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.

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A focus on grounding, safety, and containment as well as processing and rebuilding relating to trauma.

— Christine Chenitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kennett Square, PA

Quintessential Health only utilizes evidence-based treatments, with a specialty focus on Prolonged Exposure for trauma.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,
 

I am trained in multiple trauma-focused treatments including EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure. All three of these therapies have been proven to help people feel better and feel more free to live the life they want to live.

— Elaina McWilliams, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Trauma is not simply the bad or harmful things that happened to someone. It's also the imprint on a person that can affect one's beliefs about oneself and their world. Sometimes this imprint can look like anxiety, depression, dissociation, or intrusive thoughts. Trauma therapy seeks to help someone be a witness to their own experiences and tune into the feelings and beliefs that sprung up from the trauma. By tuning in and understanding one's experiences in therapy, one can process and heal.

— Sammy Kirk, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alexandria, VA
 

I have completed Level 1 & 2 of the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) via the Trauma Resource Institute and am working towards TRI Certification. Some info about TRM: Using a mind-body approach, TRM introduces a paradigm shift in the treatment of trauma, whereby symptoms are treated as normal biological responses rather than pathological or mental weaknesses. In this way, TRM can function as both a model for trauma reprocessing treatment as well as self-care.

— Erin Shapiro, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Trauma also known as trauma-informed therapy is a treatment approach that combines a number of different tools and efforts to address the impact that a traumatic event(s) or adverse childhood experiences (ACES) has had on a client's mental health. Trauma therapy proceeds according to the emotional safety and comfort of the client.

— Beth Darby, Clinical Social Worker in Brentwood, TN
 

You want a therapist that has an extensive understanding of what trauma is. My experience in working with many types of traumatic events and knowing how individuals typically respond to trauma – both in the moment and over time will help me know what to include, and avoid, in order to facilitate the most sensitive and effective treatment and help you to heal with the least amount of pain. I genuinely care about your healing process and consider it a privilege to be a part of your journey.

— Kristine Proctor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DeLand, FL

CPT is an evidence-based treatment that is highly effective and has 30 years of use and studies behind it. This treatment is utilized for PTSD, does not require the person to disclose details about their trauma, and is completed in about 12 sessions. When working with DID, I utilize trauma-informed and attachment-based treatment based on the structural dissociation model. The first focus is stabilization and improved system communication.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO
 

We love the poly-vagal theory and are fully trauma-informed

— Heidi Andersen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Asheville, NC

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. As a survivor, I know what it feels like to process and heal trauma, and I work hard to ensure that our work feels safe, and that we go at your pace.

— Marjorie Boggs Vazquez, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. This type of therapy is rooted in understanding the connection between the trauma experience and the emotional and behavioral responses. The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist you in better understanding, coping with, and processing emotions and

— Eryn Hicker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

TF-CBT is used to help a child gain mastery over trauma. I value this approach because the caregiver plays a big role in the child’s recovery. Each session, I will spend individual time with the child and the caregiver teaching them skills to practice together. We’ll address physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral changes in the child since the trauma. The child will work towards writing their own narrative and if needed- safety skills, assertiveness and sex education is incorporated.

— April Hankins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Downingtown, PA
 

We have a great deal of experience working with survivors of trauma. Several therapists in our practice have had specialized training in trauma and abuse. In addition, we recognize that often microtraumas can be very difficult and impactful to people.

— Karen Rothstein Pineda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oak Park, IL

I am a nationally certified TF-CBT trained therapist. I have many years experience in providing trauma treatment to children, teens and adults, including 7 years as Director of a Department of Mental Health funded program for children. I am trained in multiple therapeutic modalities that are used in treating trauma including EMDR, DBT, CBT, ARC and others to help clients improve their life functioning as survivors.

— Linda Lufkin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

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. I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy because it is a proven method that works.

— Sarah Steinbrecher, Licensed Master of Social Work in Westerville, OH

Trauma from a single incident and/or repeated trauma can be healed. When trauma isn't addressed it can result in maladaptive coping strategies that cause additional psychic pain.

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT
 

Trauma from a single incident and/or repeated trauma can be healed. When trauma isn't addressed it can result in maladaptive coping strategies that cause additional psychic pain.

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

Life can be permissive of cruelty and abuse. There is nothing fair about it. Traumatic encounters can upend one's entire perspective about self and one's ability to experience value and worth. It is my desire to help clients heal and reawaken safe love and beneficial engagement.

— Sheldon Kay, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Duluth, GA