Leading the Way in Trauma Therapy

Pandemic Update: We are continuing to offer intensive trauma-focused therapy, either in person or via video-conference (available in many states). We are also offering all our training programs in online format.

Dr. Ricky Greenwald is a practicing clinical psychologist who has been working with children, teens, adults, and families since 1985. He is the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute's founder, executive director, and chair of faculty.

Dr. Greenwald is an affiliate full professor at the SUNY University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 56 (Trauma Psychology). Special interests include assessment, treatment, and training re trauma, loss, performance enhancement, and problem behaviors.

For more info, read on, or see Dr. Greenwald's CV.

Jul 27, 2020, 7:55 PM

A couple of months ago, during the peak of the Black Lives Matters protests, we had a staff meeting. Our staff wanted to make a statement in support of BLM, but we decided to hold off, preferring to do the right thing rather than the quick thing. Then we had to figure out what that right thing might look like.

So we formed a committee ...

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Mar 18, 2020, 7:56 PM

Welcome to the disrupted, surreal world of pandemic. The mental health community and its stakeholders have been stepping up to enable continuity of services in the wake of social distancing and self-quarantining. Like many leaders in the field, our trainings and conference presentations got cancelled, so we developed webinars. Like many t ...

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Feb 25, 2020, 7:04 AM

This is a question I often hear, not only from prospective clients, but also from friends and acquaintances.

So first of all, I’m not one of those people who sees therapy as part of a healthy lifestyle like exercise should be. I see therapy as something you only do when you need to. You do the work, get it over with, and go back ...

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Dec 2, 2013, 11:20 AM

The last blog post focused on the value of the intensive treatment format. The main point was that if the client comes to solve a problem, why not just get it done, instead of dragging therapy out for months? The post led to much back-channel discussion, continued here. (And this time please just post your comments below, OK? Makes for a ...

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Feb 26, 2015, 10:34 AM

Economic value is an important consideration in obtaining mental health care. Nobody wants to spend more than they have to, and that applies to individuals as well as grant funders, insurance companies, or government agencies. I’ve found that the idea of “getting it done” via intensive trauma therapy appeals to many people, but some ...

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Jan 6, 2016, 12:10 PM

Therapists often ask me which trauma treatment they should learn: eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR) or progressive counting (PC).

First of all: Yes – you should learn EMDR or PC, if you haven’t already! Efficient, effective trauma treatment methods enable therapists to systematically guide clients in healing from t ...

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