Trauma Therapy in NYC

Is an experience of trauma interfering with your life? People who experience traumatic events, such as an assault , abuse, vehicle accidents or survivors of natural disasters, can often face intrusive thoughts, negative moods, and an inability to relax. These symptoms can often get in the way of healthy relationships and productive careers.

Whether you are experiencing posttraumatic stress or simply having difficulty adjusting after a trauma, Union Square Practice has a team of first class trauma specialists (Kate Thacher, PsyD and Julia Vigna Bosson, PhD) that are trained and skilled in using a number of effective treatments for PTSD and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Bosson and Dr. Thacher have worked extensively in treating people with PTSD, both combat veterans and survivors of 9/11, and are affiliated with research programs on the topic at New York University.

We provide the very best in evidence-based treatment, so you can live a happier, healthier life.

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What is PTSD?
PTSD describes the experience of persistent symptoms that can affect a person after the experience of a traumatic event. With respect to PTSD, an event is considered traumatic in nature when it involves actual or threatened death, serious injury, or a threat to one’s physical integrity (e.g. sexual assault). Examples of such traumatic events may include physical assaults, sexual assaults, combat, serious accidents, domestic violence, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and so on. There are a number of ways people can be exposed to a traumatic event: direct experience, witnessing, feeling threatened by the possibility of the event, or learning about a loved one going through such events.

What are some symptoms of PTSD?
The symptoms of PTSD are grouped into the following four “symptom clusters”:

1. Intrusions
2. Persistent Avoidance
3. Negative alterations in cognition and mood
4. Increased state of arousal

The symptoms should be assessed by a qualified mental health professional, due to the diversity of symptom presentations and specifics needed for diagnosis. For further reading on PTSD symptoms, click here.

How does Union Square Practice treat PTSD?
Some of the treatment approaches used at Union Square Practice for the treatment of PTSD include Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Relationships/Narrative Story Telling (STAIR/NST). For those not quite ready to engage in a treatment approach that involves an exposure to the traumatic event(s), which the individual has likely avoided, we work with them using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This approach builds a person’s ability to better cope with distress. Sometimes treatment will then involve one of the evidence-based approaches with an exposure component, but this is not always necessary.

Our Office

Just a few blocks away from Union Square at 817 Broadway, our office provides a warm and comforting environment for you to work with your therapist.

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To schedule an initial consultation, please call 212-335-2100.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins.