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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Being trained in EMDR, which is the gold standard in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, allows me to work effectively in treating the negative effects of painful and traumatic experiences. The past doesn’t need to control your present anymore. Allow your brain to heal and to movee effectively process your pain so that you can move forward lighter.

— Mckenna Coffey, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Santa Barbara, CA

Are past traumas still casting a shadow over your life? Every big and small experience leaves its mark. Perhaps it's time to set aside the defenses and let go of that guarded edge. Maybe, just maybe, it's time to embark on a journey of processing and healing.

— Joanna Barrett, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Hanover, MA

My experience working with PTSD is broad and includes many trauma informed modalities for healing from acute traumatic events as well as chronic trauma. Specifically focusing on how to get relief from ongoing distress resulting from complex trauma.

— Chelsea Williams, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Bellingham, WA

PTSD is often believed to be an issue for war veterans. The truth is that any trauma can leave a person with unresolved physical body and mind responses that take over for known and unknown triggers. It can lead a person to feel hopeless for any relief, let alone finding permanent freedom. I specialize in the treatment of PTSD, and I look forward to speaking with you about what holds you back from a life that is fully in your power to direct in every area of life.

— MaryEllen Martyn, LPC-EMDR Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor in The Woodlands, TX

Evidence Based Practice utilizing Jennifer Sweeton's training; Trauma Institute training, CBT, gentle Exposure therapy, working with your personal paradigm to produce greater self regulation and healing. Extensive experience treating Atypical Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety and Adjustment Issues which often benefit from Trauma Informed Treatment and Self Regulation tools.

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

I utilize and am trained in EMDR to help support clients experience impact of trauma.

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

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

Treating trauma begins with a mind-body connection. Often people come to therapy to treat unresolved trauma. Sometimes this is known and other times it is revealed through a safe relationship with a therapist. Further, talk therapy alone is not usually enough to recover from trauma. I am trained in using eye movements, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, brainspotting, and yoga. Integrating these methods has proven to be most helpful for my clients.

— Stacy Walker, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Sarasota, FL

Our clinicians are trained in evidence-based methods for healing from trauma, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved. Extensive research on EMDR in particular supports that we can heal from traumatic experiences in body, mind, and spirit, if you’ll join us.

— Heart of the Matter Couples Therapy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, CO

Similar to anxiety, it is the avoidance of trauma cues that maintain the symptoms. I take a bottom-up approach, first healing the lower levels of brain that correlate with the nervous system and the fight-or-flight survival response. This helps people realize they are able to control and heal the dysregulated nervous system. Once that is achieved, we work on processing trauma memories in a way that allows the person to experience post-traumatic growth, which is much more than resilience.

— Christina LaBond, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition created from traumatic events experienced at any point in one's life. People who struggle with PTSD can experience intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and a feeling of hypervigilance. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is the primary modality for treating PTSD. As a Level 2 EMDR therapist I bring this technique and my skills to reduce symptoms and help clients move thru their trauma and move on with their lives.

— Melinda Halpern, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bend, OR

In several of my settings since before coming to private practice, I have exclusively focused on helping people manage and process through their trauma. Much of my professional development has targeted on how to treat trauma in the therapeutic setting and specifically with people who have surived domestic violence and sexual assault.

— Kate Manser, Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

Therapists talk about Big T trauma, such as car accidents or physical abuse, and little t trauma, which is typically referring to developmental trauma- the subtle experiences we have when we are growing up that cause us persistent issues later in life. I've focused most of my training on helping with both forms of trauma as many of my clients have experienced both. Trauma is pervasive and impacts people's views of themselves, others, and the world around them. It is also often intergenerational

— Tia (Christia) Young, Counselor

I am a certified EMDR therapist with advanced training in complex PTSD and dissociation. I work with all types of trauma, primarily using EMDR, but also incorporating mindfulness and somatic approaches.

— Dana Plyler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have extensive experience treating PTSD with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Client-Centered, Solutions Focused, Trauma-Informed, and Psychodynamic approaches.

— Andrea Miller, Counselor in Arlington, VA

Trauma impacts our ability to feel connected to our own knowing. Survival often requires us to lose touch with ourselves. We disconnect from our feelings, from what is happening, from what we know to be true, from our voices, and from our bodies to survive. The forces of systemic oppression work to keep us separated from ourselves and our knowing. Therapy can be a place to practice reconnecting with those disconnected parts of ourselves in an affirming relationship.

— Christina Borel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Litchfield, CT