Trauma & PTSD Therapist
Do you suffer from trauma or PTSD? A trauma & PTSD therapist like myself can help you work through it; otherwise, this process can be scary, painful and re-traumatising. You probably already know that trauma can create chaos. Your life may be spinning out of control. Maybe you feel numb, angry, hypervigilant or never safe. As a result, it may have damaged your health, social life, relationships, education and work. But you can heal with the help of an experienced trauma therapist specialist like myself. And no, that does not have to take months or years to achieve.
A therapist who specialises in trauma & PTSD
Trauma is a very specialised area, which is why you must seek treatment from a trained and experienced trauma therapist (who has undergone trauma-informed and trauma-specific training). A PTSD specialist who understands and knows how trauma impacts a person’s mind, brain and body.
Take this metaphorical example. If a patient sees a GP to discuss complications from recent heart surgery, does that make the GP a cardiologist? Of course not. An ethical and competent GP would refer the patient back to the specialist (the cardiologist). In the case of trauma and PTSD, you must see a trauma specialist, a knowledgeable and skilled therapist who can actually help you.
What makes my trauma therapy so effective?
My trauma therapy involves the processing of trauma-related memories and feelings. This means that unlike other therapies, memories are ‘time-stamped’ so the brain, mind and body knows it is in the past. It stops ‘poking you’. The intense emotions attached to the traumatic memory, simply disappear. As a result, you will feel more resilient, calm, confident, and be able to trust yourself and others.
Discussing traumatic events can re-traumatise you. So most of my neuroscience-based methods are mainly non-verbal, there is no need to go into detail about the trauma. EMDR, Flash protocol, art, Somasense and the Integrative Trauma and Attachment Model (ITATM)® are some of the powerful tools I use to treat trauma and PTSD.
Venka de Rooij is a trauma & PTSD therapist trained in the use of Specialist trauma therapy approaches, like EMDR, clinical hypnotherapy, RTT and body-based approaches including Somasense and ATTCH treatment model.
Trauma & PTSD therapy that is not re-traumatising
Research shows that treatment which focuses on the subconscious achieves the best results. So this approach is far more effective than trying to process something consciously as in traditional counselling. Traditional counselling can re-traumatise you because talking about events makes you relive it. And as a result, it reinforces certain neural pathways.
Eye movement-based trauma therapy
One of the most popular and researched of these subconscious methods is EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.
Trauma can get ‘stuck’ in a particular part of your brain that leads to the trauma or the associated emotions being replayed on a loop. As a result, trauma can lead to nightmares, flashbacks, and intrusive thoughts.
In traumatic events, the event often leads to a fight, flight, freeze, or fawn response rather than the brain being able to process it, so responses may become autonomic (involuntary). And bodily sensations can either become numbed or part of the traumatic event. Hence I use different methods so the ‘stuck’ elements get processed correctly so you will be trauma-free.
I use the EMDR-based Bi-Lateral Analysis Stimulation Technique (BLAST) method, which belongs to a group of new treatments that are called Amygdala Depotentiation/Desensitising Techniques (ADTs). I can help people with PTSD like symptoms, anxiety, depression, stress, and many other conditions or disorders that have an emotional burden or content, including addictions and chronic illnesses.
So if you feel that you may be able to benefit from BLAST Technique or would like to know more information, click the red button below for a free 15-minute trauma telephone consultation.