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 five years' experience providing trauma treatment to both children and adults. I am trained in evidence-based practices to address trauma symptoms and assist individuals and families to overcome the effects of trauma. I utilize TF-CBT and EMDR approaches in my therapy with trauma survivors.

— Kayla Renteria, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Louisville, KY

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

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

Trained in multiple modalities and have been working with a trauma informed approach since 2014.

— Ashley Hilkey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bloomington, IN

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

I use a variety of modalities to help people recover from difficult life events including EMDR, Clinical Art Therapy, and Developmental Needs-Meeting Strategy. I have experience working with clients of all ages and take into consideration our current political climate and cultural factors into my treatment approach.

— Rachel Del Dosso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Camarillo, CA

Ms. Plumb works in collaboration with patients utilizing a person centered and strengths based approach. Ms. Plumb is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), American Counseling Association (ACA), and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and Crisis Management. Ms. Plumb is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and also holds a certification in Family Centered Treatment (FCT).

— Amanda Plumb, Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA

Most individuals go through traumatic events in their life of varying degrees such as divorce, death of a loved one, abuse, assault or a natural disaster. Often, people recover from challenging and/or traumatic events with time and support of family and friends. For some, the effects of trauma are lasting and cause a great deal of emotional pain, fear, confusion and, in some cases, PTSD long after the event has passed. I have specialized training in aiding others in recovering from trauma.

— Jennifer Rickard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

In 2017-2018 I completed approximately 9 months of trauma-focused CBT training through the Duke Collaborative (note: I did not complete TF-CBT certification). I have worked with survivors of trauma, specifically within family systems, since starting in community mental health in 2006. I have presented at 3 national conferences on Trauma and the Brain, as well as provided local trainings to therapists and schools on various areas within trauma-specific treatment.

— Cindy Lemberg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

I've received training in treating trauma from my experiences co-facilitating a trauma group at a hospital, and I have been continuing my training in providing trauma-informed care by seeking education about the relationships between trauma and the mind-body connection, Internal Family Systems therapy, and providing individual therapy for individuals struggling with PTSD and complex PTSD.

— Jason Wu, Psychologist in San Jose, CA

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

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

Mindy uses Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.) for clients with PTSD and a range of symptoms (anxiety, depression, abuse, etc.). A.R.T. is an innovative eye-movement therapy designed to decrease the emotional reactivity and distressing symptoms experienced following a traumatic event. She is also certified in both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) a narrative approach for youth and Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) a relational therapy for young children.

— Marinda Kimmel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mankato, MN

I have experience integrating different counseling modalities in the treatment of trauma.

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

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

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

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

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