Trauma Therapy

Healing After Trauma: Expert Trauma Therapists in Illinois and Colorado

Are you in need of compassionate, specialized trauma support? We offer in-person trauma therapy in our Chicago office, and online sessions for anyone located in Illinois and Colorado. Insurance accepted.

Get Support & Overcome Past Experiences

Life can throw unexpected curveballs, and sometimes those experiences can leave a lasting impact. If you’ve been through a difficult event that’s causing you emotional pain, you’re not alone. Trauma therapy provides a safe and supportive space to process what happened and begin healing. Our compassionate therapists will work with you to develop healthy coping mechanisms and build resilience, so you can move forward with strength and hope. Call our office today or fill out our confidential intake form to take the first step towards healing.

All Staff at Optimum Joy are Trauma Informed

While all of our staff are trained in the basics of trauma-informed care, some have also pursued advanced trainings. Below is not an exhaustive list, however we want to highlight a few therapists to help introduce providers who are currently offering trauma therapy.

What is Trauma?

We’ve all been through challenges in life, and sometimes those experiences can leave a deeper mark than others. Trauma can stem from big events like accidents, violence, or loss, but it can also be triggered by seemingly smaller experiences like chronic bullying or neglect.  These events can disrupt our sense of safety and well-being, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, isolated, or afraid. Common sources of trauma include:

It’s important to acknowledge that trauma can impact us in many ways.  You might experience flashbacks, nightmares, or difficulty concentrating.  Emotional swings, anxiety, or withdrawal from loved ones are also common.  If left unaddressed, trauma can hold us back from living fulfilling lives. It can affect our relationships, our careers, and even our physical health.  The good news is that you don’t have to carry the weight of trauma alone.  There are signs that might indicate it’s time to seek support, and a therapist can create a safe space for you to heal and move forward.

We take insurance!

We work with several major insurance providers for trauma counseling, including:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO
United Health Care

Don’t have insurance? Not a problem! Visit our Payment & Insurance page to see your payment options and to view a full list of accepted insurance providers.

Trauma Informed Care:  Our Approach to Trauma Therapy

Every one of our therapists, as well as our support and operations staff, strive to work from a trauma-informed perspective. All of our therapists are equipped to work with a client’s experience of trauma both directly (in exploring and processing the client’s traumatic experiences) and indirectly, working from a trauma-informed perspective to address a client’s goals and priorities for their therapy.

While all of our therapists are trained in Trauma-Informed Care, many of our therapists have also received advanced training on trauma-specific therapies. Unfortunately, trauma is more common and has a wider reach than anyone would ever want to be a reality. We decide to look at the pain and suffering of trauma head on and ensure we are equipped to heal the overwhelm of trauma when it impacts life and relationships.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR is an evidence-based therapy created to allow for a more complete experience of processing trauma, involving the body in therapy processing with bilateral stimulation. The bilateral stimulation component of this therapy engages the brain and body as you process your emotions and experiences. Originally using eye movements to stimulate both sides of the brain and body, the therapy has expanded and allows for tactile or auditory bilateral stimulation options that are incorporated into your sessions. EMDR can be conducted as a stand-alone therapeutic process (the typical protocol is between 15-25 sessions) or incorporated into your regular therapy treatment as needed.

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