Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a traumatic, scary or dangerous event. PTSD can be caused by either witnessing or experiencing the trauma. Events that sometimes trigger PTSD include everything from sexual assault, war, and violence, to car accidents or other incidents that could cause loss of life. It is not at all uncommon for people who go through something traumatic to have temporary difficulty coping and acute symptoms, but with time, they usually get better. However, if the symptoms last longer than a month, get worse rather than better and affect your ability to function, you may be suffering from PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD may include severe anxiety, anger, nightmares, trouble sleeping, flashbacks to the event, frightening thoughts, avoidance of situations or places, feeling on edge and/or being easily startled. If you think you may be experiencing PTSD, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s specialists today to get help.

Meet the specialists

I am experienced working with PTSD, complex PTSD, and sometimes related difficulties, such as chronic personality difficulties, dissociation, and chronic relationship difficulties. I believe trauma work is central to things such as so-called personality disorders and to understanding the fundamental process behind people who have received many mental health diagnoses over time. In my trauma work with people I strive to help them re-access their agency, dignity, and power.

— Adam Hinshaw, Psychologist in Dallas, TX

I use TF-CBT with kids and teenagers. This therapy focuses on feelings identification, coping skills and creating a trauma narrative to help desensitize them to the trauma they faced. For adults, I used Prolonged Exposure therapy. After learning some coping skills, clients are asked to discuss their trauma verbally and/or written and practice going over it. Clients also will work on exposure to what they have been avoiding in their lives and gradually increase their exposure to it.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

Many of my clients struggle with the impact of complex and/or developmental trauma. My clinical training focused on systemic and relational therapeutic work with children, youth, and adults who have survived intimate partner and/or sexual violence. I am building on this foundation with additional training in Somatic Experiencing to approach healing and safety through body-based interventions.

— Meggie Twible, Therapist in Arlington Heights, IL

My work with PTSD has been treating women and men who experienced childhood abuse as well as sexual abuse in their lifetime. I also have over 4 years of experience of working with Veterans on military-related traumas. Many of the clients I work with also use substances to cope with trauma. I'm here to address the underlying issue and connect again to yourself and the people around you.

— Inga Curry, Clinical Psychologist in SAN DIEGO, CA

Many of us are uncomfortable when we hear the word trauma. We think, “I know I’ve been through some rough stuff, but I got through it and overall I think I’m okay. How can I be traumatized?” The past can show up in your body as tension or chronic pain. Sometimes you may feel completely disconnected or numb. It can show up emotionally as anxiety, depression, and deep shame. Therapy can help. Along with learning new ways to cope, I will help you release trauma and feel empowered over it.

— Hanna Woody, Counselor in Asheville, NC

Those who have experienced trauma often report an aching sense that their real self and true capabilities are buried somewhere below the surface and yearn for the day when that person can come forth. For years, some find safety in the idea that others had it worse, but the reality is, what you experience is real and its yours. The resiliency, insight, and evolution I have seen people inhabit in working through trauma or challenging childhoods speaks to the incredible laden strengths and unique sensitivities that survivors of these circumstances often possess. The journey out is through, and when people decide to embark - something amazing happens, and life can be as imagined. The people that enter this process often want more for themselves and of themselves, and this is frequently the result. I have helped many to overcome and resolve the symptoms of PTSD and get their lives back. I enjoy helping people find recovery from trauma and assisting them at a pace they are comfortable with.

— Mitch Keil, Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

I have been working with PTSD for the past ten years in veterans and other military personnel. While their are a number of methods that appear to assist them, I am trained in EMDR and Reset Therapy. Reset Therapy is a fairly new methodology that uses sound to help alleviate the symptoms. It has been shown to be very effective and I have had a lot of success in this area.

— Howard Chusid, in Hallandale, FL

I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and have worked with many clients on coping with the symptoms of PTSD through using EMDR, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness.

— Andrea Stickel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Midland, MI

I often work with children and adults with a variety of trauma including, but not limited to, medical, attachment, emotional, physical, sexual and criminal traumas. I provide a space to explore trauma and triggers, learn relaxation skills and address any challenges related to trauma. I'd like to help you feel safe again.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is treatable and curable and requires advanced training on part of the provider. I front load treatment of trauma with self-regulation, self-soothing, and containment skills so clients may feel safe, calm, and secure during trauma treatment. I use a combination of EMDR, IFS, somatic based interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques, along with an open heart and empathy to help you heal and create the life you want.

— Christine Babinec, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beaverton, OR

I use EMDR and other therapies to work with trauma. We will move at a pace that is right for you to first find safety, and then reprocess traumatic memories that are affecting your life. I encourage you to come in for a consultation to see if we are a good fit.

— Nina Landey, Counselor in Portland, OR

I've completed over 50 hours of training in trauma-informed care and treating trauma. I'm also trained in EMDR to treat trauma. Trauma often underlies the anxiety and depression I see in my practice.

— Ellen Line, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD

My work with survivors of trauma includes experience with attachment injury, pysical/sexual abuse and neglect, systemic oppression, and the impact of trauma on the family system. I work with clients to understand and change the impact of trauma on our personal relationships. I am trained in EMDR which has been found to be helpful in reducing panic response to reminders of trauma, challenging our negative beliefs about ourselves, and developing a present sense of safety.

— L. Simone D'Amore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I specialize in working with people who have experienced complex trauma and/or difficult childhood experiences. I have Trauma Focused CBT training, and integrate a wide-range of holistic treatments into my work with those who have experienced trauma. Since grad school, much of my work and training has centered around complex trauma, and I regularly train other clinicians on the topic. In addition to working with folks who have trauma experience, I also regularly work with their loved ones.

— Lacy Alana, Counselor in , TX

I am trained in multiple treatment methods to help people suffering from PTSD, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Experiential Play Therapy (EPT). In addition to these 3 methods, I am also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training to help you through intense emotions that may be difficult to handle while processing trauma.

— Estepha Francisque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Do you feel stressed out or overwhelmed? Are you frequently anxious or depressed? Trauma and difficult experiences are often held in the body. I use Somatic Experiencing, a biological, body-based approach to help you release these imprints gently. Processing these experiences in a way your nervous system can digest increases your resilience, and creates a sense of joy, choice and freedom in your life.

— Claudia Hartke, Psychologist in Boulder, CO

I utilize EMDR to process past abuse and trauma and combine DBT which incorporates coping and life skills to help a person develop autonomy.

— Denise Lee, Counselor in Orange, CA

I co-facilitated a trauma group for adults while working at a hospital, and I currently work with individuals suffering from trauma symptoms. I have training in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure in treating trauma, but I also have received training in the treatment of complex PTSD, which involves prolonged and repeated exposure to highly stressful situations (e.g. abusive households, poverty, war).

— Jason Wu, Psychologist in San Jose, CA

You don't have to continue living with your struggles. You can receive the help you need. I am here to assist you. Your happiness and improvements in your life is near.

— LaKesha Howell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC