Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Dripping Springs, TX

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Melanie Martin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
You don't have to handle everything alone. I will work with you as you evaluate your world and the challenges you face. I counsel individuals for issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and family conflicts. I have extensive professional experience related to various forms of domestic violence, including verbal, emotional and psychological abuse. Clients dealing with life transitions, relationship difficulties, and parenting struggles also benefit from therapy. We will work together to help you recognize your strengths and emerge with renewed positivity and hope.
You don't have to handle everything alone. I will work with you as you evaluate your world and the challenges you face. I counsel individuals for issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and family conflicts. I have extensive professional experience related to various forms of domestic violence, including verbal, emotional and psychological abuse. Clients dealing with life transitions, relationship difficulties, and parenting struggles also benefit from therapy. We will work together to help you recognize your strengths and emerge with renewed positivity and hope.
(512) 400-2752 View (512) 400-2752
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Erin Caldwell - EMDR Intensives
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Are you looking to make big changes in your life or maybe you are just wanting to feel better on a daily basis? I offer evidence based therapy for those who are busy professionals or lead lives with demanding schedules that don't permit for the traditional model of months or even years of ongoing weekly therapy. Whether you seek this help for Trauma, interpersonal relationships, depression, or other difficult life situations, I am here to partner with you on the journey of healing. My passion is using the powerful techniques of EMDR Intensives with clients who are ready to live without their distressing clinical symptoms.
Are you looking to make big changes in your life or maybe you are just wanting to feel better on a daily basis? I offer evidence based therapy for those who are busy professionals or lead lives with demanding schedules that don't permit for the traditional model of months or even years of ongoing weekly therapy. Whether you seek this help for Trauma, interpersonal relationships, depression, or other difficult life situations, I am here to partner with you on the journey of healing. My passion is using the powerful techniques of EMDR Intensives with clients who are ready to live without their distressing clinical symptoms.
(512) 829-3440 View (512) 829-3440
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Jan Venable
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, -S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Jan Venable, M.Ed., LPC-S is a psychotherapist and counselor with over 25 years of experience. She works with both adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with people in recovery who want to improve their relationships. This includes healing trauma, anxiety, and codependency. She believes one of the most vital elements of mental health is developing our physical health and practicing good nutrition. She advocates for treating the whole person rather than just isolated symptoms. Jan has extensive experience with adolescents. She finds treating teens with respect and compassion opens many doors.
Jan Venable, M.Ed., LPC-S is a psychotherapist and counselor with over 25 years of experience. She works with both adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with people in recovery who want to improve their relationships. This includes healing trauma, anxiety, and codependency. She believes one of the most vital elements of mental health is developing our physical health and practicing good nutrition. She advocates for treating the whole person rather than just isolated symptoms. Jan has extensive experience with adolescents. She finds treating teens with respect and compassion opens many doors.
(512) 861-8993 View (512) 861-8993
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Lara Long
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Trauma: Variety of modalities, including Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Attachment, Neuroscience & work of Dr.
Is stress, anxiety and depression plaguing you? Do you feel more disconnected than ever in this post-pandemic world? Have you ever been curious about what therapy with horses might be like? I'd love to offer you the experience of something different, through a felt experience of change either through in-person talk therapy or equine assisted psychotherapy (I also offer Telehealth!). Therapy can be a place to feel safe, seen and find pathways to new ways of being in the world. I hope to meet you soon!
Trauma: Variety of modalities, including Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Attachment, Neuroscience & work of Dr.
Is stress, anxiety and depression plaguing you? Do you feel more disconnected than ever in this post-pandemic world? Have you ever been curious about what therapy with horses might be like? I'd love to offer you the experience of something different, through a felt experience of change either through in-person talk therapy or equine assisted psychotherapy (I also offer Telehealth!). Therapy can be a place to feel safe, seen and find pathways to new ways of being in the world. I hope to meet you soon!
(512) 729-8213 View (512) 729-8213
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Eva Ponder
Psychologist, PsyD, MSW, HSPP, LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
As a trauma therapist, I can assist in reducing the distress of traumatic or disturbing memories.
I am passionate about helping to empower people to become who they were created to be. I love working with women who are navigating difficult relationships both at home and at work, assisting them to achieve greater levels of confidence and life satisfaction. I am trained in several kinds of trauma treatments and am inspired by the courage and determination I see as people gain healing, putting their past in the past. I also have many years of experience supporting individuals who are either clergy families of clergy members. I am equipped to address a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety grief, and pet loss.
As a trauma therapist, I can assist in reducing the distress of traumatic or disturbing memories.
I am passionate about helping to empower people to become who they were created to be. I love working with women who are navigating difficult relationships both at home and at work, assisting them to achieve greater levels of confidence and life satisfaction. I am trained in several kinds of trauma treatments and am inspired by the courage and determination I see as people gain healing, putting their past in the past. I also have many years of experience supporting individuals who are either clergy families of clergy members. I am equipped to address a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety grief, and pet loss.
(512) 515-9607 View (512) 515-9607
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Leslie Tourish, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
My goal is to work with you in a partnership to create solutions that are specific to your unique needs. I'm a believer that the opposite of depression is not happiness, but resiliency. We can work together to explore your depression, anxiety, or shame which are often the result from a trauma, or series of traumas. I have found that the most effective therapy has an individualized focus and is a collaboration between you and me. The focus will be to help you explore possible alternative ways of thinking and behaving - the building blocks of change.
My goal is to work with you in a partnership to create solutions that are specific to your unique needs. I'm a believer that the opposite of depression is not happiness, but resiliency. We can work together to explore your depression, anxiety, or shame which are often the result from a trauma, or series of traumas. I have found that the most effective therapy has an individualized focus and is a collaboration between you and me. The focus will be to help you explore possible alternative ways of thinking and behaving - the building blocks of change.
(512) 772-5784 View (512) 772-5784
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Heidi Reddin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Hello! My name is Heidi Reddin and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) based in New Braunfels, TX, and I see clients all throughout Texas via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, and major life transitions. I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy as modalities to explore client concerns.
Hello! My name is Heidi Reddin and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) based in New Braunfels, TX, and I see clients all throughout Texas via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, and major life transitions. I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy as modalities to explore client concerns.
(469) 654-3331 View (469) 654-3331
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Katy Adams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT-S, LPC, SEP, CCTP, RYT-200
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
I offer somatic psychotherapy (touch and tablework) for people who are working on trauma, relationship and attachment issues. This work may also bring up family of origin issues that may also be unresolved. I combine somatic, IFS, and attachment modalities. My somatic training also provides expertise in helping those with chronic illness or pain and how this is related to mental health. Somatic work also is for those with after-effects of surgeries or accidents.
I offer somatic psychotherapy (touch and tablework) for people who are working on trauma, relationship and attachment issues. This work may also bring up family of origin issues that may also be unresolved. I combine somatic, IFS, and attachment modalities. My somatic training also provides expertise in helping those with chronic illness or pain and how this is related to mental health. Somatic work also is for those with after-effects of surgeries or accidents.
(512) 900-7267 View (512) 900-7267
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Ayesha E Anthony
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with trauma and anxiety with individuals of all ages.
I provide therapy in a supportive, authentic and normalizing environment. I work to help others feel empowered as they work toward their goals and recognize how much they are able to shape their own lives when provided with effective tools and insight. I believe that the appropriate use of humor is extremely helpful and I strongly believe that it is not my place to judge you or to impose my values on you during the therapeutic process. I view counseling as a team effort where the counselor and client work together.
I specialize in working with trauma and anxiety with individuals of all ages.
I provide therapy in a supportive, authentic and normalizing environment. I work to help others feel empowered as they work toward their goals and recognize how much they are able to shape their own lives when provided with effective tools and insight. I believe that the appropriate use of humor is extremely helpful and I strongly believe that it is not my place to judge you or to impose my values on you during the therapeutic process. I view counseling as a team effort where the counselor and client work together.
(512) 942-2634 View (512) 942-2634
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Ann Zbylot, MEd., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
I am experienced in Trauma Recovery and Anxiety Management Utilizing: EMDR, an effective way to process and heal from trauma; I am an informed Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist that uses mindfulness and body- centered practices that help build inner strength and focus so that body-mind can heal.
In my work I have found that people come to therapy when life has thrown them a curve that they are not sure how to negotiate. Whether it be an unmanageable relationship, excessive anxiety, or recurring depression. Therapy is a resource to help you deal with the issues that keep you stuck in old patterns. Through active listening and reflection, I can help you identify contributing facets of the issue. Together we can look at the whole picture and find the best way to move forward.
I am experienced in Trauma Recovery and Anxiety Management Utilizing: EMDR, an effective way to process and heal from trauma; I am an informed Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist that uses mindfulness and body- centered practices that help build inner strength and focus so that body-mind can heal.
In my work I have found that people come to therapy when life has thrown them a curve that they are not sure how to negotiate. Whether it be an unmanageable relationship, excessive anxiety, or recurring depression. Therapy is a resource to help you deal with the issues that keep you stuck in old patterns. Through active listening and reflection, I can help you identify contributing facets of the issue. Together we can look at the whole picture and find the best way to move forward.
(512) 271-2058 View (512) 271-2058
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Kathleen Adams
Psychologist, PhD, CGP
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
My adult long term psychotherapy group specializes in chronic shock and developmental trauma.
Pain exists to make us pay attention. Trying desperately not to hurt, we compromise our integrity, our hearts and our sense of self, on some misguided mission to be invulnerable, to please, to care-take, or just to belong...Somewhere along the way, our vision of ourselves loses focus. Therapy can help create a new template for living. Research shows us that the brain can actually re-wire itself in the context of a secure relationship, developing new capacities for self-soothing, obtaining perspective, and being intimate. I believe that all suffering bears embedded gifts, if we look hard enough.
My adult long term psychotherapy group specializes in chronic shock and developmental trauma.
Pain exists to make us pay attention. Trying desperately not to hurt, we compromise our integrity, our hearts and our sense of self, on some misguided mission to be invulnerable, to please, to care-take, or just to belong...Somewhere along the way, our vision of ourselves loses focus. Therapy can help create a new template for living. Research shows us that the brain can actually re-wire itself in the context of a secure relationship, developing new capacities for self-soothing, obtaining perspective, and being intimate. I believe that all suffering bears embedded gifts, if we look hard enough.
(361) 596-3981 View (361) 596-3981
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Linda McGee Calvert
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
I also completed Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma.
I see good psychotherapy as a collaborative process guided by your needs. I strongly believe that individuals and families have inherent strengths that can help them deal effectively with their problems and make meaningful change. However, many people are too busy or too overwhelmed to figure out what changes they would like to make or to develop the strengths needed to make those changes. Fortunately, we've learned a lot in recent years about creating change--psychological, emotional, and behavioral. When you come in, we will work together to decide what changes you want to make and how.
I also completed Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma.
I see good psychotherapy as a collaborative process guided by your needs. I strongly believe that individuals and families have inherent strengths that can help them deal effectively with their problems and make meaningful change. However, many people are too busy or too overwhelmed to figure out what changes they would like to make or to develop the strengths needed to make those changes. Fortunately, we've learned a lot in recent years about creating change--psychological, emotional, and behavioral. When you come in, we will work together to decide what changes you want to make and how.
(512) 948-3071 View (512) 948-3071
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Barbara Jo Stetzelberger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Talk therapy forms the foundation for my all work. Your story is important. When clients seek to deepen their healing process I help them take the next steps through somatically based therapies. The integration of bodymind (soma) can help clients conquer depression, recover from trauma, relieve anxiety, cope with limiting medical and physical conditions, and increase their capacity to embrace life. As an Exercise Specialist, I have been helping people overcome back problems for over 26 years with my Active EASE program. I also lead InterPlay, a seriously fun way to come at things from a different direction.
Talk therapy forms the foundation for my all work. Your story is important. When clients seek to deepen their healing process I help them take the next steps through somatically based therapies. The integration of bodymind (soma) can help clients conquer depression, recover from trauma, relieve anxiety, cope with limiting medical and physical conditions, and increase their capacity to embrace life. As an Exercise Specialist, I have been helping people overcome back problems for over 26 years with my Active EASE program. I also lead InterPlay, a seriously fun way to come at things from a different direction.
(361) 704-7000 View (361) 704-7000
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Lindsey Bussey
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MSW, EAGALA
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Not accepting new clients
In addition to EAP, I also provide traditional office based therapy that focuses on evidence based practice of treating trauma, grief, loss, attachment and relationship difficulties.
*Not currently accepting new clients. I am accepting clients who wished to be placed on the waitlist. * My passion is to promote the growth and development of young people and their families through meaningful and authentic therapeutic relationships. I am committed to providing an environment where clients can feel safe, understood and unconditionally accepted. As a therapist, I provide support and guidance to help clients reveal inner strength, achieve balance in their lives, and develop healthy coping strategies.
In addition to EAP, I also provide traditional office based therapy that focuses on evidence based practice of treating trauma, grief, loss, attachment and relationship difficulties.
*Not currently accepting new clients. I am accepting clients who wished to be placed on the waitlist. * My passion is to promote the growth and development of young people and their families through meaningful and authentic therapeutic relationships. I am committed to providing an environment where clients can feel safe, understood and unconditionally accepted. As a therapist, I provide support and guidance to help clients reveal inner strength, achieve balance in their lives, and develop healthy coping strategies.
(512) 872-5839 View (512) 872-5839
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Rebecca Kloc
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
I have found that EMDR is very effective and transformative in the treatment of complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
I see clients who have come to the realization that some areas in their lives aren't working and/or they're not on the path that they would like to be following. Many of them have also experienced childhood trauma and/or trauma later in life, complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. I can help you identify the factors that are keeping you stuck and provide support while you develop the necessary skills and insights to move forward. I use a combination of talk therapy and EMDR in treating clients. I see adults, adolescents and children 10 years of age and older. I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation.
I have found that EMDR is very effective and transformative in the treatment of complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
I see clients who have come to the realization that some areas in their lives aren't working and/or they're not on the path that they would like to be following. Many of them have also experienced childhood trauma and/or trauma later in life, complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. I can help you identify the factors that are keeping you stuck and provide support while you develop the necessary skills and insights to move forward. I use a combination of talk therapy and EMDR in treating clients. I see adults, adolescents and children 10 years of age and older. I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation.
(512) 940-7434 View (512) 940-7434
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Heather W. Outlaw
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
You've tried everything and it feels like nothing is changing. You need help in treating trauma, addiction, co-dependence or moving through a difficult life transition. I am passionate about helping you examine and discard outdated beliefs and family, societal and cultural rules that bind you. It is my honor and a joy to help you bravely face and work through issues to be able to re-enter your life from a place of authenticity and strength. EMDR is AMAZING! I am trained in the Meadows Survivors protocol and I am a Certified Daring Way (Brene Brown), Facilitator. Call me! I want to help.
You've tried everything and it feels like nothing is changing. You need help in treating trauma, addiction, co-dependence or moving through a difficult life transition. I am passionate about helping you examine and discard outdated beliefs and family, societal and cultural rules that bind you. It is my honor and a joy to help you bravely face and work through issues to be able to re-enter your life from a place of authenticity and strength. EMDR is AMAZING! I am trained in the Meadows Survivors protocol and I am a Certified Daring Way (Brene Brown), Facilitator. Call me! I want to help.
(617) 936-7846 View (617) 936-7846
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Stevie Stanford
Psychologist, PhD, EMDR
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Specializing in trauma treatment, addiction and sex therapy. My purpose is to help others connect and love in a healthy and fulfilled way. Sometimes, we need to address our trauma and addictions to get to that place of authentic love.
Specializing in trauma treatment, addiction and sex therapy. My purpose is to help others connect and love in a healthy and fulfilled way. Sometimes, we need to address our trauma and addictions to get to that place of authentic love.
(512) 813-1584 View (512) 813-1584
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Abigail Makepeace
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Treatment specialization includes: Healing Past Trauma, Therapy for Depression and Anxiety, Couples Counseling, PTSD, Infertility, Work and Career Issues, Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Life Crisis, Self- Destructive Behaviors.
As a licensed therapist and the founder of Makepeace Therapy, I have been working with individuals and couples for over 10 years. Throughout my life and in my practice, I have continuously experienced that people can heal from the suffering past trauma has created in their lives. I am so passionate about therapy because it allows for an incredible unfolding process to discover the root of our pain, change unwanted patterns and behaviors, and allow for the creation of the necessary changes that lead to living fulfilled, healthy, and joyful lives!
Treatment specialization includes: Healing Past Trauma, Therapy for Depression and Anxiety, Couples Counseling, PTSD, Infertility, Work and Career Issues, Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Life Crisis, Self- Destructive Behaviors.
As a licensed therapist and the founder of Makepeace Therapy, I have been working with individuals and couples for over 10 years. Throughout my life and in my practice, I have continuously experienced that people can heal from the suffering past trauma has created in their lives. I am so passionate about therapy because it allows for an incredible unfolding process to discover the root of our pain, change unwanted patterns and behaviors, and allow for the creation of the necessary changes that lead to living fulfilled, healthy, and joyful lives!
(737) 345-4875 View (737) 345-4875
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Patty Ramlet
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
I have worked in a variety of treatment settings for the past several decades, primarily working with those who struggle with eating disorders and/or disordered eating patterns; anxiety; OCD; depression; trauma/PTSD and relational conflict.
We are all on this journey called life, facing various challenges and struggles along the way. We are not meant to face these seasons of struggle alone; we need community and connection during these times. I feel honored and privileged to be alongside those who find their way to my counseling practice. I don't claim to have all the answers, however I do have almost 30 years of counseling experience and 62 + years of life experience. I will help YOU to make "life-informed" choices and decisions with guiding, educating, mentoring, supporting and encouraging.
I have worked in a variety of treatment settings for the past several decades, primarily working with those who struggle with eating disorders and/or disordered eating patterns; anxiety; OCD; depression; trauma/PTSD and relational conflict.
We are all on this journey called life, facing various challenges and struggles along the way. We are not meant to face these seasons of struggle alone; we need community and connection during these times. I feel honored and privileged to be alongside those who find their way to my counseling practice. I don't claim to have all the answers, however I do have almost 30 years of counseling experience and 62 + years of life experience. I will help YOU to make "life-informed" choices and decisions with guiding, educating, mentoring, supporting and encouraging.
(303) 732-8792 View (303) 732-8792
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Molly Rafferty
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
Experiencing trauma and then feeling safe to process that trauma takes great courage.
As we go through life, we experience joy but also heartache, pain and suffering. My clients usually have a consistent theme of childhood and/or adult trauma and as a result are having relational issues and doubts about themselves. They need to be heard and validated. They need to know that each person is unique and special. I have many years of experience and I have studied various models of therapy. I have learned that if a client learns to regulate their internal state, then they begin to heal. All of life's healing happens in the context of attuned relationships based on trust, mutual respect, and partnership.
Experiencing trauma and then feeling safe to process that trauma takes great courage.
As we go through life, we experience joy but also heartache, pain and suffering. My clients usually have a consistent theme of childhood and/or adult trauma and as a result are having relational issues and doubts about themselves. They need to be heard and validated. They need to know that each person is unique and special. I have many years of experience and I have studied various models of therapy. I have learned that if a client learns to regulate their internal state, then they begin to heal. All of life's healing happens in the context of attuned relationships based on trust, mutual respect, and partnership.
(512) 883-8503 View (512) 883-8503
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Trauma and PTSD Therapists

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.