One of our readers provided the following link to a web page where qualified therapists are listed in every state who are experienced in trauma and PTSD. Here it is:
Now obviously we cannot personally recommend every therapist listed at this site – we don’t know them. However, our friend did utilize this resource with a very good outcome and encouraged us to post it here.
I am no expert on looking for a counselor/therapist, but I think I can offer some advice:
- Secular counseling is not wrong or sinful. Many victims are told that secular counseling is sinful, shows a lack of faith, or will always be contrary to scripture. That is not true.
- A person does not have to go to a counselor required/recommended by their church leadership. (We hear more and more how churches are telling victims where they have to go for counseling). In many cases you would end up being directed to a bad counselor.
- Beware (we must say this unfortunately) of so-called “biblical” counselors. Someone whose training is only from a relatively brief Christian counseling organization is simply not qualified and will very probably give you bogus and harmful information.
- Ask specifically what qualifications the person has to practice in cases of domestic abuse survivors, trauma, PTSD and so on. You don’t go to a general family physician when you need a specialist.
- If you don’t feel comfortable with the person, keep looking.
- Run if they ever try to approach your case with couple’s counseling (if you are not yet free of your abuser)
- In conjunction with the therapy, you will probably be helped by reading through Judith Herman’s book on Trauma.