PTSD Treatment Brunswick, Melbourne
I Help People Who Have Experienced:
- childhood trauma due to family distress, or mistreatment as a child
- sexual assault or other types of violent crime
- life-threatening accidents
- physical and / or psychological abuse over a prolonged period of time
- workplace bullying
- domestic or family violence
- the traumatic events witnessed by emergency services / defence / medical personnel
- extreme distress related to grief and loss
- trauma related to childbirth
- or other distressing events
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How Does Hypnotherapy Help PTSD?
Hypnotherapy is effective in resolving symptoms of PTSD because it engages the deeper, unconscious parts of the mind where the symptoms come from.
Hypnotherapy is not just very effective but also works quite quickly. My clients usually experience some relief from the first session and PTSD symptoms are generally resolved within four to six sessions.
Hypnosis induces a deep state of calm within the mind and body, that allows the part of the mind known as the unconscious mind to be accessed. It is in this healing state that the symptoms can be resolved.
PTSD sufferers experience a powerful emotional and physiological response when something in their environment triggers the traumatic memory. This is known as the fight / flight / freeze response. Physiologically, the emotional response is triggered via the amygdala which activates the adrenals and the sympathetic nervous system, a sub-system of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). This sympathetic arousal prepares the body to deal with the perceived threat.
The analytical, logical, conscious part of the brain knows that the trauma is in the past and is over. It knows that the rape, the bullying, the violent attack or whatever the traumatic event was, is in the past. But, the unconscious does not. Because the memory was not properly processed at the time of the event, the unconscious holds on to the memory of the trauma at a deep emotional level as though it were happening now. Therefore, the ANS remains on alert, always ready to trigger the sympathetic response, to protect you against the perceived threat, as though it were still there, still happening.
Using very specific and targeted therapy, the unconscious mind can be reprogrammed so that it can accept that the trauma is over, that it is all in the past, and that the psychological and physiological fear / anxiety responses are no longer needed. The entire system can return to calm.
Rather than feeling that your PTSD controls you, this therapy helps you gain a strong sense of being in control again. *
The therapy I use is known as The Richards Trauma Process (TRTP).
If you would like to discuss how TRTP could help you, call 0409 803 696 or book a free 30 minute consultation below.
What Is PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
PTSD is an often-debilitating condition that can develop in people after they have experienced a traumatic event, or multiple distressing events over time, which threatened their safety. The body and mind hold onto the memory of the trauma and the sufferer continuously feels the distress as though the trauma is still happening.
PTSD can occur from a range of distressing events:
- sexual/ physical assault
- life-threatening accidents or illness
- physical and / or psychological abuse
- workplace bullying
- domestic violence
- the traumatic events witnessed by emergency services / defence / medical personnel
These all have the potential to generate PTSD symptoms within susceptible people. It is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that the emotional and physiological systems of the body have been damaged, and need to be healed and restored.
The trauma can take years to be fully felt – particularly with childhood trauma. Extreme stress over long periods of time is exhausting and it depletes our physical and psychological resources. Stress hormones are pumped through the body and can ultimately cause serious illness.
Often sufferers just keep on pushing through the stress and the emotional pain until they just can’t do it anymore.
If you want to know more about how I can help resolve your symptoms book an appointment here.
What Are The Symptoms Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
The PTSD sufferer experiences ongoing distress as a result of the trauma which may be experienced as:
- Distressing / upsetting memories that seem to be constantly there
- intense fear and anxiety that limits your capacity to live freely and feel safe in the community
- sleeplessness or nightmares
- hyper-vigilance or being always on alert and readily triggered by anything that reminds you of the traumatic event – a smell, a sound, a person, a location – anything that can be connected to the event can potentially generate the full-blown fight-flight response
- unreasonable anger that is often directed inappropriately
PTSD also triggers flashbacks to the event, leaving the sufferer feeling like they can never get away from the trauma, like they are stuck inside the traumatic event permanently.
It is also really common for victims of trauma to feel guilt and shame, particularly if the cause has been sexual assault or domestic violence. Victims often blame themselves for what happened, and feel that they can’t get over it.
Thinking can become disordered, confused; concentration is harder, and it becomes a real struggle to maintain usual activities and relationships.
Often these symptoms prevent the sufferer from living a full and productive life. But, The Richards Trauma Process (TRTP) can help.
What is TRTP?
The Richards Trauma Process is a different approach that is especially designed to resolve symptoms of PTSD without revisiting the trauma. The awful feelings of anxiety, panic, hypervigilance, flash backs, depression, feelings of hopelessness, anger and disturbed sleep are safely relieved or even completely resolved using TRTP.
TRTP™ is a simple yet comprehensive, step-by-step process that effectively reduces the autonomic arousal. It doesn’t just address the symptoms of trauma, it deals with the underlying cause of the problem, so the common symptoms of PTSD are resolved and the person moves to a state of empowerment. The autonomic nervous system returns to calm and the trauma loses its power.
TRTP™ is like no other therapy. I have successfully used this process to assist many trauma sufferers to feel strong again.
Call today on 0409 803 696 or book a free 30 minute consultation here. We can discuss your individual needs and begin to work together to create the fabulous future you so deserve to have.
How will TRTP™ reduce my symptoms of PTSD?
TRTP™ calms the flight/flight response within your body and helps the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to return to its normal calm state or homeostasis. This therapy also restores your sense of self, empowering you to leave the trauma behind you and begin to create a new way forward.
- TRTP™ is a structured hypnotherapy process to resolve the psychological and physiological symptoms of PTSD
- TRTP™ safely resolves symptoms without revisiting the trauma
- TRTP™ is adaptable to suit each individual client’s needs and situation
- TRTP™ reminds you that you have great strength within and empowers you to use your inner resources again to create the rich and wonderful life that you deserve.
TRTP™ makes use of hypnosis because this is the gateway to the unconscious mind.
For trauma to be resolved –
1. the person must be moved to an empowered position in regard to the trauma
2. the body must know that the event / events are over
3. the mind must accept that the event / events are over.
Hypnosis is used in order to deal with trauma where it is stored – in the unconscious and in the body. (Levine, van der Kolk, Rothschild, Ogden).
How is TRTP™ different to traditional ways of resolving PTSD?
TRTP™ is a highly effective blend of multiple psychotherapies. At its core there is hypnotherapy but it embraces many schools of thought.
TRTP™ “ is a truly eclectic therapy. It is a very structured, yet dynamic process. It includes components of Gestalt, Mindfulness, Ego-state Therapy, Choice Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Parts Therapy, Emotion-focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dream Rehearsal Therapy and others”. Judith Richards
Where traditional treatment like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you manage the symptoms, and prescribed medication reduces or dulls the symptoms, in most cases TRTP™ resolves the symptoms so that you can live a life free of PTSD.*
Traditional talking therapies can be very helpful in allowing you to understand why you feel so bad, and in developing strategies to manage your symptoms. But, resolving the symptoms can take a very long time. Traditional treatments also often require you to keep going back over the distressing event/s. While it is useful to understand why you feel as you do, continuously revisiting the event can re-traumatise you.
In a typical TRTP™ / hypnotherapy session you don’t need to keep talking about your trauma. We do not take you into the trauma. We will take a brief history in the first session and determine an appropriate treatment protocol, but we won’t need to keep discussing what happened and how it has affected you.
This first session will also introduce you to the experience of hypnosis and help you to begin to feel a sense of calm and of being in control.
Subsequent sessions will then progressively move through the Richards Trauma Process. This involves reducing the flight/flight response so that the ANS can return to its normal calm state of homeostasis, while rebuilding your sense of self, empowering you to leave the trauma behind you and begin to create a new way forward.
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The Complete Process Explained
TRTP™ (The Richards Trauma Process) is a simple and very safe process that uses hypnosis to resolve the symptoms of PTSD.
This process is fast, safe and effective as it shifts the PTSD sufferer from a feeling of high stress and anxiety to calm safety in just 4 very structured sessions. Negative emotions such as anger, guilt and fear are resolved and the nervous system returns to a sense of deep, safe calm, knowing the trauma is over.
TRTP™ is like no other therapy. You will not need to relive the trauma. Results vary from client to client, but with a deep commitment to change, and a willingness to engage fully in the process, you are empowered and extraordinary shifts in your emotional state occur.
You don’t have to continue to struggle with PTSD, anger, anxiety, stress, depression or fear.
Call today on 0409 803 696 or book a free 30 minute consultation here and let’s begin to work together to create the fabulous future you so deserve to have.
For more information you can view the video below, where Judith Richards, the creator of The Richards Trauma Process, explains what TRTP™ is, and how and why it works.
*Results may vary from client to client, but with a deep commitment to change, and a willingness to engage fully in the process, you will feel empowered and extraordinary shifts in your emotional state occur.
Disclaimer: Services provided by Change in Mind are not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Each client should consult their GP for medical advice and for any symptoms that may require medical intervention.
Trish Dewberry Clinical Hypnotherapist, Brunswick Melbourne