Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a traumatic, scary or dangerous event. PTSD can be caused by either witnessing or experiencing the trauma. Events that sometimes trigger PTSD include everything from sexual assault, war, and violence, to car accidents or other incidents that could cause loss of life. 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 be suffering from PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD 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. If you think you may be experiencing PTSD, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s specialists today to get help.

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I specialize in Trauma and PTSD. I offer both talk therapy and EMDR therapy, depending on the client's needs. I believe in a person-centered approach to meet clients where they are at regarding processing trauma.

— Taylor Larsen, Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

Let's walk together to find solutions to feel safe utilizing CPT, CBT, Integrative Therapy and more on your journey to an integrated self.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR
 

My graduate program and the majority of my clinical work has been focused on helping people understand and overcome traumatic experiences and histories.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

PTSD is no joke. The after effects of trauma can have a far reaching impact and no matter how strong you are, the way that trauma rewires your brain and nervous system isn't for wimps. Intrusive thoughts, emotional flashbacks, or painful triggers have a way of keeping a stranglehold on your present. Trauma imprints on our minds and bodies until we release that pent-up energy. Learn how to change your reactions when triggered so that you can finally have peace again.

— Ashley Evans, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

I have specific training in working with trauma, whether it is a one time trauma, or ongoing childhood trauma (i.e., abuse, neglect, etc.).

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

Trauma has been present in every setting I've ever worked in. It is one of the most pervasive issues of our time. Most people have shame around their trauma or tell themselves things like "it's in the past, I should get over it". But that's not how it works. For our bodies that trauma is still fresh. Whether it was a frightening experience, sexual abuse or a near death accident- our body and minds need help to process. I use EMDR and narrative therapy with most PTSD cases.

— Alyssia Cruz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SAN DIEGO, CA
 

I have been working with those who have experienced trauma for the duration of my career and typically work from a "bottom-up" approach with clients. I with the body and processing sensations, emotions, and images rather than "top-down" approaches such as CBT which aim to alter these through changing your thoughts.

— Ben Hearn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I have worked with people struggling with PTSD from the beginning of my professional career. I have worked in the foster care system and in community mental health where most of the clients I worked with struggled with a variety of mental health issues related to their traumatic experiences particularly traumatic childhoods. I am trained in Trauma Focused CBT and STAIR/NST which is a schema therapy for adults who experienced trauma.

— Chaya Bleend, Clinical Social Worker
 

Doing the work of trauma therapy is not easy. But having a therapist who has tools to support you helps make it possible. I have experience and training in: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), & Narrative therapy.

— Melissa Bolger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

Specializing in treating sexual assault/abuse survivors and childhood abuse survivors, as well as those who've lost a loved one due to suicide/homicide. Treatments include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Written Exposure Treatment, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

— Ann LeFevre, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I work with individuals who are struggling in their work or study environments. Often times these individual experience stress responses that can be tied back to traumatic or adverse experiences in their life. The way that we deal with stress if often tied to the adverse experiences that we have been through. This can have a large impact on our ability to manage work/life balance.

— Sabrina Basquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC

As a trauma survivor, healing is possible. Trauma recovery often look different for any survivor. I utilize trauma-informed therapy and I am educated on how trauma can impact your wellness, relationships, and ability to cope. I utilize EMDR to support the healing journey of my clients.

— Debra Grindstaff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Winter Park, FL
 

Traumatic experiences leave a mark on our hearts, minds, and body. I have training in PTSD and work with individuals to gently explore their trauma, gain insight into the impact of trauma on their day-to-day living, and identify individual and social strategies to overcome the trauma. I bring a shame-free approach to my work, and am always impressed by the strength of humans to overcome our biggest traumas.

— Jamie McKenna, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sebastopol, CA

I am trained in utilizing EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), an empirically-supported treatment modality for addressing symptoms of PTSD. Please visit EMDRIA.com for more information. I offer longer sessions (90 minutes) for conducting EMDR therapy if applicable.

— Heather Beller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and I utilize Prolonged Exposure, Schema Therapy, and/or Cognitive Processing Therapy in treating trauma and related concerns.

— Cherie Adams-Ndlovu, Licensed Professional Counselor

I am certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional. Traumatic and adverse childhood experiences are a source of symptoms that continue to affect us. Addressing the myriad ways these experiences are affecting your life and emotional well-being and finding alternatives, is very beneficial to becoming more comfortable and healthy in your life.

— Beth Darby, Clinical Social Worker in Brentwood, TN
 

I have always practiced from a trauma-informed perspective, with the understanding that unresolved or unprocessed trauma can permeate all areas of our lives, often in ways we don't see. Whether you have a clinical diagnosis of PTSD or not, I work from a place where your trauma can be validated and healed.

— Liz Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NY

I have been for many trainings specifically about PTSD or applicable to PTSD. It can be difficult to make much progress with PTSD purely through talking about it, which is why I use a lot of behavioral interventions to calm the nervous system, to help individuals feel safe again. I believe it is very important that the decision as to whether we discuss the traumatic event(s) themselves is up to the client, as to whether it feels manageable or beneficial.

— Joanna Morse, Psychologist in Louisville, KY
 

I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused CBT. I address trauma as organically as possible, always respecting where my client is, and what he/she/they may need. If appropriate and consented, I will also employ transpersonal psychology tools such as shamanic healing inspired therapy, embodied spirituality, and active energy work to clear emotional and psychic blocks.

— Lina Návar, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

With a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a psychodynamic approach, I use my training in both areas to help you with your pain, while guide you to feel empowered, and safer.

— Darcy Barillas, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor