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.

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As a veteran and the wife, sister, granddaughter, and niece of veterans; I have been exposed to PTSD for as long as I can remember. After the military, through my training to become a therapist I knew I wanted to work with trauma. I'm a certified clinical trauma practitioner, trained in trauma-specific modalities, such as EMDR, CPT, TF-CBT. I have worked with Active duty military, Veterans, Police, First responders, survivors of sex trafficking, and domestic abuse.

— Kimberleigh Stickney, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Palm beach gardens, FL

I have extensive experience working with trauma, including childhood abuse and neglect, sexual assault, military trauma, etc. I focus on building a safe foundation from which to explore and approach difficult emotions and experiences.

— Dr. Luana Bessa, Psychologist in Boston, MA
 

I treat individuals with a variety of traumatic experiences including past abuse, loss, and adverse childhood experiences. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat this.

— Christina Cunningham, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Revisiting the past can feel scary and overwhelming, but trauma based therapy is one of the most effective ways to heal your pain. We can support you to work through past hurts to find peace in the present. Working with a trauma therapist can help your brain and body integrate the things that have happened to you into your story of who you are.

— Cactus Flower Healing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mesa, AZ
 

PTSD may manifest from any number of experiences over your lifetime, including sexual assault, childhood abuse, domestic violence, sex trafficking, natural disaster, witnessing violence, sudden medical diagnoses, or the unexpected death of someone close to you. No matter when the traumatic event(s) happened, it may impair your ability to live, work, or just "feel normal." Trauma-focused therapy can help you process and move through the past so you can live in the present.

— Candice Holloway, Therapist in Houston, TX

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

— Rosa Shetty, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burbank, CA
 

I offer multiple cutting edge treatments to address trauma. You are able to find the treatment that matches you as an individual, and your lifestyle. Most importantly, I provide a safe and comforting environment where you can heal.

— Mikah Watford, Licensed Professional Counselor in San antonio, TX

As a trauma informed clinician I have worked with a number of people who have experienced trauma in their lives better understand and manage the symptoms with the goal to heal.

— Stephanie C. Doran, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Toledo, OH
 

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also use self-compassion and somatic awareness to assist in relieving symptoms of PTSD and trauma.

— Angela Touchton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Florida and, KY

Are you struggling with difficult memories? Feeling anxious, depressed, or struggling with substance abuse or phobias? EMDR Therapy can help. EMDR , Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidenced-based treatment for trauma that is known for it's gentle and effective approach. Visit my website to learn more and set up a free 15 minute consult: https://jenimarie.org/emdr-therapy-california/

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
 

I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I have provided trauma therapy in person and via telehealth to children, teens, and adults. I have also worked with individuals who have difficulty with dissociation, avoidance, flashbacks, nightmares, and relationship difficulties related to their trauma.

— Brianna Bradshaw, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jeffersonville, IN

I provide a safe space and help you unpack and process trauma to facilitate healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse.

— Simone Schultz, Mental Health Counselor
 

I view trauma as an experience that violates a deeply held value (be it life, safety, trust, how people should be treated). When the violation is profound enough it can result in disconnection, dis-association, and strong reactions to other experiences that invoke the same value. I have extensive experience supporting people to heal by re-authoring their experience, reconnecting with what they hold most dear

— Jonathan Benko, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

Trauma recovery begins with developing skills to reduce distress. EMDR is a therapeutic approach that has been shown to help overcome symptoms of PTSD. Trauma experiences are stored in the wrong form of memory, leaving you stuck and unable to move forward in an integrated and healthy way. Through EMDR, you can feel at peace with the past and empowered in the present. After a successful course of EMDR therapy, you can remember the trauma without being triggered.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
 

Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. The actual diagnosis of "PTSD" is not important to me unless it is important to you. What is most important to focus on is how these symptoms (that are results of trauma) are impacting your life. I break down coping skills into easy and comprehensible chunks and teach clients how to use them in session, so you can use them at home to reduce the severity of these symptoms.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CA

I have experience treating complex and attachment trauma and am trained in EMDR.

— Jessica Strickland, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO
 

My special therapeutic focus is helping people who are rebuilding their sense of self or their family relationships after disorienting experiences. I treat both simple trauma, such as an accident, and complex trauma resulting from multiple traumatic experiences. I also have specialized training in working with dissociative disorders.

— Kaye-Ailsa Rowan, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I view PTSD as a much more complex label than simply PTSD. I work with gradients of traumatic experiences versus adults who have had a "shock trauma" or single incident. I treat adult clients who may have experienced repeated developmental attachment trauma during their early childhood. With my specialized Somatic training, I use an approach to treat the young physiology first and the adult cognition second.

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO