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Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. In my practice, I utilize an integrative approach and treat the whole person, incorpor... Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. In my practice, I utilize an integrative approach and treat the whole person, incorporating biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors. Read more

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As an individual who has experienced the roller coaster ride of mental health both as a patient and practitioner, I understand the need for a supporti... As an individual who has experienced the roller coaster ride of mental health both as a patient and practitioner, I understand the need for a supportive, engaging, and effective counselor. Read more

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I treat others the way that I want to be treated. Focusing on meeting the client where they are and moving forward in progress to help you find your b... I treat others the way that I want to be treated. Focusing on meeting the client where they are and moving forward in progress to help you find your balance between mind, body, and soul. Read more

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I am non-judgmental and open to working with all individuals.

Cierra Brabham

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

My go-to approach for helping people in trauma therapy is building rapport with the client. It is important that the client feel comfortable when sharing sensitive information. The focus is on the client's main concerns, and they are supported. Based on each client's needs, I will choose which treatment is appropriate. I use evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive processing therapy to form a treatment plan that is appropriate for the client.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

I teach the following tools in trauma therapy:

  • Cognitive processing therapy: CPT is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps patients learn how to modify and challenge unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma.
  • Distress tolerance skills: The client learns to manage distress healthily.
  • Stress management skills: Learn strategies to manage life challenges and everyday stress.
  • Mindfulness: Learn to stay in the present moment without judgment when situations seem difficult or out of an individual's control.
  • Emotion regulation skills: Learn to process and express emotions in a healthy way.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills: Learn skills to help maintain healthy relationships.
  • Relaxation techniques: Address anxiety by learning breathing techniques and other mindfulness skills.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in trauma therapy when they can successfully navigate challenges independently with the tools provided in individual therapy. The client can work through trauma triggers without becoming overwhelmed. The client starts to recognize and address barriers that keep them in the cycle of their overwhelming symptoms.

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

Clients can supplement their time in trauma therapy by building a routine of activities learned in individual therapy. I encourage clients to create a healthy support system for accountability in mental health maintenance. I suggest that clients find support groups specifically for trauma to connect with others for support.

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

To prepare for your first individual therapy session, I encourage writing down your thoughts and concerns before your session so that all problems can be discussed in the intake session.

Starting Trauma therapy

What is Trauma therapy?

Trauma therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on treating the psychological impact of traumatic events on individuals. Trauma therapy helps people process and heal from their trauma by guiding them through their trauma in a compassionate and supportive way, allowing clients to feel the full scope of what happened to them and eventually move on from the event(s). This process helps people who have experienced trauma find ways to feel safe in their life.

How does Trauma therapy work?

Trauma therapy will often require individuals to walk through their experiences in a controlled and compassionate setting (unless the client has a dissociative disorder) so that they can fully process the event, an activity that will allow them to move on from what happened and feel safe again. Thriveworks Columbia therapists will also help clients learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with their symptoms outside of therapy.

Is Trauma therapy conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks trauma counseling in Columbia, SC is conducted both in person and online through online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Trauma therapy last?

If an individual is working through a single event that occurred during adulthood, they may only need a few months of treatment. However, in instances of childhood trauma or repeated traumatic events, therapy may continue over the course of years. Trauma therapy usually ends when the client believes they have met their therapeutic goals, however long that takes to occur. Thriveworks therapists in Columbia, SC will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

Have you witnessed a difficult or traumatic experience?  Has tragedy taken you by surprise?  Or maybe someone you know has experiences an extremely difficult circumstance and now you just can help but wonder if something like that might happen to you.  If you feel like this, or you feel as though a tragic event has left you “stuck” and you can’t seem to move on, you may be suffering from trauma.

Understanding Trauma

When we experience trauma, it effects our brains in such a way that it changes our responses to stress, danger, anxiety, and fear.   It raises the level of norepinephrine in the brain, which can cause:

  • Hypervigilance
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Hyperarousal
  • Increased wakefulness
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increase in blood pressure

If left untreated, trauma can lead to:

  • Clinical depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic pain
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of focus
  • Fear or paranoia
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships

If you’ve experienced any of these things, it may be time to consider how trauma therapy could benefit you.  Trained and experienced trauma therapists are available to help to understand your trauma and learn how to heal from trauma. (803) 477-3736

What is Trauma Therapy?

While many people who experience trauma are able to move forward in life with few, if any, setbacks, others struggle to move beyond the trauma.  Columbia Trauma Therapy can help you process the trauma you’ve experienced so you can heal.  If you’ve already been diagnosed with PTSD, we can help you, too.  There are many treatment options for trauma.  Some of these options include:

  • Talk therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Hypnotherapy

Trauma therapy helps you become more aware of your trauma. It also helps you understand the triggers that activate your trauma symptoms.  Therapy for trauma provides the necessary coping skills needed to manage your thoughts, anxiety, emotions, and fear.

Get Help for Trauma

Healing from trauma is possible.  Friends and family can support you, but they may not possess the training and resources needed to provide effective trauma counseling.  You deserve to live a happy and meaningful life.  Thriveworks Trauma Therapy in Columbia, SC can help you overcome the negative effects of trauma.

Our Columbia trauma counselors are trained and fully licensed mental health providers. They understand trauma and PTSD and know how to help victims of trauma heal and move forward to live happy and successful lives.  We offer convenient appointment times, with day, evening, and weekend hours.  We have no waiting list for trauma therapy in Columbia. You can often get an appointment in 24 hours.  Plus, getting trauma help may be more affordable than you thought.  We accept most major insurance plans to help you get the support you need.

We are accepting new clients for trauma therapy in Columbia and Trauma therapy in Lexington. We’re accepting new clients for PTSD therapy in Columbia and Lexington, too. There’s never been a better time to begin your journey of healing from trauma.  Don’t let trauma hold you captive another day.  Call Thriveworks Trauma therapy today. (803) 477-3736

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 Columbia therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Columbia
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

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is located on Executive Pointe Blvd off of Bush River Rd, just northwest of Interstate 20 on the north side of the Saluda River. Our building is neighbored by The Steele Law Firm; S.C. Press Association; and Thomas, Watson & Company. The closest bus stop is Bush Woodland WB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(803) 573-9453

Languages spoken by SC providers

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