When you experience or witness a traumatic or stressful event, it can lead to several mental health conditions. Fortunately, Kensington Wellness Mental Health Counseling’s team of expert counselors offers trauma-focused psychiatric services to people aged 12 and older in the New York City, New York, community. Call the office today to schedule a virtual consultation or use the online booking tool.

Trauma Q & A

When do I need trauma services?

You or a family member may need trauma services if you’ve experienced a traumatic situation or event. 

You may benefit from trauma services if you struggle with symptoms such as: 

  • Fear
  • Sadness
  • Shame or guilt around the event 
  • Emotional numbness 
  • Mood swings
  • Timidness 
  • Avoidance 
  • Compulsions 
  • Sleep issues
  • Eating disorders 
  • Substance use or addiction 
  • Chronic physical pain or fatigue 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Flashbacks
  • Intrusive thoughts 
  • Self-harm 

Your teenager may also struggle with social anxiety or have trouble engaging in school. 

What can trauma services treat?

The team can treat mental health concerns like depression, anxiety, and other unwanted symptoms. Providers can also diagnose and address trauma or stress disorders. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

With PTSD, you may experience persistent and frightening thoughts and memories or flashbacks to the trauma. Other symptoms include depression, timidness, sleep problems, or avoidance of triggering people or places. 

Acute stress disorder (ASD)

Signs of ASD are similar to PTSD but occur within the first month after you experience a traumatic event. 

Seeking treatment early can reduce your risk of ASD developing into PTSD.

Adjustment disorders

If you have an adjustment disorder, you may react in an unhealthy or disproportionate way to intense changes or events in your life. These could include loss, divorce, or illness.

Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)

Teens who grew up with inadequate care may develop DSED, causing them to be unusually open to interactions with strangers. They may also be over-eager to form attachments with others. 

What do trauma services include?

Your Kensington Wellness Mental Health Counseling provider may recommend a combination of services. 


Virtual trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) sessions help you understand your trauma and how it impacts your emotional, behavioral, and physical well-being.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) uses eye movements to encourage you to safely process traumatic memories. Prolonged exposure therapy (PET) allows you to face your traumas and improves how you react to them. 

For adolescents, family therapy sessions can restore healthy bonds and improve communication skills.

Your provider may also recommend attending support groups or practicing self-soothing tools like meditation and journaling. 


Antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) help improve mood and stress levels. 

Anti-anxiety medications can decrease anxiety and regulate your mood. 

Call Kensington Wellness Mental Health Counseling today or use the convenient online scheduling tool to begin your healing journey.