Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is one of the best predictors of a successful therapy outcome. Is it even harder for trauma survivors? Judging by the number of requests I get for help with this search, it looks like yes. Unfortunately it is true that not all therapists are trained in understanding and treating trauma. The pool may narrow further if you are seeking someone with expertise in treating complex trauma or dissociation.
When I receive calls or email seeking a therapist with these areas of expertise in a particular state (or country) I am happy to share the resources I have. Alas, I do not know trauma therapists in every location! There are some great sources and directories out there, though, and I have decided to feature them more prominently on my blog sidebar. Check out the new heading “Find a Trauma Therapist“.
You can now find links to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Therapist Directory (under construction currently but you can email for a lists of clinicians in your area!), the Sidran Helpdesk, and EMDR trained therapists near you.
If you’d like more information about possibly working with me, there is a link to get you started with that process too. I am available for one-time or ongoing online consultation and coaching and I am licensed to provide psychological services in Arizona and Illinois. I currently have some openings for distance services (email, phone and Skype) and plan to soon offer in-person therapy here in Tucson!
If you are interested in any of those options do feel free to get in touch with me. I also want trauma survivors to know that there are plenty of other options out there. You can find a therapist to help you heal from trauma!
Do you have other great resources for finding a trauma therapist? Let us know in the comments!