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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.

Need more help deciding?

“Trauma creates changes you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose.” 

–Michelle Rosenthal

Experiencing a trauma is a physical and emotional experience that can leave people confused, injured, and scared. The healing from a trauma is something no one should go through alone.

The licensed counselors, psychologists, and therapists at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY are here to help you through this healing process every step of the way. Each individual will react differently to trauma. No matter what you experienced in your past or what you are struggling with now, the mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY recognize and acknowledge your traumatic experience. All of your pain, anxiety, depression, anger, and whatever else you are feeling is valid.

People who have experienced trauma are fighting an exhausting, uphill battle. Together, Thriveworks can help bring you relief from this emotional pain.

What Are the Mental Symptoms of PTSD?

The human brain is a phenomenal organ that interacts with and shapes the world around us. This makes it susceptible to highly emotional events like trauma. Trauma can re-wire the brain to react like it is in danger, when in fact, it is entirely safe.

This is why you may find that something you see, hear, smell, touch, or taste can bring back the memories and emotions of a traumatic experience like it is happening in real time.

Some other signs you are struggling with a past trauma include:

  • Recurrent, painful dreams
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional numbness
  • Feeling jittery/always on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hesitancy to open up to other people, even those you trusted before the trauma
  • Persistent fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame
  • Diminished interest in activities you previously enjoyed
  • Difficulty feeling positive emotions
  • A general feeling of detachment from the world or yourself
  • Continuous feeling of discomfort in stomach and gut

There are many more symptoms that could signify distress because of trauma. Reaching out for help is difficult, and we respect that you have the courage to do so! If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with trauma, it is always safest to call. The counselors at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY are trained to work through trauma in the best possible way for the individual client.

Children’s Reaction to Trauma

Children have unique brains and interactions with the world. However, this can make it difficult to discern if they are struggling to cope with a trauma. Children may display their distress differently than adults. Some signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children include:

  • Unusual attachment to parent or caregiver
  • The apparent loss of speech or the refusal to speak even when prompted
  • Acting out trauma in play
  • A decrease in developmental level (example: no longer using the bathroom when needed)

It can be an equally distressing and terrifying time for the parent or caregiver to have a child in pain. Licensed trauma counselors at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY are equipped to help your child through the healing process.

How Do Therapists Treat Trauma?

Qualified therapists like those at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY can offer strategies to help you on your path to healing. The most common and well-researched approach is talk therapy, which comprises specific modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT). Some examples of what talk therapy will entail include:

  • Education on the symptoms of trauma
  • Learning effective coping skills when symptoms do flare up (things like relaxation exercises, anger-management techniques, and guided imagery)
  • Guidance on how to better manage sleep, exercise, and diet, all of which may have been severely impacted by the traumatic event and are vital in the healing process
  • Identifying and addressing any guilt, self-blame, or other negative emotions surrounding what happened. The trauma is not your fault.
  • Walking through the lingering fear and anxiety. It can be painful, but the unaddressed emotions play a large part in the negative aftermath of a trauma.
  • Addressing any comorbid struggles such as anxiety or depression

Get Help for Trauma at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY

Trauma therapy is highly individualized. Everyone experiences and reacts differently to trauma. Thriveworks counselors in Buffalo, NY want to help you become independent and free of PTSD. You can call the office in Buffalo today and meet with a licensed counselor as early as tomorrow. Thriveworks providers also accept most major forms of health insurance.

Coping with trauma is complex and exhausting. The trauma therapists at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY are here to help you regain control and start on the road to healing. Don’t lose your present to your past. Give us a call today. We are excited to meet you and begin the healing process together.

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 Buffalo therapists and counselors accept 16 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Oscar Health

  • Quest Behavioral Health

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Self-pay costs at Buffalo
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 Thriveworks Buffalo reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Jennifer balances her counseling expertly between talking/educating and listening. I already trust her after just a handful of sessions thanks to her objective feedback and concern. If you need a skilled mental health professional to help guide you thru life’s challenges, you will not be disappointed in Jennifer.
Read more Jennifer balances her counseling expertly between talking/educating and listening. I already trust her after just a handful of sessions thanks to her objective feedback and concern. If you need a skilled mental health professional to help guide you thru life’s challenges, you will not be disappointed in Jennifer.
Buffalo Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Wendy has been seeing my wife and I for almost two and half years. Her insights into how we both viewed our marriage so differently ultimately helped us both see that we are not the right people for one another. We have unfortunately decided that divorce was the right path forward for us as individuals but counseling made it a healthy, productive journey instead of letting things just fall apart at home. She is now my personal therapist helping me deal with the loss of my marriage. I don’t just appreciate our sessions, but I look forward to them. I take notes and I learn a lot about myself and my growth every time we meet.
Read more Wendy has been seeing my wife and I for almost two and half years. Her insights into how we both viewed our marriage so differently ultimately helped us both see that we are not the right people for one another. We have unfortunately decided that divorce was the right path forward for us as individuals but counseling made it a healthy, productive journey instead of letting things just fall apart at home. She is now my personal therapist helping me deal with the loss of my marriage. I don’t just appreciate our sessions, but I look forward to them. I take notes and I learn a lot about myself and my growth every time we meet.
Buffalo Oct 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I was looking for a new therapist for my teenage son and came across their website. I called to see how long of a waitlist they had, expecting there to be a waitlist. ThriveWorks got my son in within 24 hours! Incredible! My son found a great therapist at ThriveWorks, Mr.Stephen Obrien. This guy has a unique approach and it works for my son. My son actually WANTS to go to therapy. He's getting more out of his sessions than either of us could have hoped for. We found this place at the right time and we couldn't be happier.
Read more I was looking for a new therapist for my teenage son and came across their website. I called to see how long of a waitlist they had, expecting there to be a waitlist. ThriveWorks got my son in within 24 hours! Incredible! My son found a great therapist at ThriveWorks, Mr.Stephen Obrien. This guy has a unique approach and it works for my son. My son actually WANTS to go to therapy. He's getting more out of his sessions than either of us could have hoped for. We found this place at the right time and we couldn't be happier.
Buffalo Oct 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Had circumstances that made me very unhappy. My therapist Cheryl gave me great coping skills. The appointments were easy to get and the office was bright and inviting. I would recommend Thriveworks to my friends and family.
Read more Had circumstances that made me very unhappy. My therapist Cheryl gave me great coping skills. The appointments were easy to get and the office was bright and inviting. I would recommend Thriveworks to my friends and family.
Buffalo Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Buffalo is located at 1120 Youngs Rd Suite 300, Buffalo, New York 14221, near Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Phone number

(716) 453-2877

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