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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 Newton 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 Newton, 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 Newton, MA will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

When you experience or witness a traumatic event, the effects don’t always hit you right away. In certain cases, they stay dormant for a while… until you’re triggered. If you witnessed a violent act, shouting or aggression might trigger you. If you survived a natural disaster, strong winds or flood warnings might trigger you. If you lost a loved one, sirens or even sappy movies might trigger you. In any case, when it comes to trauma, these triggers can result in fear, anxiety, fatigue, and a sense of impending danger or doom.

“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing creates change you do choose.”

–Michele Rosenthal

While you cannot change your exposure to trauma, you can control what you do next. You can choose to begin trauma therapy and find healing. Your trauma therapist will help you learn how to cope with the harmful consequences of the traumatic experience and better manage your symptoms.

If you think you could benefit from working with a trauma therapist or psychologist, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Newton, MA. We have mental health professionals who specialize in trauma therapy and know just how to help you on your journey toward healing. They are experts in their field, and they truly care about your wellbeing—they want to help you live a happy, healthy life after trauma.

What Are the Symptoms of Trauma? Causes?

Everyone reacts to trauma in different ways, both physically and emotionally. That said, there are common symptoms of trauma. “Symptoms of PTSD include distressing memories, flashbacks, and nightmares,” says Jessica Caira, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at our Newton office. “You may also notice yourself avoiding people or places that remind you of the traumatic event and struggle with a negative self-image.

We mentioned a few potential causes of trauma above. But let’s delve a little deeper. The following are traumatic experiences that can result in PTSD:

  1. Active military combat
  2. Physical and/or sexual assault
  3. Witnessing a natural disaster, such as a tornado or hurricane
  4. Living through a car accident
  5. Being cheated on by a significant other
  6. Getting bullied as a child
  7. Getting seriously injured
  8. Being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness
  9. Experiencing the loss of a loved one

How Can a Trauma Therapist Help?

Therapy is one of the most common forms of treatment for PTSD. It is extremely important that individuals who experience signs of PTSD seek help from a mental health professional as soon as possible, so as to heal properly. It’s possible that their illness will grow more severe if they do not seek treatment.

Therapy might focus on targeting symptoms of PTSD directly. It might also focus on the individual’s ability to function properly in important areas of life such as at work or in their relationships. “Therapy can help teach grounding techniques to manage the symptoms of PTSD,” Caira explains. “We will also support you in processing the trauma and learning to manage the negative thought patterns associated with the event.”

The trauma therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Newton, MA are here to help. Here are some practices the might teach you that can aid in your recovery:
  • Spending quality time with loved ones: Another effect of trauma is withdrawal or isolation. This only worsens your emotional and mental state, so it’s important that you break out of your shell and spend some quality time with your loved ones.
  • Utilizing mindfulness and relaxation techniques: You might also find yourself in a hypervigilant state after experiencing trauma, which is essentially sensory overload. To calm your mind and anxiety, try engaging in mindfulness or relaxation techniques.
  • Capitalizing on the power of movement: Trauma can cause you to feel frozen in a state of fear. You can counter this reaction by moving running, swimming, dancing, even walking. Even 10 or 15 minutes of movement can go a long way and help you regain control over your body.

See a Trauma Therapist, Psychologist at Thriveworks in Newton, MA

A trauma therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Newton, MA can work with you to improve your response to future triggers and better control all of the negative effects that you are experiencing. They can help you understand your symptoms and also assist you in adapting self-care activities that will prove to help your battle against PTSD as well.

If you’re ready to reclaim control of your life and take this important step toward healing, book an appointment at Thriveworks. Just give us a call at (617) 992-2827 and a scheduling specialist will help to get you all set up with one of our skilled, caring providers. They will ask you a few questions, such as what issue you are presenting and when you were hoping to meet with a counselor. Thriveworks Counseling offers flexible hours: in addition to weekday and daytime appointments, we offer weekend and evening sessions. This further enables us to accomplish our mission of providing you with quality mental health services that make a difference in your life.

Are you ready to begin trauma therapy? If so, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Newton, MA. We are eager to help you on this journey, and we can’t wait to meet you.

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 Newton therapists and counselors accept 29 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 Newton
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 Newton reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Read more My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Read more I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is a competent, warm, and caring counselor.
Newton Nov 2018
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Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Read more Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Read more Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is wonderful and caring. I would recommend her services to anyone.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Read more I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Newton Nov 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newton is off of Boylston Street and Jackson Street. We share a building with Razelles Skin Care Salon. Down the road is a Life Time Fitness and Winston Flowers.

Phone number

(617) 380-4684

Languages spoken by MA providers

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