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 use a mind-body approach to working with trauma that is guided by how you've been affected by it. As a trauma informed yoga and 200 hour registered yoga teacher, I have studied, practiced, and facilitated yoga and trauma sensitive movement classes. I teach my clients to understand their trauma responses by exploring the purpose it serves, their reactions, what activates it, and how to cope with it.

— Leah Singer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained

— Erica Parker, Therapist in Orlando, FL
 

I am trained in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and use somatic approaches to treat trauma. I believe you have to develop safety and find ways to self-regulate in the body before being able to approach your thinking patterns and behaviors when trauma is impacting you. I also believe feeling safe in the therapeutic relationship is priority so we will take the time to build trust with one another. I will never push you to share anything until you feel ready.

— Alyssa Kushner, Psychotherapist

I utilize Trauma-Based-Cognitive Behavioral therapy to help someone healthily process their trauma and learn healthier coping strategies and techniques.

— Leah Zeitz, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in ,
 

As a trauma-informed therapist, I will assume that you have had experiences that may have deeply affected you, and they recognize and respond to you in a way that emphasizes safety, collaboration, and empowerment.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kansas City, MO

In use of trauma therapy, I utilize Emotion Focused Technique. Trauma often gets trapped within the body. Each time that it gets triggered we revert back to a time where we experienced this similar feeling and our body reacts to it. In using EFT we learned to work through the bodies reaction to trauma and reduce our response through tapping different points of the body in order to create a space where the body is no longer trapped in a trauma space and we are able to respond more effectively.

— Abigail Garcia-Garwicki, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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

As a trauma-informed therapist, I can help you process your traumatic experiences, explore how the remnants of trauma show up in your life today, and how to make changes in your life to lessen the impact of trauma on your future self. We can start the healing process by doing inner child work, learning how to protect yourself emotionally from those that caused the harm, and creating a social support system to provide you with the care you need as an adult.

— Shemya Vaughn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
 

I was trained to treat clients with trauma history and I use a strengths-based approach when I work with clients. I help clients recognize and understand the impact of traumatized event and I also support clients to unlock the traumatized experiences, so that they can develop coping skills to manage the triggers.

— Alison Huang, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Silver Spring, MD

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 Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Raleigh, NC
 

Trauma work involves formulating a firm foundation of stabilization skills. This involves developing a process of checking in with yourself, tuning into feelings and messages your body is sending you, and regulating emotional, psychological, and physiological responses to stress. Many people refer to this as developing grounding skills. Trauma work also involves identifying triggers and patterns, which includes developing healthier ways of connecting with ourselves and relating to others.

— Bekah Yates, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL

I have extensive training in trauma informed and trauma centered therapy. In the words of Diana Fosha, my goal is "to help our patients and ourselves become stronger at the broken places. By working with trauma, and painful consequences, we discover places that have always been strong, places that were never broken."

— Jennifer Jackson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

I have extensive experience treating religious/spiritual trauma and sexual trauma. In my training to become a certified sex therapist and in my doctoral program, I studied religious shame, sexual abuse, and the processes of recovery from the betrayal of infidelity.

— Lee Kinsey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

A lot of the time, people might feel like they can't point to any "real trauma" yet they experience symptoms in line with trauma. Trauma is not just limited to one event: it often comes from our experiences embedded in our environments. This means that there is no simple beginning, middle, and end to our trauma stories. They're complex and layered. Trauma therapy for me is about honoring the complexity, the messiness, the grief of it all. It is central to the work that I do.

— Renya NeoNorton, Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I am trained in EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy. I use a trauma informed lens within my practice.

— Emily Beltran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Murrieta, CA

I'm trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy. CPT helps you learn to change some of your unhelpful thoughts that keep you stuck in your trauma symptoms and learn to not avoid your feelings and your life. You will learn to value yourself, set boundaries with others, and make time for self-care.

— Serena Forward-Rodriguez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

Really big, terrifying events can sometimes stick with and follow us like an unwelcome ghost. If we continue to avoid our ghosts, our symptoms and negative experiences get worse and impact daily lives. Sound familiar? Trauma therapy, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), can help you move through your trauma and develop healthier ways of processing your thoughts, feelings as well as others and the world around you. Essentially, by changing the way you think, you can change the way you feel

— Elliott Odendahl, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bloomington, MN