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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My specialization with trauma includes working with individuals struggling with Complex PTSD, childhood abuse, and domestic violence abuse.

— Pia Nathani, Psychologist in Muncie, IN

Experienced using multiple treatment models for treating PTSD including EMDR.

— Naomi Babcock, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Huntington Beach, CA

I have completed several trainings regarding the impact of trauma on our nervous system and healing internal activation relate to traumatic experiences. I use the technique of Brainspotting in order to help clients heal from trauma and grounding/mindfulness skills in order to manage trauma responses in daily life.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger that you just can’t kick. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Here are some commonly overlooked sources of emotional trauma: Serious physical injuries Emotional or physical abuse by a parent The sudden death of someone close An auto accident The breakup of a significant relationship I'd like to help.

— Tom Bolls, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Revisiting the past can feel scary and overwhelming, but trauma based therapy is one of the most effective ways to heal your pain. We can support you to work through past hurts to find peace in the present. Working with a trauma therapist can help your brain and body integrate the things that have happened to you into your story of who you are.

— Cactus Flower Healing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mesa, AZ

As an EMDR trained clinician I look at PTSD as something that can be healed from. We are also trying to get away from the concept of trauma as this single big thing that happened to you. But if you think about it in terms of Adverse Life Experiences, you can see how many things it might apply to.

— Michelle Wexelblat MSW Counseling, Clinical Social Worker

Although PTSD is not only attached to military personnel/veterans, I have an extensive background with military personnel as a former soldier and veterans as I have and currently work with veterans. I also work with civilian clientele who do not have a military background but have been exposed to PTSD.

— Mareba Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Conyers, GA

To a trauma therapist, trauma can seem to be the undercurrent of all things. I did not begin my practice as a trauma therapist. Rather, I became one by necessity, having witnessed that undercurrent again and again, in everything from anxiety to relationship issues to chronic pain. I have specifically trained in trauma treatment modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), accelerated resolution therapy (ART), and brainspotting (BSP)⁠—because trauma is the undercurrent of all things.

— Ilana Skarling, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Trauma has a way of hijacking our lives. Let's work together to reconnect you with those you love and yourself. I am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner. Healing can happen more quickly because Brainspotting accesses the primitive parts of the brain where frightening and traumatic experiences are stored. This method is effective with both external and internal processors. Less verbal individuals do well with Brainspotting because healing does not require speaking aloud if they choose not to.

— Tanya Hanrihan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Due to my time in the corrections system, most of my clients were diagnosed with PTSD due to the violence in the prison systems and also due to childhood abuse and assault. I have worked to further educate myself on issues such as self-harm and substance abuse as maladaptive coping skills for PTSD. I am a trauma-informed therapist and can integrate trauma work into sessions if needed.

— Chandra Niklewski, Counselor in , MD

My experiences include working with individuals who have struggled to overcome extensive childhood abuse and neglect. In particular, I enjoy working with adults who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, were raised in unstable environments, and experienced attachment trauma, chronic invalidation, emotional neglect, and abuse.

— Kristen Henshaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Trauma is an insidious and silent epidemic that gives rise to many health problems (not just mental health issues!) over the lifespan. I believe the most important thing in trauma therapy is helping the client to feel safe within themselves, to integrate the different parts of themselves that may be acting out and causing distress, and giving them skills to help manage the symptoms they experience.

— Amanda Richardson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Life is hard on its own, then something happens that shakes to the core. I'm here to help sort through all the thoughts, feelings, sensations, and struggles. My first approach is to help you settle from all the funky feelings and then when safe as well as ready, we begin to walk together, healing and growing. Timing is based on what you can do and handle. I don't hold any clock on you, take all the time you need and I'll be here with you, for you.

— Andrea de Aguayo, Psychologist in ,

I have 8 years of experience treating trauma including but not limited to resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault, neglect and abuse and I am trained in EMDR. EMDR is evidenced based and rated the number one preferred method for treating PTSD by the World Health Organization and the American Psychological Association.

— ShannonElaine John, Counselor in Fort Morgan, CO

Trauma recovery begins with developing skills to reduce distress. EMDR is a therapeutic approach that has been shown to help overcome symptoms of PTSD. Trauma experiences are stored in the wrong form of memory, leaving you stuck and unable to move forward in an integrated and healthy way. Through EMDR, you can feel at peace with the past and empowered in the present. After a successful course of EMDR therapy, you can remember the trauma without being triggered.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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 have worked with victims of crime in the past and have experience working with shock and complex trauma. As a participant of Somatic Experiencing, I have a focus on regulation and the nervous system after the experience of trauma.

— Dani Villalobos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Clara, CA

Using EMDR, we will be able to work together to process traumatic life events and negatively held beliefs in order to see a brighter future for yourself, free from trauma. Change is possible and I can help you hope for a better tomorrow. Reach out to learn more!

— Megan Delp, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

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