Trauma-Informed Therapist

Therapy for PTSD Stress

CPTSD Trauma Work


I’m a Trauma-Informed Therapist. Welcome to my website and my work with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and PTSD Trauma therapy and as a Trauma-Informed Therapist. Specifically, now I would like to talk about my role helping people in the capacity of a Trauma-Informed Therapist. This is my passion work. I provide trauma-informed therapy for adults. The reason this page was written was to give you better insight into the many aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD and Complex PTSD or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In essence to also provide you with a better explanation of what it means to have Complex PTSD and PTSD Trauma, as well as other important things too such as recognizing various “Trauma Triggers”.

Trauma-informed Therapist- Trauma Therapy

The focus of this very important web page is “Trauma Therapy” What does it mean to be a “Trauma-Informed Therapist?” As an abuse and Trauma Survivor, it has taken me many years to finally heal. I believe I have tremendous empathy so think of me as your compassionate care professional!

Meanwhile, I consider myself very resourceful. It has been invaluable to me to learn the top techniques in the trauma field. To be able to find a way to decrease symptoms of hyper-vigilance and being triggered by traumatic memories from the past or from PTSD Trauma has also helped me immensely.

Therapy- My Journey


It’s a lifelong journey. Many times, even people closest to me have not had an understanding as to why I simply can’t “snap out of it” when triggered. They, unfortunately, don’t understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and why I have continued to be triggered for example by loud noises and rude or angry people.

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“My Journey to Self Discovery” my book


“I’ve been teaching life skills for many years as well as living life to better myself and others. This book is a self analysis of my life which I hope serves as an example of the struggles we all go through on our journey to self enlightenment.”


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Mateja Petje Trauma Work CPTSD PTSD Complex PTSD

Trauma-Informed Therapy- Trauma Triggers


What are Trauma Triggers?


Very simply this reminds me of being abused by my mother and of being in several abusive relationships. One of the reasons the very idea of Mateja Petje Trauma Work even exists is because of my past experiences on a personal level. It is vital to keep in mind several things with respect to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and triggered trauma. The first is that traumatic memories remain locked & hidden away in our bodies. This is why traditional “talk” therapy is just not enough. Bessel van der Kolk describes this process in his book “Body Keeps the Score.”


Under “normal” circumstances, the brain is able to process the emotions associated with an upsetting event. However, in the case of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, there might be fragmented pieces of memory. In many instances, especially if traumatic events were intense and happened early in life, the memories might be repressed. Therefore no memories exist, at least not on a conscious level.

 Trauma-Informed Therapist- Memories


Memories are stored on a subconscious level and that’s why in my work I help my clients understand the root causes of anxiety, depression, and panic attacks by utilizing techniques such as hypnosis and NLP, Psych-K, and mental rehearsal, and changing subconscious programming. This again is the essence of “Mateja Petje Trauma Work.”.


However, the body keeps the memories and when we experience a trigger, such as noise, the body reacts with a “flight or fight response”. That serves as a protection from the danger that might not be truly present. You see the brain perceives this as “this is happening right now”! It does not distinguish the past from the present.

 Trauma-Informed Therapy- New Approach


This “reaction” is what we call “emotional flashbacks”. We might react with increased heart rate, sweating, muscle tension, shallow breathing, and muscle tension. When left untreated, people develop mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.


Therefore, in order to heal our bodies and our minds from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we need to adopt approaches. These approaches, not only focus on the mind & mental aspects but also detox toxic or negative emotions from our bodies that might have been repressed. This is the essence of  Trauma-Informed Therapy. You can begin to see why “talk therapy” has its limits. These techniques enable you to get to the root of why things are as they are.

PTSD CPTSD Causes


PTSD- Developing into an emotional response to trauma


Examples of traumatic events can include:


1. Childhood abuse/trauma/neglect


2. Being in an abusive relationship(s)


3. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires


4. Witnessing a violent crime


5. Sexual assault


6. Divorce or death


7. Illness, such as traumatic brain injury


8. Being in combat where one experienced or witnessed death and violence

Therapy- In conclusion


If you read the list above and know you need help please contact me or someone. Seek help if you need it. Traumatic events happen in life but it’s what you do when they happen that makes the difference. Don’t suffer in anguish. If you know someone that would benefit from the trauma information I’ve provided here because they’re suffering, please share this website. I’ve included all the typical social share buttons below. You never know the burden someone carries.

Mateja Petje Trauma Work

Trauma-Informed Therapist- PTSD


Treating Complex PTSD also CPTSD


My name is Mateja Petje and I’m a “Trauma-Informed Therapist.” I specialize in treating Complex PTSD (“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”). Complex PTSD is oftentimes caused by childhood abuse, neglect & traumatic events usually in early childhood. This section of my website called “Mateja Petje Trauma Work” is dedicated to you. Please read this section carefully.


Many survivors grew up in houses that did not home in families that were as loveless as orphanages and sometimes as dangerous.” Pete Walker, M.A., MFT

Complex PTSD in children


The reason Complex PTSD occurs in children is that children are not yet able to develop a secure attachment with their parents or caregivers. This inability to develop attachment is also known as an Attachment or Developmental Disorder.


However, I do not work with any acute or recent trauma cases. Additionally, I also do not work with war veterans or Traumatic Brain Injury Also called: TBI or Craniocerebral Trauma. In cases where my clients are not making progress, I refer clients out to EMDR trained therapists.


EMDR is currently the most researched and evidence-based approach but it does not always work in my experience when it comes to complex trauma.

Mateja Petje Trauma Work

Trauma-Informed Therapist- PTSD options


Approaches that heal CPTSD and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Trauma


In my clinical practice I utilize several:


1. NLP/hypnosis


2. Energy medicine such as Reiki and EFT-tapping


3. Bilateral tapping – Dr. Lauren Parnell

4. PsychK (Dr. Bruce Lipton and Rob Williams – I am currently training in this modality)


5. Yoga Nidra

6. Breathing practices, such as alternate nostril breathing


7. Mindfulness Therapy and meditation


8. Attachment Therapy

Other PTSD Approaches- Untrained


9. EMDR


10. NeuroFeedback


11. Somatic Experiencing (see Lynn Carol thetherapyspace.com)


12. Craniosacral therapy

Complex PTSD, From Surviving to Thriving


According to Pete Walker, in his book titled “Complex PTSD, From Surviving to Thriving”, p. 22, in case of C-PTSD,


“due to abuse/neglect several key developmental tasks have not been met and individuals were not able to develop a secure attachment to their parents/caregivers.”


As part of working with a Trauma-Informed Therapist, healing from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD Trauma, and Complex PTSD, CPTSD, I assist my clients in “re-parenting” themselves and finding ways to meet these developmental tasks.


1. Self-acceptance


2. Clear sense of identity


3. Self-compassion


4. Self-protection


5. Capacity to draw comfort from relationship


6. Ability to relax


7. Capacity for full self-expression


8. Willpower and Motivation


9. Peace of Mind


10. Self-care


11. Belief that life is a gift


12. Self-esteem


13. Self-confidence