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

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

Early in graduate school this became a key interest because I found it so omni-present, even if not everyone met full criteria. Disturbing life events are things we carry with us and often need to be addressed to improve our present functioning. I had very specialized training at VA medical centers in Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy, and my dissertation and other work have been on more rapid interventions to help people adjust to past events.

— Fernando Alessandri, Clinical Psychologist in Irving, TX

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

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 Winter Park, FL

During trauma, the human brain braces itself for survival. Afterwards, people tend to isolate and / or numb the painful emotions. Commonly emerging negative feelings are: shame, guilt, low self worth, excessive need for control, feelings of emptiness, depression and anxiety. In therapy, we will focus on how to diminish the power of the past and channel your energy to reconnect with your authentic self. You don't have to carry this burden with you forever: you have the power to get "unstuck"!

— Judit Colbert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA

I use EMDR in my practice to assist in reprocessing trauma to help you move forward.

— Deborah Nichols, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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.

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

I have training specific to trauma and I incorporate that education in to sessions with all clients, even those with trauma histories who don't meet criteria for PTSD.

— Amy Ripley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Stockbridge, GA

I help partners of survivors understand symptoms of PTSD as a result of sexual violence. This can include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, shaking, flashbacks, sex / intimacy struggles, trust issues, and other issues as well. I support partners of survivors in finding ways to help their partners (the survivors) manage and reduce their symptoms.

— Maya Grodman, Counselor in Portland, OR

When you notice you are struggling in many relationships in your life it could be due to trauma. Complex childhood trauma is created in relationship which can leave relationships feeling unsafe and unreliable. However, as social being humans need relationships to thrive in life. Healing trauma occurs in relationship by learning to trust your own inner knowing and having another person help regulate emotions. The relationship helps you learn what you didn't get as a child.

— Heidi Lindeman, Counselor in Broomfield, CO

Coming from a 2nd generation Army family I am quite familiar with PTSD. I was motivated to help people with this disorder because of my family’s military background. My clients will tell you I am quoted as repeating... “PTSD is just a delayed response to a traumatic event, everyone HAS to respond sometime, let’s do this!” Armed with EMDR we cannot go wrong in facing PTSD with the individual, and btw, I view PTSD as a family affair!

— Laura (Lori) Patin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagle River, AK

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

Our team has extensive specialized training in PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Dissociation.

— Stacy Ruse (Owner), Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. The actual diagnosis of "PTSD" is not important to me unless it is important to you. What is most important to focus on is how these symptoms (that are results of trauma) are impacting your life. I break down coping skills into easy and comprehensible chunks and teach clients how to use them in session, so you can use them at home to reduce the severity of these symptoms.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Trauma can majorly impact our lives-even years after the event and even when we think we're "over it". I work with folks to gently explore those trauma histories and develop new ways of integrating and coping with painful memories so you can have happier todays.

— Erin Copley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

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 believe treating PTSD must be holistic, intentional and inclusive. Through working extensively with this population I've learned that collaboration is also paramount. I think outside the box from an intersectional perspective to determine what might be most helpful set of interventions / treatments for the individual in front of me. Further, I work clinically to create a corrective emotional experience, where the client feels empowered and in control on their current decisions.

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I have worked with PTSD, complex PTSD, and often related concerns (chronic personality and relationship issues, dissociation, experiences of oppression and abuse) throughout my career. I view trauma-work as central to the above mentioned related concerns, to so-called personality disorders, and to understanding the core process behind people who have received several mental health diagnoses over-time. In my trauma-work I strive to help people re-access power, dignity, and confidence.

— Adam Hinshaw, Psychologist in Dallas, TX

Trauma can majorly impact our lives-even years after the event and even when we think we're "over it". I work with folks to gently explore those trauma histories and develop new ways of integrating and coping with painful memories so you can have happier todays.

— Erin Copley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Life hasn't been the same since it happened, and avoiding what happened isn't the answer. Getting appropriate, effective treatment after symptoms begin can begin the healing. Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing (CPT) for adults, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children and adolescents are strongly recommended, evidence-based therapies that can get you your life back.

— Misty Pilgrim, in ALBUQUERQUE, NM

For nearly 10 years I was employed by the VA San Diego. During this time I worked in multiple settings, including a PTSD Clinical Team (PCT). I currently hold certifications in several evidence-based practices for helping folks recover from exposure to trauma and PTSD, including certifications in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD and expertise in the delivery of Prolonged Exposure (PE).

— Brian Buzzella, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA