The Adult Trauma Program at the Center for Therapy & Counseling Services is an innovative model of treatment. We work with men and women who struggle with trauma, complex trauma and PTSD. Services are offered through the Center for Therapy & Counseling Services and through Centered Wellness. Offices are located in East Brunswick, Edison, North Brunswick and Princeton, NJ. This program includes an individualized treatment plan (we want your treatment plan to be as unique as you are), evidence-based treatment, group and individual therapy, expressive therapies and psychoeducation.

Treating Trauma, Complex Trauma & PTSD

The Trauma Program

We are optimistic in our approach and see success every day. We take the trust you give us very seriously and we take as much time as necessary to fully understand you. We know that trauma plays a real and relevant part in how you experience life.

Once-weekly therapy is not always enough to address trauma. At the same time, not everyone who has endured a traumatic event needs or can go to an inpatient treatment program. The Adult Trauma Program is best suited for those who are experiencing challenging symptoms and require more support than a typical weekly therapy session can provide.

You are 18 years or older

You have a safe living environment

Your behaviors are not dangerous and can be managed outside of therapy sessions

You want to continue fulfilling your obligations like work, school or family while getting trauma treatment

You might be a good match if...

While participating in the Adult Trauma Program, you will attend two individual therapy sessions a week, in one of our offices or online, and attend a weekly therapy group (either virtually or in-person). There may also be coaching or couple/family sessions, depending on your individualized treatment plan. Treatment plans and your individual needs are reassessed every three months.

What to expect

Schedule Trauma Consultation

Your Experience Matters

Experiences that cause significant physical or emotional distress, and are out of a person's control are traumatic. Trauma can vary in degree and severity. Because every individual is unique, two people may experience a similar trauma in different ways. Many events fall under the heading of trauma.


Fast and exaggerated startle response
Sweating or shaking
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Hyperventilating or trouble breathing
Tension in body or muscles
Body aches and pains
Exhaustion or chronic fatigue
Increased heart rate

Because trauma rewires the human threat response and changes your thinking, daily living can be impacted by trauma. However, trauma treatment can allow people to reclaim their lives.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

Acting out or behaving inappropriately
Instigating arguments or conflict
Engaging in risky behavior
Avoiding places, objects and things
associated with the trauma
Isolating, or avoiding people

Excessive worry, fear and anxiety
Poor self-esteem
Sadness and hopelessness
Mood swings or sudden rage
Hostile behavior
Shame or guilt
Lack of interest in activities


Restlessness, fidgety movement
Engaging in compulsive behaviors to avoid
Missing out on activities that were previously enjoyable
Using drugs and alcohol to escape negative emotions and thoughts

Unpleasant or disturbing dreams
Troubling or intrusive memories
Difficulty concentrating
Confused thinking, inability to organize
linear events


Feeling detached from reality
Flashbacks, feeling like the trauma is happening again
Feeling “out of body”

Some include:
Sexual abuse/Sexual assault
Physical abuse/Physical assault/Violence
Emotional abuse/Neglect in childhood
Domestic violence
Natural disasters
Events witnessed or participated in during military service
The sudden death of a loved one
Prolonged illness
Serious accidents
Life-threatening injuries
School or workplace shootings

Your symptoms can be lessened with professional treatment.

If the symptoms of trauma are not treated, more troubling experiences may result. Untreated trauma may result in the following experiences:
Development of anxiety, PTSD, depression or other mental health concerns
Relationship conflict or loss of friendships/relationships
Inability to gain or maintain employment
Financial problems
Repercussions related to anger or impulsive behavior
Physical health problems
Suicidal ideation, threats of suicide or suicide attempts
Development of substance abuse, dependency or addiction

Our team of therapists are trained in evidence-based therapies that have been proven to be effective in addressing trauma. We use therapy methods such as:


Our Methods 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Constructive Narrative Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Mindfulness and Meditation
Trauma Therapy


We provide trauma-informed care, which means that we create a safe and supportive environment where individuals feel understood, validated, and empowered. It is possible to feel “normal” again after trauma.

You don’t have to deal with trauma alone. Let us help you through it. Please do not hesitate to sign up for a Trauma Consultation. Fill out our contact form and a member of our trauma team will contact you shortly.

We work with Aetna and BCBS health insurance and accept private pay.

Adult Trauma Program

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