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3 Signs You Might Be
Struggling With Trauma

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Understanding the signs and symptoms of those struggling with trauma is an important first step towards healing. Trauma can have a profound impact on an individual’s well-being and overall quality of life. It is important to recognize and address the signs of trauma to ensure appropriate support and healing. In this article, we will discuss three common signs that may indicate you are struggling with trauma. By understanding these signs, you can take the necessary steps towards healing and regaining control of your life.

1. Intrusive Thoughts & Memories Associated with Trauma

One of the key signs of trauma is the experience of intrusive thoughts and memories. If you find yourself constantly haunted by distressing recollections or flashbacks of a traumatic event, it may be an indication that you are struggling with trauma. These thoughts and memories can surface unexpectedly, causing intense emotional distress and interfering with your ability to focus on daily activities.

3. Avoidance & Withdrawal Post- Trauma

Individuals struggling with trauma often resort to avoidance and withdrawal as coping mechanisms. If you find yourself consistently avoiding situations, people, or places that remind you of the traumatic event, it may be an indication that you are trying to protect yourself from triggering memories or emotions. Withdrawal from social activities, hobbies, or relationships can also be a manifestation of trauma-related struggles.

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2. Emotional Dysregulation in those struggling with Trauma

Another sign that you or a loved one may be struggling with trauma is a symptoms known as “emotional dysregulation”. If you frequently experience intense mood swings, heightened emotional reactivity, or difficulty managing your emotions, it could be a result of underlying trauma. Traumatic experiences can disrupt your emotional equilibrium, making it challenging to regulate and express emotions in a healthy way,

If You're Struggling with Trauma, Seek Support & Healing

If you identify with any of these signs, you may be struggling with trauma or PTSD, and it is crucial to seek support and professional help to begin the healing process. Trauma can have a lasting impact on your mental, emotional, and physical well-being, but it is possible to overcome its effects with the right assistance. Therapists, counselors, and support groups specializing in trauma can provide the guidance and tools you need to navigate your healing journey successfully.


Our therapists at Mind by Design provide Trauma-Informed Care and are here for you. Click here to contact a therapist or here to read more about trauma informed care

Closing Thoughts: If you're struggling with trauma...

Know that you are not alone & that relief is possible!


Recognizing the signs of trauma is the first step towards reclaiming your life and well-being. Intrusive thoughts and memories, emotional dysregulation, and avoidance behaviors are all common indicators of underlying trauma. Remember, you are not alone, and there is support available to help you heal and move forward. Take that first step towards a brighter future by seeking the assistance you deserve.

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FAQ's about online therapy in New Jersey

How do I get started as a new client?

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What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that clients provide at least 24 hours notice in the event that they need to cancel to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. we understand that life happens and do our best to be flexible & reschedule.

Does my insurance cover my visits?

We provide”Courtesy Billing” for clients who are using the Out-of-network insurance benefits.

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Do you offer traditional talk therapy?

of course! though we have some unconventional therapy approaches, we are rooted in evidenced based practices. Talk therapy is a major player in the therapy room! See What we Treat and Integrative Services for more information

Is Online Therapy As Effective As In-Person Therapy?

Online therapy is essentially face-to-face counseling, just conducted remotely. Studies show that teletherapy is as effective as traditional counseling. Professional organizations and state governments recognize its benefits and have set regulations for it. However, like any therapy, its success in achieving your goals isn’t guaranteed. It’s important to discuss with your therapist whether teletherapy is working for you.

Can I Change Therapists If I'm Not Happy?

Yes, you can switch therapists to another provider within the practice, or we can provide you a referral if preferred. We want to ensure that your time and effort are well spent, and that you are getting the relief you need, that’s why we work collaboratively with each other in the practice, as well as outside therapists who we know and trust.

How Do I Know If Therapy Is Helping?

You should feel like you’re making progress. Signs it’s working include:

Feeling comfortable talking to your therapist
Your therapist respects boundaries
You’re moving towards your goals
You feel listened to
You’re doing better in life
Your self-esteem is getting better

Is Online Therapy Easy to Use for Non-Tech-Savvy People?

Yes, it’s pretty simple to access sessions. You’ll need basic internet skills, such as opening and visiting the patient link sent to you via email. It’s similar to video chatting like Facetime or Zoom. We can also walk you through it on the phone the first time to ensure a strong connection

What Questions Should I Ask My New Therapist?

Feel free to ask anything. Some good questions are:

  • How often will we meet?
  • What do you specialize in?
  • What experience do you have with my issue?
  • What outcomes can I expect?
  • How will I know I’m progressing?
  • How long do you usually work with clients?
  • How will we set my treatment goals?

How Should I Prepare for My First Session?

Showing up is all that you need to do! But if you really want to get the most out of session, it could help to take some time to think about what you want from therapy. It helps to write down your goals, questions you have or things that you feel are important to share. 

What is the difference between associate therapists & fully licensed therapists?

Our Qualifications:

Our founder, Rebecca Sidoti, is a highly qualified, state-licensed therapist and supervisor with extensive training in anxiety related disorders and innovative treatment such as Ketamine Therapy. Mind by Design Counseling adheres to standards set by the our governing counseling boards.

To see each providers credentials, training and licenses, visit our “Meet the Therapists” Page to learn more.


  • LAC/LSW are therapists who may practice clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed therapist.
  • LPC/LCSW are therapists who have completed the necessary clinical hours post-graduation under supervision and can practice clinical work independently.

What Geographic Areas Are Served?

Currently, we serve clients in New Jersey and are expanding to other states as telehealth laws evolve. While telehealth offers the convenience of attending sessions from anywhere, state laws require clients to be in-state during their session.

Is Virtual Counseling Suitable for Everyone?

Online therapy might not be as effective for individuals with chronic suicidal thoughts, severe trauma, significant mental health history, or those recently in intensive care. Such cases often benefit more from traditional, in-person counseling. We’ll help you decide if our online services are right for you during your intake and evaluation.

What Equipment is Needed for Online Therapy?

To join a session, log in using the credentials we provide. No downloads are needed. Our platform, compatible with both individual and group sessions, requires:
A computer or mobile device with a webcam and internet access.
We’ll help you test your setup before your first appointment to ensure a reliable connection. iOS users should use the Safari browser for mobile and tablet sessions.

What Questions Will Therapists Ask Me?

It depends on your goals. Expect questions about your thoughts, feelings, relationships, work, school, and health. They’ll ask to understand your therapy goals.

How Do You Keep Client Information Secure?

Security and Confidentiality of Sessions:
Your privacy is crucial to us. We use TherapyNotes, a HIPAA-compliant platform, ensuring secure and confidential teletherapy sessions. This platform’s security features include encrypted video connections, secure data transfers, and encrypted databases, ensuring your information is safe at all times.

What is VRT used for?

we use VRT to support Exposure Therapy, a long standing traditional therapy modality to treat phobias, anxiety and stress. we send a headset directly to your home so you can access VRT from anywhere.

VRT not only helps with exposure therapy for phobias, but is great for ADHD, mindfulness, PTSD and social anxiety.