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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Having a therapist that understands the many ways how trauma manifests itself is essential to your healing. With over 25 years of experience working with individuals healing from trauma, I will help you to understand how your body is attempting to help you by it's seemingly out of control responses. We will work together using the best options for your journey to identify, process and heal so that you can live with the most freedom and peace as possible.

— Kristine Proctor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DeLand, FL

PTSD can occurs when people experience or witness a life-threatening event. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. But, when symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. You are not alone, PTSD can be effectively treated through psychotherapy. I can help you identify your pattern in a safe space by utilizing evidence based approaches.

— Mekeya Jama, Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

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

I have worked extensively with the Veteran population and have experience treating trauma from both adulthood and childhood. I work to establish trust, provide psychoeducation about trauma, and teach skills before mutually agreeing to address the trauma. I have had the most success with Prolonged Exposure and Written Exposure Therapy. If you are not ready to directly address the trauma, Present-Centered Therapy for trauma can help with symptom relief and management.

— Dr. Emily Strang, Clinical Psychologist in Asheville, NC

My emphasis in graduate school is in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis counseling. I have completed extensive coursework on this subject and have worked with clients who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD.

— Erin Moore, Counselor in ,

I approach anxiety, depression, OCD, addiction, etc. from a trauma specialist stance. Learning to recognize your trauma responses (triggers) and gain understanding that you are not broken, you do not need to fixed, you can learn to internalize your own truth worth and live more of your life in the present.

— Joyce LaHue, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Worth, TX

PTSD for a long time was thought of as a condition that only military combat caused. That has changed. I have specialized in trauma, including PTSD, and my favorite treatment modalities are CBT & Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Any Trauma that is still causing you a level of distress (beyond 30 days after the event) to the point of negatively affecting you relationally, occupationally, socially, or educationally (if in school), ought to be addressed by a professional.

— Dennis Patrick Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Las Vegas, NV

When it comes to PTSD, trauma, and sexual abuse, conventional counseling wisdom says you have to painstakingly “process” in order to heal. I disagree. Let me show you an easier way… Simply come to your appointment and there is nothing else you need to do. I will do most of the talking and take on the responsibility of causing change and having the session being successful. I use an innovative neuroscience-based approach that clears emotional distress at the subconscious level.

— Randel Porter, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Santa Fe, NM

I have worked with trauma throughout my professional career, starting with basic Trauma-Focused CBT, and then integrating trauma-informed yoga and body practices, as well as EMDR. Very few of us are lucky enough to escape life without any trauma (Big T Trauma or Little T trauma), and treating it goes beyond talk therapy, addressing how it lives in our body and brains. I have specialized training in birth trauma, and have completed an Advanced EMDR training for the perinatal population.

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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

Trauma negatively impacts every area of our lives--relationships, health, beliefs, sleep, spirituality. This work is my passion and I have devoted over 30 years to deepening my healing skills. There's nothing simple about trauma and it needs a complex approach to change negative thought patterns, reduce emotional reactivity and regulate our nervous systems. You can feel better!

— Stephanie Book Koehler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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— JESSICA DAWN RUSSELL, Therapist in Encino, CA

Trauma experiences often continue their very real presence with us and know no timeline. Addressing this trauma in a safe space with plenty of time to slow down and work through all of the details and impacts on your life is the goal when I am with my clients. I will support you to take the lead in what you feel ready to process, and I will guide you in this healing with a strong and protective presence so you can focus on your own needs.

— Joy Walsh, Clinical Social Worker in Lombard, IL

Using trauma-informed techniques and teachings to help people install feelings of safety & reprocess past traumas.

— Ky Ngo Dennis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

We all have our stories to share. I am so honored to be able to witness and sort through the strengths brought on by a person's darkest tales. I will create a space that helps you feel safe and supported to explore experiences that are painful to recall. Sharing your story with another empathic person can help free up emotional space to find meaning in the hurt and build room for new joys.

— Courtney Burns, Therapist in Portland, OR

When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. My training is in therapy modalities such as Somatic Experiencing (SE) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which are proven modalities for treating both the psychological and physiological effects of trauma.

— Jane Leung, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasant Hill, CA

As a trauma informed clinician I have worked with a number of people who have experienced trauma in their lives better understand and manage the symptoms with the goal to heal.

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