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Top-Rated Trauma Therapist New Jersey

We’re here to help you process life’s challenging experiences and find meaning and purpose beyond trauma.

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What is trauma?

Trauma isn't just a buzzword—it's a very real, often debilitating experience that can shake the foundations of your world. Whether you've endured a single catastrophic event or weathered the storm of repeated traumatic events (hello, complex PTSD), trauma has a way of lingering long after the initial wound.

But how do you know if what you're experiencing is related to past trauma experiences? Here's a quick rundown of common trauma symptoms:

  • Intrusive thoughts or flashbacks

  • Hypervigilance and startling easily

  • Emotional numbness or dissociation

  • Difficulty with trust and intimacy

  • Unexplained physical symptoms

  • Persistent feelings of shame or guilt

  • Self-esteem issues

Here's the kicker: trauma doesn't always show up as nightmares or panic attacks. It's sneaky, often masquerading as anxiety that leaves you on edge, depression that colors your world gray, or relationship issues that have you building walls instead of bridges. You might find yourself going through life on autopilot, disconnected from yourself and others, wondering why you can't just "get over it."

If you're nodding along, thinking, "That's me," know that you're not alone, and more importantly, you're not broken. Trauma may have left its mark, but with the right support, you can begin to heal and reclaim your life. Our trauma-informed therapists are here to help you navigate this journey, one step at a time.

How can we help?

At our practice, we don't just slap a band-aid on your trauma and call it a day. We dive deep, using a blend of cutting-edge approaches tailored to tackle the complexities of PTSD and complex PTSD. Our therapists are well-versed in several different types of therapies—because healing isn't one-size-fits-all.

Why choose our approach? Here's the lowdown on how a few of our favorite methods can help:

  • What type of counseling is best for grief?
    There are many different types of counseling practices for addressing grief. The choice of modality is specific to the provider, as well as the assessment of client needs, preferences, and the nature of grief. Below are common counseling services typically provided for grief: Existential & Humanistic Therapy: Existential and humanistic therapy are interconnected therapies that focus on self-understanding while confronting limitations to being human, such as death, illness, and demise, responsibilities and freedom to make choices, and what it means to be authentic. The therapies highlight the integration of exploring meaning, purpose, and personal fulfillment while recognizing and challenging the irony of pointlessness and the inevitability of loss. Positive Psychology: Positive psychology has similarities to existential and humanistic therapy, as it focuses on promoting wellness and self-growth despite loss. Positive psychology is more strength-based and relies on personal resiliency, meaningful goals, and gratitude to navigate grief. Art & Expressive Therapy: Expressive therapies include the use of creative art interventions such as drawing, writing, painting, singing, dancing, and acting to process grief and loss. The use of mainstream talk therapy can sometimes be challenging for those who are grieving, and thus resorting to nonverbal forms of expression can be cathartic and supportive. Narrative Therapy: Similar to Expressive therapies and Positive Psychology, Narrative therapy focuses on allowing a person to story and describe their experience of loss. Identifying personal resiliency and noted strengths, narrative therapy further focuses on the re-narrating or re-storying of the loss; It provides an opportunity to notice new perspectives as we move through loss. Mindfulness-Based Therapy: Helpful as an additive to all modalities, especially for those grieving, Mindfulness-Based Therapy focuses on incorporating stress reduction tools, meditation practices, and mindfulness exercises to aid in down-regulating one's heightened nervous system, self-soothe, and ground an individual. Logotherapy: A branch of Existential therapy, Logotherapy is also an additive therapy that focuses specifically on creating meaning. Even in the face of suffering, Logotherapy highlight how we can still choose to create meaning. For unchanging situations, such as after loss, incorporating attitudinal shifts is a primary focus of logotherapy. Transpersonal Psychology & Grief Therapy: Known as a spiritual and holistic form of therapy, Transpersonal psychology focuses on experiences of interconnectedness such as during states of flow, sereneness, and meditation, and while using certain therapeutic substances, such as psychedelics. In the context of grief, this modality can help a person striving for connection with nature, and greater self alignment, and those interested in exploring their spiritual and religious beliefs and connections. Group & Family Therapy: As highlighted above, Group and Family therapy are effective modalities for those looking for greater communal support, collective processing, and learning how to better communicate and connect. Our practice offers a variety of the modalities presented above. If you have questions about a modality that you do not see listed, please contact us and a member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • Is group therapy good for grief?
    Group therapy is a supportive modality for addressing grief, as it provides a space for peer support, communal validation, decreased isolation and loneliness, normalization of certain experiences, and an opportunity to share without fear of judgment. Group therapy encourages the expression of difficult emotions that may be more challenging to have with friends and colleagues, and is a platform for practicing how to advocate for your needs. Our grief therapy group offers a unique opportunity to utilize creative practices to express and address grief, that doesn't solely rely on the use of verbal processing. We have found that grief is often difficult to talk about and that words do not always express our experiences justly. In addition to creative interventions, such as writing, drawing, and painting, our incorporation of mindfulness exercises aids in down-regulating your nervous system at the end of group, and are additional tools for you to practice at your leisure when overwhelmed with the distress of grief. If you are interested in learning more about our grief group and whether this might be a good fit for you, reach out by clicking here. A member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • How soon should you have bereavement counseling?
    The timing for starting bereavement therapy is different from person to person. Taking into account the nature of a loss, a person's readiness and interest in therapy, availability of supportive factors and coping skills, and cultural factors can influence when and if a person will seek bereavement counseling. It's important to remember that the healing process is unique for everyone and so there is no right or wrong time to seek therapy and that regardless of when your loss occurred, it is never too late to start grief therapy.

Our goal? To help you not just survive, but thrive. We're talking about transforming your relationship with yourself, rekindling connections with others, and rediscovering joy in everyday life. It's not about erasing your past, but about writing a new chapter where trauma doesn't call the shots.


Ready to take that first step? We're here to walk alongside you, every step of the way.

Meet our New Jersey trauma therapists

Finding a good fit is key. Meet our team of mental health professionals to find the trauma-informed therapist who's right for you.

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Dr. Cynthia Shaw

Dr. Cynthia Shaw is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the owner and founder of Authentically Living Psychological Services. She draws from holistic and philosophical approaches to help people make sense of their life experiences and create connection and purpose. Dr. Shaw is licensed to work with individuals in over 40 states nationwide.

  • Credentials: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Grief Informed Professional, Approved Clinical Supervisor

  • Education: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology

  • Approach: Existential philosophy (phenomenology), humanistic therapy, relational therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Gestalt therapy, logotherapy, person-centered therapy, strengths-based approach, trauma-focused therapy, compassion-focused approach, mindfulness-based approaches

  • Specialty areas: Anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, grief, loss, and illness, low self-esteem, life transitions

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Jaclyn Paradise

Ms. Paradise is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of New Jersey. Her professional background, along with her own lived experience and personal journey, has fueled her passion for helping others heal from trauma. Ms. Paradise brings empathy and understanding to her work with clients, and she integrates her yoga training to help people heal their minds and bodies.

  • Credentials: Licensed Associate Counselor, Certified Trauma Professional, Certified Mindfulness Informed Professional, Yoga Teacher Certified

  • Education: Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Approach: Trauma-focused therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, holistic therapy, somatic therapy, humanistic therapy, relational therapy, person-centered therapy, psychodynamic therapy, strengths-based approach, compassion-focused approach, yoga philosophy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

  • Specialty areas: Complex trauma, low self-esteem, codependency, first responders, military personnel, anxiety

  • What type of counseling is best for grief?
    There are many different types of counseling practices for addressing grief. The choice of modality is specific to the provider, as well as the assessment of client needs, preferences, and the nature of grief. Below are common counseling services typically provided for grief: Existential & Humanistic Therapy: Existential and humanistic therapy are interconnected therapies that focus on self-understanding while confronting limitations to being human, such as death, illness, and demise, responsibilities and freedom to make choices, and what it means to be authentic. The therapies highlight the integration of exploring meaning, purpose, and personal fulfillment while recognizing and challenging the irony of pointlessness and the inevitability of loss. Positive Psychology: Positive psychology has similarities to existential and humanistic therapy, as it focuses on promoting wellness and self-growth despite loss. Positive psychology is more strength-based and relies on personal resiliency, meaningful goals, and gratitude to navigate grief. Art & Expressive Therapy: Expressive therapies include the use of creative art interventions such as drawing, writing, painting, singing, dancing, and acting to process grief and loss. The use of mainstream talk therapy can sometimes be challenging for those who are grieving, and thus resorting to nonverbal forms of expression can be cathartic and supportive. Narrative Therapy: Similar to Expressive therapies and Positive Psychology, Narrative therapy focuses on allowing a person to story and describe their experience of loss. Identifying personal resiliency and noted strengths, narrative therapy further focuses on the re-narrating or re-storying of the loss; It provides an opportunity to notice new perspectives as we move through loss. Mindfulness-Based Therapy: Helpful as an additive to all modalities, especially for those grieving, Mindfulness-Based Therapy focuses on incorporating stress reduction tools, meditation practices, and mindfulness exercises to aid in down-regulating one's heightened nervous system, self-soothe, and ground an individual. Logotherapy: A branch of Existential therapy, Logotherapy is also an additive therapy that focuses specifically on creating meaning. Even in the face of suffering, Logotherapy highlight how we can still choose to create meaning. For unchanging situations, such as after loss, incorporating attitudinal shifts is a primary focus of logotherapy. Transpersonal Psychology & Grief Therapy: Known as a spiritual and holistic form of therapy, Transpersonal psychology focuses on experiences of interconnectedness such as during states of flow, sereneness, and meditation, and while using certain therapeutic substances, such as psychedelics. In the context of grief, this modality can help a person striving for connection with nature, and greater self alignment, and those interested in exploring their spiritual and religious beliefs and connections. Group & Family Therapy: As highlighted above, Group and Family therapy are effective modalities for those looking for greater communal support, collective processing, and learning how to better communicate and connect. Our practice offers a variety of the modalities presented above. If you have questions about a modality that you do not see listed, please contact us and a member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • Is group therapy good for grief?
    Group therapy is a supportive modality for addressing grief, as it provides a space for peer support, communal validation, decreased isolation and loneliness, normalization of certain experiences, and an opportunity to share without fear of judgment. Group therapy encourages the expression of difficult emotions that may be more challenging to have with friends and colleagues, and is a platform for practicing how to advocate for your needs. Our grief therapy group offers a unique opportunity to utilize creative practices to express and address grief, that doesn't solely rely on the use of verbal processing. We have found that grief is often difficult to talk about and that words do not always express our experiences justly. In addition to creative interventions, such as writing, drawing, and painting, our incorporation of mindfulness exercises aids in down-regulating your nervous system at the end of group, and are additional tools for you to practice at your leisure when overwhelmed with the distress of grief. If you are interested in learning more about our grief group and whether this might be a good fit for you, reach out by clicking here. A member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • How soon should you have bereavement counseling?
    The timing for starting bereavement therapy is different from person to person. Taking into account the nature of a loss, a person's readiness and interest in therapy, availability of supportive factors and coping skills, and cultural factors can influence when and if a person will seek bereavement counseling. It's important to remember that the healing process is unique for everyone and so there is no right or wrong time to seek therapy and that regardless of when your loss occurred, it is never too late to start grief therapy.

Get the support you need to heal from trauma and create a life you love.

If you feel like a traumatic event from your past has been calling the shots for too long, you're not alone. But here's the thing—you've got the power to flip the script. Our trauma therapists are ready to be your co-authors in this next chapter of your life. No more feeling stuck, no more going through the motions. It's time to reclaim your narrative.

So, what's your next move? Don't let another day slip by on autopilot. Reach out to us now to schedule a consultation, ask your burning questions, or just dip your toe in the water of possibility. Remember, every hero's journey starts with a single step. This could be yours. Let's turn that page together, shall we?

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Top Trauma Therapists across the Tristate

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Leeor Gal is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of The Therapy Gal.Providing mental health and trauma services to clients residing in New Jersey andPennsylvania, Leeor and her team are trained in EMDR and EFT, among other trauma modalities.

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Lauren Larkin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner of LEL Therapy. Providing mental health and trauma services to clients residing in New York City and across New York State, Lauren and her team provide trauma therapy groups: 1) Trauma Group: Sexual Assault/Harassment and 2) Trauma & PTSD Support Group. 

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Megan Walsh is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and owner of Connect with Megan Holistic Trauma Therapist & Coach. Providing mental health and trauma services to clients residing in New York, Rhode Island & Illinois, Megan provides IFS, somatics, and creative arts therapy. Megan also offers a 12-week coaching program for those looking to “rewrite your story and create a more authentic, calm, and connected life.”

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