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 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'm a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and offer touch/tablework for trauma and relational issues. I also offer ear acupuncture as an adjunct to individual therapy or as a stand-alone option. NADA has been found effective for treating addictions (of various types) and emotional dysregulation.

— Katy Adams, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

I have been practicing Trauma Therapy for several years. It is an approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts an individual's mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Trauma therapy is patient-focused and centers around specific goals the patient has for their improvement.

— Trenye Black, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Edwards, CA

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional I understand how challenging and intricate treating trauma can be. I use a variety of tools to help process, re-process and speak about trauma (both chronic/long-term and acute/recent). So often with trauma we no longer feel safe and I have found that is extremely important to address areas of safety early on in therapy. We work to process the trauma at hand and recognize healthy and safe ways to cope and work through the different emotions and pain.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My approach to treating trauma is rooted in evidence based practices that incorporate both the psychological impact of traumatic events and the physiological reverberations of the trauma that outlast its immediate threat. Trauma therapy begins only when the person is fully equipped to face the intensity that processing through difficult emotions may bring. Addressing the disorganization that occurs during trauma through building the skills to identify triggers progresses to healing.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

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

In my work with clients that have experienced trauma, I integrate interventions from the following trauma modalities: TF-CBT, Narrative Therapy, Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems & soon EMDR.

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

We all know people who have experienced POST TRAUMATIC STRESS or PTSD. The problems that PTSD creates hurts us as individuals, our spouses, our children, our families our jobs and all our friends and loved ones. What would life be if we could stop the pain, stop the problems and finally get a good night’s sleep? If we could work without having outbursts, screaming, taking days off and getting into fights? Or, if we could keep the same job without constantly getting fired or laid off?

— Howard Chusid, Mental Health Counselor in Hallandale, FL

I have been specializing in trauma therapy since the beginning of my graduate studies. All of the techniques and theories I utilize in therapy are trauma-informed.

— Kelly Pierce, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I have extensive training and experience in trauma therapies, and there is still so much to learn. My goal is to help clients who've experienced trauma learn to feel safe and at home in their own skin. Healing is certainly possible, but the most important thing to remember is that the trauma was not your fault.

— Christina Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

I have been trained in both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure, through the VA and DoD. I was selected as a national training consultant for Prolonged Exposure in a Primary Care setting while still with the VA.

— Kirsten Hardy, Clinical Social Worker

I'm a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and offer touch/tablework for trauma and relational issues.

— Katy Adams, Psychotherapist in Austin, 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

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 , VA

I have been specializing in trauma therapy since the beginning of my graduate studies. All of the techniques and theories I utilize in therapy are trauma-informed.

— Kelly Pierce, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Trauma therapy is a broad umbrella term. I practice an eclectic blend of trauma-informed Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness that I learned and honed during my years as a psychotherapist and clinical social worker at the most respected trauma-informed clinic for survivors of interpersonal violence in NYC, as the crime victim social worker at the largest public hospital in the South Bronx, and in private practice serving survivors.

— Jen Warner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Over 12 years of training and experience working with those who are healing from all types of trauma. Specialized training in trauma-focused modalities and interventions.

— Amy Green, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Online, OR