PTSD Treatment Melbourne
I help people who have experienced distressing events such as:
- sexual assault or other types of violent crime
- life-threatening accidents
- generalised physical and / or psychological abuse over a prolonged period of time
- workplace bullying
- domestic violence
- the traumatic events witnessed by emergency services / defence / medical personnel
How does hypnotherapy help PTSD?
Hypnotherapy induces a deep state of calm within the mind and body, and feels very much like the effect of guided meditation. This deep state of calm takes the client into an altered state of consciousness so that the part of the mind known as the unconscious mind can be accessed.
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 hypnotherapy, 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. *
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. Often sufferers just keep on pushing through the stress and the emotional pain until they just can’t do it anymore.
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.
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 20 minute phone 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.
I will call you to discuss your individual circumstances. I will then ask you to complete a client intake form that asks you for a quick dot-point summary of the history of your issue. You will not need to give a detailed account.
Appointment 1 – 90 minute appointment.
I will explain the process fully and take you through a series of steps to help you get to know me so that you feel calm and safe, and confident in my ability to help you. I will then explain TRTP™ fully so that you understand precisely how TRTP™ works.
I will then provide a 30-minute calming and strengthening hypnosis session. You will be provided with a recording of this session to use at home.
Appointment 2 – 90 – 120 minute appointment.
TRTP™ Part 1:
With TRTP we use hypnotherapy to change the unconscious, negative core beliefs that limit you and keep you stuck within your distress. This will empower you and uplift your spirit as we work together to rebuild your sense of self. People who suffer with PTSD and related disorders often have a damaged sense of self. They are often stuck in a circuit of negative thoughts and feelings about themselves.
TRTP helps you to
- rediscover the truth of who you are so that you find within yourself the strengths and resources that help you to leave distress in the past
- Release unhelpful negative baggage from the past. You are assisted to let go of past pain, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that hold you back and keep you stuck inside your distress
- Calm the nervous system and begin the healing process.
Once negative emotions are released we work together to build your inner resources so that you feel so much more in control and begin the deep emotional change that shifts you away from your trauma and into your safe, strong and trauma-free future.
Appointment 3 – 90 to 120 minute appointment.
Addresses the trauma by removing the negative emotions attached to distressing events from the past without reliving the trauma.
PTSD takes away your power and places it in the trauma. TRTP™ takes the power out of the trauma and empowers you again so that you feel safe and strong. You may not remember ever feeling empowered and strong, but the strength is there and can be rebuilt.
The key to this stage is that the event/s is/are resolved, and the symptoms of the PTSD are removed. The trauma loses its power over you as you firmly take back control of your emotional state and return physically and mentally to a state of calm strength.
Other negative emotions such as guilt, shame and grief are gently and effectively resolved.
Appointment 4 – 60 minute appointment.
This appointment is all about creating the future.
Together we discuss and determine exactly how you want to see your future unfolding
Again we tap into that deep strength you have created within and begin to create a sense of your future free of those negative core beliefs that held you back in the past.
Using powerful hypnotic techniques, you fully imagine and embrace this future, free of the pain of the past.
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 20 minute phone 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 Melbourne