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Starting Trauma therapy

What is Trauma therapy?

Trauma therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on treating the psychological impact of traumatic events on individuals. Trauma therapy helps people process and heal from their trauma by guiding them through their trauma in a compassionate and supportive way, allowing clients to feel the full scope of what happened to them and eventually move on from the event(s). This process helps people who have experienced trauma find ways to feel safe in their life.

How does Trauma therapy work?

Trauma therapy will often require individuals to walk through their experiences in a controlled and compassionate setting (unless the client has a dissociative disorder) so that they can fully process the event, an activity that will allow them to move on from what happened and feel safe again. Thriveworks Brookline therapists will also help clients learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with their symptoms outside of therapy.

Is Trauma therapy conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks trauma counseling in Brookline, MA is conducted both in person and online through online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Trauma therapy last?

If an individual is working through a single event that occurred during adulthood, they may only need a few months of treatment. However, in instances of childhood trauma or repeated traumatic events, therapy may continue over the course of years. Trauma therapy usually ends when the client believes they have met their therapeutic goals, however long that takes to occur. Thriveworks therapists in Brookline, MA will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

Traumatic experiences can be excruciating—in the moment it occurs and for years to come. Trauma refers to any deeply distressing or disturbing experience, such as the death of a family member, physical injury, emotional abuse, and natural disasters. If you experience a traumatic event, you’ll likely encounter difficult emotions like sadness, anger, fear, and confusion. And you might even go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially if you don’t properly confront your trauma and get the proper support in the days that follow.

“Healing doesn’t mean the pain never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” –Shah Rukh Khan

Trauma has a way of sticking with us. Why? Because it physically changes our brains. After you encounter a traumatic event, you will experience states of hyperarousal. In other words, your brain is on high alert for danger, especially in the form of what you’ve recently experienced. So, for example, if you were injured in a car accident, you’ll likely feel on edge in the car for a while. And you might scare easily when you hear loud noises. This hypervigilance is but one mere effect of trauma and symptom of PTSD.

Fortunately, if you are experiencing hypervigilance or otherwise suffering after a traumatic experience, there are professionals who can help. Trauma and PTSD therapists specialize in providing treatment for trauma victims. If you are in the Brookline, MA area, consider scheduling a trauma therapy appointment at Thriveworks. You can reach our office at (617) 934-1974. We have both in-person counseling and online counseling opportunities available.

Trauma Treatment: Why Do I Need Help?

It’s vital to your health and wellbeing that you receive help after experiencing a traumatic event. You will need to talk through your experience, your emotions, your pain to begin the recovery process. We know that this can sound scary and intimidating, but doing so will allow you to move forward from your trauma toward a happy, fulfilled life again. While talking with your loved ones about how you feel can be helpful, often the best person to talk to is a mental health professional. “PTSD occurs after a traumatic event where your physical health or safety felt at risk,” explains Corey Bisceglia-Kane, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at our Brookline office. “This can include assaults, natural disasters, car accidents, or ongoing abuse or oppression. The major symptoms of PTSD include hypervigilance, replaying the traumatic event in your mind or having flashbacks, disrupted sleep, and impaired functioning both in personal and professional settings as a result of the trauma.” 

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline—which in this case would be a trauma therapist or PTSD therapist—can provide you with unbiased, nonjudgmental help. They also have skills, training, and experience specific to helping people process their traumas. This means that they can equip you with essential tools for healing. Not to mention, they will support you throughout the journey. Unfortunately, trauma isn’t often easily resolved; it takes time and hard work. But with the right help and tools, you can do it.

What Is Trauma Therapy?

Trauma therapy is a form of treatment that involves working with a counselor to process and overcome psychological trauma. As we mentioned earlier, a traumatic event is one that causes significant distress. Trauma therapy can help you work through the aftermath of any traumatic event, and it might involve different therapeutic techniques. “A big part of trauma is not feeling safe so the goal of therapy can be to process the trauma and restore one’s sense of safety in the world,” says Bisceglia-Kane. “Therapy can also help someone develop strategies to manage PTSD symptoms as they arise. These often include grounding exercises, breathwork, and meditation.” There are several main goals of trauma therapy, which are true from one individual to the next:

An individual might also have their own personal goals, based on their specific trauma as well as their current health status. In any case, a trauma therapist at Thriveworks Brookline, MA will be happy to meet you and help you accomplish the right goals in trauma therapy. Nobody deserves to be shackled to their traumatic experiences. We want to help you heal.

Schedule Trauma Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline

If you’ve encountered a traumatic experience—be it the loss of a loved one, a physical or mental injury, a near-death encounter—be sure to get the necessary assistance and support. Thriveworks Brookline has trauma therapy services readily available. Our trauma therapists and PTSD therapists would be happy to meet with you in a traditional in-person therapy setting or in online counseling. Either way, we’ll help you work through your trauma and live a happier, more successful life.

To schedule an appointment at Thriveworks in Brookline, call (617) 934-1974. A scheduling specialist will walk you through the quick, simple scheduling process and help you book your session.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Brookline therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Brookline
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

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Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Read more Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Brookline Dec 2020
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★★★★★
My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Read more My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Brookline Oct 2018
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★★★★★
Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Read more Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Brookline Jul 2018
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★★★★★
We are off to a good start.
Brookline Jun 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Brookline is at the corner of St Paul Street and Beacon Street. We are across the street from the Public Library of Brookline, and next to Mass General Brigham Urgent Care.

Phone number

(617) 958-5912

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