You’re ready to feel in control of your life again. To believe that no matter where you are, or what you’re doing, you are safe.

But ever since your traumatic event, you’ve felt like a different person. As if the world around you is a scary place and it’s difficult to find a sense of calm.

Before your traumatic event(s), you were a freer person. You lived in the moment and enjoyed life as it came.

You felt comfortable taking care of yourself. You never doubted your sense of the situation and believed you could handle anything that came your way. Yet, when your trauma happened your world changed. You started to question yourself.

So here you are, some time later, and you’re starting to wonder if you’re ever going to feel like yourself again.

Every day is stressful. You either feel numb about what happened to you or feel in a constant state of hyper arousal.

You know your trauma is serious and that it takes time to overcome something like this. But you don’t want to be terrified for the rest of your life. Rather, you want to feel in control of your life again and to trust yourself.

What you didn’t expect the amount of time it would take for you to feel normal. That just when you thought you were starting to get better, something small would trigger your trauma and you’d feel like you were back at the beginning again.

You’re getting through the day-to-day and you’re beginning to trust yourself again, but you know you still have some work to do.

When You Seek Trauma Counseling with Urban Wellness

  • You will finally start to feel like living a normal life is possible again
  • You will process any painful memories from your trauma and move forward from a healthy place
  • You will be able to concentrate and look back on your memories without your traumatic experiences filling your thoughts
  • You will be able to fully connect with friends and family without experiencing symptoms of trauma such as depression and/or anxiety
  • You will rise above the shame and guilt you may carry around as the result of your trauma
  • You will be able to put your past behind you and thrive in your life going forward

Who Benefits Most from Trauma Therapy?

Trauma Counseling is best for those who understand that a significant event in their life is negatively impacting them. Trauma Counseling helps you understand the complexity of your experience and address it so you can start to heal.

You will benefit from Trauma Focused therapy sessions if:

  • You are interested in overcoming the negative effects trauma has had on your body and brain
  • You are looking to take the skills you learn in the therapy room and apply them to your life outside of session
  • You are ashamed of your experiences and sharing your story cause you anxiety and pain
  • You are ready to find a way to regulate your emotions so that you can move forward in a more steady and stable way

If you are currently experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If you are currently experiencing substance abuse or dependence, please see our other specialized service.


What The Trauma Counseling Process Looks Like

Trauma Counseling is meant to help you face the memories and physiological responses of what happened to you and develop the skills to keep them from impacting you in a negative way. Together, you and your therapist will strive to reduce your irritability, anxiety, and isolation and improve your ability to live a happier life. You will discover ways to regain ownership of your daily tasks and complete them without feeling weighed down by your past.

You and your therapist will meet together weekly for 55-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step.

Here’s what to expect:

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about you and your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. You will also discuss the goals you have going forward together.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Trauma Therapy

Together, in each subsequent session, you and your counselor will use evidenced-based psychotherapy models to treat the struggles you are experiencing after your traumatic event.

Each session is designed to discover how the above factors contribute to your current distress. Together we will process the current state of your experience with trauma and how it is affecting your current lifestyle.  

Therapists at Urban Wellness focus on providing a safe space for you to process and discuss any issues that arise from living with trauma. With their help, you can learn skills to help you understand and work through your trauma. In addition to trauma counseling, we also offer EMDR therapy, which can be especially beneficial to trauma survivors.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

In your final sessions, you will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what you and your counselor have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.

More About Urban Wellness

Urban Wellness Helps the Members of Our Community Thrive

Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues and it is our job to find the professional that is the right fit for you and your loved ones. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients and provide therapy for the whole family.

Whether a one-time occurrence or ongoing, traumatic experiences can be debilitating. Maybe you’re experiencing heightened anxiety or fear, self-blame, numbness, flashbacks or nightmares, or isolation or avoidance of certain places or people. Or you may be experiencing the physiological effects, like body aches, headaches, heightened alertness or startle response. Or you’re having difficulty connecting with others, managing daily life activities, or relationships. We can help–this is a safe place. Urban Wellness’ trauma-focused therapists can provide you with the help and space you need to begin to navigate through any current or past traumatic experiences.

What Will You Pay for Help with Your Trauma?

Trauma-Informed Counseling is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial sessions cost $170 and each follow-up session costs $145 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.

Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offers in network and out of network benefits. We accept BCBS PPO, Humana, and United Healthcare insurances, at their contracted rates. For your convenience, we will do a benefit check on your behalf and notify you of our in network or out of network benefits. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.

Your Next Steps

It is completely possible to move forward in a life without fear, shame, or guilt about your trauma. You will be able to freely experience new situations without constantly looking over your shoulder or doubting yourself. You will feel a sense of pride knowing that you have taken back your power and are creating an existence on your own terms.

It’s true your experiences have shaken your core and maybe made you stop believing in yourself, but that does not mean you cannot start to move on and reclaim your identity. You will have the coping skills to reduce your anxiety so that you can show up and function without worry. You’ll be able to hold your head high while you tell your story.  Ultimately, you’ll find a way to progress beyond your past, experience more positive interactions with others and connect on deeper more intimate levels with your loved ones. Urban Wellness can help. Call +1 (773) 774-4444×0, email intake@urbanwellnesscounseling.com, or fill the form out below to schedule your EMDR Counseling session today.