Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Dallas, TX

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Stephanie Hall
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75206
I believe one of the most important aspects of psychotherapy is to establish a safe, collaborative, and mutually respectful relationship where profound personal growth can occur. The atmosphere in my office is warm, accepting and open. My patients are insightful, creative, intelligent people who are working to attain specific goals, make difficult life transitions, or work through the internal and external struggles of previous experiences. My primary ares of interest are sexual trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relational problems and grief. I also conduct formal psychological assessments when necessary.
I believe one of the most important aspects of psychotherapy is to establish a safe, collaborative, and mutually respectful relationship where profound personal growth can occur. The atmosphere in my office is warm, accepting and open. My patients are insightful, creative, intelligent people who are working to attain specific goals, make difficult life transitions, or work through the internal and external struggles of previous experiences. My primary ares of interest are sexual trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relational problems and grief. I also conduct formal psychological assessments when necessary.
(214) 843-1982 View (214) 843-1982
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Sophie Grace Stevens
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75206
Sometimes, Life can be unpredictable and out of our control. During times of chaos, I aim to help my clients find hope, joy and humor; with a renewed enthusiasm for life. My goal is to create a safe place for you to land and make meaning of the hardships you encounter in those seasons. I believe people are resilient and have the capability for healing and growth, they often just need support uncovering their strength within. I specialize in working with trauma, grief and bereavement, anxiety and depression, life transitions and autism spectrum disorders.
Sometimes, Life can be unpredictable and out of our control. During times of chaos, I aim to help my clients find hope, joy and humor; with a renewed enthusiasm for life. My goal is to create a safe place for you to land and make meaning of the hardships you encounter in those seasons. I believe people are resilient and have the capability for healing and growth, they often just need support uncovering their strength within. I specialize in working with trauma, grief and bereavement, anxiety and depression, life transitions and autism spectrum disorders.
(214) 225-8905 View (214) 225-8905
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Brooke West
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MS, RPT-S, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75244
Are you suffering? Want Changes? Need help parenting? Is your child suffering from ADHD, Biploar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety? I can help. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor. I am a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor. For a decade, I have worked in the following areas: crisis counseling, inpatient psychiatric counseling, agency counseling, and private practice. My formal education has prepared me to counsel: children, adolescents, adults. I enjoy working with clients who have suffered emotional disturbances, trauma, abuse, and mental disorders. My passion is to use various techniques, activities, and modalities to best allow you to express your inner world.
Are you suffering? Want Changes? Need help parenting? Is your child suffering from ADHD, Biploar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety? I can help. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor. I am a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor. For a decade, I have worked in the following areas: crisis counseling, inpatient psychiatric counseling, agency counseling, and private practice. My formal education has prepared me to counsel: children, adolescents, adults. I enjoy working with clients who have suffered emotional disturbances, trauma, abuse, and mental disorders. My passion is to use various techniques, activities, and modalities to best allow you to express your inner world.
(214) 960-1564 View (214) 960-1564
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Zach Ramsey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC`, CSAT
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75219
Are you dealing with compulsive or addiction issues? Is trauma preventing you from building the relationships that you want or making you feel stuck in your life? I can help. I specialize in working with clients who are dealing with addictions, out of control or compulsive sexual behavior (sex addictions) as well as people who are dealing with trauma, coping with past wounds or healing of more recent traumas. Whether you're early in your recovery or healing journey or you've been on your healing journey for some time, I'll offer direct, yet supportive feedback to help you navigate through this.
Are you dealing with compulsive or addiction issues? Is trauma preventing you from building the relationships that you want or making you feel stuck in your life? I can help. I specialize in working with clients who are dealing with addictions, out of control or compulsive sexual behavior (sex addictions) as well as people who are dealing with trauma, coping with past wounds or healing of more recent traumas. Whether you're early in your recovery or healing journey or you've been on your healing journey for some time, I'll offer direct, yet supportive feedback to help you navigate through this.
(214) 717-6963 x2 View (214) 717-6963 x2
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Sewell Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, DMT
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75243
Counseling is best when it's personalized. There is no such things as a "one-size-fits-all" method to therapy. I have found that many of us have a combination of trauma and maladaptive behaviors that once explored and processed can dramatically improve the quality of life. I implement four cornerstone treatment approaches: EMDR, Mindful Movement, DBT(Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and expressive arts to calm the nervous system, resolve trauma and incorporate new behaviors.
Counseling is best when it's personalized. There is no such things as a "one-size-fits-all" method to therapy. I have found that many of us have a combination of trauma and maladaptive behaviors that once explored and processed can dramatically improve the quality of life. I implement four cornerstone treatment approaches: EMDR, Mindful Movement, DBT(Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and expressive arts to calm the nervous system, resolve trauma and incorporate new behaviors.
(214) 833-0564 View (214) 833-0564
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Chelsea Marie Cheek
LPC-Associate, MS, NCC, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75248
I have experience with those who have suffered from past abuse and trauma, addictions, depression and anxiety. Often the presenting challenges for these clients has been around emotional control/stability, loss of joy/purpose, lack of a healthy support system and a tendency to relapse. My clients goals have often included helping them decrease anxiety levels by learning to self soothe when triggered, to utilize more positive communication skills, to set healthier boundaries, and to create a more structured schedule in their daily lives.
I have experience with those who have suffered from past abuse and trauma, addictions, depression and anxiety. Often the presenting challenges for these clients has been around emotional control/stability, loss of joy/purpose, lack of a healthy support system and a tendency to relapse. My clients goals have often included helping them decrease anxiety levels by learning to self soothe when triggered, to utilize more positive communication skills, to set healthier boundaries, and to create a more structured schedule in their daily lives.
(469) 284-0234 View (469) 284-0234
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SoulWork Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA MFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75228
I provide services for individuals and families in the areas of addiction, trauma, behavioral health, loss/grief, forgiveness, spiritual formation and marriage and family issues.
We all have places in our lives where we have been or are currently hurting. This place is our Soul; {psuche}; the heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, the center of one's being. Therapy is designed to heal and make whole those places that are broken, wounded, hurt or damaged or to keep us strong in our places of victory. To become whole we all need to do the SoulWork. SoulWork Counseling is holistic Christian counseling to meet you where you hurt and walk with you into your destiny of healing and wholeness.
I provide services for individuals and families in the areas of addiction, trauma, behavioral health, loss/grief, forgiveness, spiritual formation and marriage and family issues.
We all have places in our lives where we have been or are currently hurting. This place is our Soul; {psuche}; the heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, the center of one's being. Therapy is designed to heal and make whole those places that are broken, wounded, hurt or damaged or to keep us strong in our places of victory. To become whole we all need to do the SoulWork. SoulWork Counseling is holistic Christian counseling to meet you where you hurt and walk with you into your destiny of healing and wholeness.
(214) 307-9072 View (214) 307-9072
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Kaylah Hunter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75231
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for taking that first step to reach out and continue on your journey of healing! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in Trauma-Informed Therapy and Expressive Arts.
“When you’re not used to being confident, confidence can feel like arrogance. When you’re used to being passive, assertiveness feels like aggression. When you’re not used to getting your needs met, prioritizing yourself feels selfish. Your comfort zone is not a good benchmark.” - Dr. Vassilia
Thank you for taking that first step to reach out and continue on your journey of healing! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in Trauma-Informed Therapy and Expressive Arts.
“When you’re not used to being confident, confidence can feel like arrogance. When you’re used to being passive, assertiveness feels like aggression. When you’re not used to getting your needs met, prioritizing yourself feels selfish. Your comfort zone is not a good benchmark.” - Dr. Vassilia
(817) 904-4001 View (817) 904-4001
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Melissa Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75230
Waitlist for new clients
I'm honored to work with children and adults who are struggling with anxiety, trauma, life transitions and grief. I combine play therapy with art, mindfulness, movement, EMDR, and sand tray therapy for children ages 3-10 to help them understand their thoughts and feelings, grow their emotional vocabulary, and learn to identify and express their needs. Creative healing isn't just for children. I also help adults who are struggling with relationships, anxiety and trauma.
I'm honored to work with children and adults who are struggling with anxiety, trauma, life transitions and grief. I combine play therapy with art, mindfulness, movement, EMDR, and sand tray therapy for children ages 3-10 to help them understand their thoughts and feelings, grow their emotional vocabulary, and learn to identify and express their needs. Creative healing isn't just for children. I also help adults who are struggling with relationships, anxiety and trauma.
(469) 423-8641 View (469) 423-8641
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Diana Lugg-Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MMFT, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75218
Are you experiencing issues in your family related to conflicts, trauma, or lack of commitment? Or do you feel like you are about to lose a significant relationship? Do you feel defeated when battling negative emotions due to a traumatic life experience? Looking here means you are taking the first step to overcome the challenges that seem to cripple us. I will work in partnership with you in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Accomplishing your pursuit of happiness is possible because being emotionally healthy is achievable. Let us work together to conquer the lies from the past and create the healthy family system you desire.
Are you experiencing issues in your family related to conflicts, trauma, or lack of commitment? Or do you feel like you are about to lose a significant relationship? Do you feel defeated when battling negative emotions due to a traumatic life experience? Looking here means you are taking the first step to overcome the challenges that seem to cripple us. I will work in partnership with you in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Accomplishing your pursuit of happiness is possible because being emotionally healthy is achievable. Let us work together to conquer the lies from the past and create the healthy family system you desire.
(469) 423-9726 View (469) 423-9726
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John Campbell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC, CSAT, CMAT, NCIP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75205
In individual therapy, I work with individuals on overcoming trauma, codependency, and grief & loss.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction at an early age. Today, I am proud to say that I have maintained sobriety since 2008. My desire to help others launched me into an academic and career path focused on helping those and their families impacted with addiction and mental health issues. I have worked in several different treatment settings, such as hospitals, residential treatment, and sober living. I utilize several different modalities and approaches to therapy to work with individuals, couples, and families. I also do interventions on those battling any addiction.
In individual therapy, I work with individuals on overcoming trauma, codependency, and grief & loss.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction at an early age. Today, I am proud to say that I have maintained sobriety since 2008. My desire to help others launched me into an academic and career path focused on helping those and their families impacted with addiction and mental health issues. I have worked in several different treatment settings, such as hospitals, residential treatment, and sober living. I utilize several different modalities and approaches to therapy to work with individuals, couples, and families. I also do interventions on those battling any addiction.
(214) 538-4088 View (214) 538-4088
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Donna June Kirby
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75231
I conduct Psycho-educational groups for family members and friends of those individuals who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD.
Welcome to your first step towards helping yourself to live the life you've been wanting. I believe what Carl Rogers once stated "a counselor is not an expert but a mirror for clients to see themselves." A counselor's acceptance and reflection of feelings creates a level of safety for deeper exploration and an opportunity for clients to increase their self-awareness which leads to positive action. I encourage my clients to be mindful of thoughts and feelings. By practicing mindfulness you are able to be focused and centered in your life.
I conduct Psycho-educational groups for family members and friends of those individuals who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD.
Welcome to your first step towards helping yourself to live the life you've been wanting. I believe what Carl Rogers once stated "a counselor is not an expert but a mirror for clients to see themselves." A counselor's acceptance and reflection of feelings creates a level of safety for deeper exploration and an opportunity for clients to increase their self-awareness which leads to positive action. I encourage my clients to be mindful of thoughts and feelings. By practicing mindfulness you are able to be focused and centered in your life.
(469) 619-2315 View (469) 619-2315
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Brittney Tucker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
You deserve healing. Depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and/or everyday stressors, can create obstacles along the way. My goal is to help you process emotions, develop a variety of coping strategies, identify roadblocks, and empower you to recognize your inner worth and purpose. At the end of our journey together, you will walk away with increase self-awareness and insight, and an ability to handle challenging situations with confidence.
You deserve healing. Depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and/or everyday stressors, can create obstacles along the way. My goal is to help you process emotions, develop a variety of coping strategies, identify roadblocks, and empower you to recognize your inner worth and purpose. At the end of our journey together, you will walk away with increase self-awareness and insight, and an ability to handle challenging situations with confidence.
(214) 972-1286 View (214) 972-1286
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Lexie Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75206
While I work with a wide variety of clients, I specialize in helping individuals heal from trauma and abuse.
My primary job as a therapist is to learn your unique story so that I can understand your views and lived experiences. I believe all behavior makes sense in context, and by working together, we can both gain awarenesses and insights as to why you may be struggling. After uncovering the "why", we will work together to find healing, growth, and more adaptive coping skills. I am a firm believer in the mind-body connection and believe that our lifestyle and environment have a huge impact on our mental health. These beliefs inform my work as a therapist.
While I work with a wide variety of clients, I specialize in helping individuals heal from trauma and abuse.
My primary job as a therapist is to learn your unique story so that I can understand your views and lived experiences. I believe all behavior makes sense in context, and by working together, we can both gain awarenesses and insights as to why you may be struggling. After uncovering the "why", we will work together to find healing, growth, and more adaptive coping skills. I am a firm believer in the mind-body connection and believe that our lifestyle and environment have a huge impact on our mental health. These beliefs inform my work as a therapist.
(469) 203-4871 View (469) 203-4871
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Jessica Endres
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75244  (Online Only)
Other times, we may focus on trauma processing using various interventions based on my training for PTSD.
Many of my clients have experienced a traumatic event(s) such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or neglect. The last ones can be harder to define because invalidation is a common form of emotional neglect that is hard to label. Despite what the trauma is or if it falls into one of those categories exactly, if it affects you, then it matters. Clients come to me with confusion and emotional pain that I help them sift through and connect with in order to heal and return to their new normal version of life. I welcome all clients from all walks of life, races, cultures, genders, and preferences.
Other times, we may focus on trauma processing using various interventions based on my training for PTSD.
Many of my clients have experienced a traumatic event(s) such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or neglect. The last ones can be harder to define because invalidation is a common form of emotional neglect that is hard to label. Despite what the trauma is or if it falls into one of those categories exactly, if it affects you, then it matters. Clients come to me with confusion and emotional pain that I help them sift through and connect with in order to heal and return to their new normal version of life. I welcome all clients from all walks of life, races, cultures, genders, and preferences.
(214) 983-0528 View (214) 983-0528
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Trinity Rising Counseling Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S, NCC, DCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
I help individuals, couples, & families who struggle with trauma and addiction in a manner that is specialized and goal directed.
Online Scheduling Available. Are you searching for someone that you can connect with. Someone who is authentic, genuine, relatable, and easy to talk to. With over eight years in the mental health field, eleven years in the military, and visiting several countries I have developed a strong sense of awareness for people emotions and feelings. I have learned to hear the issues that aren't being talked about because they are too intense, shameful, embarrassing, or hurtful. I will try to help you restore your life and claim your future. Schedule your first appointment visit www.trinityrisingcounselingcenter.com
I help individuals, couples, & families who struggle with trauma and addiction in a manner that is specialized and goal directed.
Online Scheduling Available. Are you searching for someone that you can connect with. Someone who is authentic, genuine, relatable, and easy to talk to. With over eight years in the mental health field, eleven years in the military, and visiting several countries I have developed a strong sense of awareness for people emotions and feelings. I have learned to hear the issues that aren't being talked about because they are too intense, shameful, embarrassing, or hurtful. I will try to help you restore your life and claim your future. Schedule your first appointment visit www.trinityrisingcounselingcenter.com
(469) 202-4834 View (469) 202-4834
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Jennifer Markle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75206  (Online Only)
I have a specialization in addressing complex trauma and CPTSD, particularly focusing on attachment trauma. The majority of my clients have encountered abuse, neglect, or significant dysfunction during their upbringing. Complex trauma affects various aspects of life and often results in secondary challenges such as anxiety, depression, maladaptive coping strategies, and relational issues. I am adept at working with individuals committed to engaging in profound healing processes.
I have a specialization in addressing complex trauma and CPTSD, particularly focusing on attachment trauma. The majority of my clients have encountered abuse, neglect, or significant dysfunction during their upbringing. Complex trauma affects various aspects of life and often results in secondary challenges such as anxiety, depression, maladaptive coping strategies, and relational issues. I am adept at working with individuals committed to engaging in profound healing processes.
(469) 707-8099 View (469) 707-8099
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Caitlin Young
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and PTSD. I also have experience working with Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, personality disorders, and disordered eating. My therapeutic approach revolves around person-centered care and incorporates mindfulness techniques to help you develop resiliency and make empowering life decisions. I deeply empathize with your experiences and attentively listen to your concerns, creating a safe space for open communication and building trust.
I specialize in treating adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and PTSD. I also have experience working with Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, personality disorders, and disordered eating. My therapeutic approach revolves around person-centered care and incorporates mindfulness techniques to help you develop resiliency and make empowering life decisions. I deeply empathize with your experiences and attentively listen to your concerns, creating a safe space for open communication and building trust.
(512) 768-2731 View (512) 768-2731
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Jamie Diaz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75206  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients – “Hope is a passion for the possible.” -S.K. Seeking help is the first step toward reclaiming hope, passion, and possibilities in your life. My desire is to develop a genuine relationship with you by learning your life story and honoring your experiences. Your unique strengths will be the foundation for nurturing self-worth and trust in your own potential. We will focus on healing from past hurt and trauma, attuning to emotional experiences in the present, and developing resiliency for the future. If you're ready for hope, passion, and possibilities in your life, I am here for you.
Accepting New Clients – “Hope is a passion for the possible.” -S.K. Seeking help is the first step toward reclaiming hope, passion, and possibilities in your life. My desire is to develop a genuine relationship with you by learning your life story and honoring your experiences. Your unique strengths will be the foundation for nurturing self-worth and trust in your own potential. We will focus on healing from past hurt and trauma, attuning to emotional experiences in the present, and developing resiliency for the future. If you're ready for hope, passion, and possibilities in your life, I am here for you.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Culle L. Vande Garde, LCSW-S, CSAT-S, CPTT, CMAT
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, CSAT-S, CPTT, CMAT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75248
I am an LCSW-S and CSAT-S specializing in the treatment of Adult Children of Sex Addicts, Childhood Trauma, Partners of Sex Addicts, Betrayal, Infidelity, Depression, Anxiety, Love/Avoidance Addiction and Attachment. My 30-year career began working at The Meadows Treatment Center in Wickenburg, AZ learning Pia Mellody's Post Induction Therapy Model of Developmental Trauma. In addition, I spent part of my time at The Meadows as the Assistant Director of Sexual Disorder Services under the direction of Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D. I am the co-author of 'A Light in the Dark: The Hidden Legacy of Adult Children of Sex Addicts'.
I am an LCSW-S and CSAT-S specializing in the treatment of Adult Children of Sex Addicts, Childhood Trauma, Partners of Sex Addicts, Betrayal, Infidelity, Depression, Anxiety, Love/Avoidance Addiction and Attachment. My 30-year career began working at The Meadows Treatment Center in Wickenburg, AZ learning Pia Mellody's Post Induction Therapy Model of Developmental Trauma. In addition, I spent part of my time at The Meadows as the Assistant Director of Sexual Disorder Services under the direction of Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D. I am the co-author of 'A Light in the Dark: The Hidden Legacy of Adult Children of Sex Addicts'.
(214) 239-3188 View (214) 239-3188

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.