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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Have you ever experienced that your logic tells you what you need to do so that you may feel and act appropriately but your emotion already takes you over? Body of a 20, 30,40, or over 50-year-old man or woman but your mind is reacting from a place of a wounded child or from a place of traumatic events. Ironically rejecting those wounded parts of you--fear, anger, sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, or resentment--and you would do anything to get rid of those painful emotions.

— Brave Within Counseling Hyon Bachman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington, VA

My main focus in practice has been treating individuals overwhelmed by past or recent trauma that is impacting their lives in the present. It can show up as numbing, disconnection, reactivity or indifference. I've been fascinated by the impact of trauma and how we build resilience since the events of 9/11 after working in NY a few blocks away from the incident. Since that event, I focused my skills development in trauma based modalites such as EMDR and Brainspotting.

— Meira Greenfeld, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

I have trained in EMDR which is a specialized rapid therapy treatment for PTSD. I frequently attend workshops and trainings to understand how to work with various personality differences involving other issues such as addictions such as alcohol, pornography, and eating disorders. I have also attended a number of workshops for working with children. I have successfully used EMDR with children ages 8 and older, teen, and adults.

— Alicia Bradshaw, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chattanooga, TN

Whether you experienced prolonged abuse and neglect in childhood, survived an abusive relationship, or have experienced an acute traumatic event, I am here for you. Trauma affects the development of the brain and is stored in the body. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger and affect your life and especially your relationships. You may be confused about some of the ways that you move through the world. Together we can explore how your trauma uniquely affects you.

— Ajna Rae, Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

I have worked with trauma, abuse, and PTSD since I started my career. Trauma and it's ensuing issues with PTSD have been a cornerstone of the majority of my clients. I am trained to work with trauma, abuse, and PTSD of all kinds from natural disasters and death to domestic violence, military PTSD, and even career abuses. I am trained in several approaches to fit your personal trauma needs. Join me as we take you from being a victim to not just surviving, but thriving in your life journey.

— Shanty Robbennolt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lansing, MI

Let's walk together to find solutions to feel safe utilizing CPT, CBT, Integrative Therapy and more on your journey to an integrated self.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR

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

I have over 20 years of experience helping individuals move from victim to survivor. This is very powerful, but not always fun or easy. However, it is freeing and creates an opportunity to live your best life.

— Kellie Rice, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I use a Trauma-Informed Therapy to address the psychological, emotional, relational and physical problems that past trauma can create. My approach draws from numerous sources including Neuroscience, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR.

— Kaijah Bjorklund, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have worked with trauma throughout my professional career, starting with basic Trauma-Focused CBT, and then integrating trauma-informed yoga and body practices, as well as EMDR. Very few of us are lucky enough to escape life without any trauma (Big T Trauma or Little T trauma), and treating it goes beyond talk therapy, addressing how it lives in our body and brains. I have specialized training in birth trauma, and have completed an Advanced EMDR training for the perinatal population.

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA

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 Winter Park, FL

I treat PTSD and issues related to trauma.

— Alyssa Podgorni, Counselor

I completed my initial training as the first male to offer therapy at the YWCA Silicon Valley Domestic Violence Support Network. I have since worked extensively with youth who have immigrated from Latin America seeking safety. My work with survivors of trauma has informed my perspective on how to help clients heal from difficult experiences and find a path forward. I am trained in somatic techniques that are intended to help process trauma through awareness of the body.

— Andrew Conner, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

The majority of my professional career has been working alongside survivors of trauma. What I see most often, is that people's traumatic experiences change the way they view themselves, others and the world. I am training in both EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Although I treat many types of trauma, I specialize in treating sexual trauma, military related trauma and trauma experienced within the LGBTQ+ community.

— Mindy Robbins, Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ

Throughout my clinical experience, I have focused on helping survivors impacted by a range of traumas. I deeply believe in our ability to heal from trauma and am passionate about empowering survivors go from surviving to thriving.

— Jessica Daas, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bend, OR

When it comes to PTSD, trauma, and sexual abuse, conventional counseling wisdom says you have to painstakingly “process” in order to heal. I disagree. Let me show you an easier way… Simply come to your appointment and there is nothing else you need to do. I will do most of the talking and take on the responsibility of causing change and having the session being successful. I use an innovative neuroscience-based approach that clears emotional distress at the subconscious level.

— Randel Porter, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

My training and experience in Lifespan Integration (LI) (which is a gentle technique) has equipped me to help individuals work through traumatic events in their lives. For more information go to:

— Karmel Mayo, Counselor in Helena, AL

PTSD keeps you stuck in the past and unable to move forward. Whether it's a bad childhood, relationship violence, tragic loss, a bad accident, or military deployment there is a path forward for you where your mind and body can feel safe again.

— Lalo Rivera, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

Trauma can affect every domain of life: our bodies, minds, relationships and emotions. I bring a whole-person approach to treating trauma, incorporating the following techniques: trauma re-processing, emotional regulation skills, narrative building, and a focus on locating and feeling dissociated emotions.

— Alexandra Jennings, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA