Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Wisconsin

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Jessica Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAC, ICS, SEP-IT
Verified Verified
Monona, WI 53716  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Jessica! I’m taking new clients for June. I'm a somatic-oriented therapist in Madison, WI with over 18 years of experience. My primary specialties are anxiety, panic and trauma as well as supporting those who identify difficulties with relationships, self-esteem, boundaries and identity. Other focus areas: life transitions, secondary trauma, parenting, depression, ADHD, chronic stress and burn out, chronic pain and autoimmunity. I have a special interest in working with teens 16+, young adults, women, BIPOC, immigrants of color, LGBTQIA+ as well as highly sensitive, intuitive and/or creative people.
Hi I'm Jessica! I’m taking new clients for June. I'm a somatic-oriented therapist in Madison, WI with over 18 years of experience. My primary specialties are anxiety, panic and trauma as well as supporting those who identify difficulties with relationships, self-esteem, boundaries and identity. Other focus areas: life transitions, secondary trauma, parenting, depression, ADHD, chronic stress and burn out, chronic pain and autoimmunity. I have a special interest in working with teens 16+, young adults, women, BIPOC, immigrants of color, LGBTQIA+ as well as highly sensitive, intuitive and/or creative people.
(608) 938-8567 View (608) 938-8567
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Deborah Lynn Sokolowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mequon, WI 53097
I have experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma in residential, partial hospital, and private practice settings.
You feel anxious and overwhelmed. You are tired of feeling out of control. You have people counting on you and you feel lost as you struggle to keep it all together. You are ready to enjoy your life but you don't know how. What you are feeling is normal and it can be managed. We all need a little help sometimes.
I have experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma in residential, partial hospital, and private practice settings.
You feel anxious and overwhelmed. You are tired of feeling out of control. You have people counting on you and you feel lost as you struggle to keep it all together. You are ready to enjoy your life but you don't know how. What you are feeling is normal and it can be managed. We all need a little help sometimes.
(262) 205-6798 View (262) 205-6798
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Meghan Krueger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53719  (Online Only)
I am also trained in Brainspotting and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds on a wide range of challenges interfering with their lives. I always want to partner with clients first, because you are the expert on yourself and your own life. I am passionate about developing rapport and connection because it is important to feel safe before any change can happen. I operate from a person-centered, trauma-informed lens and want to help you identify patterns, behaviors, and ways of thinking and communicating that currently have you stuck. We will work together to identify tools and strengths to help you overcome your challenges.
I am also trained in Brainspotting and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds on a wide range of challenges interfering with their lives. I always want to partner with clients first, because you are the expert on yourself and your own life. I am passionate about developing rapport and connection because it is important to feel safe before any change can happen. I operate from a person-centered, trauma-informed lens and want to help you identify patterns, behaviors, and ways of thinking and communicating that currently have you stuck. We will work together to identify tools and strengths to help you overcome your challenges.
(608) 736-1083 View (608) 736-1083
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Matthew Kangas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Elm Grove, WI 53122
My passion is treating individuals with trauma and helping them reclaim their authentic self.
My mission is to create a climate that empowers my clients to deal with any problems they are seeking treatment for. I believe that every client enters treatment with his or her own unique problems and strengths. Therefore my main focus is treating every client with a non-judgmental accepting approach.
My passion is treating individuals with trauma and helping them reclaim their authentic self.
My mission is to create a climate that empowers my clients to deal with any problems they are seeking treatment for. I believe that every client enters treatment with his or her own unique problems and strengths. Therefore my main focus is treating every client with a non-judgmental accepting approach.
(262) 444-5631 View (262) 444-5631
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Michele R Donalson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Relationships can get tricky at times, and when it becomes too difficult to figure out how to resolve it, seeing a professional trained to help couples and families can be very helpful. Trauma from our past can also affect present romantic, platonic and/or professional relationships. I believe that I am the counselor to help you address those issues and/or concerns if you are ready. It is important for me to let you to know that I will never force an issue to be discussed that you do not feel comfortable discussing.
Relationships can get tricky at times, and when it becomes too difficult to figure out how to resolve it, seeing a professional trained to help couples and families can be very helpful. Trauma from our past can also affect present romantic, platonic and/or professional relationships. I believe that I am the counselor to help you address those issues and/or concerns if you are ready. It is important for me to let you to know that I will never force an issue to be discussed that you do not feel comfortable discussing.
(414) 240-8110 View (414) 240-8110
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Tricia Damm
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mequon, WI 53092
Your life is a story of experiences that shape your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships. My passion is to walk along side of you and share in your story to tap into your own internal, self healing capabilities to create the change you are looking for. I build on your strengths and add additional resources to build a solid foundation to support and guide your work. I can help adults who experienced trauma or loss, feeling stuck, anxiety, depression, anger or have relationship struggles.
Your life is a story of experiences that shape your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships. My passion is to walk along side of you and share in your story to tap into your own internal, self healing capabilities to create the change you are looking for. I build on your strengths and add additional resources to build a solid foundation to support and guide your work. I can help adults who experienced trauma or loss, feeling stuck, anxiety, depression, anger or have relationship struggles.
(262) 947-4755 View (262) 947-4755
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Mallory Sunstrom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wind Lake, WI 53185
Are you looking for a change? Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? I am here to help! I am a trauma-informed therapist that uses CBT and Solution-Focused approaches. I have over ten years of experience in the mental health field, with both children and adults, and would love the opportunity to meet with you! Call me today to schedule your free consultation.
Are you looking for a change? Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? I am here to help! I am a trauma-informed therapist that uses CBT and Solution-Focused approaches. I have over ten years of experience in the mental health field, with both children and adults, and would love the opportunity to meet with you! Call me today to schedule your free consultation.
(262) 518-9199 View (262) 518-9199
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Karisa Koch
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
Green Bay, WI 54304
Waitlist for new clients
I strive to help clients of all ages and backgrounds improve their mental health. I want to able to help my clients bring out their best self and work towards healing. I especially enjoy working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, work and relational challenges, grief, and trauma. I believe that mental health is unique and different for each client and enjoy guiding clients through the therapeutic relationship. Helping clients reach their goals in therapy is important to me regardless of their stage in life!
I strive to help clients of all ages and backgrounds improve their mental health. I want to able to help my clients bring out their best self and work towards healing. I especially enjoy working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, work and relational challenges, grief, and trauma. I believe that mental health is unique and different for each client and enjoy guiding clients through the therapeutic relationship. Helping clients reach their goals in therapy is important to me regardless of their stage in life!
(920) 528-5251 x10 View (920) 528-5251 x10
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Mary Aprill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, SAC, SEP-IT
Verified Verified
Verona, WI 53593
I am a licensed professional counselor and substance abuse counselor. I work primarily with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma/PTSD, and those who are seeking recovery from addiction. I believe that healing comes not just from knowledge and rational understanding, but from wisdom embodied within yourself.
I am a licensed professional counselor and substance abuse counselor. I work primarily with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma/PTSD, and those who are seeking recovery from addiction. I believe that healing comes not just from knowledge and rational understanding, but from wisdom embodied within yourself.
(608) 208-9973 View (608) 208-9973
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Rhea J Lyons
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53704
I am especially interested in helping you heal from systemic issues impacting LGBTQIA+ experience, negative relationships with your body and food, questions of identity and spirituality, complex trauma, and loneliness.
You deserve to heal. You deserve to be supported, respected, and seen for all you have been, all you will be, and all you are in this moment. I trust you to be the expert on yourself and your own experiences within the body, identities, and relationships that inform your ways of knowing yourself and your world. Our work together will not focus on identifying what’s “wrong” with you, and won’t aim to “fix” you. Together, we will explore areas of distress, discomfort, or questioning through a systemic lens. I will support your intentions toward transformative change and growth from perspectives that matter to you.
I am especially interested in helping you heal from systemic issues impacting LGBTQIA+ experience, negative relationships with your body and food, questions of identity and spirituality, complex trauma, and loneliness.
You deserve to heal. You deserve to be supported, respected, and seen for all you have been, all you will be, and all you are in this moment. I trust you to be the expert on yourself and your own experiences within the body, identities, and relationships that inform your ways of knowing yourself and your world. Our work together will not focus on identifying what’s “wrong” with you, and won’t aim to “fix” you. Together, we will explore areas of distress, discomfort, or questioning through a systemic lens. I will support your intentions toward transformative change and growth from perspectives that matter to you.
(608) 200-3213 View (608) 200-3213
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Thomas Michael Kaufman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53705
For the past 20 years, I have worked with families, couples, adults, and adolescents. Using cognitive-behavioral theory with narrative techniques, I help empower clients to explore areas within their lives that present challenges and inhibit change, and assist them with finding solutions that will work for them. However, I also believe that the therapeutic relationship is a vital component within any program, which means that I believe that any work needs to be collaborative between myself and my clients. I am certified to deliver trauma-focused treatments as well as providing services to help manage stress and anxiety.
For the past 20 years, I have worked with families, couples, adults, and adolescents. Using cognitive-behavioral theory with narrative techniques, I help empower clients to explore areas within their lives that present challenges and inhibit change, and assist them with finding solutions that will work for them. However, I also believe that the therapeutic relationship is a vital component within any program, which means that I believe that any work needs to be collaborative between myself and my clients. I am certified to deliver trauma-focused treatments as well as providing services to help manage stress and anxiety.
(608) 512-0319 View (608) 512-0319
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Sue Jennings
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in adult individual therapy exclusively at my private practice, Two Willows Counseling, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Among my areas of expertise are mood disorders, trauma and women's issues.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in adult individual therapy exclusively at my private practice, Two Willows Counseling, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Among my areas of expertise are mood disorders, trauma and women's issues.
(414) 409-0177 View (414) 409-0177
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Jenna Belongia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
De Pere, WI 54115
Waitlist for new clients
My work is both trauma-informed and affirmative in nature which helps me understand you, your identity and your experiences across environments.
Let’s grow through what we go through. I’m here to support, challenge and empower you to work toward the best version of yourself. I want to help you recognize the areas of your life that need improvement and celebrate the parts that make you feel proud, healthy and balanced. My genuine, non-judgmental approach will help you and your family open up when you’re ready to do so. I primarily serve children, teens, and their families experiencing significant stressors including safety concerns, conflict at home, difficulties in school, reactivity, aggression and traumatic experiences. However, anyone needing support age 7-107 is welcome.
My work is both trauma-informed and affirmative in nature which helps me understand you, your identity and your experiences across environments.
Let’s grow through what we go through. I’m here to support, challenge and empower you to work toward the best version of yourself. I want to help you recognize the areas of your life that need improvement and celebrate the parts that make you feel proud, healthy and balanced. My genuine, non-judgmental approach will help you and your family open up when you’re ready to do so. I primarily serve children, teens, and their families experiencing significant stressors including safety concerns, conflict at home, difficulties in school, reactivity, aggression and traumatic experiences. However, anyone needing support age 7-107 is welcome.
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Amy Lynn Kerznar
Counselor, MS, LPC, SACIT, CCTP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53227  (Online Only)
Many people with trauma or PTSD also suffer from substance use issues . Feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression, loneliness, feeling judged, and misunderstood are very normal. You may not trust the world around you and may not know how to cope with symptoms of trauma alone and will instead seek to numb your emotional turmoil. Both are lonely and isolating issues. Substance use is an outward manifestation of your pain and with supportive trauma and substance use counseling combined, your addiction can be treated as well as the underline symptoms that cause the need to numb your emotions and avoid your reality.
Many people with trauma or PTSD also suffer from substance use issues . Feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression, loneliness, feeling judged, and misunderstood are very normal. You may not trust the world around you and may not know how to cope with symptoms of trauma alone and will instead seek to numb your emotional turmoil. Both are lonely and isolating issues. Substance use is an outward manifestation of your pain and with supportive trauma and substance use counseling combined, your addiction can be treated as well as the underline symptoms that cause the need to numb your emotions and avoid your reality.
(262) 383-4468 View (262) 383-4468
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Jacquelyn Tumminello
Counselor, MS, LPC-IT, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
I work best with introspective adults, those ready to heal from trauma, and older teens/ young adults navigating major life changes.
Sometimes anxiety, difficult emotions, and painful experiences keep showing up, even when you try your best to manage them. Maybe you’ve become exhausted from constantly pushing them away or toughing it out. You no longer want to feel dominated by fear, worry, or sadness and you are ready to return to (or discover!) a life that closely aligns with your personal values. Having someone who truly listens to you without judgement can be a strong foundation for this work. I believe counseling best honors each client’s unique strengths, challenges, and goals through a collaborative process.
I work best with introspective adults, those ready to heal from trauma, and older teens/ young adults navigating major life changes.
Sometimes anxiety, difficult emotions, and painful experiences keep showing up, even when you try your best to manage them. Maybe you’ve become exhausted from constantly pushing them away or toughing it out. You no longer want to feel dominated by fear, worry, or sadness and you are ready to return to (or discover!) a life that closely aligns with your personal values. Having someone who truly listens to you without judgement can be a strong foundation for this work. I believe counseling best honors each client’s unique strengths, challenges, and goals through a collaborative process.
(262) 439-0833 View (262) 439-0833
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Melissa Nelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SAC, CSAC
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
Waitlist for new clients
Through a trauma-informed, skills-focused approach, we will identify your individual goals and build upon your strengths.
You’re the one people go to for support because you seem like you have it all together. Underneath, however, is a different story. You’re barely hanging on. Everyday stressors are overwhelming you. Feeling depressed, hopeless, and anxious are your new norms. You may feel uncomfortable in your own skin and use substances or restrictions as a way to cope. You may feel fearful and stuck because of a traumatic experience. Humans are naturally resilient, but in an attempt to adapt we can fall into unhealthy cycles that keep us from realizing our potential.
Through a trauma-informed, skills-focused approach, we will identify your individual goals and build upon your strengths.
You’re the one people go to for support because you seem like you have it all together. Underneath, however, is a different story. You’re barely hanging on. Everyday stressors are overwhelming you. Feeling depressed, hopeless, and anxious are your new norms. You may feel uncomfortable in your own skin and use substances or restrictions as a way to cope. You may feel fearful and stuck because of a traumatic experience. Humans are naturally resilient, but in an attempt to adapt we can fall into unhealthy cycles that keep us from realizing our potential.
(262) 419-3216 View (262) 419-3216
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Elaina Meier
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53719
The majority of my work involves trauma or struggle in some form.
I enjoy working with individuals who are interested in experiencing a change in their life. Perhaps you want to have greater insight and understanding or perhaps you want to make some really focused changes in your life; I would love to join you in that process and offer support in the journey. I also recognize that pretty much everyone right now is working hard to stay afloat so I am eager to offer a wide array of hours including evenings and weekends as well as telehealth services.
The majority of my work involves trauma or struggle in some form.
I enjoy working with individuals who are interested in experiencing a change in their life. Perhaps you want to have greater insight and understanding or perhaps you want to make some really focused changes in your life; I would love to join you in that process and offer support in the journey. I also recognize that pretty much everyone right now is working hard to stay afloat so I am eager to offer a wide array of hours including evenings and weekends as well as telehealth services.
(608) 200-2615 View (608) 200-2615
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Sabrina Adams
Counselor, MS, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
Janesville, WI 53546
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. I see children as young as 3 years old and adolescents up to 17 years old. I specialize in working with individuals who have issues with trauma, anger, ADHD, anxiety, depression, parenting, religious trauma, and relationship/attachment issues.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. I see children as young as 3 years old and adolescents up to 17 years old. I specialize in working with individuals who have issues with trauma, anger, ADHD, anxiety, depression, parenting, religious trauma, and relationship/attachment issues.
(608) 544-8852 View (608) 544-8852
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Lisa Cavil
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Green Bay, WI 54304
Openings available! In life, we are constantly facing changes and transitions, and sometimes we need extra support or guidance to adjust. Anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship issues, identity issues, illness, and/or trauma can make the stress of everyday life more difficult to manage on your own. Sometimes we feel stuck and want help with the next step. You are likely very tired of feeling the way you do and are thinking it's time to make a change. Maybe that thing from your past keeps finding ways to sabotage you. Let me help you so you can move forward with effective skills to manage the difficulties that come your way.
Openings available! In life, we are constantly facing changes and transitions, and sometimes we need extra support or guidance to adjust. Anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship issues, identity issues, illness, and/or trauma can make the stress of everyday life more difficult to manage on your own. Sometimes we feel stuck and want help with the next step. You are likely very tired of feeling the way you do and are thinking it's time to make a change. Maybe that thing from your past keeps finding ways to sabotage you. Let me help you so you can move forward with effective skills to manage the difficulties that come your way.
(920) 332-5446 View (920) 332-5446
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Leisha Lucas
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Onalaska, WI 54650
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults navigating a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and relationship concerns. My specialty is in working with trauma and children ages 3-10. I have advanced training as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and in Child-Centered Play Therapy. As a therapist, I provide a supportive, egalitarian counseling relationship and believe in working alongside clients to maximize their strengths and help them achieve their goals.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults navigating a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and relationship concerns. My specialty is in working with trauma and children ages 3-10. I have advanced training as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and in Child-Centered Play Therapy. As a therapist, I provide a supportive, egalitarian counseling relationship and believe in working alongside clients to maximize their strengths and help them achieve their goals.
(608) 765-5369 View (608) 765-5369

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.