Through my education and experience helping trauma survivors, I understand how deeply trauma can affect life ongoing, both emotionally and physically. Before I get to all of my formal credentials, let me tell you a little bit about me and my therapy style to help you decide if we might be a good fit.
First, I love PTSD. Let me rephrase that. I hate that PTSD exists, but I love that PTSD is a highly treatable condition. Although it isn’t going to leave on its own, you don’t have to be a helpless bystander. There are PTSD treatments that work to stop your suffering.
I fell in love with treating trauma survivors in 2007, and I’ve never looked back. I am non-judgmental and understanding about things that you may have been through as a trauma survivor. I am energized by meeting new patients who are ready to take the necessary steps to make a positive change. It is an honor to be part of this healing process, and I am very passionate about helping people reclaim their lives.
But, be warned: I’ve been nicknamed “The Velvet Hammer” by previous patients! (Don’t worry, they lived to joke about it.). Please know that if you join me for treatment we are going to DO THE DAMN THING. I see therapy as a change agent, meaning I’m not here to help you maintain your symptoms. I’m here to help you squash them.
All of those painful images, dark thoughts, and overwhelming guilt and shame? I’m happy to get in there with you and deal with the tough stuff. My job is to help you get the most out of your treatment. When you are finished with treatment I want you to know you got everything out of your work with me. And don’t worry, there will be laughs along the way! (I may or may not have a soft hammer in my office gifted to me by a former colleague.)
I love what I do, can you tell?
Now for the stuff that make me qualified to do what I do:
Before I became a trauma therapist here in Cincinnati, I earned a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and I am independently licensed. I graduated with a focus in clinical social work, specializing in mental heath.
After grad school, I worked at the University of Cincinnati with a very broad practice. This provided a wide range of experience, but in 2007 I realized I wanted to specialize in trauma work and joined the Cincinnati Veteran’s Administration Medical Center treating PTSD in the Trauma Recovery Center. I am strongly committed to serving veterans and active-duty military, which allows me to give back those who served.
My experience in trauma work is varied. I treat adult male and female patients, both military and non-military related trauma. I provide effective treatments for first-responders, combat-related trauma, sexual assault survivors, child abuse survivors, child sexual abuse survivors, traumatic loss, as well as any other type of trauma you may have endured. I’ve co-led and been a therapist for residential programs for men, women, and patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). I have been involved with PTSD-related research as part of my professional resume.
I have provider status and extensive experience in many Evidence Based Practices, meaning these things are well researched and have proven effectiveness for PTSD. I am a provider for Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), DBT skills training, among others.
Yoga provides countless benefits for everyone, and this includes trauma survivors! As of May 2018, I have a certification in Mindful Yoga Therapy (MYT) and plan to complete my RYT 200 hour training and certification in the near future. My goal is to eventually offer MYT and other yoga therapies as part of my practice for those interested. Until I can offer this independently, I am closely tied with other yoga and MYT providers if you're interested in a referral.
Put my training and experience to work for you. PTSD doesn’t have to be a lifelong disorder.
So, are you ready? I cannot wait to work with you.
- Jennifer M. Simpson, LISW-S