Trauma Treatment

The Trauma Treatment Center is a short-term, sliding scale treatment service for adults. Treatment is informed by the integration of EMDR with psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Please see FAQ below for additional information about EMDR.

NIP trauma therapists are licensed mental health practitioners trained in EMDR. They are supervised by experienced supervisors certified as EMDRIA Consultants. While supervisors are trained in a variety of trauma related treatment models, the primary modality offered at NIP is EMDR.

Treatment takes place in the therapists' private practice offices throughout Manhattan. The Trauma Treatment Center follows NIP’s academic calendar, and therefore may have less availability for new patients from March to August.


For information about the Trauma Treatment Center, please call 212.582.1566, ext 8713.

To have someone call you regarding an initial consultation, please click here: Trauma Treatment


Who is eligible for this service?

People seeking treatment of traumatic experiences for a reduced fee. Common experiences that we treat include: Survival of a recent crime, accident, assault, or loss; PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms related to any other recent incident or childhood experience.

What if I am already in therapy?

If EMDR is appropriate for you, it can be offered as an adjunct to your ongoing therapy. That means that the EMDR therapist and your primary therapist would agree on the plan and stay in contact during your treatment with us.

How does trauma therapy work?

Each treatment plan is tailored for the individual. However, in general, trauma therapy is accomplished in phases. Your treatment will include a stabilization phase, in which your therapist will help you develop new coping skills and ways to tolerate strong feelings. A processing phase, in which you will be supported in processing what happened to you. And an integration phase in which you will be helped to incorporate new thoughts and feelings about what happened into your memory of the event and your beliefs about yourself and the world.  At this time, our primary method for helping you through these stages is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

What is EMDR and how does it work?

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that focuses on particular problems or traumas. Research supports that it is effective for treating PTSD. Clinical experience indicates that EMDR is also effective for recent and/or early life trauma, accidents and assaults, trauma-based depression, grief and traumatic loss, attachment problems, phobias, performance anxiety, persistent disturbing memories, and generalized low self-esteem.

EMDR is designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.  After successful treatment with EMDR, emotional distress is relieved, negative beliefs about yourself are revised, and physiological discomfort is reduced.  Disturbing memories are experienced as having happened in the past, and you no longer experience them in the present.

During EMDR, you focus on particular aspects (images, emotions, sensations and beliefs) associated with a disturbing memory. At the same time, you experience "bilateral stimulation" in the form of eye movements, hand-held pulsers, or audio tones.  The bilateral stimulation accelerates and deepens the processing in a way that potentiates healing.

What are the length of treatment and the length of sessions?

In the NIP Trauma Treatment Center, each session is 60 minutes. We typically provide up to 12 months of therapy, with extensions available by special request and granted based on both the clinical need of the patient and the training needs of the therapist.

What does treatment cost?

For patients without insurance, we have a sliding scale based on adjusted income and financial circumstance. We also are in-network with several insurance providers. Please click here to review our fees page.

Unfortunately, we cannot work with individuals covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

How do I become a patient/client?

To make a request for an initial consultation, please click here. We will then email you some forms to complete, which will help us in assessing your copay or sliding-scale fee. After you complete these forms, a clinician will reach out to conduct a 20-minute phone interview and to answer any questions. At the end of that phone conversation, you will either be offered an in-person Initial Consultation or you will be provided a referral for services that better suit your needs. The Initial Consultation meeting will clarify whether or not our services are appropriate for you and, if so, you will be placed on our waitlist for a therapist.