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Our therapists offer PTSD & trauma therapy in Charlotte, NC

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29,212 people sought PTSD/trauma therapy help in North Carolina in the last year

Discover how starting PTSD/trauma therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +20 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, Life Transition, +4 more

I am passionate about partnering with others in their pursuit of mental wellness because of the peace I have found on my own journey, but I understand... I am passionate about partnering with others in their pursuit of mental wellness because of the peace I have found on my own journey, but I understand that each path is unique. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Coping Skills, Life Transition, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

Change is a life-long journey requiring acceptance and commitment to motivate oneself towards change.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +20 more
Military / Veteran, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +18 more

As a wife and mother of 3 adopted children, one who identifies with they/them pronouns and is in a same sex marriage, I have experience with diversity... As a wife and mother of 3 adopted children, one who identifies with they/them pronouns and is in a same sex marriage, I have experience with diversity. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage, +19 more
Military / Veteran, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Infidelity, Men’s Issues, +13 more

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Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for PTSD/trauma therapy?

Brian: My go-to approach for helping people in PTSD/trauma therapy is EMDR. I find the best benefit in EMDR because it is one of the most effective evidence-based treatment modalities for complex trauma. I will also include other important elements of CBT, DBT, ACT, ego state therapy, etc.

Jess: When working with clients who have experienced trauma, I get the best results by first focusing on building the therapeutic relationship. After that, ensuring that my clients feel safe, both in their surroundings & in the therapeutic relationship, is another key step. While it is hard, exposure therapy is the best way I have found to treat trauma. Often, I use narrative therapy to get my clients to talk about their experiences so that they can confront the avoidance that developed after they experienced the trauma. It sounds really scary, but as we go through it, it becomes less so, & gives really good results.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

Brian: In trauma therapy, I like to teach people the neurobiology behind what they are experiencing. To know that it isn't because there is something wrong with them, but simply that it is a biological issue that can be resolved. Most importantly, that they don't have to deal with this forever!

Jess: I first start by teaching mindfulness & grounding techniques to ensure that my client feels safe in their surroundings. I often lead my clients who are doing trauma work through guided meditations in session, so that they feel like they have a mental place that they can escape to that separates them from the mental space of the trauma. I have taught my clients tapping techniques to help decrease anxiety. I teach my clients how to reframe their thoughts so that they can take a negative thought & think more positively when they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in PTSD/trauma therapy?

Brian: I know someone is making progress when they are able to feel it as well.

Jess: I can tell a client is making meaningful progress in trauma therapy when they are becoming less dissociative, less impacted by flashbacks, & more easily able to withstand talking about traumatic experiences & the avoidant behaviors that developed afterward. They are closer to their baseline than they are to the upper limit of their window of tolerance.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement PTSD/trauma therapy?

Brian: The most important thing you can do to supplement your time in trauma treatment is to utilize those same skills and things that you have learned outside of sessions instead of only in therapy. Other things include completing any homework assignments like journaling, drawing, completing worksheets, etc. depending on what is assigned by the therapist.

Jess: My clients can supplement trauma therapy by exercising! They can journal about their experience in therapy, if that is helpful for them. They can engage with people who fill them up & they can spend time outside in nature. These things help bring light & joy to people & being outside in the sunshine will give people energy & help with positivity.

What should someone do to prepare for starting PTSD/trauma therapy?

Brian: The first thing you can do before starting trauma therapy is to ensure that you are ready and willing. If you don't have that willingness to be vulnerable and to trust, then therapy won't be effective at all. PTSD is curable. The thing that stops most people is avoidance or dropping out of treatment due to avoidance.

Jess: To prepare for the first trauma therapy session, my clients can be ready to communicate their needs to me. If they need a break, they can tell me. If they need to stop, they can tell me. If they want to only do trauma work for part of the session, they can tell me. They need to prepare to engage in mindfulness & be willing to sit in the quiet & the still.

Starting PTSD/trauma therapy

What is PTSD/trauma therapy?

At Thriveworks, PTSD/trauma therapy involves dedicated efforts to address and navigate through past and/or recent traumatic events. Therapists specializing in trauma create a secure environment to process and heal from these experiences, aiming to reduce trauma-related symptoms and enhance overall quality of life.

How does PTSD/trauma therapy work?

Our Thriveworks providers use PTSD/trauma therapy treatments like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing EMDR, CBT, and exposure therapy with the goal of helping clients process the traumatic events they have experienced so that they can to start feeling safe and secure again.

Symptoms of PTSD

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can vary but often include:

  • Flashbacks and distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Intense anxiety and irritability
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma
  • Negative changes in mood and thought patterns
  • Increased arousal, like difficulty concentrating or exaggerated startle response

How do you overcome PTSD triggers?

The best way to overcome PTSD triggers is to seek the assistance of a professional therapist, such as those at Thriveworks, who can help you to understand and treat your PTSD triggers.

What type of therapist is best for PTSD?

In most cases, a therapist who specializes in PTSD/trauma therapy is the best type of mental health professional to address the symptoms of PTSD.

Is PTSD/trauma therapy conducted in person or online?

PTSD/trauma therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long should you go to therapy for PTSD?

If a client is working through a single traumatic event that occurred as an adult, trauma or PTSD therapy may only take a few months, but in general, it can take a year or more to effectively treat trauma symptoms and PTSD. The duration of treatment is highly dependent on the client and the severity of their symptoms.

How successful is therapy for PTSD?

The success rate of therapy for PTSD depends entirely on the individual's symptoms, commitment to attending sessions, and personal abilities.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Charlotte
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.7 Learn about verified reviews
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I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Read more I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Jennifer Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Clarissa is a true professional and I love working with her!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Read more Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Read more Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Charlotte Feb 2022
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I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Read more I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Charlotte Oct 2021
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I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Read more I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Charlotte Feb 2021
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I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Read more I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Charlotte Jan 2021
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Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Read more Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Charlotte Apr 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Charlotte is near the corner of Park Road and Woodlawn Road. We are across the street from Starbucks and Exxon. Sharonview Federal Credit Union is the building next to our office.

Phone number

(980) 217-6901

Languages spoken by NC providers

  • English
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