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Seeking care: How to find a trauma therapist.

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How do I find a trauma therapist near me?

Trauma can have lasting effects on our life, so addressing it and working with a professional trauma psychologist can be a good idea to reduce its impact. But finding a good professional is not always easy. Let’s see how to find a good trauma therapist near you.

Psychologists, Therapists, and Counselors that specialize in Trauma.

First, it can be useful to look for professionals specializing in trauma. There are different approaches that they might use, but working with a childhood trauma specialist or a therapist who is focused on specific types of trauma, like abuse, is usually better. They have a better grasp of the techniques and approaches to be used to help you, and they usually include the information in their bios or “about” pages. However, just finding someone who says is not enough, as many professionals might advertise themselves as such.

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How to find a Trauma therapist in therapist directories

One way is to look for professional associations, directories, or magazines. For example, Psychology Today offers a list of therapists in your area and provides a bit more information about where they trained and how they worked. It can be useful to look for people who have received professional training in trauma and who have worked with it extensively.

If there are professional associations or training centers dedicated to the topic near you, you might see whether they also have a list of associated therapists or can provide a referral. The American Board of Professional Psychology is the certifying board for Psychology.  You can look for certified therapists who have training related to trauma specifically, for example, with specializations like CBT, EMDR or CPT. You can also look based on symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD.

On the topic of referrals, getting one can help you find a better option. You might check out local online spaces dedicated to the topic of trauma or mental health or look for referrals elsewhere. Not every therapist will be right for you, but you are more likely to hear about therapists who recognize and respect trauma and who know how to work with it in a clinical setting.

It can help to keep an open mind.

A therapist specializing in trauma who is right for you might take some time to find. You need to feel comfortable with the person and the type of work they offer. Stay clear of anyone who uses esoteric methods or who talks about forgiveness as a necessary path to healing, especially in your first session, as they might push a certain set of beliefs that is not always the best for your healing process.

In general, finding a PTSD counselor or trauma therapist who is right for you might take some time. It is fine and normal that you won’t click with anyone you encounter. If you want to work with trauma, it’s important that you feel safe and in good hands, so make use of any tools at your disposal to find the right counselor or therapist for you. Professional associations, pages, and bios, referrals, training centers specializing in trauma or PTSD can all help you look for the best trauma therapist near you who will know how to help you and work with this sensitive topic.

Neurocove Behavioral Health can help.

If you’re struggling with previous traumatic experiences, we may be able to help. If you are interested in scheduling a session, please do not hesitate to call, email, or schedule an appointment. We will happily assist you in finding an appropriate provider, even it if is not with us.

Dr. Benson Munyan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in both Florida and Arizona. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine and the Director of Neurocove Behavioral Health, LLC. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Munyan earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He currently holds clinical privileges at both Neurocove Behavioral Health and the Orlando Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System. He has also previously published clinical research and articles in peer-reviewed journals including PLoS One and Clinical Case Studies.
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