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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Being traumatized can lead to a feeling of not feeling safe (either physically or emotionally) due to a negative or traumatizing event that occurred in our life. I utilized a mixture of therapeutic modalities (i.e. Trauma-Focused - CBT, DBT, etc.) to help my clients resolve some of their trauma.

— Aaron Hallstrom, Addictions Counselor in Mesa, AZ

I have experience working with trauma across various settings. I believe that systemic issues can contribute to our experience of trauma and can even be the creator of trauma. Our group provides specialized care for trauma using EMDR, somatic (body-based) approaches, and cognitive therapies.

— Kim Lycan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Richland, WA

Trauma is complex and I tailor treatment depending on the client's needs and goals in processing it. I spend time helping clients first build coping tools and then rely on evidence-based treatments like trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy or EMDR to help process traumatic memories and PTSD symptoms.

— Ashley Wilkins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. The actual diagnosis of "PTSD" is not important to me unless it is important to you. What is most important to focus on is how these symptoms (that are results of trauma) are impacting your life. I break down coping skills into easy and comprehensible chunks and teach clients how to use them in session, so you can use them at home to reduce the severity of these symptoms.

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

Hi, my passion is assisting individuals to obtain relief bycounteracting distress caused by exposure to traumatic life stimuli. I am fortunate to have been a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy provider for more than 20 years. I also am board certified in Neuropsychology, and while I not longer test for brain injury and dementia, my knowledge of brain and behavior relationships is helpful in understanding brain functioning with PTSD.

— David Brooks, Clinical Psychologist in Bismarck, ND

The impact of difficult early childhood experiences is well documented by the Adverse Childhood Experiences study. Symptoms of developmental trauma are the outcome having learned adaptive survival strategies. Chronic health issues, anxiety, depression, dissatisfying relationships or work issues, perfectionism, stress, a pervading sense of loneliness often point to early trauma. Therapy can help you heal and rediscover yourself, and put in place the boundaries you'd like to have in your life.

— Kim Torrence, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rockville, MD

I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy which is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD and trauma.

— Teresa Trias, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Milpitas, CA

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

PTSD can affect every aspect of your life, leaving you feeling helpless, hopeless, and overwhelmed. I use EMDR as an interactive form of therapy that enables you to process traumatic memories so that by the end, they have lost their emotional charge. You will always have the memories, but they no longer cause the emotional pain they once did. One of the unique benefits of EMDR is that you don't have to speak out loud about the specifics of the trauma. This is quite helpful for some people.

— Lisabeth Wotherspoon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NH

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

We are a trauma-informed group that draws strength from a number of models for managing trauma. We have providers trained in EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Expsosure-DBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, and more, so that we can use a "just-right" approach for you individual needs.

— The Wellness Counseling Center, LLC; Clayton Wellness Counseling Center, LLC; and Prairie Wellness Counseling Center, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harrisonville, MO

I have experience working with PTSD and complex PTSD as well as Religious Trauma Syndrome. I utilize tools such as EMDR, Mindfulness, Art, and DBT to address symptoms.

— Christine Chenitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kennett Square, PA

Trauma is a normal response to an abnormal situation. It is stored in the body and not in the event so the body is a good place to start in order to heal. Survival energy gets mobilized in order to respond to a threat though it does not always get released which can show up as trauma symptoms leading you to feel disconnected from yourself and others. This survival energy can be released after-the-fact leading to greater resilience and capacity to be connected and present.

— Addie Michlitsch, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Roseville, MN

You wonder if you have PTSD……. Trauma can present differently in each person. When you experience a sudden event or change in your life it can set off a trauma reaction. It either creates a “flight” or “fight” response. If this upsetting news or event can’t be processed by the mind it impacts you in a few different ways. Our therapy sessions will use Dialectical Behavioral, Narrative, and mindfulness-based practices. When working in therapy we will engage in a conversation that tells your story

— Julie Williams, Counselor

Living in the present moment can be difficult when trauma keeps us living in the past. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, we can work together to change your narrative, re-gain your power, improve relationships, and improve self-esteem. You will gain an understanding of the relationship between memories, emotions, and the body to overcome trauma and take back your peace.

— Kristie Powell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

Sometimes the things we experience are so upsetting and horrible that we feel like they're "unspeakable". The memories & overwhelming emotional burden of these experiences are such that they can alter or totally change who we are at our core. Are you a survivor of trauma? So am I. But I'm more than that, & so are you. I have extensive training in trauma, and have been mentored by one of the world's leading experts on trauma. I'll walk that transformational journey with you every step of the way.

— Donald McCasland, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I'm a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). This means I completed additional training to better understand and heal traumatic stress. In order to keep this certification, I must finish additional trauma-focused training every year. In 2021, I will complete the first round of Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training, a trauma-based training.

— Kat Polmear, Therapist in Royal Oak, MI

I use a variety of trauma informed techniques to help the survivor move forward and find themselves again.

— Stephanie C. Doran, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Toledo, OH