What type of treatment is available through the

Trauma and PTSD Program?

Our team at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to providing innovative treatments.  Specific types of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy have been developed to help trauma survivors overcome their symptoms, especially problems with anxiety, depression, emotional numbness, vivid memories of the trauma and insomnia.

Funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and other sources allow us to provide treatment at no cost to participants in our program.  All information will be kept completely confidential, and you can withdraw from participation at any time.

If our available treatment programs do not meet your needs, we will help you to find the appropriate referral.  Call us today to discuss your options, 646-774-8104.

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                      What does participation in research treatment involve?  

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and have been exposed to a traumatic event, including but not limited to acts of terrorism, war-related trauma, disasters, and interpersonal victimization, you may be eligible to participate in our research studies.

STEP 1:   Call the Trauma and PTSD Program at 646-774-8104 to discuss our treatment programs that are currently available.

STEP 2:   A member of our team will speak with you briefly to determine if you will benefit from an evaluation.

STEP 3:   If so, a formal assessment of your psychiatric and medical history will be conducted by one of our expert clinicians 

STEP 4:   If you are eligible for one of our  studies, we will discuss with you the risks, benefits and alternatives to participation in the study.

STEP 5:   If you decide to participate, you will sign a consent form to start the treatment.


  Why is treatment important?

Traumatic events are common: over half of all Americans will likely be exposed to at least one traumatic event during their lives.  However, the vast majority of individuals never receive help, though effective treatment is available.  Symptoms left untreated can lead to panic attacks, depression, and problems with alcohol or drugs.  Basic aspects of daily life can become difficult or seem impossible, and problems with work, friends, and family, intimate relationships, and school or work are common.

The good news is that PTSD and other trauma related problems are treatable, and we have a nationally recognized program that focuses on helping people through research treatment.