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Mindfulness Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) results when the mind is unable to process extreme experiences. It is a form of sensory and emotional overload. Mindfulness Therapy allows you to re-process your traumatic memories so that they are no longer overpowering for you. The secret is to change the way you see your memories and emotional imprints. When you change the imagery, you directly change the associated emotions.
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Mindfulness Therapy is one of the most effective approaches available for healing from traumatic memories and for resolving painful emotions. Mindfulness Therapy is now available online via Skype.
- Are you struggling with intense emotions like anger, panic attacks, grief and guilt?
- Are you kept awake by racing thoughts, flash-backs and emotional reactions that keep repeating?
- Are you struggling with addiction?
- Is your PTSD affecting your marriage and personal relationships?
- Are you finding it difficult to find help?
- Do you like the idea of one-on-one private sessions via Skype?
PTSD Therapy Online – Talk to a Therapist via Skype for Help with Your PTSD
Today, more and more people are turning to the internet to get the help they need to cope with anxiety, depression and stress issues, and for help in healing the deep and painful traumatic memories associated with PTSD. With the advent of Skype video conferencing it is now possible to see a therapist online. It feels like we are in the same room, but it is very much more convenient for you, the client.
The advantages of online therapy for PTSD through Skype:
- Convenience. You can schedule a therapy session when it suits you, and there is no time spent in commuting to a therapist’s office.
- Anonymity. You may prefer to select a therapist who is not associated with your local community or place of work.
- Geographical isolation. You may simply not have access to the right kind of therapist where you live. This is particularly the case if you are living, or stationed abroad.
- Sense of self-empowerment. Online clients feel much more in charge of their recovery process.
- Less intimidating. You feel more comfortable calling from a familiar location such as your home.
- Online clients are more likely to continue their course of therapy and reach a successful outcome for all of the above reasons.
What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be defined as recurrent episodes of intense anxiety and panic attacks triggered by memories of a past trauma. A trauma in this context is an experience that is overwhelming at both the sensory and emotional levels to such an extent that the mind cannot process and assimilate the experience. The trauma, which is the combination of both the intense sensory memory along with associated emotional energy, becomes repressed as an emotional complex, only to reoccur in the future when the appropriate sensory triggers are activated. The basic direction in psychotherapy is, therefore, to help the client re-process and re-assimilate both the sensory and emotional memory.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) first came to the attention of doctors during the First World War when relatively large numbers of soldiers returned from combat exhibiting intense emotional distress in which they seemed to re-live the terrifying events of war long after the event.
Veterans should visit the National Center for PTSD to learn more about the symptoms and treatment of PTSD.
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However, war is only one context in which PTSD arises. Later, it became clear that this phenomenon of delayed emotional reactivity could result from many other contexts such as accidents and illness, physical assault, rape or witnessing acts of violence and devastation, natural or man-made. Childhood abuse is now recognized as one of the major sources of PTSD.
In general PTSD can be defined as severe recurrent emotional anxiety reactions that originate from an intense and traumatic experience. A trauma occurs when there is a combination of sensory and emotional overload that cannot be processed and integrated into the psyche.
A war scenario provides many intense visual, auditory and contextual stimuli that are completely foreign to the average person, as does sexual abuse, rape or witnessing a car accident. Context plays a very important part as in the case of childhood abuse, where the child’s model of how his parents should behave cannot be reconciled with the parent’s actual behavior.
The experience of intense fear that accompanies trauma becomes encoded into the internal memory imprint of the associated sensory experiences. The unprocessed sensory experiences and associated emotional reactivity become submerged and repressed in the subconscious mind as a core emotional complex. When the appropriate stressors are present or when the suppressive activities of the ego are weakened, as is the case during sleep this repressed emotional complex is activated leading to a repeat experience of the emotional trauma, often with the associated visual imagery in the form of flashbacks.
Like other core emotional complexes, the repression is never complete and negative emotional energy leaks into present experience leading to general anxiety, phobias, recurrent anger, sleep difficulties, depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and substance abuse. These can be described as the layers of secondary reactivity that form around the primary trauma reaction and which, in their own way, shield the core emotional complex from further processing and integration by the psyche.
The most familiar form of PTSD is seen in returning veterans who have experienced traumatic events, death and injury and the senseless madness and chaos of war.
It is extremely difficult to process such memories and the intense emotions that are associated with such intense memory images. Similar violence-related PTSD is often experienced by fire fighters, police, ambulance personnel and other emergence responders, including medical doctors.
PTSD can occur after the trauma of sexual abuse or rape. This seldom gets the same level of attention as combat-related PTSD, but it can be equally devastating, and the number of abuse-related PTSD victims is very high indeed.
A third form of PTSD receives even less attention: The trauma of giving birth, or the aftermath of a major operation, or the loss of a relative or dear friend. As with all PTSD, the central problem revolves around very intense sensory and emotional imagery that the mind cannot process and digest.
An Outline of Online Therapy for PTSD
Today, more and more people are turning to the internet to get the help they need to cope with anxiety, depression and stress issues, and for help in healing the deep and painful traumatic memories associated with PTSD. With the advent of Skype video conferencing it is now possible to see a therapist online. It feels like we are in the same room, but it is very much more convenient for you, the client. I find the Skype option to be equally effective as in-person sessions, and online therapy sessions might even be slightly more effective, because clients feel more relaxed calling from the comfort of their home.
The approach I use to help people recover from PTSD is called Mindfulness Therapy, which is remarkably effective for most people and works extremely well for the Skype session format.
There are two fundamental areas that you will need to work on for full recovery from post traumatic stress. The first is to resolve the primary traumatic memories, and the second is to resolve your emotional reactions to those memories.
Mindfulness Therapy provides us with very effective ways of changing the internal imagery, which is essential for the successful reprocessing of the traumatic experience and for resolving emotions such as guilt, anger, denial, depression and fear that develop as reactions to the memory.
There is now a growing body of evidence supporting the finding that Mindfulness Therapy works for PTSD (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/08/04/mindfulness-therapy-might-help-ease-ptsd). Mindfulness Therapy allows you to completely transform your relationship with traumatic memories and emotions.
Mindfulness for trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Online Mindfulness Therapy
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I’m a professional mindfulness therapist and I offer mindfulness therapy online. If you’re interested in mindfulness for trauma and for post-traumatic stress disorder then please go to my website and learn more about mindfulness therapy for recovery from trauma and PTSD, and email me to learn more, to ask any questions you may have, and also to schedule the Skype therapy session with me for PTSD or trauma recovery.
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So during these online therapy sessions I’ll be teaching you how to apply mindfulness and mindfulness meditation for aiding your recovery from emotional trauma or PTSD. There are two basic principles that we developed during these online mindfulness therapy sessions for PTSD. The first is the incredibly needed skill of breaking free from the habit of reactive identification with your thoughts and with your own emotional reactions. This is by far the biggest problem that creates emotional suffering. So, when thoughts or emotional reactions arise our tendency is to become completely identified with them. And so we become captivated by our thoughts and our memories. We become prisoners of all thoughts and our memories and we become basically controlled by them when we become identified with them. So mindfulness training is all about learning how to change the relationship with your thoughts and traumatic memories and emotional reactions so that you do not become identified with them, so that you can see these mental objects as the Observer, the True Self that can see the contents of mind without becoming prisoners of the content of the mind.
So that’s the first most important mindfulness training is learning how to develop what we call “independence” from our mind, from the thoughts, from the memories, from the emotions that arise in the mind.
The second part of the trauma recovery will involve working with the imagery of the trauma itself. Working with the imagery, changing the imagery, so that it does not cause the emotional trauma, the emotional reaction. It’s very easy to do this when we start to develop a conscious, mindful relationship with our trauma. If we continue to react to it, we can’t see what’s there and if we don’t see the nature of that imagery then we can change it. we become a prisoner of it. But, once you start to uncover the imagery and see how it actually works you can change the structure of that imagery. One simple technique is to make the imagery smaller, because the imagery of a trauma is generally very large and it has to be large in order to create the emotional trauma. If you can make the image smaller then you will reduce the ability of that memory to produce emotional trauma. There are many other things we can do as well with mindfulness, but these are two areas: we work on changing your relationship to your trauma and also changing the imagery itself that is responsible for producing the emotional reactions associated with the trauma.
If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness for trauma and PTSD recovery, then please go to my website and he e-mailed me to schedule a Skype therapy session.
Changing Traumatic Imagery is Essential for PTSD Recovery
The actual experience of a traumatic event generates very intense stimulation at both the sensory and emotional levels. The mind finds it very difficult to process this and literally experiences sensory and emotional overload. The intense emotional energy of the event remains unresolved in the mind and creates equally intense internal memory images These inner images are what keep the trauma alive causing the common flash-backs and obsessive reactive thinking associated with PTSD.
In order to recover from PTSD you need to change the structure of these internal memory images; change the imagery and you change the intensity of the associates emotional reactions.
During Mindfulness Therapy you learn how to look into the structure of the traumatic imagery. You begin to discover what makes the imagery so powerful and so emotional. Typical structural properties that are associated with traumatic imagery are SIZE, POSITION and COLOR INTENSITY. There are many more, but these will serve as an example, and you can investigate this for yourself.
In order for an image to be intensely emotional it MUST appear large and close. If your memory is a “distant memory” the imagery will probably appear small and far away in your inner mind and will have little emotional effect, but if the inner image is close and large then it is far more likely to be intense and literally “overpowering.” If we find this to be the case for our traumatic images, then we we can change its size and position, moving the image further away and making it smaller. This is entirely possible, and the only reason why we remain stuck with the unresolved emotional trauma is because we normally not aware of this inner imagery. Mindfulness is a penetrating awareness tool that allows us to look and see into the structure of the imagery to see how it works. What we see we can change as described above.
Color intensity is another sensory property that you can experiment on changing. Memories that are neutral usually have neutral colors; intense emotions are structured around intensely colored imagery. When we become aware of this imagery we can experiment changing the colors and “turning down” the intensity of the imagery.
Using mindfulness to investigate the structure of our emotions in this way we can begin to take charge of how we feel and through making subtle changes in the imagery we can begin to facilitate the inner resolution of the experience so that it becomes manageable. Then we can begin the process of cultivating a caring and compassionate relationship with those parts of ourselves that has been so traumatized and hurt.
Building Inner Compassion
Mindfulness is all about building relationships internally (or externally). The hurt parts of our self needs our friendship and compassion, those parts of our self need us to build a compassionate presence with them in exactly the same way that you would do with a comrade or a friend in need or a hurt child. You already know how to do this externally; mindfulness teaches you how to do this internally as well, where it is so needed.
In order for pain to heal you must establish conscious and compassionate PRESENCE with that pain; learning to hold it in your awareness like a mother holds her baby in her arms.
This well-tested principle as, of course, at the heart of all religions and is something that the Buddha emphasized in great detail in his teachings. Mindfulness has an extraordinary healing power (mindfulness=awareness+compassion) that is often likened to the power of sunlight to warm and melt a block of ice, releasing it back into its fluid state as water. When you shine mindfulness on emotional suffering it melts in much the same way, becoming fluid again, which allows it to transform and heal.
How to Heal Traumatic Memories
There are many approaches for treating PTSD, some involving medication and others focused on psychotherapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for PTSD is a particularly useful approach, because it focuses on changing the client’s actual patterns of habitual negative thinking and beliefs and attempts to change these into more positive and functional forms.
The form of cognitive therapy offered here is called Mindfulness Therapy (MT), which can be defined as the direct application of mindfulness to an emotional complex to facilitate transformation and resolution. This form of therapy is available online via Skype (Online Counseling Service).
Our habit is to try and escape our painful memories and emotions. This is quite natural and the mind is designed to react to painful experiences in this way. This avoidance behavior may work well for external threats, but of course, it does not work so well for internal threats in the form of those painful emotions and memories. In fact, the first principle of healing trauma is that you must face it directly. Now, the art is in how exactly you do this, because simply becoming overwhelmed by your painful emotions and reliving the trauma is not very likely to help the healing process.
The purpose of Mindfulness Therapy is not to relive the traumatic experience, but to re-experience the memory in a different way and from a different perspective.
At first this may seem impossible, but with practice, you can establish a new way of relating to your memories and emotions that is not reactive and in which you can see the emotion or memory without becoming overwhelmed by either. In Mindfulness Therapy we call this learning to sit with our emotions, with our pain, with the traumatic memory.
Learning how to sit with our emotions is the most important step in the healing process.
We are in a very real and tangible way, learning how not to be overwhelmed by the emotion. This puts us in a very strong position from which we can respond to the emotion with compassion, as a friend. We actually take a role in helping the emotion heal itself.
This compassionate response to painful emotions is the most effective way to bring about healing. I have seen people heal from horrific memories of childhood abuse through this very process of cultivating a relationship with their worst nightmares, as a friend through mindful awareness and genuine compassion.
Whether you are struggling with loss, guilt, regret or any of the many painful emotions associated with trauma, the approach of sitting with the emotions inside yourself, just as you would sit with a friend in pain will have a profound transformational effect on the traumatic memory itself.
Evidence for the Effectiveness of Mindfulness Therapy for PTSD
There are a growing number of studies showing that Mindfulness Therapy can be very helpful in helping people recover from trauma and PTSD. Here is one article describing a study for the effect of Mindfulness Therapy for Combat-related PTSD conducted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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In the words of one of my clients,
“Before starting sessions with Peter, I was struggling with PTSD, just barely getting by, constantly living in fear of my memories. Peter helped me understand that its not the content of your experience that matters, so much as your relationship with it. He showed me how to healthfully work with my experiences and change my relationships with them for the better. Now I have that understanding that I can use to skillfully, and compassionately embrace each new experience for the rest of my life.”
One approach, which I have found particularly helpful, is a form of psychotherapy that combines mindfulness and experiential imagery, in what I call Mindfulness Meditation Therapy (MMT) or just Mindfulness Therapy, which is available online through Skype sessions. In this approach, the client is guided to form a unique relationship with the felt-sense of the emotional trauma. The felt-sense can be defined as the general feeling tone of the experience, which is quite distinct from the complex structure of an emotional reaction and does not involve thinking, but rather sensing.
Mindfulness describes a particular quality of conscious relationship with an experience, which is open and accepting. Mindfulness is being completely present with whatever is being experienced as an interested observer eager, to investigate and learn. Mindfulness is the absence of reactivity, either in the form of identification with the story line of our experience, or aversion to what we are experiencing. These qualities are invaluable in psychotherapy, because they allow the client to investigate the deep structure of his trauma, rather than staying stuck at the superficial surface structure. If we do become reactive, or start identifying with an emotion, then mindfulness also teaches us to recognize what is happening so that we can stop the reaction in its tracks and return the primary relationship of mindful-observation. Mindfulness has both active and receptive aspects, and both are needed. When both are functioning, then the individual is able to establish a dynamic relationship with his inner memories and emotions, and this mindfulness-based relationship creates a highly transformational therapeutic space.
Transform the core emotions through mindfulness of inner imagery
When one begins to investigate the internal structure of a traumatic memory, it is surprising to discover the wealth of subtle feelings that lie just under the surface. Differentiation of the feeling structure of an emotion like anxiety or panic is an essential part of any successful therapy, and the conscious experience of this inner structure is transformational. This is one of the key effects of mindful-awareness: we see more, and experience more, which allows the repressed emotional complex to surface into consciousness for re-processing and re-integration.
In addition to feelings, traumatic memories also have a specific internal structure in the form of intense experiential imagery. This imagery may be photographic in quality, revealing the actual memory of a traumatic event, but more often the memory-imagery has been processed post trauma, and takes on a more abstract structure with considerable symbolic meaning. This experiential imagery has an internal structure in the form of specific colors, shape and size, and often occupies a specific position in the inner visual field. Emotional energy is encoded in each of these specific sub-modalities of position, form, size, color, texture and movement. An intense emotion is likely to be encoded in intense colors, such as red and yellow, and the imagery is likely to be large and close-up in the person’s inner visual field, whereas neutral emotions are encoded in neutral colors, such as grey or white, and appear small and distant.
After the client becomes aware of this inner experiential imagery, he can begin to investigate what changes need to happen in the imagery that allow the emotion to be transform and resolve. Mindfulness helps this transformational process by creating a safe therapeutic space in which there is no interference from the ego, or judgemental mind. The client begins to discover intuitive changes that can be very subtle and beyond rational deduction, but are clearly felt to make a difference. It is also worth noting that as the client begins to see the specific details of his traumatic imagery, he is actually better able to maintain a relationship with the trauma, without becoming overwhelmed. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it is always what we don’t see that causes most mischief, and part of what sustains PTSD is the inability of the client to see the details of his inner imagery. The total experience is overwhelming, but the experience of its parts is not, and the more detail he can see, the less reactive he will become. The fear of the unknown is our worst enemy, and mindfulness is the process of making the unknown known, by paying close attention and investigating what arises.
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“I was amazed at the dramatic difference in my life after only a few sessions with Dr. Strong. I didn’t think it was possible to have daily relief from my PTSD. Although the process is very simple, you have to work diligently every day. I feel optimistic and hopeful now about my mental health.” – Karina, Atlanta, GA
One female client came to me to work on recurrent anxiety and fearfulness that formed part of her PTSD to the childhood sexual abuse inflicted by her father. When she focused mindfulness on the felt-sense of anxiety, it took a very specific position in her lower throat. With continued mindful-investigation, she became aware of a very clear image of a tightly wound tangle of prickly string, and this imagery that seemed to resonate very strongly with the feeling. When asked what needed to happen next, which is a question that is frequently asked by the therapist during mindfulness work, the tight ball clearly needed to untangle. She spent several minutes investigating how this might happen. At one point, she burst out with rage at what had been done to her, and it became clear that the unwinding ball of string had symbolic meaning and facilitated the release of all this repressed emotional energy. The imagery continued to unfold in many subtle ways, and during this process she discovered a new sense of inner strength and empowerment that allowed her to move significantly towards the completion and re-integration of these traumatic memories. Over the following weeks, she continued to work with unwinding the tangled ball in her throat, and each time she discovered more inner strength and more freedom from this traumatic episode in her past. Strand by strand, the ball unwound and eventually the trauma became just a bad memory that could be put to rest.
One could spend many hours trying to interpret and understand this imagery, but what was much more important, was her direct experience of the resolution process at the subtle and concrete level of her own experiential imagery, and this is made possible by mindfulness. The psyche thinks in pictures, not words, and experiential imagery is the natural language of the psyche. When we make this content conscious, the psyche uses imagery to heal itself. It is not what we do that matters, but how well we listen, with an open mind and open heart.
Throughout the whole process of Mindfulness Therapy for PTSD, the client is repeatedly exposed to the source of his or her fear, but in new ways that don’t involve being overwhelmed or becoming emotionally reactive. This exposure desensitization effect is regarded by most schools of psychotherapy as an essential part of overcoming PTSD, and Mindfulness Therapy provides a very subtle and specific way of doing this through the client’s internal experiential imagery. The imagery helps clients form new ways of relating to their traumatic memories and emotions that promotes transformation, resolution and healing from the inside out.
Online Therapist for PTSD – Get help for PTSD where and when you need it through Skype
I began offering this online therapy service a few years ago because more and more people wanted an alternative to the traditional route of going to see a therapist or counselor in their office. For many, and especially for people living in foreign countries, there may simply not be any local therapists available to give you the quality of help that you are looking for.
In addition, there has been a growing need for help with post traumatic stress disorder, especially among soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Official sources estimate that over a third of returning soldiers will experience PTSD. It is also generally recognized that the VA is not able to cope with the demand.
Another reason why people seek help through online therapy for PTSD is that they like “keeping out of the system” and prefer to take charge of their own recovery. Clients like the anonymity of online therapy.
Online Mindfulness-based Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The online therapy option is a good choice if you find it difficult to find a local therapist to work with. The Mindfulness Therapy approach is particularly effective for healing from traumatic memories and associated emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger and guilt. It is also very good for managing addictions associated with those unresolved traumatic emotions.
There are many types of trauma, ranging from the trauma experienced by soldiers, medical emergency workers and doctors, the police, fire-fighters, victims of sexual abuse and rape, medical procedures and illness, accidents, natural disasters, or even life-changing events.
Whatever the source of the trauma, the problem that leads to PTSD is when the mind is not able to process and integrate that experience at a sensory or emotional level. These unresolved memories and images become stuck in the mind. The memory seeks resolution, but is unable to do so. Our emotional pain seeks healing but is unable to do so, and we often exacerbate this through patterns of avoidance and aversion and secondary reactivity in the form of emotional state such as anger, self-loathing, depression or through behavioral activity such as addiction.
Mindfulness Therapy provides one of the best ways of resolving trauma and unresolved emotional suffering.
If you would like to learn more or schedule an online therapy session with me via Skype, please email me.
Online Therapist for PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong, and I am a professional online therapist. I provide online therapy for anxiety, online therapy for depression, for stress and for addictions. I also provide online therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
So, what is PTSD? Well, basically it is the inability of the mind to process a traumatic event. A trauma is defined as an even that has extreme sensory and emotional components that the mind is simply not able to process, so, that memory and associated emotions around that memory become stuck. And that’s why a person suffering from PTSD will constantly re-live that memory in the form of flash-backs or recurring memories or intrusive thoughts and other forms of reactivity of the mind.
Essentially, the mind is trying to heal that trauma and that’s why it reoccurs, but the mind is stuck, it does not know how to do that.
So, during Mindfulness Therapy, which is my specialty, we work on changing the underlying structure of that memory and the traumatic emotions associated with that memory. We look at the way we see the memory and emotions internally, because that is what needs to change – our internal picture. Imagery is the natural language of emotion and each emotion that we experience has it’s own individual imagery structure inside – how we see it internally.
During Mindfulness Therapy sessions we look very closely at this imagery to see how it works. Often, we find there are certain themes. For example, the imagery is too large, too close and it has very vivid or intense color. These properties are what actually produce the emotional distress, the anxiety, the terror, not the actual historical event itself. It’s how we see that picture internally.
When we bring mindfulness to this internal picture, we begin to see the structure and we can begin to change that structure, we begin to discover ways of making the imagery smaller, moving it further away, changing it’s color, and other things that we can change consciously that actually have the effect of defusing and resolving the emotional trauma.
So, this is one central piece of Mindfulness Therapy – actually chaining the internal imagery of the trauma. Change the imagery, you change the emotional intensity and eventually that traumatic memory is able to resolve itself and become integrated into our general memory. We stop experiencing those recurring symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
To learn more, please visit my website, CounselingTherapyOnline.com and CONTACT ME. Email me and we can schedule a therapy session via Skype to help you overcome your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. So, please visit my website now and contact me.Thank you!
Online Therapist for PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder via Skype
How Online Therapy for PTSD works
We schedule a Skype Therapy session in which you can get direct and personal help from me. I am a professional psychotherapist, based in Boulder, Colorado. Sessions use the video call facility of Skype so we can see and talk to each other. It’s like being in the same room, even though we may be thousands of miles apart. Payments are made after each session using PayPal – the most secure online payment system. Installing Skype and PayPal on your computer is very easy to do and you will find these services invaluable for talking to family and friends s well.
The method I use for helping you overcome PTSD is called Mindfulness Therapy, which is an advanced form of CBT Cognitive Therapy with the added advantage of mindfulness methodology, which makes it very effective for working with difficult emotions like anger, guilt, grief, anxiety and depression.
When you are working with trauma, you need to resolve the trauma at two levels. First, I will help you change the inner memory imagery that triggers the emotional reactions. When you change the structure of this imagery, you also change the intensity of the emotions connected to the memory. Second, we need to resolve the secondary emotional reactions to the traumatic memory – the denial, anger, fear, panic, guilt and grief.
Change the Internal Traumatic Imagery is central to healing PTSD
All emotions are encoded in psychological imagery – how you see the emotion in the mind. Traumatic memory images are almost always too large, too close and too vivid. It is important to understand that it is this imagery itself which causes you to feel the intense emotions of fear, terror, anxiety or anger. It is not the actual event, the objective reality, that causes your emotional reactions. It is the imagery alone that triggers those motions. This is the key, because it is entirely possible to change the emotional imagery, and when you change the imagery, the way your see the event in your mind, you change the emotion directly.
During mindfulness therapy sessions we explore the structure of your traumatic imagery to see how it works and then we experiment in making changes, such as making the imagery smaller, further away, and even toning down the colors to make it less intense. This is utilizing the natural emotional image processing pathways of the mind, just speeding up the process.
When we say, “Oh, it doesn’t bother me so much now. It’s just a distant memory now”, the image has literally moved further away and become smaller in how we see it in the mind, and that’s why it has a smaller impact than it did previously. The point here is that we can make those changes directly, consciously, without waiting for the natural reprocessing that will occur over time.
When we become stuck in patterns of emotional reactivity, what happens is that the reactive thinking, the reactive actions and behaviors and even the somatic reactions of the body feed the internal traumatic or emotional imagery and prevent its natural resolution through natural subconscious image reprocessing. So, a big part of Mindfulness Therapy also involves seeing these reactive habitual patterns and neutralizing them.
Interested in talking to an Online Therapist for PTSD?
Please contact me today to learn more about online counseling therapy for PTSD and recovery from emotional trauma. Mindfulness Therapy is, in my opinion, one of the very best approaches available for healing traumatic memories and emotional reactivity. Clients often see dramatic improvements after only a few sessions. I will be happy to explain further how this approach works.
Online Therapist for PTSD: Helping you heal your emotional wounds
Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
Exposure Therapy for PTSD
Exposure therapy describes a systematic program of gradual re-encountering whatever triggers an intense emotional reaction in you. Of course, there is little point in simply becoming overwhelmed over and over again, so exposure therapy has to be incremental and done in manageable steps. The whole point of this approach is to strengthen your ability to remain balanced even in the presence of the external or internal stimulus. Exposure therapy has been shown to be very effective for overcoming phobias and social anxiety; it is also one the primary methods used by therapists to help you overcome the intense emotional reactions associated with PTSD. Now you can get Online Therapy from an Online Therapist to help you learn how to manage trauma without becoming overwhelmed by the re-exposure process.
Using your imagination in Exposure Therapy
During Mindfulness Therapy sessions, clients spend a lot of time re-encountering traumatic memories and images for the purpose of accessing the specific emotions that become activated by these internal representations. This can be difficult at first, but becomes progressively easier after you have developed some mindfulness skills. Mindfulness teaches you how to be aware of a mental image, an emotion, a memory or a thought without becoming reactive. We develop this skill in great detail and depth during therapy sessions, and it always surprises clients how quickly they can come to that position where they can look at a painful memory without becoming overwhelmed and re-traumatized.
Think about the analogy of learning how to ride a bicycle. At first it seems completely impossible to even imagine how we can ever learn to stay upright. But, with practice and careful attention to details the body learns very quickly. The key is repetition and attention to details; both key components of mindfulness therapy.
Relationship to Traumatic Memories is Key
If you remain stuck in your habitual patterns of emotional and behavioral reactivity to traumatic memories then nothing can change. In Mindfulness Psychology we call this the Principle of Reactive Inhibition: Emotional, cognitive and behavioral reactivity inhibits change and consequently inhibits healing. Reactivity keeps everything the same, stuck.
Mindfulness teaches us how to overcome these habitual patterns of reactivity and, not surprisingly, this facilitates change and healing. Through mindfulness practice we create the ideal conditions in which healing and transformation can occur, just as reactivity inhibits this process.
We all know the wisdom of the saying that we must face our fears, and we all know how difficult this can be in practice. Mindfulness Therapy simply teaches us the detailed process of how to face our fears successfully, and there is no doubt that this remains the most important achievement necessary for healing, personal transformation and beneficial change. A traumatic memory will not resolve until you have learned how to form a stable and sustained relationship with the memory without becoming reactive and without trying to escape from being totally present with the trauma.
Over the course of 3-4 of Online Counseling sessions most clients can achieve this mindfulness-based relationship with their traumatic memories. In subsequent sessions we learn how to heal the emotions that are associated with the trauma by literally becoming a “Big Brother” to our inner pain, our “little self.” The Good News is that we already know how to do this; this is the nature of our innate intelligence and our True Self. You know how to be compassionate, how to be kind, how to care, how to love. When you have created the mindfulness-based relationship with your inner pain then you open a connection between that pain and the resources of your True Self. This is why mindfulness facilitates healing.
A good mindfulness-based online therapist will help you rediscover your True Self. Basically, you already know what you need internally to heal. You don’t need “treatment” you do need assistance in bringing these two parts together again. Learn more about this Online Counseling Service.
Interested in Online Exposure Therapy for PTSD Trauma?
Please feel free to contact me and describe the particular form of trauma and PTSD that you are struggling with. Schedule a session (risk free, since you pay only if you are completely satisfied). I have had a lot of success in helping clients through Mindfulness Therapy, which is extremely effective for giving you the tools to heal and recover from trauma.
Online Therapy for PTSD: Helping you heal your emotional wounds
Online Treatment Therapy for PTSD
Online Counseling is Effective, Convenient and Affordable
Please contact me to learn more about Mindfulness Therapy for PTSD. This approach can be very effective for managing intense emotions and patterns of negative reactive thinking by teaching you how to relate to your emotions without becoming overwhelmed. This is the necessary condition in which healing can occur. I will teach you how to reprocess traumatic memories and imagery and give you the tools to reduce the intensity of your emotional reactions, anger, anxiety and depression.
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Veterans Skype Therapy for PTSD
Talk to a Therapist Online for Help with Recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The VA is now recognizing the benefits of offering online therapy for PTSD via Skype (see article below. I offer Mindfulness-based Therapy via Skype for treating anxiety, depression, addiction and PTSD. In these Skype Therapy Sessions I will help you re-process traumatic memories and associated emotions using Mindfulness Therapy. Literally you will learn how to change the structure of how you see the trauma in your mind (image reprocessing) so that it become assimilated. Through a similar image reprocessing method you will also learn how to change how you see your traumatic emotions themselves in the mind. The video below will give a brief introduction, but if you would like to learn more, please CONTACT ME.
Veterans Skype Therapy
Unfortunately, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an all too common condition for soldiers returning home after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many veterans choose to seek counseling to cope with this and other effects of their service overseas.
Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began a program by which these therapy sessions are conducted over the internet. The veterans can see and interact with their counselor through a video-chat program such as Skype or Cisco Jabber.
In the long term, veterans using this “Skype therapy” progressed at the same rate as veterans receiving traditional face-to-face therapy. Traditional therapy is never going away – but this new online therapy is only going to get bigger.
Of course, there can be technical problems with online therapy such as pixilation, choppiness, and freezing. If the internet connection is lost, that will end the session. In one case, a study found that a therapist did not notice for three sessions that his patient was in a wheelchair. Some also believe that this new approach will decrease empathy because the therapist is unable to shake the patient’s hand, hand tissue to a crying patient, or otherwise physically interact with the patient.
Even with the drawbacks, this new approach is certainly a blessing for veterans who do not live near a VA hospital or clinic. These veterans will now have the ability to get the treatment they need from the comfort of their own home.
I would like to learn more about Online Therapy for PTSD
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Are you interested in Online Therapy to hep you manage your traumatic stress? This Mindfulness-based approach can be very effective indeed, so please contact me if you would like to learn more about this service. Use the Contact Form to introduce yourself and to ask your questions about this online therapy service. Schedule a Skype Therapy session when you are ready.
>>There is no charge unless you are completely satisfied with each session. This is my satisfaction guarantee to you<<
Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Psychotherapist, Online Therapist, Spiritual Teacher and Author, based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter developed a system of psychotherapy called Mindfulness Therapy for healing the root cause of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Traumatic Stress and Emotional Suffering.
Get Help from a Professional Online Therapist via Skype for Effective Online Counseling Therapy for Your Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
Online Help for PTSD
Do you find yourself anxious about your future, and struggling with the present?
- Nobody seems to understand
- I feel like I can only rely on myself
- Things are “different” now
- Why does everything seem complicated?
- I’ll manage on my own
You are NOT alone! Believe it or not, there are people who are ready to talk it through with you, on your terms, right now!
Current statistics generalize that up to 20% of veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom suffer from what is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (That is 1 in 5!) The numbers are even higher for the veterans of other wars. So what is the deal? Why are people so quick to label? The bottom line is that there is a serious issue in the United States right now, and that is the fact that many of our veterans feel alone, unsupported, and sometimes even mistreated by their peers upon return from duty. Some great programs exist with the VA, and the recently newsworthy Vets4Vets organization has some great peer-to-peer resources for veterans dealing with tough situations and emotions. Yet many veterans go without help in these tough times because they feel it is too embarrassing or too much of a hassle to go through the process of getting assigned a mentor, and then having to talk to somebody who may or may not know what they are talking about! The end result is a very troublesome one: our veterans are coming back and are not being served effective HEALTH CARE.
“America’s veterans deserve the very best health care because they’ve earned it.” -Jim Ramstad
If you know what it feels like to struggle with difficult emotions that nobody seems to understand, the comfort and convenience of an online counseling experience may be for you.
Are you ready for a modern, discrete, and highly effective way to work through your difficult emotions at your own pace, on your own terms? The answer is simple: online mindfulness therapy with Dr. Peter Strong.
If you are indeed committed to your own personal well-being, and don’t want to be labeled or judged, look no further. Sign up for Skype sessions with Dr. Strong, and have the support you need anytime and anywhere. Dr. Strong will work with you, not for you. You will find that your sessions with Dr. Strong will not seem like therapy or counseling at all, but rather a real, open, and honest conversations and powerful moments of realization and self-acceptance.
All you have to do for a FREE consultation with Dr. Strong is the following:
- Have a Skype username
- Be committed to yourself
- Be ready for deep, lasting understanding and peace
ONLINE THERAPY FOR PTSD
During these online therapy sessions you will learn how to resolve the painful memories and emotions associated with trauma. Mindfulness helps you reprocess the past so that you can move on. Please contact me to learn more.
CONTACT ME NOW TO SCHEDULE A SKYPE SESSION
Other Resources for Vets and Families struggling with PTSD
One organization that I recommend to anyone struggling with PTSD experienced by returning veterans is called OPERATION IV – a nonprofit organization providing Specialized Treatment for PTSD Combat Veterans nationwide.
Online Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder