Trauma & PTSD

Living with the aftershock of trauma can feel as overwhelming and threatening as the original experience. Healing from it does not have to. At our centers in Chicago, Oak Park, and Boulder, we specialize in trauma & PTSD therapy, providing a compassionate and safe environment to help you process your experiences and heal.

How To Get Started With Wildflower

Request a Free Consultation

Schedule a 15-minute call online or by phone. We’ll cover key details and make sure we’re the right fit for your needs. 

Complete New Client Paperwork

Receive registration forms pre-visit. Your therapist will review details, ensuring clarity on our policies and guidelines.

Attend Your First
Therapy Session

During a 60-minute intake session, you’ll get to know your therapist better and discuss your treatment needs. 

Feeling Overwhelmed?
We’ll Help You Find Your Calm.

Everyone struggles with their mental health from time to time, and there are some challenges no one should face alone. Therapy can help you navigate these challenges with emotional clarity, resilience, and strength. 

Navigating Life After Trauma: Healing and Integration

After experiencing a traumatic event or series of events, you might find that it changes the relationship you have with yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you. We understand how the ripple effects of trauma infiltrate these various domains of your life and make you more susceptible to anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. You do not need to navigate these difficulties alone and healing from traumatic experiences is possible.

Building safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship is absolutely essential to healing. You will find our clinicians to be genuine, caring, and committed to your well-being. We will create a safe space where you can begin to make sense of what has happened to you and move toward integration and healing.

Trauma & PTSD Therapy: Your Journey Through Recovery 

Our therapists are trauma-informed and use a wide range of evidence-based treatments to help you address lingering symptoms of trauma or PTSD, such as flashbacks, intrusive memories, increased reactivity, negative mood, distress, and dissociation. Through tailored psychotherapy sessions, we’ll help you restore connection, purpose, and joy in your present life.  

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Harness the power of DBT to regulate emotions, increase distress tolerance, and improve interpersonal relationships. DBT aids in creating a balanced and stable emotional environment, essential for trauma recovery.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to assist trauma survivors in processing distressing memories and beliefs. EMDR is one of the most thoroughly researched trauma-focused psychotherapies available. 

Exposure and Response Prevention 

ERP involves progressively exposing yourself to the cognitions, emotions, objects, places, or events that trigger your anxiety or compulsions. This is a client-centered approach, and the therapist will not try to push you farther than you are willing and able to go.

Somatic-Based Therapies 

Somatic therapies provide a holistic approach to healing trauma by integrating both the mind and body. Through embodied practices, these approaches address the physical manifestations of trauma, facilitating deeper emotional processing and release.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy

Delving beyond traditional methods, Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy offers a safe space to explore and release bodily stored trauma. Through mindful movements and breathwork, it promotes grounding and a renewed sense of embodiment.

Prolonged Exposure 

Delve deep into evidence-based therapies like prolonged exposure that focus on confronting and desensitizing reactions to trauma. These therapeutic protocols aim to individuals reduce avoidance behaviors and promote healing.

Flourish With Wildflower:
Discover. Heal. Grow. 

Dive into a transformative therapy experience with Wildflower. Uncover hidden strengths, embrace emotional growth and journey toward a renewed sense of self. 

Core Tenets of Wildflower’s
Clinical Philosophy

Deeply Relational &
Personalized Therapy 

We recognize that you are the expert on your life. Therapy at Wildflower is a collaborative journey. Our caring, affirming therapists tailor sessions to your unique needs and experiences, emphasizing the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for growth.

Commitment to
Excellence & Learning

Every client deserves the best of our clinical skills and knowledge. Our team is a community of professionals who not only uphold shared values and clinical excellence but also engage in regular training and consultation to stay at the forefront of therapeutic practices.

Stigma-Free View on
Mental Health 

Mental health is a vital component of overall well-being, deserving of attention without any stigma or judgment. Everyone faces challenges, and seeking help is a sign of resilience and strength. Every person’s mental health journey is valid, and we aim to support that with the utmost respect.

Advocates of Social
Justice & Inclusivity 

We recognize that no one exists in a vacuum. Complex systems of oppression and privilege shape individuals’ lives. We believe that as mental health professionals, we have an obligation to promote social justice and contribute to a world that celebrates every person’s inherent worth. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Trauma refers to an emotional and psychological response to extremely stressful events, while PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a specific mental health condition that arises after experiencing or witnessing life-threatening events. Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD, but understanding and addressing traumatic reactions early on can prevent long-term complications.

Common symptoms include reliving the event through flashbacks or nightmares, avoiding places or people that remind you of the trauma, negative changes in beliefs and feelings, and feeling constantly on edge. However, only a qualified professional can diagnose PTSD.

No, trauma doesn’t always lead to PTSD. While many may experience trauma symptoms shortly after a distressing event, these symptoms might reduce over time. However, if they persist and interfere with daily life, it might be indicative of PTSD.

Yes, unresolved childhood trauma can manifest in various ways in adulthood, including emotional, psychological, and physical symptoms. It might also affect relationships, work, and overall well-being.

Yes, trauma therapy can be emotionally intense as it often involves addressing deeply held memories and feelings. It’s not uncommon for suppressed emotions to surface during the therapeutic process. However, it’s crucial to remember that our therapists are trained to navigate these challenging emotions with you. We prioritize building trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship, ensuring that the therapy progresses at a pace you’re comfortable with. This gentle and collaborative approach aims to facilitate genuine healing and integration.

Yes, trauma resulting from collective incidents like wars, natural disasters, or societal issues might require specific approaches that address both individual and community healing. Therapies often integrate individual counseling with group sessions or community interventions. It’s essential to recognize the broader context in which the trauma occurred to ensure comprehensive healing.

Our Clients’ Growth Stories

Blooming Insights:
The Latest from the Wildflower Blog 

We believe that knowledge and learning are key aspects of helping you to grow and thrive on your mental health journey. Stay updated with our latest articles on emotional well-being, perinatal mental health, sexuality, and more on our blog. 

Blossom Into Your Best Self with Wildflower

Work with Wildflower to cultivate emotional strength and clarity. With expert support and a deeply personal touch, let’s nurture your growth and well-being. Ready to bloom? We’re here to guide you.