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 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

I have a Certificate of Advanced Study in Trauma Informed Care from Syracuse University and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I have extensive knowledge and experience in working with complex trauma, childhood trauma, and PTSD. There is no one size fits all approach to finding a way forward following traumatic experiences. I can tailor your therapy to meet your specific needs.

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

Life had handed you a lot in the past and you are finding you are have issues in your present because of it.

— Ronica Clark, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Extensive continuing education classes (especially by well-known and extensively published experts in the field like Besser Vanderkolk, Peter Levine, and Stephen Porges), and extensive reading and reviewing of current published literature

— Sidney Cohen, Clinical Psychologist in Cherry Hill, NJ

I have a passion for those of us that have suffered tragedies that are not our fault and want to still have a healthy, meaningful life. The hard part about trauma is we experience it in the present moment--have you ever felt like you overreact? That your body 'takes over' and you don't know why you behave in a certain way? Trauma therapy is a beautiful space to explore healing, integration, knowledge of trauma responses and learning to have self compassion for the hard road of healing.

— Amy Lynch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Centenntial, CO

Trauma is stored in the body. Cognitive interventions alone are not enough to heal traumatic experiences. Telling our stories is only beneficial if they were secrets at the time they happened or the stories that were told didn't reflect our truth. Retelling our stories can further reinforce the trauma in the body unless it is guided by someone who can help support your truth and support your body in experiencing it differently this time.

— Tia (Christia) Young, Counselor

I have been trained in various treatment modalities for trauma and used them in my work.

— Vilmary Lopez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Franklin, MA

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

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

I have a number of ways I work with people with trauma histories. Let's see if we can find the right combination that works for you.

— Michelle Wexelblat MSW Counseling, Clinical Social Worker

People who experience trauma experience a wide-range of symptoms, including, emotional overwhelm, numbing, decreased concentration, irritability, chronic pain, substance abuse, shame, depression, and anxiety. Trauma informed therapy understands that these symptoms are a reflection of a nervous system that is in rough shape. I bring a variety of skills to my work with survivors, including TIST, psychoeducation, mindfulness, and somatic skills, to help people reclaim enjoyment in life.

— Beth Levine, Clinical Social Worker in Rockville, MD

I have spent the majority of my career as a mental health professional working with people affected by trauma. This is where my heart has always been. I utilize a number of approaches with the intention of meeting the unique needs of my clients. I am seeing children, youth and adults who are survivors and/or who apart of their world including foster and adoptive parents and bio sibs of foster and adopted children and youth.

— Jennifer Durbin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

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

I am a trauma-sensitive and -informed clinician. I theoretically underpin trauma therapy with Polyvagal theory, mindfulness, and somatic approaches. Other therapeutic interventions we may engage in are Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), Dialectical Behavior therapy for PTSD, and relaxation techniques (e.g., deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, body scanning). General goals are to widen your autonomic window of tolerance and improve ability to return to autonomic safety.

— Dianne Goetsch, Psychotherapist in , MI

I choose to approach trauma work through present-focused coping skills training. I believe that for therapy to be effective the client must be the one to decide if and when details about trauma get shared. If someone wants to name the events which happened I am open to this but I will never force anyone to dig deep into the past. There is evidence that forcing this can create a high risk situation for relapse or self-harm. I believe that some of the best results come from group work.

— Deb Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is an effective treatment to use with children and adolescents. I have worked with adults who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other difficulties due to a history of complex trauma. I tend to use a strengths-based approach in helping the client develop positive emotions and personal strategies to cushion themselves when they delve into trauma work.

— Christina Scott, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portsmouth, OH

I have grown to love trauma therapy. Helping people through their darkest experiences is very rewarding.

— Matt Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor

I will look at ways to understand how negative life experiences have shaped your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In trauma therapy, I look at loss of safety, inability to manage emotions, overwhelming losses, and experiences that have made you feel disconnected. Therapy will provide a validating, non-judgmental, authentic, and supportive place for you to navigate challenges you are experiencing.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

It is imperative to work from a trauma informed perspective because we all sustain varying levels of acute and chronic trauma throughout our lives. In session, I will seek to understand the various ways trauma has impacted your lived experience. Then, in an act of rebellion to the isolating messages trauma sends us, I will invite you to co-create a sense of safety, to reawaken your curiosity, and to reintroduce your body to a sense of peace.

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in , WA