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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Trauma happens to individuals through no fault of their own. Symptoms of stress/trauma can be managed and fully alleviated at times. I practice a nonjudgmental approach to the work, one that builds trust and does not place blame on the person who has experienced the traumatic event/s.

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

My special therapeutic focus is helping people who are rebuilding their sense of self or their family relationships after disorienting experiences. I treat both simple trauma, such as an accident, and complex trauma resulting from multiple traumatic experiences. I also have specialized training in working with dissociative disorders.

— Kaye-Ailsa Rowan, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I use TF-CBT with kids and teenagers. This therapy focuses on feelings identification, coping skills and creating a trauma narrative to help desensitize them to the trauma they faced. For adults, I used Prolonged Exposure therapy. After learning some coping skills, clients are asked to discuss their trauma verbally and/or written and practice going over it. Clients also will work on exposure to what they have been avoiding in their lives and gradually increase their exposure to it.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

To a trauma therapist, trauma can seem to be the undercurrent of all things. I did not begin my practice as a trauma therapist. Rather, I became one by necessity, having witnessed that undercurrent again and again, in everything from anxiety to relationship issues to chronic pain. I have specifically trained in trauma treatment modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), accelerated resolution therapy (ART), and brainspotting (BSP)⁠—because trauma is the undercurrent of all things.

— Ilana Skarling, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been treating clients with PTSD / trauma for my entire career. It is a focus of mine and something that is sacred to me. I utilize a combination of tools including Brainspotting, EMDR, and body-brain based approaches to treat trauma.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN

As a Navy veteran, and former police officer, being in a heightened state of alarm for several years can take a toll on you. In having experienced, and later studying the effects of the stress response on the body, I am able to coach you through proven techniques that will help you reduce anxiety to take back control of your body.

— Michael Love, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

I am passionate about working with emergency responders such as law enforcement officers, EMS, and fire personnel who can benefit from learning how to effectively deal with the cumulative exposures of their work environments in order to help prevent mental health issues and burn-out. I would be humbled by the opportunity and provide a safe, welcoming space for you to explore the next steps towards wellness.

— Annalee Moody, Counselor in Williamsburg, IA

Due to my time in the corrections system, most of my clients were diagnosed with PTSD due to the violence in the prison systems and also due to childhood abuse and assault. I have worked to further educate myself on issues such as self-harm and substance abuse as maladaptive coping skills for PTSD. I am a trauma-informed therapist and can integrate trauma work into sessions if needed.

— Chandra Niklewski, Counselor in , MD

In 2012, I was trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), to provide evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers, followed by certification in 2014. In 2016, I became a Life is Good Playmaker, to further help children heal from the impact of early childhood trauma. In 2019, I continued training in treatment for trauma and stressors through completion of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

— Amy Emery (not currently accepting new clients), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CT

Trauma is our neurobiology’s way of protecting us when we are overwhelmed. Left untreated, it can last an entire lifetime. I help clients understand their experiences, build cognitive and emotional resources, and reprocess traumatic memories so that they become useful instead of overwhelming. Safety is paramount so as to not trigger the client into a traumatic episode. I use CBT, EMDR, and Narrative Therapy as my approach to understanding and processing trauma in a safe and effective manner.

— Edwin Ancarana, Psychotherapist

I treat individuals with a variety of traumatic experiences including past abuse, loss, and adverse childhood experiences. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat this.

— Christina Cunningham, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

PTSD may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. It can have everlasting effects on someone's life. I have been trained in EMDR which is a form of Psychotherapy that can aid in reprocessing for trauma recovery. I can do this remotely.

— Joseph Burclaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wausau, WI

I am trained in EMDR and have been doing EMDR for over 2 years. I have witnessed first hand the incredible results that EMDR has produced for many of my clients who experience moderate to severe PTSD symptoms. This treatment modality has proven to be effective for people with both single incident trauma and complex trauma.

— Sam Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am EMDR trained with nearly 60 hours of training in this discipline. I have worked with EMDR clients for 18 months and have treated first responders, sexual assault victims, individuals with phobias, religious trauma, etc. Additionally, I provide practical techniques to help address and manage PTSD symptoms during treatment to increase strength in and out of session.

— Jacob Moon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI