There is no place like home! Safety and trust are big subjects for most have gone through trauma. Online Resolving Trauma Sessions bridges that gap by providing support while being able to stay in your own home.
Online Counseling for Complex Trauma & PTSD
Are you an expatriate or live in a remote area? Are you looking for a professional therapist who is able to work in your language, English or Dutch. Online Resolving Trauma Sessions would be ideal for you!
No need for travel time, traffic jams or even parking tickets! Engaging in Online Resolving Trauma Sessions saves time, literally, while you are in your own home. Cup of tea, computer, connection.. that’s it!
When should I use Online Resolving Trauma Sessions?
When you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed and it interferes in your daily life and relationships. It could be set off by sexual violence, accidents, loss, war, surgery or primitive ritual abuse; or you are troubled by early life history of neglect, abuse, incoherence, as may be the case in growing 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 around anger, anxiety, self-worth, depression, relationship and healthy attachment; burn-out or dealing with mid-life crisis.
How does it work?
We will connect through skype/google hangout using audio and video. When you book your first online session you will be sent, by email, how to connect on skype/google hangout and/or how to set it up. We will meet on the agreed time and date and make sure we are connected.
During the session:
We will use a cognitive part or top-down approach where we address the mechanisms of trauma and how they relate to your personal story. This part helps to provide a road-map and change perspective on your condition and often helps to take away or ease blame, guilt, shame, self-reproach and embarrassment which are inherent to the Post-Traumatic Stress condition.
The other major part is working with the body, the somatic part or bottom-up approach (I will generally ask you here to close your eyes). It is the body that holds the emotional charge and where residue is stored. Through tracking body-sensations and expression the emotional charge can be processed.
How many times do I need sessions?
Duration of treatment really varies and is highly dependent on the individual.
The severity of your condition and the need for support will depend on the impact of the experience or period in life 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.
Generally I work with clients on a weekly basis. I tend to work in a series of sessions with natural breaks in between to allow the mind to rest and process of what we have brought into awareness.
What about support and confidentiality?
Whatever happens in our treatment space stays between us. The only exception would be if you are in acute danger of hurting yourself or others that I might be obliged to contact your local emergency services.
For support, between our sessions, I am available by email contact.
Will you be able to help me?
One of the questions you might have is whether I am the person you can trust and work with and if your condition falls under what I treat. I educate, work and aim to resolve Post-Traumatic Stress. It is a broad term though and many conditions fall under that umbrella. Your Post-Traumatic Stress could be mildly disruptive in your life and you might be able to hold a job and be in a relationship or you suffer from intense Post-Traumatic Stress as in PTSD and/or complex developmental issues with all the symptoms that go with it and you need care. In both instances, either mild or highly disruptive you have come to the right place. If you still hesitate as to whether your condition is something I work with please write me a message.
Will I get attached to you?
This is a tricky question. Yes there will be some level of dependency. You have not been able to fully work through your issues on your own and I am sure you have tried before considering contacting me. For us to be able to work together you will have to put some trust in the work and me. I am fully aware though that when you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress and you start working with me and opening yourself up that you are vulnerable. Do know that I fully honor and respect your vulnerability and trust in me and that what I truly want is for you to recover, to be resilient and independent. That is my commitment to you. That is the aim towards which I am working with you.
What am I paying you for?
I have had extensive training and experience and invest a lot of time into educating myself and holding the space for others. It is for my time and expertise that you are paying a fee. You can also see it as an investment you make for yourself when you work with me as it will improve your relationships, your ability to take on projects, making a living and being successful and more.
Why do you charge for an introduction session?
Rather then a quick face to face I like for you to get a feel of how I work and if it will be for you right from the start.
Our first online introduction session via skype/google hangout consists therefor of an intake and a short session. This initial consult gives us the chance to meet, to get some background information and for you to have an idea of how I work.
You are totally independent from there to decide when and if you want to schedule a next appointment.
What can I hope to gain in therapy and when do I know I am healed?
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 you know you are healed? When the past is not being continued in the present. In other words when you are symptom free.