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

Trauma has a way of living on in our bodies and our bodies have a way of knowing how and when the healing process may begin. Trauma causes us to have aspects of ourselves in discordance with other aspects - and trauma work can help heal this rift. Learning how to create safety is key in trauma work and this point of safety often begins outside of oneself but eventually ends up being found within oneself.

— Jennifer Munyer, Counselor

I specialize in trauma work. In trauma recovery, we work together to create safety in the present so that we can reconcile what has transpired and we learn the necessary skills to manage our trauma responses. While we can't undo the past, we can create meaningful lives that are not defined or limited by traumatic events. Healing is possible.

— Vikki Dial, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

I have a significant amount of experience working w/ PTSD. This experience ranges from children to adults & from many different types of trauma. I'm trained in EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, IFS, etc. & choose which treatment(s) to use based on each client's individual needs. I truly believe that unresolved childhood trauma does creep into our adult lives & continues to build until we work through it. This can impact every aspect of our daily lives & relationships until we reclaim that power back.

— Karla Kurtz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Everett, WA

Trauma, especially Complex Trauma, is my passion. I seek out the latest research, knowledge, and interventions that exist in the field. I am certified in EMDR and continue to train in it. I developed a neuroscience/experiential approach of my own thst incorporates the best practices and cutting edge research in the field.

— Elizabeth Ostolozaga, Clinical Social Worker in Rapid City, SD

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 specialize in working with folks who have trauma that is impacting their relationships. I utilize techniques around shame reduction, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, and eye moment desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as strategies to cope with trauma.

— Kristine Sandt, Counselor in Glendale, AZ

PTSD can affect you emotionally, physically, psychologically... it can affect your health, your sleep patterns, your memory, your relationships, your work...... Let me help you look holistically at your PTSD symptoms, and work with you to find healing so you can live your best life.

— Tiffany Kettermann, Counselor in Portland, OR

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is a evidence based treatment the uses bilateral stimulation to target a variety of traumatic memories or even difficulties with self-esteem.

— Morgan Pemberton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aliso Viejo, CA

Most of my work with clients has been around trauma care. It is our job to redirect from what is "wrong" to what has happened. In addition by learning to self-regulate, talk about your own story, and process the past we are able to focus on the future.

— Adriana Cardona, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

I and all the other doctors in this group specialize in assisting clients working through and growing from trauma. Some of the incidents include sexual assault, anti-LGBTQIA violence, racial violence, childhood abuse, traffic accident, birth trauma, perinatal trauma.

— Dr. Taeko Uchino-DiCarlo, Psychologist in SAN DIEGO, CA

Going through a traumatic or abusive experience can be extremely painful, confusing, and difficult. Because trauma can cause you to feel powerless, helpless, and unsafe, it often has a negative impact on all aspects of your life, including your work and relationships, as well as your physical and mental health. The term “trauma” refers to deeply disturbing experiences that you’ve endured in your past, which continue to cause discomfort in your life. Because traumatic experiences are overwhelming

— Mercedes Cusick, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Woodland Hills, CA

I treat PTSD by treating my client's body and mind to heal from the effects of traumatic events. I am trained in Lifespan Integration which takes away the power of flashbacks and traumatic memories, and allows clients to find freedom from the past in body and mind. During this process, you will be continually held in a safe and supportive counseling relationship. Trauma is hard, but healing is possible, and you will not have to do this alone.

— Lily Ewing, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have been trained and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence based treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma during their lifetime. When beginning treatment for trauma, how and where to begin can feel uncertain. TFCBT is a great treatment avenue not only for addressing the trauma, but also for initially providing concrete skills and thought exercises that help a client cope with the distressing symptoms that arise out of trauma.

— Laura Waters, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Trauma can occur from one major event or from ongoing traumatic experiences. In other words, we can develop symptoms of trauma from "big T" traumas or a collection of "little t" traumas. After a single traumatic event, we can employ a variety of techniques to help stabilize your daily experiences and move you toward feeling healed. When a series of traumas has occurred, we work together to create safety, structure and ongoing healing throughout all areas of life affected.

— Rebecca Doppelt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT and have attended multiple workshops, trainings, and conferences relating to trauma informed care. I utilize play and santray therapy and expressive arts in addition to talk therapy to offer clients multiple ways of coping and processing traumatic events.

— Lacey Fisher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Is PTSD controlling every part of your life? Therapy will help you learn tools that are proven to help you identify thought patterns, change them, and take back control of your life. Most of my clients come for help with PTSD, and they graduate therapy with techniques to live life to the fullest. I believe one should be in therapy for ever, and will work with you to set specific goals for your treatment.

— Honey Dahari, Counselor in Monsey, NY

I have been for many trainings specifically about PTSD or applicable to PTSD. It can be difficult to make much progress with PTSD purely through talking about it, which is why I use a lot of behavioral interventions to calm the nervous system, to help individuals feel safe again. I believe it is very important that the decision as to whether we discuss the traumatic event(s) themselves is up to the client, as to whether it feels manageable or beneficial.

— Joanna Morse, Psychologist in Brandon, FL

I am trained in EMDR and I have seen it work miracles for my clients. And fast! Love this technique that breaks through barriers that come up in talk therapy

— Leslie Inlow, Counselor in Noblesville, IN

"Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, need to be a life sentence." - Peter Levine. With training in Somatic Experiencing, touch skills for trauma, and many other holistic approaches, I help people find emotional balance and self-empowerment again after traumatic childhood experiences, repeated traumatic events, medical trauma, or single incidents like attacks or car crashes.

— Rachael Baskind, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

I have specialized training in working with survivors of trauma, particularly adult survivors of adverse experiences in childhood, such as an abusive family environment or sexual abuse. I use EMDR and expressive arts therapy to not only help clients feel better in their daily lives, but also address the root causes of the painful experiences so you can thrive while pursuing your dreams and goals.

— Rose Kormanyos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sharonville, OH

I am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which addresses the impact a perceived trauma has on us. Although super duper uncomfortable to discuss, it's important to process our traumatic experiences, rather than sweep them under the rug. Avoiding trauma will just make it come back to bite you in the butt later on! I check in frequently while discussing traumatic events and work with client to address somatic arousal.

— Rebecca KAHN, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. I completed my EMDR training at the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. This specific training focuses on using mindfulness with trauma focused care.

— Kimberly Clapp, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

Almost every client I have ever worked with has experienced some level of trauma in their lifetime. The universality of this phenomenon has forced me to develop an attunement to the issue. As a professor of human development, I have explored much research on the impact of trauma on development at every stage of life and in each domain: emotional, cognitive, physical and social. I have also pursued education particularly in the areas of somatic and relational approaches to trauma recovery.

— Andrea Tackore, Psychotherapist in , FL

I have EMDR training (Level 1 EMDRIA-approved training) and work with trauma, anxiety, and phobias using a combination of EMDR and talk therapy, along with development of positive coping skills.

— Heather Hunnicutt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA