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

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from the International Association for Trauma Professionals

— Leann Romitti, Empowered by Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pleasant Hills, PA
 

I believe that many clients who come to therapy because of experiences with anxiety and depression may be having a reasonable reaction to traumatic experiences. I practice trauma-informed therapy to get to the root cause of your symptoms, instead of recommending bandaid solutions.

— Summer Dowd-Lukesh, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fontana, CA

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses rapid eye movements similar to the eye movements that occur during dreaming. ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions, even ones that have been present for many years. ART can be used to treat: Depression Anxiety Phobias Grief Trauma and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ​​ART works to reprogram the way distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. Eye movements have a very calming effect. In experiencing ART, you may find that you connect pieces of information that are already stored in your memory to help you resolve your issues. When the brain is focused on a problem and concurrently using eye movements, it is able to make new connections with your existing strengths and problem-solving abilities.

— Catherine Hodge, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tampa, FL
 

The quality and nature of the therapeutic relationship is central to client behavioral change. The therapeutic alliance relationship is the cornerstone of effective trauma therapy. I educate my clients about the nature and impact of trauma, PTSD and accompanying adjustment difficulties and discuss the nature of treatment. I have attended many conferences, workshops and trainings on working with trauma. I have presented professional trainings on working with survivors of abuse and I have effectively worked with thousands of survivors of trauma.

— Melissa Higgins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Brunswick, NJ

- Certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for treatment of PTSD by Dept. of Veteran Affairs National Training - Trained in EMDR by EMDRIA Institute

— Rachelle Marshall, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange, CA
 

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

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
 

Trauma happens on multiple layers - cognitively, biologically, and relationally. No two people are alike and thus, therapy should be adapted to each specific client to foster deep healing. My approach to trauma therapy infuses a systems lens, feminist/multiculturalist psychotherapies, stage-based trauma therapies, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, relational approaches, body-oriented (somatic) modalities, creative approaches, experiential psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, depth psychology. This diverse skill set allows me to employ a multitude of empirically backed psychotherapies while being very real and approachable with my clients. This kind of integrative model allows me to help clients feel what they need to feel, process what they need to process, and grow in the ways they need to grow so they can create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

It may seem strange that something that happened a long time ago can still be affecting you now. They say that times heals, right? It's true that time can help heal the heart, yet sometimes troubles you may be having in your life now can be traced back to early traumatic experiences. I am trained in EMDR, which is a specialized treatment for trauma. It can help you "put to bed" memories from the past that are causing current distress. Hope is possible.

— Rachel Moore, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

Whether you have experienced a single event, repeated aversive events, chronic abuse/neglect, you may be experiencing: Disconnection from the Self. Disconnection from the Body. Disconnection from Others. Distressing memories, nightmares, flashbacks, or trauma triggers. Overwhelming emotions. Difficulty working, playing, creating. Adrenaline surges, body aches/pains, physical illnesses. Memories & energies of trauma are stored on an instinctual survival level in the brain, body, & mind. I have been working with trauma survivors since 1996. On healing trauma--there are talking psychotherapies and somatic therapies. I provide a safe, accepting, space for you to share your story without fear or shame. You do not have to relive or even consciously remember trauma to heal from it. We can access those memories through "felt sense" or language of your inner body experiences. Together, we will unveil your strengths & resilience that helped you survive and clear the path for powerful healing.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL

Are you overwhelmed by emotions that seem to arise out of the blue? Are you in relationship patterns that feel stuck? Do you have difficulty feeling safe with other people? If you’ve experienced a stressful or disturbing event that’s left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. I am here to support you with safe and effective techniques.

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Experiencing any form of interpersonal trauma and abuse can impact your quality of life in fundamental ways. Trauma can wreak havoc on our relationships and our lives, including leading to long-standing anxiety and stress, feelings of rejection and abandonment, and continual dissatisfaction and distrust of close, intimate relationships. My approach to trauma treatment is grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory. From this perspective, the purpose of psychotherapy is to create the emotional safety necessary for defense mechanisms to become unnecessary. When this occurs, we move beyond simply talking about experiences to taking part in an emotional exchange in the here and now and in rebuilding healthy relationships with both self and others. Trauma focused psychotherapy can provide you with new emotional experiences that can lead to substantial, positive, and lasting change.

— Smadar Salzman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Over the years, I have acquired extensive training in therapies for trauma, including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. ACT can also be very helpful for trauma. You get to decide the pace, and I'll make sure you have the coping skills you need while working through your experiences.

— Jo Eckler, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX
 

I utilize therapy techniques developed by Bessel Van Der Kolk for trauma recovery including somatic experience and mindfulness techniques. I also have training in sexual trauma, how it informs the attachment/development process and the therapeutic techniques used to recover. I have extensive training on addiction and trauma through MARRCH.

— Julia Murtha, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

I have spent the majority of my time helping others work through their traumas. It is rewarding and hard work. I let the client lead the way- with a little push when necessary. We make a plan together to install coping skills so that when the big emotions hit you can handle them. Once that work is done, we choose a method to work through the trauma as quickly and as gently as possible. I don't believe that trauma work has to force you to relive or recount what happened or be traumatic in itself

— Catherine McConnell, Counselor in Arlington, TX
 

Experiencing any form of interpersonal trauma and abuse can impact your quality of life in fundamental ways. Trauma can wreak havoc on our relationships and our lives, including leading to long-standing anxiety and stress, feelings of rejection and abandonment, and continual dissatisfaction and distrust of close, intimate relationships. My approach to trauma treatment is grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) developed by Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Allan Schore. From this perspective, the purpose of psychotherapy is to create the emotional safety necessary for defense mechanisms to become unnecessary. When this occurs, we move beyond simply talking about experiences to taking part in an emotional exchange in the here and now and in rebuilding healthy relationships with both self and others. Trauma focused psychotherapy can provide you with new emotional experiences that can lead to substantial, positive, and lasting change.

— Smadar Salzman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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 Santa Monica, CA

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 am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). This certification requires intensive training, clinical practice, and a yearlong consultation with a certified trainer. I also attend multiple workshops, trainings, and conferences related to trauma informed care.

— Lacey Fisher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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
 

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, Counselor in Aurora, CO

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

— Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA
 

I am trained under a trauma focused lens. Often times our current struggles stem from something we can trace back to in our history. No matter what intervention I am using, art, talk or EMDR, I am focused on understanding your story through the history of hurts you have experienced. We focus on ways to heal those, so the pain and struggle can dissipate and you may have relief from whatever symptoms you are facing currently.

— Natalie Coriell, Counselor in Shrewsbury, MO
 

I have been a practicing psychotherapist since 1995 and in private practice in San Francisco and Alameda since 2004. Prior to launching my practice, I was affiliated with the TALKLine Family Support Center/San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center in San Francisco for more than a decade, initially as an intern and then as a staff therapist and Clinical Supervisor. Besides my broader client focus, I have been working with veterans with PTSD for over a decade, initially on a pro-bono basis through the auspices of The Coming Home Project, and now independently through my private practice. In addition to this experience, I am trained in EMDR and have extensive experience assisting persons with histories of abuse, neglect and developmental and interpersonal trauma using an eclectic variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.

— Rawna Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

I have been using Prolonged Exposure Therapy for years to treat PTSD with incredible success.

— Jenna Rasmussen, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Trauma is often overlooked and not dealt with, and it is often disguised as depression, anxiety, isolation or acting out behavior. Some experiences resulting in trauma involve abuse as a child or adult. Other experiences involve automobile and other accidents, losses related to divorce, immigration, and the passing of family and friends. I work with clients to resolve and heal from powerful traumatic early and recent experiences.

— Ania Scanlan, Counselor in Roseville, MN

I've received training in treating trauma from my experiences co-facilitating a trauma group at a hospital, and I have been continuing my training in providing trauma-informed care by seeking education about the relationships between trauma and the mind-body connection, Internal Family Systems therapy, and providing individual therapy for individuals struggling with PTSD and complex PTSD.

— Jason Wu, Psychologist in San Jose, CA
 

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

Trauma happens at the deep brain level and in the body's sensory level. Using Lifespan Integration Therapy (L.I.) (at times combining it with Hypnotherapy), the work we do happens at the neuro-network level. That is where change has to happen in order to become permanent healing. L.I. is a non-invasive, non-traumatic way to lessen and alleviate the painful symptoms that trauma brings.

— Rebecca Waterston, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA
 

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

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