Trauma Therapy

Trauma is defined as a deeply disturbing, threatening or scary event – everything from sexual assault, war, and violence, to car accidents or other incidents that could cause loss of life. Symptoms of experiencing a trauma 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. 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 need help. When you are suffering in the aftermath of a trauma, it might feel like you'll never get your life back. The good news is that it can be treated. Trauma therapy will help to improve your symptoms, teach you the skills you need to deal with your trauma and help to build your self-esteem. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s trauma therapy experts today.

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I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional after having received training from a trauma specialist. I also received a year of supervision and consultation with a trauma professional as I developed a therapeutic tool kit of interventions specifically geared towards trauma survivors.

— Thaeda Franz, Licensed Professional Counselor

I theoretically underpin trauma therapy with Polyvagal theory, mindfulness, and somatic approaches. Other therapeutic interventions we may engage in are Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), Dialectical Behavior therapy for PTSD, Sensorimotor therapy, and relaxation techniques (e.g., deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, body scanning). General goals are to widen your autonomic window of tolerance and improve ability to return to autonomic safety.

— Dianne Goetsch, Psychotherapist in , MI

I enjoy helping both kids and adults work through traumatic experiences that are getting in the way of their optimal functioning. There is hope, and healing for those who have experienced trauma and I aim to create a safe space for us to work through this together, at your pace.

— Siobhan Colgan, Therapist

We sustain varying levels of acute and chronic trauma throughout our lives, so I work from a trauma informed perspective that always seeks to understand the various ways trauma has impacted your lived experience. Together, let's create a space of safety to reintroduce your body to a sense of peace

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

For 12 years, I worked at a leading agency that specializes in supporting victims of sexual abuse and their families. My work there included supporting my clients with discussing the details of their sexual abuse, deciding whom to tell and the emotional challenges of going through the criminal justice system. I also have attended numerous trainings and workshops focused on a variety of trauma informed techniques to further enhance my skills in the area.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

Uses the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model

— Chris Lombardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I have specific training in treating trauma, including Trauma Resiliency Model, and other modalities that are able to clear trauma with ease.

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

We all know people who have experienced POST TRAUMATIC STRESS or PTSD. The problems that PTSD creates hurts us as individuals, our spouses, our children, our families our jobs and all our friends and loved ones. What would life be if we could stop the pain, stop the problems and finally get a good night’s sleep? If we could work without having outbursts, screaming, taking days off and getting into fights? Or, if we could keep the same job without constantly getting fired or laid off?

— Dr. Howard Chusid, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hallandale, FL

I have worked with many clients who have experienced trauma and need support working through it. I am currently working towards training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma.

— Caley Johnson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

Many individuals are impacted by childhood trauma. Even if one doesn't remember their trauma or understand it, trauma can adversely affect their mental, physical, and emotional health.Processing trauma & integrating it, is essential to managing stress & anxiety. Trauma can impact one's ability to maintain intimate relationships, relationships with friends, work, money, food, how individuals feel about themselves, and how they view the world. I help clients feel safe and secure again.

— Robyn Shapiro, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I understand that different things you go through throughout your life can be engrained in you as a traumatic experience. That experience will often times have a waterfall experience throughout the rest of your life. I acknowledge the far reaching impacts of trauma and that it can impact your relationship with others, yourself, the way you move through the world, react to situations, and more.

— Brittney Waterhouse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

By taking a trauma focused approach we are able to see how all of our past traumas continue to affect us today. All of these maladaptive behaviors that once served to protect you may no longer be useful and are now making life harder. But by recognizing and undoing we can create a new way of being.

— Andrea Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

We love the poly-vagal theory and are fully trauma-informed

— Heidi Andersen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Asheville, NC

A trauma-informed approach recognizes the impact that traumatic experiences have on a person’s entire well-being. As a trauma therapist, I understand that survivors develop adaptive survival responses to protect themselves against added trauma. Through empowerment (never victim-blaming), I help my clients process emotions and develop new strategies to improve daily functioning. Since trauma is stored in the body, trauma work does not always require retelling difficult stories.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I have been trained in both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure, through the VA and DoD. I was selected as a national training consultant for Prolonged Exposure in a Primary Care setting while still with the VA.

— Kirsten Hardy, Clinical Social Worker

Trauma from a single incident and/or repeated trauma can be healed. When trauma isn't addressed it can result in maladaptive coping strategies that cause additional psychic pain.

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

Even after trauma has passed, unresolved effects may remain. Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, and low self-esteem are symptoms that may plague those struggling to fully recover from trauma. Therapy may help address these problems by changing your patterns and building confidence so you can get better.

— Danielle Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO

I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP,) along with a trauma-informed yoga teacher. This means that we move in a way that is thoughtful, conscious, compassionate, co-created, and focused on your internal and external safety.

— Claire Fountain, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern