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 aim to help you build understanding of the impacts of trauma and gain new skills and strategies for coping or managing your symptoms. With this guidance and support, you can start to feel more capable and empowered and begin to recognize your own potential for recovery.

— Melanie Lopes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

We know a lot more than we did only decades ago about how trauma is stored in the brain and body, about how it is activated by present experiences, and how to effectively process and integrate traumatic memories. I have extensive training and experience with C-PTSD (developmental/attachment trauma). I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), somatic techniques, sand tray, and Interpersonal Neurobiology to assist clients with trauma.

— Carly Henderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I am trained in EMDR Trauma Processing Therapy.

— Samantha Meyer, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Lakeway, TX

Unresolved trauma and stress can reverberate into all areas of life and show up in unexpected forms like excessive worry, relationship problems, pain syndromes, and more. As a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, I work with people to access and clear the body-based underpinnings of stress and trauma rather than overriding your system.

— Shana Wright Wood, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I treat both PTSD and Complex PTSD. C-PTSD is less known and not yet recognized by the DSM, but among trauma informed practitioners, it is generally accepted that there are differences between these and the way they affect our clients' lives and functioning. I have a number of tools for effectively working with trauma and am constantly working to increase my training in trauma-informed care from an Expressive Arts lens.

— Nathan Heydari, Counselor in Salem, OR

I am currently training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Lifespan Integration, two trauma therapies that can help you process your traumatic memories with less risk of retraumatization.

— Samantha Auclair, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Active responder, I use EMDR and brainspotting to help over come these issues

— Gina Rivera Sokolich, Counselor in Ballwin, MO

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

Experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse since 1994. Experience treating other types of trauma, including the occupational exposure that First Responders encounter. Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

— Debbie Duquette, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Huntsville, AL

I use a number of different modalities to treat anxiety, depression, and PTSD, including EMDR, self -compassion focused therapy, mindfulness, CBT and DBT skills training, breathwork, meditation and Reiki.

— Maggie Seaman, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains, NY

I am trained in EMDR and have experience in treating simple and complex PTSD.

— Jackie Sell, Therapist in Saint Louis, MO

PTSD is a response to toxic or highly stressful events. It manifests itself in so many ways, and often is a great imitator of other issues like depression and anxiety. As a survivor of complex trauma- I have spent my career healing and specializing in trauma to a level most therapists haven't. I get the belief that there were decisions made that you swear resulted in what happened... I also understand how and why those beliefs are formed in the brain.

— Kristin Martinez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Whittier, CA

My work with survivors of trauma includes experience with attachment injury, sexual abuse, systemic abuse and neglect, and the impact of trauma on the family system. I use a family systems approach in supporting children with developing safety and trust after trauma. Adults and ch

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

I have supported clients in developing coping skills to manage trauma symptoms through: Support Groups, EMDR, Mindfulness, and Choice Theory/Reality Therapy.

— Rita Thornton, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and love to see clients growth from using this intervention.

— Lisa Jellison, Counselor in , CA

Helping individuals suffering from a variety of traumatic experiences is where my additional training in yoga, the mind-body connection, and eastern philosophy come into the picture. By incorporating these practices and breath-work into counseling with a trained professional, the autonomic nervous systems of the body are able to regulate and process a wide range of experiences.

— Emily Snodgrass, Counselor in Eugene, OR

When your child or teen is dealing with symptoms related to a scary event or a traumatic situation, it can be difficult to know where to start. Car accidents, injuries, medical procedures, domestic violence, and other events can cause a child to feel scared and unsafe. I support your child in understanding the traumatic experience, manage the difficult responses, and find ways to heal the trauma that your child and family experienced.

— Heather Chamberlain, Clinical Psychologist in San Rafael, CA

Neurofeedback and EMDR can both be powerful methods for relieving the symptoms associated with PTSD and Developmental trauma. EMDR can process intrusive memories so they are adaptively stored in the brain. Neurofeedback enhances emotional regulation and allows the body to get out of "fight or flight" mode. Oftentimes a combination of these approaches can bring about an entirely new way of living by putting trauma where it belongs - in the past.

— Jessica Weimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Trauma is overwhelming distress that interferes with a person's capacity to process, integrate and categorize their experience. This leaves elements of the experience, such as body sensations, emotions and thoughts, fragmented and dissociated. As a result, these individuals face issues around responding adaptively to stimuli and modulating their arousal and may develop symptoms of PTSD. I've dedicated myself to bringing Creative, Equine, and Somatic therapies to Trauma survivors for 10yrs.

— Rory Valentine Diller, M.A., Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Orinda, CA

Are you an adult with emotional trauma or PTSD history? Have you heard about EMDR before? Whether your "if only" is your relationship, finances, career, kids, health or past hurts, EMDR undoes the frozen negative beliefs in a powerful way that is different than talk therapy and often expedites your results. You don't have to live this way! You truly can put your "past in the past." Your nightmares can cease, you can eliminate panic attacks, you can reclaim your life.

— Ivana Maclay, Counselor in Portland, OR