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 use trauma-informed, evidence-based approaches when processing trauma with all of my clients. I pull heavily from attachment-based therapy models that prioritize creating and maintaining a safe and secure client-therapist relationship. I completed an EMDRIA-approved EMDR Basic Training in 2020. I also use Internal Family Systems theory and Emotion-Focused Therapy. I enjoy treating single event traumas, complex childhood trauma, and intergenerational trauma.

— Casey Brasfield, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Winston Salem, NC

I am trained in EMDR and multiple types of trauma treatment. I have clinical experience treating many types of trauma, such as single-incident trauma, developmental trauma, complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, cultural trauma, and vicarious trauma.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

As a Certified Trauma Professional, I am passionate about helping my clients heal from trauma and regulate their nervous systems. Living with PTSD can be an incredibly challenging, overwhelming, and isolating experience. I am here for you. I will sit with you as you process the worst traumatic experiences of your life, hold space for all of your uncomfortable feelings and emotions, and offer you nervous system regulating techniques so you can continue the healing journey outside of sessions.

— Janelle Stepper, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, CA

When you’re overwhelmed by the kind of stress, anxiety, or depression you’re experiencing, it’s hard to see beyond these things on your own. Trauma therapy can help you process them in a completely safe environment: one where you are understood, seen, and supported. I specialize in helping adults learn to stop living in their past, improve their relationships, regain their confidence, and conquer their fear of the unknown.

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

Utilizing, EMDR and Mindfulness, I offer a model of treatment that promotes management of daily stressors while addressing trauma to resolve automatic and learned behaviors.

— Pallavi Lal, MS, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

I work with trauma using feminist therapy, polyvagal theory, Lifespan Integration, and somatics. I believe that that PTSD worsens in response to a lack of connection to ourselves and others. I help clients to shift their relationship to their nervous system responses and to depathologize their response to overwhelming experiences.

— Caitlin Wehrwood, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

Experiencing trauma can affect how we think and feel about the world, about others, and about ourselves. It can make it challenging to trust and feel safe with others and/or to be in our own bodies. Trauma often leaves people feeling disconnected, disengaged, or even fragmented.. which is why a holistic, integrative, mind-body approach is effective. Healing from trauma can be difficult & scary, and also liberating. And I am here to walk alongside you on your journey.

— Dr. Rona Maglian, Psychologist in Orange County, CA

Trauma can make you want to avoid, or make you numb to the world. It effects relationships, performance at work, and can make us doubt who we are and what our purpose is. Treatment for trauma can look a lot of different ways. Sometimes the focus is on the here and now- learning how to manage symptoms that are tripping you up today. Sometimes the focus is on the beliefs that came out of the trauma, and how your current life is somehow continuing to foster them. Giving you control is the goal.

— Rebecca Scott, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Pleasanton, CA

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. These reactions can disrupt daily life, causing intense emotional distress.

— Dan Gilner, Associate Professional Counselor

I use EMDR and Lifespan integration to treat trauma (which is not always or even usually one event like a car accident!) I believe trust and feeling heard/understood are key. I have also seen how important getting out of just basic "talk therapy" for trauma is. EMDR and Lifespan integration have changed the way I practice because they target the traumatized brain in a really different way than talk therapy does, leading to more relief.

— Grace Lautman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

My expertise in PTSD is characterized by a commitment to trauma-informed care, empathy, and collaboration. I recognize that trauma affects individuals on multiple levels – emotionally, psychologically, and physiologically – and tailor my approach accordingly. Whether clients have experienced a single traumatic event or prolonged exposure to trauma, I provide a safe and validating space where they can process their experiences and work towards healing.

— Destiny Henkel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in amherst, MA

Both PTSD and CPTSD (complex post traumatic stress disorder) create a vast array of symptomatology, often showing up as "hyperarousal" (fight, flight, "up" responses) or hypoarousal (collapse, freeze, "down" responses). I teach evidence-based DBT skills to regulate, soothe, and ground in the present. I use EMDR Psychotherapy to facilitate the processing of trauma and grief.

— Rae Cuffe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Miami, FL

I have been working with folx who have experienced trauma and/or have PTSD for much of the past decade. I have attended multiple trauma training programs to increase my proficiency with this population.

— Sara Megivern, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

I've worked with trauma for the entirety of my career. I believe trauma, whatever that looks like for you, stays with your body and can negatively impact your life. I utilize body-based approaches like Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Trauma Conscious Yoga, and EMDR to help uncover false and negative beliefs you have about yourself and work to calm your nervous system and release the pain that is trapped. These approaches have been shown to help survivors of trauma.

— Toni Richter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Louis, MO

I help people who have experienced trauma (i.e., natural disasters, assaults, combat, or other life-threatening experiences) learn to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings in trauma’s aftermath. Since beginning graduate school in 2012, my focus has been on the research and treatment of trauma and PTSD. I am a certified Prolonged Exposure therapist and I have experience helping both military veterans and civilians move toward living a meaningful life instead of one ruled by fear and PTSD.

— Lauren Koch, Psychologist in Spokane, WA

PTSD can make your life feel unbalanced and out of control. Symptoms of PTSD can be recurring nightmares, avoidance of certain people, places or things, anxiety, depression, addiction and panic attacks. PTSD occurs when your brain keeps reliving an event or traumatic time which puts stress on you emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. PTSD can occur from one major event or from a series of smaller events that can be physical, mental or emotional.

— Rachel Boyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Henderson, NV

Trauma can come in many forms, leaving deep wounds that alter how we interact with our world and ourselves, how we experience emotions, what we believe and think, and how we act in relationships. I work with clients to better understand and manage the effects of trauma on their terms and at their pace, providing treatment based in neurobiology and numerous trauma-informed approaches.

— Michael Germany, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

I’ve had dozens of hours of training in trauma & recovery. I’m currently pursuing certification as a Trauma Professional. I am passionate about bringing light to the many ways trauma can manifest and lead to other mental health issues over time. I work with clients to find empowerment, autonomy, and post-traumatic wisdom. I provide clients with psycho-education around the impacts of trauma on our brains and bodies, as this understanding is essential to recovery.

— Amber Robinson, Therapist in Decatur, GA

I started my career working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Later, working with children and teens in foster care who had experienced abuse and developmental trauma. I have been through multiple trainings focused on healing trauma (SERVE-brain model, ARC trauma treatment, TF-CBT, etc.) and am trained in somatic and attachment focused EMDR.

— Christa Carlton, Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD