Therapists for Trauma in NYC
Find the best therapists for trauma in NYC. Psychological trauma is a reaction to a distressing event like an accident, assault, or the loss of a loved one. Symptoms may include intense anxiety, mood swings, nightmares, and feelings of shame. A therapist with experience treating trauma can talk you through your pain and help alleviate your symptoms.
The following therapists specialize in trauma. Most are based in Manhattan with the majority located in Midtown, but there are many who practice on the Upper East and West Sides and in Lower Manhattan. There are also a number of qualified therapists in Brooklyn and Queens. If your therapist determines that a diagnosable mental health condition like anxiety, depression, or PTSD has developed following a trauma, your health insurance may cover your sessions. NYC therapists who specialize in trauma accept payment from several insurance plans, most commonly Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. It’s also possible to find therapists who are in-network with insurances like Aetna, Consolidated Health Plans, Medicare, and UnitedHealthcare. If you end up paying out of pocket, sessions range from $175 to more than $250 per session in NYC.
Therapy for trauma typically lasts 45 minutes to one hour or longer. Sessions can take many forms as your therapist will tailor their approach to your symptoms. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be helpful for those who struggle with recognizing, understanding, and coping with difficult thoughts and feelings. Others may benefit from exposure therapy to address avoidance behaviors.
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How to find a therapist for trauma in NYC
How can therapy for trauma help New Yorkers?
Every New Yorker has a story. Unfortunately, some of these stories may include traumatic events that occurred in childhood, in a distant country, or just recently at home or the office. As these individuals navigate the city, they may experience symptoms like anxiety, flashbacks, or feelings of guilt or shame. A therapist with expertise in trauma can help a client talk about their experiences, teach them techniques to manage their symptoms, and ultimately help them heal.
How much does therapy for trauma cost in NYC?
If your therapist accepts insurance, you'd only be responsible for the copay, which is usually $20 to $40 per session. If you have a high-deductible plan, expect to pay $175 to $250+ per session until your insurance starts contributing. Similarly, if you’re paying out of pocket, therapy for trauma in NYC will cost anywhere from $175 to more than $250 per session.
If your therapist determines that a diagnosable mental health condition like anxiety, depression, or PTSD has developed following atrauma, your health insurance may cover your sessions. NYC therapists who specialize in trauma accept payment from a variety of insurance plans including Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Consolidated Health Plans, Medicare, and UnitedHealthcare.
You can see a therapist who isn’t paneled with your insurance, but your out-of-pocket costs will be higher as you’ll only receive partial reimbursement. You could also ask your therapist if they offer a sliding scale, or reduced fee, to clients with limited financial resources. In NYC, sliding scales can be as low as $100 per session.
Where are most therapists for trauma located in NYC?
Most NYC therapists who specialize in trauma see clients in Manhattan. The majority are located in Midtown, but there are many who practice on the Upper East and West Sides as well as in Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Financial District.
There are also a number of qualified therapists in Brooklyn and Queens.
And while most NYC therapists see clients in-person, some offer remote or online sessions as well.
What should I look for in a therapist for trauma?
There are many types of traumatic experiences and reactions, from individual or isolated experiences to those impacting an entire group (for example, the trauma encountered by those living in poverty, dangerous conditions, or war-torn countries). Before you start therapy, ask your therapist if they have experience helping clients with concerns like yours.
You should also ask about the techniques your therapist plans to use. There are several treatment options, only some of which may work for you. Common options include CBT, psychodynamic therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and exposure therapy. To find the right fit, you may have to experiment with one or more of these techniques.
What other resources are there for trauma in NYC?
Outside of individual therapy, NYC has several trauma support groups that you can join.