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Stop and think what do unhealthy relationships mean for many of us as women? This is what “Mateja Petje Relationships” Blog discusses in detail. What could be more important than our personal relationships with people. Now lets talk in terms specifically here just in regards to women. Women that grow up in traditional Western cultures do so with a particular belief system. Most women, right from early on, have been taught certain things.

 

They were taught for example to believe that one day they will meet Prince Charming. We know the role he plays. He will ride in on a white horse and save us. He will swoop down and take us away from all our suffering and make us happy and whole again. This theme is very pervasive in Western culture. This appears in our books and movies, permeating everything. 

 

 

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Think about movies such as Jerry McGuire You complete me or another great example is the movie “Pretty Woman“. In the past women didn’t have as many career choices that we have today, so often times they just had to be “happy” and put up with whatever life brought them. Do you personally think this is the way it should be?

 

 

Mateja Petje Relationships- Abuse

 

That meant women would suffer emotional, mental, financial, and even physical abuse. Luckily, with women’s rights and movement up the career ladder things have changed for women. Yet on an emotional level we still expect for a man to “make us happy”. This I believe is the core of our misconception.

 

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You might be a stay at home mom or dad or a professional or business owner, the issue remains the same. We all want love, understanding, and a shoulder to cry on. We have all read enough self help books, or even spent years in therapy, yet we are not getting the results.  And this goes for both men and women alike. Nowadays it’s not uncommon anymore for a woman to have a demanding career, while her husband stays home or works in a less demanding job. What I’m saying here is true for both genders.

 

 

Mateja Petje Relationships- Communication

 

Men usually just don’t share their suffering or even abuse from a spouse due to the stigma attached to it. This is a very difficult situation in terms of healing and moving forward. The fact that men are usually very closed off generally speaking works against the situation many times.

 

I have had my own share of failed relationships that stemmed from my own traumatic and dysfunctional childhood. I started dating when I was 15 because I thought this was the only way for me to feel loved and understood. Yet, because I never healed sufficiently, I kept attracting abusive, angry, and narcissistic men. I wonder if this rings a bell for you.

 

 

 

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Mateja Petje Relationships- Perception

 

Many of the clients I’ve worked with in my clinical practice have had similar struggles in relationships that have also led to clinical depression, anxiety and lack of self worth. There is a pressure within our society to find that one special man or woman who is your soulmate, otherwise you might be perceived that there is something wrong with you.

 

 

“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”

 

Probably like most of you, I’ve read a ton of self-help books, including Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and saw healers, coaches and therapists. I’ve learned a lot about myself and relationships which also led me to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 

 

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In my professional practice I utilize something called the Imago Approach, a concept founded by Harville and Helen Hendrix.

 

According to this theory, we attract partners in our life that remind us about our primary caregivers, who are generally our parents, and that includes both for their positive and negative traits. To give you an example, a woman who grew up in a home where her mother was very submissive, might find herself attracting domineering and controlling men like her father.

 

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Mateja Petje Relationships- Your Subconscious

 

However, don’t despair because with some professional help this CAN be overcome. The best approach that worked for me and my clients is to understand how your subconscious and unconscious mind works. Many times, when we grew up in a dysfunctional home, we made certain beliefs about love, relationships, feelings, money and so on. We might not even remember these beliefs yet we keep living our lives based on those beliefs. 

 

 

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Mateja Petje Relationships- NLP and EMDR

 

If we want a different life, the key is to understand your mindset and your beliefs. Many times you’ll find you’re still living your life based on your parents or other authority figures beliefs. As children, we depended on others for our survival and our well being so we were not able to question those beliefs, consequently as ADULTS we can, and we MUST in order to change our lives for the better.

 

Over time I’ve found the techniques that work best in uncovering hidden beliefs include NLP, hypnosis, and EMDR.

 

 

Mateja Petje Relationships- Toxic Partner

 

Now, let’s talk some more about “How do you know if you are in an unhealthy relationship or even a toxic relationship.” further. I want you to ask yourself if any of these statements apply to you. By the way, an excellent book I often refer to is by Doreen Virtue. Some of these behaviors are more call for an improvement, while others could be too toxic and you might need to leave the relationship.

 

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Relationship Deal Breakers

 

It’s important to know what your “Deal Breakers” are and what you can tolerate. However there are some that deserve our attention. In this list I’m just mentioning a few of the more common ones. These “Deal Breakers” can destroy even a happy relationship.

 

  • 1. Interrupting – the person who continuously interrupts you is not interested in what you have to say. Very often, the person who constantly interrupts is frequently anxious or hyperactive (and that might be due to use of stimulants, such as coffee). You need to tell them something like: “Excuse me, I am not done talking yet” and be assertive.

 

  • 2. Constant correcting – this is even worse than interrupting. You constantly walk on eggshells. You need to be assertive and tell them that it feels more  like he or she is acting as your teacher and not your partner.

 

  • 3. Clingy/needy behavior. Again you need to tell them you are busy with projects and set proper boundaries.

 

  • 4. Stalking is even worse and in some cases you might need to get a restraining order if situation doesn’t improve.

 

  • 5. Guilt-tripping or manipulating people. You feel resentful and angry. It’s important to say NO and stick to it.

 

 

 

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  • 6. Angerholics are addicted to being angry. This anger might be a result of upbringing, or also deep feelings of inferiority, disguised as anger. It’s important to get a professional help especially if the angry person continues to be in denial and doesn’t respond to common sense.

 

  • 7. Controlling behavior where typically controlling people act out immaturely or with anger when they feel that they are not in control.

 

  • 8. Addictions, including substance abuse reminds us it’s important to understand that any addiction needs to be treated by a professional. If you find yourself always pleading with the person suffering from addiction, most of the time it will not help as you continue enabling their behavior. It takes a lot of strength and courage to stay in a relationship with an addict. Until they get professional help, you are really in a relationship with a man or a woman who is hidden behind this cycle of addiction.

 

 

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  • 9. Name calling is behavior that is verbally abusive. When it occurs you need to speak up because it’s not acceptable. Name calling can hurt even more sometimes than physical abuse can especially for someone who has a trusting, sensitive heart. For example a Highly Sensitive Person.

 

  • 10. Betrayal A betrayer breaks your heart and your trust by engaging in hurtful behaviors such as infidelity, flirting with others, lying to you or exercising extremely poor judgement. In my professional practice I worked with many couples who had suffered infidelity and in some cases, if the relationship had a solid basis, they overcame infidelity issues. However it can takes years. It is always important to love yourself enough and be honest with yourself and not trying to forgive people at every cost. 

 

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Dr. John Gottman “4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

 

I also wanted to share with you what Dr John Gottman calls “The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. These are 4 main behavior patterns that can destroy a relationship or a marriage (see Dr John Gottman “The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse” Blog)

 

Criticism: A complaint focuses on a specific behavior, while a criticism attacks the character of the person.

 

Defensiveness: Defensiveness is defined as self-protection in the form of righteous indignation or innocent victim hood in attempt to ward off a perceived attack. Many people become defensive when they are being criticized, but the problem is that being defensive never helps to solve the problem at hand. Defensiveness is really a way of blaming your partner.

 

Contempt: Statements that come from a relative position of superiority. Some examples of displays of contempt include when a person uses sarcasm, cynicism, name-calling, eye rolling, sneering, mockery, and hostile humor. Contempt is the greatest predictor of divorce and must be eliminated.

 

Stonewalling: Stonewalling occurs when the listener withdraws from the interaction. The antidote is to practice physiological self-soothing. The first step of physiological self-soothing is to stop the conflict discussion. If you keep going, you’ll find yourself exploding at your partner or imploding (stonewalling), neither of which will get you anywhere.

 

 

 

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Mateja Petje Relationships- Good vs Bad

 

Now that we talked about dysfunctional and unhealthy relationship patterns, let’s talk for a minute about key characteristics of a HEALTHY relationship. I like to say, that in a healthy relationship, there is INTER-DEPENDENCE as opposed to co-dependence. Both partners are equal in every aspect and focus on their strengths and work together as a team.

 

 

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1. Emotionally intelligent couples know each other’s world. They know each other’s goals, worries, and hopes.

 

2. Fondness and admiration are two of the most crucial elements in a long-lasting romance. I suggest to my couples to keep a jar filled with positive statements of each other and remember positive things when things get tough..

 

3. Seeking partner’s affection and support and give it freely. It doesn’t always have to be a great sex. Affection is even more important.

 

4. Treating each other with respect even when you disagree.

 

5. Solve your solvable problems and let go of things you cannot solve at the moment or learn to compromise.

 

6. Overcome gridlock and “honor” your partners dreams.

 

7. Create shared meaning so Marriage can have an intentional sense of shared purpose

 

 

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Highly Sensitive People

 

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Highly Sensitive People! They’re everywhere! Have you been told you’re “too emotional” or “too needy?” Do you think more deeply about things and worry more than the average person? Do you prefer quiet environments? You’re not alone!

 

I think it’s also very important to note something here. If you’ve never heard this term “Highly Sensitive People” but you recognize the symptoms, you should make adjustments. These new adjustments would give you a better quality of life among other things. I’m also a “Highly Sensitive Person” as well. One of the reasons I write so many Blogs is to share my journey with the public. It is possible if you knew more about my background it might help you potentially.

 

Elaine Aron Psychologist/Author

 

According to Elaine N. Aron, a psychologist and author, in her 1996 book, “The Highly Sensitive Person” Dr Aron discusses individuals with high measures of sensory processing sensitivity. Elaine N. Aron first developed and researched this term in early 1990’s. The results from her work was Highly Sensitive People were found to be quite common. With as many as one in five people found to possess traits consistent with those of Highly Sensitive People.

 

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Many times Highly Sensitive People suffer from Anxiety and Depression which can turn into Severe Clinical Depression if they don’t get professional help. They often try to please others and feel guilty when they are not able to meet their needs. Research also indicates that Highly Sensitive People account for 15% to 20% of the population, which makes it quite a large percentage of humanity. Yet we’ve often been led to believe that sensitivity is weakness.  

 

 

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Highly Sensitive People also often choose careers that are definitely NOT typical. They are very sensitive to the environment and they prefer to work alone to avoid harsh criticism. That would include having to answer to a demanding boss! These careers might include musicians, interpreters (I was an interpreter), as well as people being “on call”, such as medical professionals. They all have one thing in common, they often feel misunderstood, alone, under appreciated and overworked. 

 

 

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Highly Sensitive People- Differences

 

1. Easily overwhelmed

 

Highly Sensitive People get easily overwhelmed by their environment. Now this represents other people or loved ones, as well as bright lights, noise, strong smells, loud music or sirens. Often they are light sleepers. Typically, they have struggled with insomnia due to worrying about what had happened during the day for example. They also tend to be analyzing everything.

 

2. Feel guilty all the time

 

Highly Sensitive People who work in non-traditional jobs many times cannot see family or friends often and they feel guilty about it. They feel more than most people and therefore it’s not easy for them just to let it go. They feel bad when they miss a family dinner, birthday party or a social event. 

 

Planning schedules

 

Many times they are not able to make plans more than a week in advance and many even work on weekends. Now consider people who work a graveyard shift or interpreters. They typically might say there is no such thing as a weekend for them. When everyone celebrates, they need to work. They are also very conscientious, hard working, meticulous and detail-oriented.  

 

 

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3. Need privacy

 

They are often introverted and need time to think and reflect. Others may misunderstand their behavior as being “snooty” or “antisocial.” Many Highly Sensitive People have learned from young age that they need to keep their feelings and thoughts to themselves as they have been told that they were “weird” or “cry babies.” As children they were often seen as shy. They also prefer to exercise solo. Highly Sensitive People tend to avoid team sports as they feel that everyone is watching their every move.

 

4. Need to feel unappreciated

 

Musicians are on the top of the list here. Music and art is generally considered an “extra curriculum.”  Many times they are not taken seriously as they don’t have a “real job.” Few people know how much work and dedication it takes to become a well known musician. Not everyone can be the next member of The Beatles! Think about bass players. The average music lover pays very little attention to bass and what it does for the music that they are listening to. Mostly, the lead singer and the guitarist are given the kudos. So they learn to stay in the background not getting the praise that they deserve.

 

 

5. Highly Sensitive People- More Emotional

 

Generally speaking, Highly Sensitive People have more empathy when their friends or even strangers are going through challenges. They feel everything on a deeper level and they are usually very intuitive. They make good social workers, teachers and counselors. However, they need to learn how to take better care of themselves as they are prone to professional burn out. This was one of the first things that I had experienced as a new counselor trying to do more than I could handle. This led to frequent colds and illnesses because the immune system gets compromised.

 

6. Too sensitive or take things too personal

 

This is especially true of the Western culture that is focused on self-actualization and individualization (remember Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”). In the US we believe the pharmaceutical industry can solve everything even a person’s temperament. If you study Eastern cultures, for example in Thailand and India, highly sensitive men are never teased, unlike in our North American culture. However in North American culture boys are taught from a young age that to show emotions is not “manly.”

 

7. Anxiety and Depression Prone

 

Highly Sensitive People are more prone to anxiety and depression (if they’ve had a lot of negative past experiences). In my professional practice I’ve worked with hundreds of Highly Sensitive People. Many of them suffered some kind of trauma or abuse which may have scarred them for life.

 

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According to Dr Aron having a supportive environment can go a long way to protecting against this trauma & abuse. The other key too is working with a compassionate and trained professional. Parents of highly sensitive children especially need to realize that they have special needs that need to be considered such as explaining things in a non-judgmental way as opposed to using punishment.

 

 

 

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8. Avoid violent movies and TV shows

 

Watching violence on TV or in the news can really upset them. Many Highly Sensitive People choose not to watch the news or violent movies as they feel everything deeply. It may disrupt their sleep as it can lead to violent nightmares.

 

9. Drawn to Narcissists

 

Since Highly Sensitive People have high levels of empathy, they often find themselves in relationships with narcissists, who either take advantage of  them or prey on what they perceive to be a weaker group.  Narcissists typically just care about themselves, their status and their image and they lack empathy. Just think about The Picture of Dorian Gray. Remember he fell in love with his own reflection.

 

10. Longer decision making process

 

They are more aware of details and nuances of the situation and weigh pros and cons and this is especially true if there is no right or wrong answer, such as in choosing a color to paint the room. This is because they are considering every possible outcome and they also don’t want to upset anybody. They tend to over analyze everything. 

 

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Highly Sensitive People- Overview

 

Overall, Highly Sensitive People are still a minority even though with the influx of “new age” and renewed interest in spirituality,they are finding themselves in environments where they feel safe, such as in Reiki circles, meditation groups, or drumming circles where they feel that they can express themselves more freely.

 

Highly Sensitive People- Tips

 

1. Be careful when consuming stimulants.

Consuming too much caffeine can affect your digestion and make you jittery. Instead, try a cup of green tea.

2. You are not alone.

Many famous artists, musicians, teachers and philosophers were Highly Sensitive People. Use your intuition and ability to be creative to your advantage.

3. It’s okay to be an introvert.

In some cultures, like Asian cultures, being introvert is an advantage. Being introvert helps you to deeply understand not just yourself, but also others.

4. Empathy is an amazing quality

While having empathy can be painful at times, as you feel other people’s pain, it gives you insight and ability to be close to people. Professions such as social work, art, or teaching would be a great fit for you and it would give you an advantage.

5. Be selective when it comes to media

 

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In the past I wrote a Blog about abuse I believe you should read. It discusses the topic of Verbal Abuse among other things. The title is “Mateja Petje Verbal Abuse” Blog. I’ve provided a link below so you can read that particular blog.

 

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No need to overwhelm yourself with daily negative news. Instead, read inspiring books and make time for your friendships,and spend some time in nature which can be very soothing.  

 

 

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Natural Remedies & Sleep Supplements are outstanding to help you! Are you struggling with getting enough sleep? Maybe you’re able to fall asleep, but you keep waking up? Maybe it’s time to try Natural Remedies & Sleep Supplements. Many of my clients struggle with lack of sleep and poor sleep.

 

Often times it’s due to intrusive and obsessive thoughts related to chronic anxiety and depression. Lack of sleep doesn’t only make us cranky, it also affects our productivity. It can lead to chronic illnesses due to compromised immune system.

 

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I’ve suffered for years until I learned about meditation. Especially guided meditation which has been really helpful. For quite a long time now I’ve been listening to Michael Sealey. He specializes in Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Guided Meditation and Sleep Relaxation.

 

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Dr. James Greenblatt

 

In addition to guided meditation here are some supplements that you can take. I’ve been an advocate for a natural, non-medical and integrative medicine approach for years and wish I had this book before!

 

 James Greenblatt, MD, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, has been successfully treating patients with nutritional and metabolic therapies for more than twenty-five years. In this book, he provides a personalized model of integrative medicine for mental health that can result in relief from depression and a renewed sense of emotional health.

 

Dr. James Greenblatt recommends several different sleep remedies. 

 

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All dosages are estimates as everyone is different.

 

1. Magnesium (“anti stress mineral”) 200-300 mg before bedtime.

 

2. Valerian (reduces anxiety while improving sleep) 300-500 mg before sleep. Possible side effects are headache, restlessness, sleeplessness and irregular heartbeat.

 

3. Inositol & 5-HTP Inositol is naturally produced by intestinal bacteria and helps transmit nerve signals and prevents buildup of fat in the liver. Research supports positive benefits for insomnia and OCD. Dosage 1 teaspoon at 8 pm (about 2.8 grams) and 1 teaspoon before bed.

 

5-HTP is an early form of the neurotransmitter serotonin that is changed to make melatonin. Dosage 50-200 mg 30-60 minutes before bed. DO NOT take if already taking anti-depressants such as Lexapro.

 

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4. Glycine Amino acid produced in the body and is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It calms neurotransmitters so that they don’t fire rapidly. Dosage 3 grams 1 hour before bedtime.

 

5. GABA A neurotransmitter that helps brain cells calm down and become less excited.  Dosage 500-750 mg with a cup of water and drink half before bedtime. If you wake up during the night, drink the other half. Try 100-250 mg first and then increase the dosage.

 

6. Melotonin  A Hormone produced by the pineal gland that works with body’s built-in clock to regulate sleep and wake cycles. Your body needs mineral zinc to manufacture melotonin as well as Zinc plays a role in preventing depression.

 

Dosage: 1-3 mg before sleep.

 

Possible side effects are drowsiness, upset stomach and headaches.

 

 

*Resource: James M. Greenblatt, MD, Breakthrough Depression Solution, 2nd edition, Sunrise River Press, 2016 

 

Dr. Maya Sarkisyan’s sleep tips

 

Recently I attended a lecture by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan who also happens to be my functional medicine doctor. Here are a few more great tips from her for better sleep too. It’s important to note that “one size does not fit all.” It’s key to find the root cause for insomnia or poor sleep. Most often it’s stress, anxiety, and obsessive thinking. However it can also be hormonal changes during the menopause (as in my case) or even mold & allergies.

 

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  • Move electronics out of your bedroom. Shut down all the screens. Blue light is very stressful for your nervous system. Make sure you have filters or software on your electronic devices to get rid of blue light. Put your phone on airplane mode, and turn it face down. 
  • Keep the temperature cooler during the night than through the day. The best sleep temperature is between 65 and 72 degrees.
  • At least two hours before bedtime stop eating anything and don’t drink alcohol. The best it to have your last bite before 7pm, and have only water or herbal tea after. 

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  • Clean up your environment. It is much better to sleep in a clean room knowing that in the morning you will wake up to an organized space.
  • Relax with a book (instead of TV)  or journal about the day and write down tasks for tomorrow
  • Get blackout curtains and block all the light sources you can. Get your bedroom as dark as possible. 
  • If you cannot fall asleep for 30 min – get up, go into another room, have dim lighting only and repeat some of your routines. After 15 minutes you can then go back to bed and try to fall asleep again. 
  • Take at least 10 minutes to practice mindful relaxation and/or spiritual practices. Usually, spiritual practices take longer. Examples – Prayer, Meditation, Breathing, Qigong. and practice gratitude. 
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Practicing some form of meditation, and spending time in nature, as well as daily exercise will make you feel better. It will also help you get more restful sleep. If you are unable to shake off intrusive thoughts, I also recommend journaling. If the problem persists, schedule time with a licensed clinician who will help you uncover other reasons for lack of sleep.

 

I recommend talking to a Naturopath or medical doctor especially if you are already taking medication as some of it may interfere. So in the end don’t forget natural remedies & sleep supplements. Wishing you a restful and peaceful night sleep!

 

 

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If you can’t come to our office right now after all Mateja Petje offers online and distance therapy! Don’t wait to get better on your own. We all need help sometimes. So why delay your happiness because in the final analysis your mental and physical health is priceless! However no one can motivate you to take the initiative to heal and make the first phone call but you. So please make the phone call all things considered you’re possibly in a dark place and need a fresh start!

 

 

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“My ideal clients are adults who had experienced childhood abuse, trauma, challenging relationships, PTSD, depression and anxiety and it still affects their life. I also equip my clients with top behavioral techniques to manage stress and daily challenges.” Mateja Petje

 

Mateja Petje’s Client Testimonial


“That’s how I would define Mateja Petje of Create Her Bliss and Holistic Coaching International. I have always found her to be genuine and deeply CARING in helping others. Her journey in life has made her uniquely qualified to understand, empathize and facilitate healing.

She has both the official credentials and experience from her formal education as well as training and experience in numerous alternative methods of healing. Also, she continues to educate herself in new methodologies. This enables her to have all of the tools available for SHARING with each individual to create his/her optimal healing journey.

Now is a great time to reach out to Mateja for kind and discreet assistance.” CB

 

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Holistic Coaching

 

International Website

 

“Go to” Holistic Resource

 

Mateja Petje Holistic Psychotherapist

 

Welcome to the Holistic Coaching International Website Launch! It’s very exciting to welcome you Dear Reader to my new, very elaborate website! My name is Mateja Petje. I’m the CEO of Holistic Coaching International. When you think of Mateja Petje think of me as your Holistic Psychotherapist.

 

But I’m so much more than that! For example I’m a Stress Management Coach as well as a Certified NLP Practitioner. Additionally I’m also a Mood Disorders Specialist and Trauma-Informed Therapist. Finally I’m also a Published Author too. We haven’t even begun to talk about my great work in Energy Medicine too!

 

For more about my work with Energy Medicine I want to provide a link directly to that area of my website
Click for more about Energy Medicine and Spiritual Counseling and Energy Healing

 

As I write this we are currently undergoing a huge website facelift. So all of us at Holistic Coaching International want to welcome you to our beautiful and informative new website! We’re very excited to deliver all the great content we provide to you. We try to make it the best experience possible. The goal is to give you terrific resources, images and helpful links you can use as tools.

 

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It seems like right now everyone is suffering in one way or another. In my own way I like to do my part. I’m hoping this website may really help people. Fortunately on this website you can also get the very latest updates in the mental health field and stress management techniques. Plus you can even book a FREE 15 minute phone consultation with Mateja.

 

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✓ Two (2) ways to contact Mateja Petje

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Mateja Petje offers you TeleMedicine services!

 

Take advantage of “distance” therapy during Covid19!

 

2. Schedule YOUR FREE PHONE CONSULTATION click here

 

For more information about Mateja here is a link to the Contact Us page of my website.

 

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Here not only can you schedule a session, but there is a huge amount of very good information as well that will help you.

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In your life if you’ve experienced any trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, stress, anger or PTSD in a word you NEED to visit this website! If you’re interested in Energy Medicine techniques for example modalities such as Reiki, Tapping, EFT also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques and more you can find that too on our website.

 

Holistic Coaching Website- Has it all!

 

This website really has it all! That’s why we’re super excited to share links, videos, testimonials and more with you about Mateja Petje and her healing work! Maybe the best part of all is this website really enabled us to showcase Mateja’s many gifts and talents. If you know someone that would benefit from this information please give them the gift of help and healing. Send your family or friends a link to this website!

 

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You may be wondering what is Natural Stress Management and Holistic Psychotherapy about? It is about transforming people’s lives as a result of helping them to heal from depression, anxiety, abuse & trauma so they can manage their daily stress with ease & be inspired to thrive and blossom. 

 

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Holistic Coaching International- Years in making

 

This website project has been years in the making! We hope you enjoy our website and take the time to navigate around all the content. If you have time for ONLY one thing be sure to read the amazing testimonials about Mateja Petje and how she has been helping clients for over 15 years. You may feel inspired reading how Mateja has been sharing her healing techniques, knowledge and so much more with her clients for years. This is her passion work!

 

Holistic Coaching International Website- Bookmark

 

Just like I said before this website has it all! It’s so jam packed with helpful resources you just may want to bookmark this site so you can find you way back! If you like be sure to Opt in and join our Transformational Healing Journey and receive 3 free videos demonstrating top Behavioral & integrative medicine techniques! Perhaps you just fell in love with the Resources page with the huge wealth of great links and books you can access!

 

Maybe you visited the Testimonials page and you were amazed at what people say about their experience working with Mateja!? However we  definitely understand why you fell in love with our website if you saw Sammy the Stress Buster, our emotional Support Dog! 

 

 

 

Clients discharged after 8-10 sessions


So let the healing begin! Introducing Mateja Petje a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located right here in Boca Raton Fl. Mateja is a Holistic Psychotherapist and a Stress Management Coach. In addition Mateja is a counselor among many other things. Contact Mateja and watch yourself go from VICTIM HOOD to Reclaiming YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF! 

Once again welcome to our wonderful website! This website is a fantastic way to showcase Mateja and her many fabulous healing gifts! 

“My ideal clients are adults who had experienced childhood abuse, trauma, challenging relationships, PTSD, depression and anxiety and it still affects their life. I also equip my clients with top behavioral techniques to manage stress and daily challenges.” Mateja Petje

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We very excited to introduce to you Sammy the Stress Buster! Sammy is our Emotional Support Dog! He is about three years old right now. Sammy is in training getting ready for his future assignments. Sammy plays a crucial role all things considered his job is to make us smile and laugh! It’s a big job reminding us to be joyful. Maybe one day you’ll meet Sammy the Stress Buster. As a matter of fact maybe he can help you to be joyful. Perhaps even play a role in your healing process.

 

 

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Holistic Coaching International accepts most Major Insurance Carriers (BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, and out-of-network) Now Mateja Petje offers online and distance therapy either by telephone or video. Can’t come to our office? So put technology to work for you!Learn more about Telemedicine and its benefits.

 

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If you’re ready for a session with Mateja be sure to visit Holistic Coaching International. Schedule your FREE 15 minute phone consultation today.

 

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Don’t wait to get help when you feel stuck, stressed-out or depressed.

I’m a phone call away! 561 299 1028 

Click here to visit my website and book a FREE 15 minute consultation 

 

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Office: 5301 N Federal Hwy, #370,  ​Boca Raton, FL 33487 ​

(Boca Greenhouse building off Yamato & US1) 

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We accept all Major Insurance Carriers (BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, and out-of-network)

If you can’t come to our office right now after all Mateja Petje offers online and distance therapy! Don’t wait to get better on your own. We all need help sometimes. So why delay your happiness because in the final analysis your mental and physical health is priceless! However no one can motivate you to take the initiative to heal and make the first phone call but you. So please make the phone call all things considered you’re possibly in a dark place and need a fresh start! 

Holistic Coaching Client Testimonial

 

“After being in traditional therapy and making no progress, I explored the option of holistic therapy with Mateja.  I loved that her approach was focused on me and how to move forward with my anxiety, negative thoughts & relationship perceptions, instead of focusing on the problems and where they stemmed from.  With EFT, affirmations and tracking my moods, it created more self awareness around my emotions and where they were coming from.  I can happily say that I went from living in a place with high levels of anxiety to virtually none & I am a much happier person all around! She has given me tools that I will continue to utilize for a long time as I continue the healing process.  I can’t say enough amazing things about Mateja!” ~JM, Boca Raton, 11/2016

 

 

 

The Happiness Program


The Happiness Program is also know as the Art of Living Part 1 course. It is an introduction to the world of meditation and stress free living.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gratitude Goodwill Bliss

 

Daily Grateful Actions

 

Law of Gratitude

 

I call this Blog “Gratitude Goodwill Bliss”. My goal is to help us all go from “Stress to Bliss”. For many “Gratitude is the beginning of a blissful life.” Are you stressed out or are you feeling stuck? So start being grateful! Being gratitude is mostly at the forefront of people’s minds especially at this time of year with Thanksgiving for example. However, if we start our day with gratitude on a daily basis, even in the midst of our challenges, amazingly, it seems more often our lives will start to change in a more positive direction.

 

Law of Attraction

 

I must admit that I have not always felt this way. You see I used to be upset with events and people when things did not go as I had planned. Things started to change when I started to apply the teachings of the Law of Attraction and observing my thoughts and guiding them.  Sometimes we get angry with the world or God (as we may perceive it), but this is exactly the time when we need to apply the Law of Gratitude. There might be lessons to be learned that we might not be aware of. This is also a good time to apply the principal of “Gratitude Goodwill Bliss.”

 

 

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“The Science of Being Rich”

 

In the past I did a program called “The Science of Being Rich” by Nancy Matthews. A co-founder of Women’s Prosperity Network in Plantation, Fl. The program is based on the teachings of Wallace D. Wattles. Prior to that, I had also studied Harv Eker’s the Secrets of the Millionaire Mindset. Whatever book or program you decide to follow, the key is to be disciplined and consistent. Years of conditioning will not change overnight. It requires patience, faith, and willingness to change your outdated belief patterns

 

 

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Misery Loves Company

 

You may even face resistance from your loved ones and people that are close to you! As the saying goes “misery loves company.” But so does goodwill and gratitude. Whenever possible, surround yourself with people who have a positive outlook on life. Don’t waste time by complaining, blaming others and playing a victim.

 

In his book, Wallace states that “the more gratefully we fix our minds on the supreme good, when things come to us, the more good we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come.“ Grateful mind brings us closer to the Creator, God, Life Force, Higher Power or however you want to call it, from which the blessings come.

 

He further states that it is absolutely necessary to follow the Law of Gratitude in order to achieve the results we are seeking. Whether this is financial prosperity, health, relationships or buying a new home.

 

 

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Control Your Emotions

 

When I work with clients, they often become angry, depressed, and anxious. As well as hopeless about their life, not knowing how to change things. The first thing I tell them is to start focusing and observing their language and their thoughts. Then to start changing their thoughts in order to change their emotions.

 

I believe that we are all the creators of our life. By choosing our thoughts and being grateful for everything in our life (yes even tough lessons and pain) we will create a life that we have always wanted. Wallace also adds that “without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thoughts regarding things as they are. The moment you PERMIT your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground.”  The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best.

 

Faith is born of Gratitude

 

In addition, FAITH is born of gratitude. We need to have faith in ourselves that we can overcome our “Conditioned Self”. Primarily this is based on fear, worry and negativity. This is the time to perform a daily action of thinking about what we are grateful for. It could be as simple as being grateful for a nice sunny day (and we are very lucky here in South Fl when the rest of the country has winter storms and cold).

 

I suggest to my clients to keep a daily gratitude and intention journal. Writing things down can make a huge difference. We want to live in our “Authentic Self” which is based on love, gratitude, joy and faith. Adopt the principals of “Gratitude Goodwill Bliss.” Make a difference where you live.

 

 

Don’t wait to get help when you feel stuck, stressed-out or depressed.

 

I’m a phone call away! 561 299 1028 

 

Click here to visit my website and book a FREE 15 minute consultation 


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“Gratitude Goodwill Bliss- Telemedicine

 

Telemedicine enables you and I to meet over the telephone or we can meet by video. The point is we can be safe using technology while you are in the privacy of your own home. My clients love it.

 

We accept most Major Insurance Carriers (BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, and out-of-network)

 

 

If you can’t come to our office right now after all Mateja Petje offers online and distance therapy! Don’t wait to get better on your own. We all need help sometimes so why delay your happiness because in the final analysis your mental and physical health is priceless! However, no one can motivate you to take the initiative to heal and make the first phone call but you. So please make the phone call. All things considered you’re possibly in a dark place and need a fresh start!

 

Client Testimonial

 

“After being in traditional therapy and making no progress, I explored the option of holistic therapy with Mateja. I loved that her approach was focused on me and how to move forward with my anxiety, negative thoughts & relationship perceptions, instead of focusing on the problems and where they stemmed from. With EFT, affirmations and tracking my moods, it created more self awareness around my emotions and where they were coming from. After 4-5 months, my anxiety levels is nearly nonexistent” Jessica in Boca Raton 11/16

 

Check out more of Mateja’s awesome Testimonials click here Testimonials

 

Mateja Petje- Blogs

 

When we speak of “Gratitude Goodwill Bliss” I would like to direct you to other blogs. Further below in this text are links to other Mateja Petje Blog posts you might find relevant to read and share.

 

Click to read “Energy Medicine”

 

“I came across energy medicine while doing an internship with cancer patients in Miami in 2002. Fortunately I have always been interested in learning more about the non-medical approach to treating mental health disorders.”

 

Click to read “Life Changing Holistic Psychotherapist”

 

“Life Changing Holistic Psychotherapist.” What exactly does that mean? Let’s also take time to define Psychotherapy. It seems like many people are struggling with relationships, careers, and finances. Yet going to see a therapist unfortunately is still somewhat stigmatized.”

 

Click to read “Thriving Life”

 

In “Mateja Petje Thriving Life” you can read about “Victim Roles”. In this particular Blog we’re exploring how we can heal and overcome the “Victim Role“. This is a role that we may have adopted due to abuse or trauma in our childhood or any past life events. This is something that affects a significant number of people in our population.

 

Click to read “Holistic Psychotherapist Defined”

 

This Blog is titled “Holistic Psychotherapist Defined”. So just what does it mean when we say “Holistic”? How do we define the term “Holistic” as it relates to the medical field? Nowadays, many practitioners, including myself, define themselves as “holistic”. But there seems to be some confusion and lack of understanding as to what this term actually means. You might agree with me this is pretty fuzzy”This Blog is titled “Holistic Psychotherapist Defined”. So just what does it mean when we say “Holistic”? How do we define the term “Holistic” as it relates to the medical field? Nowadays, many practitioners, including myself, define themselves as “holistic”. But there seems to be some confusion and lack of understanding as to what this term actually means. You might agree with me this is pretty fuzzy.”

 

Click to read “Clinical Depression”

 

“If you are seeking answers to why you feel depressed or blue you need to read my blog. It’s called “Mateja Petje Clinical Depression” Are you feeling blue? Let’s talk about this Blog I’ve published here that you’re reading. I’ve also included information about recognizing seven signs of clinical depression. We all get sad or down. However, there is a difference when somebody is feeling stressed out or depressed because of a job loss, relationship troubles or illness. It CAN lead to clinical depression.”

 

This is another Blog you might find helpful. It’s called “Mateja Petje Love Yourself”. Click on the link below to that blog.

 

Click to read Mateja Petje Love Yourself

 

 

Exercise Benefits

 

Being Physical

 

Why stay fit?

 

This particular blog I created discusses the mental health benefits of being physically active. I call it “Mental Health Exercise Benefits”. This blog discusses the importance of exercise for your mental health. It is frankly invaluable to you to be active and certainly it should not be underestimated. The Mental health exercise benefits of physical exercise are numerous!

 

I must admit, I’ve never been the typical “gym rat.” Luckily I grew up in the mountains of Slovenia where there are plenty of hiking opportunities. Frankly, I’ve always loved the outdoors. Even when I was in college, I still found time on weekends to go hiking with my friends. It was fun and it helped me to stay fit. At the same time I also enjoyed the company of my friends.

 

Mental Health Exercise Benefits- Dancing

 

In addition to hiking, dancing has also been my passion. Initially, that meant going to clubs. It wasn’t really until I turned 26 and broke up with my ex that I found solace in dancing. This was while healing a broken heart after he cheated with one of my childhood friends. My dysfunctional family, the hurt and pain related to my childhood and adolescent abuse, as well as a broken heart, led me to move to the US in October of 1997. This is where I joined my now ex-husband an American.

 

Importance of Exercising

 

I never truly understood the importance of exercise until years later. One of my boyfriends who was an athlete and a runner encouraged me to join the gym. At this point I didn’t enjoy going to clubs anymore. At that time as well I didn’t enjoy listening to hip-hop, dance, or techno. But I did take some belly dancing classes and I danced at drumming circles.

 

Mental Health Exercise Benefits

 

 

 

Eliminating Medication with Exercise

 

My healing journey took me to work with traditional psychotherapists, coaches, healers, and psychics. I was on and off medication for clinical depression and anxiety for the last 20 years. It had bad side effects such as weight gain, loss of libido, gastrointestinal issues, and even suicidal thoughts when life pressure and stress got to me. Remember the goal here is to get off all meds and utilize and healthy Holistic Lifestyle.

 

“Energy Healing and Spiritual Counseling“ Blog

 

This seems like it is a good opportunity to share a blog with you. This blog is about “Energy Healing and Spiritual Counseling” I wrote it not long ago.


Energy Healing/Spiritual Counseling


Research Alternative/Holistic approaches

 

Over time I kept researching alternative and holistic approaches to healing from abuse, trauma, chronic anxiety and depression. I learned about Buddhism and Hinduism and started meditating. This is something I have been doing for 20 years now. Still, I have not been able to find lasting solutions to stay off medication for any extended periods of time. Stress didn’t help me! You see I had worked at many toxic workplaces while building my private counseling and coaching practice.

 

The Functional Medicine Connection

 

Finally, a few years ago I learned about Functional Medicine. Now I began to understand the connection between my mental health and nutrition, as well as my gastrointestinal issues and lack of exercise due to working long hours. So I adopted a healthier, low carb diet. Quickly I lost over 15 lbs and I was able to get off medication and started taking B12 and CQ10 supplement.

 

I also stopped binge-watching Netflix and avoided drama and violence. Functional medicine, as opposed to traditional Western medicine, is more concerned with root causes, not symptom reduction, quick fixes, and taking an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication.

 

The Functional Medicine Connection (cont.)

 

The key steps to health include:

 

 1. Proper nutrition (rich in healthy fats, veggies, protein, nuts, seeds, and fruit)

 

 2. Exercise (daily as much as possible)

 

 3. Adequate sleep (minimum 7-8 hrs.)

 

 4. Nurturing relationships and socializing

 

 5. Stress management and spiritual practices

 

 

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James M Greenblatt, MD, Breakthrough Depression Solution

 

According to James M Greenblatt, MD, in his book Breakthrough Depression Solution, exercise is important and plays a key role in fighting depression. Several studies have proven the efficacy of exercise in significantly decreasing depression symptoms. For example, in a study conducted in 2013, researchers assigned 48, alcohol-dependent, inactive patients to a twelve-week, moderate exercise program.

 

 

The other group of participants was simply told to exercise. The participants reported far less drinking as compared to those who had been simply told to exercise. Similarly, in another study conducted by a Columbia University of Epidemiology survey, over 60% of participants who exercised were much less likely to suffer a major depression (p. 152).

 

According to Dr. Greenblatt :

 

Exercise fights Depression (p. 154)

 

  • Reverses Harmful Effects of Stress

 

  • Lifts Depression

 

  •  Improves Learning

 

  •  Builds Self-esteem and Improves Body Image

 

  •   Leaves You Feeling Euphoric or Joyful

 

Supplements and Physical Exercise

 

Dr Greenblatt also recommends taking supplements such as B12 and Carnitine, as many clients have very low energy and lack the motivation to exercise. The best type of exercise is probably Interval Training, because it helps to get the heart rate up quickly. However, any type of exercise can help including walking, yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, strength training, biking, swimming or dancing.

 

It’s important that you set realistic goals and start slowly. For example, 15 minutes three times a week, gradually increasing your exercise time. Do what you love and don’t force yourself to go to the gym if it’s not your cup of tea.

Mental Health Exercise Benefits for Life

 

I think we would agree in conclusion utilizing Mental Health Exercise Benefits are vital. Vital in the sense of enabling us to stay fit, vibrant and as well is a cornerstone part of a healthy Lifestyle


Have fun!

 

Health and Wellness Articles

 

There are numerous publications available to you to help you stay in shape & lose weight.As a matter of fact whatever it is you want to accomplish you could probably locate huge amounts of data on the subject to help you. As an example of an excellent magazine for men to consult for instance is Men’s Health Magazine. I’ve included a quick link to their website below.

 

Click here for Men’s Health

 

 

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If you can’t come to our office right now after all Mateja Petje offers online and distance therapy! See Mateja for Holistic Therapy. Don’t wait to get better on your own. We all need help sometimes so why delay your happiness because in the final analysis your mental and physical health is priceless! However no one can motivate you to take the initiative to heal and make the first phone call but you. So please make the phone call all things considered you’re possibly in a dark place and need a fresh start!

 

Client Testimonial

 

“After my mother passed away and I felt as though I was at a crossroads in my life as well as in my relationship, I sought the help of Mateja. Without pressure or judgment, she helped me come to grips with the decision I ultimately had to make and gave me tools to use in order to come to that difficult decision. She provided me with many helpful tips, tools and resources to achieve my goals in life that I will continue to use throughout my life. I learned a great deal from Mateja and her methods and am grateful I sought help from her.” ~AD

 

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

What is PTSD?

 

“Trauma Informed Therapy”

 

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD? When are we most likely to see the effects of PTSD? How does it affect people? Who are the folks most likely to experience the symptoms of PTSD? These are questions along with so many others that are all very important things to consider when speaking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

Thank you for finding your way to my Blog. Let’s explore the topic of PTSD together and maybe we can find answers that may assist you right now.

 

It’s Veterans Day 2018. In recent years so many war veterans have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition there is now an above average rate of incidents of shootings. Specifically there was even a recent event close to my home, in Parkland, Fl. That and other things made me decide to write this article. Mainly I wrote this so that it will hopefully help to bring some clarity as to what PTSD is and some suggestions as to how it can be treated.


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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Treatment

 

Unfortunately there is no one correct treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However I based this on my personal experience. Having suffered significant trauma which was a result of all types of abuse during my childhood and adolescence. As well as experiencing trauma related to being in abusive relationships later on in my adult life. I have experienced nightmares and some flashbacks for as long as I remember. This just serves as a guideline. Therefore I strongly recommend that if you feel that you suffer from PTSD that you consult a licensed clinician or a psychologist.

 

Mateja Petje Trauma Informed Therapist

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Defined

 

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association revised the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnostic criteria. This is in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; 1). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is included in a new category in DSM-5, Trauma, and Stressor-Related Disorders. Full copyrighted criteria are available from the American Psychiatric Association. Here I just list a few.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Diagnosis

 

What does it take to be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? The person would have had to have been previously exposed a number of things. Death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, or similar. This is including any kind of abuse or domestic violence, experiencing it directly or indirectly by observing it.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Symptoms

 

Typical symptoms include: nightmares, flashbacks, emotional distress, and intrusive thoughts. For example, for years following the abuse, I would have continued nightmares. Inaddition I also developed sensitivity to criticism and aversion to anybody talking loudly. I would experience physical sensations, such as vomiting or upset stomach. Basically, I developed a trigger – in this case, a loud voice.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Violence

 

Another example is in the case of people that were exposed to violence. This includes shooting and guns. They develop emotional distress with ANY loud noises that resemble a gun shot. It can take years to heal and not to experience emotional distress when the trigger presents itself.

 

For a person to meet the criteria for PTSD, the symptoms need to last at least a month. They also experience distress and functional impairment in several key areas of life such as social and occupational

 

PTSD Professional Overview

 

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

 

 

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Strategy

 

Most of all you should know that you are not alone. What helped me most is to seek support of friends. They normalized my feelings and helped me to see that what I was experiencing was not the norm. My boyfriend’s family was nothing like my own. Fortunately I experienced joy and laughter, and not abuse and tension, which was the norm in my family when I was an adolescent.

 

 

I also worked with several therapists, coaches, and healers. By now I had learned how to identify my triggers and how to manage my emotions and “rewrite my story”. One approach that was helpful was EMDR. Helping me with a pervasive memory of being severely beaten. The fortunate thing was finding a therapist that was trained in EMDR. After a few sessions I was able to tell my story without crying and was able to emotionally detach from the incident.

 

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- NLP

 

However, there was an approach that finally started to help me. This is in terms of stopping intrusive and limiting thoughts and beliefs. This occured when I learned and received training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). In essence, this approach focuses on the linguistic and how we store and process memories.

 

 

Negative Programming  as it relates to Trauma & Abuse

 

I have been able to start understanding that my negative programming was due to being exposed to abuse and trauma that colored my world. Largely I saw the world as a threat and subconsciously sought experiences and people that confirmed that the world is not a safe place and that people cannot be trusted. Only when I started changing my beliefs did my life and my well-being improve.

 

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- Support Group

 

Join a support group. Other people who have gone through similar experiences can not only offer validation, you will also feel understood. Not many people (including some therapists) really understood why I am not able to get better. This is in spite of years of therapy and medication. Medication can be helpful in the initial stages. But the key is to understand the root causes and how your beliefs and thoughts contribute to the disorder.

 

 

Keep journaling. When we are overwhelmed with thoughts keep journaling! It’s key that we find healthy ways to manage our thoughts and get them out of our head.

 

 

Learn stress management and breathing techniques. I think meditation literally saved my life. Previously I studied different modalities including mindfulness, zen, guided meditation, and meditation based on mantra (the Art of Living Foundation). Finally I was able to heal insomnia and significantly reduced anxiety and depression symptoms.

 

Hopefully this blog post was helpful. Take a moment and let us know in the comments section.

 

Holistic Psychotherapy Mateja Petje- Blog Resources

 

You might benefit by reading other articles & Blogs available on my website. You can explore the Psychotherapy services I provide as well too. But specifically speaking about PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, here is another Blog for example entitled “Mateja Petje PTSD Diagnosis” you might find helpful. Here is a quick link to that.


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