Therapy for Trauma & PTSD in Seattle

You can get past your past! Our trauma-informed therapist can help you understand and recover from emotional and physical trauma. Get counseling in a safe and supportive environment. Our trauma therapist, Michelle Mooney, is available for private & confidential counseling sessions. We offer sessions in-person at our Queen Anne office as well as online through HIPAA-compliant Telehealth. Get started today with a free consultation.

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What is Trauma?

Clients are often unsure if what they have experienced is classified as trauma.

A traumatic experience can be any adverse life event that feels impossible to move past.

A traumatic event can happen in the form of physical trauma – like abuse or a car accident or it can also be an emotional event such as parental neglect, manipulation, abrupt end to a relationship, loss of a job, toxic relationships, and grief.

Both physical and emotional trauma can make us feel like we are stuck in the past.

Trauma creates a psychological wound that makes it challenging for the human brain to process, resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Trauma-focused Therapy

Therapeutic interventions such as EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Individual Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and working with a trauma-informed therapist can help you heal from the symptoms of traumatic stress and move forward in your life.

Causes of Trauma and PTSD

Often when people think of trauma, they think of events such as war, natural disasters, or any other life-threatening event. However, there are several more common life experiences that are not life-threatening that qualify as trauma such as emotional abuse, loss of a loved one, the unexpected end of a relationship, or being fired from a job.

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a trauma-related disorder that occurs when a person is unable to recover after experiencing a traumatic event. This condition brings about intense reactions months even years after the traumatic experience. The symptoms of PTSD can be both physical and emotional. PTSD can create significant and even debilitating symptoms, that can seriously impact your well being.

Seattle Trauma Therapist

Michelle Mooney

I’ve spent the last four years inside community mental health settings with many different kinds of people from all walks of life, and what I know is that we can find an integrated and holistic approach that is just right for you. No matter what brings you to my practice, I meet you exactly where you are and adapt our time together to include art therapy, meditation instruction, EMDR, and any number of other modalities.

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Signs of PTSD and Trauma-related Disorders

The American Psychiatric Association outlines diagnostic criteria for PTSD in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5. This diagnosis is specific to individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.

People living with PTSD continue to experience the emotional and physical experience of trauma long after the event has passed. If you have experienced a traumatic event and are experiencing the following symptoms you may be suffering from stress or trauma-related disorder. These symptoms can be resolved with trauma and PTSD therapy. Therapy for trauma survivors can greatly improve their quality of life.

Symptoms of PTSD and stress and trauma-related disorders

  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Jumpiness
  • Trouble making decisions or problem solving
  • Poor concentration or loss of memory
  • Flashbacks
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Tremors, sweating, chills, dizziness
  • Chronic physical pain
  • Increased heart rate or chest pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and/or excessive worry
  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Loneliness
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Disassociation
  • Feeling numb
  • Engaging in numbing behaviors such as substance use

Our Method of Treatment For Trauma & PTSD

Our trauma-informed therapists offer several types of therapeutic interventions as part of a trauma-focused treatment plan to support clients suffering from trauma-related disorders and PTSD. Trauma-focused therapy/PTSD therapy may include both individual and couples therapy, EMDR, CPT mindfulness, and Hypnotherapy. Together, you and your therapist will create an individualized treatment plan to meet your goals and needs

You can get past your past!

Trauma & PTSD Therapy Pricing

Therapy creates a space for you to experience healing and progress in a way that can change your life. But of course, it’s also an investment of both time and finances. When you’re ready to commit to healing and transformation, here is what you can expect.

Initial intake appointment
(85 minutes) $175

Standard individual session
(55 minutes) $150


We do not participate with any insurance panels. Anchor Light Therapy Collective is considered an out-of-network provider. We have chosen to not panel with any insurance companies and instead focus on providing the best care to our clients. Bypassing insurance allows us to create treatment plans that are not influenced by criteria dictated by insurance companies and offer the utmost privacy to our clients.

As a courtesy to any individual clients who wish to utilize their insurance benefits, I am happy to verify your out-of-network plan benefits to tell you what portion, if any, may be covered by your health insurance provider.

The client will pay for their session at the time of service. We will then file an electronic claim on your behalf, as well as submit any additional documentation required by your insurance company.

If your plan offers out of network coverage, they will reimburse you directly by mailing you a check.

Out of network insurance coverage varies. Most insurance plans offer out of network coverage that reimburses at 40-70% once you have met the out of network deductible.

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