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 am trained in multiple trauma-focused therapy approaches, including EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and trauma-focused somatic therapy. My style is gentle and experiential. You are welcome to talk as much as or as little as you want about your traumatic experience.

— Nobuko Hattori, Psychologist in Petaluma, CA

I have spent the last two years as a participant in the three-year Somatic Experiencing Training Program (SE)ⓒ for resolving trauma, and as a client in EMDR and SE therapy, resolving much of my own PTSD and other trauma-related issues. I have a deep, personal and professional grasp of the painful effects of trauma, and the way out of its many manifestations, and would be honored to assist you in your own healing journey from the effects of trauma and PTSD, to a life of more ease and joy.

— Peter Carpentieri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I work alongside survivors of trauma and abuse frequently in my practice of therapy. I use a trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy lens and Narrative Therapy in order to help you re-story your experience.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event that causes a hypervigilant response or avoidance of situations similar to the traumatic incident. It can affect one's ability to function normally, cause depression, and problems in relationships with family and friends. I work with PTSD by using EMDR to target situations that lead to PTSD symptoms. Once the situations are reprocessed, the same situations lose their power over individuals and decreases distress.

— Melissa Cooper, Clinical Social Worker in Flower Mound, TX

In traditional psychotherapy, there is an emphasis on putting language to thoughts. However, for someone with trauma, these thoughts are too painful to think about, much less express in words. By integrating the somatic dimension, my clients can build an awareness of how physical symptoms relate to their beliefs and emotions. This reconnection of the cognitive, emotional, and physical elements of our being allows us to be truly engaged with the present and no longer hindered by the past.

— Thomas Meade, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, 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

I am trained in EMDR and multiple types of trauma treatment. I have clinical experience treating many types of trauma, such as single-incident trauma, developmental trauma, complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, cultural trauma, and vicarious trauma.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

As an EMDR trained clinician I look at PTSD as something that can be healed from. We are also trying to get away from the concept of trauma as this single big thing that happened to you. But if you think about it in terms of Adverse Life Experiences, you can see how many things it might apply to.

— Michelle Wexelblat MSW Counseling, Clinical Social Worker

Find out more about how I can help you with trauma via my specialty webpage:

— Tim Holtzman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA

Let's walk together to find solutions to feel safe utilizing CPT, CBT, Integrative Therapy and more on your journey to an integrated self.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR

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 Louisville, KY

Surviving a life threatening event can open the eyes to a world never thought of before: one of constant dangers and threats surrounding you and your loved ones. This could be anything for anyone, but some examples are car accidents, threats of violence and being held at weapon point, physical or sexual assault, surviving medical emergencies or other major disaster. Together we can work together to relax the hypervigilance enough so you can enjoy the world with some peace.

— Timothy Kelly, Counselor in Auroa, CO

Post traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that develops following frightening, stressful, or distressing life events. Characterized by intense fear, helplessness, and stress, PTSD affects normal life and functioning of the patient. We offer treatment of trauma symptoms using EMDR(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidenced based practice specific to treating and relieving the symptoms of trauma.

— Livewell Behavioral Health, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fresno, CA

I help individuals heal from traumatic events related to toxic theology and purity culture. You may be experiencing; feeling disconnected from your body and emotions, on edge all the time and have a negative self-image, isolating from important relationships and engaging in impulsive behavior, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, poor sleep and flashbacks.

— April Hankins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Exton, PA

Trauma exists on a continuum - from smaller incidents to overwhelming ones. I have experience with healing attachment trauma, and rebuilding a more secure base. I can help you learn to recognize emotional shock, and how to treat it. If you dissociate, I can help you to ground and reconnect. When useful, I offer mind-body techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), and AIT (clearing trauma from the chakras).

— Lisa Love, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Serving all of Maine online, ME

My approach is always trauma informed and trauma centered. Whatever you present to therapy for help with, it is always impacted by what has come before. The work I do with people dives deep into their histories, identifies their painful experiences, and works to release this pain so they can move on. Clients end therapy with me feeling cleared of a lot of the weight they were bringing into their day to day lives. I am experienced with several exposure techniques for traumatic events.

— Rebecca Rondeau, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Merrimack, NH

We will work to explore the trauma and use exposure and EMDR to work towards reprocessing the fear response.

— Dorothy Smith, Counselor in Centreville, VA

I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused CBT. I address trauma as organically as possible, always respecting where my client is, and what he/she/they may need. If appropriate and consented, I will also employ transpersonal psychology tools such as shamanic healing inspired therapy, embodied spirituality, and active energy work to clear emotional and psychic blocks.

— Lina Návar, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

EMDR has been shown to greatly reduce the negative symptoms associated with PTSD and allows you to come to peace with previous traumatic events in your life.

— Betsy Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor