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 use several different modalities for trauma treatment. I'm a believer in polyvagal theory, the vagus nerve, EMDR, etc. I have used curriculums for groups such as Seeking Safety and Beyond Trauma. I use a variety of person-centered approaches which, for me, means we find what fits and feels like a good feel for you and that's what we utilize as tools. There is no one size fits all tool when treating trauma.

— Jenn Bovee, Counselor in Bloomington, IL

Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes, and often doesn't look like what you'd expect. Trauma-informed therapy is a nonjudgmental approach to helping individuals gather strengths and resources to build safety around painful feelings, develop a better understanding of how past experiences influence their present-day, and reconstruct their lives with more confidence, control, and self-fulfillment.

— Al Hoberman, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

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, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellevue, WA

I have specialized training, and years of experience in these evidence-based approaches to helping clients heal from past trauma: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Child-Parent Psychotherapy

— Caitlyn Dunham, Clinical Social Worker in Auburn, MA

Most of my professional experience has been with children and/or parents who have experienced various forms of trauma and stressors, including intergenerational traumas. With children, my interventions focus on play therapy and working with parents or guardians to be able to hold the child's experiences. With parents and adults, I work on processing the traumatic experience so it can be integrated into their narrative without prompting dissociative or activating responses.

— Clara Rivers, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, MN

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

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

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

— Kerri Scully, Counselor in Hawthorne, NJ

We hold trauma in our bodies and it often affects our relationships, our choices, and our body chemistry. I have learned how to provide a safe environment to both uncover and process our most withheld, painful memories.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lynchburg, VA

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

Extensive background treating traumatized individuals and systems.

— Monica Urbaniak, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

Trauma therapy incorporated body-based treatment to regulate reactions to triggers, cognitive approaches to heal and restructure world-view changes, and relational treatment to help clients learn to trust and feel safe with others.

— Maya Foster, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lanham, MD

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

When scary things happen for children, it can be difficult for a child to manage their internal experience and understand what is going on. Scary things such as medical procedures, car accidents, death of a loved one, and witnessing violence can create trauma symptoms and reactions for children (and adults!). Therapy supports your family in finding ways to understand the situation and your child's reaction and help them organize their emotions and feel better.

— Heather Chamberlain, Clinical Psychologist in San Rafael, CA

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

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

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

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