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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I have been treating clients with PTSD / trauma for my entire career. It is a focus of mine and something that is sacred to me. I utilize a combination of tools including Brainspotting, EMDR, and body-brain based approaches to treat trauma.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN

Operating from a trauma-informed lens means prioritizing safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment. I have worked extensively with people with long histories of complex trauma. I've helped clients understand how trauma impacts the brain, development, and attachment patterns. I work with clients to understand what happens when trauma responses are triggered and to develop mindfulness and grounding skills to ground when their fight/flight/freeze/fawn responses are activated.

— Peter Fritch, Therapist in Chicago, IL

I use an attachment/feminist framework when working with PTSD. We will learn grounding exercises and calming techniques, explore how early childhood attachments set you up to be hurt in particular ways later on in life, and discuss how to manage active and re-emergent symptoms.

— Lacey Stewart, Counselor in Manhattan, KS

PTSD has a long history of stealing souls from unsuspecting bystanders. We can be struck with it immediately and feel the weight of its influence like hitting a brick wall. Or it might creep up slowly and before we know it we are consumed by its presence. In either instance we find ourselves detached from the world unable to reconnect and vulnerable to the volatile ways of past traumas. Together we will get to the heart of the matter and dive into the ways that PTSD has taken you hostage.

— Maile Grace, Therapist in Denver, CO

Using EMDR, we will be able to work together to process traumatic life events and negatively held beliefs in order to see a brighter future for yourself, free from trauma. Change is possible and I can help you hope for a better tomorrow. Reach out to learn more!

— Megan Delp, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

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

My main focus in practice has been treating individuals overwhelmed by past or recent trauma that is impacting their lives in the present. It can show up as numbing, disconnection, reactivity or indifference. I've been fascinated by the impact of trauma and how we build resilience since the events of 9/11 after working in NY a few blocks away from the incident. Since that event, I focused my skills development in trauma based modalites such as EMDR and Brainspotting.

— Meira Greenfeld, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

My graduate program and the majority of my clinical work has been focused on helping people understand and overcome traumatic experiences and histories.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

Trauma is confusing, it's disconnecting, disorienting. Reversing trauma means re-developing and re-learning safety, trusting one's body cues, listening one's thoughts and feelings. It's a long journey, but it's well worth it. I have years of experience working with the most acute cases of PTSD, and I can say with confidence I have honed the skills to help clients move towards healing in this area.

— Aaron Kelsay, Counselor in Portland, OR

Trauma can be devastating, but with the right support, recovery is possible. Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful technique that helps clients process and release traumatic memories. I am experienced in this approach, and have completed training with the EMDR Institute.

— Eric Eichler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I have specialized training in working with individuals who have experienced physical, verbal, and sexual abuse as well as adult clients who have experienced childhood neglect. PTSD and trauma-related symptoms may include: nightmares flashbacks intrusive memories/thoughts feelings of guilt, shame, anger, anxiety out of body experiences dream-like experiences when awake low self-esteem and self-confidence self-doubt ongoing pattern of being in toxic or unhealthy relationships

— Tatiana Szulc, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Franklin, MA

I have specific training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy - an evidenced based treatment for trauma.

— Mary Jarnagin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lexington, KY

I am a VA certified Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) provider. CPT is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD. In addition to providing this intervention, I have led research on the efficacy of CPT for people who have PTSD and coexisting psychosis symptoms. I am also trained in Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation/Narrative Therapy (STAIR/NT), which is an evidence-based intervention for PTSD related to childhood abuse.

— Jen Aakre, Clinical Psychologist in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

My specialization with trauma includes working with individuals struggling with Complex PTSD, childhood abuse, and domestic violence abuse.

— Pia Nathani, Psychologist in Muncie, IN

Evidence Based Practice utilizing Jennifer Sweeton's training; Trauma Institute training, CBT, gentle Exposure therapy, working with your personal paradigm to produce greater self regulation and healing. Extensive experience treating Atypical Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety and Adjustment Issues which often benefit from Trauma Informed Treatment and Self Regulation tools.

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ