Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Erdenheim, PA

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Lauren Massi
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erdenheim, PA 19038
Waitlist for new clients
I am specifically trained in IFS, EMDR, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, which can be used to support with healing trauma in a safe and structured way.
Welcome, I'm glad you're here! Whatever your reason for seeking therapy for yourself or your teen, I am so happy to help you along your path. Maybe you've been facing anxiety that interrupts your life with worry, intrusive thoughts, and panic attacks; or depression that keeps you stuck within sadness, hopelessness, or feeling numb and disconnected. Challenges within your relationships - romantic, family, friends - make it feel scary to connect with people and trust others. Perhaps you've suffered traumatic experiences and relationships that have left you feeling lost, hoping to feel like yourself again.
I am specifically trained in IFS, EMDR, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, which can be used to support with healing trauma in a safe and structured way.
Welcome, I'm glad you're here! Whatever your reason for seeking therapy for yourself or your teen, I am so happy to help you along your path. Maybe you've been facing anxiety that interrupts your life with worry, intrusive thoughts, and panic attacks; or depression that keeps you stuck within sadness, hopelessness, or feeling numb and disconnected. Challenges within your relationships - romantic, family, friends - make it feel scary to connect with people and trust others. Perhaps you've suffered traumatic experiences and relationships that have left you feeling lost, hoping to feel like yourself again.
(215) 366-0073 View (215) 366-0073
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Allison Schlegel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erdenheim, PA 19038  (Online Only)
I love supporting these populations with life stressors, past (and/or current) trauma, and navigating relationship challenges.
As a therapist, my priority is establishing a safe, secure, and trusted relationship with my clients so that they have the space to be their authentic self to create the change they are seeking. I strongly believe that a relational connection is the foundation to creating long-term, therapeutic change. My approach includes utilizing validation and empathy, curiosity, and therapeutic challenging in a way that feels manageable, and helps me meet the client where they’re at. I want my clients to leave the office feeling empowered, hopeful, and having a new perspective of their perception of the world.
I love supporting these populations with life stressors, past (and/or current) trauma, and navigating relationship challenges.
As a therapist, my priority is establishing a safe, secure, and trusted relationship with my clients so that they have the space to be their authentic self to create the change they are seeking. I strongly believe that a relational connection is the foundation to creating long-term, therapeutic change. My approach includes utilizing validation and empathy, curiosity, and therapeutic challenging in a way that feels manageable, and helps me meet the client where they’re at. I want my clients to leave the office feeling empowered, hopeful, and having a new perspective of their perception of the world.
(267) 440-6542 View (267) 440-6542
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Tyra A Wilson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Erdenheim, PA 19038  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating participants suffering from severe trauma, PTSD, depression, grief, IPV, sexual abuse/physical abuse/emotional abuse and transgender/nonbinary and LGBQT communities.
In many communities and cultures therapy is frowned upon, perceived as a weakness labeling the individual as an outcast. This is very much not the case. Many people believe they are alone, and they suffer in silence because of the stigma that comes with therapy. You do not have to suffer any longer. You deserve peace.
I specialize in treating participants suffering from severe trauma, PTSD, depression, grief, IPV, sexual abuse/physical abuse/emotional abuse and transgender/nonbinary and LGBQT communities.
In many communities and cultures therapy is frowned upon, perceived as a weakness labeling the individual as an outcast. This is very much not the case. Many people believe they are alone, and they suffer in silence because of the stigma that comes with therapy. You do not have to suffer any longer. You deserve peace.
(215) 515-4532 View (215) 515-4532
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Elizabeth Campbell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Erdenheim, PA 19038
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor providing an empowerment and strength-based approach to support individuals in personal growth and change. I am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in play therapy with children, family therapy, creative counseling for adolescents, and trauma-informed treatment. I utilize an integrative, mindful approach to address the whole individual and promote healing and wellness.
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor providing an empowerment and strength-based approach to support individuals in personal growth and change. I am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in play therapy with children, family therapy, creative counseling for adolescents, and trauma-informed treatment. I utilize an integrative, mindful approach to address the whole individual and promote healing and wellness.
(484) 546-5346 View (484) 546-5346
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Arika Moody, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Erdenheim, PA 19038
She specializes in treating clients suffering with significant trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, marital issues, parenting struggles, relationship/peer issues and many more causes of suffering.
Arika Moody, LMFT is a Philadelphia Native who strives to service the community she grew up in, and to provide them with affordable therapeutic supports and resources. She has spent her college years in Syracuse University and LaSalle University, where she obtained a B.S. in Child and Family Studies and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been dedicated to continuing to learn new ways to be effective in treating her clients and providing holistic treatment that includes processing, validation, and skill building.
She specializes in treating clients suffering with significant trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, marital issues, parenting struggles, relationship/peer issues and many more causes of suffering.
Arika Moody, LMFT is a Philadelphia Native who strives to service the community she grew up in, and to provide them with affordable therapeutic supports and resources. She has spent her college years in Syracuse University and LaSalle University, where she obtained a B.S. in Child and Family Studies and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been dedicated to continuing to learn new ways to be effective in treating her clients and providing holistic treatment that includes processing, validation, and skill building.
(267) 323-4780 View (267) 323-4780
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Ashley Straub Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erdenheim, PA 19038
Together we will work to understand how your family systems, intergenerational trauma, and other outside factors affect your mind and body and how we can foster healing through therapy.
Feeling stuck and wondering why? Or what you can do about it? Let’s work together to identify your goals and create a path towards them. Along the way we will work on self-acceptance, self-love and developing an understanding of all spheres of yourself. My ideal client struggles to find their words, has difficulties describing what’s happening to them, and often needs validation and acceptance. All stressors, regardless of intensity, can leave us feeling powerless and hopeless as they accumulate. Sometimes people fall short and are not sure why, working with a therapist can help you understand what might be getting in your way.
Together we will work to understand how your family systems, intergenerational trauma, and other outside factors affect your mind and body and how we can foster healing through therapy.
Feeling stuck and wondering why? Or what you can do about it? Let’s work together to identify your goals and create a path towards them. Along the way we will work on self-acceptance, self-love and developing an understanding of all spheres of yourself. My ideal client struggles to find their words, has difficulties describing what’s happening to them, and often needs validation and acceptance. All stressors, regardless of intensity, can leave us feeling powerless and hopeless as they accumulate. Sometimes people fall short and are not sure why, working with a therapist can help you understand what might be getting in your way.
(267) 732-0758 View (267) 732-0758
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Elizabeth White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erdenheim, PA 19038
People seek therapy for many different reasons. It’s not unusual for the main theme to be having discontent with daily life struggles. Our work together will center on your reasons for inquiring about therapy and I will tailor sessions in response to your therapeutic thoughts and goals. We will work collaboratively to uncover what may be getting in the way of your experiencing life with more enjoyment.
People seek therapy for many different reasons. It’s not unusual for the main theme to be having discontent with daily life struggles. Our work together will center on your reasons for inquiring about therapy and I will tailor sessions in response to your therapeutic thoughts and goals. We will work collaboratively to uncover what may be getting in the way of your experiencing life with more enjoyment.
(267) 609-4524 View (267) 609-4524
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Rebecca McDermott
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Erdenheim, PA 19038
Not accepting new clients
You have spent years now wishing that things would be different. Your hope that things would get better once you were done school, the kids were older, you/they got the job, but nothing feels different. You are stuck in cycle, that during it's peak shakes you to your core and makes you question everything. When things feel calmer, you are holding your breath waiting for it to start again. You want to break free of this cycle. You want joy, laughter, love and connection! You already have the answers to make this a reality, maybe you just need a guide.
You have spent years now wishing that things would be different. Your hope that things would get better once you were done school, the kids were older, you/they got the job, but nothing feels different. You are stuck in cycle, that during it's peak shakes you to your core and makes you question everything. When things feel calmer, you are holding your breath waiting for it to start again. You want to break free of this cycle. You want joy, laughter, love and connection! You already have the answers to make this a reality, maybe you just need a guide.
(484) 851-9291 View (484) 851-9291
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Hannah Sadock Lmft
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erdenheim, PA 19038
Welcome fellow warriors! As a therapist, a unique factor of supporting individuals, couples, and families is their lived experience. Each story is different from the next though all share the same characteristic, resilience. Through each journey, the hardships brought unbearable pain, though underneath, the foundation of resilience is building, preparing each for managing the next difficulty in life. Resilient. Your journey through life gives you this gift, and with my commitment to upholding an authentic, honest relationship, I will travel the road with you to find your resiliency.
Welcome fellow warriors! As a therapist, a unique factor of supporting individuals, couples, and families is their lived experience. Each story is different from the next though all share the same characteristic, resilience. Through each journey, the hardships brought unbearable pain, though underneath, the foundation of resilience is building, preparing each for managing the next difficulty in life. Resilient. Your journey through life gives you this gift, and with my commitment to upholding an authentic, honest relationship, I will travel the road with you to find your resiliency.
(267) 459-8423 View (267) 459-8423

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Jessica B Covitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
I have experience helping with depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, chronic pain and illness.
Sometimes we look around and life is not the way we want it to be: full of disappointment, stress, sadness or loss. Sometimes we need help finding our way. In my practice, I seek to create a compassionate, supportive space for collaborative exploration, growth and positive change. I create a place where you can be seen and acknowledged, and you can give words to feelings and experiences, to discover greater understanding and self- awareness. When we understand our patterns of behaviors and feelings, we can free ourselves of the unwanted burdens that weigh us down, and live more fully and happily in the present.
I have experience helping with depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, chronic pain and illness.
Sometimes we look around and life is not the way we want it to be: full of disappointment, stress, sadness or loss. Sometimes we need help finding our way. In my practice, I seek to create a compassionate, supportive space for collaborative exploration, growth and positive change. I create a place where you can be seen and acknowledged, and you can give words to feelings and experiences, to discover greater understanding and self- awareness. When we understand our patterns of behaviors and feelings, we can free ourselves of the unwanted burdens that weigh us down, and live more fully and happily in the present.
(215) 740-7681 View (215) 740-7681
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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
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Merle Clearfield
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
Jenkintown, PA 19046  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have extensive experience working with Mood Disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Mindfulness, Adjustment Disorders, and Personality Disorders.
I have over twenty years of experience working with people, 18-elders. I believe that therapy is an adventure, where one chooses to go, regardless of not knowing the way. Through the relationship this awareness is brought together by truth, compassion, humor, and some pain. The therapist serves as a guide, modeling and teaching the individual a more effective way of living. I see the individual as someone with a whole life that exists beyond the therapy session. The relationship, which fosters hope is a non-judgmental environment, that underlies all the work that is undertaken.
I have extensive experience working with Mood Disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Mindfulness, Adjustment Disorders, and Personality Disorders.
I have over twenty years of experience working with people, 18-elders. I believe that therapy is an adventure, where one chooses to go, regardless of not knowing the way. Through the relationship this awareness is brought together by truth, compassion, humor, and some pain. The therapist serves as a guide, modeling and teaching the individual a more effective way of living. I see the individual as someone with a whole life that exists beyond the therapy session. The relationship, which fosters hope is a non-judgmental environment, that underlies all the work that is undertaken.
(215) 515-2658 View (215) 515-2658
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Derek Rose
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Jenkintown, PA 19046
—Accepting New Clients In-Person or Virtual; Text or Call to Schedule Free Consult— Anxiety, depression, grief, relationship conflict, trauma responses...these are symptoms of underlying pain and fracturing that can be healed. You might know the origin, such as an acute loss or trauma, or maybe you have no idea why you feel lonely, on edge, misunderstood, or unable to face life transitions. It's a common experience to feel disconnected, even from yourself, and while I believe you're the only one who can ultimately make yourself whole, you don't have to find the way alone.
—Accepting New Clients In-Person or Virtual; Text or Call to Schedule Free Consult— Anxiety, depression, grief, relationship conflict, trauma responses...these are symptoms of underlying pain and fracturing that can be healed. You might know the origin, such as an acute loss or trauma, or maybe you have no idea why you feel lonely, on edge, misunderstood, or unable to face life transitions. It's a common experience to feel disconnected, even from yourself, and while I believe you're the only one who can ultimately make yourself whole, you don't have to find the way alone.
(215) 315-7964 View (215) 315-7964
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Brooks Aylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Glenside, PA 19038
I know what it’s like to live with a trauma history; with anxiety, depression, life changes; with self criticism and doubt.
I don’t believe in passively nodding while you talk about your most important challenges. I’m an active, compassionate therapist who engages with and supports you so that you can start living a more satisfying life right now. Difficult thoughts and feelings will become easier to manage and no longer control your life. You’ll grow in your understanding of yourself—why you do what you do, what you need and value, and the inner resources you have to create new possibilities. Whether your challenge is anxiety/depression, trauma, self esteem, life changes, or relationship problems, we’ll work together to build the life you deserve.
I know what it’s like to live with a trauma history; with anxiety, depression, life changes; with self criticism and doubt.
I don’t believe in passively nodding while you talk about your most important challenges. I’m an active, compassionate therapist who engages with and supports you so that you can start living a more satisfying life right now. Difficult thoughts and feelings will become easier to manage and no longer control your life. You’ll grow in your understanding of yourself—why you do what you do, what you need and value, and the inner resources you have to create new possibilities. Whether your challenge is anxiety/depression, trauma, self esteem, life changes, or relationship problems, we’ll work together to build the life you deserve.
(267) 691-0708 View (267) 691-0708
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Barbara Eve Breitman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DMin
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
I am a trauma-informed therapist, who understands that traumatic memory lives in the body.
There are times when we know we need a thoughtful, compassionate and skillful listener to help us sort things out. I have helped many people move through life transitions and losses with resilience; resolve relationship problems and discern new directions for work, school and creative expression.
I am a trauma-informed therapist, who understands that traumatic memory lives in the body.
There are times when we know we need a thoughtful, compassionate and skillful listener to help us sort things out. I have helped many people move through life transitions and losses with resilience; resolve relationship problems and discern new directions for work, school and creative expression.
(215) 600-4723 View (215) 600-4723
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McPherson Clinical & Consulting Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, EMBA, LPC, NCC, CDWF
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wyncote, PA 19095
McPherson Clinical & Consulting Services is a BIPOC focused and LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health group practice located in Wyncote, PA that services the entire State of Pennsylvania. Featuring BIPOC clinicians with various intersectional identities and specialties, we strive to provide individualized, trauma-informed, and evidence based care for individuals (18+ years old), couples, families, and groups within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community.
McPherson Clinical & Consulting Services is a BIPOC focused and LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health group practice located in Wyncote, PA that services the entire State of Pennsylvania. Featuring BIPOC clinicians with various intersectional identities and specialties, we strive to provide individualized, trauma-informed, and evidence based care for individuals (18+ years old), couples, families, and groups within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community.
(267) 535-2110 View (267) 535-2110
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Emily Salkever-Scott
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jenkintown, PA 19046  (Online Only)
Trauma informed therapy, DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by, I am so glad that you are here & taking time to think about helping yourself &/or a loved one. Are you stressed, worried, feeling stuck, depressed, struggling with difficult emotions or a transition? My goal is to support you on this part of your Journey. Together, let’s find peace, purpose, self-compassion, joy, positive energy, & more reasons to hope. We all need support sometimes—me too! In therapy, I am Person-Centered & incorporate breathing, mindfulness, education, walking, nature, and the wisdom that lies within you. Because, no one knows you better than you! I look forward to meeting you soon.
Trauma informed therapy, DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by, I am so glad that you are here & taking time to think about helping yourself &/or a loved one. Are you stressed, worried, feeling stuck, depressed, struggling with difficult emotions or a transition? My goal is to support you on this part of your Journey. Together, let’s find peace, purpose, self-compassion, joy, positive energy, & more reasons to hope. We all need support sometimes—me too! In therapy, I am Person-Centered & incorporate breathing, mindfulness, education, walking, nature, and the wisdom that lies within you. Because, no one knows you better than you! I look forward to meeting you soon.
(484) 509-9821 View (484) 509-9821
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Rowan Gillian Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001
anxiety, domestic violence, OCD, infidelity, anger management, ADHD, rape, stress management, moral injury with Veterans, divorce, co-parenting, singleness, adult/parent child relationship issues, cross cultural issues, PTSD and boundary issues.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards achieving your full potential. My name is Rowan Moore and I have over 18 years of clinical experience in in-patient, partial day programs and outpatient settings. My experience with individual, family and marital therapy can be an asset to you. I provide online and phone counseling if you are unable to come to the office.
anxiety, domestic violence, OCD, infidelity, anger management, ADHD, rape, stress management, moral injury with Veterans, divorce, co-parenting, singleness, adult/parent child relationship issues, cross cultural issues, PTSD and boundary issues.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards achieving your full potential. My name is Rowan Moore and I have over 18 years of clinical experience in in-patient, partial day programs and outpatient settings. My experience with individual, family and marital therapy can be an asset to you. I provide online and phone counseling if you are unable to come to the office.
(267) 314-8151 View (267) 314-8151
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Carol Brockmon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Not Verified Not Verified
Wyncote, PA 19095
Not accepting new clients
I treat couples of all persuasions, and individuals with life-cycle issues, anxiety, depression, and issues related to trauma, sexual orientation and other cultural diversities.
When you work with me, as an individual or a couple, we discover the gentlest way to get right to the heart of the matter! That is my objective and my skill. Whether you are seeking growth and development for yourself, a better life as a couple, or healing practices and insights in your life and/or your relationships, I can help you experience your competencies, see possibilities, bear what must be borne, and connect with significant others in a satisfying way.
I treat couples of all persuasions, and individuals with life-cycle issues, anxiety, depression, and issues related to trauma, sexual orientation and other cultural diversities.
When you work with me, as an individual or a couple, we discover the gentlest way to get right to the heart of the matter! That is my objective and my skill. Whether you are seeking growth and development for yourself, a better life as a couple, or healing practices and insights in your life and/or your relationships, I can help you experience your competencies, see possibilities, bear what must be borne, and connect with significant others in a satisfying way.
(215) 995-3074 View (215) 995-3074
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Bri Kern
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Abington, PA 19001
As a somatic therapist, if you are experiencing anxiety/panic, trauma, intense grief, relationship issues, stuckness or feeling lost, depression or any number of issues, I approach treatment from a holistic necessity. Thoughts, feelings, and your body's responses need to be treated together. I use techniques that bring these different aspects of us back into communication with each other to reduces the intensity of upsetting memories, lessen fears/anxiety/numbness, and help build self-awareness, contentment, and confidence in the process. Please reach out! www.mindbodyheartcounseling.com / Free consult: call/text 484-378-9150
As a somatic therapist, if you are experiencing anxiety/panic, trauma, intense grief, relationship issues, stuckness or feeling lost, depression or any number of issues, I approach treatment from a holistic necessity. Thoughts, feelings, and your body's responses need to be treated together. I use techniques that bring these different aspects of us back into communication with each other to reduces the intensity of upsetting memories, lessen fears/anxiety/numbness, and help build self-awareness, contentment, and confidence in the process. Please reach out! www.mindbodyheartcounseling.com / Free consult: call/text 484-378-9150
(267) 356-4409 View (267) 356-4409

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Trauma and PTSD Therapists

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

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

How long does trauma therapy take?

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

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

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

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

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