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.

Trauma PTSD Therapist
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.

Trauma Therapist & PTSD Specialist
  • Science-based therapy for trauma & PTSD face to face and online so you can start to heal within weeks rather than months or years

    ✅ Gentle, yet effective therapy for anxiety, trauma & PTSD

    ✅Neuroscience-based, backed up by solid research and international experts like Bessel Van der Kolk, Janine Fisher, Lori Gill and others.

    ✅Combination of therapy methods personalised to you

    ✅Trauma-informed and trauma-specific approach which is not re-traumatising

    ✅I do not watch the clock so no 50 minutes sessions, we wait until we have a breakthrough

    ✅Targeting mind, body and brain as trauma is interlinked

    ✅Healing starts within weeks rather than months or years.

    ✅Online anywhere in the world or face to face in my clinic in Holborn W1 London, Blackheath, Kent or at your office

Hannah - how trauma therapy helped her to overcome anxiety, depression, trauma & PTSD

Dom- how trauma therapy helped him to feel very different after one therapy session

What are the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

  • Numbness
  • Guilt
  • Bad memory
  • Anger
  • Unable to focus
  • Hopelessness
  • Self-destructive behaviour
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Flashbacks
  • Irritability

Do you have unprocessed trauma?

A traumatic event is an experience that has overwhelmed you.  It made you feel helpless and affected your ability to cope afterwards. If the following is you, a trauma therapist/PTSD specialist can help you.

YOU…

  • are unable/unwilling to be vulnerable in relationships

  • feel unworthy/unlikeable/unlovable

  • believe that you are not deserving of love

  • think there is something wrong with you

  • have flashbacks

  • find it hard to cope

  • have a destructive relationship with food/sex/drugs/alcohol

PTSD is a psychological injury, not a mental illness.

PTSD causes changes in brain structures, the amygdala and hippocampus.  Significant physical changes occur within the brain as a result of trauma.

As a result, these brain changes can make life seem very confusing and scary. So understanding your own mind /brain/body can become almost impossible.

  • You may struggle to find the right words to express what you are thinking and feeling. The prefrontal lobe (responsible for language) is affected by trauma, so its linguistic function is disrupted.
  • You can find it hard to control your emotions as the amygdala (responsible for emotional regulation) is in overdrive, due to its increase in physical size.
  • You have difficulty remembering things as the hippocampus (responsible for memory and experience assimilation) has shrunk.
  • PTSD can make you feel scared no matter what you are doing – your medial prefrontal cortex, the part is responsible regulating emotion and fear responses) can’t regulate itself or function properly after trauma.

Complex PTSD (CPTSD) 

CPTSD occurs when adults or children who have repeatedly experienced traumatic events, such as violence, neglect, or abuse.   

Professions like doctors, police, firemen and paramedics are most likely affected due to the repeated exposure to disaster, accidents, violent acts or need to deliver traumatic news to others.

CPTSD is thought to be more severe if:

  • the traumatic events happened early in life

  • a parent or carer caused the trauma

  • the person experienced the trauma for a long time

  • the person was alone during the trauma

  • there's still contact with the person responsible for the trauma