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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I am trained in several of the major evidence-based practices that have been shown to be most effective in treating trauma across the lifespan; Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). I have worked extensively in the child welfare system and am passionate about healing intergenerational trauma and reforming our current systems.

— Jenna Richardson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Trauma has been present in every setting I've ever worked in. It is one of the most pervasive issues of our time. Most people have shame around their trauma or tell themselves things like "it's in the past, I should get over it". But that's not how it works. For our bodies that trauma is still fresh. Whether it was a frightening experience, sexual abuse or a near death accident- our body and minds need help to process. I use EMDR and narrative therapy with most PTSD cases.

— Alyssia Cruz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SAN DIEGO, CA

Understanding trauma and creating a place where one can explore the effects of trauma is our main priority.

— Portland Therapy Project, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

If you are feeling haunted by your trauma history, I look forward to guiding you through the process of creating closure and unburdening the past. It can feel daunting to face your traumatic past, but the initial steps lay the foundation to make it approachable. You will feel lighter and more empowered as you go through the stages of healing.

— Joy Linn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Campbell, CA

I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, who uses EMDR to help people who have experienced trauma by using the well researched and fast acting EMDR tools including bi-lateral stimulation, resourcing, and internal cognitions around old internal messages and what you would like to believe about yourself. By using these tools, you'll get to the root of the problem, process the trauma, and find healthy ways to move forward, towards the best version of yourself, now.

— Faith Nielsen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Collins, CO

I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and have several years of experience using this technique with survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child, and several other traumas.

— Josie Oldham, Counselor in Wichita, KS

I am basic trained in EMDR (Eye Motion Desensitization Reprocessing) through the EMDRIA institute. If you are at a point that talking through the details of your trauma you can still be treated with EMDR. EMDR isn't for everyone since it is intensive and is best done in time frames of 1-2 hours which insurance will not typically cover and would require self pay. As such, I also utilize a multimodal approach that combines EMDR, talk therapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

— Pyol Thompson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I am trained in brainspotting, which is a technique that can provide healing beyond what talk therapy can provide alone.

— Javan Jean-Noel, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I work effectively treating PTSD from with all forms of traumatic history.

— Angie Luttrell, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Tifton, GA

PTSD is frequently thought of as a military combat disorder. However, trauma is very common in relationships with emotional, verbal, or physical abuse. I specialize in working with clients that experience PTSD ranging from childhood trauma all the way to abusive adult relationships. If this sounds like you, I have various tools and therapies that I will tailor to your specific needs. These may include EMDR, trauma-focused narrative therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy. The combination has helped many to get past the fears, become stable in the face of triggers, and live a more confident and fulfilling life. Let me know if I can help you next.

— Jaclin Belabri, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

I specialize in trauma. This means I have specialized training in this area. Currently, I am starting training in EMDR this month. EMDR is a cutting-edge method that allows the brain to release recurring trauma memories.

— Angie Gutekunst, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bethlehem, PA

PTSD can be scary, uncomfortable, difficult to deal with, and effects every area of our lives. I personally suffered from PTSD most of my life and didn't even know it. I have since treated the majority of the trauma I suffered from and no longer experience the symptoms of PTSD. Along with my personal experience I have also had several trainings and have worked with this particular issue for years. I can help you experience the same relief I have.

— sean sprigle, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in san diego, CA

As a trauma survivor, healing is possible. Trauma recovery often look different for any survivor. I utilize trauma-informed therapy and I am educated on how trauma can impact your wellness, relationships, and ability to cope. I utilize EMDR to support the healing journey of my clients.

— Debra Grindstaff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Altamonte Springs, FL

Feeling on edge, sitting next to the door you know you have an escape route, not wanting to go to sleep but feeling tired all the time from not being able to sleep. Reliving certain events frequently can be exhausting and overwhelming. Your life can be different rewarding calming and fulfilling. Together we can get there by finding a way that will allow unburdening the wounds of your trauma to heal from past experiences.

— courtenay baber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Manakin Sabot, VA

I am trained in EMDR and use an attachment/trauma-informed approach.

— Jessica Strickland, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

Neurofeedback and EMDR can both be powerful methods for relieving the symptoms associated with PTSD and Developmental trauma. EMDR can process intrusive memories so they are adaptively stored in the brain. Neurofeedback enhances emotional regulation and allows the body to get out of "fight or flight" mode. Oftentimes a combination of these approaches can bring about an entirely new way of living by putting trauma where it belongs - in the past.

— Jessica Weimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I am a VA certified Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) provider. CPT is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD. In addition to providing this intervention, I have led research on the efficacy of CPT for people who have PTSD and coexisting psychosis symptoms.

— Jen Aakre, Clinical Psychologist in Iowa City, IA