Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Lake Forest, CA

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Chandra Medina
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I come from a background of working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma , substance abuse struggles, depression, and many other curveballs life throws.
I help men & women find freedom through emotional healing. As a therapist, I know that genuine connection is a powerful healer. I know what it's like to feel like no one understands what you are going through, to care for everyone else while your story gets lost in the background. Unfortunately, I had some really "not so good" experiences with therapists, which lit a fire in me to become for others what I wish I had. You deserve the same love and care that you give others. Most of the time the healing journey ends with a newfound relationship with yourself building the bridge to who you want to be.
(949) 998-4541
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Kimberly Brassett
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Healing happens when the therapeutic relationship is collaborative, honest, compassionate, respectful and caring. I come from a place of personal experience and a genuine desire to help make a significant improvement in the lives of the people with whom I work. I provide a unique therapeutic approach to treat a wide variety of conditions including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sexual abuse, addiction, and trauma . I have had the pleasure of working with clients from various cultures and backgrounds as well as all ages. I strive to create a supportive, safe environment where you can share your experiences, emotions, challenges
(949) 359-8371
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Tanishia Santana
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCTP
Verified
Verified
Hi, I am Tanishia Santana LCSW, psychotherapist and life coach. I'm the Founder of Clinical Holistic's Life Coaching and Development. I specialize in helping individuals/couples heal from trauma related mental health issues to include sexual assault, domestic violence, and PTSD . Trying to fulfill your goals and identify your purpose can be difficult when you’re struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. I have helped many individuals in your shoes, overcome their struggle with MH, using my specialized methods and techniques. I’m experienced working with BIPOC, LGBT+, and military veterans.
(949) 506-3124
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Christine M Lillja
Psychologist, LMFT, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a Certified Trauma Professional which means I have training in helping people resolve past hurt and how it keeps them stuck today.
I am licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Psychologist. I started practicing psychotherapy in 1993 and I love the work so much I have never done anything else. In today's world we don't take the time to listen and get to know each other. We start to suffer from depression and anxiety because we are so disconnected from each other and ourselves. I am trying to change that with one person at a time. I invite you to visit me and see how we can create a journey of healing together.
(949) 356-9181
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Marcela M Castellanos
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified
Verified
I have helped guide adults, and adolescents from various cultural backgrounds, who struggle with various challenges in life, such as disturbances from childhood, trauma , anxiety, and depression.
Hi, and thank you for visiting my page. One of my passions in life is to help guide the individuals I work with, to be the best that they can be. My first experience with therapy was my own, and with that, I found that therapy works best when we are honest with ourselves, and the person you choose to help guide your path of healing and awareness, from what's holding you back from your best life. Life can be challenging at times, you may struggle with inner conflict, uncertainty, and confusion as to what step you should take next in life. To make lasting changes within yourself, to attain your lifelong goals & dreams.
(949) 787-0157
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Kati McCormick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My specialties are in the care and treatment of teens and adults struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD , and eating disorders.
Sometimes the world just feels like too much--too much work, too much stress, too much pain, too much numbness. There can be so much in your day to day that it's hard to figure out where to start, let alone where to go. Therapy can be a wonderful space to figure out what’s not working, and give you the tools you need to make changes to attain the life that you really want, and be the person that you really want to be.
(949) 229-4971
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Max Gezerseh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am certified in treatment modalities of: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) developed to work with individuals (children & adults) with past trauma ; and Mapping & Adapting Practices (MAP) developed to work with children with disruptive behavior as well as their families, with primary focus on age-congruent parenting skills for raising hard to control children.
Based on personal belief and experience and coming from a Humanistic Existential theoretical perspective I believe in the great innate potential every individual has and the helper's role as a facilitator or coach to assist the individual to discover and to utilize such strength to live up to one's highest potential. My practice areas include: Substance Abuse (adults & adolescents), Grief Counseling, Marital & Premarital Counseling, Adolescent Misbehavior, Anger-Management, Domestic Violence, Depression, Anxiety, and Stage of Life. I am experienced to work with challenging behavioral problems like borderline personality disorder and adolescents' substance abuse or misbehavior.
(949) 531-7104
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Megan Poupard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am experienced in working with clients with eating disorders, PTSD , OCD, emetophobia (fear of vomiting), and various mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
Hello there! Finding the right therapist is tough, and it's important not only to work with someone who has actually has training and experience in working with your struggles, but also someone with whom you feel a genuine connection. It's important not only to work with someone who has actually has training and experience in working with your struggles, but also someone with whom you feel a genuine connection. Should you choose to begin the therapy process with me, I will make every effort to provide a non-judgmental, safe, and client-centered space for you to heal and grow.
(949) 676-6845
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Kylene Kelly
Psychologist, MA, EDDCP
Verified
Verified
A large part of my work has been related to substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and trauma .
Currently Accepting New Clients- I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy. It is a safe place where someone can come and talk about what has been going on for them without judgment or shame. I proved a space where you can feel safe, heard, and understood. As we explore your world we will be creating a style designed specifically to meet your needs and goals.
(424) 401-2578
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Ashley McLaughlin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
If you are seeking healing from your past, healthier relationships, and personal growth, I would love the opportunity to come alongside you on your journey. Healing can happen in a collaborative, compassionate, and supportive therapeutic relationship. I want to help you break free from the bonds of your past so that you are able to reach your fullest potential in the future. I primarily work from a humanistic client centered approach and utilize EMDR to help individuals reprocess past trauma and unhealthy belief systems. I strive to create a supportive and safe environment to process through these barriers to healing.
(949) 569-5519
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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New Flight Counseling: Audrey Grider, MS, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, EMDR, EAGALA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am certified in equine assisted psychotherapy, an amazing way to explore trauma , relationships, and Self using horses.
As an artist, I understand what it can be like to have creative blocks or feelings of disconnection from your spiritual path. My practice is focused on people who have lost their direction in life, and hope to regain a sense of Self at a deep Soul level. Past or present trauma may be the source of these challenges, showing up as anxiety, depression, grief, anger or hurt. You may have a negative view of yourself, and this can impact your creativity & relationships. Many times, these feelings originated in childhood. I am certified in EMDR, and approach therapy holistically to honor your mind, body, spirit, emotions, & relationships.
(949) 793-9264
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Leya Worcester Bray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with hard-working, motivated adults who are struggling with stuck feelings left by trauma to stop the endless cycle of self-doubt, self-sabotage and lack of emotional control and begin to discover who they are and find their self-worth.
You are doing so much for others that you barely have any time for yourself. You feel responsible for the way others feel. In all of this over-doing and over-caretaking, you have begun to forget who you are. Or, you may find that you’ve been taken hostage by your emotions. It’s really difficult to shake off certain feelings. Self-medicating or other addictive behaviors are the only ways that seem to help with coping, but it feels like it’s just created more problems in your life. The traumas from your past have caught up with you and you don’t know when you’re ever going to feel happy or at ease again.
(949) 997-1742
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Elsa Valdes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
“Fear keeps many people trapped in life and unable to move forward. Whether you are challenged at work, home, or in a significant relationship, I can help you to work through your fears and pinpoint exactly what it is that keeps you stuck. Finding the right therapist who is compassionate and understands you is so important, especially one that you connect with on a personal level. I deeply care for my clients and design a unique plan for each one." I am also trained in EMDR. A form of treatment for patients that suffer with trauma and PTSD . Please call for a free phone consult.
(714) 970-4512
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Liana Huang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ASW
Verified
Verified
When we are exposed to trauma at an early age, it can seriously impact how we feel about ourselves and our relationships with others. Trauma can also profoundly affect whether we feel this is a safe world and can contribute to depression, anxiety, and relational/familial issues. My practice is from a strengths-based, trauma -informed perspective with a non-judgmental framework. I aim to understand clients’ internal responses and to provide more options for emotional regulation and problem-solving.
(949) 220-1191
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Stephanie Ellis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am in awe every day of the tremendous strength and courage my clients exhibit when they make the decision to begin therapy. Clients I work with are ready to do the difficult work involved in healing past trauma and childhood wounds. I work with clients who are eager to engage in learning new coping skills in therapy and are actively practicing these skills outside of therapy. Many of them even engage in their own self-study with recommended "homework" and reading material. I work with teens, young adults, mature adults, couples & families. I offer families/couples new skills to improve communication and relationships.
(707) 873-7651
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Dorise Hebenstreit
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in Trauma -Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help overcome trauma -related difficulties.
My focus is to help individuals and families heal from anxiety, depression, trauma , and relationship/family issues. As the therapeutic area of concern is introduced, we can begin to work together in developing empowerment of self as we set up together healthy and achievable goals. I aim to establish include compassion, good communication and trust. In our relationship then I will work alongside you to develop your own coping tools. My approach is a person-centered (positive type) direction to further your strengths and resilience which is tailored towards your specific goals and needs.
(949) 997-2859
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Brittney Green
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD , addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
(949) 749-3155
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Veronica Ghabour
Counselor, APCC
Verified
Verified
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
(949) 806-4427
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Jose Luna
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, EMDR
Verified
Verified
My therapeutic approach mainly focuses on helping my clients identify their strengths to help alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma . I am a firm believer that our childhood experiences contribute to our beliefs, behavioral patterns, and selecting a romantic partner. Therapy is a process! To allow ourselves to be intimate and vulnerable with someone about our experiences and trauma can be daunting. As a therapist, it is my goal to help validate, create a safe environment and help understand aspects of lived experiences.
(949) 997-3182
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Sterling Walker
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Throughout our lives, we all have experienced feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger. These emotions leave you feeling insecure, shameful, lonely, unworthy and stuck in unhealthy patterns of behavior. Trauma can have negative emotional and physical effects and can lead to family/relationship issues. I specialize in solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and CBT. These approaches allow me to work with the client to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression and other health/behavioral issues.
(949) 867-6448
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Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Trauma and PTSD Therapists

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.