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


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

Trauma comes in many forms, with many resulting internal presentations. Trauma is trauma and there is no comparrison from one person to another, our trauma is our own and there are many successful, evidence-based treatments for trauma. We begin by developing trust, then focus on the response to trauma, both in our physical and emotional selves, followed by the most important component, you're personal narrative. The narrative come when you're ready, in control rather than reactive to symptoms

— Jeremy Grisham, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Everett, WA

I have provided advocacy and therapy for survivors of trauma, vicarious trauma and moral suffering and injury throughout my career, utilizing mind-body techniques, an authentic therapeutic relationship, and strategies that work to reduce symptoms and increase client resources.

— Donna Gardner-Jacoby, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Crystal Lake, IL

Obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study in Trauma Informed Practice from Syracuse University in 2018.

— Oumou Sylla, Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

My entire therapy practice is focused on the principles of trauma therapy and helping my clients find the support they need to heal.

— Kellie Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

In addition to Existential and Humanistic therapies, I have trained in specific trauma focused methods and techniques such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), PolyVagal Theory, and Attachment-based therapies. I specialize in treating trauma related to early life experiences and relationships.

— Daniel Parker, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in Portland, OR

I have completed two panels on trauma-informed care at Thomas Jefferson University discussing the benefits of having a trauma-informed approach to treating clients; this means I follow the 5 guiding principles: trust, empowerment, safety, choice, & collaboration. I have experience working with individuals suffering from PTSD, C-PTSD, and sexual trauma and am beginning training in prolonged exposure therapy which is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD.

— Kathryn Ewers, Therapist in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA

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

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Accelerated Resolution Therapy Clinician

— Erica Dyal, Therapist in Savannah, GA

I have been offering EMDR in my practice since 2009 and I began researching the impact of trauma on well-being in 2003. I wrote a thesis—twice—for undergrad and grad school, looking at the impact of trauma on women and how they adapt from that hardship. High honors with both of those (yes, I’m a total nerd and I have no shame about that.) Trauma is an inescapable part of life-- but how we hold and heal it makes all the difference. Trauma is meant to be healed within community and a context of connection. Therapy can be one place where that healing happens.

— Ann Stoneson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I'm certified in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Adaptive Internal Resource Network Therapy. I spent 18 months working with adolescents with trauma in residential treatment, 18 months doing in-home family therapy with trauma, and four years with the Sexual Abuse Counseling program at Gundersen. It's important to me that folks feel they are treated with dignity and respect and guide what they want for treatment.

— Rachel Slough-Johnson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Onalaska, WI

I have had advance training in the area of trauma and various treatments. I have worked with individuals who have experienced trauma for over 20 years.

— Jenn Abrams, Licensed Professional Counselor in Newport News, VA

I have worked with various kinds of trauma throughout my career and have chosen to specialize in it. I always remain trauma-informed, client-centered while exploring the ways in which trauma has impacted a client's life; physically, mentally, spiritually, sexually, financially, etc.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I have been trained and have experience utilizing a variety of trauma therapies. My approach is based on an individual's unique needs.

— Dr. Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

As a trauma-informed practitioner, I have a deep understanding of the importance of working gently and at your own pace when interfacing with difficult material. My Expressive Arts approach allows you access your inner world from a safe distance that minimizes the risk of re-traumatization. Please visit my website for more information on trauma-informed care.

— Nathan Heydari, Counselor in Salem, OR

I am a trauma-informed therapist- I have extra training in supporting clients who have a history of trauma, whether that's one explicitly traumatic event (example- sexual assault) or a series of difficult experiences that have built up over time (example- living with constant microaggressions). Dealing with trauma requires flexibility on the part of the therapist, a deep respect for the client's autonomy, and an authentic and real approach to developing a nonjudgmental supportive relationship.

— Kaylee Friedman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Brunswick, NJ

Though I integrate Narrative and CBT elements in the treatment of Trauma, it's not uncommon that talk therapy is not enough. Body-based work is an essential aspect in the treatment of Trauma. I am trained in a treatment model called Lifespan Integration (LI) for that reason. Lifespan Integration uses guided imagery and timelines to create new neural pathways that connect both your mind and body to the shared reality that the traumatic event has passed. It is a powerful healing process.

— DeHeavalyn Pullium, Counselor in Seattle, WA

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional you will learn skills in trauma therapy to teach you mastery over your trauma.

— Danyale Weems, Counselor in Carrollton, GA

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

Rebecca has worked with a lot of individuals who have experienced trauma, and she is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She also utilizes various other techniques (e.g. trauma-informed therapy, psychodynamic therapy, etc.) in order to address various other components that may be impacting an individual's experience with their current and/or history of trauma.

— Rebecca Neubauer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Trauma therapy is a treatment approach that recognizes the impact of traumatic experiences on a person’s entire well-being. A trauma-informed therapist understands why survivors develop certain adaptive survival responses to protect themselves against additional trauma, and never victim-blames. Therapy assists clients in processing emotions and developing new strategies to improve daily functioning. Trauma work can be somatic in nature, so it does not always require retelling of the experience.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Having spent several years as a therapist at a domestic violence and sexual abuse/assault center, I specialize in abuse-related trauma. Please read the "trauma therapy" page on my website for details about my trauma informed approach.

— Krista Verrastro, Creative Art Therapist in Reisterstown, MD

I am a Certified Trauma-Responsive Therapist. I am also a Certified Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapist.

— La Shanda Sugg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mason, OH

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

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

I specialize in helping individuals process and heal from traumatic life experiences. I am trained in several modalities, all of which can aide in the process of seeing trauma memories as a part of a story, rather than defining how you live your life today.

— Morgan Grace, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

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