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

Pia Mellody’s model of developmental immaturity and codependency depicts how childhood trauma affects us as adults in our lives today. Together we will connect the dots of what happened, how it affected you then, how that may have changed overtime, and it’s connection to your current circumstances.

— Leanne Lemire, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carefree, AZ

I have been using Prolonged Exposure Therapy for years to treat PTSD with incredible success.

— Jenna Rasmussen, Counselor in Portland, OR

Trauma can mean so many things. It can be exposure to war or natural disasters such as tornadoes or hurricanes. It can mean that you have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Trauma can mean that you were in a home with domestic violence, either as a child witnessing it or experiencing it directly with a partner. Trauma can also happen if you are bullied or a victim of a crime. I have helped many people work through their trauma so that they can regain control in their lives.

— Bettina Lyons, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Warner Robins, GA

I have devoted my studies and my career to this point to the study of trauma and the varied ways it impacts our lives. At a certain point, all of my clients who have suffered trauma have expressed a common struggle: I'm not always sure I can trust my brain; sometimes it tells me I'm in danger when I'm not, or that I'm being attacked when I'm not, and it's exhausting. My goal is to give you the tools to soothe the trauma impulse response, so that you may be able to trust your brain again.

— Luke Robbins, Clinical Social Worker in Norwalk, CT

Starting with your body and teaching it to be calm begins the journey of trauma processing and healing. I'm not a spectator. I don't want stories first - I want you to learn that you can be safe from the past. Some people need space and time to talk about the experiences that have pushed them to a state of numbness or hypervigilance or any of the myriad ways trauma changes how they live and think and feel. No judgment. No hurry. Agency is yours.

— Joanne Mackie, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Our staff has the experience and training to help cliejts understand the impact of their personal trauma, provide education and resources, help stabilization of symptoms, learn healthier coping from a holistic approach, and move beyond trauma into healing and resolution. Additionally, increasing healthy support, improving personal growth, and learning how to LIVE and be present innlifenis essential in the therapy we offer.

— Bet Shaddinger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

Using my experience and expertise in a variety of treatment modalities, I have spent my career supporting people like you to overcome the impact of trauma. This includes sexual trauma, attachment trauma (or complex PTSD), racial trauma, medical trauma, and incident trauma. I use Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, parts work, and other modalities to facilitate healing.

— Ellen Tarby, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Each person on staff receives training specifically in trauma when on-boarding and supervision is trauma-informed as well.

— NYC AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

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?

— Howard Chusid, in Hallandale, FL

When we experience trauma, part of us becomes stuck in that experience, on a cellular, sometimes unconscious level. We may block out the experience to protect ourselves from reliving it, until the memory of it reveals itself in harmful and unexpected ways. The effects of trauma, if unaddressed, can be stagnating. We can begin to feel trapped in that time and place, or in certain behaviors and psychological patterns. We can work together and find safety, relief, and restoration.

— Atara Vogelstein, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

I have been certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and use it frequently in my work with children and adolescents. I have worked in community mental health settings with low income clients, and as such I have worked with clients who have experienced myriad types of traumas throughout their lives. Most of my clients have some form of traumatic experience in their early development, and I believe it is critical to provide a safe space to work through their trauma symptoms.

— Laura Waters, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

We have our own personal experiences with trauma. We understand your pain and genuinely want to help you feel better. For over 25 years Cutting Edge Counseling has helped people release the turmoil caused by trauma and embrace a more hopeful, joyous future. Because trauma affects our thinking, our emotions and our bodies, we use a powerful combination of therapies based in neuroscience--EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Attachment Repair and Mindfulness.

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

I am a relationship trauma expert. I assist those who are healing from various types of childhood and adult trauma, including sexual/physical/emotional/financial abuse and/or neglect. My niche is helping women heal from narcissistic abuse.

— Natalie Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oakland, CA

- Certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for treatment of PTSD by Dept. of Veteran Affairs National Training - Trained in EMDR by EMDRIA Institute

— Rachelle Marshall, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange, CA

I have developed a trauma treatment model, a feminist & socio-cultural framework alone with experiential/expressive art approaches, to work with survivors. My expertise includes treating (childhood) sexual assault, interpersonal violence, racial trauma (microaggression & discrimination), & PTSD. In cooperating culturally sensitive interventions, my treatment focuses on empowerment, self-love, authenticity, resilience, inner wisdom & hope via creative action methods to improve the quality of life

— Pei-Yi Lin, Psychologist in ,

I am a certified clinical trauma professional. I have extensive training in treating trauma and am committed to continuing my professional development in this subject through ongoing trainings and consultation.

— Cyla Fisk, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I am a trauma-informed therapist- I have extra training in supporting clients who have a history of trauma, whether that's one explicitly traumatic event (example- sexual assault) or a series of difficult experiences that have built up over time (example- living with constant microaggressions). Dealing with trauma requires flexibility on the part of the therapist, a deep respect for the client's autonomy, and an authentic and real approach to developing a nonjudgmental supportive relationship.

— Kaylee Friedman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Brunswick, NJ

I have received Trauma I and II Certification and worked with sexual assault survivors and provided advocacy work,

— Catina Cole, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Milwaukee, WI

Trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)

— Kerri Scully, Counselor in Old Tappan, NJ

Training in many trauma-informed therapy models, including the treatment of substance abuse/alcohol and process addictions, dissociation, and other effects of trauma, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Ego State Psychotherapy, and has an Advanced Trauma Treatment Certification, EMDR certification, EMDRIA Approved Consultant-in-Training (CIT), as well as many other modalities.

— Robyn Brickel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alexandria, VA

I have advanced training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation. I am able to help individuals who are struggling with dissociating, due to their significant trauma, by helping them finding grounding skills to stay present and focused through their most resourced self.

— Tara LeBaron, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ramsey, MN

I use an eclectic approach to address trauma in therapy: combining EMDR, narrative therapy, TF-CBT, person centered therapy and other approaches, in order to tailor therapy to the client.

— Alissa Beuerlein, Counselor in Nashville, TN