How to find an effective trauma therapist.
Finding a qualified trauma therapist who has had the necessary training and experience working with trauma survivors can sometimes be tricky. In an ideal world we could ask our friends and family for a referral, but most people don’t want to talk about their therapy with others and a simple google search can feel like a crap shoot. Then there is the issue of whether or not a therapist is in network for your particular insurance.
I suggest beginning with a basic search on Psychology Today with the search criteria of “trauma therapy.” I started by scanning for therapists who indicated they had training in things like EMDR, Somatic Experiencing or other trauma treatment modalities. Then I suggest calling a few and setting up either a phone session or an in person session to see how comfortable you feel with the person. It’s a lot like dating, you may not click with the first clinician you see, but when you find the right one, you’ll know it. And don’t be afraid to ask questions about their experience treating those with PTSD and C-PTSD. Their answers should be clear and thorough.
What other suggestions do you have for finding a good trauma therapist? Share your thoughts below.