Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatrists & Psychotherapists located in New Lenox and Hinsdale, IL


About Trauma

Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic or stressful event can lead to several mental health conditions. At Spectrum Behavioral Health, with offices in New Lenox and Hinsdale, Illinois, skilled behavioral health specialists offer excellent trauma care for patients 4 and older. You or a family member can benefit from expert psychotherapy, medication, or innovative treatments like somatic experiencing and brainspotting. Call the friendly staff today or reach out online to book an in-person or telehealth appointment.

Trauma Q&A

When do I need trauma care?

You or a loved one could need trauma care if you’ve experienced a traumatic situation or event.


You can benefit from treatment if you struggle with symptoms including: 


  • Fear
  • Shame or guilt around the event
  • Sadness
  • Emotional numbness
  • Mood swings
  • Timidness
  • Avoidance
  • Compulsions
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Addiction
  • Hallucinations
  • Flashbacks
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Self-harm


Your child or teenager might struggle with social anxiety or have trouble engaging in school after a trauma.

What can trauma care treat?

The team treats unwanted symptoms and mental health concerns like depression and anxiety. They also diagnose and treat trauma and stress disorders.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD causes you to experience flashbacks to the trauma or frightening thoughts and memories. You avoid triggering people or places and have symptoms like depression and sleep loss.

Acute stress disorder

Acute stress disorder develops in the first month after experiencing a traumatic event. Its symptoms are similar to PTSD.

Adjustment disorders

If you have an adjustment disorder, you could react in an unhealthy way to events in your life or changes like loss, divorce, or illness.

Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)

Children who grew up with inadequate care can develop DSED, causing them to be unusually open to interactions with strangers. They can be overly eager to form connections with others.

What treatments does trauma care include?

Your Spectrum Behavioral Health provider could recommend a combination of services.


Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) sessions help you understand your trauma and how it affects your emotional, behavioral, and physical well-being.


Prolonged exposure therapy (PET) allows you to safely face your traumas and improves how you engage with them.


Family therapy sessions can improve communication skills and restore healthy relationships.

Somatic therapy

Somatic therapy connects your mind and body through touch or movement.


Somatic experiencing, which can involve touch therapy, focuses on physical sensations in your body. It allows suppressed emotions or trapped traumatic memories to arise.


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) uses eye movements to help you safely cope with traumatic memories.


Brainspotting therapy allows your provider to use spots in your visual field to help you access and process trauma.


Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can ease anxiety, improve your mood, and lower your stress levels.

Call Spectrum Behavioral Health today or use the convenient online scheduling tool to begin your healing journey.