Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Memphis, TN

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Tiarra Faulkner
Counselor, LCPC, LPCMHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38138  (Online Only)
Are you feeling depressed, hopeless, or not sure how to work through some past hurts and traumas you may have experienced? Are you dealing with anxiety in your relationships or not sure how to uncover your own identity? If so, I would love to help you. I have extensive experience in working with trauma, relationship trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and life transitions. Everyone has a story that has defined their life up until this moment. It is my commitment to help you feel empowered to be the author of your own story.
Are you feeling depressed, hopeless, or not sure how to work through some past hurts and traumas you may have experienced? Are you dealing with anxiety in your relationships or not sure how to uncover your own identity? If so, I would love to help you. I have extensive experience in working with trauma, relationship trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and life transitions. Everyone has a story that has defined their life up until this moment. It is my commitment to help you feel empowered to be the author of your own story.
(901) 660-9360 View (901) 660-9360
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Chase Spiegel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38112
I am a nationally recognized Trauma Specialist for treatment of PTSD, with over 30 years of experience, including several years with the Veterans Administration.
Ready to talk about and deal with your trauma? Tired of your past traumatic experiences impacting the way you see yourself, your relationships and the world? I can help you face what happened to you or a loved one and assist you in finding balance after a tragic experience. The Purple Brain program is an effective trauma treatment program that takes just 12 weeks; that’s the equivalent of a college semester or three months of therapy. The program combines group and individual sessions, and all appointments are online.
I am a nationally recognized Trauma Specialist for treatment of PTSD, with over 30 years of experience, including several years with the Veterans Administration.
Ready to talk about and deal with your trauma? Tired of your past traumatic experiences impacting the way you see yourself, your relationships and the world? I can help you face what happened to you or a loved one and assist you in finding balance after a tragic experience. The Purple Brain program is an effective trauma treatment program that takes just 12 weeks; that’s the equivalent of a college semester or three months of therapy. The program combines group and individual sessions, and all appointments are online.
(901) 657-3191 View (901) 657-3191
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Brittany Wood
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSEd, P-LPC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
I have an extensive background working with individuals who have depression, OCD, anxiety, LGBTQ+ concerns and needs, low self-esteem, grief, and difficulty with life transitions, as well as the specialized treatment of severe and/or complex trauma and abuse.
I am dedicated to supporting individuals in their journey towards healing and well-being. l strive to provide a compassionate and safe space for individuals to explore their experiences and work towards healing. Drawing upon evidence-based therapeutic approaches, I tailor my counseling sessions to meet the unique needs of each client. I believe in the power of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, where individuals feel empowered and supported as they navigate their healing process. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, IFS, IFT, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Therapy.
I have an extensive background working with individuals who have depression, OCD, anxiety, LGBTQ+ concerns and needs, low self-esteem, grief, and difficulty with life transitions, as well as the specialized treatment of severe and/or complex trauma and abuse.
I am dedicated to supporting individuals in their journey towards healing and well-being. l strive to provide a compassionate and safe space for individuals to explore their experiences and work towards healing. Drawing upon evidence-based therapeutic approaches, I tailor my counseling sessions to meet the unique needs of each client. I believe in the power of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, where individuals feel empowered and supported as they navigate their healing process. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, IFS, IFT, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Therapy.
(731) 237-0889 View (731) 237-0889
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Jessica Peeler
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPCtemp
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Through a client-centered approach and an integration of the mind-body connection, I have a desire to work with those facing trauma, attachment issues, family of origin issues, anxiety, depression, codependency, and grief. When we're able to tell the truth that life is hard and ask for help, we begin to taste freedom from the bondage of life’s pains. Thank you to all my past, present, and future clients. The hard work of telling the truth and asking for help can be so very hard and you are all some of the most courageous people I know.
Through a client-centered approach and an integration of the mind-body connection, I have a desire to work with those facing trauma, attachment issues, family of origin issues, anxiety, depression, codependency, and grief. When we're able to tell the truth that life is hard and ask for help, we begin to taste freedom from the bondage of life’s pains. Thank you to all my past, present, and future clients. The hard work of telling the truth and asking for help can be so very hard and you are all some of the most courageous people I know.
(901) 554-4852 x4 View (901) 554-4852 x4
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Krystin Coldwell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38137
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, sleep problems, and depression.
At one point or another, we all experience stress. Often we are able to manage stress effectively and grow through our struggles. Unfortunately, some circumstances such as major life transitions, relationship problems, memories of painful situations from the past, or other major stressors, can overwhelm our ability to cope. When this occurs, people may experience symptoms such as sleep difficulty, changes in daily behaviors, low motivation, tension or irritability. In difficult times, speaking to a compassionate professional can help struggling individuals find hope, learn new skills , and improve their quality of life.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, sleep problems, and depression.
At one point or another, we all experience stress. Often we are able to manage stress effectively and grow through our struggles. Unfortunately, some circumstances such as major life transitions, relationship problems, memories of painful situations from the past, or other major stressors, can overwhelm our ability to cope. When this occurs, people may experience symptoms such as sleep difficulty, changes in daily behaviors, low motivation, tension or irritability. In difficult times, speaking to a compassionate professional can help struggling individuals find hope, learn new skills , and improve their quality of life.
(901) 390-9477 View (901) 390-9477
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Kimberly Henderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
I help clients with trauma, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, family counseling, and parenting skills.
Have you been struggling to get through life lately? Maybe you often feel anxious, burned out, overwhelmed, or as if want to give up. Yes, life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes these twists and turns can make you feel as if you are going to lose control. Whether this is a new feeling for you or it is an old, reoccurring feeling I am here to help. Giving up is not the answer, but seeking help is the key. Imagine not constantly feeling overwhelmed, burned out, worried, depressed or anxious. I will assist you in your journey towards a place of peaceful balanced living. I invite you to schedule an appointment with me today.
I help clients with trauma, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, family counseling, and parenting skills.
Have you been struggling to get through life lately? Maybe you often feel anxious, burned out, overwhelmed, or as if want to give up. Yes, life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes these twists and turns can make you feel as if you are going to lose control. Whether this is a new feeling for you or it is an old, reoccurring feeling I am here to help. Giving up is not the answer, but seeking help is the key. Imagine not constantly feeling overwhelmed, burned out, worried, depressed or anxious. I will assist you in your journey towards a place of peaceful balanced living. I invite you to schedule an appointment with me today.
(901) 586-3657 View (901) 586-3657
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Demarcus Davis
Counselor, JD, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
Additionally, I am a Levell II trained EMDR clinician specializing in trauma resolution.
I am here to provide high quality service in the shortest time possible in order to help you get on with living a happy and healthy life. I have over 25 years experience in a wide variety of settings. My greatest strength is the ability to relate to you based on your unique needs. After a short phone call, I will help you decide if I or another professional might be a good fit for your needs.
Additionally, I am a Levell II trained EMDR clinician specializing in trauma resolution.
I am here to provide high quality service in the shortest time possible in order to help you get on with living a happy and healthy life. I have over 25 years experience in a wide variety of settings. My greatest strength is the ability to relate to you based on your unique needs. After a short phone call, I will help you decide if I or another professional might be a good fit for your needs.
(901) 329-8579 View (901) 329-8579
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Archandria Owens
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
I would love to work with you! My specialty areas are coping with and healing from racial trauma, childhood and family of origin trauma, grief and loss, religious and spiritual issues, and phase of life/life transition concerns.
Do you ever feel like your choices are limited and like your movement towards growth is stunted? Therapy provides the opportunity to tap into the wisdom of how to live a more fulfilling life that is hidden within all of us, but at times feels out of reach. My work is to facilitate deep exploration of who you are, your needs, what propels you towards change, and what shapes the choices you make in your life. You can re-write the remaining parts of your life's story because you will have access to the author again: YOU.
I would love to work with you! My specialty areas are coping with and healing from racial trauma, childhood and family of origin trauma, grief and loss, religious and spiritual issues, and phase of life/life transition concerns.
Do you ever feel like your choices are limited and like your movement towards growth is stunted? Therapy provides the opportunity to tap into the wisdom of how to live a more fulfilling life that is hidden within all of us, but at times feels out of reach. My work is to facilitate deep exploration of who you are, your needs, what propels you towards change, and what shapes the choices you make in your life. You can re-write the remaining parts of your life's story because you will have access to the author again: YOU.
(901) 329-8334 View (901) 329-8334
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Kionna Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38132
That said, I provide a range of treatment modalities to include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy (TF-CBT), and Play Therapy.
Sometimes the hardest part is taking your first step toward bettering your life. You may not know where to begin? Are you feeling overwhelmed with your day-to-day life responsibilities? Struggling with motivation or feeling hopeless? Do you feel things from your past are coming up and preventing you from maximizing your potential? Do you just need to vent and get unbiased feedback? I can help you navigate these things piece by piece and get you on the road to your best self. Therapy can help you develop a new perspective and coping skills to manage your life stressors.
That said, I provide a range of treatment modalities to include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy (TF-CBT), and Play Therapy.
Sometimes the hardest part is taking your first step toward bettering your life. You may not know where to begin? Are you feeling overwhelmed with your day-to-day life responsibilities? Struggling with motivation or feeling hopeless? Do you feel things from your past are coming up and preventing you from maximizing your potential? Do you just need to vent and get unbiased feedback? I can help you navigate these things piece by piece and get you on the road to your best self. Therapy can help you develop a new perspective and coping skills to manage your life stressors.
(901) 808-8896 View (901) 808-8896
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Dr. Cassandra Denise Clariett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DMin, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38109  (Online Only)
Mental Health is Our Passion and Helping People Heal is Our Purpose! Fresh or Frozen, Trauma Can Impact You In More Ways Than You Know! As Your Therapist, I am Here to Empower and Assist You In Living a Wholesome Life. You can expect to start your path to healing with Dr. Cassandra Clariett, LCSW-TN, AZ, right away.
Mental Health is Our Passion and Helping People Heal is Our Purpose! Fresh or Frozen, Trauma Can Impact You In More Ways Than You Know! As Your Therapist, I am Here to Empower and Assist You In Living a Wholesome Life. You can expect to start your path to healing with Dr. Cassandra Clariett, LCSW-TN, AZ, right away.
(901) 350-6858 View (901) 350-6858
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Fredrick Gillam Jr.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
Challenges are a part of life. When challenges cause grief, trauma, excessive stress, sadness, anxiety, and or unmanaged anger, counseling can be an affective tool to help get you through it. If you are looking to improve your mood, build self esteem, strenghthen relationship(s), or work through problems in school or at work, Aesthetic Life Counseling Services is the resource for you.
Challenges are a part of life. When challenges cause grief, trauma, excessive stress, sadness, anxiety, and or unmanaged anger, counseling can be an affective tool to help get you through it. If you are looking to improve your mood, build self esteem, strenghthen relationship(s), or work through problems in school or at work, Aesthetic Life Counseling Services is the resource for you.
(901) 877-2469 View (901) 877-2469
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Heather Thomasson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
Heather offers support from a client-centered perspective that includes positive affirmations, heavy emphasis on self-compassion, challenging of unhealthy thoughts, and building upon skills to allow you to live your best life. Heather has extensive training to promote trauma resolution through EMDR and TF-CBT trainings. Heather has a strong passion for working with people as they navigate both pregnancy and postpartum adjustments. She works with fertility struggles, pregnancy loss and infant loss, in addition to perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
Heather offers support from a client-centered perspective that includes positive affirmations, heavy emphasis on self-compassion, challenging of unhealthy thoughts, and building upon skills to allow you to live your best life. Heather has extensive training to promote trauma resolution through EMDR and TF-CBT trainings. Heather has a strong passion for working with people as they navigate both pregnancy and postpartum adjustments. She works with fertility struggles, pregnancy loss and infant loss, in addition to perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
(901) 350-2515 View (901) 350-2515
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Shelly L Wilkerson
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MS, MHSP, CSP-S, NCC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104
I am a certified practitioner & supervisor of SomEx(sm), a cutting-edge treatment modality combining experiential & somatic techniques to treat trauma & addiction.
I believe connection to self & others is central to human life. As a result, I prioritize cultivating a secure, therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, authenticity, & consistency. From this base, I have the honor of supporting clients as they foster a deep level of restoration & growth. I have worked with a variety of individuals across multiple settings, guiding them on a healing journey from familial/relational dysfunction, grief/loss, attachment wounds, & various forms of dependency (chemical & process), among other things.
I am a certified practitioner & supervisor of SomEx(sm), a cutting-edge treatment modality combining experiential & somatic techniques to treat trauma & addiction.
I believe connection to self & others is central to human life. As a result, I prioritize cultivating a secure, therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, authenticity, & consistency. From this base, I have the honor of supporting clients as they foster a deep level of restoration & growth. I have worked with a variety of individuals across multiple settings, guiding them on a healing journey from familial/relational dysfunction, grief/loss, attachment wounds, & various forms of dependency (chemical & process), among other things.
(901) 403-7718 View (901) 403-7718
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Angela Marie Brignole
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
My therapeutic approach centers on non-judgmental, holistic therapy and trauma informed care.
Welcome, I'm happy to share a little about my clinical practice with you. I have 20 yrs of clinical experience utilizing evidence-based modalities that include EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT and CBT-I), solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), ACT, CPT, psychodynamic, relapse and crisis prevention. In the span of my career, I've worked with numerous populations that include individuals in acute and outpatient psychiatry, as well as perinatology, and active duty special operations service members.
My therapeutic approach centers on non-judgmental, holistic therapy and trauma informed care.
Welcome, I'm happy to share a little about my clinical practice with you. I have 20 yrs of clinical experience utilizing evidence-based modalities that include EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT and CBT-I), solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), ACT, CPT, psychodynamic, relapse and crisis prevention. In the span of my career, I've worked with numerous populations that include individuals in acute and outpatient psychiatry, as well as perinatology, and active duty special operations service members.
(901) 665-3589 View (901) 665-3589
Karen Brownd
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP-S, CSAT-S
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
I work with clients, couples, families to learn about: Healthy Communication skills; Substance Use Recovery, Trauma focused therapy, Mental/Physical/Emotional/Sexual abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships.
I believe people of all ages experience problematic situations or events that create the "Core Beliefs" we hold deep inside. These beliefs can help you feel more confident in the person you want to be while the negative core beliefs can hold you back from growing and living a happy and satisfying life. Clients I see want to know the why or what happened to me that holds me back from being the "real me". I want to give and receive love. I want to be honest with myself and with the people I love. I want to be heard and not judged. I just want to find happiness, acceptance, and pride in myself versus living in shame, anger and fear.
I work with clients, couples, families to learn about: Healthy Communication skills; Substance Use Recovery, Trauma focused therapy, Mental/Physical/Emotional/Sexual abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships.
I believe people of all ages experience problematic situations or events that create the "Core Beliefs" we hold deep inside. These beliefs can help you feel more confident in the person you want to be while the negative core beliefs can hold you back from growing and living a happy and satisfying life. Clients I see want to know the why or what happened to me that holds me back from being the "real me". I want to give and receive love. I want to be honest with myself and with the people I love. I want to be heard and not judged. I just want to find happiness, acceptance, and pride in myself versus living in shame, anger and fear.
(901) 657-1340 View (901) 657-1340
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Sarah Lebovitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104
I am a clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and Post-traumatic stress disorder using different approaches, including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems and EMDR. I have a special interest in working with clients with body image and disordered eating issues. I am specially trained in play therapy and work with children as young as 4 years old. I have 20+ years of experience in working with clients who have traumatic life experiences, including sexual assault and other types of violence.
I am a clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and Post-traumatic stress disorder using different approaches, including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems and EMDR. I have a special interest in working with clients with body image and disordered eating issues. I am specially trained in play therapy and work with children as young as 4 years old. I have 20+ years of experience in working with clients who have traumatic life experiences, including sexual assault and other types of violence.
(901) 300-4142 View (901) 300-4142
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Dr. DeAvila Ford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DBH, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38125  (Online Only)
DeAvila has a wealth of knowledge including, but not limited to: depression resolution, anxiety, grief, relationship conflict with family/friends/partners, trauma resolution, life adjustments, stress management, self-care, etc.
You have always given your all in your relationships. Whether it was with your parent, friends, or intimate partners; you wanted healthy relationships in your life. However, you often ended up feeling like you were not enough for any of them. You often felt rejected and disposable. You didn’t realize that this would impact you, but it has. Now, you often isolate yourself or just remain in relationships with toxic people who often use you for what they need and discard you. You have never felt good enough and often wondered if you would truly ever be loved adequately.
DeAvila has a wealth of knowledge including, but not limited to: depression resolution, anxiety, grief, relationship conflict with family/friends/partners, trauma resolution, life adjustments, stress management, self-care, etc.
You have always given your all in your relationships. Whether it was with your parent, friends, or intimate partners; you wanted healthy relationships in your life. However, you often ended up feeling like you were not enough for any of them. You often felt rejected and disposable. You didn’t realize that this would impact you, but it has. Now, you often isolate yourself or just remain in relationships with toxic people who often use you for what they need and discard you. You have never felt good enough and often wondered if you would truly ever be loved adequately.
(901) 612-3828 View (901) 612-3828
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Stephanie Maddox
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
I am passionate about helping people with a variety of issues, especially those who are/have been in abusive relationships, people who have experienced trauma/abuse, people who are in crisis, relationship issues, mood disorders, and self-esteem issues.
"Meet people where they are" is my motto. To me, that is the best place to start. Making the decision to begin therapy is hard and sometimes scary. My goal is to create a safe space for my clients to address whatever they are struggling with. I am non-judgmental and understand that there are reasons people are and/or feel a certain way. I love helping people understand the root of the issue and working to resolve and get healing from the issue.
I am passionate about helping people with a variety of issues, especially those who are/have been in abusive relationships, people who have experienced trauma/abuse, people who are in crisis, relationship issues, mood disorders, and self-esteem issues.
"Meet people where they are" is my motto. To me, that is the best place to start. Making the decision to begin therapy is hard and sometimes scary. My goal is to create a safe space for my clients to address whatever they are struggling with. I am non-judgmental and understand that there are reasons people are and/or feel a certain way. I love helping people understand the root of the issue and working to resolve and get healing from the issue.
(901) 441-5585 View (901) 441-5585
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Memphis Center for Mindful Living, LLC
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
We also offer EMDR and IFS for trauma, mindfulness interventions, and yoga.
A genuine, trusting relationship is the essential basis for psychological healing and growth. Within that framework, we incorporate the tools and strategies for change that seem most suited to each individual's preferences, worldview and primary concerns. We believe in partnering with individuals by combining our training in evidence-based interventions with the strengths and resources they possess to best facilitate change. We believe in addressing all areas of a person's life: emotional, physical, social, and spiritual.
We also offer EMDR and IFS for trauma, mindfulness interventions, and yoga.
A genuine, trusting relationship is the essential basis for psychological healing and growth. Within that framework, we incorporate the tools and strategies for change that seem most suited to each individual's preferences, worldview and primary concerns. We believe in partnering with individuals by combining our training in evidence-based interventions with the strengths and resources they possess to best facilitate change. We believe in addressing all areas of a person's life: emotional, physical, social, and spiritual.
(901) 245-5285 View (901) 245-5285
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Ari Lowell
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38120  (Online Only)
Depression, anxiety, anger: sometimes our feelings can be confusing and overwhelming. Struggles at home and work increase when we're not sure how we feel or what to do with our feelings. Our relationships suffer, we don't feel happy and content, and we may wonder if there will ever be improvement. These feelings are often more intense for people who have experienced significant trauma or loss. Figuring out how to seek help and talk about these issues can be difficult. It's hard to know who to turn to, who to trust, and allow ourselves to imagine positive change. Sometimes it's hard to hope.
Depression, anxiety, anger: sometimes our feelings can be confusing and overwhelming. Struggles at home and work increase when we're not sure how we feel or what to do with our feelings. Our relationships suffer, we don't feel happy and content, and we may wonder if there will ever be improvement. These feelings are often more intense for people who have experienced significant trauma or loss. Figuring out how to seek help and talk about these issues can be difficult. It's hard to know who to turn to, who to trust, and allow ourselves to imagine positive change. Sometimes it's hard to hope.
(901) 519-2260 View (901) 519-2260
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.