Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Wynnewood, PA

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Beth Bickel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS , LMFT, CCTP
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096
My main practice is focused on treating trauma and attachment. My trauma training and education is broad and ongoing. I provide treatment to clients age 12 and over and have worked with survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect. I incorporate EMDR into my practice whenever applicable and use an integrative approach that includes attachment theory, IFS, mindfulness and trauma psychoeducation.
My main practice is focused on treating trauma and attachment. My trauma training and education is broad and ongoing. I provide treatment to clients age 12 and over and have worked with survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect. I incorporate EMDR into my practice whenever applicable and use an integrative approach that includes attachment theory, IFS, mindfulness and trauma psychoeducation.
(610) 638-7418 View (610) 638-7418
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Sharon Gera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW, CETII
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
I focus on working with attachment issues, grief and loss, trauma and addictions.
Now you realize you need a change in your life. You might have a direction or a vision, though not sure about the how. When you find it difficult to let go of the past, when the past keeps being a significant part of your present, it is time to seek professional help. Together, we can work through issues of grief, loss or painful and traumatic events in an atmosphere of respect, caring and safety. We will collaborate to understand and help you bring that change. I specialize in experiential therapy, Psychodrama and EMDR - integrative and effective therapies researched and recommended for the treatment a wide range of difficulties.
I focus on working with attachment issues, grief and loss, trauma and addictions.
Now you realize you need a change in your life. You might have a direction or a vision, though not sure about the how. When you find it difficult to let go of the past, when the past keeps being a significant part of your present, it is time to seek professional help. Together, we can work through issues of grief, loss or painful and traumatic events in an atmosphere of respect, caring and safety. We will collaborate to understand and help you bring that change. I specialize in experiential therapy, Psychodrama and EMDR - integrative and effective therapies researched and recommended for the treatment a wide range of difficulties.
(240) 802-8189 View (240) 802-8189
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Lynn Hope Friedman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Many people I work with are experiencing anxiety, emotional eating, trauma and trouble with their self esteem.
You life can feel better. Sometimes it is hard to believe it when you are struggling and feel stuck. Lets help empower you to live your life with understanding, authenticity, self love and compassion. What you feel matters. You will feel stronger, having techniques to address anxiety, depression and shame. I am certified in Brainspotting and EMDR which deeply enhance healing. Using the latest scientific research, we can help calm your nervous system, release shame and regain trust in yourself and your intuition. Feeling safe within yourself, you can create the life you want.
Many people I work with are experiencing anxiety, emotional eating, trauma and trouble with their self esteem.
You life can feel better. Sometimes it is hard to believe it when you are struggling and feel stuck. Lets help empower you to live your life with understanding, authenticity, self love and compassion. What you feel matters. You will feel stronger, having techniques to address anxiety, depression and shame. I am certified in Brainspotting and EMDR which deeply enhance healing. Using the latest scientific research, we can help calm your nervous system, release shame and regain trust in yourself and your intuition. Feeling safe within yourself, you can create the life you want.
(484) 786-0658 View (484) 786-0658
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Hannah Kliger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096
I also lecture and publish on the communicative legacies of love and loss in the aftermath of trauma and tragedy.
I am committed to working with individuals, couples, and family members to better comprehend their inner lives, enrich their connections with others, and feel more satisfied in their personal relationships as well as in workplace settings. My approach is influenced by my teaching and scholarship for over 25 years in understanding communication processes in relationships. I am licensed as a clinical social worker and a marriage and family therapist, and I am also an AASECT-certified sex therapist.
I also lecture and publish on the communicative legacies of love and loss in the aftermath of trauma and tragedy.
I am committed to working with individuals, couples, and family members to better comprehend their inner lives, enrich their connections with others, and feel more satisfied in their personal relationships as well as in workplace settings. My approach is influenced by my teaching and scholarship for over 25 years in understanding communication processes in relationships. I am licensed as a clinical social worker and a marriage and family therapist, and I am also an AASECT-certified sex therapist.
(610) 616-5818 View (610) 616-5818
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Mija Serrano | Anxiety | Trauma | Therapist |
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096  (Online Only)
I am also trained to provide EMDR for trauma & PTSD relief!.
For too long, you have been overwhelmed & burned out with what's happening in your life. You might be seeing it at home: you are feeling irritated with your partner and family & you don't feel good enough with your part of household responsibilities. Perhaps it’s at work: you can’t concentrate & it’s harder to keep up with all of your responsibilities like you used to. Maybe you are experiencing tension within your body & it is hard to relax. You are suffering & you are not sure how to get through it. No matter how these things are showing up for you, I am here to help you feel heard & to build the skills to get you through this!
I am also trained to provide EMDR for trauma & PTSD relief!.
For too long, you have been overwhelmed & burned out with what's happening in your life. You might be seeing it at home: you are feeling irritated with your partner and family & you don't feel good enough with your part of household responsibilities. Perhaps it’s at work: you can’t concentrate & it’s harder to keep up with all of your responsibilities like you used to. Maybe you are experiencing tension within your body & it is hard to relax. You are suffering & you are not sure how to get through it. No matter how these things are showing up for you, I am here to help you feel heard & to build the skills to get you through this!
(717) 510-1640 View (717) 510-1640
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Creative Play & Family Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT-S
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Having worked with the special victims unit, addictions, and mental health services for a combination of 26yrs, I have specialized training and insight to how individuals and families are impacted by anxiety & depression, trauma (physical/sexual/neglect,/emotional), attention/behavioral & school issues, emotional dysregulation & mood disorders, etc.
Frustrated? Confused? Don't understand what is troubling your child? Lets explore and work together so that we can help your child have a safe outlet for self-expression and work towards healing. As a licensed professional counselor & registered play therapist, my expertise is focused on children, teens, young adults, and families. Utilizing individual and family therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, and other creative treatment methods will allow patients to express themselves; allowing for exploration of issues that may be too difficult or painful to discuss with the spoken word.
Having worked with the special victims unit, addictions, and mental health services for a combination of 26yrs, I have specialized training and insight to how individuals and families are impacted by anxiety & depression, trauma (physical/sexual/neglect,/emotional), attention/behavioral & school issues, emotional dysregulation & mood disorders, etc.
Frustrated? Confused? Don't understand what is troubling your child? Lets explore and work together so that we can help your child have a safe outlet for self-expression and work towards healing. As a licensed professional counselor & registered play therapist, my expertise is focused on children, teens, young adults, and families. Utilizing individual and family therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, and other creative treatment methods will allow patients to express themselves; allowing for exploration of issues that may be too difficult or painful to discuss with the spoken word.
(215) 792-6822 View (215) 792-6822
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Williametta Simmons
Psychologist, PsyD, MBA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
I am also passionate about working with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, trauma (e.
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Having someone to talk to in a safe and confidential environment may help. I am a Licensed Psychologist with over 15 years of behavioral health experience. I work from a holistic approach that integrates various aspects of healing. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and client, in an effort to achieve optimal wellness and sustainable growth.
I am also passionate about working with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, trauma (e.
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Having someone to talk to in a safe and confidential environment may help. I am a Licensed Psychologist with over 15 years of behavioral health experience. I work from a holistic approach that integrates various aspects of healing. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and client, in an effort to achieve optimal wellness and sustainable growth.
(267) 544-1053 View (267) 544-1053
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Patricia Isakowitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
While I treat a wide range of problems and age groups, I specialize in depression, life transitions, trauma, relationship and parenting issues, adolescence and anxiety.
As a psychotherapist, my role is to create a safe environment where you can feel secure and supported to explore and be inquisitive about yourself. If you feel changes are needed in your life; if you are feeling depressed, fearful, ashamed, angry, stuck or confused, anxious or worried; or if you just can't stop self-defeating behaviors, you can benefit from therapy.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.Si siente que necesita cambios en su vida; si se siente deprimido, temeroso, avergonzado, enojado, o preocupado, o si no puede controlar los comportamientos autodestructivos, usted puede beneficiarse de la terapia.
While I treat a wide range of problems and age groups, I specialize in depression, life transitions, trauma, relationship and parenting issues, adolescence and anxiety.
As a psychotherapist, my role is to create a safe environment where you can feel secure and supported to explore and be inquisitive about yourself. If you feel changes are needed in your life; if you are feeling depressed, fearful, ashamed, angry, stuck or confused, anxious or worried; or if you just can't stop self-defeating behaviors, you can benefit from therapy.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.—.Si siente que necesita cambios en su vida; si se siente deprimido, temeroso, avergonzado, enojado, o preocupado, o si no puede controlar los comportamientos autodestructivos, usted puede beneficiarse de la terapia.
(215) 600-4830 View (215) 600-4830
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Jane M Hart
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Specialty areas include: ~ trauma desentization and recovery (as a certified EMDR therapist) ~ addictions and codependency recovery ~ mind/body issues ~ depression and anxiety ~ stress management ~ midlife transitions ~ intimacy issues.
You may be facing your first counseling experience or after years of working with other practitioners--willing to try again. When we first meet, I trust you will know you are safe and respected. I commit my full presence, deep interest, and willingness to be open to who you truly are. In other words, I am "teachable"--by you, for you and with you. And rather than fit you into a model, I will "learn and flex"--learn how you learn, change and grow and flex my skills, style and tools to find what works best for you.
Specialty areas include: ~ trauma desentization and recovery (as a certified EMDR therapist) ~ addictions and codependency recovery ~ mind/body issues ~ depression and anxiety ~ stress management ~ midlife transitions ~ intimacy issues.
You may be facing your first counseling experience or after years of working with other practitioners--willing to try again. When we first meet, I trust you will know you are safe and respected. I commit my full presence, deep interest, and willingness to be open to who you truly are. In other words, I am "teachable"--by you, for you and with you. And rather than fit you into a model, I will "learn and flex"--learn how you learn, change and grow and flex my skills, style and tools to find what works best for you.
(484) 668-1883 View (484) 668-1883
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Michele M Marsh
Psychologist, PhD, CST
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Waitlist for new clients
I am dedicated to helping each individual, couple or family find the keys to a happier and more satisfying life. To this end, I make a special effort to understand each person's dilemmas and what it would take to help them increase their experiences of joy and pleasure in their personal lives, one moment at a time. As the sources of pain emerge in therapy, I include each person's needs in the search for steps forward. My practice includes many individuals and couples who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship distress, sexual dissatisfaction and the effects of past trauma.
I am dedicated to helping each individual, couple or family find the keys to a happier and more satisfying life. To this end, I make a special effort to understand each person's dilemmas and what it would take to help them increase their experiences of joy and pleasure in their personal lives, one moment at a time. As the sources of pain emerge in therapy, I include each person's needs in the search for steps forward. My practice includes many individuals and couples who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship distress, sexual dissatisfaction and the effects of past trauma.
(267) 419-6419 View (267) 419-6419
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Elana Gotfried
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of trauma, addiction, depression, grief/loss, and emotional dysregulation. When your coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient, and you're feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, anxious, or disconnected, therapy is an opportunity to learn how to increase your ability to manage life's demands, improve your quality of life, and achieve the change you are looking for. Therapy will begin with a conversation about your hopes for our work. Together we will deepen our understanding of your concerns, and establish new ways of feeling and being in the world.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of trauma, addiction, depression, grief/loss, and emotional dysregulation. When your coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient, and you're feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, anxious, or disconnected, therapy is an opportunity to learn how to increase your ability to manage life's demands, improve your quality of life, and achieve the change you are looking for. Therapy will begin with a conversation about your hopes for our work. Together we will deepen our understanding of your concerns, and establish new ways of feeling and being in the world.
(484) 380-9191 View (484) 380-9191
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Brad Bernstein
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
I have specialized training in Prolonged exposure to address trauma related issues and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.
I work with clients by utilizing their strengths in order to find solutions to their emotional and behavioral concerns. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral techniques that are individualized to your needs and focusing on a collaborative relationship we will work together to improve your ability to cope with life's stressors. We will identify the negative thought patterns that interfere with your ability to reach your maximum potential by learning more adaptive thought patterns that don't interfere with what you hope to accomplish.
I have specialized training in Prolonged exposure to address trauma related issues and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.
I work with clients by utilizing their strengths in order to find solutions to their emotional and behavioral concerns. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral techniques that are individualized to your needs and focusing on a collaborative relationship we will work together to improve your ability to cope with life's stressors. We will identify the negative thought patterns that interfere with your ability to reach your maximum potential by learning more adaptive thought patterns that don't interfere with what you hope to accomplish.
(484) 494-2759 View (484) 494-2759
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Renee Suzanne Downey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096  (Online Only)
Do you feel unhappy, unfulfilled, or that you've lost yourself due to anxiety, depression or trauma? Do you find yourself ruminating, catastrophizing, or letting critical thoughts get the best of you? Are you always taking care of others but not yourself? Do you feel hopeless or beaten down? Are you having difficulties letting go of a loss? Do you want help feeling more in control, living up to your potential, or achieving your goals? Let me help you identify the root causes of your distress and help you to understand how it interferes with your life and relationships.
Do you feel unhappy, unfulfilled, or that you've lost yourself due to anxiety, depression or trauma? Do you find yourself ruminating, catastrophizing, or letting critical thoughts get the best of you? Are you always taking care of others but not yourself? Do you feel hopeless or beaten down? Are you having difficulties letting go of a loss? Do you want help feeling more in control, living up to your potential, or achieving your goals? Let me help you identify the root causes of your distress and help you to understand how it interferes with your life and relationships.
(610) 557-3348 View (610) 557-3348
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Sam Paris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
I am a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD. I believe in creating a relatable and safe space to work through the toughest parts of our past. While some trauma is overt, such as PTSD, other traumas can be hidden behind depression or anxiety. Emotional traumas can even arise from being raised by parents or guardians with personality disorders. I have over 10 years of experience using EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and somatic interventions to address various forms of trauma.
I am a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD. I believe in creating a relatable and safe space to work through the toughest parts of our past. While some trauma is overt, such as PTSD, other traumas can be hidden behind depression or anxiety. Emotional traumas can even arise from being raised by parents or guardians with personality disorders. I have over 10 years of experience using EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and somatic interventions to address various forms of trauma.
(484) 214-2825 View (484) 214-2825
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Daniel Chazin
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP, A-CBT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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Are you looking for a highly skilled, caring professional to help you or a motivated loved one break free from the grips of an anxiety, obsessive compulsive, or traumatic stress disorder? If so, Dr. Chazin may be the ideal match for you! With exceptional expertise and experience helping hundreds of adults and teens overcome a range of serious anxiety disorders and related issues, he combines use of the most effective, state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral treatments with a personalized and supportive approach to help clients gain understanding and strategies and master the problems and disorders they face.
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Are you looking for a highly skilled, caring professional to help you or a motivated loved one break free from the grips of an anxiety, obsessive compulsive, or traumatic stress disorder? If so, Dr. Chazin may be the ideal match for you! With exceptional expertise and experience helping hundreds of adults and teens overcome a range of serious anxiety disorders and related issues, he combines use of the most effective, state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral treatments with a personalized and supportive approach to help clients gain understanding and strategies and master the problems and disorders they face.
(267) 668-0142 View (267) 668-0142
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We Care Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096  (Online Only)
Client focus area clients with trauma, depression, anxiety. Individuals in the LGBTQ population.
Client focus area clients with trauma, depression, anxiety. Individuals in the LGBTQ population.
(610) 379-3910 View (610) 379-3910
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Sarah Rosenbaum
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Waitlist for new clients
My particular areas of interest include healing relationship conflicts, overcoming trauma, realizing personal potential and increasing workplace effectiveness.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups. I am classically trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and am also an experienced provider of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Using a variety of techniques and approaches, including mindfulness training, insight-oriented and behavioral change strategies, I adapt my style to suit the needs and personality of each client.
My particular areas of interest include healing relationship conflicts, overcoming trauma, realizing personal potential and increasing workplace effectiveness.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups. I am classically trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and am also an experienced provider of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Using a variety of techniques and approaches, including mindfulness training, insight-oriented and behavioral change strategies, I adapt my style to suit the needs and personality of each client.
(267) 390-4942 View (267) 390-4942
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Adrienne Blatcher
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096
My certifications and trainings include ACT and ACT for Trauma, Ashtanga Yoga 200-hour certification, Mindfulness training, and Positive/Psychology training.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who is National Board Certified in Counseling. With over a decade of experience in private practice working with adults, families, couples, teens, and young adults. Individuals' concerns include anxiety and depression, stress and coping skills, substance abuse and dependence, issues related to identity and esteem, peer relationships, social, emotional and behavioral issues, adult ADHD, and issues in school and work settings. In addition to these services I enjoy helping people by providing relationship coaching, and parenting coaching.
My certifications and trainings include ACT and ACT for Trauma, Ashtanga Yoga 200-hour certification, Mindfulness training, and Positive/Psychology training.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who is National Board Certified in Counseling. With over a decade of experience in private practice working with adults, families, couples, teens, and young adults. Individuals' concerns include anxiety and depression, stress and coping skills, substance abuse and dependence, issues related to identity and esteem, peer relationships, social, emotional and behavioral issues, adult ADHD, and issues in school and work settings. In addition to these services I enjoy helping people by providing relationship coaching, and parenting coaching.
(484) 534-4778 View (484) 534-4778
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Joy N Rosenthal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wynnewood, PA 19096  (Online Only)
I help my clients process issues of trauma and grief.
With over 30 years of experience I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, stress and the spectrum of mood disorders including bipolar disorder and borderline disorder. I have respect for each client in terms of where they are comfortable in the therapeutic relationship. we will access and employ numerous useful tools to incorporate for each need and appropriateness
I help my clients process issues of trauma and grief.
With over 30 years of experience I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, stress and the spectrum of mood disorders including bipolar disorder and borderline disorder. I have respect for each client in terms of where they are comfortable in the therapeutic relationship. we will access and employ numerous useful tools to incorporate for each need and appropriateness
(610) 634-8484 View (610) 634-8484
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Allena M Moncrief
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wynnewood, PA 19096  (Online Only)
I am a trauma- informed therapist with specialization in the areas of: self-esteem, relational conflict, sexual abuse, transgenerational trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Greetings, my name is Dr. Allena M. Moncrief and I have been providing therapeutic services to clients in Pennsylvania since 2010. I obtained my PhD from Drexel University in the field of Couple and Family Therapy in 2017. As a psychotherapist, I understand the decision to enter psychotherapy can be extremely challenging for some individuals. Thus, I strive to meet individuals where they are in the therapeutic process. This process involves helping individuals explore the root of their difficulties/roadblocks and assisting them with creating a roadmap that will lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
I am a trauma- informed therapist with specialization in the areas of: self-esteem, relational conflict, sexual abuse, transgenerational trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Greetings, my name is Dr. Allena M. Moncrief and I have been providing therapeutic services to clients in Pennsylvania since 2010. I obtained my PhD from Drexel University in the field of Couple and Family Therapy in 2017. As a psychotherapist, I understand the decision to enter psychotherapy can be extremely challenging for some individuals. Thus, I strive to meet individuals where they are in the therapeutic process. This process involves helping individuals explore the root of their difficulties/roadblocks and assisting them with creating a roadmap that will lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
(267) 314-6694 View (267) 314-6694
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.