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.

May 17, 2021, 4:39 PM

Did you ever notice how unsatisfying some apologies are? Like, “I’m sorry if you were offended,” or, “Sorry, I was just joking, I didn’t mean anything.” Because those are not actual apologies. Those are just pretend-polite ways of blowing people off.

Which is fine if that’s what you’re go ...

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Apr 9, 2021, 8:48 PM

An essential element of social justice is repair of the harm done, so the injured person can recover from the injury and have their best opportunity to live according to their potential. Since traumatization is so often an element of social injustice, trauma healing is an essential element of the repair. And ideally, this repair should be ...

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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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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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