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 sustain varying levels of acute and chronic trauma throughout out lives, so I work from a trauma informed perspective that always seeks to understand the various ways trauma has impacted your lived experience. Together, let's create a space of safety to reintroduce your body to a sense of peace

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Trauma happens on multiple layers - cognitively, biologically, and relationally. No two people are alike and thus, therapy should be adapted to each specific client to foster deep healing. My approach to trauma therapy infuses a systems lens, feminist/multiculturalist psychotherapies, stage-based trauma therapies, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, relational approaches, body-oriented (somatic) modalities, creative approaches, experiential psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, depth psychology. This diverse skill set allows me to employ a multitude of empirically backed psychotherapies while being very real and approachable with my clients. This kind of integrative model allows me to help clients feel what they need to feel, process what they need to process, and grow in the ways they need to grow so they can create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I am a Certified Trauma-Responsive Therapist. I am also a Certified Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapist.

— La Shanda Sugg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mason, OH

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 been a practicing psychotherapist since 1995 and in private practice in San Francisco and Alameda since 2004. Prior to launching my practice, I was affiliated with the TALKLine Family Support Center/San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center in San Francisco for more than a decade, initially as an intern and then as a staff therapist and Clinical Supervisor. Besides my broader client focus, I have been working with veterans with PTSD for over a decade, initially on a pro-bono basis through the auspices of The Coming Home Project, and now independently through my private practice. In addition to this experience, I am trained in EMDR and have extensive experience assisting persons with histories of abuse, neglect and developmental and interpersonal trauma using an eclectic variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.

— Rawna Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

I utilize Trauma-Focused CBT when working with teens who have identified as traumatic experience in their life.

— Marline Francois, Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ

I am a certified Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I work from within a trauma lens and perspective. I help clients to work through and process traumatic events. I understand that trauma is complex and multi-faceted. I understand that trauma is often not an isolated event but something that is experienced as generational, historical, and complex.

— Amber Bradford, Counselor in Tacoma, WA

I am certified in culturally-competent trauma intervention by the International Trauma Studies Program at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University after undergoing an intensive year long training program. I have worked with trauma-- simple, complex and intergenerational-- in private practice, in acute psychiatric hospitals and in school settings. I understand deeply that trauma is encoded in the body and in imagery and is often wordless, so we start in those places in therapy

— Kelley Linhardt, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

I have extensive experience utilizing TF-CBT with clients in a group home setting who have experienced a multitude of adverse childhood experiences. Additionally, as a trauma-informed provider, I try my best to approach each client with a lens that not only nurtures the individual sitting in front of me but also the inner pieces of my clients as well. I aim to teach the individual you are now to nurture the part of yourself that was hurt in the past in order to help support healing.

— Ashante Taylorcox, Associate Professional Counselor in Marlton, NJ

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— Krystina Ptasinski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Over the years, I have had a chance to learn about many different approaches to treating trauma. I am trained in TF-CBT, EMDR, and Trauma-Informed Yoga, and have basic knowledge of additional interventions (sensorimotor psychotherapy, structural dissociation, internal family systems).

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA

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

Experiencing any form of interpersonal trauma and abuse can impact your quality of life in fundamental ways. Trauma can wreak havoc on our relationships and our lives, including leading to long-standing anxiety and stress, feelings of rejection and abandonment, and continual dissatisfaction and distrust of close, intimate relationships. My approach to trauma treatment is grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) developed by Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Allan Schore. From this perspective, the purpose of psychotherapy is to create the emotional safety necessary for defense mechanisms to become unnecessary. When this occurs, we move beyond simply talking about experiences to taking part in an emotional exchange in the here and now and in rebuilding healthy relationships with both self and others. Trauma focused psychotherapy can provide you with new emotional experiences that can lead to substantial, positive, and lasting change.

— Smadar Salzman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

8 years experience counseling trauma survivors at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress. Highly trained in evidence-based treatments for post traumatic stress including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Common Elements Treatment Approach (A trauma-focused modular Cognitive Behavioral Treatment- CBT). Therapies help clients overcome avoidance of trauma memories and trauma reminders, and help them modify critical beliefs to be more realistic and helpful.

— Mike Krepick, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Everyone has experienced some form of trauma that has thrown their life out of equilibrium. I have worked extensively to help others regain a sense of safety and stability while being able to process the complicated feelings that may be associated with the memory or event. Together we can find ways to cope and feel whole again.

— Pallavi Ankolekar, Social Worker in New York, NY

My approach to treating trauma is rooted in evidence based practices that incorporate both the psychological impact of traumatic events and the physiological reverberations of the trauma that outlast its immediate threat. Trauma therapy begins only when the person is fully equipped to face the intensity that processing through difficult emotions may bring. Addressing the disorganization that occurs during trauma through building the skills to identify triggers progresses to healing.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

We sustain varying levels of acute and chronic trauma throughout our lives, so I work from a trauma informed perspective that always seeks to understand the various ways trauma has impacted your lived experience. Together, let's create a space of safety to reintroduce your body to a sense of peace

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Claudia specializes in trauma and trauma recovery. She worked for several years providing counseling services and interventions to victims of family violence, before serving as a trauma clinician for children in foster care.

— Claudia Narvaez-Meza, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA

Often after experiencing a trauma, we can feel like we are stuck in the moment that the trauma occurred. Trauma therapy doesn't have to mean that you talk about the details of your story if those details are not helpful for you. Trauma therapy gives you skills to reduce the impact that the side effects are having on your life. It brings you back into the present moment and allows you to feel safe again.

— Peggy Johnson, Counselor in Knoxville, TN

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

When people encounter danger, the body has a natural response that helps us survive. This is referred to as the “fight, flight, or freeze” response. When trauma occurs, our brains get stuck in this cycle leaving you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and maybe even totally numb. This response can be triggered by any number of things, including general stress. I am trauma informed and have years of experience helping people make meaning of and overcome the impact of childhood trauma.

— Hanna Woody, Counselor in Asheville, NC

As a trauma-informed practitioner, I have a deep understanding of the importance of working gently and at your own pace when interfacing with difficult material. My Expressive Arts approach allows you access your inner world from a safe distance that minimizes the risk of re-traumatization. Please visit my website for more information on trauma-informed care.

— Nathan Heydari, Counselor in Salem, OR

Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts children or adults mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Trauma- Focused Therapy can help with children and adults who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral issues, and other symptoms that can stem from traumatic events.

— Tristin Malone, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Laurel, MD

Helping people recover from trauma is my passion. When I received my certification in trauma therapy this past summer, I became equipped to provide evidence-based, trauma-focused, client-centered care. I draw from my training to ensure a strong therapeutic alliance, provide robust psycho education and self-regulation skills, work through trauma resolution and monitoring, which leads to post-traumatic growth and resiliency.

— Cyndy Rehberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO