Virtual Trauma
Recovery Program

Presents an Online Virtual Trauma Recovery Program For
Trauma, Addictions and Disorders of Extreme Stress

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Covid-19 Has Changed The World

All across the world, EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING is now in some degree of enforced isolation. What does that mean for us as human beings?

Our ability to connect with friends and family, to go out and exercise, to enjoy a walk, be in the company of friends, enjoy a meal in a restaurant, a walk around the shops in a mall, All the simple things we completely took for granted are now gone.

Alarming statistics are emerging that individuals worldwide are increasingly turning to substances like alcohol and other substances to help them cope with the fear of the virus and the enforced insolation. The latest statistics we have indicate that these numbers are skyrocketing.

Other alarming statistics point to an upsurge in domestic violence cases globally. Bivariate statistical analysis has long confirmed a high degree of correlation between alcohol consumption and increases in domestic violence.

Added to this, the traditional rehabilitation centres and other wellness centres that people would normally turn to are no longer accessible whilst regular psychological services are at the same time on the verge of being completely overwhelmed.

Large numbers of individuals, now forced to cope with these changes without adequate support and help are beginning to show the manifestations of: Psychological trauma

What Does That Do To Us?

What it is has done, and continues to do is to cause a great deal of: stressed, anxious, depressed, irritable, fearful people with no means to access support or help.

But why then would that make people turn to using too much alcohol, or other substances, or online gambling, or even over exercising, and other excessive behaviours? Doesn’t that just make it worse? Can’t they just sit, chill and watch Netflix? It doesn’t make sense. It’s just crazy.

No it isn’t

It makes perfect sense.

They use alcohol, gambling, internet gaming, pornography, shopping, eating, etc. not because they don’t work or make things worse but because they DO WORK when it comes to managing overwhelming emotional stress and they DO make things better.

UNTIL……………

At some point, the alcohol or whatever other substance/behaviour that was providing temporary relief, or pleasure, starts to cause problems. (we are using alcohol as the example here but the same principles apply to any behaviour, even “normal” ones like eating and shopping”)

But how would I know that things are beginning to go wrong?  Here are some of the clues:

  • You start to need more of it to feel OK
  • You promise yourself “just 2 beers” but find you regularly drink more.
  • You might start finding yourself thinking things like “ Maybe I’m overdoing it a bit”
  • It starts to affect your relationships: you get irritated if people around you point out that your drinking has “gotten a little on the excessive side”
  • It starts to affect your moods; you get irritable when you don’t get to have that drink.
  • You start finding excuses to start drinking earlier in the day.

And this, is just the start……………………………..

Does anything you’ve read so far seem familiar to you?
Or maybe in someone you know?
If it does, believe me –
you are not alone.

Our Mission

WE AT THE LIVING FREE INSTITUTE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THIS RAPIDLY ESCALATING PROBLEM.

  • We have created a purpose built virtual bespoke recovery program to help individuals who have become concerned about behaviours that have gotten out of control.
  • We have created a virtual program to help individuals to understand that psychological trauma is at the heart of why they are behaving in the way that they are.
  • We have created a virtual program that addresses the core trauma that drives the maladaptive use of alcohol/gaming/food/etc

This program is designed to be delivered entirely online and to fit around the needs of individuals in order to allow them to continue to stay in-doors, continue their employment, look after their children, attend to the other varying day-to-day needs BUT STILL allow them to engage with a program designed to help them with whatever issue they are struggling with

Who Are We?

WE ARE A COLLECTIVE OF PSYCHOLOGISTS, THERAPISTS, NUTRITIONISTS, YOGA TEACHERS, MEDITATION INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES BASED AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE SEEKING TO PROVIDE CLINICALLY RESPONSIBLE ONLINE recovery SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH ISOLATION, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY DISORDERS AND THOSE WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT HOW THEY ARE USING OF ALCOHOL (OR OTHER SUBSTANCES)

Introduction – Our Platform

What is a virtual program?

  • A virtual program delivers all of the same key essential clinical components that a traditional one does but delivered over a purpose built online platform.
  • We use the internet to deliver psychotherapy, different forms of group therapy, exercise, mindfulness, nutrition, yoga and much much more.

 

(*What we are not able to deliver are: emergency, medical and nursing services)

Objectives

Program Objective?

  • To create a platform for individuals requiring mild – moderate sud/behavioural addiction treatment.
  • To create a platform for individuals who are struggling with other mental/emotional and behavioural issues that correlate with covid-19 isolation including ptsd, complex trauma and other disorders of extreme stress not otherwise specIfied (desnos).
    The use of an IOP (intensive outpatient protocol) as the prime method to guide clients using a virtual platform that teaches, supports and builds an online guided self directed recovery.

Method

  1. Creation of psychometric screening and assessment tools that are delivered online to identify suitable candidates and enforce exclusion criteria
  2. Correct placement of the potential client in the right treatment protocol.
  3. A treatment methodology that utilises 5 integrated modalities that can be delivered entirely online:
    • Group psychotherapy
    • Individual psychotherapy
    • Coaching
    • Nutrition
    • A specialised virtual environment
  1. The creation of a second dual track digital platform – a specialised app. Purpose built to provide clients with the recovery ‘environment’ access to 24 hour mental and emotional support should they require it
  2. Building up a network of individuals and organisational contacts that can aid in the delivery of critical services at each stage
  3. The eventual creation through this network of individuals who have been through the program a living Free Virtual Trauma Recovery alumnus all connected through their continued access through the app.

What We Do

  • Help individuals to understand exactly what their substance use issues or mental health issues are and the effect that this is having on their personal, health and wellbeing, as well as those around them.
  • Work using a team approach with individuals to craft solutions that are specifically designed to work for them.
  • Create individualised bespoke programs that take into account every individuals unique set of circumstances.

What We Don't Do

  • We don’t advocate any one form of treatment over any other, our task is to find the treatment model that works for the individual.

  • We don’t decide the client’s goals. We help, assist and encourage them to set goals that make sense to them, that are achievable and realistic and then help them achieve their goals. But ultimately, it is the client that sets his/her own therapeutic goals.

  • We don’t exclude clients from the program if they do end up drinking/using. Instead, we work with them to help improve their program.

     

How We Do It?

The program is divided into 2 components:

A Formal Component

This typically would involve:

Scheduled yoga sessions every morning 5 days a week
Therapy sessions 2-3x a week
Meditation sessions 2-3x a week.
Tre sessions 1-2x a week

An informal component

This gives you access to:

a recovery coach 24/7 that you can schedule to contact at short notice if you are in sudden need of support

*the living free program is a unique hybridization of formal theraputic components and informal supportive components to provide every client with a program that is designed specifically for them, and them alone, based on their clinical needs.

Sample Schedule

Our Manual

  • The Living Free Institute has created its own purpose built manual designed to deliver a specific program for substance/behavioural use disorders and a purpose built manual for ptsd, trauma and other disorders of extreme stress.
  • The programs are entirely neuroscience-based and uses the latest available research.
  • They are both fully apa – referenced

How We Deliver?

A Combination Of The Following

  1. Group psychotherapy
  2. Individual psychotherapy
  3. Yoga
  4. Meditation
  5. Trauma Release Exercises (TRE)
  6. Nutrition

Our Team

  • DR RESHIE JOSEPH, MBBS, MSc (Bali): Clinical Psychologist
  • CHELSEY GUNNING (Sydney) : Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Registered Yoga Teacher
  • NIKI HARDING (London) : Certified TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) Practitioner
  • JESSICA LEIGH BANCROFT (Sydney): Certified Holistic Health Coach / Meditation Guide
  • TONI FERRIER (UK): Recovery  Coach
  • INA HAMMER (Bali): Director of Sales & Marketing
  • DESTI FERIYANI (Bali) : Client Liaison & Program Manager