Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Philadelphia, PA

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Emily Reynolds
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I have extensive experience in CBT, CPT for trauma, mindfulness-based approaches, and attachment theory.
In my work with my clients, I try to create a warm and empathic space where you can feel safe enough to reconnect to hope and purpose. I feel honored to be present with my clients as they navigate and explore their inner and outer lives, and bear witness to their healing and recovery. I have a specialty in trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and relational issues. Other mental health concerns I work with include substance abuse, depression, ADHD, self-harm, and stress management.
I have extensive experience in CBT, CPT for trauma, mindfulness-based approaches, and attachment theory.
In my work with my clients, I try to create a warm and empathic space where you can feel safe enough to reconnect to hope and purpose. I feel honored to be present with my clients as they navigate and explore their inner and outer lives, and bear witness to their healing and recovery. I have a specialty in trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and relational issues. Other mental health concerns I work with include substance abuse, depression, ADHD, self-harm, and stress management.
(484) 321-8311 View (484) 321-8311
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Ryan O'Laughlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Waitlist for new clients
I help those who are feeling stuck, trapped, confused & need help making sense of everything that is going on so that they can put it into words and grow. My therapy is a safe space for those who need support. My practice is trauma informed and non judgemental. My practice is also anti racist, sex positive, LGBTQIA+ competent, and gender affirming. I work with artists, college students, mothers, sex workers, nuerodivergent idividuals, queer and trans community, & people who struggle with anxiety & trauma. I also offer gender affirming surgery letters.
I help those who are feeling stuck, trapped, confused & need help making sense of everything that is going on so that they can put it into words and grow. My therapy is a safe space for those who need support. My practice is trauma informed and non judgemental. My practice is also anti racist, sex positive, LGBTQIA+ competent, and gender affirming. I work with artists, college students, mothers, sex workers, nuerodivergent idividuals, queer and trans community, & people who struggle with anxiety & trauma. I also offer gender affirming surgery letters.
(215) 586-4289 View (215) 586-4289
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Faith Niemcewicz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
With a degree in trauma & 2+ years in trauma-informed programs, I am well-versed in various forms of trauma and ways to cope with traumatic experiences, PTSD symptoms, etc.
Do you need support in stress management, life transitions, trauma, depression/anxiety, developing effective coping strategies, etc? Do you want to feel more "free" emotionally, mentally, & physically, wanting to improve your life for yourself and possible future relationships/children/family? My ideal client is motivated to engage in treatment and reach their goals of becoming more psychologically flexible and strengthening their connections with themselves and those meaningful relationships around them.
With a degree in trauma & 2+ years in trauma-informed programs, I am well-versed in various forms of trauma and ways to cope with traumatic experiences, PTSD symptoms, etc.
Do you need support in stress management, life transitions, trauma, depression/anxiety, developing effective coping strategies, etc? Do you want to feel more "free" emotionally, mentally, & physically, wanting to improve your life for yourself and possible future relationships/children/family? My ideal client is motivated to engage in treatment and reach their goals of becoming more psychologically flexible and strengthening their connections with themselves and those meaningful relationships around them.
(267) 389-9296 View (267) 389-9296
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Jessica White
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS , LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19128  (Online Only)
My style is collaborative, trauma-informed, respectful, and individually tailored to your needs.
Therapy can be both an immensely enriching and a challenging process, while the process of finding a therapist- one who is a good fit for you- well, that is usually just challenging. How to begin, when there are just so many options? My suggestion for you: take a deep breath, take your time, and trust your instincts. It is the counseling relationship- rather than a specific theoretical orientation or modality- that allows for lasting therapeutic change. We humans heal in relationship.
My style is collaborative, trauma-informed, respectful, and individually tailored to your needs.
Therapy can be both an immensely enriching and a challenging process, while the process of finding a therapist- one who is a good fit for you- well, that is usually just challenging. How to begin, when there are just so many options? My suggestion for you: take a deep breath, take your time, and trust your instincts. It is the counseling relationship- rather than a specific theoretical orientation or modality- that allows for lasting therapeutic change. We humans heal in relationship.
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Soul Transformation LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, MDiv, CTCP, CAMS-I
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19144  (Online Only)
There are many reasons you may be seeking therapy — marital and familial conflict, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, self-esteem, sexual abuse, domestic violence, or relationships are among the most common reasons. Perhaps you have asked yourself questions such as “how long will this pain last?” “when will I be good enough?” “how can I learn to love myself” “Why me?’ "How do I get out?" I want you to know you are not alone! Together we can explore your needs. You want to be happy, let's explore the barriers keeping you from living the best version of you. You need tools to navigate life, let's create a road map.
There are many reasons you may be seeking therapy — marital and familial conflict, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, self-esteem, sexual abuse, domestic violence, or relationships are among the most common reasons. Perhaps you have asked yourself questions such as “how long will this pain last?” “when will I be good enough?” “how can I learn to love myself” “Why me?’ "How do I get out?" I want you to know you are not alone! Together we can explore your needs. You want to be happy, let's explore the barriers keeping you from living the best version of you. You need tools to navigate life, let's create a road map.
(215) 770-3917 View (215) 770-3917
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Eriach Fox
Licensed Professional Counselor, MHS, LPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19146
With 25 years of experience in behavior health services, I can create a compassionate and supportive environment to begin working with parts of you that have become stuck by using psychodynamic and trauma-focused approaches such as EMDR therapy, internal family systems (IFS), ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, (KAP), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
Many of us may become stuck at different stages in our lives for myriad reasons. Its possible you may or may not be aware of what events may have led to this which can manifest in mental health and/or substance use difficulties. Examples range from traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, and death of loved ones; oft under-emphasized circumstances such as daily stress, breakups, life changes/transitions, and loss of employment; or broader systemic issues such as racism, poverty, and other types of discrimination. If you are looking to identify the stuck parts to help all of you move forward, this is a good place to start.
With 25 years of experience in behavior health services, I can create a compassionate and supportive environment to begin working with parts of you that have become stuck by using psychodynamic and trauma-focused approaches such as EMDR therapy, internal family systems (IFS), ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, (KAP), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
Many of us may become stuck at different stages in our lives for myriad reasons. Its possible you may or may not be aware of what events may have led to this which can manifest in mental health and/or substance use difficulties. Examples range from traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, and death of loved ones; oft under-emphasized circumstances such as daily stress, breakups, life changes/transitions, and loss of employment; or broader systemic issues such as racism, poverty, and other types of discrimination. If you are looking to identify the stuck parts to help all of you move forward, this is a good place to start.
(215) 469-1932 View (215) 469-1932
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Brian V Gallagher
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19118
I have been a practicing psychologist since 2008. I prioritize using evidenced based methods and interventions in order to help you improve your mood, overcome fears or enhance your relationships. I have been trained in CBT, mindfulness based therapeutic approaches and a variety of empirically supported treatments. I specialize in working with trauma, anxiety related disorders and depression.
I have been a practicing psychologist since 2008. I prioritize using evidenced based methods and interventions in order to help you improve your mood, overcome fears or enhance your relationships. I have been trained in CBT, mindfulness based therapeutic approaches and a variety of empirically supported treatments. I specialize in working with trauma, anxiety related disorders and depression.
(267) 281-3107 View (267) 281-3107
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Alicia Chatterjee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSEd, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19119  (Online Only)
It is brave to seek out help on your path to healing. Many of us get the message that healing is an individual journey but trauma and healing are rooted in the context in which we live. Healing is a process that is made possible by building loving connection with ourselves and others.
It is brave to seek out help on your path to healing. Many of us get the message that healing is an individual journey but trauma and healing are rooted in the context in which we live. Healing is a process that is made possible by building loving connection with ourselves and others.
(267) 209-6903 x706 View (267) 209-6903 x706
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Charles Tyson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19125  (Online Only)
I have worked with folks across a wide array of presenting concerns, including managing symptoms of anxiety, mood dysregulation, and depression, healing with/from trauma, managing grief and loss, recovery from substance abuse and addiction, chronic illness, & LGBT issues.
Deeply passionate about social justice and facilitating and guiding positive change and development in the lives of others, I am thrilled to connect with you as you begin your journey inward. Healing is truly the risk of showing up for yourself and your resistance to temptation to go back to unsilenced needs, numbing out, disconnection, and erasure. As a black, gender non-binary Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I have a personal stake and insight into the work I do. My clinical practice aims to empower and heal individuals, families & communities through therapy, consulting, case management, training, & community outreach.
I have worked with folks across a wide array of presenting concerns, including managing symptoms of anxiety, mood dysregulation, and depression, healing with/from trauma, managing grief and loss, recovery from substance abuse and addiction, chronic illness, & LGBT issues.
Deeply passionate about social justice and facilitating and guiding positive change and development in the lives of others, I am thrilled to connect with you as you begin your journey inward. Healing is truly the risk of showing up for yourself and your resistance to temptation to go back to unsilenced needs, numbing out, disconnection, and erasure. As a black, gender non-binary Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I have a personal stake and insight into the work I do. My clinical practice aims to empower and heal individuals, families & communities through therapy, consulting, case management, training, & community outreach.
(267) 323-4833 View (267) 323-4833
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Liz Nolan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Hello! I'm an LMFT who is passionate about helping people establish and maintain meaningful connections in their lives through familial, peer, and intimate relationships. I’m trained systemically and enjoy helping people explore how various aspects of their lives (e.g., family upbringing, societal influences, personal experiences) influence the way they make meaning of their lives. I take a collaborative approach with clients to identify sustainable solutions to old and new problems, and I specialize in eating disorders (HAES-informed), sexual orientation, trauma, and ADHD.
Hello! I'm an LMFT who is passionate about helping people establish and maintain meaningful connections in their lives through familial, peer, and intimate relationships. I’m trained systemically and enjoy helping people explore how various aspects of their lives (e.g., family upbringing, societal influences, personal experiences) influence the way they make meaning of their lives. I take a collaborative approach with clients to identify sustainable solutions to old and new problems, and I specialize in eating disorders (HAES-informed), sexual orientation, trauma, and ADHD.
(267) 573-8212 View (267) 573-8212
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Zita Carroll
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Waitlist for new clients
I am a certified EMDR clinician and specialize in the treatment of trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD and subsequent relationship issues.
Having the tools we need to navigate our way through life's challenges is often the key to greater happiness and fulfillment. I believe that human beings start from a place of health and resilience. When we have difficult or traumatic experiences, we can often be sidetracked by self-doubt, anxiety, depression and more. This can make life and relationships feel overwhelming, confusing and at times unmanageable. Therapy provides a safe space to explore and understand ourselves better while also developing the tools we need to move forward. Through this process, we can begin to heal from the past while creating a more intentional future.
I am a certified EMDR clinician and specialize in the treatment of trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD and subsequent relationship issues.
Having the tools we need to navigate our way through life's challenges is often the key to greater happiness and fulfillment. I believe that human beings start from a place of health and resilience. When we have difficult or traumatic experiences, we can often be sidetracked by self-doubt, anxiety, depression and more. This can make life and relationships feel overwhelming, confusing and at times unmanageable. Therapy provides a safe space to explore and understand ourselves better while also developing the tools we need to move forward. Through this process, we can begin to heal from the past while creating a more intentional future.
(215) 660-3184 View (215) 660-3184
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Laura Hawley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, Lic, Ac
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I've helped many people challenged by family history, trauma, anxiety, depression, overwhelm, burnout, isolation, grief and chronic illness to resolve difficulties at work, home or in relationships.
It is hard being a person. We often engage in patterns of feeling, thought and action that reliably lead to suffering. These patterns arise in response to difficult and even traumatic experiences. They made good sense at some point, but now get in the way, causing anxiety, depression, shame and frustration. I work with people to bring increased awareness to the human potential caught up in old patterns, and via that awareness, to an enhanced sense of choice and self confidence and ease. My work draws on your wisdom, as well as my own.
I've helped many people challenged by family history, trauma, anxiety, depression, overwhelm, burnout, isolation, grief and chronic illness to resolve difficulties at work, home or in relationships.
It is hard being a person. We often engage in patterns of feeling, thought and action that reliably lead to suffering. These patterns arise in response to difficult and even traumatic experiences. They made good sense at some point, but now get in the way, causing anxiety, depression, shame and frustration. I work with people to bring increased awareness to the human potential caught up in old patterns, and via that awareness, to an enhanced sense of choice and self confidence and ease. My work draws on your wisdom, as well as my own.
(215) 515-6272 View (215) 515-6272
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Michelle Hurtt
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19124  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Michelle Hurtt, a seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor based in Pennsylvania with over 16 years of experience in the mental health domain.I hold the title of Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), continually advancing my understanding of trauma. My passion lies in supporting women who have endured trauma, particularly survivors of sexual trauma, childhood sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Additionally, I specialize in addressing various behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, grief, and PTSD.
Hi! I'm Michelle Hurtt, a seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor based in Pennsylvania with over 16 years of experience in the mental health domain.I hold the title of Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), continually advancing my understanding of trauma. My passion lies in supporting women who have endured trauma, particularly survivors of sexual trauma, childhood sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Additionally, I specialize in addressing various behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, grief, and PTSD.
(215) 267-5719 View (215) 267-5719
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The Counselor's Heart Therapeutic Services
Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, LBC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19136  (Online Only)
As a Messianic Jewish Believer in Yeshua (Jesus) as my L-rd and Savior, I believe that Counselors are born and not made, As stated in Isaiah 9:6. When requested, providing Christian-based therapy to those who need a holistic approach. I am a licensed professional counselor at NCC in Pennsylvania with 25-plus years of experience as a psychotherapist, LBC, and Minister. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma, anxiety, marital, couples, and family issues, depression, and youth & teens. Working in diverse settings: prisons, Outpatient, schools, churches, and inpatient.
As a Messianic Jewish Believer in Yeshua (Jesus) as my L-rd and Savior, I believe that Counselors are born and not made, As stated in Isaiah 9:6. When requested, providing Christian-based therapy to those who need a holistic approach. I am a licensed professional counselor at NCC in Pennsylvania with 25-plus years of experience as a psychotherapist, LBC, and Minister. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including trauma, anxiety, marital, couples, and family issues, depression, and youth & teens. Working in diverse settings: prisons, Outpatient, schools, churches, and inpatient.
(215) 703-2624 View (215) 703-2624
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Grace Molloy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ESFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19129  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individual and family therapy services. I am LGBTQ-affirming and specialize in working with teens, young adults, and families around depression, suicidality, gender and sexuality, neurodiversity, and trauma. Therapy can be a vulnerable and formative process, and it is important to find a therapist that feels like a good fit for you! I practice from a relational, social-justice-oriented, trauma-informed, systemic lens. I believe that change comes from authentic connection between a client and a therapist, involvement of a supportive network, and a mutual collaboration around treatment.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individual and family therapy services. I am LGBTQ-affirming and specialize in working with teens, young adults, and families around depression, suicidality, gender and sexuality, neurodiversity, and trauma. Therapy can be a vulnerable and formative process, and it is important to find a therapist that feels like a good fit for you! I practice from a relational, social-justice-oriented, trauma-informed, systemic lens. I believe that change comes from authentic connection between a client and a therapist, involvement of a supportive network, and a mutual collaboration around treatment.
(215) 392-4097 View (215) 392-4097
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Tara Bailey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I specialize in the treatment of complex trauma and have extensive training, supervision, and experience working with dissociative disorders including Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Many people choose to enter therapy to gain a deeper understanding of themselves – their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in addition to problems in their interpersonal relationships.  Oftentimes, the issues we face in the present stem from painful experiences in the past.  As a result of these experiences, we develop ways of coping in the world – some continue to serve us well and others may get in the way of us living a more fulfilling life. I offer a warm, non-judgmental, and safe environment for exploration, healing, and growth.
I specialize in the treatment of complex trauma and have extensive training, supervision, and experience working with dissociative disorders including Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Many people choose to enter therapy to gain a deeper understanding of themselves – their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in addition to problems in their interpersonal relationships.  Oftentimes, the issues we face in the present stem from painful experiences in the past.  As a result of these experiences, we develop ways of coping in the world – some continue to serve us well and others may get in the way of us living a more fulfilling life. I offer a warm, non-judgmental, and safe environment for exploration, healing, and growth.
(215) 709-2784 View (215) 709-2784
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Eliot Klein
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MT-BC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19129
I am a professional counselor and board-certified music therapist, as well as a certified clinical trauma professional.
I work with individuals, couples and groups from a perspective of harm reduction, systemic awareness and cultural humility. Many people who work with me identify as having one or more of the following conditions: PTSD, C-PTSD, trauma (individual, legacy, systemic), depression, anxiety, addictions (substance or process), OCD, bipolar disorder, developmental disorders, chronic pain, and relationship issues. I am comfortable working with people of all ages.
I am a professional counselor and board-certified music therapist, as well as a certified clinical trauma professional.
I work with individuals, couples and groups from a perspective of harm reduction, systemic awareness and cultural humility. Many people who work with me identify as having one or more of the following conditions: PTSD, C-PTSD, trauma (individual, legacy, systemic), depression, anxiety, addictions (substance or process), OCD, bipolar disorder, developmental disorders, chronic pain, and relationship issues. I am comfortable working with people of all ages.
(215) 999-6409 View (215) 999-6409
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Melanie Rychok
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
We all face difficulties in our lives and in our relationships. If you have painful memories of traumatic events, there is help and there is hope. Whatever may be getting in your way we can find a path through it. Together we can engage in the process of healing from past hurt, trauma, and pain to a sense of peace, wholeness, and wellbeing.
We all face difficulties in our lives and in our relationships. If you have painful memories of traumatic events, there is help and there is hope. Whatever may be getting in your way we can find a path through it. Together we can engage in the process of healing from past hurt, trauma, and pain to a sense of peace, wholeness, and wellbeing.
(267) 603-3101 View (267) 603-3101
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Emily E Carner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I work comfortably with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and people within the LGBTQ community. In my practice I see adults, adolescents, and couples. I have a direct, interpersonal style in which I support and assist individuals in meeting their personal goals while helping them to process past and present issues related to trauma, child abuse/neglect, addiction(s), grief and loss, depression, or anxiety that may be interfering with their progress. I approach my clinical practice from a socially conscious perspective, working always to view personal difficulties within the sociocultural context in which we live.
I work comfortably with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and people within the LGBTQ community. In my practice I see adults, adolescents, and couples. I have a direct, interpersonal style in which I support and assist individuals in meeting their personal goals while helping them to process past and present issues related to trauma, child abuse/neglect, addiction(s), grief and loss, depression, or anxiety that may be interfering with their progress. I approach my clinical practice from a socially conscious perspective, working always to view personal difficulties within the sociocultural context in which we live.
(215) 995-5017 View (215) 995-5017
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Jennifer V Kulka
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19123  (Online Only)
I can help you cope and heal from sexual and relationship trauma. Trauma can fracture who you are as a person. It can make you feel unlike yourself, distant from others, changed forever. This does not have to be permanent. Together, we can build resilience, access your strengths, and free you from your past. Learning to understand your trauma, manage symptoms, change patterns, and increase self-esteem can help you cultivate the life and meaningful relationships that you want. Most of my clients have experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood abuse, systemic oppression, and/or violence from a partner.
I can help you cope and heal from sexual and relationship trauma. Trauma can fracture who you are as a person. It can make you feel unlike yourself, distant from others, changed forever. This does not have to be permanent. Together, we can build resilience, access your strengths, and free you from your past. Learning to understand your trauma, manage symptoms, change patterns, and increase self-esteem can help you cultivate the life and meaningful relationships that you want. Most of my clients have experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood abuse, systemic oppression, and/or violence from a partner.
(267) 497-2204 View (267) 497-2204

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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.