TRAUMA RESOLUTION INTENSIVE

A 3 Months Individualized Program

There is a time for studying and there is a time for action. This page is meant to introduce you to the next step of healing.

Action!

Preparation is certainly healthy. It is good to know, to understand and to read or listen about what you suffer from. It is also important to choose the right information.

Information that Doesn’t Burden Further but Gives You a Healthy Perspective

You know that post-traumatic stress isn’t something people like to talk about. Hell, it probably isn’t something you like to talk about and mostly because you would feel misunderstood.

Trauma and its post symptoms is heavily stigmatized in our current society and this shows in how inept most approaches are and in the allocated resources from the regular system (POOR!).

You certainly aren’t looking for another diagnoses added to your list of worries. And it is not about getting pity or advice from others. You have had plenty of that already and it doesn’t help or can make things worse!

For Starters you Would Want to be Heard and Listened to

Now real help that makes your recovery process move in the right direction needs a few more ingredients then just that.

rolandbal-eBookHi, my name is Roland Bal and I have been working now with people for the last 16 years and through it I have learned a thing or two. For many years I have been focused on addressing physical chronic pain symptoms and I can say I was good at it.

Though through practice I noticed that releasing a physical tension would relieve but not necessarily resolve. Pains would come back after some time or simply shift to another place of the body.

And I started wondering why? Was I doing something wrong? Is there something I am missing? And that’s when I started to see and actually feel the relationship between what we ‘hold’ in our bodies and unresolved emotional patterns.

Starting from this foundation, working with the body, has given me an advantage to actually feel how and where emotion gets stored in the body. It is not just theoretical knowledge, it’s first hand experience. And this gives me an edge.

You see most practitioners are either trained in working with the body or working with psychology. Nowadays, fortunately, body and mind work are starting to get more integrated but still often one part dominates and the other is somewhat included.

I have Integrated Both into a Proper Body-Oriented Psycho-therapeutic Solution..

Knowing that addressing past emotional residue through a somatic (body) approach as well as a cognitive understanding is necessary to really tackle the complexity of any kind of trauma you might have gone through.

These 5 Key Elements Need to be Integrated to Create Results! 

(click on each #. to read more)

#1. Having an Understanding of the Intricate Mechanisms of How Trauma Functions.

This is structured knowledge you won’t find in any book of today. Overwhelming trauma creates specific steps in disconnection on various levels ultimately finding diffusion in some kind of coping mechanism. Meaning that when you feel emotion gets to much you will try to redirect that high energy charge into something else. That something else is often compulsive and forms addictions like; workaholic, drug and medicine dependencies, shopping, extreme sports, promiscuity, sex, porno, the need for constant occupation or relationships, compulsive behaviors, numbness and depression, chronic pains, you name it – the list is endless.

Your coping mechanism is a symptom though. It is not the real issue at hand even though it appears like that. When you go deeper you would find an emotion that feeds that coping mechanism. I call that a coping emotion. It is not the primary overwhelming emotion. It is an emotion that is somewhat still safer to be with. Anger or irritability, for example, is often an emotion that covers up a deeper emotion that is overwhelming.

Like deep loss, or fear of death. I would call that your core emotion that has been overwhelming to you. That has an extremely high charge to it and can’t be contained just yet and has made you feel helpless.

So to recap that process of disconnection and dissociation, out of pure survival, we have:

  1. a coping mechanism (addictions and symptoms)
  2. a coping emotion (any form of anger, fear or sadness)
  3. a core emotion directly related to what you feel overwhelmed by (any form of anger, fear or sadness)

These are the basic inherent mechanisms of any trauma and I repeat any kind of trauma, mild or severe, and that is applicable to your personal story. Be it an incident of trauma or more complex trauma that spans a period of time.

Together we will identify how that looks for you on the particularities of your story and we use that as a tread to revert the dissociative processes through release, perspective and containment.

#2. Your Emotional-Matrix: How Early-Life Patterns and Traumatic Experiences are Related

Your focus is on that which is most apparent to you.

If you have gone through an accident, surgery, abortion or cesarean, sexual abuse, an abusive relationship, a life threatening disease, a traumatic tour of duty, domestic violence, physical attack or any other kind of trauma and it has made your life spiral out of control then that is where your focus will be, where you presume the problem will be and where you are seeking resolution.

And this is only natural.

However with most post trauma symptoms that are persistent this is only half of the story. Post-trauma symptoms that have more complexity almost always have their roots in early life patterning.

Simply put; it relates directly to conflict situations, circumstances and periods that were present when you were a child, teenager or youngster and how you developed ways of dealing with that stress at that time.

There are certain default situations (or a combination of them) to what you have been exposed to and there are certain characteristics to how you dealt with it.

Those default situations depend on your parents or care-giver’s attachment style and I sum them up briefly here:

1. Being loved TOO much. For example: too much control, perhaps belittling, overt and covert physical/psychological/sexual abuse, comparison, being used for their gratification and desires and so forth and so on.

2. Being loved too little: Neglected, not being wanted, being ‘freezed’ out repeatedly, etc.

3. A combination between Being loved too much and Being loved too little: Often characterized between shifting episodes of neglect and abuse.

The above ‘negative’ attachment styles can happen in various degrees of severity depending on your own parents upbringing, what they have processed and healed or what they were/are still actively acting out.

The characteristics in how you dealt with and survived those repeated situations will be one of the following defense mechanisms:

1. Fight: confronting, throwing tantrums, sabotaging, trying to prove, achieving, ambitious

2. Flight: avoiding, forgetting, escaping, addictions and compulsions

3. Freeze: marked by collapse, dissociation, numbness, disconnection often when fight, flight or please have run its course till no avail.

4. Please: trying to gain approval and acceptance in order for the danger to pass and to establish some sense of perceived safety.

You will probably find a number of them that you relate to but there will be some more dominant present in your life history and likely in your current character patterns that might act out as default patterns.

By connecting the ‘dots’ of your early life patterns and traumatic experiences you will help work on these ingrained deeper patterns as well as work through the more obvious apparent traumas from a new perspective.

One of our objectives is to make the past the past and not to be continued into the present.

Yes the scar might remain, but the wound can be healed!

* Keep in mind the info above is NOT a golden rule! Solitary severe traumatic incidents can as well contribute to complex post-traumatic stress conditions. So don’t feel left out!

#3. Knowing What Your Binding Factors are and How They keep Pathological Symptoms Ongoing

To work through trauma and its various levels of complexity and disconnection doesn’t need a hit and miss approach.

It needs a concise, practicable, applicable, realistic system of approach.

Now I have given you the basic outline already of how overwhelming emotion creates different stages of disconnection. What I have left out so far are your binding factors. And these are:

Guilt, blame, self-reproach, shame, jealousy, embarrassment, pride, self-righteousness and regret.

And they likely show up as this:

I am not good enough’

I am never going to get over this’

Why am I still suffering from this, it is not fair’

I hate the world, I hate this person, I hate ….’

I deserve this, it is all my fault’

It’s her/his fault I am still here’

If I would have only done this/that differently’

If only ‘something or somebody external’ would change I would be able to move forward’

I will never be as good as him/her’

‘I am so stupid, he/she is stupid, this is all stupid..’

These are the glue between your thoughts and emotions and that feeds excessive thoughts and in turn furthers on the traumatic overwhelming emotion.

Hence it is crucial to find out which is/are your binding factor(s) and how they contribute to keeping your symptoms ongoing.

Your binding factors also have a dual function. They protect you from being constantly confronted with your core overwhelming emotion(s) though simultaneously they keep feeding it as well. For example when un-contained anger flows over into blame it creates hatred and bitterness. Through blame the anger is externalized. We still suffer the anger but we don’t own it hence it serves as a buffer, in our minds, as well as furthers the issue.

I know you might ask now: What can I do about this?

And I will get to that.

First of all it is good to see how those patterns act out for you and what your binding factor(s) is or are. You might have several of them though again there will be some or one that will works best for you and is most dominant.

Once we have created awareness of those binding factors and can see them in action as we are working together, you and me, we will use intervention techniques to divert this energy. And rather then going into disconnecting thoughts we will keep addressing, processing and containing the deeper patterns and bring that to resolution.

#4. Getting back to the Body Without Going into Overdrive; Managing healthy Boundaries and Vulnerability

When you are emotionally hurt and feel overwhelmed you disconnect from the body. It is a safety mechanism in order to maintain some level of functioning however compromised that might be.

It also entails that past emotional residue still ‘lives’ in the body and the only way to START resolving trauma is to release and integrate that emotional residue and high energy charge.

And this needs to be done with care. Using the felt sense to come back into the body will activate and bring into awareness emotion and feeling which might have been shut out for good reasons.

You see most early life and childhood trauma is centered around trust that has been severely hurt and suppressed anger that hasn’t been able to be expressed just yet.

And this is vital in understanding the relationship between coming back to the body without going into overdrive and re-negotiating healthy levels of vulnerability and boundaries.

It would need an initial allowing of being vulnerable to feel again and simultaneously monitor and apply healthy boundaries to decide what you can hold and when it is good to let things rest and dig no further.

By re-learning what it is to open up you are creating new possibilities and through re-learning what it is to set boundaries you can discern with whom or when to open up and with whom you can’t.

And this is important cause you need both on board in a balanced way.

Through using a healthy cognitive framework and using the resources of your body you can create a future of possibilities again within a sense of containment and with resilience.

And this is a process.

I am not promising it is easy peasy. It is hard work but doable.

In this program we will be re-learning what it is to be able to open up and create possibilities as well as speaking out your own voice of when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’ when the moment is called for.

#5. Re-Patterning Old Habits through New Actions; Letting go of the Devil you Know and Creating New Possibilities.

This is a crucial part of moving on after post-trauma: Re-Patterning Old Habits through New Actions.

It is essential to work on emotional residue and post-traumatic stress in order to release and integrate that. It is necessary and it can’t be bypassed as it is where a lot of your energy is stored and frozen in time and you need to make that available again.

Secondly is to make new actions, create a new life style and connections that don’t rest on the past anymore.

You see, you can release emotional stress but when there is a lack of cognitive understanding and no change in lifestyle that same stress, through imbued thoughts, might just build up again. And you would get into a cycle of releasing and building up of emotions again and again.

Going to therapy will become your next addiction and that is certainly NOT where I want to take you to.

Hence after we have worked through past emotional stresses and we have given that sufficient context it will be time to address your sense of control and attachment you have to your pain, your past and what you are known to.

And this is through creating new healthy patterns and connections.

Will it come with some healthy fear and resistance? Absolutely.

But when you take it step by step it will start to give you a sense of accomplishment, a sense of empowerment and freedom.

Knowing that you are the one who is doing it and I am there as support for you, till you firmly stand on your own feet.

So who is this Program for?

Resolving Trauma is not about forgetting or overcoming what happened to you. What happened to you happened and you can’t change it.

You can change perspectives to help you view your emotional responses from another place. You can process emotions and past emotional residue that are still invested in the incident or period of traumatic overwhelmingness of your life. You can create a new life again. But you will never be who you were before your trauma.

If the wound has been deep the scar will remain. That said you can heal the wound, harvest the strengths you have developed out of a coping mechanism and you can create new possibilities!

Let’s be realistic.

Who is This Program for and What Can be Treated?

Keep in mind that the conditions below is a limited list as I can’t possibly mention all various traumas here on one page. These are the ones I work, encounter and treat the most. If you have any doubt about your particular condition and if we can work together please send me a mail (roland@rolandbal.com).

Sexual abuse: Rape and sexual molestation is widespread worldwide especially of women. If you have been subjected to any form of sexual abuse and the more so as a child you know how deeply it marks you and sets up survival patterns of coping afterwards.

If you feel this is the time to work on those patterns and get your life back here is where to do just that.

Complex Trauma and Childhood Abuse/Neglect: Complex trauma spaces not just a single event as a contributor to post-traumatic stress but is made up of a variety of incidents or longer stressful traumatic periods.

If your past history is infused with one of the following or a combination thereof – complex trauma might apply to you:

Not being wanted, abandonment, verbal psychological abuse and bullying, incessant comparing, being neglected (unavailable parents) or ‘freezed out’ repeatedly, divorcing or growing up with alcoholic or depressive parents, incest and/or childhood sexual abuse, etc.

Complex trauma is more difficult to treat as it has varies layers to it though it is certainly not impossible and good results and progress can be achieved.

Adult Domestic Abuse: My experience is that continued domestic abuse as an adult has direct ties with abuse and neglect you experienced in childhood.

It’s not a golden rule though hard wired survival responses do create reenacted patterns more often than not.

If this is you and you seek change – keep reading!

Accidents: An accident could have happened to you through a car or motorbike incident, a falling, sports or a work related accident.

If you have gone through an accident and you are still suffering from emotional imbalances and post-traumatic stress symptoms afterwards this 3 months program is for you!

Surgery: The after effects of surgery and anesthesia are highly unrecognized though can lead to severe emotional problems. It is not only the surgery that contributes to the post-traumatic stress but often gets compounded by the indifference or denial of the medical staff that emotional problems can occur after surgery.

Know that full anesthesia brings you very close to death so inexplicable fears and anxiety afterwards can be seen in that light.

If this resonates with you. Keep reading and reach out.

Loss: If your partner or parent dies at ripe age it is somewhat easier to make peace with.

Losing a loved one happens in many different circumstances though. If you have lost a child or one or both of your parents, a brother or sister at a too young an age this can be severely upsetting.

If you have lost a loved one and you are aware that it holds you onto the past and continues to give you overwhelming feelings this program will help you.

Some more to mention briefly are: Unwanted cesarean or traumatic birth of your new-born, a life threatening disease, being exposed to conflict situations or war zones i.e. veterans, ngo workers, firefighters, police and residents of conflict areas, climate and/or human disasters.

What Others Have to Say about Working With Me

  • I reached out to Roland when I was going through an extremely rough period of my life, on a personal and professional level, which left me technically bed-ridden, mentally traumatized, distrustful and desperate. I was in an emotional black hole marked by extreme anger, frustration, despair and deep sense of betrayal. I could not cope with the successive, relentless, abrupt losses that I was going through and I did not want to take medication to numb the excruciating emotional and physical pain off. Roland helped me, via Skype sessions from the safety of my home thousands miles away; deal with the manifestations of the traumas one by one, as well as contemplating and defining my feelings and getting in touch with the origin of my traumas to dissolve them without dwelling on the past. His forward teachings and techniques are timeless and unique. I still use them whenever I am facing a surge of negative emotions because he, unlike other therapists, he trained me on how to feel the feelings and emotions, not how to bury or ignore them or be ashamed by them. I highly recommend him because he brings back your own hidden powers and strength to the surface. He helped me resurrect from the ashes.”

    Karen

  • “I am 47 and have suffered from depression, mental and physical abuse since I was a little girl. I tried medications, multiple local therapist, read several “self-help” books and articles, however nothing worked. Over the years my depression became so intense I turned to alcohol, drugs, self-harm and even attempted suicide to get away from the pain I felt inside. I saw Roland’s website on Facebook and started to read everything. For the first time in my life I connected with what he said and how I felt. I was a little nervous about internet counseling but I gave it a try. I learned more and felt better after one session then I had in all my past counseling. He picked up on verbal and nonverbal things I said, he connected with me immediately. I knew I wasn’t alone in fighting my thoughts and feelings and depression anymore. For the first time I had hope that my life would change. Roland is very unique comparatively to traditional “western medicine” here in the US. He listens attentively, focuses on the real issue at hand, responds calmly, gives healing objectives solely based on individual personality and lifestyle. He provides education and helps explain the connection between past trauma, thoughts and feelings. I can email him between sessions if I am having a “dark day” and he always responds timely and gives feedback to help and will offer additional sessions if schedule allows. A year ago my life was spiraling out of control and now my life has purpose. Roland has helped me work through past trauma and taught me knew ways to deal with my thoughts and feelings. I have a reason to live, a reason to get up everyday. I have more self esteem, confidence, mental strength and peace within myself than I have ever had. I am beginning a new life for myself. I take one day at a time and continue sessions with Roland. Healing from trauma can take some time but with Roland by my side I know I can get there. Thank you Roland for saving my life. I have a saying “Feel the fear and do it anyways” and that’s what I did when I reached out to Roland.”

    Shannon

  • I am a practicing CranioSacral therapist and mother of two teenagers. I found Roland via his website. I had been diagnosed with PTSD following a near fatal car accident 21 years ago and felt I never addressed the core issues that were repeating in my life ever since; including a hard marriage and protracted difficult divorce. Raised by international parents in a large family of 7 with frequent moves, I guessed that I may carry familial ‘stuff’ but it was only through Roland’s sensitive intelligent guidance that I realized that the car accident was not the primary cause of repeating patterns of anger, frustration, fear, and sadness that haunted me. His relaxed gentle pace assists assessing how much one can take or how fast the individual can go. I no longer feel like the 15 long years in marriage and divorce hell were a waste of time. I cherish the gift of self acceptance and inner knowledge that the work with Roland has given me and I strongly recommend the holistic nature of Roland Bal’s singular approach to anyone curious or worried about stress or distress resolution. Be assured that all are in a safe and in a respectful space with Roland Bal. I know he developed his skills out of many years of CranioSacral therapy on thousands of clients and confirm his effective stress trauma resolution therapeutic model.”

    Jacqui

  • “Roland has helped me to release tension I have had since childhood. Even though I had tried various methods such as bio-resonance, acupuncture and ayurveda, I experienced only temporary relief. Not only did I reconnect with myself through working with Roland, but I also learned how I function and what patterns I had that kept me from breaking the cycle. Roland’s ability to take you to the source of your physical and emotional worries is incredible.”

    Michel

What is Needed from You?

This is a serious personalized program that is aimed at creating results. It is about you and me working together as a team to move your healing process in the right direction.

I am not here to make claims that all your problems will be finished after these 3 months.

Recovering from trauma is a sober affair and problems are a part of life hence they will continue to be present afterwards as well.

It is the approach to problems that can be changed and a large part that contributes to that is to work, process and put into healthy perspective what happened to you in your past.

Working through post-traumatic stress is challenging and needs commitment from both of us. But it certainly can be done.

The testimonials above have showed you that.

What’s in the 3 Months Intensive Program?

ONLINE INTRODUCTION SESSION

The 3 months Trauma Resolution Intensive starts with a 60minute introduction session which consists of:

  1. An intake to get some background information and personal history from you.
  2. An interactive therapy session.

This initial consult gives us the change to meet and is for you to get a feel of how I work.

10 TRAUMA RESOLUTION ONLINE SESSIONS

After our introduction session we will meet on a weekly basis, for a 50-60min session, to work through the different steps outlined earlier above:

  1. Having an Understanding of the Intricate Mechanisms of How Trauma Functions.
  2. Your Emotional-Matrix: How Early-Life Patterns and Traumatic Experiences are Related.
  3. Knowing What Your Binding Factors are, How They keep Pathological Symptoms ongoing and How to Break Free from Them.
  4. Getting back to the Body Without Going into Overdrive; Managing healthy Boundaries and Vulnerability.
  5. Re-Patterning Old Habits through New Actions; Letting go of the Devil we Know and Creating New Possibilities.

These 10 session give you depth and the necessary exposure to really address and process past emotional residue, change perspectives and move your life to a new place.

4 TRAUMA ESSENTIAL EBOOKS

The eBooks will address similar topics we go through in our sessions and will help to create a framework of understanding along side the one-to-one individual work we are doing. They cover:

  1. The Basic Inherent Mechanisms of Trauma, be it incidental or developmental.
  2. How Childhood Adversities sets up Patterns and further Traumatic Experiences and Disease in adult life.
  3. How to make sense of the variety of Symptoms Accompanying Trauma without making it into another disorder.
  4. Ways to Heal Trauma and Dissociation from an integrative body-mind approach.
3 MONTHS EMAIL SUPPORT

Your issues will come to the foreground within these 3 months and it is important you don’t feel you are alone with it. Even between our sessions.

Hence whatever doubt you might have or when you struggle and need some help and fresh perspective, sending an email and getting a response between our session will help keeping you feel supported and helps our work together continue to move in the right direction.

How Does It Work?

Once you are on board I will send you the eBooks right away and will let you know how to set up our first meeting through skype or google hangout.

All 10 sessions and the introduction session are done through skype or google hangout using audio and visual. It is therefore necessary you have a reasonable to good internet connection to engage and fully benefit from our interactions.

And over the next 3 months we will be in touch on a weekly basis through email and our weekly scheduled session.

How Does a Session Look Like?

We will work with a cognitive or top-down approach, which addresses the mechanisms of trauma and how they relate to your personal story. This portion of therapy will provide you with a road map, and it will change your perspective on your condition. This approach will help ease the blame, guilt, shame, self-reproach, and embarrassment which are inherent to a Post-Traumatic Stress condition.

The other portion of therapy consists of working with the body, the somatic part, or a bottom-up approach. It is the body that holds our emotional charge, and it’s also where residue is stored. By tracking body-sensations and giving it expression, your emotional charge can be processed.

I make sure that the process is interactive. There is plenty of time during therapy to contain and digest what comes up in a caring atmosphere. I will slow you down if you feel overwhelmed or gently curb your attempts at escaping your feelings. During the somatic portion of therapy, I generally ask you to close your eyes (if it is possible, and if it is safe for you to do so).

Each session utilizes both cognitive and somatic approaches depending on your unique needs. Using both approaches in a single session is necessary to integrate the body and mind.

Let’s Make that Change!

If you have any doubts or further questions don’t hesitate to write me an email (roland@rolandbal.com).

We have 2 payment options here below. Once payment has gone through; that will confirm your participation and I will be in touch with you for setting up our first meeting.

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  • 4 TRAUMA ESSENTIAL EBOOKS
  • 3 MONTHS EMAIL SUPPORT

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