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

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Exposure to a traumatic event—from acts of violence or aggression to natural disasters and the loss of loved ones—can leave one reeling for years to come. The sadness, fear, and anxiety that result don’t just disappear. Instead, the victim is often left dealing with these and other harmful effects for a large part of their life.

“In trauma recovery, the objective is for the past to become a very tiny part of your very large, confident, capable, and free self.”

–Michele Rosenthal

The good news is that you are not powerless in your battle with trauma. In fact, there are individuals who are experts at combatting the harmful effects of trauma, at your disposal: trauma therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks Waltham. These professionals specialize in helping their clients manage their trauma symptoms, better respond to triggers, and live well despite the trauma they have experienced. If you think you could find value in working with one of our providers, reach out today—we are ready to help.

Am I Suffering from Trauma?

As touched on above, there are different forms of trauma. A combat veteran who lost a team member can go on to suffer from effects of trauma; similarly, an individual who lost a loved one to cancer can experience the effects of trauma. These two people may present the same symptoms or present very different symptoms. While there is no right or wrong way to react to trauma, the following are common signs of trauma:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Withdrawal or isolation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Racing pulse
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Numbness
  • Hypervigilance

If you’ve experienced or witnessed a distressing event and you are presenting any combination of the above symptoms, you might be dealing with trauma. While you might feel scared, know that help is out there. A trauma therapist at Thriveworks Waltham can help you take control of your life again and live happily despite these harmful effects.

Common Causes of Trauma

Above, we touched on a few causes of trauma. But let’s go a little more in depth. The following can be classified as traumatic experiences and result in PTSD:

  1. Surviving a natural disaster
  2. Losing a loved one
  3. Getting diagnosed with a serious disease
  4. Being bullied as a child (or an adult)
  5. Surviving a car accident
  6. Being physically assaulted

Have you experienced any of the above events? If so, you might experience symptoms of PTSD and suffer as a result. If this is the case, reach out to a counselor or therapist at Thriveworks Waltham. Remember: we are here to help.

How Can a Trauma Therapist Help Me?

The trauma therapists at Thriveworks Waltham are experts in their field. They have studied trauma to great lengths and worked with other clients who have experienced the daunting effects of trauma. They will assess your specific presentation, determine an effective approach to treatment, and then guide you on this treatment journey to help you better cope in your day to day life. A few tools that will help you manage your symptoms in and out of therapy include:

  • Mindfulness techniques:Often, individuals who have been exposed to trauma experience hypervigilance, which is characterized by sensory overload and severe anxiety. Mindfulness techniques can help to combat hypervigilance, as these practices are rooted in focusing the mind on the present moment. Your therapist will help you master mindfulness.
  • Exercise regimens:Another common experience post-trauma is feeling stuck in a state of fear. Exercise proves to counter this reaction, as it enables you to take control of your body again. Try going for a short run, walk, swim, or bike ride. It doesn’t particularly matter what you are doing, as long as you’re moving your body and working your muscles. Your therapist can help you find an exercise regimen you enjoy.
  • Spending time with those who matter: Furthermore, simply spending time with your loved ones can result in some incredible mental health benefits. We are social creatures and therefore need social interaction. So, make some time in your schedule for your friends and your family. Do your best to get out of bed or out of your apartment to see them, even when it’s difficult. You’ll be glad you did.

Set Up an Appointment with a Thriveworks Trauma Therapist or Psychologist

If you are a trauma victim and experiencing unwanted side effects, consider working with a trauma therapist at Thriveworks Waltham. We want to help you take control of your life again and heal from your traumatic experience. If you’re ready, we’re ready.

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (781) 309-9149. A scheduling specialist will greet you and walk you through the process of setting up your session. This process is simple: the scheduler will ask you a few basic questions about why you’re seeking therapy, as well as what your availability is like. Then, they will connect you with a provider who can best help you. If you’re ready to take this big step toward healing from trauma, we’re ready too. We look forward to hearing from and working with you soon!

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 Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Connecticut | BCBS

  • 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

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Self-pay costs at Waltham
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 Waltham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Read more Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Read more You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Read more Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Read more Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Awesome/with 5 being the best.
Waltham May 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Read more Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Read more Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Read more I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Waltham Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Waltham can be reached by taking exit 43B on I-95, and following 2nd Ave to Bear Hill Road. We are located in the same complex as Eastport Real Estate Services. We are next door to Boston Engineering.

Phone number

(781) 905-8487

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