Trauma and PTSD Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Shannon Jones Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, AT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
Are you feeling lost? Stuck? Like there isn't solid ground under your feet? If you’ve made it here, I believe you have already started your journey towards personal growth. If you're looking for clarity, acceptance, and well-being, I'm here to help. As a trauma-informed therapist, I utilize a holistic and humanistic approach that incorporates mindfulness, somatic therapy, and art therapy.
Are you feeling lost? Stuck? Like there isn't solid ground under your feet? If you’ve made it here, I believe you have already started your journey towards personal growth. If you're looking for clarity, acceptance, and well-being, I'm here to help. As a trauma-informed therapist, I utilize a holistic and humanistic approach that incorporates mindfulness, somatic therapy, and art therapy.
(858) 257-0319 View (858) 257-0319
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Sarah Ray
Psychologist, PsyD, QME
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92128
We treat a wide-range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain and illness, trauma, self-esteem, & stress.
Now more than ever, it seems that so many of us are facing circumstances that make life stressful, confusing, and painful at times. The purpose of our work together is to help you live a healthier, happier, and more meaningful life. Whether you want to be a happier person, to have better relationships, or to simply understand yourself better, I can help you achieve this. I combine support, insight, and direction to help you have the skills to better manage your life, and obtain greater peace and joy. There is no greater privilege than helping a person improve their life, and I appreciate the opportunity to help you!
We treat a wide-range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain and illness, trauma, self-esteem, & stress.
Now more than ever, it seems that so many of us are facing circumstances that make life stressful, confusing, and painful at times. The purpose of our work together is to help you live a healthier, happier, and more meaningful life. Whether you want to be a happier person, to have better relationships, or to simply understand yourself better, I can help you achieve this. I combine support, insight, and direction to help you have the skills to better manage your life, and obtain greater peace and joy. There is no greater privilege than helping a person improve their life, and I appreciate the opportunity to help you!
(619) 378-4402 View (619) 378-4402
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Giselle Laguna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
I’m skilled and experienced in working with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, HIV, and other LGBTQ+ individuals as well as first gen Latines.
Welcome to my page! If life feels overwhelming, you feel unsupported or lost, and your relationships aren't where you want them to be, you’ve come to the right place. I aim to help you create the life you envision for yourself in the fastest and easiest way possible, starting from our very first session. Therapy is more effective if we work as a team to empower you and help you reach YOUR goals. I understand how different aspects of our identities shape our experiences and I believe this is an important component in therapy. I strive to create a safe, open, and relaxing environment because your comfort and safety are my priority.
I’m skilled and experienced in working with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, HIV, and other LGBTQ+ individuals as well as first gen Latines.
Welcome to my page! If life feels overwhelming, you feel unsupported or lost, and your relationships aren't where you want them to be, you’ve come to the right place. I aim to help you create the life you envision for yourself in the fastest and easiest way possible, starting from our very first session. Therapy is more effective if we work as a team to empower you and help you reach YOUR goals. I understand how different aspects of our identities shape our experiences and I believe this is an important component in therapy. I strive to create a safe, open, and relaxing environment because your comfort and safety are my priority.
(619) 473-2561 View (619) 473-2561
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Carolyn Coker Ross
MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS (www.carolynrossmd.com) is an African American author, speaker, expert the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and addictions and is board certified in Preventive Medicine and in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Ross presented a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on “Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January 2020. She is the author of 3 books on eating disorders, the most recent is “The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.” She is a contributing author to : “Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide.” She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity (antiracismandequity.com).
Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS (www.carolynrossmd.com) is an African American author, speaker, expert the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and addictions and is board certified in Preventive Medicine and in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Ross presented a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on “Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January 2020. She is the author of 3 books on eating disorders, the most recent is “The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.” She is a contributing author to : “Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide.” She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity (antiracismandequity.com).
(833) 686-9533 View (833) 686-9533
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Hermin Youssefian
Marriage & Family Therapist, LIMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92111
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LIC 45270). I began my training as a psychotherapist in 1994, with a focus on working with couples, adults and families, particularly clients with a history of trauma and significant losses.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LIC 45270). I began my training as a psychotherapist in 1994, with a focus on working with couples, adults and families, particularly clients with a history of trauma and significant losses.
(858) 203-2275 View (858) 203-2275
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Tonia Ferguson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MFT, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, PTSD & addiction.
If you’ve stumbled across this ad, you must be in need of some support. I am passionate about helping people work through life experiences that increase depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. My focus is to decrease the symptoms that are impacting the quality of your life and improve your relationship with yourself and others. During my life, I have lived through many experiences that caused severe emotional distress. I tried, unsuccessfully, to manage the impact mental health symptoms had over my life that felt out of control. Something needed to change.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, PTSD & addiction.
If you’ve stumbled across this ad, you must be in need of some support. I am passionate about helping people work through life experiences that increase depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. My focus is to decrease the symptoms that are impacting the quality of your life and improve your relationship with yourself and others. During my life, I have lived through many experiences that caused severe emotional distress. I tried, unsuccessfully, to manage the impact mental health symptoms had over my life that felt out of control. Something needed to change.
(619) 566-7710 View (619) 566-7710
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Lauren Cortez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92109
You are not defined by the trauma you have endured. Anxiety, depression, and trauma can make it seem as if your life will forever be stuck on a constant, negative loop. The feelings of despair and hopelessness may have become so familiar that you accept them as your "normal." This pain can make it incredibly difficult to have hope and truly believe that, even for us, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The relief you crave, the joy you see in others (but have nearly convinced yourself is impossible for you), and the peace of mind you desire IS in fact possible, but you should not expect yourself do it alone.
You are not defined by the trauma you have endured. Anxiety, depression, and trauma can make it seem as if your life will forever be stuck on a constant, negative loop. The feelings of despair and hopelessness may have become so familiar that you accept them as your "normal." This pain can make it incredibly difficult to have hope and truly believe that, even for us, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The relief you crave, the joy you see in others (but have nearly convinced yourself is impossible for you), and the peace of mind you desire IS in fact possible, but you should not expect yourself do it alone.
(619) 457-4355 View (619) 457-4355
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Erica Thompson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
Do you struggle with trusting others or with feelings of not being "enough"? Have you experienced trauma or difficult relationships? Have you ever used substances to numb stress or to distract? Sometimes your brain is your worst enemy. You question your worthiness and your lovability. There is pain from your past that has led you to build up walls to protect yourself from being hurt again. But here you are, done feeling stuck. You want to have deep connections. You want to feel confident and successful.
Do you struggle with trusting others or with feelings of not being "enough"? Have you experienced trauma or difficult relationships? Have you ever used substances to numb stress or to distract? Sometimes your brain is your worst enemy. You question your worthiness and your lovability. There is pain from your past that has led you to build up walls to protect yourself from being hurt again. But here you are, done feeling stuck. You want to have deep connections. You want to feel confident and successful.
(858) 375-5649 View (858) 375-5649
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Deena Pastore
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MACP, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
As an EMDR-trained psychotherapist, I am passionate about working with trauma survivors.
Are past experiences holding you back, leaving you feeling stuck and overwhelmed by negative thoughts and anxiety? The idea of sharing your innermost secrets with a stranger can be daunting. I understand how adverse experiences can limit one's ability to cope with life’s stressors, and I'm here to help, whether you're struggling with illness, rejection, loss, abuse, or addiction.
As an EMDR-trained psychotherapist, I am passionate about working with trauma survivors.
Are past experiences holding you back, leaving you feeling stuck and overwhelmed by negative thoughts and anxiety? The idea of sharing your innermost secrets with a stranger can be daunting. I understand how adverse experiences can limit one's ability to cope with life’s stressors, and I'm here to help, whether you're struggling with illness, rejection, loss, abuse, or addiction.
(858) 331-8472 View (858) 331-8472
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Amber Merziotis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCTP, Somatic
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110  (Online Only)
I love being a therapist and feel honored to be a part of my clients’ wellness journey. Specializing in trauma-informed somatic therapy, I help people tap into their body’s wisdom to help them feel more integrated in body, mind and spirit. No matter what you are experiencing, you will be met with warmth, patience, and curiosity.
I love being a therapist and feel honored to be a part of my clients’ wellness journey. Specializing in trauma-informed somatic therapy, I help people tap into their body’s wisdom to help them feel more integrated in body, mind and spirit. No matter what you are experiencing, you will be met with warmth, patience, and curiosity.
(619) 432-4810 View (619) 432-4810
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Angie Beeson
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC, MS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92127  (Online Only)
Sexual violence, harmful relationships, life transitions, or even seemingly minor events, can leave us feeling fractured and unrecognizable. Helping those who have gone through experiences like intimate partner violence and sexual assault restore their love and trust in themselves is what I am most passionate about. Through a trauma-informed and compassionate approach, I create a safe space where you can explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences without judgment. We can work together on managing anxiety, dealing with depression, overcoming the effects of betrayal, symptoms of PTSD, and navigating life's challenges.
Sexual violence, harmful relationships, life transitions, or even seemingly minor events, can leave us feeling fractured and unrecognizable. Helping those who have gone through experiences like intimate partner violence and sexual assault restore their love and trust in themselves is what I am most passionate about. Through a trauma-informed and compassionate approach, I create a safe space where you can explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences without judgment. We can work together on managing anxiety, dealing with depression, overcoming the effects of betrayal, symptoms of PTSD, and navigating life's challenges.
(760) 652-9680 x5 View (760) 652-9680 x5
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Heather Fuller- Emdr And Brainspotting Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
My specialties are anxiety, people-pleasing, perfectionism, trauma, depression, stress, and self-esteem.
Are you struggling with anxiety and overwhelm? Does this sound familiar? You keep putting everyone else's needs before your own. You're always pushing yourself to your limits and holding yourself to a high standard. You overthink things and are tired. It doesn't have to be like this. I work with intuitive and deeply feeling women to help you reclaim your peace, find the confidence to ask for what you want, and stop feeling guilty for having needs and wants. If you are looking to grow, heal, and experience lasting change, I can help.
My specialties are anxiety, people-pleasing, perfectionism, trauma, depression, stress, and self-esteem.
Are you struggling with anxiety and overwhelm? Does this sound familiar? You keep putting everyone else's needs before your own. You're always pushing yourself to your limits and holding yourself to a high standard. You overthink things and are tired. It doesn't have to be like this. I work with intuitive and deeply feeling women to help you reclaim your peace, find the confidence to ask for what you want, and stop feeling guilty for having needs and wants. If you are looking to grow, heal, and experience lasting change, I can help.
(619) 914-6612 View (619) 914-6612
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The Recovering Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I use Brainspotting, which is a brain based therapy for healing trauma.
I work with clients who are in recovery from addiction. I help them get to the root of their addictive issue, so they can stop substituting addictive behavior and heal.
I use Brainspotting, which is a brain based therapy for healing trauma.
I work with clients who are in recovery from addiction. I help them get to the root of their addictive issue, so they can stop substituting addictive behavior and heal.
(619) 393-4412 View (619) 393-4412
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Jeffrey M Leiphart
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92127  (Online Only)
Dr. Leiphart is a health psychologist, with a clinical focus on people living with acute trauma, PTSD, childhood abuse, anxiety/panic and chronic diseases, including auto-immune disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders, cancer, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia. Dr. Leiphart has expertise in mind-body medicine & psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) research, which shows that managing your psychological problems can result in improved immunity & health. Sessions focus on developing science-based, personalized Health Improvement Plans.
Dr. Leiphart is a health psychologist, with a clinical focus on people living with acute trauma, PTSD, childhood abuse, anxiety/panic and chronic diseases, including auto-immune disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders, cancer, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia. Dr. Leiphart has expertise in mind-body medicine & psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) research, which shows that managing your psychological problems can result in improved immunity & health. Sessions focus on developing science-based, personalized Health Improvement Plans.
(619) 493-3925 View (619) 493-3925
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Elizabeth Cowell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
I have been through my own share of trauma and my younger self sought professional help from a therapist.
Do you find youself saying, "No one understands me" or "I feel alone" or "No one loves me". These are negative cognitions that have developed over time either through trauma or attachment injuries. These cognitions hold you back from being the best version of yourself. With patience and persistence, I can help you lessen these negative cognitions and experience a more fulfilling life with your loved ones. I do this by using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and EMDR.
I have been through my own share of trauma and my younger self sought professional help from a therapist.
Do you find youself saying, "No one understands me" or "I feel alone" or "No one loves me". These are negative cognitions that have developed over time either through trauma or attachment injuries. These cognitions hold you back from being the best version of yourself. With patience and persistence, I can help you lessen these negative cognitions and experience a more fulfilling life with your loved ones. I do this by using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and EMDR.
(858) 330-3943 View (858) 330-3943
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Kyleigh Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I have received over 300 hours in Organic Intelligence (OI) which is a theory & clinical practice of human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the devastating effects of stress, trauma, & PTSD.
For 7 years, I've helped clients figure out their relationships. If you're like them, you're an adult who's been to therapy before, gained lots of insight about yourself, & are looking to go to the next level of satisfaction in your relationships. Maybe you want to figure out whether it's time to work on or leave a relationship. Despite the insight you have, maybe you want to do a deeper dive into inner child work because you still find yourself being attracted to the wrong people. If you want to find more satisfying relationships, romantic and otherwise, the compassionate nervous system-informed approach to therapy I use may help.
I have received over 300 hours in Organic Intelligence (OI) which is a theory & clinical practice of human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the devastating effects of stress, trauma, & PTSD.
For 7 years, I've helped clients figure out their relationships. If you're like them, you're an adult who's been to therapy before, gained lots of insight about yourself, & are looking to go to the next level of satisfaction in your relationships. Maybe you want to figure out whether it's time to work on or leave a relationship. Despite the insight you have, maybe you want to do a deeper dive into inner child work because you still find yourself being attracted to the wrong people. If you want to find more satisfying relationships, romantic and otherwise, the compassionate nervous system-informed approach to therapy I use may help.
(619) 597-1993 View (619) 597-1993
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Denise Phipps
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Waitlist for new clients
I treat a wide range of mental health needs, such as anxiety, depression, in addition to adult and child attachment issues, relational conflicts, childhood and present-day trauma, parenting challenges, self-esteem issues, and life transitions.
Hi, my name is Denise Phipps a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I collaborate with each client to provide treatment based on individual needs and desires utilizing a comprehensive model approach to ascertain your desired outcome. With my guidance, I can lead you into a deeper understanding of the many aspects of yourself, which will allow you to access your strengths, develop new and healthy perspectives, create change, build important skills, experience emotional healing, and enrich your relationships, living life with enhanced purpose, freedom, joy, and value.
I treat a wide range of mental health needs, such as anxiety, depression, in addition to adult and child attachment issues, relational conflicts, childhood and present-day trauma, parenting challenges, self-esteem issues, and life transitions.
Hi, my name is Denise Phipps a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I collaborate with each client to provide treatment based on individual needs and desires utilizing a comprehensive model approach to ascertain your desired outcome. With my guidance, I can lead you into a deeper understanding of the many aspects of yourself, which will allow you to access your strengths, develop new and healthy perspectives, create change, build important skills, experience emotional healing, and enrich your relationships, living life with enhanced purpose, freedom, joy, and value.
(619) 664-4696 View (619) 664-4696
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Gabrielle Azmy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
I help clients dealing with childhood trauma, a constant state of stress, anxiety, fatigue, or low self-worth get out of that survival mode and get back to being present and engaged in their lives. We are dealing with so many stressors nowadays, it's no wonder so many of us are experiencing nervous system dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-judgements. I use an integrative and nervous system-informed approach to help you move forward and feel more connected and regulated. We work together to find the source of your struggles for deeper change.
I help clients dealing with childhood trauma, a constant state of stress, anxiety, fatigue, or low self-worth get out of that survival mode and get back to being present and engaged in their lives. We are dealing with so many stressors nowadays, it's no wonder so many of us are experiencing nervous system dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-judgements. I use an integrative and nervous system-informed approach to help you move forward and feel more connected and regulated. We work together to find the source of your struggles for deeper change.
(760) 274-0387 View (760) 274-0387
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Bianca Martinez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92104
Welcome! If you are currently struggling with daily stressors, societal pressure, trauma or feeling stuck and needing support, I welcome you to contact me to explore how I can help in your healing. As your therapist, I will help empower and guide you towards unlocking tools to improve your mental well-being.
Welcome! If you are currently struggling with daily stressors, societal pressure, trauma or feeling stuck and needing support, I welcome you to contact me to explore how I can help in your healing. As your therapist, I will help empower and guide you towards unlocking tools to improve your mental well-being.
(619) 202-8451 View (619) 202-8451
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Rebekkah Boronkay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
As a licensed clinical social worker, I have been in the field of mental health with a focus on complex trauma and substance use since 2013. When partnering with someone in therapy, my focus is relearning to care for our wounded parts with love and empathy. My clinical experience is broad; most recently my work has been with intergenerational trauma, managing emotional flooding, attachment, and creating a culturally compassionate space for Native folks.
As a licensed clinical social worker, I have been in the field of mental health with a focus on complex trauma and substance use since 2013. When partnering with someone in therapy, my focus is relearning to care for our wounded parts with love and empathy. My clinical experience is broad; most recently my work has been with intergenerational trauma, managing emotional flooding, attachment, and creating a culturally compassionate space for Native folks.
(626) 329-4550 View (626) 329-4550

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.