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

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One of my gifts is the ability to build a rapport with the individuals who participate counseling with me.

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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 Toms River 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 Toms River, NJ 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 Toms River, NJ will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

It doesn’t matter what form trauma takes- emotional, sexual, or physical- no one deserves to go through it. You didn’t choose to experience a trauma and you didn’t choose the way your brain reacted to it. What happened to you isn’t fair, and we wish we could snap our fingers and make the pain go away. We can’t, but what we can do is stand by you and support, encourage, and give you professional, researched advice. Thriveworks Toms River is with you. Together we can heal from trauma and build a healthy, fulfilling life.

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

Michelle Rosental

A traumatic event is horrific, but so is the aftermaths of that event that echoes throughout your life. Work, family, friends, health, happiness, dreams- it’s all at risk of being warped by the destructive nature of trauma.

But there is hope. There is a way to heal.

Trauma therapy is not the only way, but it is a good way. At Toms River we want you to stop simply surviving and start thriving. We strive to be empathetic and nonjudgmental so that you can come with all of your pain and feel the safety you need to heal.

Counseling for trauma isn’t easy. It often means opening up old wounds. It can be a process wrought with anxiety, anger, and hopelessness. But that is not the end product. The end product is peace, strength, and a future with endless possibilities. The trauma counselors at Toms River are here to help you see that goal throughout the process.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment today, give us a call at 732-852-4977.

What Are the Symptoms of Trauma?

Our brain is a magnificent organ. It processes millions bits of information every second. But an organ that detailed is also at-risk for more damage. Trauma literally rewrites your brain’s neural code. It takes all the healthy patterns you’ve formed over the years and twists it into something unhealthy. This is where many of the symptoms we’ll talk about below come from.

But our brains are also great healers. With professional therapy, we can mold it back to an even healthier, happier shape. Trauma Therapy in Toms River makes sure that each counseling session is client-centered because everyone will respond to trauma differently. The formula is roughly the same, but the factors can be very different depending on who it is.

Trauma never breaks anyone. It remolds their brain for a time, but we can mold it back with time and energy. Toms River trauma therapy always makes sure to move at your pace, to make sure the healing is magnified as much as possible. There is no deadline in our book; there is only you becoming healthier!

If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it’s worth reaching out for more information:

  • Recurrent, painful dreams
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional numbness
  • 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 enjoy
  • Difficulty feeling positive emotions
  • A general feeling of detachment from the world or yourself
  • Continuous feeling of discomfort in stomach and gut

Trauma, and the possible result of PTSD, will look different for everyone. If you don’t relate to the symptoms above, your struggles are still valid! The list is by no means exhaustive. If you feel a disconnect from where you are and where you want to be, Thriveworks Toms River trauma therapy can help!

How Can We Help?

Counseling for Trauma at Toms River is always client focused. You are the only person who can make true change in your life, so you should have a big say in a therapy session! Being a trauma survivor is one tiny part of who you are. You are a beautiful mosaic of your passions, goals, past, present, hobbies, skills, way of life, and so much more! All of you is important in a counseling session.

There are, of course, some tried and true therapy techniques that have helped people struggling with trauma. They include:

  • Trauma symptom and effect education
  • Practicing personal, effective coping skills (relaxation exercises, anger-management techniques, guided imagery, mindfulness, etc.)
  • Support in managing a healthy sleep, exercise, and diet schedule
  • Work through guilt, self-blame, and other destructive emotions that could be surrounding the trauma.
  • Heal the fear and anxiety still present. Unaddressed emotions are one of the biggest culprits for trauma symptoms.
  • Address any comorbid struggles such as anxiety or depression.

You are not to blame for what happened to you. You didn’t choose this pain. But you can choose healing. The courage and strength it take to even consider counseling for trauma is astounding. You have what it takes to overcome your past so you can live for the now and build a future of hope.

Call Thriveworks Toms River for more information or to schedule an appointment today. We can be reached 732-852-4977.

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 Toms River therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Amerihealth Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Toms River
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

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My therapist is Lesley Petersen and I have been a patient of hers for about four months now. She has been helping me through a stressful situation that I have been going through. I would recommend her because she is easy to talk to and non-judgmental.
Read more My therapist is Lesley Petersen and I have been a patient of hers for about four months now. She has been helping me through a stressful situation that I have been going through. I would recommend her because she is easy to talk to and non-judgmental.
Danielle Feb 2024
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awfully. Goes on vacation for two weeks. Double books me. Calls me one minute before our scheduled meeting time. Says the other person is inside the office and cannot see me. says to me I will call me that night and then says to me via a text message that I will call in the morning. Calls me at 11:am. We have our session where she keeps adding restrictions on me and says "it's nothing personal". Speaks very low that I cannot hear.Tells me she sees 50 people weekly and cannot talk on the phone.
Read more awfully. Goes on vacation for two weeks. Double books me. Calls me one minute before our scheduled meeting time. Says the other person is inside the office and cannot see me. says to me I will call me that night and then says to me via a text message that I will call in the morning. Calls me at 11:am. We have our session where she keeps adding restrictions on me and says "it's nothing personal". Speaks very low that I cannot hear.Tells me she sees 50 people weekly and cannot talk on the phone.
Martin Jan 2024
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I will tell everybody I know not to use thrive works.
Mark Dec 2023
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★★★★★
Robin is incredible. She is kind, compassionate, empathic, and extremely patient. She provided me with a safe environment that allowed me to vent comfortably. Robin was extremely helpful and provided me with excellent coping mechanisms that I will carry and use daily. She is truly extraordinary!
Read more Robin is incredible. She is kind, compassionate, empathic, and extremely patient. She provided me with a safe environment that allowed me to vent comfortably. Robin was extremely helpful and provided me with excellent coping mechanisms that I will carry and use daily. She is truly extraordinary!
Toms River Apr 2022
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★★★★★
Robin made me feel so comfortable and it was easy to ease into change.
Toms River Apr 2022
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is great and really cares for clients, I fully recommend them! And I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sharon Ryan. I never feel wrong, crazy, or judged while speaking with her. She is so comforting and provides excellent, accurate insights. I really appreciate her interest and understanding as well as her flexibility for appointments. I’ve been struggling with losing interest in hobbies that I once loved. With Sharon’s help, I’ve developed new interests I’ve always wanted to try and expanded my horizons. Thank you so much, truly, from the bottom of my heart!
Read more Thriveworks is great and really cares for clients, I fully recommend them! And I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sharon Ryan. I never feel wrong, crazy, or judged while speaking with her. She is so comforting and provides excellent, accurate insights. I really appreciate her interest and understanding as well as her flexibility for appointments. I’ve been struggling with losing interest in hobbies that I once loved. With Sharon’s help, I’ve developed new interests I’ve always wanted to try and expanded my horizons. Thank you so much, truly, from the bottom of my heart!
Toms River Feb 2022
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★★★★★
I recommend checking out Thriveworks to find a mental health care provider that can suit your needs. The owners are sweet, genuine people who make it their mission to help others by connecting therapists and those who want a little guidance. Your mental health is important (especially these days) and you don't need to being in a crisis to see a therapist! In fact, its better to seek out a therapist before you can't cope on your own.
Read more I recommend checking out Thriveworks to find a mental health care provider that can suit your needs. The owners are sweet, genuine people who make it their mission to help others by connecting therapists and those who want a little guidance. Your mental health is important (especially these days) and you don't need to being in a crisis to see a therapist! In fact, its better to seek out a therapist before you can't cope on your own.
Toms River Jan 2021
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★★★★★
If you're looking for counseling, this is definitely the place to go!
Toms River Dec 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Toms River off of Main Street, and we share an office with KT’s Office Services, among other businesses. Look for the corner of Main Street and Union Street, we are right on the corner.

Phone number

(732) 795-5217

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Spanish
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