Therapists Specializing in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in New Jersey

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that some individuals develop after exposure to a traumatic event. It’s normal to experience intense fear, anxiety, and sadness during and after a traumatic experience. For some people, these feelings subside on their own over time. For others, however, living through such experiences can lead to ongoing mental health challenges that interfere with day-to-day life.

PTSD symptoms include intrusive re-experiencing of traumatic events, avoidance of trauma reminders, and arousal symptoms, such as hypervigilance. PTSD requires specialized and knowledgeable treatment from a practitioner providing evidence-based therapy. Common and effective therapies include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), prolonged exposure therapy, or cognitive processing therapy (CPT). In therapy, the initial focus is often learning strategies for grounding, coping, and anxiety management. Later on, some therapy types involve gradual and careful exposure to reminders of the traumatic experience, though this is not always a necessary component of treatment. In each treatment, the aim is to help individuals recover and live a full and meaningful life.

Find a therapist in New Jersey with whom you feel safe and comfortable with below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Nellie  Vial

Nellie Vial

248 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ, 07932

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

I know it is important to find someone you feel comfortable with to share your thoughts and feelings. More importantly I understand how much we desire validation, empathy and understanding from a therapist. There are no judgements here. I will work to listen more and talk less so that I can better understand the guidance and help you would like me to provide for you.


Victoria  Goldenberg

Victoria Goldenberg

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

Sometimes it feels like you've been holding your breath all week until you finally get to exhale in therapy. You might feel trapped in your daily life and lack the tools to free yourself. Right from the start we will begin exploring your problems and setting goals. We will untangle the confusing parts of your life so that you can gain closure on your past and establish a sound foundation for your future. Your commitment to your mental health will benefit both you and the people around you.

I will provide you with the tools to cope with the obstacles that you face. Clients who work with me start feeling relief early on in our collaboration; this paves the way for healing to occur. You can expect to receive consistent professional therapy from a dedicated therapist who makes it her mission to be there to support and guide you. Growth is the theme of my practice and together our therapeutic relationship will clear the way to planting new seeds in your life.


Bruce  Rubenstein

Bruce Rubenstein

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $325 per session

Every psychotherapy, whether it involves talking, medications or a combination of both, must begin with a clear sense of who an individual wants to be, or what defines that individual's core essence. Everything proceeds from this starting point in a process that is constantly reassessing the difference between that "ideal self" and where one is in the moment. This contrast assures that there will be constant movement forwards in the therapy. Of course one invariably seeks help at a moment of acute distress, but emerging from a place of discontent or suffering offers a unique opportunity at transformation and it is our goal to take full advantage of that opportunity.

By far the most powerful agency we possess is the ability to choose our life's path. Our thoughts and emotions can be fleeting and unreliable but they can also erode the confidence in our ability to make the choices that serve us well. A therapeutic process must restore the preeminence of your choices to allow you to craft the life that deep down, you always knew you were meant to lead.


Cognitive Change

Cognitive Change

205 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ, 07932

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Cognitive Change is a private practice located in Florham Park, NJ that's committed to providing comprehensive and individualized mental health services in a warm and nurturing environment.

Cognitive Change is a multidisciplinary group of experienced mental health professionals, each of whom provides a broad range of therapeutic interventions for children, adolescents, and adults. Their goal is to empower individuals to heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths and challenge the core thinking that has been a road-block to happiness and contentment.


Joshua  Tal

Joshua Tal

174 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ, 07631

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $300 per session

I'm a caring and direct psychologist with a speciality in sleep disorders. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) to help you to get the sleep your body needs. CBT-I is a rapid and effective treatment. In fact, 85% of CBT-I clients will increase their sleep by at least 1 hour with as little as 4-8 sessions. Stop letting your worries or your medications dictate your sleep. Let's work together so you can reclaim ownership of your sleep.

I also offer treatments for the issues underlying sleep disturbance including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other mind/body health challenges. I use compassion and support to help you understand your problems, and I provide concrete coping skills and evidence based tools to help you manage these problems outside of sessions.


Anees  Benferhat

Anees Benferhat

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 - $400 per session

I welcome you as you are. You may be seeking to shift a pattern of thinking or behavior, to heal trauma from your past, or to just stop feeling so lousy. We will partner together to understand your strengths, stuck points, and goals, and we will tailor our work to meet your specific needs. I will help you create the life that you want and deserve, one step at a time, at your pace, and without judgment.

Reach out to discuss the possibility of working together. We will have a brief phone call to discuss what you are seeking help for, and whether I am the right person to work with you. I welcome the privilege of working with people of all races, ethnicities, spiritualities, genders, and orientations. There are no boxes here, only people.


Connie  Seligman

Connie Seligman

248 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ, 07932

Online Sessions, NJ

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 per session

When life deals you a blow that knocks you off your feet, it's hard to see how talking to a therapist can help. It's true we can't change what happens in the world but we can change how we react when bad things happen. Many of us have inner critics that tell us to “be positive” or “stop feeling sorry for ourselves.” Loss feels bad enough; it doesn’t help to feel guilty about feeling bad, or angry. Often these inner critics are driven by a fear that uncomfortable emotions such as sadness or anger will overwhelm you. I know how to help people to feel grief or despair without sinking into it; or anger without being carried away by it. It may be hard to believe this, but letting yourself feel can actually be liberating.

By focusing on your internal world, I can help you cope with dignity, grace and strength.


Lama  Khouri

Lama Khouri

Online Sessions, NJ

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 - $250 per session

Psychotherapy is a clearing in a world that often overwhelms us and brings us pain and anguish, as well as joy and happy memories. Your psychotherapist's office is a safe place where you can stop, take your time, look, listen to yourself. A place to go when you feel stuck.

All of us humans have a problem to solve. It could be specific–a relationship, a job, a tormenting thought that won’t go away, trouble with food or drink, a death, a marriage. Or it could be more enigmatic – a vague feeling something is wrong, a heaviness of spirit, a blank in the mind. Or perhaps it is as simple, and as complex and universal, as the need to make sense of life.

But even when are clear about our problems, solutions are often illusive and harder to hold. Solutions cannot be ‘one-size-fits-all.’ Traversing life impasses requires, compassionate attention, steadfast effort, and care. Psychotherapy would give you a chance to delve into your complexity and depth and sufferings in the presence of another person—a professional in your corner, a witness whose presence makes your struggle bearable.

Psychotherapy is often open-ended: it may be short, long, or in-between. It is a process, a set of procedures, in which two people work hard together to understand the inner life of one of them. Think of psychotherapy as a particular kind of know-how–a knowing how to know yourself – that you can make your own and, when you are ready to go it alone, take along with you into the world.


Caity  Thompson

Caity Thompson

Online Sessions, NJ

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Cigna, GHI, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

It's not you just you. As a therapist who works with young adults, I have noticed a pattern of perfectionism, fear of making mistakes, people-pleasing behavior, and self-criticism that is tormenting our generation. These tendencies are leading to exhaustion, anxiety, depression, self-sabotage, and burnout.

Our work together will help you develop new ways of thinking, living, and relating to others. You will feel more connected to the present, yourself, others, and the life you desire to live.

I offer a free 20-minute consultation with my potential clients to find out what is bringing you to therapy, what you're looking to gain from this experience, and make sure my training and skills lineup and I am able to be helpful. I also offer my clients the first session for $50 so you can get to know me a bit before committing to working together.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Alyssa  Simmonds

Alyssa Simmonds

500 Morris Avenue, Springfield Township, NJ, 07081

Online Sessions, NJ

Insurances: Beacon Health Options, United Healthcare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $115 - $270 per session

My mission is to provide therapeutic and wellness services to children and families that help bring them to a place of awareness in which true healing, integration, and self-discovery is present. I believe that everyone has the power and capability within themselves to discover the resources, supports, and tools that best meet their needs; I act as a guide and partner along your journey.


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