Welcome and thankyou for posting too!
I hope your friend is doing reasonably okay. Any form of trauma requires determination and a strong desire to heal. Counselling (whether formal or informal) does take time to work especially when we 'open up' and are really honest with our counsellor
Doing research is fine yet face to face therapy does bring us the best peace of mind...especially when we engage in frequent visits. Unfortunately there is no quick fix. I used to have chronic anxiety for 37 years after trauma and it does take time and all the patience we can muster
If your friend is using Dr Google to self heal....please let them know that doing so may exacerbate their current symptoms. Google is okay with cuts and scratches yet can be quicksand where mental health is concerned
The frequency of counselling is the key that unlocks the door.....just per my own experience
The forums are a secure and non judgmental place for you to post
any questions are always welcome!