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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We offer TF-CBT and Brainspotting therapy.

— Kelly Wells, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oxon Hill, MD

I am trained in the clinical assessment & gold standard treatments for PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) & Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). These treatments are highly effective & take an average of only 12 weekly sessions for you to effectively recover from trauma-related stress. My approach to treating trauma is unique as I combine my expertise as a sleep specialist to help you overcome the chronic insomnia & trauma-related nightmares that are so common in PTSD all at the same time.

— Dr. Brian Curtis, Clinical Psychologist in Woods Cross, UT

My whole life changed when I began to understand the effects of stress & trauma on the nervous system. Quite simply, we must see how our nervous system has responded (adaptively) to keep us alive. We can then supply antidotes & supplement what we have with what we need. We are all survivors. If we are alive, we have weathered many a storm. We are resilient, but we can maximize how we respond to the pressures of life by bolstering ourselves with practices that tap us into source.

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

I have experience working with PTSD and complex PTSD as well as Religious Trauma Syndrome. I utilize tools such as EMDR, Mindfulness, Art, and DBT to address symptoms.

— Christine Chenitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kennett Square, PA

Whether we are talking about PTSD or developmental trauma disorder, small or big, simple or complex, trauma is a subjective emotional response to an event or a series of events that took place in your life. This has maybe left you sad or hopeless, numb, confused and you might experience a lot of guilt, shame and fear. I use unconventional methods, like Accelerated Resolution Therapy, that work fast and help you move past strong emotions and physical reactions so that you can become functional.

— Ioana Avery, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Katy, TX

I have extensive experience and training in trauma a work including certification in Somatic Experiencing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR. These are research-based modalities to address chronic and traumatic stress.

— Nat Kiser-Negrøn, Psychotherapist

I have always practiced from a trauma-informed perspective, with the understanding that unresolved or unprocessed trauma can permeate all areas of our lives, often in ways we don't see. Whether you have a clinical diagnosis of PTSD or not, I work from a place where your trauma can be validated and healed.

— Liz Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

With a background of 4 years working at different non-profit agencies I often worked with clients who experience complex trauma both in the past and the present to improve regulation, attachment, and overall functioning. I have experience in outpatient and intensive outpatient settings, as well as with comorbid disorders.

— Jorge Flores, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Traumatic experiences have a way of disorganizing our body's natural system of processing and storing memories, leaving us vulnerable to feeling as though we are in present danger even though these are past (sometimes many years old) experiences. I utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy to help you identify and reintegrate these memories in order to help you not only heal from trauma, but also build beautiful resilience in its place.

— Alex Lippincott, Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO

I have a long history working with clients who have experienced different types of trauma. Being trained in EMDR, and using it for the last 5 years to help people, I have a strong knowledge of PTSD and how it effects our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. There are many types of situations that can cause PTSD from a car accident, to sexual assault, to life long verbal, sexual or physical abuse. I also worked serving victims of violent crime and almost all of my clients presented with PTSD.

— Sydney Koenig, Counselor in Lone Tree, CO

Symptoms of trauma can feel like: -Intrusive thoughts of the event that may occur out of the blue -Vivid flashbacks or nightmares -Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event (triggers) -Depression or persistent feelings of self-loathing & shame -Disassociation; feeling disconnected from yourself & surroundings

— Alexandra Haselbeck, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Quintessential Health provides comprehensive evidence based treatment for PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure (PE) treatment.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

Trauma can create lasting, unhealed wounds that follow us for years if left unprocessed with professional care. Sometimes we don't even realize trauma has happened until we begin therapy and take a deeper look into past events. It is never too late to start unpacking and healing traumatic events in a safe space. You don't have to do it alone.

— Kaitlyn Farrell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Allentown, PA

In trauma therapy, we will work on building coping skills first to manage intensive emotions. Then, we will use trauma focused CBT to work on irrational thoughts.

— Mi Cao, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clifton, NJ

I have worked with many clients recovering from childhood trauma. I am trained in TFCBT, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. In this method, traumatic memories are revisited paying close attention to thoughts and beliefs developed at the time of the trauma. Clients learn coping skills for managing emotional distress, are able to desensitize to their trauma through the retelling of it and gradually come to a point of re-integration. This method helps minimize and decrease the PTSD sxs

— Emilie Diesen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Candler, NC

We often think of trauma as events that happen to us, but trauma is actually how we process things. This way of processing what happened to us may have helped us survive those moments, but it doesn't help us all the time. Processing through trauma isn't about forgetting what happened, it's about changing how we feel about what happened. And it is possible to do, even though it may not always feel that way.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

I have specific training in working with trauma, whether it is a one time trauma, or ongoing childhood trauma (i.e., abuse, neglect, etc.).

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

I am fully trained in EMDR to treat PTSD and other trauma.

— Ethan Emerson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA