Trauma & PTSD Therapy

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Trauma Therapy

What is trauma & PTSD?

Trauma encompasses emotional responses to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self, and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. Events that can lead to trauma include accidents, natural disasters, violence, or long-term exposure to highly stressful situations like war or severe neglect.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe mental health condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD is characterized by the inability to recover from the intense emotional impact of such traumatic experiences. The condition is identified by specific symptoms following the trauma, and these can be persistent and disruptive to daily life. Symptoms can include nightmares, reliving the trauma, changes in thinking or mood, anxiety, trouble sleeping, irritability, memory problems, emotional numbness, relationship difficulties, and avoiding any places or people that remind one of the traumatic event.

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Transform trauma into strength with the professional support of an experienced and trauma-informed melanated therapist in Philadelphia.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), have been shown to be particularly effective therapy methods at treating trauma and PTSD. 

  • CBT For Trauma: This approach addresses the specific thoughts and behaviors resulting from traumatic experiences. CBT for trauma focuses on identifying, understanding, and altering the negative thought patterns and beliefs that are often developed following a traumatic event. CBT aims to empower individuals by teaching them coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety, ultimately helping them to regain a sense of control over their lives.
  • EMDR for Trauma: Emphasizes the brain’s ability to heal from psychological trauma like the body recovers from physical trauma. During EMDR sessions, the therapist leads the patient through a series of side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or taps while the patient simultaneously focuses on various aspects of a traumatic memory. These bilateral sensory inputs help open the nervous system and allow the brain to process the traumatic memories to reduce their troubling effects. This can significantly soften the impact of the memory and reduce the stress associated with it.

Trauma therapy can be a great benefit to those who identify with the following:

Do you often have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to a past traumatic event?

Do you experience nightmares or flashbacks that make you feel like you're reliving the trauma?

Do you avoid places, activities, or people that remind you of the traumatic experience?

Do you find yourself feeling emotionally numb or detached from people, activities, or your surroundings?

Have you noticed a change in your reactions, such as being easily startled or frightened?

Do you feel irritable, angry, or exhibit aggressive behavior more often than before the traumatic event?

Therapy can help you regain full control over your life

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What are your rates?

Individual Therapy – $155 for each appointment. For more information see our Rates & Insurance page. 

What are your insurance details?

The practice is in-network with Aetna, Highmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Anthem, and Federal Employee Program. if your are unsure if we are an in-network provider for your plan, feel free to contact us for more information.

If you have an insurance that the practice is not in-work with (e.g., Independence Blue Cross, Keystone, Personal Choice, Cigna, United Health Care, etc), you can contact the member services or Behavioral/Mental Health number on the back of your card, and ask if your have out of network benefits. If you have out of network benefits, the practice can provide you with a Superbill after each therapy session to submit to your insurance provider.

The following questions can be asked to determine if you have out of network benefits:

  • Does my health insurance plan include out of network mental health benefits?
  • Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and how much has been accumulated so far?
  • Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
  • Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
  • What would be covered if I worked with an out-of-network provider?
  • What is the process to be reimbursed for out of network benefits?
How do you accept payment?

Major credit cards are accepted. We also accept payment from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you will be charged a $95 missed session fee.

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2133 Arch Street, Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19103