Resolving Complex Trauma and PTSD

Online Counseling

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

Action!

Trauma and its processes of dissociation are complex even if it spanned only a single event or incidence. Therefore it is essential you work with someone who understands you and knows about the intricate mechanism of trauma from the inside out.

To address any trauma, you need a concise, practical and realistic approach that integrates a somatic (body) approach as well as a cognitive understanding.

A cognitive understanding assists in creating a healthy framework and makes you understand what keeps your post-trauma symptoms in place, that your coping reactions (even when apparently destructive) serves a purpose and helps to ease blame, shame, guilt, and self-reproach. This framework will give you context and a constructive perspective to start to contain and process the emotional charge related to trauma, be it developmental or incidental.

And this is where the somatic part comes in. It is through connecting with the body again that emotional residue can be processed, released or integrated thereby reversing the dissociative processes. And this needs to be done with care.

Effective therapy emphasizes containment so that you won’t feel overwhelmed again, and to assist in creating resources and resilience to work through the tough parts.

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. Roland helped me, via Skype sessions from the safety of my home thousands of 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. He helped me resurrect from the ashes. – Karen, USA

Healing from Complex Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, Childhood Trauma, Neglect and Abuse

Going through trauma is life changing. It alters your perception of the world and yourself. Post-Traumatic Stress, however, doesn’t have to be a life sentence; it can be resolved!

Educating yourself on your condition is a good start, but if you are struggling in life, it is no substitute for professional help.

If you’re ready to take for your next towards healing; reach out, and give yourself a chance to feel better!

Working through Post-Traumatic Stress takes tremendous courage. Dealing with trauma is hard work, and it can be confusing.

That’s why it is so important that you work with someone who knows recovery from the inside.

Roland is extreemly professional and caring. I felt seen, heard and understood. His sessions are of the highest quality of excellence. I felt I was in good hands, and well supported and guided. I felt empowered after each session, and grateful for the opportunity to work with him one on one. I feel capable to work through triggering situations in a more self contained and resiliant way thanks to our work together. Many thanks. – Jacqueline, South Africa

How Does Online Counseling Work?

Hereunder you will find frequently asked questions and some crucial points to consider before embarking on your healing journey through one-to-one online counseling.

When Should I Use Online Counseling Sessions?
When you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed, and it interferes with your daily life and relationships. It could be set off by sexual violence, accidents, loss, war, surgery; or you are troubled by early life history of neglect, abuse, having grown up with an alcoholic or depressive parent, being an unwanted child, witnessing the divorce of parents while young, comparing yourself or being incessantly compared to others, early life-threatening diseases or other prolonged periods of stress. Or if you have issues with anger, anxiety, self-worth, depression, relationship and healthy attachment, burn-out or dealing with a mid-life crisis.
Why Use Online Counseling?
It is tough to find the right person to work with who is trauma-informed and who has the tools to help you move forward. The counselors on this platform tick those boxes and you can work with them from the safety of your own home.
How Does Online Counseling Work?
You can choose your counselor through the contact form here below and set up your appointment with him/her. You will be using either skype, google hangouts or zoom to conduct the sessions, using audio and video. Each session last approximately 50 to 60 minutes.
How Many Times Do I Need Sessions?
Duration of treatment varies and is highly dependent on the individual. The need for support will depend on the severity of your condition, the impact of the experience or period you went through, the support you have received or the lack thereof after your ordeal and your state of mind at the moment of trauma. Working through trauma requires commitment, dedication, persistence, and patience.

The first session with your chosen counselor should give you an idea if he/she is a good fit for you to help you work towards resolving your Post-Traumatic Stress. We suggest meeting on a weekly basis, at least in the very beginning, to keep consistency and to keep on top of what surfaces for you during and between sessions.

The Importance of An Introduction Session
The initial introduction session gives you a feel for how your practitioner works and also gives enough time for the counselor to take some background information and history of you and to map out the most important issues that both of you need to focus on in the sessions to come.
What about Support and Confidentiality?
Whatever happens in the treatment space stays between you and your practitioner. The only exception would be if you are in acute danger of hurting yourself or others that we might be obliged to contact your local emergency services.

Your counselor will be available by email for support between sessions.

What Can I hope to Gain from Online Counseling?
These are subjective and not easy to answer questions. Gains might be; improvement in relationships, sleeping patterns, ability to handle stress and challenges in life, basically being more resilient and have more a sense of containment and boundaries.
When Do I Know I am Healed?
When the past is not being continued in the present. In other words– when you are symptom-free.
Contraindications
If you have active psychotic episodes or active suicidal tendencies– online counseling can be contra-indicative and as such is NOT advised. Please see your regular doctor first.
Online Counseling Fees

Fees for individual sessions are $ 120.00 / € 100.00

Fees for a five package session are $ 495.00 / € 425.00

Necessities for Online Counseling

You will need a stable internet connection that has enough bandwidth for using video and audio (zoom, skype, hangouts). You will also need a safe place to work from, preferably in your home.

Doing online counseling from work or in your car is not advisable.

Do you want to move your personal process?

Get in touch with one of our counselors here below to get started!

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Counselor Roland Bal

I am the founder of this website and take care of the daily goings of keeping this platform for Resolving PTSD and Complex Trauma updated with insightful and accessible content.

I use a cognitive and somatic (body) based psycho-therapeutic approach to effectively treat complex trauma and PTSD. My approach focuses on regulating, processing and containing; the processes of dissociation, the fight-flight-freeze-please responses and re-learning boundaries and vulnerability. 

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Counselor Stefan Charidge

Stefan is a psychotherapist and gestalt practitioner with a specialty in working with depression and anger issues. With nearly twenty years of experience, he provides both supervision and individual counseling in his private practice, via video/audio online, and by telephone.

He also gives workshops on Gestalt Therapy, Archetypes and Psychodrama, and Anger Management and is a mentor for young offenders in “Band of Brothers” community in Portsmouth. Read more about Stefan here.

CHOOSE YOUR COUNSELOR

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Roland Bal fully booked Stefan Charidge

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, USA

USD $125.00 $170.00