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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What's Developmental Trauma Disorder? It refers to adversity that impacted development in childhood. Traumatic stress concerns “something that happened” or “something that failed to happen”. Children who grow up with misattuned parents can grow up to be adults who struggle to relate in healthy ways to themselves and to others. These adults often struggle to feel safe in relationships and behave in ways that reflect this. I'll help you develop a more wholesome relationship with yourself first.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA

This is a specialty area of practice for me. I was trained in a graduate program classified as an Advanced, Trauma-Informed Clinical Program. I have done extensive training since, as an EMDR therapist and a Brainspotting therapist. I have a history of working with survivors of both single-incident traumas (example: a car accident or one event) and those who have experienced multiple or lifetime of traumas. When you are in the presence of an attuned therapist, healing is possible.

— Jordan Nodelman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilton Manors, FL

I often work with client's who have experienced trauma in their lives either in the past, chronically, or recent history. Trauma can have a profound affect on our lives and often creates patterns in our lives from a survival perspective rather than a thriving perspective. My goal is to use Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR, mindfulness, meditation, and experiential activities to develop healthy resources and to heal from trauma and stress in your life that causes so much distress.

— Londa Kauffman Bissell, Therapist in JACKSONVILLE, FL

PTSD can manifest itself in lots of ways. It could be pervasive feelings of anxiety or depression, it could be panic attacks, self-sabotage, attachment issues, drug and alcohol abuse. I believe trauma is at the core of most other issues we treat in therapy and it cannot be left unaddressed.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I have provided trauma therapy in person and via telehealth to children, teens, and adults. I have also worked with individuals who have difficulty with dissociation, avoidance, flashbacks, nightmares, and relationship difficulties related to their trauma.

— Brianna Bradshaw, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jeffersonville, IN

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.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

You wonder if you have PTSD……. Trauma can present differently in each person. When you experience a sudden event or change in your life it can set off a trauma reaction. It either creates a “flight” or “fight” response. If this upsetting news or event can’t be processed by the mind it impacts you in a few different ways. Our therapy sessions will use Dialectical Behavioral, Narrative, and mindfulness-based practices. When working in therapy we will engage in a conversation that tells your story

— Julie Williams, Counselor

You can tell me whatever you need to let go of. Then I'll work with you to gradually release it. We'll figure out the transition of leaving your comfort zone. This part can be seriously turbulent but I promise it will be worth it. Once you stop fighting that, and give it some time, we can work on getting you to really fly.

— Megan Herrington, Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL

Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods. -Peter Levine Trauma can be overwhelming, but alongside trauma is resilience, our natural drive toward healing, wholeness and meaning. To support this, I use the Trauma Resiliency Model, which focuses on the gentle release and reprocessing of traumatic experiences, and teaches simple wellness skills that help you learn to re-set your own nervous system and deepen your resilience, thereby restoring balance to mind, body and spirit.

— Michelle Sargent, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in VALLEY VILLAGE, CA

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

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

PTSD can occurs when people experience or witness a life-threatening event. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. But, when symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. You are not alone, PTSD can be effectively treated through psychotherapy. I can help you identify your pattern in a safe space by utilizing evidence based approaches.

— Mekeya Jama, Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

Specializing in treating sexual assault/abuse survivors and childhood abuse survivors, as well as those who've lost a loved one due to suicide/homicide. Treatments include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Written Exposure Treatment, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

— Ann LeFevre, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Trauma therapy is very effective. The work is straightforward and it is awesome because I get to watch my clients courageously face down the biggest monsters in their lives. You get to be the hero of your story and I get to help you with it! Please do not suffer in silence any more. Reach out to me and I'll talk about everything with you before starting the work.

— Matt Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK

I have years of experience in different settings working with individuals with PTSD. I am also familiar in diagnosing and working with Complex PTSD. I am trained in working with trauma.

— Lena Nicodemus, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Castro Valley, CA

PTSD and Complex PTSD encompasses a wide range of traumas and typically co-occurs with depression and/or anxiety. Risk factors include childhood trauma (see the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and determine your score if you find it helpful), having a close family member with a mental health issue, intergenerational trauma, isolation and lack of support, traumatic life events, abusive/manipulative relationships (relational trauma), and gender, physical, racial discrimination.

— Feliz Lucia Molina, Associate Clinical Social Worker 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

PTSD has a long history of stealing souls from unsuspecting bystanders. We can be struck with it immediately and feel the weight of its influence like hitting a brick wall. Or it might creep up slowly and before we know it we are consumed by its presence. In either instance we find ourselves detached from the world unable to reconnect and vulnerable to the volatile ways of past traumas. Together we will get to the heart of the matter and dive into the ways that PTSD has taken you hostage.

— Maile Grace, Therapist in Denver, CO

The bulk of my experience has been with Complex-PTSD. I have worked with both youth and adults, who experienced it or witnessed it. In working with C-PTSD, in addition to treating symptoms such as hyper-arousal and avoidance, I make sure to address the negative self-perception and relational problems that are unique to this condition.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I address trauma as organically as possible, always respecting where my client is, and what he/she/they may need. If appropriate and consented, I will employ transpersonal psychology tools such as shamanic healing inspired therapy, embodied spirituality, and active energy work to clear emotional and psychic blocks that have kept my clients stuck.

— Lina Návar, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

My special therapeutic focus is helping people who are rebuilding their sense of self or their family relationships after disorienting experiences. I treat both simple trauma, such as an accident, and complex trauma resulting from multiple traumatic experiences. I also have specialized training in working with dissociative disorders.

— Kaye-Ailsa Rowan, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA