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 been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy. CPT is a trauma-focused therapy developed with the VA to treat PTSD in military personnel. The process was later adapted to suit other types of trauma. CPT combines what we know about the biology of the brain with existing theories of cognitive psychology to make actual changes in the way our brains perceive traumatic events. Research on CPT has shown outstanding effectiveness in the reduction of the symptoms associated with PTSD.

— Chris Eaton, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

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

Trauma can have a big impact on your life, but it doesn't have to be the whole story. Trauma-focused therapy provides a place to process past memories, make new meaning from your experiences, and move forward with a greater sense of confidence and ease. Connecting with your body and present moment sensations is a key part of this process that will help you cope now while also laying the foundation for a strong and joyful future.

— Lauren Pass Erickson, Psychotherapist in Boulder, CO

So often, clients come in to work on depression, anxiety, & relationship issues. And once we start looking beneath the surface, we discover trauma is at the root of these. With wisdom & gentleness, I will help you make sense of your experiences, & how they have shaped you. We will unpack the years of pain & hurt that have been weighing you down. I am here to help you write a new narrative of your life. Let’s ditch the old lies you’ve been believing, & create new beliefs about yourself.

— Kirstin Carl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

Every session is centered around a trauma-informed lens and designed to help you deal with the psychological, emotional, and physical impact of trauma. Specific strategies from trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy may be utilized during session in addition to somatic strategies to help you feel connected both emotionally and physically.

— Regina Whittington, Therapist in Clayton, MO

I have extensive experience treating religious/spiritual trauma and sexual trauma. In my training to become a certified sex therapist and in my doctoral program, I studied religious shame, sexual abuse, and the processes of recovery from the betrayal of infidelity.

— Lee Kinsey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

We all know people who have experienced POST TRAUMATIC STRESS or PTSD. The problems that PTSD creates hurts us as individuals, our spouses, our children, our families our jobs and all our friends and loved ones. What would life be if we could stop the pain, stop the problems and finally get a good night’s sleep? If we could work without having outbursts, screaming, taking days off and getting into fights? Or, if we could keep the same job without constantly getting fired or laid off?

— Dr. Howard Chusid, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hallandale, FL

My primary population is focused on dealing with the trauma that we have experienced through life. I have extensive training and experience from trauma-informed specialists, client and child-centered therapy, and a thorough understanding of how trauma affects the brain through the science of Polyvagal Theory and felt-safety.

— Claudia Mattox, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Magnolia, TX

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

Instead of asking "what's wrong with you?" I ask "what happened?" We are all impacted by trauma, big and small. I emphasize autonomy and self-empowerment, and I draw from neuroscience and social justice in my trauma-informed practices.

— Eliza McBride, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

In my practice, I take a trauma-informed approach lens. Before we address trauma, you and I will make sure you are prepared for this work through skill development that can help you manage emotions like anxiety and anger. We may also work first to enhance positive emotions and experiences. Once you feel ready, I have a few tools that may be helpful and effective for you in addressing past trauma. Together, we will find the approach that fits best for you.

— Jamie Martos, Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Working with trauma there are a variety of modalities which can be effective, however the key is finding the one that works best for you. Understanding trauma and the impact it has on us, both short term as well as long term, is an important piece in trauma therapy. The work we do together can be intense, but understanding that you are not alone in processing through and working to heal from trauma can be very beneficial. Your experience is valid and here you will be seen, heard and believed.

— David Cogdell, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have worked with survivors of acute and chronic traumas, using exposure, CBT, and ACT approaches.

— Mae MacIntire, Psychologist in Grand Junction, CO

Trauma therapy is a treatment approach that recognizes the impact of traumatic experiences on a person’s entire well-being. A trauma-informed therapist understands why survivors develop certain adaptive survival responses to protect themselves against additional trauma, and never victim-blames. Therapy assists clients in processing emotions and developing new strategies to improve daily functioning. Trauma work can be somatic in nature, so it does not always require retelling of the experience.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I utilize the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) approach, which is a trauma-informed treatment approach for use with children and families who have been impacted by trauma. I also utilize Narrative and Body-Based Somatic therapy approaches to reconnect with your inherent wholeness and wisdom in recovering from trauma.

— Kari Fillian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plymouth, MA

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

I am trained in the gold standard treatments for trauma and PTSD; Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). Both of these treatments have tons of research to support their effectiveness in treating trauma in all forms. Having over a decade of experience treating trauma plus my specialized training makes me a great option for you to meet your goals quickly with someone who is not afraid to go to the dark places with you.

— Jennifer Hughes, Psychologist in , TX