Stress & Trauma Evaluation and Psychological Services

STEPS—Stress & Trauma Evaluation and Psychological Services—helps patients to realize their full potential with a strong belief in the unwavering ability of the human spirit to heal and grow after facing adversity.

Many types of stressful events can trigger a traumatic reaction, among them, natural disasters, domestic violence, non-consensual sexual contact, combat exposure, being a victim of a crime, vehicular and other accidents, grief, abuse from someone in a position of authority, immigration, chronic exposure to hardship, or witnessing a loved one get hurt.

It is a common misconception that if we don’t just “bounce back,” then there is something innately wrong with us. In fact, up to one-third of all people who experience trauma will develop PTSD in their lifetime. But while we cannot always choose the challenges and stressors that happen to us in our lives, but we can control how we react to them. We can decide to seek help, rather than suffer in silence.

STEPS was created with two missions in mind: helping individuals to realize their full potential after experiencing adversity, and encouraging communities to more openly and emphatically talk about trauma and its impacts. We also know that recovery is only possible where there is understanding and compassion, which integrates multiple methods of helping the mind and body to heal. True healing is only possible in an environment—and within a community—which provides safety, understanding, and non-judgmental acceptance. 

To fulfill the mission of STEPS, we strive to provide the highest quality trauma-informed and evidence-based treatment for all affected by stressful events and traumatic experiences. We offer:

  • Individual Psychotherapy for Children and Adults of All Ages
  • Research-Informed Treatment for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Trauma-Informed Art Therapy
  • Couples or Family Counseling
  • Consultation and Educational Workshops

We are staffed with competent, experienced, and empathetic clinicians who are trained in trauma-informed treatment. We approach each case individually, first assessing you and your family’s needs, then collaboratively creating a customized treatment plan to fit your goals, build on your strengths, and increase your coping skills.

To learn more about STEPS, contact the Northport Wellness Center at 631.262.8505.

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