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

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Trauma Therapy in Washington, DC—Georgetown Therapists, Counselors

What really is trauma? The short answer: anything that has had a psychological impact on someone in a negative way. For example, someone who was the victim of bullying, witnessed a horrific event, survived a natural disaster, was physically assaulted, was mentally or emotionally abused, or neglected. There are so many different traumatic events that could affect someone’s life. For those who have gone through something horrible, overcoming their trauma can be just as hard as experiencing the trauma firsthand.

Victims of trauma often struggle with many different areas of their lives because of what they have experienced. Fortunately, help is readily available. Licensed trauma therapists are experts in helping their clients learn how to process their feelings, manage how they let it affect their lives, and learn how to move on to live a happier and fuller life. At Thriveworks Washington, DC in Georgetown, we offer trauma therapy to help guide you through these challenges. It is possible to recover and feel normal again after a traumatic event. Let us help you get there. Call us today at (202) 221-8410 to get started.

What Is PTSD? Do I Have it?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a combination of reactions that can occur after someone has been through a traumatic event. Someone who has PTSD can be affected by it daily or only when certain stressors trigger it. Someone who is diagnosed with PTSD shows symptoms for at least an entire month following the traumatic event they went through. However, some people do not experience symptoms until months, even years later. Some symptoms that characterize PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks to the distressing experience
  • Unwanted thoughts or memories of the event
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Lack of interest in day to day activities
  • Emotional distress from triggers that remind someone of their trauma
  • Detachment from friends, family, and everyday tasks
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Lack of happiness or fulfillment
  • Depression
  • Feelings of guilt or anger about what happened

How Can Trauma and PTSD Therapy Help?

Trauma therapy and PTSD therapy aim to help people work through the psychological trauma they have experienced. The licensed therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Washington, DC can help you manage your symptoms, confront your triggers, and overcome your past experiences so you can move forward with your life. There are many different types and approaches to trauma therapy. Some of the more popular ones include:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Your counselor can help you manage your symptoms and feelings by changing the way you think and act. For example, you might be asked to confront your traumatic memories in detail so your counselor can help you cope with the distress and actively change your responses to it.
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a method that involves you following your therapist’s finger by moving your eyes side-to-side while recalling the traumatic experience. This movement can help you overcome your symptoms.
  3. Medication: In some instances, medication might benefit someone suffering from PTSD. However, your psychologist will work with you and guide you through your options based on your medical history and diagnosis. Ask your provider about any questions you have prior to starting a new medication.

Schedule a Session with a Trauma Therapist at Thriveworks Washington, DC in Georgetown

Here at Thriveworks, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide our clients with the help they have been looking for and deserve when they need it. Because we are client-focused, we will do whatever we can to help you achieve your goals and heal. Call (202) 221-8410 to be connected with one of our scheduling specialists who can set you up with one of our caring providers. We almost always have same-week appointments.

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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 Washington therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Washington
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 Washington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I really love our counselor. She has been very helpful in addressing our marital concerns/ issues. She has also been flexible in getting us into her schedule during a time that works for us.
Read more I really love our counselor. She has been very helpful in addressing our marital concerns/ issues. She has also been flexible in getting us into her schedule during a time that works for us.
Washington, D.C. Nov 2018
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★★★★★
So far i am very happy with my counselor. He is understanding and sympathetic and his mindful methods are helping me deal with past hurts and manage stress and anxiety. The environment of the office is also very soothing and calming once you step through the door
Read more So far i am very happy with my counselor. He is understanding and sympathetic and his mindful methods are helping me deal with past hurts and manage stress and anxiety. The environment of the office is also very soothing and calming once you step through the door
Washington, D.C. Aug 2018
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★★★★★
First time trying it and definitely going back.
Washington, D.C. Jul 2018
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★★★★★
Very welcoming office. Beautiful atmosphere. Different from any other counseling office that I've seen. Highly recommend
Read more Very welcoming office. Beautiful atmosphere. Different from any other counseling office that I've seen. Highly recommend
Washington, D.C. Dec 2017
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★★★★★
I visited this office before it was even officially open, and was beyond impressed at how it looks and the customer service systems Thriveworks was putting in place. Impressive!
Read more I visited this office before it was even officially open, and was beyond impressed at how it looks and the customer service systems Thriveworks was putting in place. Impressive!
Washington, D.C. Nov 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Washington DC is located at 1010 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 340, Washington, DC 20007, in Georgetown, near the waterfront.

Phone number

(202) 952-4629

Languages spoken by DC providers

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