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

Those who have experienced trauma often report an aching sense that their real self and true capabilities are buried somewhere below the surface and yearn for the day when that person can come forth. For years, some find safety in the idea that others had it worse, but the reality is, what you experience is real and its yours. The resiliency, insight, and evolution I have seen people inhabit in working through trauma or challenging childhoods speaks to the incredible laden strengths and unique sensitivities that survivors of these circumstances often possess. The journey out is through, and when people decide to embark - something amazing happens, and life can be as imagined. The people that enter this process often want more for themselves and of themselves, and this is frequently the result. I have helped many to overcome and resolve the symptoms of PTSD and get their lives back. I enjoy helping people find recovery from trauma and assisting them at a pace they are comfortable with. Much of my clinical training and expertise is focused on PTSD and recovery from traumatic experiences. During my residency, I worked with our veteran population at the VA hospital offering clinical services to recover from chronic PTSD.

— Mitch Keil, Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA
 

When it comes to trauma, becoming aware of what is happening in your body is the foundation of our work. Self-awareness is key here. When you bring awareness to the sensations in your body, rather than simply feeling overwhelmed by them, you can begin to have more control over your responses. This is essential for healing. I can support you by helping enhance your internal resources and provide you with tools to manage your trauma and/or PTSD symptoms. Through a safe process, I can help you dispel the energy and activation that is still in your body and your nervous system, leading to an alleviation of your symptoms. Slowly and mindfully we can work to regulate your nervous system and address your trauma-related physical responses for resolution and healing.

— Melody Wright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

After experiencing a traumatic event, PTSD often develops when one doesn't have a space to speak safely about the trauma or a support network to reach out to. I can provide you with a place to talk about what you've experienced without judgement. We can work on developing coping skills that will help you feel safe in the world again.

— Allyson Adams, Counselor in St Paul, MN
 

I have specific training in working with trauma, whether it is a one time trauma, or ongoing childhood trauma (i.e., abuse, neglect, etc.).

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

I view PTSD as a much more complex label than simply PTSD. I work with gradients of traumatic experiences versus adults who have had a "shock trauma" or single incident. I treat adult clients who may have experienced repeated developmental attachment trauma during their early childhood. With my specialized Somatic training, I use an approach to treat the young physiology first and the adult cognition second.

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

My somatic lens assists me in working with PTSD. Research continues to reveal how much trauma is stored in the body. I combine somatic work with psychodynamics to move through the trauma. I have studied various body-centered trauma disciplines and also incorporate these into my work.

— Allison Zamani, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

I have been closely connected to groups and agencies that work with trauma from the beginning of my social work career. From volunteer work with a Rape Crisis Center while I was still in college, t o early careers with Children's Advocacy Centers, I now work with those experiencing trauma responses to many stressful experiences. EMDR and Emotional Transformation Therapy are good modalities for finding relief and healing of past traumas. In addition, I volunteer with Trauma Support Services of North Texas.

— Jamie English, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Prairie, TX

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
 

Are you tired of the humiliation in thinking there's something wrong with you because the flashbacks won't stop? Or do you wish that the nightmares and panic attacks would just go away? Maybe you want to get enough energy to improve your self care. The impact of nutrition, physical activity, and sleep on PTSD has always been a big interest of mine. Do you want a therapist who can collaborate with your doctor? I've consulted with psychiatrists for years, and can help you to address your feelings and habits around meds. Along with gentle talk therapy, I use EMDR, hypnotherapy, guided imagery, and somatic tools to help safely resolve how the past haunts you. Please know that genuine healing is possible, no matter how long you have carried your burdens. Please call. I'd love to hear from you, with no obligation!

— Valerie Keim, Counselor in Pleasant Hill, CA

I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with understanding of neurobiology of trauma, as well as effective techniques for treating it based on current research.

— Aaron Potratz, Counselor in Tigard, OR
 

What does a three-year-old who has been sexually abused have in common with a veteran of multiple enlistments in combat zones, and what do they share with a partner who for years has been verbally abused, physically threatened and perhaps assaulted, gaslighted, and brought to a state of compliant helplessness? I hope none of these people is you, and yet so many of us are. The injustices of life, and the tragedies of nature, both publicly known to others and harbored as shameful secrets, all too frequently linger on as symptoms long after initial intense stressors have been experienced. PTSD doesn't have to be a chronic sentence adding insult to injury. Trauma can be told as a narrative of healing, transitioning a victim to a surviver reclaiming self-esteem, security, peace and a sense of future possibilities.

— Carol Tyler, Psychologist in Bellingham, WA

I spent 8 years as a therapist at an agency that provided services for survivors of sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This gave me a good foundation of knowledge and experience working with trauma. My creative and holistic approaches to therapy are particularly helpful for dealing with trauma symptoms.

— Krista Verrastro, Creative Art Therapist in Owings Mills, MD
 

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

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an experience that often feels overwhelming and confining. I use a gentle approach that helps clients ease into working through their symptoms. While it may take some time to find relief, my clients have noticed symptoms decreasing with my approach of mindfulness, guided meditation, body awareness, yoga, and talk therapy.

— Erin Sanchez, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Kirkland, WA

I have engaged in extensive training and continuing education related to trauma, including somatic interventions. I completed EMDRIA-approved training in EMDR, and it is a primary modality that I use with a significant number of clients to recover from PTSD and experiences of trauma.

— Ashley Myhre, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN
 

I specialize in the treatment of relational trauma and complex PTSD. The impact of relational trauma can be immense, whether the traumatic incidents occur in childhood or later. Trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. When bad things happen repeatedly over a long period of time, during a developmentally sensitive age (i.e. childhood), or perpetrated by someone we love and trust, the emotional pain can last a lifetime. Recovery from relational trauma can take time, but recovery is a realistic goal for those who aren’t afraid to face the challenges. Whether the trauma happened years ago or yesterday, with the right support, you can make healing changes and move on with your life.

— Smadar Salzman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I have extensive training and experience in treatment of a wide variety of traumas. In addition to my training and experience with regard to treatment, I have also taught a Treatment of Trauma in the Military course to doctoral students.

— Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA
 

I have extensive training in PTSD and trauma-informed care, and I specialize in treating adults with childhood trauma. I am trained in trauma-informed art therapy as well as EMDR. I take a neurodevelopmental perspective on trauma, and focus on helping to release trauma from the body, to work through unprocessed memories, and to help individuals learn to calm the nervous system and orient the mind when dealing with traumatic responses. Through my art therapy and transpersonal counseling perspective, I help clients to move through their trauma and work towards Post Traumatic Growth and resiliency.

— Sarah Klein, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

The majority of my clients have experienced extensive trauma and have experience with PTSD. I help clients overcome their anxiety, learn grounding and coping skills, and strategies to overcome their trauma experiences.

— Heather Bell, Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
 

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

We are now understanding that PTSD is a condition that impacts the emotions, body, mind, and spirit. Laura Giles approaches treatment of PTSD focusing on all four. She wants to provide release from what plagues you, not just address the symptoms. You never have to remember anything and we always only go as fast as you care to go.

— Laura Giles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Henrico, VA
 

I use any therapy that will work to relieve your distress if you are experiencing PTSD. I will focus on how to manage the present, and then help you heal your relationship with the past. I have extensive training and experience in the effects of trauma and the treatment of trauma using a wide variety of therapies: EMDR and various associated protocols, Somatic Experiencing, Kundalini Yoga Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique. I am trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy but I prefer to use more effective techniques.

— Melissa Owens, Counselor in Portland, OR

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
 

Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Our responses to trauma can feel scary and paralyzing. You don’t have to feel this way forever. Healing is possible through therapy and EMDR.

— Mackenzi Kingdon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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
 

If you've been traumatized, you probably sometimes feel perfectly fine one moment, then terrified, then angry, maybe exhausted, then detached...& so on, all in ways that don't feel in control. Sound familiar? That's because you had to develop ways of coping with radically different, unpredictable, & overwhelming situations...& parts of you probably still isn't sure it isn't going to keep being that way. We'll work to help you notice what exactly you're afraid of & teach those parts to feel safe.

— Kylie Svenson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

I've been working with children, adolescents and young adults with a variety of trauma including but not limited to medical, attachment, emotional, physical, and criminal traumas. I provide a space to explore trauma and triggers, learn regulation skills and address any issues that may have arisen as a result of trauma.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

Are you struggling with the effects of PTSD? I specialize in treating trauma and PTSD problems. I am trained in EMDR therapy which is a specialized form of therapy to address trauma related problems.

— Cody Mitts, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and have several years of experience using this technique with survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child, and several other traumas.

— Josie Oldham, Counselor in Wichita, KS
 

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 co-facilitated a trauma group for adults while working at a hospital, and I currently work with individuals suffering from trauma symptoms. I have training in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure in treating trauma, but I also have received training in the treatment of complex PTSD, which involves prolonged and repeated exposure to highly stressful situations (e.g. abusive households, poverty, war).

— Jason Wu, Psychologist in San Jose, CA

I often think of unresolved trauma as the hitch-hiking ghosts on the haunted mansion ride at disney land. Though you may have hidden your trauma away, it can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Trauma can be triggered by smells, colors, and sounds around you. I want to help you explore past trauma to minimize the power it holds. In working with trauma, I create a safe space to hold your story. Trauma work can be scary, no matter the size of the trauma. I help you navigate the trauma at your own pace so symptoms are minimized rather than escalated. Trauma symptoms show in many ways, yours may look like anxiety, depression, nightmares, rage, self harm, suicidal ideation, or other symptoms. In healing trauma, I use exploration and help you develop resources to minimize symptoms. I am also trained in advanced techniques including EMDR and Somatic Experiencing (Beginning I) to treat trauma.

— Ilyse Kennedy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I am trained in a trauma therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This therapy will help alleviate the distress you may have associated with a trauma.

— Jamie Del, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bridgeville, PA
 

Therapy should not be re-traumatizing! If you find yourself dissociating during or after therapy or dreading it, something is wrong. Working in a trauma-informed way means I will help you learn the signs of when you are beginning to re-experience the trauma, and how to bring yourself back into safety. The work must go at your pace, guided by your body's subtle cues, and your inner 'no' and 'yes.'

— Grace Silvia, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Neurofeedback and EMDR can both be powerful methods for relieving the symptoms associated with PTSD and Developmental trauma. EMDR can process intrusive memories so they are adaptively stored in the brain. Neurofeedback enhances emotional regulation and allows the body to get out of "fight or flight" mode. Oftentimes a combination of these approaches can bring about an entirely new way of living by putting trauma where it belongs - in the past.

— Jessica Weimer, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Often times, people who have experienced trauma don't present with concerns that exactly fit with PTSD. Especially for people who have experienced chronic and persistent trauma, coming to therapy often means addressing situational and/or life stressors first, before being able to look at some of the underlying experiences of trauma that have exacerbated those stressors. And, there are those instances where one or more very specific and identifiable traumatic events have resulted in PTSD. When people see me as a result of this type of trauma, we'll initially work at ensuring there is safety both inside and outside of the therapy space, while also developing specific skills and strategies to manage the specific impact of the trauma(s) experienced.

— Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Trauma can have a profound and lasting effect on our lives. When we've experienced trauma, even though it was in the past it can feel as if it's happening now. I frequently use EMDR, an evidence-based trauma treatment, in my therapy practice. EMDR helps heal the trauma and related beliefs, so the memory feels like it's in the past. I also teach my clients tools to help ground into the present moment, to feel more safe in their bodies, and to discover that within them which is always whole.

— Melissa Harrison, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
 

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder. PTSD occurs after you experience a traumatic event. Those events may have caused intense fear, powerlessness, or horror. Traumatic events may include abuse, rape, natural disaster, war, or accidents. PTSD can also be caused by witnessing a traumatic event such as domestic violence. If you experience a traumatic event it is typical for it to linger with you. It's common to feel some anxiety or depression after one of these events. However, if the lingering feelings of anxiety stick with you longer than a month and you are having a harder time functioning as well as you were before the event, then you may have developed PTSD. PTSD symptoms can sometimes occur months and even years after the event.EMDR and Brainspotting are two methods to treat PTSD. They are both brain-based therapies that let your brain process trauma to stay centered and grounded during the anxiety.

— Courtenay Monfore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

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

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, Associate Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA
 

Trauma is anything that completely overwhelms us and our ability to cope. I view it as a cup of water overflowing after too much has been poured into it. This can be all at once, or a little bit at a time. We may not even realize it has happened as it may not have been one big moment, but many small injustices over time. I am nationally certified in EMDR, an evidence-based trauma therapy is effective for healing from PTSD. I specialize in helping clients with PTSD heal.

— Kaley Sinclair Jiawon, Counselor in Orlando, FL
 

I have advanced training, education and experience working with PTSD in children, teens and adults. I use and integrated evidenced based approach to treat PTSD. One approach I use is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). It will help you/your child gain control over memories and feelings; decrease impulsive behavior, improve ability to sleep, improve ability to think and talk about memories which you avoid and learn to relax. Many people are reluctant to talk about their traumatic experiences because of the pain it creates. Through an integrated approach- the use of art, play, sand and body movement you will heal and gain control over your symptoms, while being able to integrate the memories. I use the latest brain science to help you heal. Trauma memories are often stored in our visual memory which require other treatment methods.

— Danyale Weems, Counselor in Carrollton, GA

PTSD can frequently manifest in anxiety, relationship issues, and other means of trying to avoid experiencing re-triggering of past trauma. I utilize mindfulness and EMDR as methods to help work with and heal PTSD.

— Jessica Improta, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Monica, CA
 

After experiencing a traumatic event, PTSD often develops when one doesn't have a space to speak safely about the trauma or a support network to reach out to. I can provide you with a place to talk about what you've experienced without judgement. We can work on developing coping skills that will help you feel safe in the world again.

— Allyson Adams, Counselor in St Paul, MN

I work with childhood and adulthood trauma, developmental, relational, single incident and complex trauma. I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), a Trauma Resiliency Model and Attachment Focused EMDR trained therapist, and I work somatically and relationally. I work with resolving trauma symptoms that are embodied, as well as using breathwork, yoga and meditation as an RYT 500.

— SC (Stacy-Colleen) Nameth, Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

PTSD is frequently thought of as a military combat disorder. However, trauma is very common in relationships with emotional, verbal, or physical abuse. I specialize in working with clients that experience PTSD ranging from childhood trauma all the way to abusive adult relationships. If this sounds like you, I have various tools and therapies that I will tailor to your specific needs. These may include EMDR, trauma-focused narrative therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy. The combination has helped many to get past the fears, become stable in the face of triggers, and live a more confident and fulfilling life. Let me know if I can help you next.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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— Ashley Stafford, Psychologist in Austin, 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
 

I have been using Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat PTSD with great success for over 5 years.

— Jenna Rasmussen, Counselor in Portland, OR

The majority of my career I have considered myself a trauma therapist. I have numerous training's that have allowed me to assist clients where they are "stuck" and relieve symptoms of PTSD and resulting anxiety and depressive symptoms. I utilize EMDR, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential therapy, trauma yoga, and narrative therapy to assist clients struggling with the effects of PTSD.

— Valerie Kreger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS

I specialize in supporting people who have experienced trauma whether it from their childhood, adult relationships, work or natural disasters. I provide a safe and comfortable space where we work at a slow and personalized pace to re-build your trust in the world and your sense of safety while reducing your problematic and distressing symptoms.

— Tara Farley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gladstone, OR
 

I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat all forms of trauma; from car accidents to divorce. You can learn more here https://www.juliemsimons.com/emdr/

— Julie Simons, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lakewood Ranch, FL

Do you sometimes feel like you're "reliving" something that happened to you in the past? Do you have nightmares? Do you feel anxious or sometimes just not want to get out of bed in the mornings? These are just a couple of the things my clients are often going through when they first walk in my door. I've spent most of my career trying to learn as much as I can about PTSD. The good news is that I've learned that therapy works! I offer two different types of very effective treatment for PTSD.

— Jessica Tappana, Clinical Social Worker in Columbia, MO
 

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, Associate Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

Trauma comes in many forms and many times people are afraid their trauma doesn't count because it didn't come from military service. Yes, being in combat is traumatic, but so is being raised in an abusive family, or being neglected. Being the victim of inappropriate and coercive sexual experiences is traumatic. Trauma has long-lasting effects when not treated - it's like an infected wound that keeps getting worse. Thankfully we know that treatment, when done by someone who is experienced and trained in treating trauma can be very effective. I've been trained in treating trauma across a variety of spectrums - from military combat veterans to survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. I use a model of treatment that involves 3 phases - 1) symptom stabilization and creating a safe environment, 2) focused trauma work and 3) post-trauma growth. I let my clients determine what kind of work they need and how quickly they want to progress.

— Darin Bergen, Psychologist in Portland, OR
 

I have extensive training in treating trauma including individuals suffering with symptoms of PTSD. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which is a trauma informed practice that integrates the full experience of body and mind into the processing and integration of traumatic experiences and memory. In addition to my training in SPI I have training in EMDR and Hakomi which also support the processing of trauma and allow for integration so experiences from the past don't continue to impact your life in the present.

— Heather Bradley, Psychologist in San Francisco, 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
 

I am an EMDR-trained therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and frequently have used this technique when working with clients who are suffering from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress, and other emotional problems. In the past, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR therapy can often help the client heal more rapidly and provide lasting relief for many types of emotional distress. I also employ a technique called Brainspotting, which is a relatively new form of treatment that taps into the body’s innate ability to heal in order to reduce and eliminate the impact of unresolved trauma, negative beliefs, and emotional distress. It accomplishes this by using a unique and powerful combination of specific eye positioning and bilateral auditory stimulation (music). Brainspotting is designed to discover, dislodge, and ultimately release trapped energy so it no longer causes problems in our life.

— Debra Schnack, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

I work with PTSD using education regarding the brain and trauma, mindfulness, and trauma-informed yoga.

— Melissa Reyerson-Slifer, Mental Health Counselor in Des Moines, IA

I have expertise with trauma in general, the diagnosis of PTSD is less important than the reaction you are having to whatever trauma/s you experience. I consider trauma to be inclusive of the trauma of systemic injustices. So much of what gets labeled a emotional or behavioral disorder is actually a reaction to trauma. If you or your child are having problems that you think might have something to do with experiencing, witnessing, or hearing about traumatic things I can help.

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID
 

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.

— Emelie Gagliardo, Counselor in Portland, OR

Your responses to trauma are normal reactions to abnormal events. Together, we can identify your trauma responses, improve your ability to cope with them, and figure out how you can move on with your life. I will help you to heal at your own pace from the pain or abuse you experienced.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA
 

Trauma can happen to any of us and when it does, the right help makes all the difference! Our team specializes in trauma and can help utilizing several modalities such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or EMDR.

— Acuity Counseling, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Trauma can happen to any of us and when it does, the right help makes all the difference! Our team specializes in trauma and can help utilizing several modalities such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or EMDR.

— Acuity Counseling, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

I am a trauma informed therapist that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to alleviate symptoms of PTSD. I have experience with all types of trauma including military, MVA, childhood, and sexual trauma.

— Marsha Evans, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I am training in the Somatic Experiencing® (SE) method of resolving trauma and other stress conditions. This method understands that trauma resides in the nervous system, rather than the event, and results from an inability to complete self-protective survival responses at the time they were needed. While time goes on after these events, our nervous systems tend to get "stuck," in the activation associated with the event. SE supports the completion of these survival responses in the present from a position of strength and stability, with the goal of supporting us in thriving rather than merely surviving, and living in present time! I find this work to be exciting, hopeful, and very effective.

— Sarah Ross, Clinical Psychologist in Berkekeley, CA
 

I utilize energy focused treatment modalities to treat PTSD. I have worked with active and retired military, victims of crime, and people who have been victimized through abuse.

— Linda Erwin-Gallagher, Marriage & Family Therapist in SERVING CA RESIDENDENTS, CA
 

Oftentimes, the experience of PTSD goes alongside co-occuring concerns including anxiety, depression, attachment trauma, and other mental health concerns. As an EMDR trained therapist (in the certification process for EMDR), I am passionate about addressing the whole person when providing trauma therapy. I recognize that many individuals experience more complex trauma (cPTSD) and developmental trauma from ongoing childhood abuse and neglect. The body holds trauma and so I seek to integrate holistic health options including yoga and massage in trauma therapy.

— Jaja Chen, Social Worker in Waco, TX

My entire career has been spent sitting with clients who have experienced trauma and helping them digest it and take steps toward healing. I have been trained in multiple types of therapy to treat PTSD, so I can tailor our work together to fit your individual style and needs.

— Jo Eckler, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX
 

I can help you get off the merry go round and set you on the path to achieve your goals. It’s never to late to live your dreams and I will support you as you take action. Whether your fighting the ghosts of a traumatic childhood you know you want and can have more. .

— Jessica Lang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Albany, CA

My experiences include working with individuals who have struggled to overcome extensive childhood abuse and neglect. In particular, I enjoy working with adults who were raised in unstable environments, and experienced attachment trauma, chronic invalidation, emotional neglect, and abuse.

— Kristen Henshaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buda, TX
 

Trauma effects our emotions, memory, and physical health. Your body has an innate ability to heal itself from past pain.

— Gerda Phillips, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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
 

As a daughter of a Holocaust survivor who has actively worked on promoting an awareness of the impact of the Holocaust and its relevance to today, I have been immersed in PTSD issues my entire life. My first volunteer position in the 1970s was as a rape crisis counselor. I was there at the beginning of beginning of the child abuse awareness movement. For many years I was an administrator of programs serving children and their families involved with abuse. About half of my practice involves adult survivors of child abuse.

— Karin Wandrei, Clinical Social Worker in Rohnert Park, CA

I am a certified Common Elements Treatment Approach for Trauma (CETA) provider and have specialized training working with Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence and with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have 3 years experience working from this methodology and have helped many individuals overcome the effects of acute and chronic traumatic experiences.

— Matthew Wolfe, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Often times, people who have experienced trauma don't present with concerns that exactly fit with PTSD. Especially for people who have experienced chronic and persistent trauma, coming to therapy often means addressing situational and/or life stressors first, before being able to look at some of the underlying experiences of trauma that have exacerbated those stressors. And, there are those instances where one or more very specific and identifiable traumatic events have resulted in PTSD. When people see me as a result of this type of trauma, we'll initially work at ensuring there is safety both inside and outside of the therapy space, while also developing specific skills and strategies to manage the specific impact of the trauma(s) experienced.

— Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
 

I use EMDR and other therapies to work with trauma. We will move at a pace that is right for you to first find safety, and then reprocess traumatic memories that are affecting your life. I encourage you to come in for a consultation to see if we are a good fit.

— Nina Landey, Counselor in Portland, OR

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
 

Those who have experienced trauma often report an aching sense that their real self and true capabilities are buried somewhere below the surface and yearn for the day when that person can come forth. For years, some find safety in the idea that others had it worse, but the reality is, what you experience is real and its yours. The resiliency, insight, and evolution I have seen people inhabit in working through trauma or challenging childhoods speaks to the incredible laden strengths and unique sensitivities that survivors of these circumstances often possess. The journey out is through, and when people decide to embark - something amazing happens, and life can be as imagined. The people that enter this process often want more for themselves and of themselves, and this is frequently the result. I have helped many to overcome and resolve the symptoms of PTSD and get their lives back. I enjoy helping people find recovery from trauma and assisting them at a pace they are comfortable with.

— Mitch Keil, Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

For those struggling with trauma, finding relief and “feeling better” can seem like an overwhelming endeavor. However, I assure you, change can happen, you can become “unstuck.” As an experienced trauma therapist I offer a empathetic, non-judgemental approach and use modalities focused on trauma resolution and long-lasting healing. In our sessions, we may use somatic and mindfulness techniques, nuerobiology, shame resolution, and skill building to help you find relief. You don’t have to be held hostage by the past.

— Kimberley Mead, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I help clients cognitively reframe traumatic and stressful events and normalize their reactions. We formulate a "healing theory" of what happened and why. I also help clients relate examples of their strengths, resources and coping abilities to convey the rest of the story.

— Melissa Higgins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Brunswick, NJ