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.

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I use a Trauma-Informed Therapy to address the psychological, emotional, relational and physical problems that past trauma can create. My approach draws from numerous sources including Neuroscience, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR.

— Kaijah Bjorklund, Counselor in Portland, OR

Trauma negatively impacts every area of our lives--relationships, health, beliefs, sleep, spirituality. This work is my passion and I have devoted over 30 years to deepening my healing skills. There's nothing simple about trauma and it needs a complex approach to change negative thought patterns, reduce emotional reactivity and regulate our nervous systems. You can feel better!

— Stephanie Book Koehler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

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

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

Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster. Through techniques such as Brainspotting & EMDR, we can work together to help you heal from your past traumas and live in today.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
 

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. Trauma imprints on our minds and bodies until we release that pent-up energy. Learn how to change your reactions when triggered so that you can finally have peace again.

— Ashley Evans, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I have extensive experience working with individuals with PTSD, with trauma-related issues being my primary focus for more than ten years. I'm trained in a number of evidence-based treatments for PTSD, including EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Written Exposure Therapy, all shown to be highly effective in dealing with traumatic memories. I'm also familiar with issues frequently seen in people with PTSD, including chronic health concerns, migraines, seizures, and traumatic brain injury.

— Allison Gilson, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

It is hard to live life in the present when the past intrudes itself without fail. From trauma of all sorts, I have extensive experience making space for your past to arrest it and break free from the past as you grow to live in your authentic present self to the fullest. I specialize in ETT (Emotional Transformational Therapy) that is a therapy incorporating light, color wavelengths, and eye movements to transform and alleviate PTSD symptoms.

— Sarah Underbrink, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plano, TX

I utilize a trauma-focused lens in my work with clients who have experienced trauma of any kind (with or without a diagnosis of PTSD). With this lens, I utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT-focused trauma therapies, including Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

— Sara Gorcos, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

Traumatic experiences have a way of disorganizing our body's natural system of processing and storing memories, leaving us vulnerable to feeling as though we are in present danger even though these are past (sometimes many years old) experiences. I utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy to help you identify and reintegrate these memories in order to help you not only heal from trauma, but also build beautiful resilience in its place.

— Alex Lippincott, Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO

I have extensive knowledge, training, and experience working with individuals who are dealing with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

— Michael Davidson, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Tallahassee, FL
 

I have trained in EMDR which is a specialized rapid therapy treatment for PTSD. I frequently attend workshops and trainings to understand how to work with various personality differences involving other issues such as addictions such as alcohol, pornography, and eating disorders. I have also attended a number of workshops for working with children. I have successfully used EMDR with children ages 8 and older, teen, and adults.

— Alicia Bradshaw, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chattanooga, TN

I have studied and assisted trauma trainings that support clients to gently and safely unpack the many layers of trauma that make living difficult, from initial shock to altered core beliefs about self. I will always go at your pace, only addressing issues when you're ready to address them.

— Dan Halpern, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, CO
 

This issue is packed full of all of the above - depression, anxiety, shame, fear, and all kinds of accompanying thought patterns. It's no fun, that is for certain. I will help you understand a) how this tangles mess is wired together and b) how to determine which strand to pull on to begin working it out. I will teach you all sorts of skills and give you tools to reduce your symptoms in the moment of a trigger and over time. We can't change your past, but we can change how it impacts your presen

— Becky Robbins, Creative Art Therapist in Kenmore, WA

While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed. In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.

— Jeffrey Lawton, PsyDc, AMFT, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Hi, my passion is assisting individuals to obtain relief bycounteracting distress caused by exposure to traumatic life stimuli. I am fortunate to have been a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy provider for more than 20 years. I also am board certified in Neuropsychology, and while I not longer test for brain injury and dementia, my knowledge of brain and behavior relationships is helpful in understanding brain functioning with PTSD.

— David Brooks, Clinical Psychologist in Bismarck, ND

I have extensive experience treating PTSD and clients who have been through various types of trauma. I received my training from a trauma-informed school, and my work has been heavily trauma-focused.

— Kaitlin Scott, Therapist in Buffalo, NY