Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

How To Find The Right Trauma Therapist: 7 Tips To Help You

is therapy worth the moneyHow to find the right trauma therapist takes time.

It takes patience and perseverance as well.

In order to heal from the place you are in it is important to identify the right treatment provider.

The wrong treatment provider could mean years of wasted time.

In this article, I discuss what to look for in a trauma therapist.

What to look for

Certification: Trauma certification is important because it proves that they have gone through the needed training and experiences to treat you properly. Without certification the individual may not quite understand the theories and techniques that are deemed “trauma-informed.”

A provider that is experienced and mature: You need a provider who has experience in treating needs such as yours. While recent graduate students bring creativity and freshness to the table, I suggest choosing your provider wisely and understanding their years of experience.

A provider who is grounded in therapy and knowledge: Theory helps providers understand your situation and do what is known as “case conceptualization.” If I don’t have a theoretical basis how can I help you figure out how to move from point A to point B?

Structure and comprehensiveness: Scheduling sessions and following a treatment course using worksheets, homework, etc. can be very helpful to trauma clients/patients. Worksheets can be incorporated as needed to help you learn new ways of thinking.

A humble provider who seeks what they don’t know: You want a provider who can give you knowledge and proper care but who also has the humility of reaching out for consultation and other treatment for the client/patient.

A provider who has a comprehensive assessment process: A provider who knows how to administer assessments, tests, and do a thorough treatment process for you.

A provider who can hold you accountable: Holding you accountable means pushing you when you don’t want to be pushed. Holding you accountable means challenging you to face your fears. Having a provider like this can result in great gains in your overall care.


As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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