Lucent's Comprehensive Complex Trauma Treatment


Understanding, Support, and Treatment for Complex Trauma

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) can result from experiencing chronic trauma, such as prolonged child abuse or domestic violence. It’s closely related to PTSD and borderline personality disorder. CPTSD is manageable with psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medication.

What is Complex Trauma?

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD, C-PTSD, or cPTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop if you experience chronic (long-term) trauma. It involves a range of stress responses, including:

Emotional dysregulation

Individuals with complex trauma may struggle to manage their emotions, experiencing intense mood swings or difficulty controlling their reactions to stressors.

Difficulty trusting others

Due to repeated betrayals or violations of trust in the past, individuals with CPTSD may find it challenging to form or maintain trusting relationships.

Distorted self-perception

Chronic trauma can distort one’s sense of self, leading to feelings of worthlessness, shame, or inadequacy.

Poor self-esteem

Persistent feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt are common among those with CPTSD, often stemming from early experiences of neglect or abuse.

Intimacy problems

Complex trauma can interfere with the ability to form healthy, satisfying intimate relationships, leading to a pattern of either avoiding intimacy altogether or engaging in unsatisfying relationships.

Sense of detachment

Individuals with CPTSD may feel emotionally disconnected from themselves or others, leading to a sense of numbness or emptiness.

Chronic sadness or hopelessness

The cumulative effects of trauma can contribute to persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness about the future.

Brain fog

Cognitive difficulties, such as difficulty concentrating or remembering, may occur as a result of chronic stress and trauma.

Chronic pain or GI issues

Physical symptoms, such as chronic pain or gastrointestinal problems, are common among individuals with CPTSD and may be linked to the body’s response to prolonged stress.

Self-destructive behavior

Coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, self-harm, or risky behaviors may develop as maladaptive ways of dealing with emotional pain.


Due to difficulties trusting others or fear of being hurt again, individuals with CPTSD may withdraw from social interactions, leading to social isolation.


Episodes of dissociation, where individuals feel disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, or surroundings, may occur as a coping mechanism to escape from overwhelming emotions.


Sleep disturbances, including difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, are common among those with CPTSD, often due to intrusive memories or heightened arousal.


While Complex Trauma can develop progressively as a result of ongoing stressors and traumatic experiences, certain factors may increase the risk of developing this condition, including:

  • Childhood Abuse and Neglect
  • Prolonged Exposure to Traumatic Events
  • Early Attachment Disruptions
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Lack of Social Support
  • Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders
  • Sociocultural Factors


Lucent Recovery and Wellness offers a variety of treatment options tailored to the specific needs of individuals with Complex Trauma. Our treatments focus on reducing symptoms, improving coping strategies, and restoring a sense of control. Treatment options include:


Including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Ego State Therapy, Post Induction Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Internal Family Systems.


To help manage symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.


Providing a space for sharing experiences and coping strategies with others who have similar experiences.

Your Path to Recovery with Proven Complex Trauma Treatment

Our team of compassionate and skilled professionals is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for recovery. We focus on empowering individuals with the tools and strategies they need to regain control of their lives and move forward. If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms of Complex Trauma, Lucent Recovery and Wellness is here to help. We invite you to reach out to us to learn more about our treatment programs and how we can support you in your journey towards healing and recovery.