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25,439 people sought PTSD/trauma therapy help in Pennsylvania in the last year

Discover how starting PTSD/trauma therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Prioritizing your mental health isn't selfish. I will help you feel confident that you are taking a courageous first step toward healing.

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I strive to provide a reflective atmosphere to help individuals authentically engage deeper aspects of themselves.

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As a human being, prone to human error, I understand the complexities of navigating through life's obstacles. I am honored to assist you with working ... As a human being, prone to human error, I understand the complexities of navigating through life's obstacles. I am honored to assist you with working through your challenges and exploring avenues that result in growth. Read more

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Kelly emphasizes the importance of learning how to love and be yourself.

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I believe everyone can live a purposeful and meaningful life without having to win a battle against themselves.

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I am dedicated to playing a role in helping all people get the mental health care that they need in order to lead happy, joyful, healthy lives.

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for PTSD/trauma therapy?

Erin: My go-to approach for helping individuals struggling with PTSD or past trauma is cognitive behavioral therapy with consistent and strong validation for their experiences.

Jami: My go-to approach for helping people in PTSD/trauma therapy is using a mix of CBT and inner child work. I find this helps clients not only cope with present symptoms of PTSD, but also heal the root cause of those symptoms on a deeper, emotional level.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

Erin: In treating PTSD, I help clients face and process their trauma while teaching clients distress tolerance relaxation exercises. In processing their trauma, I help clients identify the beliefs they have generated around their experiences, assess the accuracy of those beliefs, reflect on how those beliefs may be impacting their lives, and modify those beliefs as needed to move forward more effectively from the trauma.

Jami: I teach the following tools in PTSD/trauma therapy:

  • Grounding skills: Grounding skills help calm our brain out of trauma reminders, flashbacks and triggers into the present moment to help decrease distress.
  • Healthy habits: Good sleep, healthy eating, and exercise can go a long way in helping address and prevent trauma symptoms.
  • CBT triangle: Learning how to recognize, challenge, and shift negative thoughts and negative storylines about ourselves and the world is a crucial part of healing in trauma.
  • Connecting with your inner child: Learning how to connect with your inner child, which is often the part of you most triggered in difficult moments, and to reparent and listen to/protect that part of you.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in PTSD/trauma therapy?

Erin: I know that clients are making meaningful progress in a few ways. First, I can usually tell by the way in which clients are talking about their experiences. I can hear when the tools we discuss are being applied in a way that expands their perspective and helps them to manage their symptoms more effectively. Second, clients typically tell me that they are feeling better with a reduction in the severity of their negative symptoms. Third, I see progress through the increase of goal-directed behaviors over time. These signs of progress make this job so incredibly rewarding!

Jami: I know a client is making meaningful progress in PTSD/trauma therapy when they have a better grasp on the root of their trauma, can successfully use grounding skills, and are open to exploring and talking about their trauma for the goal of healing.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement PTSD/trauma therapy?

Erin: Individuals can supplement their time in trauma therapy with meditation, physical movement, bibliotherapy, and support groups as needed.

Jami: Clients can supplement their time in PTSD/trauma therapy with daily practice of grounding skills, journaling, and engaging in healthy self-care outlets. I also share podcast and book recommendations with my clients that align with what we're learning in session to help supplement therapy and assist between visits.

What should someone do to prepare for starting PTSD/trauma therapy?

Erin: No preparation needed! Come as you are.

Jami: To prepare for their first PTSD/trauma therapy session, someone can take a deep breath and know that we won't jump all in at once. We'll take calculated baby steps with a lot of support to create a safe environment of challenge in small steps toward healing.

Starting PTSD/trauma therapy

What is PTSD/trauma therapy?

At Thriveworks, PTSD/trauma therapy involves dedicated efforts to address and navigate through past and/or recent traumatic events. Therapists specializing in trauma create a secure environment to process and heal from these experiences, aiming to reduce trauma-related symptoms and enhance overall quality of life.

How does PTSD/trauma therapy work?

Our Thriveworks providers use PTSD/trauma therapy treatments like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing EMDR, CBT, and exposure therapy with the goal of helping clients process the traumatic events they have experienced so that they can to start feeling safe and secure again.

Symptoms of PTSD

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can vary but often include:

  • Flashbacks and distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Intense anxiety and irritability
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma
  • Negative changes in mood and thought patterns
  • Increased arousal, like difficulty concentrating or exaggerated startle response

How do you overcome PTSD triggers?

The best way to overcome PTSD triggers is to seek the assistance of a professional therapist, such as those at Thriveworks, who can help you to understand and treat your PTSD triggers.

What type of therapist is best for PTSD?

In most cases, a therapist who specializes in PTSD/trauma therapy is the best type of mental health professional to address the symptoms of PTSD.

Is PTSD/trauma therapy conducted in person or online?

PTSD/trauma therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long should you go to therapy for PTSD?

If a client is working through a single traumatic event that occurred as an adult, trauma or PTSD therapy may only take a few months, but in general, it can take a year or more to effectively treat trauma symptoms and PTSD. The duration of treatment is highly dependent on the client and the severity of their symptoms.

How successful is therapy for PTSD?

The success rate of therapy for PTSD depends entirely on the individual's symptoms, commitment to attending sessions, and personal abilities.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Bethlehem therapists and counselors accept 42 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage

  • AmeriHealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Bethlehem
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
So far I have had good experiences with the clinicians and the management.
Susan Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Read more My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Susan Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Read more Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Bethlehem Oct 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Read more Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Bethlehem Feb 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Read more I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Bethlehem Jul 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Read more Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Read more I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Read more Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethlehem is located off of Linden St, just north of Bethlehem Memorial Park. We currently share a building with Our Serenity Therapeutic Massage, and our office is neighbored by Purevon. The closest bus stop is Easton at Jennings, and parking is available in our parking lot at the front of the building. If you have trouble finding our office, please reach out to us! We'll be happy to provide specific instructions.

Phone number

(484) 246-8486

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
  • Mandarin
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