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8,670 people sought PTSD/trauma therapy help in New Jersey 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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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth Administrators, AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Self Esteem, ADHD, Borderline Personality, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Anxiety, +2 more

Hi, my name is Alexis Powers; it’s so nice to meet you. How are things going for you?

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth Administrators, AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Stress, Women’s Issues, +8 more

In a world full of challenges, I help empower clients through empathy, communication, compassion, and trust.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth Administrators, AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Stress, +7 more

As a Hispanic male, I am open to collaborating with a client on their therapeutic journey toward growth and development.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Cigna | Evernorth, +4 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Men’s Issues, Stress, ADHD, +5 more

As a man of color, I understand the struggles and needing to be resilient and overcoming barriers while normalizing the stigma of mental health.

Lara Carter

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

My go-to approach for helping people in trauma therapy is using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tools in sessions. I find CBT to be beneficial for working with trauma since it helps clients examine the thoughts that are often behind the trauma and understand how that may be affecting their feelings or behaviors. These tools also help to explore specific strategies to recognize problematic thoughts more effectively, and how to challenge these thoughts.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

When working with a client who's experienced trauma, we will often work on first exploring the nature of the trauma and understanding the impacts that the trauma has had on the person's mental health. This can involve using narrative approaches, which is a way of further unpacking the trauma in detail. Then we can work on exploring the thought patterns behind that trauma and how to challenge these thoughts, as well as working on coping with trauma-related triggers and developing healthy coping strategies to work through the effects of the trauma.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in trauma therapy when they are reporting feeling a greater sense of calm and peace, have the ability to cope with their trauma-related triggers, and are able to go through their day-to-day life without the worries of their trauma negatively affecting their present life.

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

Clients can supplement their time in trauma therapy by spending time prioritizing their individual needs to improve their relationship with themself. This can include practicing more self-care, setting boundaries, spending more time focusing on hobbies or interests, and of course practicing the tools that they've been learning in therapy to help improve their mental health!

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

To prepare for your first trauma therapy session, you can identify some of the main reasons that you want to come to therapy at this time. Trauma can affect someone's life in a lot of ways, so any background information will really help your therapist determine a plan for how they can support you. Even though it can be difficult to discuss, knowing about the nature of your trauma and the impacts that it has had on you can help your therapist to best help you!

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 Paramus therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • AmeriHealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

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Self-pay costs at Paramus
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

4.5 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
Our Family Therapy sessions have been sent from heaven. Rosalie Cespedes brings professionalism, care, experience and love to our session. It is hard to find a person that all the family respects and appreciates her advice. My two daughters and wife truly appreciate her advice and the positive changes has made to our daily lives. We will definitely continue working with her long term and encourage any family or person going through personal challenges and need professional; honest advice to try working with her. Thank you for all you have done.
Read more Our Family Therapy sessions have been sent from heaven. Rosalie Cespedes brings professionalism, care, experience and love to our session. It is hard to find a person that all the family respects and appreciates her advice. My two daughters and wife truly appreciate her advice and the positive changes has made to our daily lives. We will definitely continue working with her long term and encourage any family or person going through personal challenges and need professional; honest advice to try working with her. Thank you for all you have done.
Sandy Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★
So far it's OK. I say ok because there is a big age difference between the therapist and myself. Maybe by 25yrs or so.
Read more So far it's OK. I say ok because there is a big age difference between the therapist and myself. Maybe by 25yrs or so.
Frank Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks in Paramus, NJ is located on Sunflower Ave, just off of State Route 17 and west of Di Maggio Park. We're in the same building as House Window Replacement & Installation and Harvest Property and Investment, and are neighbored by Exxon and Renell Label Print. The closest bus stop is Rt 17 and Ridgewood Ave.

Phone number

(973) 529-8913

Languages spoken by NJ providers

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