Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Palm Desert, CA

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Lynn Scott
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Complex trauma , also known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C- PTSD ), is a type of trauma that occurs as a result of prolonged, repeated, and/or multiple traumatic experiences.
Meet Lynn Scott, a licensed therapist with a specialization in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD , and Complex Trauma . With over 10 years of experience in the field, Lynn has helped countless individuals overcome their struggles and improve their mental health. Lynn approaches therapy with compassion and understanding, creating a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to share their thoughts and feelings. Utilizing a holistic approach, Lynn combines mindfulness techniques with cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts and emotions and develop the skills to manage them effectively.
(760) 274-8116
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Sandy Islands
Counselor, PhD, LPCC, CADC II
Verified
Verified
EMDR therapy addresses past trauma helping to resolve issues in your present life and reprocess old emotions.
I have been a licensed therapist for over 30 years in CA, FL and HI. My practice includes tools for the conscious mind-Psychotherapy with EMDR, the subconscious mind- Hypnotherapy and the Higher Conscious mind- Spirit Energy Therapy. I am also an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II). Allow me to assist you on your journey of self-discovery to increase your awareness and mindfulness, to hear and get to know your Truth within and find greater joy in life. We will include tools to help tune up and balance your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves.
(442) 777-6478
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Tess R Hightower
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In private practice in Los Angeles for 25 years. I am a seasoned therapist, with a Doctorate in Psychology and taught Psychology for 15 years. I have written a workbook for couples, and work with several populations, including same sex couples. While relationships are my primary focus, I am also trained in trauma , addictions and gerontology (specializing with clients over the age of 50). You will find my office environment warm and friendly, a safe place to talk about very difficult topics. You may request a resume or Google me: Dr. Tess Hightower, or visit my website at Drtesshightower.com. 310-625-9996
(310) 620-1736
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Hiba Kehdy Lai
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, TFCBT, RPT
Verified
Verified
Certified In Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Registered Play Therapist in the state of California.
Hello and Welcome to my website! I believe that psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship that promotes unification of body, mind, and soul, and promotes improvements in one's quality of life. In my private practice, I provided support for individuals and families from over 15 different cultural backgrounds. From the United States, the MiddleEast, and Latin America.
(760) 849-8402
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Dr. Jamie D. Kirkpatrick, JD, PsyD, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
It is my passion to help people transform their lives, assisting individuals and families to overcome difficult challenges and achieve the change and growth they desire. Working together as a team I can help you to gain insight and problem-solving skills. My specialty is helping people overcome childhood pain/abuse and trauma . In general, I can help you with Posttraumatic Stress ( PTSD ), depression & anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, dissociation (including DID/Multiple Personality Disorder), communication skills, relationship issues, parenting, self-esteem, and personal and spiritual growth.
(760) 933-9841
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Maureen P Misuraca
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an excellent approach for individuals with trauma history, eating disorders and anxiety/depression.
If you have not had much success so far with therapy and feel that the suggestions have not helped to shift things in your life, I may be a good fit for you. I can help you explore what is contributing to your feeling stuck and overwhelmed and move beyond it towards real healing. I work with children, teens, parents, adults and families. Being a parent myself, I can often bridge gaps between children and parents.
(760) 214-9595
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Sage Recovery Services
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC, ICADC, MSCP, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I utilize Evidence Based practices such as CBT, Solution Focus, Person Centered and MI for addiction and recovery, grief and loss, trauma , anxiety, depression to help you in developing coping skills to walk through this healing process and help you to start living.
Is your life out of control? Do you need to recover, relieve stress, and have coping skills to deal with life? For 26 years, I have been attending to the needs of my clients. I am very passionate about working with individuals who want to improve themselves, live a productive and happier, peaceful life. I will help you to find the right skills and tools to utilize in your recovery.
(760) 307-1195
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Miranda Duncan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I mainly utilize a trauma -informed approach, as most of my experience has been with at-risk youth and victims of domestic violence However, I don't subscribe to any single theoretical approach.
As your therapist, I can help you learn about the relationship between your thoughts, moods, physical symptoms and behaviors. Along the way we can collaborate to develop skills to help you manage stress and any difficult emotions you may be experiencing.
(760) 334-9130
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Erika Crowell Altobelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Making a commitment to change can be daunting. Whether you are reaching out to resolve current conflicts of values or conscience, or to improve your relationships with family members, friends or work colleagues, help is available. Together we will identify obstacles and work towards a timely resolution or to the recognition that the goal is not necessarily equilibrium but a healthy striving between what we currently are and what we could be or hope to become. I specialize in treating adults who have experienced trauma , depression and anxiety utilizing an empathic but effective approach to strengthening the healthy inner core.
(760) 258-4366
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Araceli Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Welcome! I’m Araceli Martinez, bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I have had the opportunity to help clients of all ages in working with a wide range on concerns such as trauma , depression, and anxiety by utilizing evidenced based practices of Trauma -Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, seeking safety, as well as traditional therapy interventions.
(760) 273-3195
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Mary Berst
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
We all experience struggles that lead us down difficult roads. These roads can increase our anxiety, depression, or trigger a trauma response. I am here to help. I am a licensed psychologist who is able to provide you with the tools you need to navigate these difficult roads. Using Biblically-based principles combined with evidence-based therapeutic practices I will help you regain focus and stability in your life.
(760) 299-7978
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Palm Desert, CA 92261
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Seraphina L. Ashe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
There is a myth that it is better to do it on our own; that seeking help equates to weakness. The truth is that no one can live a solitary life while experiencing wholeness. We all need someone to hear us, to see us and not turn away, to provide the support and encouragement that keeps us moving forward. When your thoughts and feelings are out of sync with the reality of your life, change is needed. Therapy provides a safe, comfortable space in which you feel understood, free to explore who you are and what you need to live a happy life. Mindfulness, EMDR and self compassion techniques can help you to heal trauma and rediscover joy.
(951) 425-4340
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Palm Desert, CA 92210
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Rebecca Lewis Varghese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am trauma -sensitive and practice cognitive behavioral therapy among other modalities.
We all need to feel that we are seen and heard and feel that we are supported by others. Do you need help managing the day-to-day demands of life? How about navigating depression and anxiety? Trauma ? Relationship issues? Friendship issues? Parenting responsibilities? What about taking care of your needs and practicing self-care? Setting boundaries? Practicing mindfulness or gratitude? Do you struggle with achieving your goals and having a positive outlook? Life is challenging. We can't do it alone. I am available to provide support and services to clients in California.
(760) 276-6142
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Palm Desert, CA 92210
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Total Commitment Consulting Services (TCCS)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
We offer individualized attention to everyone. Our approach to helping is trauma -informed, client-specific, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-oriented. Meaning that we will focus on developing specific strategies and skills for problem resolution. Understanding how going through a traumatic experience can affect how one relates to others is imperative to move from victim to survivor to an advocate for healing.
(951) 262-8064
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Lisa Corey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, SEP, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Both of these approaches are aimed at addressing the unique effects of Trauma /Stress.
My work is collaborative, focusing on what you identify as your goals in therapy. Whether you are seeking a supportive environment to process a minor life disturbance or a major life shift, I am available to help you navigate a course that best fits your goals. I offer a safe environment where we can explore your goals, process feelings and begin moving toward the changes you seek in yourself and your relationships. As your therapist I work to reconnect you with your innate inner strengths and build additional resources that support your goals in therapy. Find the "Good Faith Estimate Notice and Form" on my website if self-pay.
(442) 281-8723
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Palm Desert, CA 92210
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Laurie Fitzgerald
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I'm Laurie Fitzgerald, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I help people struggling with anxiety, depression, domestic abuse/violence, trauma , PTSD , LGBTQIA+ issues, and more. My work integrates relationship-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches. I strongly believe in the inherent ability of every individual to find their own answers to the big questions that bring people into therapy. I see my role as a therapist primarily as a facilitator and guide. During times of struggle or uncertainty, we often need someone who can ask questions and provide the space for inner answers to be found.
(619) 329-8164
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Babak Max Karimbeik
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD, student
Verified
Verified
Do you struggle with trauma , anxiety, or depression? You may have a great partner, happy children, a satisfying career; but the symptoms created from your past trauma is negatively impacting your life in some way. Is your inner turmoil hurting your relationship with your partner, children &/or career? Do you experience the nagging feeling that something inside you is lost or missing? Can putting a stop to what fuels your addiction, depression, or anxiety stop you from losing a relationship, children, or career? Do you wish to prevent future loss before grief takes over your life & it gets out of control? On paper you look great,
(310) 929-6511
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Cathy Angi Brownell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My name is Cathy Angi Brownell, I am a licensed marriage & family therapist with over 25 years of practice. I am accustomed to working with people who experience anxiety, depression, panic, co-dependency, low self-worth, trauma , or post-traumatic stress . I am practical and supportive and I teach skills that clients can easily begin using. I use a number of theoretical approaches depending on each situation. They might include, cognitive behavioral (CBT), person-centered, family systems, mindfulness-based, solution-focused, trauma -focused, supportive, experiential, or expressive art.
(760) 437-1246
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Jeff Walker
Psychologist, MDiv, MA, DMin, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Are you ready for help with personal life challenges that may feel overwhelming or hopeless? Do you want to acquire skills and gain insights that will move you toward a healthier and brighter future? ANGER MANAGEMENT; SEX ADDICTION; CYBERSEX Addiction; Emotional Intelligence; Depression; Mid-Life Crisis; Marital Conflict & Communication; Intimacy Impairment; Childhood Trauma ; Adult Children of Alcoholic challenges and Control Issues are my areas of specialization. In a comfortable, compassionate and supportive environment, I will assist you in evaluating core beliefs, feelings and behaviors. Together, we will develop effective and efficient solutions to problems you are facing. You can move forward!
(760) 237-8951
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Kate Homet
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
Verified
There are so many reasons to seek out help through therapy, and it shows strength that you are here looking for help. Whether you're looking to work through past trauma , find your voice, improve relationships, or get to know yourself in a new way, I would be honored to work with you. I take a collaborative approach to therapy, which means that we work together to identify where you would like to go, and how to get there.
(760) 227-2570
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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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.