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

Over the last 5 years I have worked with clients' on learning to overcome their traumatic symptoms; nightterrors, panic attacks, racing thoughts, processing trauma, et cetera so they can live a prosperious life.

— Nicole Browning, in Long Beach, WA

I worked for several years specializing in childhood sexual abuse and assault. I also have several years of experience in a hospital setting in which I worked with patients experiencing various traumas from motor vehicle accidents, assaults, gunshot and knife wounds, and other physical traumas. I worked with family members of these patients as well. I am a certified trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapist, and approach therapy from a strengths based, trauma informed perspective.

— Amber Bradford, Counselor in Tacoma, WA

For the past 15+ years I have worked with individuals, couples, and families that have experienced trauma. This includes attachment trauma such as early physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, as well as those experiencing complex trauma. Expressive arts therapy is an effective tool to work through the physical, mental, and emotional effects of trauma including flashbacks, memories, and re-experiencing traumatic events in daily life.

— Jennie Powe Runde, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I can offer several methods of quick relief from the most intense PTSD symptoms. When talking is too much, I use a combination of Reiki (hands on energy healing) and guided meditations for healing. As a specialist in PTSD I am comfortable with a wide range of issues and backgrounds. I will be your coach, therapist and guide in steering you carefully out of discomfort to safer shores. I believe in the possibility of fully healing from any trauma and I have tools to get you there.

— Susan Pease Banitt, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

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 consider myself a trauma specialist, having had a great deal of experience and training in treating folks suffering from trauma. I use the Lifespan Integration technique, among other methods for helping people heal from trauma.

— Elana Story, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

My practice is intentionally Trauma-Informed, particularly addressing complex and relational trauma involving uneven power dynamics and abuse of power, emotional and other abuses that can happen in relationship, and/or attachment wounds as a result of these and other traumas. I draw from Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Expressive Arts Therapies in this relational, attachment-based work.

— Jessica Joy, Mental Health Counselor in New Paltz, NY

I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy which is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD and trauma.

— Teresa Trias, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I am a certified EMDR Therapist. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy that helps people heal from mental and emotional trauma as well as various distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma. In my practice I help adults confront and heal the childhood wounds that create barriers to them becoming the best versions of themselves.

— Yunetta Smith, Therapist in Clarksville, TN

Healing from trauma and PTSD can be assisted by the gentle approach of Somatic Experiencing®, as the nervous system regains the capacity for self-regulating the body. SE™ employs awareness of body sensation to help people "renegotiate" and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma. SE™'s guidance of the bodily "felt sense," allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.

— Paul C. Briggs, Clinical Social Worker in Hollywood, FL

I have several years experience working with clients suffering from PTSD and trauma issues. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and stay up to date on trauma informed care.

— Kellie Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

Completed EMDRIA approved training through EMDR Institute and Parnell Institute. Specializing in treating PTSD and attachment. Completed IFS Level 1 training and additional trainings through the Center for Self Leadership.

— Erica Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Trauma can be as seemingly minor as an unexpected event that violates our basic sense of who we are and where we belong in the world, or as dramatic as catastrophic events such as combat or mass tragedies. The "what" of the trauma is only a part of the story; increasingly we are beginning to understand how traumatic events affect the brain and leave us stuck in fight-or-flight overdrive. The good news is that, just as stroke victims can learn to use their limbs and regain capabilities, so can trauma survivors exceed their expectations as to what is possible in recovering and living life fully. I use a variety of techniques, include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, skills training, mindfulness, and existential therapy to help traumatized clients reach their goals.

— Katherine Chiba, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Untreated trauma will rule your life, and it sucks. I've been helping clients with ACT and DBT to process and manage their trauma since 2015.

— Corry Eisenberg, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

I completed the Veterans Affairs national rollout training in Cognitive Processing Therapy.

— Jennifer Hsia, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

Finding an individual who has not had anything "traumatic" happen to them is exceedingly rare. Trauma can be thought of as any experience we go through that exceeds our ability to cope with it at the time it happens. Well known serious incidents, such as near-death experiences, assaults, and natural disasters, are often thought of; however, many live with the effects of trauma's that are less well considered, such as witnessing DV, car accidents, and losing a relative/friend. I can help here.

— Jim Dunn, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I am trained in EMDR therapy, which is a form of treatment that has shown to reduce symptoms related to PTSD in fewer sessions compared to traditional talk therapy. To ensure that you aren't "re-triggered", I start off making sure that you have effective coping strategies in place before we even begin to explore the actual stressor that has been causing symptoms of PTSD.

— Zoe Reyes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I am trained in PTSD using a Trauma In Recovery model from Judy Herman MD at Harvard University. I teach at the graduate and post graduate level for clinicians on working with trauma. I am EMDR certified in Trauma Treatment.

— Joseph Doherty, Psychologist in Portland, OR

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

It is not uncommon to have experienced trauma at some point in our lives. Trauma is an experience which is overwhelming, threatening, frightening or out of our control. Victims of trauma often feel shocked, angry, scared, guilty, guilty, ashamed, or vulnerable. I have been treating trauma for decades. In a large proportion of people the effects of trauma can last for much longer and become post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

— Dr. M. Chris Wolf, Clinical Psychologist in JACKSONVILLE, FL

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

Some times it feels like our trauma is the defining factor in our lives. We almost become our trauma, and our lives certainly seems to revolve around it. We feel stuck in a loop that can't be broken. But it can! I guarantee, you don't have to live like this forever.

— John Kuykendall, Counselor in Kansas City, MO

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. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with treatment, time and good self-care, they usually get better (Mayo Clinic).

— Alison "Ali" Pierucci, Therapist in Denver, CO