Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Normal, IL

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Kathryn Bell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Entering into counseling is the beginning of discovery and change. It's an important decision that deserves careful consideration. I've observed that most people want freedom from suffering and to live authentic, satisfying lives. Yet they may feel overwhelmed by the challenges of contemporary society while coping with life transitions, grief, relationships, self-esteem and identity issues, trauma , and spiritual crises. Where does one begin? A therapist can be an important guide in navigating the inner world of emotions while also building more effective skills for living in a dynamic, ever-shifting world.
(309) 220-3497
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Normal, IL 61761
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Heather Holl
Counselor, LCPC, MA
Verified
Verified
Many humans suffer from emotional distress and psychological symptoms due to aversive life events. Often times, negative experiences can become “stuck” in our brains impacting how we perceive ourselves, others, or the world. Our beliefs about ourselves can become skewed and negative. As a trauma -trained therapist, I can help you work through these past events and shift these beliefs in order to be able to live the life YOU want to live.
(309) 228-2571
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Normal, IL 61761
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Michelle Staley
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LFYT-II
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Since obtaining my master's degree in Clinical Psychology, I have worked in a variety of settings specializing in self-esteem building, depression, childhood trauma treatment, attachment disorders, addictions, and PTSD treatment for both children and adults.
I'm not currently taking new clients. My hope is that while in therapy with me, you will experience personal growth that provides you with a feeling of peace and a release from pain. Our work together could point you in the direction of a sustained sense of balance, happiness, and wholeness. I typically use a blend of cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and yoga therapies to work toward finding a lasting sense of well-being.
(309) 751-4860
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jackie Vermaat
MS, LCPC, RYT-200
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
|| Check out my virtual trauma groups! || Do you feel like your world is unraveling? Life often throws obstacles in our paths blocking our way, and sometimes we feel trapped... stuck and unable to move forward. Our minds and bodies may no longer feel like home. We may feel frustrated, lost, and utterly alone. Our relationships may feel broken beyond repair. And we may even feel like we might be "crazy." >>> Life is too short to be spent miserable in your relationships, suffocated by your traumas, fearful for your sanity, or hustling for your own self-worth. <<<
(309) 724-4194
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jennifer Elzey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, QMHP, LPHA
Verified
Verified
I am MRT certified - a widely accepted cognitive-behavioral approach that treats substance use disorders, trauma , domestic violence, and more.
The greatest work can be accomplished when a sense of community is built through therapeutic rapport. You are not alone – no matter what you have faced or are currently going through. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
(779) 210-6094
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Normal, IL 61761
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Gregory Franklin Jenkins
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Greg specializes in trauma -focused therapy for children ages 5 & up, adolescents, and adults. For those who have experienced childhood trauma , relational trauma , or complex trauma , life often feels overwhelming. Their sense of self, relationships, & view of the past, present, & future become rocky at best. As a result many trauma survivors live in chronic state of anxiety, depression, numbness, fatigue, burn out & suffer from illness. In addition to trauma survivors, Greg works closely with children, teens, young adults, & adoptive families struggling with depression, anxiety, dissociation, mood disorders, behavioral issues & more.
(309) 865-5242
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jennifer Hamilton
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I offer compassionate care and over 20 years of helping those experiencing depression, anxiety, personality/relationship issues, and reactions to trauma and abuse.
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor I know the importance of providing a safe and encouraging environment to make important decisions and changes. Seeking help is an act of both courage and vulnerability, and I meet these strengths with compassion, warmth, and understanding. My approach to therapy emphasizes your personal values and views relationships as the most important aspect of our lives.
(309) 588-4304
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Normal, IL 61761
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Laura Books
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have experience working with LGBTQ+, trauma , anxiety, depression as well as concerns such as coping with stress and managing life’s transitions.
I strive to create a safe space for you to begin to identify and resolve blocks that may be standing in between where you are right now and the life you truly desire.
(309) 220-3513
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Normal, IL 61761
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Emily Gerber
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (MA, LCPC) in central Illinois. I have been working in the mental health field specializing in trauma across the lifespan (children, adolescents, and adults). My clinical expertise and training includes trauma focused therapy, shame and resiliency, healthy relationships, as well as working alongside foster and adoptive families. I believe therapy includes “an us.” It is an engaging and collaborative process. My hope is to provide a safe and warm environment to facilitate healing and growth.
(309) 271-0562
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Normal, IL 61761
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Elizabeth Morgan, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Special areas of interest are working with college students/young adults, grief/loss, and survivors of abuse/ trauma .
The thought of meeting with a therapist can be intimidating, and I pride myself in my clients describing me as being very down to earth and easy to talk with. Most individuals who have never pursued therapy before are pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoy this relationship. I work with Willis (Great Pyrenees/Great Dane) who is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and registered Therapy Dog through Alliance of Therapy Dogs. He is available to be present during appointments if desired.
(309) 439-9773
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Normal, IL 61761
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Joan Gjesfjeld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
For the treatment of trauma , I offer a gentle approach informed by principles of art, narrative, and part’s therapy.
I am not currently accepting new clients. You might be wondering if you can find someone who “gets you,” someone you can trust. I am committed to providing you with a safe, confidential relationship that allows you to reach your goals at your own pace. You can expect our work together to help you deepen self awareness and acceptance, increase compassion for yourself and others, and renegotiate old patterns that no longer serve you,
(309) 365-6259
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Normal, IL 61761
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Alya Abbed
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Alya Abbed is a licensed therapist specializing in trauma treatment. Al has over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in mental health. Her clinical expertise is treating complex trauma including childhood abuse/neglect in addition to physical/sexual/emotional abuse and sexual assault. She is formally trained in EMDR, ITR, Theraplay, and trauma -informed sexual assault. Al's therapeutic modality of choice is talk therapy alongside EMDR, CBT, and DBT. She received her Bachelor's degree in Pyschology and her Master's degree in Community Counseling from Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
(309) 226-4516
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Normal, IL 61761
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Bailey Wiseman
Art Therapist, ATR-BC, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I am a Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I practice through an Adlerian and person centered approach where I believe wholeheartedly that therapy is about the relationship and everyone is living their own unique life. This approach is client focused, meaning you are in charge of your therapeutic process, wherein self-discovery and acceptance are facilitated and used to gain personal growth and healing. In addition, I am a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher, where the goal is to obtain skills in regulating your nervous system & regain connection to the body that so often becomes neglected.
(779) 218-9406
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Normal, IL 61761
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Trina McCarty
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in trauma , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and anxiety disorders, depression and co-dependency.
I feel that counseling is a path to wellness and positive change, in which the client is an active participant in the healing process. Counseling should not only address symptoms, but the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
(309) 938-4549
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Lily Anderson, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LPHA
Verified
Verified
Brain research also confirms that we can heal from our symptoms through trauma therapy, one of my specialty areas.
[I am currently not taking new clients, wishing you the best in your healing journeys] Often, we mistakenly ask the question, "what's wrong with me?" when the question to ask is, "what happened to me?" I work with children, adolescents, and adults - individually and in parent-child dynamics.
(309) 271-0907
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Normal, IL 61761
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Wendy Alleen Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in trauma recovery, stress management, mood disorders, short term problem solving, grief and loss, personality disorders, and learning disabilities.
"I am a firm believer in finding balance between feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Sometimes what we are dealing with is simply present day stress, needing a safe environment to process and get feedback. Other times events from our past dictate our reactions to today's experiences. This leads to giving our power away and continuing to suffer. I practice cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as other approaches when indicated, always focusing on the client's goals. I am focused on respectful approaches to teaching tools that allow each client's efforts to result in positive impacts throughout their lives."
(309) 244-4152
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Karen Lee
Counselor, LCPC, CSAT, CMAT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with clients impacted by trauma and addiction.
*not currently accepting new clients” I assess and treat trauma and compulsivity issues for men and women in regards to love, sex, food, and money. I also work with partners and families impacted by addiction. I help clients embrace RECOVERY: the bridge between who they were and who they are! Counseling is a unique relationship built on acceptance, trust, and respect. I assist clients in becoming more of who they were created to be.
(309) 420-0030
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Caroline Van Aman
Counselor, LCPC, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
General Training: Cogntive Behavioral therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT), TRAUMA INFORMED TRAINING: Eye movement and desentization and reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), TF-CBT, Theraplay Principles, BrainPaint/BrainPrint, Trust Based Relational Intervention.
Life can bring about overwhelming emotional experiences that make us feel out of touch with our ourselves. Healing is possible. Neuroscience has shown us that our brains have the ability to make new connections and heal throughout our entire lives. We can restore our balance and find ourselves again. I love helping my clients to make these new healthy connections. I am committed to the clients that I serve. I use a structured approach and have clear plan of action.
(309) 220-3953
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MacKenzie Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
(Email is the best way to reach me and I currently only have limited day time availability on Mondays and Tuesdays.) Hi, I’m MacKenzie Jones, a Licensed Professional Counselor. I’ve been working in the mental health field for 9 years. I specialize in helping individuals who have experienced trauma or distressing life events.
(309) 204-9546
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Jennifer Walbridge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, LSW
Verified
Verified
I have a deep understanding of complex trauma , autism, and adoption-specific issues.
I work with children, adolescents, adults and families. I utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions in an individually tailored way to address issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, attachment, PTSD and complex trauma . and attachment I will work with you to create a clear plan for goals we will address in therapy and the strategies that will help you achieve those goals. I believe in a high degree of transparency and accountability in the therapy process; I take a collaborative approach strives to ensure you will always understand the what, why, and how of our therapeutic journey together.
(309) 485-5909
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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.