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

I have been offering EMDR in my practice since 2009 and I began researching the impact of trauma on well-being in 2003. I wrote a thesis—twice—for undergrad and grad school, looking at the impact of trauma on women and how they adapt from that hardship. High honors with both of those (yes, I’m a total nerd and I have no shame about that.) Trauma is an inescapable part of life-- but how we hold and heal it makes all the difference. Trauma is meant to be healed within community and a context of connection. Therapy can be one place where that healing happens.

— Ann Stoneson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Trauma Therapy encompasses somatic and talk therapy practices to address the symptoms of trauma that are causing you suffering in your daily life. Trauma is different for everyone, the same event may cause one person to feel traumatized while another person feels unaffected. Trauma Therapy first focuses on feeling stable in the present moment to then address the trauma and aftermath that's overwhelming to even think about.

— Elizabeth Sumpf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I use a variety of techniques to assist clients in reprocessing repressed traumatic memories and their emotional energy stuck in the body. Somatic awareness, emotion identification and processing, narrative therapy, empty chair, inner child, internal family systems, and various types of energy work assist my clients in moving through and past the old wound and into healing and freedom.

— Laurie Cape, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bowling Green, KY

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

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 Aurora, CO

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 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

Trauma is the result of events that left mental/emotional wounds behind. I focus on mending those wounds by strengthening the client's sense of self and inner strengths.

— Leisa Watkins, Marriage & Family Therapist in Idaho Falls, ID

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

Trauma alters our entire world; the lens we view it with and the foundation we thought we had. Slowly and together, we can begin to acknowledge the loss as a result of our trauma and move towards healing in a way that is empowering and authentic to you.

— Lindsey Arrasmith, Therapist in Bellevue, WA

The quality and nature of the therapeutic relationship is central to client behavioral change. The therapeutic alliance relationship is the cornerstone of effective trauma therapy. I educate my clients about the nature and impact of trauma, PTSD and accompanying adjustment difficulties and discuss the nature of treatment. I have attended many conferences, workshops and trainings on working with trauma. I have presented professional trainings on working with survivors of abuse and I have effectively worked with thousands of survivors of trauma.

— Melissa Higgins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Brunswick, NJ

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

As a mental health specialist who worked downtown with those who were impacted by 9/11, I saw how traumas can change our neural pathways. I have committed myself to learning and practicing so that my clients who have been through trauma(s) can heal with patience and compassion. Emotional Resolution is one of the methods used in my practice.

— Janet Zinn, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I have over 15 years' experience working with clients who have experienced traumas, including sexual assaults and physical assaults as well as accidents and unexpected deaths of loved ones. I use scientifically supported approaches to treating the kinds of concerns that can result from trauma, including cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy to treat post-traumatic stress and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat depression.

— Christine Scher, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

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 trained and have experience utilizing a variety of trauma therapies. My approach is based on an individual's unique needs.

— Dr. Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

I have focused almost all of my professional career around learning how to treat trauma using the most effective, research-based methods I can. I am constantly learning new techniques or working towards certifications in cutting-edge therapies, such as EMDR and Internal Family Systems.

— Evan Wilson, Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

Over the last ten years I have sought additional training in trauma, with particular focus on working with survivors of sexual assault. In graduate school I did a special research project on incorporating feminist therapy techniques into treatment for survivors of sexual assault. In addition to EMDR, I use somatic techniques, resourcing, and mindfulness to help you process painful events and come to a greater sense of calmness, empowerment, and feeling more whole.

— Laurel Roberts-Meese, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

It may seem strange that something that happened a long time ago can still be affecting you now. They say that times heals, right? It's true that time can help heal the heart, yet sometimes troubles you may be having in your life now can be traced back to early traumatic experiences. I am trained in EMDR, which is a specialized treatment for trauma. It can help you "put to bed" memories from the past that are causing current distress. Hope is possible.

— Rachel Moore, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

This approach involves developing trust, incorporating coping and relaxation methods, and processing historical trauma to work toward healing.

— Frank Thewes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

I am trained in EMDR, yoga and am nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to provide a variety of approaches to addressing trauma.

— Amelia Mackle, Counselor in Clackamas, OR

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from the International Association for Trauma Professionals

— Leann Romitti, Empowered by Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pleasant Hills, PA

I am trained under a trauma focused lens. Often times our current struggles stem from something we can trace back to in our history. No matter what intervention I am using, art, talk or EMDR, I am focused on understanding your story through the history of hurts you have experienced. We focus on ways to heal those, so the pain and struggle can dissipate and you may have relief from whatever symptoms you are facing currently.

— Natalie Coriell, Counselor in Shrewsbury, MO

Over the years, I have acquired extensive training in therapies for trauma, including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. ACT can also be very helpful for trauma. You get to decide the pace, and I'll make sure you have the coping skills you need while working through your experiences.

— Jo Eckler, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX

I believe every symptom was at one time a brilliant adaptation to life circumstances. I also understand that symptoms can outlive their usefulness or make a person feel like they are out of control. I work with clients to enhance self-compassion for their automatic responses, while also building a sense of agency so clients have more choices. For most people trauma therapy often includes some combination of talk, body awareness, creative expression and action steps.

— Sarah Blaszczak, in Portland, OR

I use highly effective, evidence based treatments, while also adjusting for the needs of my clients. My goal is to help you get better, quickly and effectively. If that’s your goal too, please reach out!

— Jennie Lannette Bedsworth, Counselor in Columbia, MO

Trauma therapy is my daily practice at work. I have written two books on healing from trauma and one specifically for therapists on trauma therapy. I take a multidimensional holistic approach that helps the client heal at every level: body, energy body, cognitive mind, wisdom mind/awareness and the bliss or flow body (kosha, in Sanskrit). Once these bodies are addressed in healing, people can heal fully from their traumas.

— Susan Pease Banitt, in Portland, OR

Trauma happens at the deep brain level and in the body's sensory level. Using Lifespan Integration Therapy (L.I.) (at times combining it with Hypnotherapy), the work we do happens at the neuro-network level. That is where change has to happen in order to become permanent healing. L.I. is a non-invasive, non-traumatic way to lessen and alleviate the painful symptoms that trauma brings.

— Rebecca Waterston, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA

The more we learn about trauma, the more we understand how many of us are impacted by it. Unfortunately, people who have experienced trauma are often stigmatized, marginalized, and kept at a distance from much needed connection and healing. Katie uses her advanced trauma training to help clients reconnect with their core selves and the world around them. Specializing in work with women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, Katie views her role as one of a witness and space holder.

— b'well counseling services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Towson, MD

Trauma is often overlooked and not dealt with, and it is often disguised as depression, anxiety, isolation or acting out behavior. Some experiences resulting in trauma involve abuse as a child or adult. Other experiences involve automobile and other accidents, losses related to divorce, immigration, and the passing of family and friends. I work with clients to resolve and heal from powerful traumatic early and recent experiences.

— Ania Scanlan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, MN

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 and Attachment Theory. 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

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 Phoenix, AZ

If you are a survivor of trauma, we can work together to help you heal. What you experienced is not your fault, even though most trauma survivors blame themselves. Trauma therapy with me goes through three basic stages: (1) Establishing support, safety, stability, and self-care. (2) Exploring emotions and memories of the trauma. (3) Reconnecting with the world, healing, and moving on. Healing is possible. You can feel better with some help.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

I am working towards certification in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) and work mostly with reproductive traumas.

— Julie Bindeman, Psychologist in Rockville, MD

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

— Jenna Rasmussen, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

Are you overwhelmed by emotions that seem to arise out of the blue? Are you in relationship patterns that feel stuck? Do you have difficulty feeling safe with other people? If you’ve experienced a stressful or disturbing event that’s left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. I am here to support you with safe and effective techniques.

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Working with trauma requires an eclectic approach-- there are many types of trauma, and many types of survivors, so one approach won't fit everyone. Together we will work together to find what tools work to stabilize your nervous system, how you best process your experiences, and strategies to build your solid, healthy sense of self. I've worked with many survivors of trauma to rebuild their lives. A life of peace and vitality is attainable for you, as well.

— Anna McDonald, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Trauma and shame can act as a powerful roadblock to your happiness. Shame is at the root of both the inner critic and perfectionism. It binds with and hides behind other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that it's often hard to detect. Many people go to great lengths to avoid acknowledging or even feeling shame -and this gets in the way of making progress in treatment. I'll support you to move your energy powerfully outward rather than turn inward.

— Nicole Byrne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

I have spent the majority of my time helping others work through their traumas. It is rewarding and hard work. I let the client lead the way- with a little push when necessary. We make a plan together to install coping skills so that when the big emotions hit you can handle them. Once that work is done, we choose a method to work through the trauma as quickly and as gently as possible. I don't believe that trauma work has to force you to relive or recount what happened or be traumatic in itself

— Catherine McConnell, Counselor in Arlington, TX

I have specific training in treating trauma, including Trauma Resiliency Model, and other modalities that are able to clear trauma with ease.

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

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

Do you feel like you can't just move on from something bad that has happened to you? Are you ever feeling like you are just "going through the motions?" Do you feel like there is a disconnect between what you know to be true, and how you feel deep down? Or do you experience yourself as having your life together, but just can't quite get the relationships you want, or can't get over feelings of not being "good enough?" Trauma work and EMDR may be right for you. Contact me to learn more.

— Kaley Sinclair Jiawon, Counselor in Orlando, FL

I utilize different techniques to help clients with processing and healing from trauma. Trauma is in the eye of the beholder and it doesn’t have to be severe to be considered trauma. If you feel limited by an experience that frightened you and you can’t forget it, you may benefit from trauma therapy.

— Jax Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Appleton, WI

We each have multi-dyanamic exposure to trauma-informed practices, by history and agency experience. We work to maintain a high standard of professional service delivery to the rural community, and therefore, attend up to date trainings annually so that we may continue this standard of care. Current practices include prolonged exposure, mindful movement, trauma-focused CBT, EMDR, and DBT.

— The Wellness Counseling Center, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harrisonville, MO

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