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

— Matt Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK

Understanding trauma and the effects it has on your brain, thoughts and behavior are paramount when seeking relief from this struggle. I psycho-educate and assist you with solutions that will assist you in changing the way you perceive what you have been through; therefore, changing your thoughts and behavior in a positive manner.

— Mareba Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Conyers, GA

My approach to treating trauma is rooted in evidence based practices that incorporate both the psychological impact of traumatic events and the physiological reverberations of the trauma that outlast its immediate threat. Trauma therapy begins only when the person is fully equipped to face the intensity that processing through difficult emotions may bring. Addressing the disorganization that occurs during trauma through building the skills to identify triggers progresses to healing.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

I have spent the majority of my career as a mental health professional working with people affected by trauma. This is where my heart has always been. I utilize a number of approaches with the intention of meeting the unique needs of my clients. I am seeing children, youth and adults who are survivors and/or who apart of their world including foster and adoptive parents and bio sibs of foster and adopted children and youth.

— Jennifer Durbin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

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

NASW VA Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience Informed Care

— Jenine Stallings, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mechanicsville, VA

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

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional I understand how challenging and intricate treating trauma can be. I use a variety of tools to help process, re-process and speak about trauma (both chronic/long-term and acute/recent). So often with trauma we no longer feel safe and I have found that is extremely important to address areas of safety early on in therapy. We work to process the trauma at hand and recognize healthy and safe ways to cope and work through the different emotions and pain.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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 a passion for those of us that have suffered tragedies that are not our fault and want to still have a healthy, meaningful life. The hard part about trauma is we experience it in the present moment--have you ever felt like you overreact? That your body 'takes over' and you don't know why you behave in a certain way? Trauma therapy is a beautiful space to explore healing, integration, knowledge of trauma responses and learning to have self compassion for the hard road of healing.

— Amy Lynch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Centenntial, CO

In my work with clients that have experienced trauma, I integrate interventions from the following trauma modalities: TF-CBT, Narrative Therapy, Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems & soon EMDR.

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

We sustain varying levels of acute and chronic trauma throughout out lives, so I work from a trauma informed perspective that always seeks to understand the various ways trauma has impacted your lived experience. Together, let's create a space of safety to reintroduce your body to a sense of peace

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP,) along with a trauma-informed yoga teacher. This means that we move in a way that is thoughtful, conscious, compassionate, co-created, and focused on your internal and external safety.

— Claire Fountain, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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

— David Brooks, Clinical Psychologist in Bismarck, ND

I have a Certificate of Advanced Study in Trauma Informed Care from Syracuse University and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I have extensive knowledge and experience in working with complex trauma, childhood trauma, and PTSD. There is no one size fits all approach to finding a way forward following traumatic experiences. I can tailor your therapy to meet your specific needs.

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

You don’t expect for the people around you to change. Work and life will always we busy, but you are ready to work on yourself. You need a therapist who understands you are a unique person with your own feelings and emotions. No one else you know matches your exact set of circumstances, so it doesn’t matter what everyone else would do. You just wish that you could love yourself and trust that the people around you love you.

— Connie Kelly, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Houston, TX

I use Trauma Focused CBT to help Clients with Trauma histories learn the nature of trauma as a whole and for them individually. Clients learn to create safety for themselves and within relationships through healthy boundary setting. I also help client reframe their trauma narratives and engage in radical forgiveness. Clients gain a sense of self-control and heal long term wounds in order to live fully in their authentic self.

— Tiffany Lindley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX