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 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 love working with PTSD because I love to see people experience such life changing results in such a short time! I am grateful to be one of a small number of therapists in this area who is on the roster for CPT for PTSD; a short term, evidence-based, intervention. Evidence suggests CPT is effective in reducing PTSD symptoms related to traumatic events and I have witnessed transformations happen in front of me that I had not thought possible!

— Christa Harrison, Therapist in Oklahoma City, OK

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 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
 

Your trauma may have happened a long time ago, but the event will never leave your mind without some proper help. We will teach you some healthy coping strategies as well as examining your unhealthy coping strategies, in order to differentiate between the two. You’ll work through the trauma while focusing on safety issues, to be aware of the feelings each bring. Trauma is hard to deal with alone. However, you don’t have to go through it alone. Contact us and begin to get better.

— Jason Walter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Elmo, 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
 

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

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 Reisterstown, MD
 

I have over 15 years' experience successfully treating PTSD using scientifically supported approaches such as cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure. My clients have experienced a wide range of traumas, including sexual assault, physical assault, accidents, and the sudden, unexpected deaths of loved ones. I have also conducted and published research on treatment of PTSD.

— Christine Scher, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

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 Nationally Certified Trauma-Focused CBT Therapist. This evidence-based model is effective for children who have experienced trauma such as abuse, grief, physical injury, or witnessing something disturbing. Children learn techniques to express and regulate emotions, work through a narrative of what happened, and build skills for future resiliency. Parents are a key part of the treatment process and meet with the therapist individually and with their child throughout the process.

— Kaci Ott, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

I developed my expertise in treating trauma, abuse, and PTSD throughout my 20+ years of working in this field, in environments ranging from psychiatric hospitals, group homes, residential and outpatient clinics. I have also been involved with a nonprofit organization called FREA – Finding Recovery and Empowerment from Abuse (frea.support). I use highly effective, evidence-based methods to treat trauma and PTSD, particularly the tools of Energy Psychology. Trauma affects a person on every level and has lasting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects. My approach is that all of these components must be addressed in order for a person to truly and completely heal from these experiences. I take a strengths-based, empowering stance in working with these issues, in which we move from an identity of victim to one of survivor. How can I support you to transform your traumatic experiences into triumphs?

— Adriana Popescu, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

Having studied under Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk at The Trauma Center in Brookline MA I have continued to apply my PTSD specialist certification in my work. I have a passion for working with those who suffer from PTSD whether a military veteran & family, or someone who has experienced a life-threatening event. I have used EMDR, CBT and other modalities, but I find when combined with other therapies healing happens much more rapidly.

— Rev Dr Sandy Range, Counselor in Stoughton, MA

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
 

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, in all forms, can overpower every aspect of one’s life. I offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help allievate pain and suffering, and to empower the change process.

— Niki Saigeon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO
 

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

My clinical career has provided me with extensive experience around the many iterations of trauma, whether it is complex, attachment-based, or a single incident. Additionally, I am experienced in the many ways trauma presents itself, and the far-reaching impacts it may have. I use an eclectic approach to foster safety, integration, and healing, including EMDR, Trauma-Informed Yoga, attachment theory, Trauma-Focused CBT, mindfulness, and self-compassion interventions.

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA
 

I am trained in TF-CBT, a specialized treatment for trauma. I teach specific mindfulness and grounding techniques to help access internal resources to provide support for processing and managing the stressful emotions and memories that may arise from trauma.

— Chauney Peck, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have helped many people to relieve their symptoms of acute--recent--trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (six months after a traumatic event), and have also developed a speciality in treating adults struggling with complex trauma. When someone suffers with complex trauma, they have often suffered multiple traumas, some of them during childhood.

— Dayna Sharp, Clinical Social Worker in Haddonfield, NJ
 

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

I have completed advanced training in Cognitive Processing Therapy, or simply CPT. This is an approach to treating trauma that allows the individual to resolve concerns from their past in order to get back their life, as well as finding peace and meaning moving forward.

— Michael Lamerato, Mental Health Counselor in Huntington Woods, MI
 

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

Sometimes kids don't get the help they need. These kids grow up and become adults who still need to work through their childhood trauma. I see you. I'm here to provide a space for you to explore all that's happened in your life.

— Kait Marcil, Licensed Professional Counselor in Watertown, CT
 

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 that is effective for healing from PTSD.

— Kaley Sinclair Jiawon, Counselor in Orlando, FL

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

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
 

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— Ashley Stafford, Psychologist in Austin, TX

Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse since 1994.

— Debbie Duquette, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Huntsville, AL
 

I incorporate trauma informed approaches while working with individuals and families. With compassion, intuition, patience and emphatic listening I guide my clients in addressing these wounds and help them with their healing. I often work with couples and parents with childhood trauma and accompany them in their journey to explore and heal past wounds so warm and healthy bonding becomes possible.

— Duygu Balan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Berkeley, 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
 

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 have extensive specialized training in PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Dissociation. I do ongoing consultation with top leaders in trauma. I am a EMDR certified and as of Jan 2019 will be an EMDR Consultant for other therapists.

— Stacy Ruse, Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

When disturbing or traumatizing events happen, those events can become locked in our nervous system as if we are frozen in time with all same uncomfortable feelings. People, situations, or events can subconsciously trigger those stuck memories leaving you feeling anxious, paranoid, irritable, depressed, or otherwise fearful without an obvious cause. Together we can heal your trauma and allow you to move on from your pain.

— William Portis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bloomington, IL
 

I believe that almost every person has experienced a traumatic experience. Some are able to cope with that in their own way, but others' traumatic experiences have such a severe impact that PTSD develops. Healing from trauma is a very vulnerable and empowering process as you begin to "take back your life." Living life in a constant state of stress is harmful and prevents you from accomplishing the goals you have in life. Therefore, I assist clients in understanding and healing from trauma.

— Nathan Jacquez, Counselor in Salt Lake City, UT

I am EMDR certified and believe that trauma is usually at the root of all addictions. Processing our traumatic memories and life events through through the techniques of EMDR can set us free from self-destructive behavior and painful emotions.

— Lisa Boyd, Counselor in Plano, TX
 

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

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 EMDR and work with individuals who have suffered personal trauma or disturbing life events, and those who have witnessed trauma. I also consider and am sensitive to historical and inter-generational trauma.

— Lisa Hedden, Counselor in Tucker, GA

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 am trained in multiple treatment methods to help people suffering from PTSD, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Experiential Play Therapy (EPT). In addition to these 3 methods, I am also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training to help you through intense emotions that may be difficult to handle while processing trauma.

— Estepha Francisque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Folsom, CA

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 use interpersonal neurobiology and attunement and grounding techniques to support your movement out of protective response patterns that no longer support you.

— Leah Gregory, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

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 Briggs, Clinical Social Worker in Hollywood, FL
 

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, Licensed Professional 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
 

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

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
 

I have worked extensively with folks with acute and developmental trauma and understand that it impacts all areas of one's life. I am also familiar with secondary reactions to trauma like feelings of shame, lack of control, and helpless. I have a deep understanding of trauma and its associated neurobiology and work with a variety of interventions to help hold and heal traumatic wounds. This includes working somatically to resolve traumatic symptoms in addition to talking through trauma.

— Jami Winkel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

For the past nine years I have worked in the community mental health setting, directly with families experiencing chronic/toxic stress, intergenerational trauma, and exposure to violence. I am trained in evidence-based interventions that are proven to be effective for young children suffering from PTSD, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am on the national roster for practitioners of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, to treat trauma in children birth to five and their caregivers.

— Samantha Pugh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lafayette, CO
 

Trauma can be anything that has significantly impacted your life in a negative way.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY
 

I am a trauma specialist and have a ton of training and knowledge in trauma and PTSD. I use EMDR therapy often as well as mindfulness and other trauma sensitive approaches to help women overcome chronic trauma, childhood abuse, abusive relationships including emotional/verbal abuse. I believe we all have been through some very difficult things in life that may still impact us today, but I also know that people can overcome and heal from these old wounds. I help women get freedom from their pain.

— Lindsey Lowrance, Counselor in Lakewood, CO

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 have training and experience helping individuals overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have helped people who have come into my office with a diagnosis of PTSD significantly reduce their symptoms so they no longer have a PTSD diagnosis when they leave. I have helped individuals accomplish this success through trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, education, and supportive listening.

— Tatiana Garcia, Licensed Professional Counselor in Carlstadt, NJ
 

Do you feel stressed out or overwhelmed? Are you frequently anxious or depressed? Trauma and difficult experiences are often held in the body. I use Somatic Experiencing, a biological, body-based approach to help you release these imprints gently. Processing these experiences in a way your nervous system can digest increases your resilience, and creates a sense of joy, choice and freedom in your life.

— Claudia Hartke, Psychologist in Boulder, CO

Although Complex PTSD is not yet in the DSM, the shared symptoms and experiences are very real for my clients. Abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that happened throughout childhood has significant impacts well into adulthood. Some of these symptoms include emotional flashback, long term anxiety and depression, toxic shame, and relationship struggles, among others. I help clients work beyond symptoms and start their healing process.

— Candace Whitman, Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

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

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 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

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

— Jenna Rasmussen, 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

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
 

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

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 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

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
 

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 have a passion for working with teens and adults who have experienced trauma or life-altering events. I start the therapeutic journey by first helping clients to recognize their symptoms of trauma. From this awareness they can start to understand the ways they play out in daily life. I also help clients to work through difficult thoughts and emotions surrounding trauma. The first step is to normalize negative reactions and behaviors. This allows you to create space for learning and adjustment

— Nikkita Stonner, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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
 

When we think about trauma, we often think of combat or sexual assault. However, trauma can be any incident or chronic experience that is overwhelming and leaves us feeling helpless or horrified. Trauma therapy can help heal painful childhood experiences, shift relationship patterns, and free us from toxic shame and limiting beliefs about ourselves. I utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), Lifespan Integration, and somatic (body-based) therapy in healing trauma.

— Shannon Budelman, Counselor in Seattle, WA

My work with PTSD has been treating women and men who experienced childhood abuse as well as sexual abuse in their lifetime. I also have over 4 years of experience of working with Veterans on military-related traumas. Many of the clients I work with also use substances to cope with trauma. I'm here to address the underlying issue and connect again to yourself and the people around you.

— Inga Curry, Clinical Psychologist 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
 

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

— Kristen Henshaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I'm a trauma informed counselor and am interested in helping you reduce your symptoms that are related to trauma.

— Meletina Taerbaum, Counselor in Round Rock, TX
 

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
 

There's PTSD, the result of a single, overwhelming incident that leaves us disengaged from others, replaying the terrifying incident over and over, unable to find ease. Then there's Complex PTSD, the result of years of abuse and neglect children suffer, when they instead needed to learn the developmental tasks of trust and relating to others, of developing competence and cultivating lifelong curiosity. My attachment-focused work helps clients step into themselves, and then the world.

— Inga Larson, Counselor in Denver, CO
 

I believe that many clients come to therapy with symptoms related to a traumatic experience. I help individuals of all ages to manage the physical and psychological symptoms of trauma.

— Summer Dowd-Lukesh, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fontana, CA

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
 

Sudden movements, loud noises, dark halls all can make the everyday life feel like a battle field. I can help you transition from traumatic experiences and find your lasting peace.

— Melissa Smith, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Louisville, KY
 

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 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
 

I object to the term "disorder." PTS is a NATURAL response to something threatening happening. It was a strength in getting you out of whatever situation prompted it. The problem becomes when the body and mind are stuck in protective mode and you can't get out. It creates physical problems, extreme fatigue, and distance from others. It's a frustrating situation- logic brain knows you're safe, but your mind and body are always on high alert and you can't function. It doesn't have to be permanent.

— Catherine McConnell, Counselor in Arlington, TX

I am fully specialized in the areas of C-PTSD, ongoing stress and heightened sensitivity. One of the techniques I share with all clients is TRE® trauma & tension releasing exercise which guides all people to experience our universal shaking and vibrational mechanism which settles the nervous system to we can experience ease, peace, and harmony (and waaaay better sleep).

— Andrea Rábago, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

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

PTSD is often mis-diagnosed as bipolar, ADHD, an impulse disorder, or a personality disorder such as Borderline Personality Disorder. While these diagnoses may be present, ignoring trauma related disorders can misdirect the treatment course and overlook very concerning symptoms, impeding application of good treatment. I believe that many individuals with mental health symptoms have suffered more due to treatments overlooking the role trauma can play in our own wiring.

— Heather Towndrow, Hypnotherapist in Price, UT
 

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

I have been focused on learning new techniques to help manage PTSD and it's symptoms.

— Melissa Knapp, Psychologist in Milford, MI
 

When disturbing or traumatizing events happen, those events can become locked in our nervous system as if we are frozen in time with all same uncomfortable feelings. People, situations, or events can subconsciously trigger those stuck memories leaving you feeling anxious, paranoid, irritable, depressed, or otherwise fearful without an obvious cause. EMDR allows your brain to process those memories to help you find relief. Together we can heal your trauma and allow you to move on from your pain.

— William Portis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bloomington, IL

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
 

I have worked with individuals with PTSD for almost 5 years. Trained in EMDR therapy to help decrease the intensity of the traumatic event. I’ve also worked with individuals that have self-harmed, had thoughts of suicide, or have displayed other behaviors (overeating, low self-esteem, promiscuity, etc.) due to PTSD.

— Melissa Webb, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

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 implement an integration of Emotion-Focused Therapy and Cognitive-Processing Therapy when treating trauma and PTSD. I have had the privilege of seeing people transform themselves when they commit to therapy, and that is a beautiful process. When we work together, I will provide a safe environment where you can explore the trauma in a nonjudgmental way, as I know many people do not understand trauma and have probably had negative reactions about it. You can improve and get your life back!

— Emily Frey, Clinical Psychologist in North Aurora, IL

Trauma is, unfortunately, pervasive and affects a large number of people. Whether the trauma is due to childhood experiences, losses, sexual assaults, or military experience, trauma shows up in different ways and affects people differently. I work with clients to address the symptoms that may interfere with their lives the most- whether it's emotional numbing, increased paranoia, difficulties with sleep, anger management, or anxiety.

— Ivy Hall, Psychologist in Berkeley, 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
 

Trauma impacts many of our lives. Most of us can identify turning points where we felt something change in our lives. I have a variety of approaches that help get to a place of healing. I am trained in EMDR, yoga and am nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

— Amelia Mackle, Counselor in Clackamas, 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
 

40 years experience with sexual assault with children and adults. Body focused, emotional and spiritual healing. Mindfulness therapy and CBT therapy.

— Laurie Domsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kimberling City, MO

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 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

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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
 

Difficult life experiences can sometimes lead to symptoms of PTSD. This diagnosis can make us feel like we are literally going to lose our minds. Most of my clients come to me having been misdiagnosed and over medicated when actually what they have been experiencing are the residual effects of trauma. Nightmares, flashbacks, bouts of anger, depression, and severe anxiety are just some of the symptoms of PTSD. We were not created for trauma BUT there is a way to heal and live a healthy life.

— Melanie Taylor, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
 

I work with children of all ages and adults who have experienced traumatic or extremely stressful events. I often work with children in foster care or on the adoption/permanency spectrum. For children, this mainly involves a variety of play therapy techniques and work with parents or caregivers. With parents, I will help you to process through your history and find ways to accept what has happened, and to help you be the type of parent you want to be.

— Clara Rivers, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, MN

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
 

-Attended certificate course by Bessel Van Der Kolk in trauma recovery through somatic experience, mindfulness tools and developing understanding of how "the body keeps score" of the trauma. -Attended sexual trauma conference to better understand how childhood sexual trauma affects the attachment/development process and the therapeutic techniques used to recover. -Participated in an extensive training on addiction and trauma.

— Julia Murtha, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

If you find yourself living in a nearly constant state of distress, emotional upheaval, chaos, and pain, or dealing with ongoing difficult relationship issues there could be unresolved trauma. When seeing a trauma therapist, it is possible to work through traumatic material. By resolving traumatic memory, there is the possibility to create a new and different future where dreams of fulfillment and ease can come true. Together, we can heal past trauma in gentle, safe, and effective ways.

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

I am good at: -Providing a safe place for people to unpack feelings of shame, and inviting people to recognize when things they are harboring were never their fault in the first place -Holding patience and tenderness while people move through stages of grief (including anger) about the wounds of injustice, childhood pain, and/or traumatic experiences

— Renee Randazzo, Counselor in Austin, TX

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
 

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 use EMDR with complementary yoga and somatic support to help children and adults tap into their brain and body’s natural ability to heal after trauma.

— Amanda Edwards, Licensed Professional Counselor in Parker, CO

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 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

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 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

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
 

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

Shame. Secrets. Anxiety. Loneliness. Maybe some of these things resonate with you and it has been difficult to find someone safe to process what has gone on in your life. Through shame resiliency, trauma focused CBT or EMDR, our specialists can provide the safety and comfort you need to consider exploring this area of your life.

— Meredith Riddick, Counselor in Ashburn, VA
 

Trauma and Other Ups and Downs: Overcome life's worst curve balls. *Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or trauma? *Are you trying to navigate everyday life on top of all of that stress? Learn techniques for managing stress and other challenges in the context of a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship. Use proven best practices (such as CBT, DBT, and mindfulness coaching) to help you overcome life's most challenging moments and transitions.

— Anna Lindberg Cedar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

If you've been traumatized, you probably 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 aren'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 have extensive training in the assessment and treatment of PTSD. I completed my Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship at the Ann Arbor VA and my PostDoctoral Residency at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor VA Clinical Psychology Consortium. During my time at the VA, I completed rotations in the PTSD clinic on both the general track and on the women's specialty issues track. I use Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat PTSD, both gold-standard treatments.

— Katherine Harris, Clinical Psychologist in North Aurora, IL

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

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 have a background working in child welfare with a wide variety of children and families impacted by trauma. In addition to my experience working with individuals and families impacted by trauma, I have also been trained in EMDR, a specialized trauma treatment for people with specific and or complex trauma.

— Sabrina Tropper, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York City, NY

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 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
 

I specialize in treating trauma of any kind through EMDR. I am a Certified Clinicial Trauma Professional and have had extensive training and experience in the treatment of trauma.

— DIANA CANFIELD, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

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
 

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 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
 

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 am a certified clinical trauma professional with 10 years of experience working with trauma to include PTSD, sexual trauma, and veterans.

— Keya Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Norcross, GA
 

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

Have you experienced a frightening event (recent or long ago) that left you feeling helpless, thoughts that you would die or be badly hurt? Are you now experiencing flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares and you've become a "different person?" These types of situations warrant further evaluation and discussion as you may have PTSD or another trauma disorder which requires professional help in order to recover. The symptoms just won't go away but you probably already know that.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

There are a variety of ways to work through and resolve trauma, and they all begin with trust, safety and cultivating self-care resources. Working with trauma through the mind and body together has proven to be the most effective, according to studies. Some of the ways I work with trauma are with mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), NeuroAffective Touch (NAT), Hakomi, hypnotherapy and EMDR.

— Nick Venegoni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

PTSD is better understood as PTSR--Posttraumatic Stress Reorganization. As a diagnosis, PTSD is a failure when it comes to capturing the various ways in which traumatic stress, especially complex and prolonged traumatic stress, from long-term abuse or from institutional white supremacy, impacts people. It's also sad to have a heavy diagnosis for a condition that essentially describes a successful reaction to terror--in trauma there are many gifts.

— Eli Hastings, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

I object to the term "disorder." PTS is a NATURAL response to something threatening happening. It was a strength in getting you out of whatever situation prompted it. The problem becomes when the body and mind are stuck in protective mode and you can't get out. It creates physical problems, extreme fatigue, and distance from others. It's a frustrating situation- logic brain knows you're safe, but your mind and body are always on high alert and you can't function. It doesn't have to be permanent.

— Catherine McConnell, Counselor in Arlington, TX

I help high functioning adults who have experienced a traumatic event and want to move forward. Maybe there’s been a change in your life and you find yourself thinking about the past and you think-why is this suddenly coming up? I get it. Are you feeling sad or keyed up but are too ashamed or embarrassed to talk to anyone about it? It could be something from your childhood, or maybe a more recent event. Nothing is ever completely gone, but we can move past it together.

— Jordanna Saunders, in Goodyear, AZ
 

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

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, Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA
 

Experiences of trauma might look very different from person to person. I like to look at trauma with a focus on building resiliency, and on breaking down shame and self-blame. I believe that in order to fully understand trauma, we have to look at how it is remembered by the brain and the body, and also to understand how a survivor is impacted not just by the big events we think of when someone says "trauma," but also by chronic trauma such as racism, homophobia, systemic oppression and poverty.

— Kayte Heslet, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I am a EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) trained therapist and strongly believe trauma is key to many of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Together, we can work through addressing traumatic events that have occurred in your life that are transpiring into your present life today.

— Adrine Davtyan, Therapist in PASADENA, CA
 

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 have been trained, supervised and certified by Edna Foa Ph.D and her team at CTSA for Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. I have been a certified PE therapist since 2012 and have seen hundreds of folks diagnosed with PTSD or CPTSD. 90% of my clients either came from an abusive childhood enviornment or experienced trauma at some point which is part of their therapy journey. I have been contracted with Universities to provide treatment to victims of assault on campus.

— Rachel Rippel, Psychologist in Minnetonka, MN

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

If you find yourself living in a nearly constant state of distress, emotional upheaval, chaos, and pain, or dealing with ongoing difficult relationship issues there could be unresolved trauma. When seeing a trauma therapist, it is possible to work through traumatic material. By resolving traumatic memory, there is the possibility to create a new and different future where dreams of fulfillment and ease can come true. Together, we can heal past trauma in gentle, safe, and effective ways.

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Live a life based on joy in the present not pain in the past. When we experience a trauma a part of us to gets stuck in that experience. In some ways we can feel like we never truly move on, That no one can understand what we have been threw, and that in future we want is hopelessly out of our grasp. With care and empathy we can work together to help you see this part of yourself clearly so you can learn how to stop letting the trauma control your life and start living for today.

— Shoshana Aal, Counselor in Denver, CO