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The Trauma Recovery Team is a group of nationally and internationally certified NLP Master Practitioners and Trainers working with victims of trauma. Using ground-breaking techniques that provide profound and lasting relief from trauma and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), we are helping people who have suffered from disasters such as the tsunami in Samoa in September 2009. For any media related enquiries please email us at media@traumarecoveryteam.org.nz

Media Coverage About Trauma Work After Christchurch Earthquake
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Press Release - Leading edge treatment for quake stress/trauma available nationwide – for free

11 March 2011

Around the country, thousands of people are experiencing anxiety and stress as a result of the recent Christchurch earthquake and its aftermath.  Symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, having trouble concentrating are generally considered normal responses to an ‘abnormal’ situation.

Most will also be able to move on emotionally and rediscover a sense of safety in life; they will use the natural resources of friends, family, and their inner wisdom to recover. Thousands of others (approximately 10% of the population, based on experiences such as Manhattan after September 11th, 2001) will not move on so easily.  Finding the best ways to help people move on from post-incident stress is vital to helping individuals and the community rebuild.

Leading-edge trauma treatment is being offered around the country – for free – by 70 experienced and well-trained practitioners in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). All volunteers, they are offering their time and expertise to help those seeking a rapid and effective method for relieving stress.

Preliminary results of recent research have confirmed that the NLP Trauma Relief Process is almost three times as successful as accepted cognitive behavioural interventions and takes a fraction of the time; in the US, Dr Frank Bourke, a psychologist who worked with those affected by the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York, found that NLP protocols relieved PTSD symptoms over 80% of the time in two to four hours. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, the best of the researched methods, is effective 32% of the time and takes four to nine months (Frank Bourke, Ph.D. & Richard F. Liotta, Ph.D. – http://nlprandr.org/?page_id=508)). Consequently, a US$15 million research project exploring the effectiveness of the process is being conducted with war veterans in by Marshall University, US.

Coordination of the volunteers is being handled by the New Zealand Association of NLP (the professional body for NLP in New Zealand).  Practitioners are available throughout New Zealand in Christchurch, Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Wellington, Nelson and Invercargill.

To be connected with a practitioner, people can call the free phone number – 0800 NLP Recovery (0800 657 732)  or email: info@nlprecovery.co.nz.

Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of excellence in a range of areas including therapy, personal change, communication and education. While in New Zealand NLP is sometimes considered to be new and alternative, it is well established in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe where it is part of university programmes and national health services.

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You can find out more about NZANLP at www.nzanlp.org.nz. Or you can contact us for more information.

9-11 Therapist Assisting Christchurch Trauma Team

A therapist who worked at ground zero after the 9-11 terrorist attacks has been assisting a trauma recovery team working with Christchurch earthquake victims. The New Zealand Trauma Recovery Team is a group of nationally and internationally certified NLP Master Practitioners and Trainers working with victims of trauma… read more

Media Coverage About Trauma Work After Samoa Tsunami
Samoa Observer

The New Zealand trauma recovery team arrived in Apia last week to train nearly 40 counsellors and workers in Samoa following the tsunami. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi opened the 3-day training… read more

TVNZ

Trauma experts help Samoa help themselves. Kiwi trauma experts have found many Samoans caught up in last year’s tsunami are still living in fear… click here to watch the video

Radio NZ

Our team member Charlotte and three of our participants; Runa Pavitt-Curry, acting Director for Samoa Lifeline, Senior Sergent Hebert-Aati from the Police and Oscar Netzler from Samoan Victim Support were interviewed for Radio NZ which broadcast shortly after 6pm on Friday 26th February New Zealand time… click here to listen to the full story report in audio

Keeping safe with locals during tsunami warning - Lisa, Karen, Charlotte and Rachel (Alaria)

East & Bays Courier

Tsunami victims in Samoa will be better equipped to deal with post-traumatic stress after a visit from nine New Zealand therapists. The Trauma Recovery Team is a group of people trained in neuro-linguistic programming and experience in working with trauma sufferers… read more

Scoop.co.nz

Following the tsunami that hit the southern coast of Samoa on 29 September 2009, many of the thousands of people affected are still suffering from depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), insomnia, delirium and aggression. It was reported late last year that many communities have taken to the hills and are fearful of rebuilding in coastal areas… read more

Scoop Community

Whilst the world currently focuses on the disaster and ruin in Haiti, there is still tragedy in our own backyard. Four months on from the tsunami that hit the Southern Coast of Samoa on 29 September 2009, many of the thousands of people affected are still suffering. The calamity that happened that day is still being played out in the minds of the Samoan people on a daily basis… read more

Parnell Darling

Karen Ross and Elena Kostyugova, two therapists based in Parnell are part of a team of therapists travelling to Samoa this February on the invitation of the Samoan Ministry of Health. Their team will train local mental health workers and counsellors and work one-on-one with those suffering from trauma, post traumatic stress disorder and other issues relating to the tsunami that hit the Samoan coast in September… read more

Press Releases
Continuing to help Samoa – It’s time for Trauma Recovery

2 February 2010

Whilst the world currently focuses on the disaster and ruin in Haiti, there is still tragedy in our own backyard. Four months on from the tsunami that hit the Southern Coast of Samoa on 29 September 2009, many of the thousands of people affected are still suffering from depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), psychosis, delirium, aggression and insomnia. The calamity that happened that day is still being played out in the minds of the Samoan people on a daily basis.

Samoa is experiencing an epidemic of emotional ills and nursing teams and international grief workers are still under pressure to keep up with the workload. It was reported late last year that many communities have taken to the hills and are fearful of rebuilding in coastal areas.

At the invitation of the Samoan Ministry of Health, a team of New Zealand and international therapists will travel to Samoa on 25 February, on a voluntary basis, for seven days to train local mental health workers and counsellors, and work one-on-one with those requiring help. The project has had some initial sponsorship, which was very generous and has enabled us to get the project off the ground and the momentum begun to achieve our vision of helping people rebuild their lives. The team is now looking for donations and still requires a further $15,000 to fully fund their trip in February. Funds raised will cover costs of flights, airport transfers/parking, food, administration, etc. Accommodation is being provided by Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows in Apia (www.aggiegreys.com). It will take just 750 donations of $20 to raise the amount needed. The Trauma Recovery Team is a group of nationally and internationally certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioners and Trainers experienced in working with victims of trauma, using ground-breaking techniques that provide profound and lasting relief from trauma and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The techniques the team employs have been shown to be the most effective solution to treating PTSD in war zones, and following the 9-11 events in the US. Research is being started in the US following clinical use after 9-11, where NLP techniques relieved PTSD symptoms over 80% of the time in two to four hours. The next best results were with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), the best of the researched methods. It was effective 32% of the time and took four to nine months (Frank Bourke, Ph.D. & Richard F. Liotta, Ph.D.). NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming, the study of excellence in a range of areas including therapy, personal change, communication and education. While NLP is still considered by many in New Zealand to be new and alternative, it is well established in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe where it is part of University programmes and national health services. “Our mission is about helping people heal themselves so they in turn can begin rebuilding their communities” says Rachel Papaconstantinou, whose brainchild the project is.

Donations can be made online at www.traumarecoveryteam.org.nz.

Lest we forget Samoa – Raising funds for Trauma Recovery

25 January 2010

Following the tsunami that hit the southern coast of Samoa on 29 September 2009, many of the thousands of people affected are still suffering from depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), insomnia, etc.

At the invitation of the Samoan Ministry of Health, a team of New Zealand and international therapists will travel to Samoa in the New Year to train local mental health workers and counsellors, and work one-on-one with those requiring help.

The project has had some initial sponsorship and the team now requires donations to fund their full trip in February. The techniques the team employs have been shown to be the most effective solution to treating PTSD in war zones, and following the 9-11 events in the US.

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