Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Austin, TX

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Esmé Valette
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdM, EMDR, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I specialize in helping individuals struggling with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, relational conflict, intimacy concerns and other issues pertaining to sexuality and gender.
Waitlist Only! Contact to be added to Waitlist. I strive to create a therapeutic environment where you feel comfortable expressing whatever is on your mind without fear of judgment. I believe that you are the expert in your own healing, and I will work collaboratively with you to identify and reach your treatment goals. I use approaches that have been scientifically researched and found to be effective, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and somatic and mindfulness-based interventions. I will work with you to ensure that you are not in therapy longer than is necessary to reach your treatment goals.
I specialize in helping individuals struggling with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, relational conflict, intimacy concerns and other issues pertaining to sexuality and gender.
Waitlist Only! Contact to be added to Waitlist. I strive to create a therapeutic environment where you feel comfortable expressing whatever is on your mind without fear of judgment. I believe that you are the expert in your own healing, and I will work collaboratively with you to identify and reach your treatment goals. I use approaches that have been scientifically researched and found to be effective, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and somatic and mindfulness-based interventions. I will work with you to ensure that you are not in therapy longer than is necessary to reach your treatment goals.
(512) 548-2372 View (512) 548-2372
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Liz Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78723
Therapy is collaborative. As a therapist, I am a partner in my clients' self-explorations and a witness to their accomplishments. I provide a serene place where clients can rediscover or develop authentic selves, deepen emotional connections with self and others, recognize how thoughts, beliefs and values affect relationships, consider new ways of being in the world, develop healthier adaptive strategies when facing problems, and work through past and present past trauma, grief, and losses. You have the strengths you need to meet your full potential and achieve a satisfying life. I can help.
Therapy is collaborative. As a therapist, I am a partner in my clients' self-explorations and a witness to their accomplishments. I provide a serene place where clients can rediscover or develop authentic selves, deepen emotional connections with self and others, recognize how thoughts, beliefs and values affect relationships, consider new ways of being in the world, develop healthier adaptive strategies when facing problems, and work through past and present past trauma, grief, and losses. You have the strengths you need to meet your full potential and achieve a satisfying life. I can help.
(512) 607-7987 View (512) 607-7987
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South Western Music Therapy Services
DMA, MT-BC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745
I specialize in trauma informed care, psychotherapy in music therapy, and I continue to work towards certification in DBT-informed music therapy.
Welcome, and I’m proud of you for starting your journey! Music Therapy is a powerful evidenced-based expressive arts therapy that utilizes music to engage and heal neurologic, emotional, psycho-social, and physical domains. Through this client centered approach and artistic medium you will be provided with a safe place to expressively explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences to help build the necessary tools to assist you on your life's journey. Countless individuals have found relief and guidance and my want is to help you feel safe, understood, and heard. You deserve to move forward in life.
I specialize in trauma informed care, psychotherapy in music therapy, and I continue to work towards certification in DBT-informed music therapy.
Welcome, and I’m proud of you for starting your journey! Music Therapy is a powerful evidenced-based expressive arts therapy that utilizes music to engage and heal neurologic, emotional, psycho-social, and physical domains. Through this client centered approach and artistic medium you will be provided with a safe place to expressively explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences to help build the necessary tools to assist you on your life's journey. Countless individuals have found relief and guidance and my want is to help you feel safe, understood, and heard. You deserve to move forward in life.
(512) 764-9279 View (512) 764-9279
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Paige Majko
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745
Hi. Thank you for your interest in my psychotherapy services. I specialize in trauma, PTSD and treating chronic pain utilizing both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Somatic Psychotherapy. Both of these are evidence based treatment modalities with high efficacy rates. Making the decision to begin therapy is an incredibly brave act of self kindness. You can have peace, joy and happiness in your life. I would be honored to help you begin this courageous journey of transformation.
Hi. Thank you for your interest in my psychotherapy services. I specialize in trauma, PTSD and treating chronic pain utilizing both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Somatic Psychotherapy. Both of these are evidence based treatment modalities with high efficacy rates. Making the decision to begin therapy is an incredibly brave act of self kindness. You can have peace, joy and happiness in your life. I would be honored to help you begin this courageous journey of transformation.
(832) 307-3463 View (832) 307-3463
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Brandie Cole
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, EMDR AC, CMCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78735
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, self-esteem issues and PTSD.
I know that it can be incredibly difficult to reach out and ask for help. I think it is one of the bravest things a person can do. I also believe that change and hope are very real. I would be honored and privileged to get to be the person that walks beside you in your journey of healing.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, self-esteem issues and PTSD.
I know that it can be incredibly difficult to reach out and ask for help. I think it is one of the bravest things a person can do. I also believe that change and hope are very real. I would be honored and privileged to get to be the person that walks beside you in your journey of healing.
(512) 402-2838 View (512) 402-2838
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Nicolette Sacket
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78703
Some of the modalities I draw from are humanistic therapy, contextual trauma therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and trauma-informed yoga and meditation.
It is important to me to approach therapy and to understand a person, from a well-rounded, holistic point of view. This means that I aim to learn about you as a multi-faceted human, to understand you within the varying contexts you exist in, and within the many different (past and present) relationships in your life. I believe it is imperative to understand the whole person (physical, mental, emotional) so that I have a complete understanding and can tailor treatment to your individual unique needs. I use a client-centered and integrated approach to meet your needs in therapy.
Some of the modalities I draw from are humanistic therapy, contextual trauma therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and trauma-informed yoga and meditation.
It is important to me to approach therapy and to understand a person, from a well-rounded, holistic point of view. This means that I aim to learn about you as a multi-faceted human, to understand you within the varying contexts you exist in, and within the many different (past and present) relationships in your life. I believe it is imperative to understand the whole person (physical, mental, emotional) so that I have a complete understanding and can tailor treatment to your individual unique needs. I use a client-centered and integrated approach to meet your needs in therapy.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Myrna Marinik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia, chronic pain and/or chronic illness. Other areas of focus that I can help you with include relationship issues, anger, stress-management, physical and learning disabilities including ADD/ADHD, life-stage issues and self-esteem. My professional career began as a certified American Sign Language Interpreter in 2001 and quickly progressed into earning a Graduate degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia, chronic pain and/or chronic illness. Other areas of focus that I can help you with include relationship issues, anger, stress-management, physical and learning disabilities including ADD/ADHD, life-stage issues and self-esteem. My professional career began as a certified American Sign Language Interpreter in 2001 and quickly progressed into earning a Graduate degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.
(512) 714-2494 View (512) 714-2494
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Mycah Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
The desire to feel understood, seen, and connected is universal, yet we live in a time where satisfying, intimate relationships seem rare. Specializing in relationship issues and trauma, I utilize attachment theory, positive psychology, and systems theories (IFS, RLT, EFT) to address your concerns. I can empower you with tools that help you foster strong and trusting relationships - not only with others, but also with yourself. Having a background in physical health, I like to incorporate mindfulness and somatic exercises into therapy, emphasizing the mind-body connection.
The desire to feel understood, seen, and connected is universal, yet we live in a time where satisfying, intimate relationships seem rare. Specializing in relationship issues and trauma, I utilize attachment theory, positive psychology, and systems theories (IFS, RLT, EFT) to address your concerns. I can empower you with tools that help you foster strong and trusting relationships - not only with others, but also with yourself. Having a background in physical health, I like to incorporate mindfulness and somatic exercises into therapy, emphasizing the mind-body connection.
(512) 729-3018 View (512) 729-3018
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Ryan Douglas
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78757
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, worry, trauma, or intrusive thoughts? Do you find yourself avoiding situations, activities, or thoughts to manage anxiety? I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Using an empathetic and warm style, and evidence-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Exposure with Response Prevention, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, I can help you overcome your struggle with anxiety. Please feel free to call or email me at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin to see if my approach would be a good fit for you.
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, worry, trauma, or intrusive thoughts? Do you find yourself avoiding situations, activities, or thoughts to manage anxiety? I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Using an empathetic and warm style, and evidence-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Exposure with Response Prevention, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, I can help you overcome your struggle with anxiety. Please feel free to call or email me at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin to see if my approach would be a good fit for you.
(512) 982-4819 x5 View (512) 982-4819 x5
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Lisa Morales
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
My therapeutic expertise extends to a variety of areas, including anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, family dynamics, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD.
Healing Through Authentic Connection Welcome! I'm Lisa Morales, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist, dedicated to fostering healing through genuine connections. As an open lesbian and parent of a trans-person, I bring a rich tapestry of personal experiences and professional expertise to the therapeutic space. In the heart of my practice is the belief that authenticity and acceptance are powerful catalysts for growth. With over twelve in the field, I've dedicated my career to creating a safe and affirming space for individuals seeking support and transformation.
My therapeutic expertise extends to a variety of areas, including anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, family dynamics, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD.
Healing Through Authentic Connection Welcome! I'm Lisa Morales, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist, dedicated to fostering healing through genuine connections. As an open lesbian and parent of a trans-person, I bring a rich tapestry of personal experiences and professional expertise to the therapeutic space. In the heart of my practice is the belief that authenticity and acceptance are powerful catalysts for growth. With over twelve in the field, I've dedicated my career to creating a safe and affirming space for individuals seeking support and transformation.
(737) 387-3822 View (737) 387-3822
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Brad DuBois
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
I'm Brad and I'm a therapist in North Austin who specializes in treating PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
We all have experiences in life that are beyond our ability to cope. Following such events, many people feel distress for weeks, months, or years after. Are you "stuck" with the thoughts and feelings brought about by one or more traumatic experiences? Have you noticed a change in your mood, relationships, or work-life following a traumatic event? If you're interested in taking steps to change your relationship to your trauma, then we may be a good fit.
I'm Brad and I'm a therapist in North Austin who specializes in treating PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
We all have experiences in life that are beyond our ability to cope. Following such events, many people feel distress for weeks, months, or years after. Are you "stuck" with the thoughts and feelings brought about by one or more traumatic experiences? Have you noticed a change in your mood, relationships, or work-life following a traumatic event? If you're interested in taking steps to change your relationship to your trauma, then we may be a good fit.
(512) 710-0864 View (512) 710-0864
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Sarah Pendergraft
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
We can lose touch with ourselves for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the symptoms of our issues disconnect us from ourselves, our environment, and our loved ones. I help clients reconnect with who they are, what they need, and what is most important to them. In sessions, I help clients work through trauma, addiction, chronic pain, chronic health, personal development, relationships, limiting beliefs, black-and-white thinking, judgments, and self-compassion. As a somatic therapist and yoga instructor, I help clients cultivate mindfulness and meditation skills, which can be a critical part of the therapeutic process.
We can lose touch with ourselves for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the symptoms of our issues disconnect us from ourselves, our environment, and our loved ones. I help clients reconnect with who they are, what they need, and what is most important to them. In sessions, I help clients work through trauma, addiction, chronic pain, chronic health, personal development, relationships, limiting beliefs, black-and-white thinking, judgments, and self-compassion. As a somatic therapist and yoga instructor, I help clients cultivate mindfulness and meditation skills, which can be a critical part of the therapeutic process.
(512) 233-6018 View (512) 233-6018
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Anita Stoll
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-IAYT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
I bring 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist and 20 years as a meditation practitioner/teacher to my work with clients. My approach is both intuitive and practical. I help clients to untangle complicated feelings, decrease stress and anxiety, and work through self-limiting beliefs and patterns. I am committed to helping my clients live more fully, embracing all the parts of themselves. My approach is integrative and incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and other trauma-informed methods to support clients in developing a deep experience of feeling safe, connected and open to life unfolding in a positive direction.
I bring 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist and 20 years as a meditation practitioner/teacher to my work with clients. My approach is both intuitive and practical. I help clients to untangle complicated feelings, decrease stress and anxiety, and work through self-limiting beliefs and patterns. I am committed to helping my clients live more fully, embracing all the parts of themselves. My approach is integrative and incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and other trauma-informed methods to support clients in developing a deep experience of feeling safe, connected and open to life unfolding in a positive direction.
(512) 710-2622 View (512) 710-2622
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Nicole Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I have specialized training and understanding in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and trauma.
Have you been feeling stuck in your thoughts, in your relationships, or in life as a whole? Do you experience unmanageable stress or anxiety? Or do you experience what seems like a loop of intrusive thoughts, then repetitive behaviors or habits that lead you to believe that you may have OCD? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you don’t have to go this path alone. Together, we can begin a transformative journey, where treatment becomes your pathway to greater relief and more freedom to be the you that you want to be. Specializing in providing professional care to women, my approach is solution oriented and evidence-based.
I have specialized training and understanding in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and trauma.
Have you been feeling stuck in your thoughts, in your relationships, or in life as a whole? Do you experience unmanageable stress or anxiety? Or do you experience what seems like a loop of intrusive thoughts, then repetitive behaviors or habits that lead you to believe that you may have OCD? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you don’t have to go this path alone. Together, we can begin a transformative journey, where treatment becomes your pathway to greater relief and more freedom to be the you that you want to be. Specializing in providing professional care to women, my approach is solution oriented and evidence-based.
(737) 232-5814 View (737) 232-5814
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Dr. Carolina Castanos
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78735
I specialize in relationship and trauma treatment.
Sometimes there are moments in life when we feel stuck. Regardless of how hard we try, we feel hopeless and lonely. We might be stuck in a negative cycle in a relationship, feeling hurt and alone where communication has become impossible. Together we will figure out what is at the root of this painful situation. We will detect and process painful past experiences as you build your inner resources, feel better, stronger, and in control of your life and emotions. Relational dynamics change as we explore , heal, and reconnect creating a foundation based on trust and deep emotional connection.
I specialize in relationship and trauma treatment.
Sometimes there are moments in life when we feel stuck. Regardless of how hard we try, we feel hopeless and lonely. We might be stuck in a negative cycle in a relationship, feeling hurt and alone where communication has become impossible. Together we will figure out what is at the root of this painful situation. We will detect and process painful past experiences as you build your inner resources, feel better, stronger, and in control of your life and emotions. Relational dynamics change as we explore , heal, and reconnect creating a foundation based on trust and deep emotional connection.
(512) 559-1027 View (512) 559-1027
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Dr. Victoria Latifses
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
I combine these elements with trauma modalities such as SE or EMDR to make your treatment efficient yet gentle.
Change is often uncomfortable so having a trusted ally and skilled clinician at your side can be essential. My goal is to help you along your path towards a balanced and healthy life. My approach is strength-based and positive. I have worked with hundreds of children, adolescents, adults and their families on almost every kind of issue. I work to balance empathy and sensitivity and yet help people find healing, move forward, and make meaning from their experiences. Nothing is wrong with you. It is possible to change negative, self-defeating patterns and emerge into a fulfilling life with greater freedom, expansion and joy.
I combine these elements with trauma modalities such as SE or EMDR to make your treatment efficient yet gentle.
Change is often uncomfortable so having a trusted ally and skilled clinician at your side can be essential. My goal is to help you along your path towards a balanced and healthy life. My approach is strength-based and positive. I have worked with hundreds of children, adolescents, adults and their families on almost every kind of issue. I work to balance empathy and sensitivity and yet help people find healing, move forward, and make meaning from their experiences. Nothing is wrong with you. It is possible to change negative, self-defeating patterns and emerge into a fulfilling life with greater freedom, expansion and joy.
(512) 883-3974 View (512) 883-3974
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Patrick Lee - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Patrick’s extensive experience with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use comes from years of supporting clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Patrick Lee is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC State of Texas). He earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at University of the Cumberlands.
Patrick’s extensive experience with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use comes from years of supporting clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Patrick Lee is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC State of Texas). He earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at University of the Cumberlands.
(512) 229-9844 View (512) 229-9844
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Christina J Mason
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
I have experience with helping people through critical incidents and am available for first responders and health professionals at this challenging time. I am passionate about helping my clients make positive changes in their lives, using a collaborative, client-centered approach. I work with adults, individually and with families. I have worked primarily with children and adolescents for more than twenty years, often helping them overcome significant trauma and obstacles to happiness.
I have experience with helping people through critical incidents and am available for first responders and health professionals at this challenging time. I am passionate about helping my clients make positive changes in their lives, using a collaborative, client-centered approach. I work with adults, individually and with families. I have worked primarily with children and adolescents for more than twenty years, often helping them overcome significant trauma and obstacles to happiness.
(512) 399-1880 View (512) 399-1880
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Samantha Montemayor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My areas of specialization include complex trauma, men's issues, cultural identity, LGBTQIA+ identity, high conflict couples, intimacy, and trust recovery.
Are you engaging in life the way you had hoped? Do you desire more from your relationships? Are attempts at communicating what you need ineffective? Do you find yourself in constant overwhelm, fighting with your partner, or feeling alone and confused? Whether it's every day stress, a traumatic experience, or feeling disconnected; I'm here to tell you there's hope. In therapy I aim to address the underlying issues related to current life difficulties, rather than just treating the symptoms.
My areas of specialization include complex trauma, men's issues, cultural identity, LGBTQIA+ identity, high conflict couples, intimacy, and trust recovery.
Are you engaging in life the way you had hoped? Do you desire more from your relationships? Are attempts at communicating what you need ineffective? Do you find yourself in constant overwhelm, fighting with your partner, or feeling alone and confused? Whether it's every day stress, a traumatic experience, or feeling disconnected; I'm here to tell you there's hope. In therapy I aim to address the underlying issues related to current life difficulties, rather than just treating the symptoms.
(512) 948-3719 View (512) 948-3719
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Krystal 'winter' Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78739  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step towards healing! Counseling can provide you with a supportive, safe environment in which to explore and navigate life’s challenges. I am dedicated to going at your own pace and providing a non-judgmental, nurturing environment along the way. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in eating disorders, career counseling, severe anxiety disorders, and trauma. My approach encourages conquering fears, pointing out strengths, building self-care into your schedule, practicing mindfulness, regulating emotions, and identifying passions so that you can lead a purposeful life.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards healing! Counseling can provide you with a supportive, safe environment in which to explore and navigate life’s challenges. I am dedicated to going at your own pace and providing a non-judgmental, nurturing environment along the way. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in eating disorders, career counseling, severe anxiety disorders, and trauma. My approach encourages conquering fears, pointing out strengths, building self-care into your schedule, practicing mindfulness, regulating emotions, and identifying passions so that you can lead a purposeful life.
(512) 817-2544 View (512) 817-2544
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.