availability-icon

Offered in-person & online

PTSD & trauma therapy in Colorado Springs, CO

Get in-person or online care, and cover the majority of the costs with your insurance.

Connect with a therapist, psychiatrist or counselor near you
Image of a therapist and client in a counseling session.

1,992 people sought PTSD/trauma therapy help at Colorado Springs in the last year

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

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | GHI BMP, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Military / Veteran, Anger, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, +9 more

I'm open to any and all facets of identity that you bring to therapy; I want to help the whole person.

14 more therapist available in Colorado

Give us a call to schedule your next appointment, or browse through our full list of available providers.

Mark Stonger

Hear from Mark Stonger, Psychologist (Psychologist)

View Mark Stonger's profile

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

I use empirically supported treatments for PTSD, including cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure (PE). These therapies focus on allowing the client to safely and effectively confront the memories and feelings that arose during and after a traumatic event while also helping them to live healthy lives in the present.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

The tools that are taught in exposure-based therapies for PTSD focus on building a method to examine unhelpful thoughts and behavior patterns. These include questioning, analyzing, and re-assessing beliefs and actions to realign them with healthier and more effective strategies.

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

The protocols for PTSD have a specific number of sessions; they don't drag on. The progress can be measured session-by-session and clients often see significant results by the 7th or 8th session. To name a few benefits, clients often see reductions in nightmares, irritability, startle responses, avoidance, and negative beliefs about themselves and the world.

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

Homework is an essential part of PE and CPT. Clients are asked to learn and practice skills in the real world that they learned in session to continue making steady progress.

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

Effective therapy for PTSD can be emotionally difficult and draining. Making a commitment to complete the therapy can be a great motivator when sessions are hard and the homework seems overwhelming. Understanding what you are capable of and willing to do before starting is crucial.

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.

Need more help deciding?

Trauma and PTSD Counseling in Colorado Springs, CO

When people hear “trauma,” many think of the injured solider returning from battle, a child who has endured physical abuse, or possibly a college student whose handling the aftermath of a rape. These events are absolutely traumatic. What about a son or daughter whose parents recently divorced? Or the teenager that was in a car wreck, the mother who had a miscarriage, the man whose life was altered with a physical injury or the sudden breakup of a loved one?

These are all examples of trauma. If you have endured a traumatic experience and you are struggling as a result, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Colorado Springs, CO. We’re here to help you.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is defined as, “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.” Any and all of the events listed can be traumatic. Think of trauma on a spectrum of 1-100, with many degrees to it. Then, mix in an individual’s history, tolerance and level of support. This will throw the spectrum completely off! Clearly, the tricky part of trauma is that an event can be traumatic for one person and not another.

If a person experiences the symptoms of trauma, does it mean they are weak? Absolutely not! There are many factors that will impact the severity of symptoms of trauma:

  • The level of support they have
  • The amount of additional stress they are under when the trauma occurs
  • The stress tolerance level they have with day to day events
  • Previous history of traumatic events

Symptoms of Trauma

  • Feeling helpless and out of control
  • Anxiety in all areas or specific areas of life
  • Difficult memories resurfacing throughout the day and night
  • Difficult emotions resurfacing throughout the day
  • Feeling disconnected, isolated.
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Sleeping patterns are thrown off. Inability to fall asleep and/or nightmares
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Body aches, Fatigue
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Irritation
  • Fast heartbeat

Healing from Trauma

Remember any event that is deeply distressing and disturbing can be traumatic. What can be done to help with the symptoms? Will the symptoms go away? These are great questions. Here are some tips to help a person find relief:

  • Exercise – make it fun! Take your dog for a walk, find a You Tube Video to exercise with.
  • Hang out with others – even if you don’t want to! It’s good for you. Many studies and doctors will say, “don’t isolate yourself”.
  • Take care of yourself. Sleep. Eat well. Find ways to relax.
  • Be mindful. Breathe. Experience what you are sensing. Don’t judge yourself.
  • Seek a professional’s help. If you are feeling extreme symptoms or you’ve tried these tips and they aren’t helping – get help.

How can Thriveworks help?

A counselor at Thriveworks Colorado Springs can help people move past their trauma – on to living with passion and joy instead of fear and dread. Our providers have experience and training to meet you where you are in your trauma and move forward with you. Call us today to schedule 719-266-3919

What to expect at Thriveworks Colorado Springs:

  • Modern and comfortable offices
  • No wait list. We can meet with you this week.
  • Online scheduling
  • In-person and online options
  • We take insurance!

We look forward to meeting you or your loved one. Don’t endure the pain of trauma on your own.

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 Colorado Springs therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | GHI BMP

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | PPO - HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

Show more
Self-pay costs at Colorado Springs
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

4.8 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★
Excellent therapist who listens deeply and engages in thoughtful caring dialogue . With helpful analysis and suggestions .
Read more Excellent therapist who listens deeply and engages in thoughtful caring dialogue . With helpful analysis and suggestions .
Sreedevi Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
I feel heard, and understood. I have trust in my therapist that she is guiding me into take the right path and actions towards me healing old wounds and trauma from the past
Read more I feel heard, and understood. I have trust in my therapist that she is guiding me into take the right path and actions towards me healing old wounds and trauma from the past
Sharon Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
Marie Beltran is such a wonderful therapist. She’s patient very caring and understanding. She truly a joy to talk to ? Thankful to have such a great therapist in my life ❤️
Read more Marie Beltran is such a wonderful therapist. She’s patient very caring and understanding. She truly a joy to talk to ? Thankful to have such a great therapist in my life ❤️
Colorado Springs Oct 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
Read more Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
Colorado Springs Sep 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
Read more My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
Colorado Springs Jul 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
Read more Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
Colorado Springs Jul 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
Read more Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
Colorado Springs Jun 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
Read more I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
Colorado Springs Jun 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Colorado Springs is located at the corner of Chancellor and Channel Drive. Our building is across from Sassy Tan, next to Pikes Peak Dental, and slightly north of Fairfax Ridge Park. We share a building with Brothers Dental, and have parking available directly outside our main entrance.

Phone number

(719) 259-4585

Languages spoken by CO providers

  • English
  • Spanish
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Shown in MT

Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm

Shown in MT

9 photos