Trauma Therapy

Trauma is defined as a deeply disturbing, threatening or scary event – everything from sexual assault, war, and violence, to car accidents or other incidents that could cause loss of life. Symptoms of experiencing a trauma 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. 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 need help. When you are suffering in the aftermath of a trauma, it might feel like you'll never get your life back. The good news is that it can be treated. Trauma therapy will help to improve your symptoms, teach you the skills you need to deal with your trauma and help to build your self-esteem. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s trauma therapy experts today.

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I am trained in a variety of trauma therapy models including EMDR, The Trauma Resiliency Model, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I often utilize a variety of these models in working with healing trauma as well as improving emotion regulation, distress tolerance and improving mindfulness so clients can gain insight in to understanding their triggers from the ground up and gain skills they can utilize outside of session.

— Allison Rosenberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I approach each client from a trauma informed perspective and strive to create a space in which pain can be expressed and healing can happen.

— Jessica Kim, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
 

Trauma therapy takes into account what a person has experienced and how that continues to shape the patterns of their behavior. Trauma therapy encompasses everything that I strive to be- inclusive, sensitive, honest, and while it is hard work it is very rewarding. Being mindful of triggers that are explicit or implicit is also important, as well as verbiage when speaking about trauma. Trauma is never a client's fault and the brain can heal and happiness can return to your life.

— Sydney Koenig, Counselor in Lone Tree, CO

Trauma is part of most of our lives. I like to define trauma as anything that marks time in such a way that the memory or event has you say “before ____, I was _____; after I began thinking/feeling/behaving _____ways.” Too often people discount their pain because “others have it far worse than me”. I often hear clients who end up benefiting from EMDR say “it’s not like I went to war or was raped”. It doesn’t matter what the “thing that happened” was, it only matters that your heal.

— Jody Pittner, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , OH
 

I am a certified Complex Trauma and Complex PTSD Specialist. I am also a certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTP Level II). I utilize trauma reduction techniques to help clients manage their PTSD triggers and attachment wounds from the traumas they experienced. I empower clients to eliminate harmful coping skills like substance abuse, self harm, and overwhelming emotions like shame, anger, fear, anxiety and depression and develop positive life coping strategies instead.

— Cindy Hyde, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Whether you have experienced a single event, repeated aversive events, chronic abuse/neglect, you may be experiencing: Disconnection from the Self. Disconnection from the Body. Disconnection from Others. Distressing memories, nightmares, flashbacks, or trauma triggers. Overwhelming emotions. Difficulty working, playing, creating. Adrenaline surges, body aches/pains, physical illnesses. Memories & energies of trauma are stored on an instinctual survival level in the brain, body, & mind. I have been working with trauma survivors since 1996. On healing trauma--there are talking psychotherapies and somatic therapies. I provide a safe, accepting, space for you to share your story without fear or shame. You do not have to relive or even consciously remember trauma to heal from it. We can access those memories through "felt sense" or language of your inner body experiences. Together, we will unveil your strengths & resilience that helped you survive and clear the path for powerful healing.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL
 

I have been trained in both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure, through the VA and DoD. I was selected as a national training consultant for Prolonged Exposure in a Primary Care setting while still with the VA.

— Kirsten Hardy, Clinical Social Worker

Certified Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) therapist for 20+ years.

— David Brooks, Clinical Psychologist in Bismarck, ND
 

For 12 years, I worked at a leading agency that specializes in supporting victims of sexual abuse and their families. My work there included supporting my clients with discussing the details of their sexual abuse, deciding whom to tell and the emotional challenges of going through the criminal justice system. I also have attended numerous trainings and workshops focused on a variety of trauma informed techniques to further enhance my skills in the area.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

Options include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Written Exposure Treatment, and Prolonged Exposure.

— Ann LeFevre, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I have worked with survivors of trauma in multiple settings since 2007 and studied trauma as my primary area of interest throughout my master's and doctoral training. My approach includes multiple trauma modalities, specialized to the individual client's needs for safety and readiness, and grounded in research and best practices. I use EMDR when appropriate and continue to consult to ensure ongoing professional development and expertise.

— Miriam Gerber, Clinical Psychologist in St. Paul, MN

Trauma therapy is a form of therapy that can help you deal with the emotional response caused by a traumatic event. Trauma can include any event or experience that causes emotional or psychological harm.

— Whitney Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver,
 

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Accelerated Resolution Therapy Trained

— Erica Dyal, Therapist in Savannah, GA

My training in somatics is largely based on the neurobiology of overwhelming experience and its influence on our well-being through affecting our emotional, cognitive and physical perceptions of ourselves, others, and environments. Somatic methods of trauma therapy work include thoughts and emotions but facilitate sensations of safety at the level of the nervous system, giving them the ability to create profound shifts toward healing.

— Natalia Oncina, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
 

In my practice, I take a trauma-informed approach. Before we address trauma, you and I will make sure you are prepared for this work through skill development that can help you manage strong emotions like anxiety and anger. We may also work first to enhance positive emotions and experiences. When you are ready, I will work with you to process past trauma, tailoring your treatment to meet your needs.

— Jamie Martos, Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I have grown to love trauma therapy. Helping people through their darkest experiences is very rewarding.

— Matt Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK
 

Trauma from a single incident and/or repeated trauma can be healed. When trauma isn't addressed it can result in maladaptive coping strategies that cause additional psychic pain.

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

I have clinical experience treating clients with a history of psychological trauma, such as abuse, assault, and adverse childhood experiences. The two therapies that I use, ACT and DBT, are evidence-based treatments for Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. I'm strongly interested in trauma theories, neuroscience, psychoneurobiology, and interpersonal neurobiology. I've completed three graduate level courses in trauma. I regularly attend trauma-related conferences and trainings.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO