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Takeaway: We specializes in providing therapeutic support to individuals who have experienced trauma, encompassing various forms such as childhood trauma, domestic violence, and PTSD. Our practice offers a nurturing and understanding environment for clients to navigate their experiences and embark on a journey towards healing and recovery.


However, it's important to note that our services may not be suitable for everyone. We do not work with children or specialize in treating several mental health disorders including eating disorders or substance use nor do we provide medication management. For comprehensive support in these areas, we recommend seeking specialized care from professionals who focus specifically on those needs.

4 of the best PTSD & trauma therapists in Hoboken

1. Dr. Shmaya Krinsky

Dr. Shmaya Krinsky is a licensed psychologist specializing in trauma and anxiety treatment and the founder of Anxiety and Behavioral Health Psychotherapy. Trained at the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Dr. Krinsky completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the Center for Anxiety in New York, honing his skills in treating trauma. With over seven years of practice, he specializes in addressing PTSD and a various anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, and OCD, through evidence-based approaches. Dr. Krinsky's therapeutic philosophy revolves around empowering clients to navigate their trauma by becoming truly understanding and engaging in their treament. He is dedicated to utilizing exposure therapy principles to facilitate clients' journey toward resilience and recovery.

  • Credentials: Licensed Psychologist (PsyD)

  • License number: New Jersey-35SI00700800, New York-025376

  • Education: Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

  • Specialty area(s): Anxiety Disorders, OCD

  • Years in practice: 7

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2. Dr. Stephen Scherer

Dr. Stephen Scherer is an exceptional therapist with a deep understanding of trauma and its impact on mental health. With a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from Virginia State University, Dr. Scherer brings over 11 years of experience. He possess extensive training in treating anxiety, borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, trauma, and parent coaching is evident in his compassionate and solution focused therapy approach. I highly recommend Dr. Scherer for his dedication to helping individuals overcome trauma and achieve lasting well-being.

  • Credentials: Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology)

  • License number: NY- 022584, NJ- 35SI00735700

  • Education: Virginia State University

  • Specialty area(s): Anxiety, BPD, Depression, Trauma, Parent Coaching, Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

  • Years in practice: 11

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3. Dr. Brendan Guarino

Dr. Brendan Guarino, PsyD, is a highly skilled therapist with extensive experience in working with trauma. Over his seven years in practice, Dr. Guarino has demonstrated remarkable proficiency in treating PTSD, particularly among First Responders, individuals struggling with sports performance, and those with anxiety disorders. His commitment to evidence-based practices and personalized treatment approaches makes him an invaluable resource for those seeking trauma-focused therapy.

  • Credentials: Licensed Psychologist (PsyD)

  • License number: New Jersey-35SI00742800

  • Education: Felician University

  • Specialty area(s): Treating First Responders, Sports Performance, Anxiety, Mood disorders

  • Years in practice: 7

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4. Dr. Rebecca Holczer

Dr. Rebecca Holczer, PsyD, is an exceptional therapist specializing in trauma and anxiety. With twelve years of experience, Dr. Holczer has developed a profound understanding of trauma and its effects on mental health issues. Her compassionate and evidence-based approach, coupled with her expertise in anxiety disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, makes her an invaluable asset to individuals seeking trauma-focused therapy. I highly recommend Dr. Holczer for her dedication to helping clients heal from past traumas and regain control over their lives.

  • Credentials: Licensed Psychologist (PsyD)

  • License number: New Jersey-35SI00728900, New York-023676

  • Education: La Salle University, 2018

  • Specialty area(s): Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Trauma, Life transitions

  • Years in practice: 12

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Understanding trauma

Trauma is a psychological response to an event or series of events that are deeply distressing or disturbing. Common causes of trauma include experiences such as physical or sexual abuse, natural disasters, accidents, combat exposure, or witnessing violence. When individuals are exposed to such events, their sense of safety and security may be shattered, leading to a range of emotional and psychological symptoms. Common trauma symptoms experienced by trauma survivors struggling with post traumatic stress include:

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  • Intrusive thoughts or memories of the traumatic event

  • Flashbacks or nightmares

  • Panic attacks

  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma

  • Hypervigilance or heightened arousal

  • Negative changes in mood or cognition

  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping

  • Emotional numbness or detachment

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or low self-esteem

These symptoms can significantly impact an individual's daily functioning and quality of life, often requiring professional support and intervention for healing and recovery.

Our PTSD treatment services

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapeutic approach aimed at addressing the cognitive and behavioral aspects of PTSD. Through structured sessions, individuals learn to identify and challenge maladaptive thoughts and beliefs related to the traumatic event. They also develop healthy coping mechanisms and strategies to manage symptoms and gradually confront avoidance behaviors.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

CPT is a specific form of CBT designed to help individuals process and make sense of their traumatic experiences. This therapy focuses on identifying and challenging distorted beliefs about the trauma, as well as exploring the impact of the event on one's sense of self and the world. By working through these cognitive distortions, individuals can achieve a greater sense of understanding and resolution.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a behavioral technique used to reduce symptoms of PTSD by gradually exposing individuals to trauma-related memories, thoughts, and situations. This exposure is conducted in a safe and controlled manner, allowing individuals to confront their fears and learn that they can tolerate distress without experiencing harm. Through repeated exposure, individuals experience a decrease in anxiety and avoidance behaviors, leading to symptom reduction and improved functioning.

  • What is therapy, and how can it help me?
    Therapy is a process that helps people address emotional, behavioral, or relationship issues. It can be a safe and supportive space for exploring difficult feelings, learning coping strategies, and gaining insight into your experiences. Therapy can help you better understand yourself and your relationships, build resilience, and develop new skills to navigate life's challenges.
  • What types of therapy do you offer?
    We offer a range of evidence-based therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and exposure and response prevention (ERP). These approaches have been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and trauma-related disorders.
  • What should I expect during a therapy session?
    Therapy sessions are typically 45-60 minutes long and are conducted over telehealth. During your first session, your therapist will work with you to identify your goals and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Subsequent sessions will focus on helping you build new skills, explore difficult emotions, and address specific challenges
  • What can I expect from the first therapy session?
    In the first session, we will work together to create a safe and supportive environment where you can share your concerns and goals for therapy. I will listen carefully to your reasons for seeking therapy and conduct a comprehensive assessment of the challenges you're facing. We will also discuss any questions you may have and begin to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals. By the end of the first session, we will have established a solid foundation for our work together.
  • Is therapy confidential?
    Yes, therapy is confidential. Your therapist is legally and ethically bound to protect your privacy, and will only share information with others if you give them explicit permission to do so.
  • How long does therapy last?
    The length of therapy depends on your specific needs and goals. Some people may benefit from just a few sessions, while others may continue therapy for several months or longer. Your therapist will work with you to establish a treatment plan that meets your individual needs.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapy fees are determined based on the specific type of therapy required and the duration of each session. It's important to note that we do not work with any insurance panels. However, for the convenience of our clients, we offer a superbill that can often be utilized for reimbursement through various insurance plans. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about our fees and payment options, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
  • Does it matter where I live for virtual therapy?
    We are licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey, and are also a member of PSYPACT, allowing us to provide services to clients in over 35 states. You can take a look at the PSYPACT map to see if your state is part of this network, or feel free to reach out to us directly if you have any questions. (
  • How can I get started with therapy?
    Getting started with therapy is easy. Simply contact us to schedule a free phone consultation. During this consultation, you can learn more about our services and determine if we are a good fit for your needs. If you decide to move forward with therapy, we will work with you to schedule your first appointment.

Recover from trauma and PTSD with personalized, evidence-based care. 

Discover the transformative potential of trauma treatment. At our practice, we specialize in providing evidence-based interventions tailored to individuals who have experienced traumatic events. Through modalities such as CPT and Prolonged Exposure (PE), we aim to help you process and overcome the lingering effects of trauma, empowering you to reclaim control over your life. If you're ready to try the highest quality ptsd treatment Hoboken can offer, we invite you to reach out and explore how we can support you on your path to well-being.

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