Are You Struggling With Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD)?

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Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that indicates someone experienced a repeated, prolonged trauma or multiple traumas that compounded upon one another. Children who experienced sexual or physical abuse during their formative years may develop C-PTSD. C-PTSD involves all of the criteria for PTSD (flashbacks, avoidant behavior, reactive behavior), but it also includes difficulty regulating emotions, maintaining a good self-image, and maintaining relationships.

Available Treatment Options

Therapeutic interventions that may help people with PTSD can also help those with C-PTSD. These therapies include Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which uses lights, sounds, and cross-lateral brain stimulation to process traumatic memories; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps address unhelpful thought patterns and corresponding behaviors, and overall goals to regain a sense of self.

Therapists Who Specialize in Helping Those Who Struggle With Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD)

Erin Falconer, PhD, MSc, LMSW

New York

New York

I aim to create a safe space to collaboratively process trauma and work on issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic illness, relationship struggles, abuse, life and career concerns, and issues around identity and creative expression. I also specialize in helping people recover from coercive control and influence, including survivors of cultic abuse and high demand groups.

Larry J Colby



I enjoy working with children who are struggling with emotional and behavioral regulation. My preferred modality with children is play therapy and santray. The goal in these modalities is to use the power of the therapeutic relationship to help the child build internal regulation and an understanding of how to cope in their world. I also enjoy working with youth and adults suffering from trauma...
My approach to therapy is grounded in the belief and understanding that the ability to heal and grow is inherent within every human being, and that every human has within them the strengths and wisdom needed to do so.

Rosa Lizarraga



Hi, welcome; therapy is a journey of self-discovery. I work with individuals seeking an understanding of themselves and the world. As a therapist, I intend to provide a safe, nurturing space that allows you to share your narrative while collaborating on coping techniques that work for you. I use a holistic and culturally sensitive lens when listening to your story. In addition, I incorporate m...