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 that 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) serve a purpose and help to ease blame, shame, guilt, and self-reproach. This framework will give you context and a constructive perspective from which you can start to contain and process the emotional charge related to trauma, be it developmental or incidental.

This is where the somatic part comes in. It is through connecting with the body again that you can process, release, or integrate emotional residue, thereby reversing the dissociative processes. This needs to be done with care.

Effective therapy emphasizes containment so that you won’t feel overwhelmed again, and helps you to create resources and the resilience you need 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, to 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 about 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 your next step 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 extremely 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 of working through triggering situations in a more self-contained and resilient 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, or surgery; perhaps you are troubled by an 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. It is also relevant 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 the counselor enough time to take some background information and history, 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, in which case we might be obligated 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 include improvement in relationships, sleeping patterns, ability to handle stress and challenges in life, being more resilient and having a stronger 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, are dealing with multiple personality disorder, or you have active suicidal tendencies, online counseling can be contraindicative 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 from your car is not advisable.

Do you want to move forward and start healing?

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

rolandbal

Counselor Roland Bal

I am the founder of this website and take care of the daily workings 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 relearning boundaries and vulnerability.

Stefan

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 the “Band of Brothers” community in Portsmouth. Read more about Stefan here.

rolandbal

Counselor Roland Bal

I am the founder of this website and take care of the daily workings 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 relearning boundaries and vulnerability. 

stefan-charidge

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 the “Band of Brothers” community in Portsmouth. Read more about Stefan here.

CHOOSE YOUR COUNSELOR

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Roland Bal fully booked Stefan Charidge

Thank you, Roland, for making the process a little less frightening, for teaching me how to find acceptance, for watching over me, and reminding me of your teachings each time stress alters the way I perceive my environment and ultimately has me questioning reality. If it weren’t for you and your holistic treatment plan I’d still be running, fear-stricken, and stuck in panic. Thank you for helping me create enough space in my mind and body to enjoy life again. – Kristin, USA

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