Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Tacoma, WA

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Pedro Ruiz
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405
Pedro Ruiz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington who has been practicing since 2017. He has a Master's of Science in Professional Counseling, with 17+ years of experience with addiction counseling, and depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. Pedro strives to listen actively, gain understanding of the underlying issues and problems, and provide guidance to overcome, find relief, and experience healing from emotional/psychological pain/discomfort.
Pedro Ruiz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington who has been practicing since 2017. He has a Master's of Science in Professional Counseling, with 17+ years of experience with addiction counseling, and depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. Pedro strives to listen actively, gain understanding of the underlying issues and problems, and provide guidance to overcome, find relief, and experience healing from emotional/psychological pain/discomfort.
(253) 400-3222 View (253) 400-3222
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Benjamin Michael Shafer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA, MA, MS
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403
I see the fact that you are here looking for a therapist as immensely brave. I honor your courage. I genuinely love people. My personal experiences with childhood trauma, family relationships, religion, and the sciences have granted me opportunities to empathize with and understand a diverse range of emotional, mental, and relational issues and to apply effective treatment methods for my clients. I am aware that my privilege and life opportunities require me to be intentional about providing a safe space for my clients, especially those who have experienced marginalization and societal oppression and I consistently strive to do so.
I see the fact that you are here looking for a therapist as immensely brave. I honor your courage. I genuinely love people. My personal experiences with childhood trauma, family relationships, religion, and the sciences have granted me opportunities to empathize with and understand a diverse range of emotional, mental, and relational issues and to apply effective treatment methods for my clients. I am aware that my privilege and life opportunities require me to be intentional about providing a safe space for my clients, especially those who have experienced marginalization and societal oppression and I consistently strive to do so.
(253) 215-1154 View (253) 215-1154
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Tatjana Isaac
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CMHS, MHP
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98411  (Online Only)
Accepting New Telehealth Clients - I provide trauma focused therapies for adults and adolescents with a non-judgmental, collaborative and strengths focused approach. This means that it is my highest priority to ensure therapy is a place where you feel equally empowered and cared for. Traumatic experiences rob us of a sense of autonomy and it is my hope to create a place in therapy where you can reconnect and show love towards all parts of yourself.
Accepting New Telehealth Clients - I provide trauma focused therapies for adults and adolescents with a non-judgmental, collaborative and strengths focused approach. This means that it is my highest priority to ensure therapy is a place where you feel equally empowered and cared for. Traumatic experiences rob us of a sense of autonomy and it is my hope to create a place in therapy where you can reconnect and show love towards all parts of yourself.
(253) 201-3051 View (253) 201-3051
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Alma Marion Christean
Counselor, MA, CHT, LMHC
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Somatic, mindfulness-based work is equally suitable for clients working with resolving underlying emotional patterns and trauma as for those simply wanting to expand their capacity for intimacy in their relationships.
In my practice, I blend NARM with other mindfulness-based methods to help clients gently access and heal unresolved issues in order to decrease unnecessary suffering in their lives. My practice is ideal for clients who are curious about expanding their capacity for intimacy in their relationships and creating greater joy and satisfaction in their lives. I enjoy working with clients who are curious about and engaged in their own healing process, and who are committed to compassion and nonviolence in their relationships with others and with themselves. I welcome adults, adolescents, couples, and clients from the LGBTQI+ community.
Somatic, mindfulness-based work is equally suitable for clients working with resolving underlying emotional patterns and trauma as for those simply wanting to expand their capacity for intimacy in their relationships.
In my practice, I blend NARM with other mindfulness-based methods to help clients gently access and heal unresolved issues in order to decrease unnecessary suffering in their lives. My practice is ideal for clients who are curious about expanding their capacity for intimacy in their relationships and creating greater joy and satisfaction in their lives. I enjoy working with clients who are curious about and engaged in their own healing process, and who are committed to compassion and nonviolence in their relationships with others and with themselves. I welcome adults, adolescents, couples, and clients from the LGBTQI+ community.
(360) 339-8787 View (360) 339-8787
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Jesalyn Kimura
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403
My practice areas include: individual, couple and relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, early life abuse and neglect, trauma/PTSD, self-esteem, family issues and spiritual exploration.
Sometimes in life, we can feel lost, stuck or even desperate. We do the same things over and over again without finding any solutions to our problems. Life often becomes painful when our past experiences have no words to describe them or clarity to bring them to understanding. Using a variety of approaches my clients and I explore their current pain and concerns, while considering the picture of their past experience. With support and compassion we map out a plan to discover ways to become unstuck and move in new directions.
My practice areas include: individual, couple and relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, early life abuse and neglect, trauma/PTSD, self-esteem, family issues and spiritual exploration.
Sometimes in life, we can feel lost, stuck or even desperate. We do the same things over and over again without finding any solutions to our problems. Life often becomes painful when our past experiences have no words to describe them or clarity to bring them to understanding. Using a variety of approaches my clients and I explore their current pain and concerns, while considering the picture of their past experience. With support and compassion we map out a plan to discover ways to become unstuck and move in new directions.
(253) 220-6990 View (253) 220-6990
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Emily Laughlin, Individual Therapy for Women, EMDR
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98406  (Online Only)
I help stressed out, motivated women work through trauma so you can have healthy relationships and feel more comfortable in your own skin. You need to get a handle on your triggers, or your relationships will suffer. You don't want to react this way, but it's out of your control. There is trauma lurking at the surface and you’re ready to address it so you can feel more confident, calm, and energized. Are you finding yourself reactive, anxious, tired, and overwhelmed? You’re not alone and I can help.
I help stressed out, motivated women work through trauma so you can have healthy relationships and feel more comfortable in your own skin. You need to get a handle on your triggers, or your relationships will suffer. You don't want to react this way, but it's out of your control. There is trauma lurking at the surface and you’re ready to address it so you can feel more confident, calm, and energized. Are you finding yourself reactive, anxious, tired, and overwhelmed? You’re not alone and I can help.
(509) 800-5490 View (509) 800-5490
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Sara Elkington
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403
Sara Elkington MA, LMHC is a licensed mental health therapist currently building a practice in Tacoma, Washington. She has specialized in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, dissociative symptoms, post-trauma reactions, intimate partner abuse recovery, ADHD-related concerns, and those living with a life-changing medical condition or chronic illness. She firmly believes in the power of therapy to promote self-growth and resilience. Sara is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and judgment-free space for her clients to explore their experiences and foster healing.
Sara Elkington MA, LMHC is a licensed mental health therapist currently building a practice in Tacoma, Washington. She has specialized in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, dissociative symptoms, post-trauma reactions, intimate partner abuse recovery, ADHD-related concerns, and those living with a life-changing medical condition or chronic illness. She firmly believes in the power of therapy to promote self-growth and resilience. Sara is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and judgment-free space for her clients to explore their experiences and foster healing.
(206) 973-7804 View (206) 973-7804
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Tacoma Counseling PLLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98403
Using training in Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavior, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive, and EMDR therapies, I provide treatment for depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and healing from trauma.
Now accepting new clients. Full time hours Mon - Fri. And by appointment, morning, evening, weekend hours. Helping you determine where you are feeling stuck with some part of your health and wellness. Ready to partner with you to help you get unstuck. I’ll hold your concerns with deep compassion. I’ll listen actively. I’ll work with you to address what’s most important to you. I will meet you where you are with dignity and respect, to connect with you. Then, we work together to tailor recovery and wellness work that best fits your needs, leaning into the work. Through hope and transformation, you can heal, grow, and thrive.
Using training in Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavior, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive, and EMDR therapies, I provide treatment for depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and healing from trauma.
Now accepting new clients. Full time hours Mon - Fri. And by appointment, morning, evening, weekend hours. Helping you determine where you are feeling stuck with some part of your health and wellness. Ready to partner with you to help you get unstuck. I’ll hold your concerns with deep compassion. I’ll listen actively. I’ll work with you to address what’s most important to you. I will meet you where you are with dignity and respect, to connect with you. Then, we work together to tailor recovery and wellness work that best fits your needs, leaning into the work. Through hope and transformation, you can heal, grow, and thrive.
(253) 329-5873 View (253) 329-5873
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Unchained Recovery
Counselor, CC, MHSC, CSAT, APSAT-B
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405  (Online Only)
Unchained Recovery is committed to the work of healing people and their families impacted by their unwanted sexual behaviors and the betrayal trauma it causes.
If you have had enough of your unwanted sexual behaviors? If trying harder has led you to where you are, its time for something better. Let me help you identify the triggers of today and the memories of yesterday that drive your actions. Through healing and recovery you can be free to be the person you have always envisioned you were meant to be.
Unchained Recovery is committed to the work of healing people and their families impacted by their unwanted sexual behaviors and the betrayal trauma it causes.
If you have had enough of your unwanted sexual behaviors? If trying harder has led you to where you are, its time for something better. Let me help you identify the triggers of today and the memories of yesterday that drive your actions. Through healing and recovery you can be free to be the person you have always envisioned you were meant to be.
(253) 400-3980 View (253) 400-3980
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Adelina Dana
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98406  (Online Only)
I believe in each person’s innate capacity to heal. You are the expert on your own life and I am here to support you in your journey. Together, we will explore your challenges and find relief and solutions. My specializations include working with clients who are experiencing challenges related to trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-worth, work-related issues, relationship conflict, breakups/divorce, familial discord, and issues related to race, culture, and gender.
I believe in each person’s innate capacity to heal. You are the expert on your own life and I am here to support you in your journey. Together, we will explore your challenges and find relief and solutions. My specializations include working with clients who are experiencing challenges related to trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-worth, work-related issues, relationship conflict, breakups/divorce, familial discord, and issues related to race, culture, and gender.
(253) 321-1939 View (253) 321-1939
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Corrine Kuehner
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
I offer individual sessions tailored to your unique needs, with a focus on creative solutions that promote healing and growth. Over the last decade and more, I have worked in mental health and behavioral health fields, with the majority of my time working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. I have also experienced my own interesting journey navigating relational trauma, chronic health issues, and learning that I have ADHD at 30 years old. I know first hand many of the struggles disabled and neurodivergent people face and I use this experience to help my clients better their own lives.
I offer individual sessions tailored to your unique needs, with a focus on creative solutions that promote healing and growth. Over the last decade and more, I have worked in mental health and behavioral health fields, with the majority of my time working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. I have also experienced my own interesting journey navigating relational trauma, chronic health issues, and learning that I have ADHD at 30 years old. I know first hand many of the struggles disabled and neurodivergent people face and I use this experience to help my clients better their own lives.
(253) 352-3789 View (253) 352-3789
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Evolvement Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LICSW, C-PD
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Do you feel lost, stuck, overwhelmed, or uncertain? Life hits. I provide emotionally focused, attachment-based support for all types of people, but my specialty is working with individuals with complex trauma history. I also offer a safe space for individuals to process anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, life transitions among many other behavioral health concerns. Our time together will be focused on understanding yourself more fully, resolving conflicts, processing your pain, and identifying together your less than helpful coping mechanisms to help you feel more grounded, feel more connected and find peace and freedom.
Do you feel lost, stuck, overwhelmed, or uncertain? Life hits. I provide emotionally focused, attachment-based support for all types of people, but my specialty is working with individuals with complex trauma history. I also offer a safe space for individuals to process anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, life transitions among many other behavioral health concerns. Our time together will be focused on understanding yourself more fully, resolving conflicts, processing your pain, and identifying together your less than helpful coping mechanisms to help you feel more grounded, feel more connected and find peace and freedom.
(253) 642-8985 View (253) 642-8985
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Kelsey Schank
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98403
My practice is predominately focused on working with clients who are experiencing effects of trauma, life transitions, perinatal and postpartum adjustment, blending families, LGBTQIA+, anxiety and depression.
Therapy is a place to feel heard, validated and offer growth and change to your life.  I am here to support your needs whether you are looking as an individual, couple or family. Every person holds a unique story and experiences; it is my goal to work collaboratively with you to achieve personal goals and growth throughout the therapy experience. I work with teens, adults, couples and families and bring a systemic focus on each individual’s needs in session. Traditional and non-traditional families are welcome.
My practice is predominately focused on working with clients who are experiencing effects of trauma, life transitions, perinatal and postpartum adjustment, blending families, LGBTQIA+, anxiety and depression.
Therapy is a place to feel heard, validated and offer growth and change to your life.  I am here to support your needs whether you are looking as an individual, couple or family. Every person holds a unique story and experiences; it is my goal to work collaboratively with you to achieve personal goals and growth throughout the therapy experience. I work with teens, adults, couples and families and bring a systemic focus on each individual’s needs in session. Traditional and non-traditional families are welcome.
(253) 676-9397 View (253) 676-9397
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Meaghan Trezza
Counselor, LMHC, MS, NCC
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405
My approach is relational, trauma-informed, and showing up genuine, authentic, and curious in our space together.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with a passion for helping individuals connect with themselves, their strengths, and joy to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.
My approach is relational, trauma-informed, and showing up genuine, authentic, and curious in our space together.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with a passion for helping individuals connect with themselves, their strengths, and joy to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.
(253) 352-3476 View (253) 352-3476
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Rebecca Gallagher
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CHHC
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98407
I specialize in helping people who are struggling with trauma, dissociative disorders, disordered eating, eating disorders and body image & weight issues.
"I must be a mermaid; I have no fear of depths & a great fear of shallow living" (A. Nin). Are you wanting a deeper experience of life? I will explore those depths with you & help you craft a life that feels more balanced, that is rich and rewarding. I am an active & supportive listener & aim to help you feel held in your own journey yet challenged to be your best self. My deepest desire is to help you meet your own goals for balance, relationships, health & happiness so that you can truly feel the joy of living an enchanted life.
I specialize in helping people who are struggling with trauma, dissociative disorders, disordered eating, eating disorders and body image & weight issues.
"I must be a mermaid; I have no fear of depths & a great fear of shallow living" (A. Nin). Are you wanting a deeper experience of life? I will explore those depths with you & help you craft a life that feels more balanced, that is rich and rewarding. I am an active & supportive listener & aim to help you feel held in your own journey yet challenged to be your best self. My deepest desire is to help you meet your own goals for balance, relationships, health & happiness so that you can truly feel the joy of living an enchanted life.
(425) 947-2838 View (425) 947-2838
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Georgiana Peters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405  (Online Only)
In therapy I cover: experiences of complex trauma, intimate partner violence, historical and intergenerational trauma, and parenting.
I believe that therapy should be a warm and welcoming space where you feel safe to explore past hurts, reflect on current patterns in your life, and connect with your body and your emotions. You are the expert on your experience, and I bring specialized knowledge and tools that we can use together bring you relief and increased wellbeing. I see clients who are pregnant, birthing or are parenting and are wanting to work through their own experiences of childhood trauma and relational harm and would like parenting support. I specialize in working with people who have experienced gender-based violence and sexual violence.
In therapy I cover: experiences of complex trauma, intimate partner violence, historical and intergenerational trauma, and parenting.
I believe that therapy should be a warm and welcoming space where you feel safe to explore past hurts, reflect on current patterns in your life, and connect with your body and your emotions. You are the expert on your experience, and I bring specialized knowledge and tools that we can use together bring you relief and increased wellbeing. I see clients who are pregnant, birthing or are parenting and are wanting to work through their own experiences of childhood trauma and relational harm and would like parenting support. I specialize in working with people who have experienced gender-based violence and sexual violence.
(253) 893-8447 View (253) 893-8447
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Elizabeth Marshall
Counselor, BSW, MFT, LMHC, EMDR
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98407  (Online Only)
It takes courage to ask for help. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, loneliness, cPTSD, or trauma? Are you at a crossroads in life or feeling stuck? I specialize in helping people through these times and transitions to lead fulfilling lives. My approach is person centered and tailored to your unique needs and goals. Together, we will work to identify root causes and core beliefs. I'm skilled in EMDR, Brainspotting, DBT, TF-CBT, family systems, and Inner child work. I will teach you skills to decrease and overcome these symptoms. Together, we will increase emotional regulation and feelings of safety. Teens and parents love me!
It takes courage to ask for help. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, loneliness, cPTSD, or trauma? Are you at a crossroads in life or feeling stuck? I specialize in helping people through these times and transitions to lead fulfilling lives. My approach is person centered and tailored to your unique needs and goals. Together, we will work to identify root causes and core beliefs. I'm skilled in EMDR, Brainspotting, DBT, TF-CBT, family systems, and Inner child work. I will teach you skills to decrease and overcome these symptoms. Together, we will increase emotional regulation and feelings of safety. Teens and parents love me!
(253) 262-0294 View (253) 262-0294
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Lou Bradford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Many of my clients are taking the first steps in processing childhood trauma and challenges.
Hi! I'm Lou. I work with queer and trans young adults. Therapy can be challenging, but it can also be beautiful and healing. It is my goal to meet you with compassion, support, and a safe space to help you through whatever difficulties or pain you may be experiencing. As a part of the Queer and trans community, I understand how important representation and connection is. Of course, we all have our own unique stories. Your story is not my story, and my story is not yours. However, I find that it is incredibly helpful (and dare I say, healing even) to have that common understanding and shared experience with my clients.
Many of my clients are taking the first steps in processing childhood trauma and challenges.
Hi! I'm Lou. I work with queer and trans young adults. Therapy can be challenging, but it can also be beautiful and healing. It is my goal to meet you with compassion, support, and a safe space to help you through whatever difficulties or pain you may be experiencing. As a part of the Queer and trans community, I understand how important representation and connection is. Of course, we all have our own unique stories. Your story is not my story, and my story is not yours. However, I find that it is incredibly helpful (and dare I say, healing even) to have that common understanding and shared experience with my clients.
(253) 650-0417 View (253) 650-0417
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Jessie Schooley
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98406  (Online Only)
I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, providing weekly individual sessions as well as 3-6 hour extended sessions for trauma recovery to be service on its own or in combination with your current therapy.
Despite our efforts to be present in our daily life, remnants of our past and stress in our day to day can keep us from being fully able to do so. I will work collaboratively with you, valuing your life experiences and input, to achieve a life with an increased sense of satisfaction. I approach therapy from a holistic, integrative, and humanistic perspective seeking to honor each individual story for its uniqueness. My practice specializes in counseling for adults of all backgrounds seeking relief from past trauma or other life altering experiences, as well as a range of other emotional and relational concerns.
I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, providing weekly individual sessions as well as 3-6 hour extended sessions for trauma recovery to be service on its own or in combination with your current therapy.
Despite our efforts to be present in our daily life, remnants of our past and stress in our day to day can keep us from being fully able to do so. I will work collaboratively with you, valuing your life experiences and input, to achieve a life with an increased sense of satisfaction. I approach therapy from a holistic, integrative, and humanistic perspective seeking to honor each individual story for its uniqueness. My practice specializes in counseling for adults of all backgrounds seeking relief from past trauma or other life altering experiences, as well as a range of other emotional and relational concerns.
(253) 262-0081 View (253) 262-0081
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Girasol Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Waitlist for new clients
We specialize in Trauma, Somatic, and Relational work.
Accepting new clients Mid-March. At Girasol Counseling we are committed to the work of de-stigmatization and decolonization of mental health that advocates for collective healing practices grounded in liberation, culture, and spirituality. We believe that everyone has the inner capacity for healing ignited through self discovery and community. Our role as therapists is to facilitate healing and support your journey in homecoming to your essential self/your tribe/community of trust/sagna.
We specialize in Trauma, Somatic, and Relational work.
Accepting new clients Mid-March. At Girasol Counseling we are committed to the work of de-stigmatization and decolonization of mental health that advocates for collective healing practices grounded in liberation, culture, and spirituality. We believe that everyone has the inner capacity for healing ignited through self discovery and community. Our role as therapists is to facilitate healing and support your journey in homecoming to your essential self/your tribe/community of trust/sagna.
(253) 676-9291 View (253) 676-9291

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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.