Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Cheyenne McGuire
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
My practice is based in Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy practices (TF-CBT).
As a sex, marriage, and family therapist, I am happy to work with individuals and any relational constellation that fits you. I strive to enhance safety from an anti-oppressive and inclusive framework. A passion of mine is working with those looking to reclaim their sexual selves. My areas of focus is working with those who have experienced sexual trauma, particularly those impacted by purity culture, and pelvic pain disorders. I enjoy working with those who are looking to reclaim their pleasure and desire. Other specialties of mine are helping folks navigate gender and explore sexual identity and orientation.
My practice is based in Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy practices (TF-CBT).
As a sex, marriage, and family therapist, I am happy to work with individuals and any relational constellation that fits you. I strive to enhance safety from an anti-oppressive and inclusive framework. A passion of mine is working with those looking to reclaim their sexual selves. My areas of focus is working with those who have experienced sexual trauma, particularly those impacted by purity culture, and pelvic pain disorders. I enjoy working with those who are looking to reclaim their pleasure and desire. Other specialties of mine are helping folks navigate gender and explore sexual identity and orientation.
(425) 407-5989 View (425) 407-5989
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Seed Yoga Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98118
Currently accepting new clients. I work with people living with trauma, depression and the struggle to love the body he/she/they live in with Yoga Therapy. I am passionate about working with people to embody and hold all the aspects of themselves with loving kindness, compassion and resilience. Many of the people I work with come in with beliefs of "there is something wrong with me," or "I am not good enough." As a dually trained licensed mental health therapist and certified yoga therapist I approach mental health from a holistic and body-centered framework.
Currently accepting new clients. I work with people living with trauma, depression and the struggle to love the body he/she/they live in with Yoga Therapy. I am passionate about working with people to embody and hold all the aspects of themselves with loving kindness, compassion and resilience. Many of the people I work with come in with beliefs of "there is something wrong with me," or "I am not good enough." As a dually trained licensed mental health therapist and certified yoga therapist I approach mental health from a holistic and body-centered framework.
(206) 429-4940 View (206) 429-4940
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Ali Pagan Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My focus is on women and gender non conforming people of color, grief and loss, somatic awareness, questions of identity (racial, gender, roles, etc), family of origin issues, complex, intergenerational, and religious trauma, self esteem, attachment, relationships, and life transitions.
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and compassionate space for you to re-connect with your whole self (body included!) as well as your strengths, and to process through emotions and experiences that feel challenging to face and sort through on your own. As a black mixed race person of color myself, my racial identity is a lens through which I see the work and how I show up in the therapeutic space. I have a special interest in processing through grief for those who have experienced loss of any kind. I utilize calm, reflective listening, somatic awareness, social justice and systems focus, and a strengths-based approach.
My focus is on women and gender non conforming people of color, grief and loss, somatic awareness, questions of identity (racial, gender, roles, etc), family of origin issues, complex, intergenerational, and religious trauma, self esteem, attachment, relationships, and life transitions.
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and compassionate space for you to re-connect with your whole self (body included!) as well as your strengths, and to process through emotions and experiences that feel challenging to face and sort through on your own. As a black mixed race person of color myself, my racial identity is a lens through which I see the work and how I show up in the therapeutic space. I have a special interest in processing through grief for those who have experienced loss of any kind. I utilize calm, reflective listening, somatic awareness, social justice and systems focus, and a strengths-based approach.
(206) 801-6263 View (206) 801-6263
Sandi Espiritu
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98110
I have extensive experience working with traumatic bereavement due to the death of someone to suicide, homicide, accident or any other sudden unexpected death as well as grief resulting from a wide array of losses. Additionally, people seek me out for assistance overcoming challenges arising from trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and help navigating life transitions. I work with adult individuals experiencing a broad range of life challenges and with couples who have experienced a tragic loss.
I have extensive experience working with traumatic bereavement due to the death of someone to suicide, homicide, accident or any other sudden unexpected death as well as grief resulting from a wide array of losses. Additionally, people seek me out for assistance overcoming challenges arising from trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and help navigating life transitions. I work with adult individuals experiencing a broad range of life challenges and with couples who have experienced a tragic loss.
(206) 818-2425 View (206) 818-2425
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Lotem Raymond Coe
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I work with adults primarily on issues related to trauma. Trauma often involves lack of control over a situation, so as part of the work, I help my clients regain their sense of power and choice in our sessions. Safety, non-judgement, and kindness are valued in my practice as the foundations of the therapeutic work, and I encourage open communication about the client’s experience with therapy. I offer a flexible approach to counseling because I believe that what works for some of my clients may not work for others, and we learn what that looks like as we work together.
I work with adults primarily on issues related to trauma. Trauma often involves lack of control over a situation, so as part of the work, I help my clients regain their sense of power and choice in our sessions. Safety, non-judgement, and kindness are valued in my practice as the foundations of the therapeutic work, and I encourage open communication about the client’s experience with therapy. I offer a flexible approach to counseling because I believe that what works for some of my clients may not work for others, and we learn what that looks like as we work together.
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Madison C Linck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMHC, LSWAIC, MSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
I also love working with anxiety, PTSD, &neurodiversity, specifically adult ADHD.
www.thehealinglinck.com. I am accepting New CLIENTS! As a therapist, I don’t think therapy should be too stiff. We will build a therapeutic relationship by getting to know each other and building trust. I will be direct, compassionate, and challenge you (gently). I’m a regular person. You may hear me use a cuss word or a few or a lot. I will laugh at your jokes and I would love to meet your pets! Since I provide online therapy, that’s actually possible. I will show you how to be vulnerable and authentic by being that way myself. I will give you direct feedback. You can say whatever you want and I will listen without judgement!
I also love working with anxiety, PTSD, &neurodiversity, specifically adult ADHD.
www.thehealinglinck.com. I am accepting New CLIENTS! As a therapist, I don’t think therapy should be too stiff. We will build a therapeutic relationship by getting to know each other and building trust. I will be direct, compassionate, and challenge you (gently). I’m a regular person. You may hear me use a cuss word or a few or a lot. I will laugh at your jokes and I would love to meet your pets! Since I provide online therapy, that’s actually possible. I will show you how to be vulnerable and authentic by being that way myself. I will give you direct feedback. You can say whatever you want and I will listen without judgement!
(206) 278-9850 View (206) 278-9850
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Lizzie Mendus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, school stress, suicidal ideation, identity-forming, gender/sexuality explorations, trauma and stress-related disorders, and conflicts within families.
Hello and welcome to Courageous Healing, PLLC! My name is Lizzie (she/her/hers) and I'm an associate independent clinical social worker (LSWAIC). Engaging in therapy takes strength, bravery, and courage. My therapeutic approach is guided through relational and person-centered practices, which involve seeing clients as complex, intricate people rather than diagnoses or “problems.” My intention as a therapist is to ensure my clients feel seen, heard, and understood, all of which I believe are of the utmost importance to healing.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, school stress, suicidal ideation, identity-forming, gender/sexuality explorations, trauma and stress-related disorders, and conflicts within families.
Hello and welcome to Courageous Healing, PLLC! My name is Lizzie (she/her/hers) and I'm an associate independent clinical social worker (LSWAIC). Engaging in therapy takes strength, bravery, and courage. My therapeutic approach is guided through relational and person-centered practices, which involve seeing clients as complex, intricate people rather than diagnoses or “problems.” My intention as a therapist is to ensure my clients feel seen, heard, and understood, all of which I believe are of the utmost importance to healing.
(206) 488-0728 x9208 View (206) 488-0728 x9208
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Jen Monette-Bethune
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98177  (Online Only)
I offer therapy for people looking to heal past trauma, explore their identity, create stability in their relationships, and live into their fullest expression. When people think of "healing", they often think of a serious, rigorous, and painful process. But healing can also look learning how to accessing more pleasure, play, joy, and connection in life! In addition to a clinical approach, I also integrate levity, humor, and curiosity into the therapeutic process.
I offer therapy for people looking to heal past trauma, explore their identity, create stability in their relationships, and live into their fullest expression. When people think of "healing", they often think of a serious, rigorous, and painful process. But healing can also look learning how to accessing more pleasure, play, joy, and connection in life! In addition to a clinical approach, I also integrate levity, humor, and curiosity into the therapeutic process.
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Katlin Kellow
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116  (Online Only)
I am trained in EMDR and am trauma focused. I specialize in anxiety, women's issues, DV & body esteem. Healing can be a beautiful process, both physically and mentally. It can bring relief from pain, restore functionality, and promote a sense of well-being. It can also offer an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery. The philosophy of trauma-informed counseling is based on the understanding that individuals who have experienced trauma require specialized care and support. I acknowledge the impact of trauma on my clients' lives and work collaboratively with them to identify and address their individual needs and goals.
I am trained in EMDR and am trauma focused. I specialize in anxiety, women's issues, DV & body esteem. Healing can be a beautiful process, both physically and mentally. It can bring relief from pain, restore functionality, and promote a sense of well-being. It can also offer an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery. The philosophy of trauma-informed counseling is based on the understanding that individuals who have experienced trauma require specialized care and support. I acknowledge the impact of trauma on my clients' lives and work collaboratively with them to identify and address their individual needs and goals.
(206) 429-4876 View (206) 429-4876
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Rhiannon Trozzi Andreini
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116
As a provider coming from clinical work in community and institutional settings, I have had the privilege of working alongside a wide array of individuals. My approach has become a constellation of theoretical orientations. I believe wholeheartedly in the potential for growth via the therapeutic relationship, and most shiningly, the beauty of human resilience. Mental health symptoms and addictions are nothing but survival skills begging to be transmuted. Unaddressed trauma as been the focus of my work, and I lean on mindfulness and the power of its practice to retrain the brain’s most reactive pathways.
As a provider coming from clinical work in community and institutional settings, I have had the privilege of working alongside a wide array of individuals. My approach has become a constellation of theoretical orientations. I believe wholeheartedly in the potential for growth via the therapeutic relationship, and most shiningly, the beauty of human resilience. Mental health symptoms and addictions are nothing but survival skills begging to be transmuted. Unaddressed trauma as been the focus of my work, and I lean on mindfulness and the power of its practice to retrain the brain’s most reactive pathways.
(425) 629-0604 View (425) 629-0604
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Medicine Heart PLLC
Counselor, LMHC-A, ATR-P
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Fatima’s therapy practice focuses on implementing Art Therapy directives, Trauma-informed care, Attachment-based theory, Experiential, Spirituality/holistic approach and Person-centered theory. Fatima is the Owner of Medicine Heart PLLC. Fatima has a M.A in Clinical Mental Health counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy, Chemical Dependency, and Somatic-Interventions.
Fatima’s therapy practice focuses on implementing Art Therapy directives, Trauma-informed care, Attachment-based theory, Experiential, Spirituality/holistic approach and Person-centered theory. Fatima is the Owner of Medicine Heart PLLC. Fatima has a M.A in Clinical Mental Health counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy, Chemical Dependency, and Somatic-Interventions.
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Jessa White
Counselor, LMCHA, MA, RYT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119
I don’t steer away from trauma; no person is too broken.
Monday at 4:00pm available in person or online- Thursday at 3:00 in person or online ———-I’ve found that therapy is most powerful when there is a combination of traditional western methodology and eastern philosophy practices. Together, we’ll discuss who you are. I’ll form questions that provide insight into your systems, and patterns. We’ll discuss family of origin. Time and time again. We’ll talk about diet; we’ll talk about love. We’ll discuss death. Together we’ll uncover aspects of your human experience and award you the opportunity to look further inward.
I don’t steer away from trauma; no person is too broken.
Monday at 4:00pm available in person or online- Thursday at 3:00 in person or online ———-I’ve found that therapy is most powerful when there is a combination of traditional western methodology and eastern philosophy practices. Together, we’ll discuss who you are. I’ll form questions that provide insight into your systems, and patterns. We’ll discuss family of origin. Time and time again. We’ll talk about diet; we’ll talk about love. We’ll discuss death. Together we’ll uncover aspects of your human experience and award you the opportunity to look further inward.
(206) 761-0670 View (206) 761-0670
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Kate Payne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MEd
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I specialize in trauma therapy using EMDR and somatic experiencing.
Therapy is a tool to reflect, learn, and process one's experiences to create a more fulfilling and authentic life worth living. I work with individuals and with couples seeking support for a variety of concerns. With over a decade of experience in providing therapy, I have honed in my approach as trauma-informed and strengths based. I also have spent many years of education and experience working with the LGBTQ+ communities.
I specialize in trauma therapy using EMDR and somatic experiencing.
Therapy is a tool to reflect, learn, and process one's experiences to create a more fulfilling and authentic life worth living. I work with individuals and with couples seeking support for a variety of concerns. With over a decade of experience in providing therapy, I have honed in my approach as trauma-informed and strengths based. I also have spent many years of education and experience working with the LGBTQ+ communities.
(415) 329-4059 View (415) 329-4059
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Freya Rivers
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
If you are suffering from the effects of trauma and abuse, I can help.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with a combined 20 years of advocacy and clinical experience, I continually marvel at how profoundly strong, resilient, and adaptive humans are and the many ways, usually unconsciously, that we develop to navigate and cope within our uniquely formative personal, familial, and cultural contexts. Often these coping skills that served us so well in childhood, as we dealt with difficult experiences and/or trauma, do not work as well once we become adults and move into new contexts. It can be scary when coping strategies, that used to help, no longer provide the solace and comfort they once did.
If you are suffering from the effects of trauma and abuse, I can help.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with a combined 20 years of advocacy and clinical experience, I continually marvel at how profoundly strong, resilient, and adaptive humans are and the many ways, usually unconsciously, that we develop to navigate and cope within our uniquely formative personal, familial, and cultural contexts. Often these coping skills that served us so well in childhood, as we dealt with difficult experiences and/or trauma, do not work as well once we become adults and move into new contexts. It can be scary when coping strategies, that used to help, no longer provide the solace and comfort they once did.
(206) 745-4140 View (206) 745-4140
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David C. Herzog
Psychologist, PsyD, MFA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98116
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, LGBT issues, professional and personal identity, transition, relationship issues, substance abuse, veterans issues, and grief and loss.
During our lives, we encounter experiences that can move us away from a direct connection to ourselves. Influences from family, friends, peers, jobs, and the greater culture can affect how we view and express ourselves. We can become conditioned to thinking, feeling and behaving in a way that is incompatible with who we really are and what we want in our lives. This compromises our ability to value our unique identity and to express and apply ourselves, and our strengths. I will help you to identify, understand and remove barriers that are keeping you from realizing your fullest potential. I offer Telehealth only in California.
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, LGBT issues, professional and personal identity, transition, relationship issues, substance abuse, veterans issues, and grief and loss.
During our lives, we encounter experiences that can move us away from a direct connection to ourselves. Influences from family, friends, peers, jobs, and the greater culture can affect how we view and express ourselves. We can become conditioned to thinking, feeling and behaving in a way that is incompatible with who we really are and what we want in our lives. This compromises our ability to value our unique identity and to express and apply ourselves, and our strengths. I will help you to identify, understand and remove barriers that are keeping you from realizing your fullest potential. I offer Telehealth only in California.
(206) 565-0187 View (206) 565-0187
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Marissa M Grasmick
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
Marissa M. Grasmick, MA, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. In her private practice she focuses on working with adults addressing trauma, sexual abuse/assault, anxiety, self worth, relationships/attachment, and organization. Marissa's Masters degrees in both Art Therapy and Counseling allow her to weave art-based interventions with her knowledge of working with trauma and the body. Marissa is highly skilled in her ability to integrate her experience with meditation and Zen philosophy to bridge the gap between such things as cutting-edge neuroscience and our need to create meaning from suffering.
Marissa M. Grasmick, MA, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. In her private practice she focuses on working with adults addressing trauma, sexual abuse/assault, anxiety, self worth, relationships/attachment, and organization. Marissa's Masters degrees in both Art Therapy and Counseling allow her to weave art-based interventions with her knowledge of working with trauma and the body. Marissa is highly skilled in her ability to integrate her experience with meditation and Zen philosophy to bridge the gap between such things as cutting-edge neuroscience and our need to create meaning from suffering.
(206) 338-3588 View (206) 338-3588
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Yvette Stone
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
I work with women and men around the issues of trauma and abuse, DV, anxiety, grief, loss, and life transitions.
I believe we are all created for connection in relationship, and that all relationships have the potential to bring great joy and great struggle. Through our therapeutic relationship, by addressing the concerns that bring you to therapy, a process occurs that produces healing, transformation, and growth. My approach to counseling varies, but is rooted in trauma-informed, relational psychotherapy, focusing on key attachment relationships, and exploring the moments, social and cultural constructs, and ideologies that have shaped you.
I work with women and men around the issues of trauma and abuse, DV, anxiety, grief, loss, and life transitions.
I believe we are all created for connection in relationship, and that all relationships have the potential to bring great joy and great struggle. Through our therapeutic relationship, by addressing the concerns that bring you to therapy, a process occurs that produces healing, transformation, and growth. My approach to counseling varies, but is rooted in trauma-informed, relational psychotherapy, focusing on key attachment relationships, and exploring the moments, social and cultural constructs, and ideologies that have shaped you.
(206) 309-9152 View (206) 309-9152
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Reini Thijssen
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
My specializations include trauma, intimacy, immigration, integration, and relationships.
Immediate openings available. Do you experience anxiety, depression, or a lack of self-confidence? Looking for ways to resolve or cope with trauma symptoms? Wanting to improve relationships? Does the lack of focus and concentration lead to decreased motivation and procrastination? If so, you have come to the right place. Together, we will navigate your past, present, and future challenges. We will unpack internal and interpersonal conflicts. Unhelpful patterns will be identified while creating and implementing practical tools to help accomplish your goals.
My specializations include trauma, intimacy, immigration, integration, and relationships.
Immediate openings available. Do you experience anxiety, depression, or a lack of self-confidence? Looking for ways to resolve or cope with trauma symptoms? Wanting to improve relationships? Does the lack of focus and concentration lead to decreased motivation and procrastination? If so, you have come to the right place. Together, we will navigate your past, present, and future challenges. We will unpack internal and interpersonal conflicts. Unhelpful patterns will be identified while creating and implementing practical tools to help accomplish your goals.
(206) 809-8143 View (206) 809-8143
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Kathleen Elias, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
My approach is relational and supportive and draws on modern research on the brain, trauma, and attachment.
Sometimes clients who reach out to me are struggling with identifiable issues - depression, anxiety, addictions, stress, grief, life transitions, or illness. Sometimes they're couples grappling with the fallout of infidelity or suffering from a loss of intimacy. And sometimes new clients don't even know what the problem is. They just know something isn't working. I've been practicing for over thirty years, helping individuals and couples gain a deeper understanding of themselves and each other so they can live whole-heartedly and in the present.
My approach is relational and supportive and draws on modern research on the brain, trauma, and attachment.
Sometimes clients who reach out to me are struggling with identifiable issues - depression, anxiety, addictions, stress, grief, life transitions, or illness. Sometimes they're couples grappling with the fallout of infidelity or suffering from a loss of intimacy. And sometimes new clients don't even know what the problem is. They just know something isn't working. I've been practicing for over thirty years, helping individuals and couples gain a deeper understanding of themselves and each other so they can live whole-heartedly and in the present.
(206) 502-0920 View (206) 502-0920
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Katie Vigneulle
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Hello there, I’m a trauma-informed therapist who loves working with people healing from past trauma and abuse, learning to befriend and honor their bodies, and seeking a caring witness. I love working with issues like anxiety, queer identity formation and processing, grief, and imposter syndrome. - Also, ask about my summer discount for teachers & therapists! I'm honored to care for those who spend their lives in a caring role. I'm offering a lowered rate from May-August for those vital folks. If you're an educator, therapist, or therapist in training who's been thinking about starting therapy, this is your sign! -
Hello there, I’m a trauma-informed therapist who loves working with people healing from past trauma and abuse, learning to befriend and honor their bodies, and seeking a caring witness. I love working with issues like anxiety, queer identity formation and processing, grief, and imposter syndrome. - Also, ask about my summer discount for teachers & therapists! I'm honored to care for those who spend their lives in a caring role. I'm offering a lowered rate from May-August for those vital folks. If you're an educator, therapist, or therapist in training who's been thinking about starting therapy, this is your sign! -
(206) 984-3283 View (206) 984-3283
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.