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My name is Mateja Petje. Welcome to my blog about PTSD & its diagnosis. The title of this particular blog is called “Mateja Petje PTSD Diagnosis”. Now the reason I wrote this blog is there are several key points specifically about PTSD I want to make here. Additionally, I want to discuss exactly what it means to suffer with PTSD itself.

 

Also I want to discuss how you can get diagnosed with PTSD as well. There are several other reasons I wrote this blog too. First, there are so many war veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that really need our help. Then, there is the above average incidents of shootings. Specifically I’m referring to the recent shooting close to my home, in Parkland, Fl. So I decided to write this article. One reason of course also was in order to bring some clarity as to what PTSD is and also to offer some suggestions as to how it can be treated.

 

Mateja Petje PTSD Diagnosis- Abuse

 

Please understand that there is no one correct treatment. I base this conclusion on my own personal experience of having suffered significant trauma which was a result of all types of abuse. This occurred during my childhood and adolescence and even later on in my adult life. For example, I have experienced trauma related to being in abusive relationships. Frankly, I had experienced nightmares and some flashbacks for as long as I can remember.

 

 

Mateja Petje PTSD Diagnosis- Defined

 

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

 

 

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Mateja Petje PTSD Diagnosis- Help

 

Remember the information in this blog should serve as a guideline. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend that if you feel that you suffer from PTSD that you consult a licensed clinician or a psychologist.

 

To be diagnosed with PTSD, the person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, or similar, including any kind of abuse or domestic violence, experiencing it directly or indirectly by observing it.

 

Typical symptoms include: nightmares, flashbacks, emotional distress, and intrusive thoughts. For example, for years following the abuse, I would have continued nightmares and 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 and in this case it was a loud voice.

 

 

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Mateja Petje PTSD Diagnosis- Help (cont.)

 

Another example, would be in the case of people that were exposed to violence. This would include shootings and guns, where they develop emotional distress with ANY loud noises that resemble a gun shot. It can take years to heal and to not 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 and they also experience distress and functional impairment in several key areas of life such as social and occupational.

 

Link to the Veterans Affairs website

 

To learn more about PTSD here is a link to the Veterans Affairs website Click here for PTSD Overview VA website 

 

 

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So what can we do about it?

 

1.  Most of all know that you are not alone! What helped me most is to seek support of friends who normalized my feelings. In addition that what I was experiencing was not the norm. My boyfriend’s family was nothing like my own where I experienced joy and laughter. Not abuse and tension which was the norm in my family when I was an adolescent.

 

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

 

 

 

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Mateja Petje PTSD Diagnosis- Treatment (cont.)

 

However, the approach that finally started to help me in stopping intrusive and limiting thoughts and beliefs is 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.

 

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

 

 

PTSD- Support Group

 

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

 

4.     Do journaling. When we are overwhelmed with thoughts it’s key that we find healthy ways to manage them and get them out of our head.

 

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

 

Mateja Petje Treating Complex PTSD

 

My Ideal Clients

 

I want to talk for a moment about who is an ideal client for me. It is important to receive the proper care for your situation. So let me explain in more detail my specialty.

 

My ideal clients are adults who had experienced childhood abuse, trauma, challenging relationships, depression, and anxiety. This still affects their lives. The medical term for this is now known as “Complex PTSD“. My philosophy is to equip my clients with top behavioral techniques. They can use these techniques to manage stress and daily challenges.

 

My motto is “From victimhood to reclaiming your Authentic Self.” To help my clients even further I assist them in their efforts to reach effective, short term goals. I do this by providing a safe, healing place for my clients to share their concerns. I work with adults only in individual sessions.

 

My approach is humanistic and holistic and is based on Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution Focused treatments.

 

Read “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” Blog by Mateja Petje

 

In the past I wrote a blog specifically about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” Blog by Mateja Petje. I think the information within that blog would be very helpful to you. So I have provided a link so you can access that particular blog.

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Holistic Psychotherapy Blog Resources

 

I constantly publish different Blogs on various topics you might find beneficial. What I’ve done on this particular web page is to include some quick links to Blogs you should read. These are Blogs I’ve authored that address exactly the topics you’re exploring. Whether that is PTSD, or PTSD diagnosis, trauma, anxiety, depression, tapping, EFT, energy medicine, stress or for example hiring a Life Coach.

 

 

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Mother’s Day

 

Celebrate Moms Influence

 

Lifelong Relationship

 

Insights, experiences and lessons

 

This blog is about Celebrating Mothers everywhere. But it’s also about the often times complicated family dynamic that exists as well. But of course it is more specifically about my own personal family story. “Mateja Petje Mother’s Day” Blog is about insights, experiences and some priceless lessons I’ve learned in my own life. For example research shows Mothers play a huge, pivotal role in our lives. This is especially true when it comes to daughters.

 

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In an ideal world, daughters receive love, attention, support, and wisdom from their moms. This way it enables them to go into the world and follow their dreams and passions. But, unfortunately the world as we know is not perfect, so things don’t always go as planned.

 

 

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Mothers’ Positive Influences

 

Fortunately, according to recent research, as discussed in the article in Psychology Today, most adults report positive relationships with their mothers. For example, 88% of adults say their mother has had a positive influence on them. In addition 92% say their current relationship with their mother is positive. I’m curious what your opinion is. How do these numbers appear if we use you as an example? Think about it.

 

 

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Still, in my clinical practice, these numbers tend to be quite different. Many women, young or old, report having strained relationships with their mothers. Quite often, they suffer from low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and unfulfilled relationships. They blame themselves for not knowing what went wrong and why they cannot form a lasting loving relationship with a man. Many times they did not have a good role model as to what constitutes a healthy and loving relationship or a marriage.

 

Mateja Petje Mother’s Day- Bonds

 

So the bond between mothers and daughters is very complex. The bond starts to already develop during pregnancy. Research shows that even fetuses can identify when their mom is stressed and therefore stress can indirectly affect the child’s emotional blue-print. This is a fascinating area of research I personally watch closely. Honestly, I believe I’ve experienced this in my own life.

 

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Mateja Petje Mother’s Day- Miami U

 

When I was pursuing my Master’s Degree at the University of Miami, I wrote my best essay. It was on the importance of a secure attachment with parents, and especially mothers. Those who are lucky enough get this kind of secure attachment. However, many others who are not so lucky suffer due to insecure and avoidance attachment. This is characterized by fear, anxiety and feelings of abandonment.

 

Unfortunately, my experience was similar to many other daughters growing up in dysfunctional families. My family on my mother’s side has experienced generations of alcoholism and violence. Men tend to be violent and use alcohol as a coping mechanism. Many times this was an escape from mental and emotional illnesses, including PTSD. My grandfather suffered from PTSD and in the end it cost him his life. 

 

 

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Mateja Petje Mother’s Day- Coming to America


My mom was not an alcoholic. But she never healed from her own trauma. Instead she lashed out mainly at me. In my tender teen years, I was abused physically, emotionally and mentally. She never sought help for herself.  This was just not something you did in her day. Seeking help for emotional and mental issues is still stigmatized even to this day.

 

To finally heal from Trauma I had to physically move across the ocean from Slovenia. Now imagine trading places with me. What if you had to move to the US to finally heal from your trauma. You see I’m the first in my family who “broke the cycle”. Frankly, I decided I didn’t want to live this kind of life moreover that I also deserve a healthy, loving relationship. In therapy I learned a lot about myself. I learned for example why I developed Clinical Depression. My healing journey is long and it’s an ongoing process.

 

Mateja Petje Mother’s Day- Blessing

 

At the same time, it was also a blessing in disguise as I have been able to help hundreds of women to heal from abuse, trauma, difficult relationships, low self-esteem and the . The women I’ve worked with now have confidence, improved relationships and they have made peace with the past. 

 

 

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1.    Forgive your mom and let go. Write a letter to your mom expressing everything and then burn it. You are doing this for your sake so that you don’t carry this burden.

 

2.    Think about all the good stuff. Don’t always dwell on the bad stuff. One of my fondest memories is when my mom brought me breakfast in bed on Saturdays.

 

3.    Be your own best parent. Think about what you have always needed from your mom but never got it. Pamper yourself.

 

4.    Remember that your mom is just doing the best that she can. She learned all she knows from her mother.

 

5.    When your mom starts with her “usual” nagging, or she is being negative or critical, just gently disengage. Set the boundaries and practice “tough love”.

 

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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!

 

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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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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.

 

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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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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!

 

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“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

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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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