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What is trauma?

We Specialize in Therapy for Trauma in NYC

There are many definitions of trauma but the most common theme is that trauma is any event which overwhelms a person’s ability to cope with it. Trauma affects your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health and can make it difficult to live your life as you did before the trauma came into your life.

Trauma can come as either a one-time event or as a prolonged series of events.


Different causes of Trauma:


  • Sexual Assault + Abuse

  • Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

  • Childhood Abuse and/or Neglect

  • Natural Disasters

  • Financial Uncertainty

  • Food Insecurity

  • Homelessness

  • Community Violence

  • Medical/Health-Related Trauma

  • Traumatic Grief

What does trauma look like?

Common Symptoms of Trauma

It’s important to know that the symptoms that you may be experiencing following trauma exposure are actually a very normal and natural response to a very abnormal situation. Some of these symptoms include:


Psychological + Emotional


  • Anxiety, fear, and panic attacks

  • Depression and feelings of hopelessness

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief

  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating

  • Mood swings, anger, and irritability

  • Shame, guilt, and self-blame

  • Hypervigilance, or a feeling of always being on edge

  • Feelings of numbness or dissociation

  • Social isolation and relational issues

Physical symptoms


  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares

  • Feeling overly tired or easily fatigued

  • Heightened startle response

  • Difficulty concentrating on normal tasks

  • Racing heartbeat or heart palpitations

  • Bodily aches and pains

  • Muscle tension

What does therapy for trauma in NYC look like?

Our therapists specialize in the treatment of trauma, including interpersonal violence, sexual assault, childhood trauma, and complex trauma.

If you experienced abuse or neglect during childhood, as an adult you may experience anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and difficulty setting boundaries with others. It’s not uncommon for individuals who experienced childhood trauma to have difficulty coping effectively with life’s challenges.

We use the evidence-based practices below in our therapeutic approach including:


Insight-Oriented Therapy (Psychodynamic)

Insight-oriented therapy is based on the belief that through increased consciousness we can create new life experiences. This therapeutic process involves the therapist and client exploring and gaining a better understanding of how feelings, beliefs, actions, and events from the past may be influencing our current mindset and circumstances. The goal of insight-oriented therapy is to empower you with a sense of clarity so that you have the freedom to make new, adaptive, and healthier choices that support your continuing growth.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This process is focused on addressing thought patterns, physical symptoms, and behaviors. Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a very effective form of treating a variety of issues. Through compassionate and supportive care, we hope to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable in starting the process toward growth and reducing the feelings of depression and anxiety you may be feeling. CBT can be used alone or combined with mindfulness/meditation.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR helps individauls reprocess traumatic memories to make them less emotionally charged and overwhelming. EMDR uses visual, auditory, or tactile rhythmic side-to-side movements in order to stimulate the brain bilaterally which helps the brain reprocess traumatic memories in a more adaptive way.


Mindfulness Practices

Through consistent practice, like meditation, we become more focused on the present and understand our experience in the here-and-now. Mindfulness teaches us to shift our attention away from negative thought patterns that lead to the unsatisfactory and problematic thoughts and behaviors and move toward positive and meaningful growth. Mindfulness can be used alone or combined with insight-oriented therapy and CBT.


To learn more about trauma symptoms, as well as effective treatment, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness or the National Center for PTSD

group therapy for trauma

We also offer evidence-based group therapy for trauma in NYC. Typically, members will start with our Trauma Skills Group to improve how they cope with unwanted trauma symptoms. Then, once you gain the foundational skills, you can choose to join our Trauma Processing Group to begin your journey towards healing.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with trauma specialist and group therapist, Monica Amorosi, LMHC or contact her directly at [email protected] to learn more about our group therapy offerings.

Are you struggling to feel better after trauma?

We can help.

We offer many therapeutic options to treat trauma. Learn strategies that will help you overcome trauma symptoms and develop skills for taking action to enjoy your life again. Reach out today for a 30-minute complimentary consultation with a NYC trauma specialist.


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