Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a traumatic, scary or dangerous event. PTSD can be caused by either witnessing or experiencing the trauma. Events that sometimes trigger PTSD include everything from sexual assault, war, and violence, to car accidents or other incidents that could cause loss of life. It is not at all uncommon for people who go through something traumatic to have temporary difficulty coping and acute symptoms, but with time, they usually get better. However, if the symptoms last longer than a month, get worse rather than better and affect your ability to function, you may be suffering from PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD may include severe anxiety, anger, nightmares, trouble sleeping, flashbacks to the event, frightening thoughts, avoidance of situations or places, feeling on edge and/or being easily startled. If you think you may be experiencing PTSD, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s specialists today to get help.

Meet the specialists

I am 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 Berkeley, 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 C. Briggs, Clinical Social Worker in Hollywood, FL

Trauma is the core of my practice, helping folks restore safety.

— Aimee Monterrosa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles,

I have been trained in both Somatic Experiencing ® and NARM.® Both modalities are designed to work with trauma: shock and developmental. I also work with C-PTSD.

— Chris Burner, Clinical Social Worker in Durham, NC

If you struggle with post traumatic stress disorder, are a part of a couple who is in need of support or an individual who struggles with anxiety, I am glad you are here! I am a EMDRIA Certified Therapist specializing in helping trauma survivors by the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) We will work together to reprocess your trauma to help you see and experience distressing images and memories in a new and less painful way.

— Rebecca Stiemens, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kingwood, TX

With specialized training in the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma, I can help you find ways to not only cope with the disturbing thoughts and memories, but process them in proven ways so you can feel more like yourself, more in control and more relief. I am also training in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for the treatment of PTSD.

— Guy Croteau, Psychotherapist in Boston, MA

I am trained in a trauma modality known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). EMDR is a unique and alternative form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. Unlike most forms of traditional psychotherapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more so on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that manifest in your day-to-day s a result from the traumatic event.

— Jess Perez, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hollywood, CA

If you are struggling with past trauma of any kind in your past, then I would like to help you find effective tools to improve your current life and live free from the depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and addiction that is often the result of past trauma.

— Marty Schwebel, Marriage & Family Therapist in Petaluma, CA

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

I help people work through a variety of traumas. Healing trauma is about releasing the impacts of a negative situation that we experience(d) as harmful to us in some way. My goal is to help you move through and release how you have been impacted, not just work on changing a feeling. I take a gentle and nurturing approach in helping you. I will work with you in the ways you want to go.

— Paulina Levinzon, Counselor in Liberty Corner, NJ

Trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.

— Tara Joiner, Counselor in San Angelo, 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

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— jessica dawn russell, Therapist in Encino, 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 Philadelphia, PA

I have extensive experience working with people who experience the effects of PTSD. I believe that to heal a mind-body system, we have to work at a physiological level. This is where PTSD lives, and just talking about it is not enough to calm it. I love EMDR because it can work at that physiological level. By calming the body, the mind has a more exceptional ability to heal and to move forward, less reactive, and better able to process and experience the environment appropriately.

— Todd Graves, Marriage & Family Therapist in , UT

I have worked with individuals with PTSD for over 6 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

Working within the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model, we will help understand trauma, irrational thoughts, explore exposure therapy, and discuss the ways one can push forward after traumatic experiences.

— Patricia Alvarado, EMDR Therapist, Psychotherapist in Montebello, CA

I have provided therapy to clients recovering from PTSD for the last 9 years. I use a trauma-informed approach to therapy and am trained in EMDR and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have experience working with survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. With therapy, my clients have found their confidence, developed healthier relationships, built coping tools, and made changes to live more joyfully.

— Ivone Gutierrez, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berwyn, IL

Almost every client I have ever worked with has experienced some level of trauma in their lifetime. The universality of this phenomenon has forced me to develop an attunement to the issue. As a professor of human development, I have explored much research on the impact of trauma on development at every stage of life and in each domain: emotional, cognitive, physical and social. I have also pursued education particularly in the areas of somatic and relational approaches to trauma recovery.

— Andrea Tackore, Psychotherapist in Winter Park, FL

Trauma impacts people across a multitude of intersections: childhood, relational, one-time incidents, war, poverty, oppression, and so forth. We have little t trauma, big T trauma, and historical/inter-generational trauma. Many of us live with complex trauma impacting our lives. My expertise is in how to gently, methodically address trauma on your terms, as a collaborator in your healing process. You will hear me say, frequently: Healing is a nonlinear process. Welcome to the journey.

— Emily Kothe, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

I'm passionate about the understanding of trauma and all its consequences. I have trained and master several modalities to deal with the dysregulation and with the memory reconsolidation needed to heal from trauma. My understanding and skills are neurobiologically based including technology and processing techniques that give results without having to go through the traumatic experiences again.

— Antonieta Contreras, Therapist in NEW YORK, NY

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

Many, if not all, of us have experienced trauma in some form or way. I can help you identify what might be triggering you as well as discover new ways of managing or resolving trauma that has occurred or continues to occur in your life.

— Jessica Savage, Licensed Professional Counselor

I am trained in EMDR and have experience working with veterans, first responders, victims of sexual and physical assault, and survivors of natural disasters.

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

I've worked with survivors of traumatic stress and traumatic life events. I have extensive experience helping survivors of child abuse, rape, dating violence, domestic violence, community/school violence, and witnesses of violence while incarcerated. My experience also extends to working with professionals who are dealing with secondary trauma, vicarious trauma and/or compassion fatigue. My approach provides a safe, non-judgmental, empowering space for personal development, healing and growth.

— Melissa Cole, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD

I am EMDR trained. This is a well researched treatment for PTSD. The client's brain actually heals itself, I only facilitate the process. It works by reprocessing past trauma by bringing what is stuck in the past into the present. I also use an attachment-based EMDR process for those with developmental trauma. EMDR isn't for everyone, other methods I use are body based with mindfulness and/or other modalities. I collaborate with each client so they can choose what resonates with them most.

— Bonnie Fleckenstein, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

PTSD is no joke. The after effects of trauma can have a far reaching impact and no matter how strong you are, the way that trauma rewires your brain and nervous system isn't for wimps. Intrusive thoughts, emotional flashbacks, or painful triggers have a way of keeping a stranglehold on your present. Learn how to change your reactions when triggered so that you can finally have peace again.

— Ashley Evans, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Dallas, TX

I am in my final year of training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which is a powerful approach to addressing and healing from traumatic experiences.

— Sara Bidler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maple Grove, MN