Trauma Specialist

Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC

Mental Health Counseling located in Midtown, New York, NY

Traumatic events have a powerful and long-lasting effect on your mental health, leaving you stuck with fear and struggling to move beyond the trauma. Kristie Tse, MA, LMHC, NCC, and the compassionate team of therapists at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC in Midtown Manhattan understand how hard it is to process trauma and move beyond its grip. They have years of experience helping clients learn to overcome their symptoms and regain their lives. To schedule an appointment, call the New York City office or request one online today.

Trauma Q&A

What is trauma?

Trauma occurs when you experience a dangerous, scary, or shocking event. Traumatic events always affect your emotional well-being, and in many cases, they threaten your physical safety. You can also experience the same distress by witnessing the event or learning about trauma experienced by a loved one.

The most common traumatic events include:

  • Natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, earthquakes)
  • Physical, sexual, or psychological abuse
  • Physical or psychological neglect during childhood
  • Domestic violence
  • Community violence (shootings)
  • Car crashes and other accidents
  • Robbery or household invasion
  • Death or serious illness of a friend or family
  • Persistent stress at home
  • Military stressors on family
  • Combat duty
  • Being bullied

However, trauma encompasses more than devastating events. The concept also includes psychological trauma.

What is psychological trauma?

Psychological trauma is the emotional response you have to a negative event. The emotional effect of trauma can be overwhelming and difficult to understand and move on from. Because trauma is so hard to process, it’s often hard to realize the full impact it has on your life.

No matter what event causes your trauma, the main psychological symptom is a pervasive fear that changes your behavior. Along with fear, you may experience other strong emotions that are hard to deal with, including:

  • Anger or rage
  • Shame
  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Guilt (even though you’re not responsible for the event)

Psychological trauma often affects your ability to sleep and causes physical problems like headaches and stomachaches. Many people change their life by avoiding the people and places that remind them of the trauma. Some will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other trauma-related disorders.

The longer your symptoms last, the more they pervade your life and interfere with your ability to fulfill your daily responsibilities. Without treatment, the ongoing psychological fallout from trauma can put significant stress on your relationships.

How is trauma treated?

Coping with trauma and reclaiming a life that’s free from fear takes time and therapy. The team at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC uses trauma-focused therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy to guide the process. They help you understand the trauma’s impact, process your emotions and memories, and learn how to move forward.

Through their compassionate therapy, you learn coping skills that allow you to diminish depression, anxiety, trauma-related guilt, and intrusive symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares.

If you haven’t been able to overcome the emotional impact of trauma, don’t wait to get help. Call Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC or book an appointment online today.