaphors, education and humor as well concrete self calming skills for trauma.
Are you increasingly anxious, thinking about the past and worried about the future while unable to focus on today? Today is where the good things can begin. We can work on hope and the time you need to gain perspective. I have extensive experience working with adults, college age students and older teens. I also offer IMAGO based Couples counseling that provides a structured and dynamic way to increase healthy communication. Sessions might address struggles with traumatic events, stress, coping with adjustment to new challenges, resilience, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I am here for you and ready to help.
I have an interactive, creative and direct approach full of lively metaphors, education and humor as well concrete self calming skills for trauma.
Are you increasingly anxious, thinking about the past and worried about the future while unable to focus on today? Today is where the good things can begin. We can work on hope and the time you need to gain perspective. I have extensive experience working with adults, college age students and older teens. I also offer IMAGO based Couples counseling that provides a structured and dynamic way to increase healthy communication. Sessions might address struggles with traumatic events, stress, coping with adjustment to new challenges, resilience, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I am here for you and ready to help.
(267) 633-8878 View (267) 633-8878
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Daniel B Sager
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dresher, PA 19025
I see adults, adolescents, and families on concerns around anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, life transitions, and issues around disability. I work with you to identify the areas in which you are feeling stuck or overwhelmed and help you gain the skills to move through those problems and get you back into your life. I also work with people from rural areas and recognize the unique differences that living in a rural area has on mental health concerns.
I see adults, adolescents, and families on concerns around anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, life transitions, and issues around disability. I work with you to identify the areas in which you are feeling stuck or overwhelmed and help you gain the skills to move through those problems and get you back into your life. I also work with people from rural areas and recognize the unique differences that living in a rural area has on mental health concerns.
(412) 754-7683 View (412) 754-7683
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Amy Wagner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAC, LPC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025
I believe that all people possess the strength and ability to achieve their personal goals and find success no matter the circumstance. I utilize a strengths-based, person-centered approach, to help clients tap in to their endless potential and empower them to find happiness and hope in their lives. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with a wide-range of individuals, including both adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, and family conflict.
I believe that all people possess the strength and ability to achieve their personal goals and find success no matter the circumstance. I utilize a strengths-based, person-centered approach, to help clients tap in to their endless potential and empower them to find happiness and hope in their lives. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with a wide-range of individuals, including both adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, and family conflict.
(215) 608-2548 View (215) 608-2548
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Trevor Sasek
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025  (Online Only)
Have you been through that cycle of gut-wrenching pain about who you are, harsh and persistent criticisms of yourself, then temporary ways to get relief that you end up hating? Are you feeling hopelessly broken and unsure if anything will ever work because you are permanently damaged? Sometimes it can seem like if so much has gone wrong, then it must be me. Finding someone to actually try to listen to what you have gone through can be extremely difficult and end up feeling the same as it’s felt before, not being heard or seen, and feeling alone.
Have you been through that cycle of gut-wrenching pain about who you are, harsh and persistent criticisms of yourself, then temporary ways to get relief that you end up hating? Are you feeling hopelessly broken and unsure if anything will ever work because you are permanently damaged? Sometimes it can seem like if so much has gone wrong, then it must be me. Finding someone to actually try to listen to what you have gone through can be extremely difficult and end up feeling the same as it’s felt before, not being heard or seen, and feeling alone.
(610) 347-5413 View (610) 347-5413
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Rachel Breskman
Psychologist, MEd, CAC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025
My approach to therapy is relational. I create a safe environment of collaboration with clients to work toward eliminating unhealthy obstacles to achieving their goals. These behaviors and beliefs are aftereffects of traumas in their pasts. I promote healing by witnessing the client's story and providing feedback including strengths, progress and the causes of clients' pain. I see therapy as an opportunity to experience new ways of relating and coping while developing and appreciation of who they are. Additional techniques I use as indicated are: cognitive exercises, hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and sand tray therapy.
My approach to therapy is relational. I create a safe environment of collaboration with clients to work toward eliminating unhealthy obstacles to achieving their goals. These behaviors and beliefs are aftereffects of traumas in their pasts. I promote healing by witnessing the client's story and providing feedback including strengths, progress and the causes of clients' pain. I see therapy as an opportunity to experience new ways of relating and coping while developing and appreciation of who they are. Additional techniques I use as indicated are: cognitive exercises, hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and sand tray therapy.
(215) 886-5611 View (215) 886-5611
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Dahlia Rifkin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dresher, PA 19025
You want to be the best version of yourself but you are worried you keep coming up short. You overthink things you said or did and feel anxious all the time. Perhaps you are struggling to move past previous traumas or a negative experiences in your life. You are motivated to make changes and you have tried some strategies but nothing works. You are looking for some immediate relief and solutions that will have a lasting impact. You often find yourself overworked, overwhelmed, or stressed out. There are so many things on your plate and it feels like you can never catch a break. Now is the time for a change.
You want to be the best version of yourself but you are worried you keep coming up short. You overthink things you said or did and feel anxious all the time. Perhaps you are struggling to move past previous traumas or a negative experiences in your life. You are motivated to make changes and you have tried some strategies but nothing works. You are looking for some immediate relief and solutions that will have a lasting impact. You often find yourself overworked, overwhelmed, or stressed out. There are so many things on your plate and it feels like you can never catch a break. Now is the time for a change.
(267) 376-7727 View (267) 376-7727
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Joseph Fonash, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025
Clients who seek counseling services here can expect a supportive environment where they can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers that limit their full potential. They will discover someone with an open-minded approach to client wellness and who considers the client's work life, family traditions, personal identity, and cultural and spiritual beliefs.
Clients who seek counseling services here can expect a supportive environment where they can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers that limit their full potential. They will discover someone with an open-minded approach to client wellness and who considers the client's work life, family traditions, personal identity, and cultural and spiritual beliefs.
(215) 600-3708 View (215) 600-3708
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Self-Esteem And Anxiety Focus Tamar Merjian
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself overthinking, or worried about what someone else will think, causing you to feel stressed, anxious or even doubting yourself? Do you feel stuck and not content no matter how much you've accomplished? Maybe you don't feel good enough, or you prioritize others more than yourself because you don't want to let them down? We all have waves of doubt but how we let those moments affect us is where the change comes. You're not alone. I am a Licensed Mental Health counselor in FL, and a Professional counselor in PA who wants to empower you, manage daily stressors, cope with anxiety and find balance.
Do you find yourself overthinking, or worried about what someone else will think, causing you to feel stressed, anxious or even doubting yourself? Do you feel stuck and not content no matter how much you've accomplished? Maybe you don't feel good enough, or you prioritize others more than yourself because you don't want to let them down? We all have waves of doubt but how we let those moments affect us is where the change comes. You're not alone. I am a Licensed Mental Health counselor in FL, and a Professional counselor in PA who wants to empower you, manage daily stressors, cope with anxiety and find balance.
(215) 278-4488 View (215) 278-4488
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Sarah M Baurer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Dresher, PA 19025
I specialize in clients who have suffered concussion or traumatic brain injury and those struggling with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment and transition difficulties, and bereavement. I am comfortable working with all ages. When working with any client, I believe that a holistic and eclectic approach is vital to reaching each client's therapeutic goals. I feel strongly that a valuable therapeutic relationship is built upon establishment of trust through empathetic support and confidence-building. I believe that warmth, humor, and positivity are essential to working toward the client's goals and desired changes.
I specialize in clients who have suffered concussion or traumatic brain injury and those struggling with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment and transition difficulties, and bereavement. I am comfortable working with all ages. When working with any client, I believe that a holistic and eclectic approach is vital to reaching each client's therapeutic goals. I feel strongly that a valuable therapeutic relationship is built upon establishment of trust through empathetic support and confidence-building. I believe that warmth, humor, and positivity are essential to working toward the client's goals and desired changes.
(215) 607-7949 View (215) 607-7949
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Max Sheintoch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dresher, PA 19025  (Online Only)
No matter what background we come from life tends to bring its own suffering and difficulties. I view therapy as a place where challenges and painful emotions can be confronted in a safe and caring environment. My personality is warm and empathetic, and I aim to provide a place where clients feel heard, cared for, and listened to. I view clients as being the author of their own lives. Thus, I aim to be collaborative and to help come up with goals that are important and meaningful to you. My style is action oriented, and I try to push clients out of their comfort zones, through the use of mindfulness and behavioral changes.
No matter what background we come from life tends to bring its own suffering and difficulties. I view therapy as a place where challenges and painful emotions can be confronted in a safe and caring environment. My personality is warm and empathetic, and I aim to provide a place where clients feel heard, cared for, and listened to. I view clients as being the author of their own lives. Thus, I aim to be collaborative and to help come up with goals that are important and meaningful to you. My style is action oriented, and I try to push clients out of their comfort zones, through the use of mindfulness and behavioral changes.
(610) 995-6668 View (610) 995-6668

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Rik Fire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LISW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001
CPT Certified (Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD & Post-Traumatic Bereavement); Gender & Sexuality Specialist; Certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher; Reiki Master; Ordained Interfaith Minister; Advanced Certified Shamanic Practitioner.
Rik Fire (aka Manjot Singh Khalsa) is a psychotherapist in private practice since 1996, sacred healer, interfaith minister, teacher and co-creator of Radikal Healing. Radikal Healing is a process of life transformation utilizing a complement of modalities tailored to each client's individual needs including psychotherapy, meditation, Kundalini yoga, Shamanic technology, energy medicine, life coaching and supervised fasting. Village of Radikal Healing in Montgomery County, PA & Radikal Healing Suite Asbury Park, NJ are healing centers that provide opportunities for people to embrace the Radikal Life they were meant to live.
CPT Certified (Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD & Post-Traumatic Bereavement); Gender & Sexuality Specialist; Certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher; Reiki Master; Ordained Interfaith Minister; Advanced Certified Shamanic Practitioner.
Rik Fire (aka Manjot Singh Khalsa) is a psychotherapist in private practice since 1996, sacred healer, interfaith minister, teacher and co-creator of Radikal Healing. Radikal Healing is a process of life transformation utilizing a complement of modalities tailored to each client's individual needs including psychotherapy, meditation, Kundalini yoga, Shamanic technology, energy medicine, life coaching and supervised fasting. Village of Radikal Healing in Montgomery County, PA & Radikal Healing Suite Asbury Park, NJ are healing centers that provide opportunities for people to embrace the Radikal Life they were meant to live.
(267) 793-0711 View (267) 793-0711
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Teisha Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CGS
Verified Verified
Willow Grove, PA 19090
I have worked with adults & adolescents on trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, relationship issues, behavior modification, inner child issues, self-esteem issues, substance abuse, parent-child interactions, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship issues, abandonment, stress management, identity disorders, and Adult Children of Alcoholics issues.
A great deal of my professional practice has been working with individuals, groups, couples and families, substance abuse, and LGBTQIA+ populations. I understand that no single approach is the right one for everyone & it is important to meet each person where they are. I believe it is important to tailor the therapy approach to each individual. As such, I use various approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, EMDR, Person-Centered, & Gottman Method for couples therapy. Let me help you get unstuck & develop skills to improve in the ways you would like. I am currently offering IOP and PHP groups.
I have worked with adults & adolescents on trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, relationship issues, behavior modification, inner child issues, self-esteem issues, substance abuse, parent-child interactions, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship issues, abandonment, stress management, identity disorders, and Adult Children of Alcoholics issues.
A great deal of my professional practice has been working with individuals, groups, couples and families, substance abuse, and LGBTQIA+ populations. I understand that no single approach is the right one for everyone & it is important to meet each person where they are. I believe it is important to tailor the therapy approach to each individual. As such, I use various approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, EMDR, Person-Centered, & Gottman Method for couples therapy. Let me help you get unstuck & develop skills to improve in the ways you would like. I am currently offering IOP and PHP groups.
(484) 218-2590 View (484) 218-2590
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Sophie Foster Fink
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001  (Online Only)
I am level I certified in Attachment Focused Family Therapy and have specific experience and training in Trauma Therapy.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in the greater Philadelphia area. I see therapy as a collaborative effort focused on helping you find balance, insight, and ease both inside and out. Whether you are facing relationship issues, stressful life circumstances, or processing the aftermath of upsetting experiences, I hope to provide a space that is both judgment free and healing.
I am level I certified in Attachment Focused Family Therapy and have specific experience and training in Trauma Therapy.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in the greater Philadelphia area. I see therapy as a collaborative effort focused on helping you find balance, insight, and ease both inside and out. Whether you are facing relationship issues, stressful life circumstances, or processing the aftermath of upsetting experiences, I hope to provide a space that is both judgment free and healing.
(267) 733-6409 View (267) 733-6409
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Rachael Lowery
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSc
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, PA 19034
I have experience helping teenagers and adults navigate a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and self-esteem.
Hi there! Welcome. If you're reading this, you’re likely looking to find a counselor for yourself or someone you care about. That’s an important first step! Let me tell you a bit about my approach towards counseling. If you feel like we may be a good fit, give me a call and we can go from there. I see my work as coming alongside fellow strugglers and helping them make sense of the issues they’re facing. I am honored to have this privilege of walking with others in their suffering, growth and healing.
I have experience helping teenagers and adults navigate a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and self-esteem.
Hi there! Welcome. If you're reading this, you’re likely looking to find a counselor for yourself or someone you care about. That’s an important first step! Let me tell you a bit about my approach towards counseling. If you feel like we may be a good fit, give me a call and we can go from there. I see my work as coming alongside fellow strugglers and helping them make sense of the issues they’re facing. I am honored to have this privilege of walking with others in their suffering, growth and healing.
(484) 285-5087 View (484) 285-5087
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Jill Comins
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, BC-DMT, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Abington, PA 19001
The decision to seek therapy is unique and personal to each one of us. Whether you're seeking help for a specific life event or looking to understand ongoing struggles, I'm here to offer a supportive and a judgment-free space for you to show up, just as you are, as you begin your process of personal healing and growth. I work with clients with a wide array of issues including depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, and those struggling with substance abuse. We will work together to understand how personal experiences have shaped your present-day reality, including beliefs about yourself and how you engage in the world.
The decision to seek therapy is unique and personal to each one of us. Whether you're seeking help for a specific life event or looking to understand ongoing struggles, I'm here to offer a supportive and a judgment-free space for you to show up, just as you are, as you begin your process of personal healing and growth. I work with clients with a wide array of issues including depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, and those struggling with substance abuse. We will work together to understand how personal experiences have shaped your present-day reality, including beliefs about yourself and how you engage in the world.
(267) 612-3025 View (267) 612-3025
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.