Trauma Therapy

Trauma is defined as a deeply disturbing, threatening or scary event – everything from sexual assault, war, and violence, to car accidents or other incidents that could cause loss of life. Symptoms of experiencing a trauma 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. 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 need help. When you are suffering in the aftermath of a trauma, it might feel like you'll never get your life back. The good news is that it can be treated. Trauma therapy will help to improve your symptoms, teach you the skills you need to deal with your trauma and help to build your self-esteem. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s trauma therapy experts today.

Meet the specialists

We all know people who have experienced POST TRAUMATIC STRESS or PTSD. The problems that PTSD creates hurts us as individuals, our spouses, our children, our families our jobs and all our friends and loved ones. What would life be if we could stop the pain, stop the problems and finally get a good night’s sleep? If we could work without having outbursts, screaming, taking days off and getting into fights? Or, if we could keep the same job without constantly getting fired or laid off?

— Dr. Howard Chusid, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hallandale, FL

I have extensive training and experience in trauma therapies, and there is still so much to learn. My goal is to help clients who've experienced trauma learn to feel safe and at home in their own skin. Healing is certainly possible, but the most important thing to remember is that the trauma was not your fault.

— Christina Reichert, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

Effective therapy must take the whole person and their lived experiences into account, including individual and generational trauma. Trauma affects socioemotional and physical development throughout the lifespan and must be addressed when treating sequelae like addictive behaviors, anger, depression, anxiety, body image issues, self-harm, and feelings of alienation.

— Dr. E. Rose Sierra, Psychotherapist in Houston, TX

I have worked with various kinds of trauma throughout my career and have chosen to specialize in it. I always remain trauma-informed, client-centered while exploring the ways in which trauma has impacted a client's life; physically, mentally, spiritually, sexually, financially, etc.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I use TF-CBT with kids and teenagers. This therapy focuses on feelings identification, coping skills and creating a trauma narrative to help desensitize them to the trauma they faced. For adults, I used Prolonged Exposure therapy. After learning some coping skills, clients are asked to discuss their trauma verbally and/or written and practice going over it. Clients also will work on exposure to what they have been avoiding in their lives and gradually increase their exposure to it.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

Somatic-based to integrate a fragmented and disconnected mind and body, to transform empowered, and find meaningful healing for traumatic experiences

— Kelly Borich, Social Worker in Bethlehem, PA

I will look at ways to understand how negative life experiences have shaped your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In trauma therapy, I look at loss of safety, inability to manage emotions, overwhelming losses, and experiences that have made you feel disconnected. Therapy will provide a validating, non-judgmental, authentic, and supportive place for you to navigate challenges you are experiencing.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Whether you have experienced a single event, repeated aversive events, chronic abuse/neglect, you may be experiencing: Disconnection from the Self. Disconnection from the Body. Disconnection from Others. Distressing memories, nightmares, flashbacks, or trauma triggers. Overwhelming emotions. Difficulty working, playing, creating. Adrenaline surges, body aches/pains, physical illnesses. Memories & energies of trauma are stored on an instinctual survival level in the brain, body, & mind. I have been working with trauma survivors since 1996. On healing trauma--there are talking psychotherapies and somatic therapies. I provide a safe, accepting, space for you to share your story without fear or shame. You do not have to relive or even consciously remember trauma to heal from it. We can access those memories through "felt sense" or language of your inner body experiences. Together, we will unveil your strengths & resilience that helped you survive and clear the path for powerful healing.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL

Trauma also known as trauma-informed therapy is a treatment approach that combines a number of different tools and efforts to address the impact that a traumatic event(s) or adverse childhood experiences (ACES) has had on a client's mental health. Trauma therapy proceeds according to the emotional safety and comfort of the client.

— Beth Darby, Clinical Social Worker in Brentwood, TN

I'm certified in Somatic Experiencing & other trauma modalities. Dr. Peter Levine of Somatic Experiencing says, "trauma is a fact of life but it doesn't have to be a life sentence." It could be an accident, assault, or natural disaster, or it can also be developmental: that our needs as a child weren't met in the way we would have liked and needed to feel safe, seen and soothed - & secure. I'm happy to support you on making sense of the past so you can live more fully in the present w/ ease.

— Francesca Maxime, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

In my work with clients that have experienced trauma, I integrate interventions from the following trauma modalities: TF-CBT, Narrative Therapy, Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems & soon EMDR.

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

Trauma from a single incident and/or repeated trauma can be healed. When trauma isn't addressed it can result in maladaptive coping strategies that cause additional psychic pain.

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

I have a passion for those of us that have suffered tragedies that are not our fault and want to still have a healthy, meaningful life. The hard part about trauma is we experience it in the present moment--have you ever felt like you overreact? That your body 'takes over' and you don't know why you behave in a certain way? Trauma therapy is a beautiful space to explore healing, integration, knowledge of trauma responses and learning to have self compassion for the hard road of healing.

— Amy Lynch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Centenntial, CO

*Specialized training from The University of Washington in The Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Trauma. *Certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which is a gold standard evidenced-based-trauma focused therapy since 2011 & Department of Veteran Affair's CPT Provider Status since 2013. *The majority of client's I've worked with have been diagnosed with PTSD or experienced psychological trauma.

— Malissa Page, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SANTA MONICA, CA

We are trained in a variety of therapy approaches to treat the impact of trauma. Trauma is not only large events such as assault, natural disasters, or car accidents. Trauma can also be experienced through what people often label as minor or insignificant events such as bullying, divorce, being ignored or made fun of, and fatphobia. We help you gain understanding of your symptoms and heal trauma at the root rather than put a bandaid on the symptoms.

— Catherine (Katie) Fries, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

I have clinical experience treating clients with a history of psychological trauma, such as abuse, assault, and adverse childhood experiences. The two therapies that I use, ACT and DBT, are evidence-based treatments for Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. I'm strongly interested in trauma theories, neuroscience, psychoneurobiology, and interpersonal neurobiology. I've completed three graduate level courses in trauma. I regularly attend trauma-related conferences and trainings.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

Trauma Institute training in trauma informed care for substance use disorders, Evidence Based Practices and Treatment of PTSD by Jongsma.

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ