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About Victoria

On May 2nd 2007, I survived a near-fatal car accident when a car drove through me whilst cycle training before work in the London City – and the seed for Pocket Stress Buster (PSB) was sown.

In 2009 I was diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Refusing medication, I returned to university to study a Masters in Psychology to help myself heal naturally.

In 2015 another accident stalled me further, but it gave me the time I needed to heal helped me formulate Pocket Stress Buster.In 2017, I returned to cycling adventures, and in 2018 I cycled 1000km of mountainous Vietnam for the charity ‘PTSD Resolution’.

Exercise continues to be more challenging than it appears, both psychologically and physiologically as the body adjusts and re-adjusts to training, but my experiences have left me in awe of how we can shift and change when we dedicate ourselves to the cause.

Understanding yourself is paramount to enhancing performance – no matter your goal.  Trauma is the body’s ultimate stress response, so you can learn much from it to empower the fastest possible change even if you think you aren’t that ill or stressed. As I continue my own journey, I bring these learnings to help others manage stress and achieve their personal goals.

This year’s goal is to heal from Long Haul Covid-19 and complete an MSc at Worcester University in EMDR-based and trauma-informed psychotherapy, the only MSc of this kind. I am a regular participant of international conferences that seek to bring together Neuroscientists, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy to gain a deeper understanding of the conscious experience.

All the learnings I gather are applied to Pocket Stress Buster’s programme, sustaining its unique proposition, and enhancing your chance for positive change.
You do not have to suffer from PTSD or have suffered a terrible childhood to benefit from Pocket Stress Buster. The programme is designed to help anyone make change who wants to.

This programme transfers the latest scientific research into practical lessons, so all you have to do is listen, read, and practice. The question I ask of you is:

“In your increasingly demanding and time-pressurised life, why wouldn’t you want to learn the most effective, and efficient stress management methods to feel calm, in control, and build resilience for the future?”

Why Pocket Stress Buster differs from other programmes

I would like to explain a little more about how this programme differs from others. My speciality is EMDR, a pioneering trauma-focused therapy that brings the latest scientific findings about human behaviour to practice.

Whether you want to make change, at home, work, or in the sporting field, EMDR provides an impressive mechanism of action to do so. For this reason EMDR is at the heart of Pocket Stress Buster.

Healing from PTSD and rebuilding my body post accident forced me to learn deeply about the mind and body. I searched beyond the single focus found in science, psychological and physical therapies.

Later, my professional practice reminded me of individual differences and that there is no one solution for all. Furthermore, the capacity to change varies across personal ability and time. Not forgetting that life just keeps chucking you curve balls! 

Mindfulness, yogic practices of the Ancients, Progressive Muscle Relaxation in the 1920s, Meditation and CBT in the 1960s, EMDR in the 1980s amongst a few others, and finally the latest contributions from neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence form our latest understanding of how the body works.  

The interplay between emotions, feelings, thoughts and actions is required to effect change. Trauma creates the whole gambit of bodily responses, and so what we learn from treating trauma applies brilliantly else where.

Pocket Stress Buster encapsulates the scientific advances to bring you a unique, self-tailoring method so that you can take control of your own emotions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours to gain the most from your life.

On stress, trauma and the wider context

Let me explain a little more about the stress and trauma I refer to in this programme.

Stress is a feeling of emotional strain or physical tension. It is your body’s reaction to an internal or external stressor. Learning how you react to stress, and implementing what you need to recover from it is key to long term health, happiness and success.

Think of stress as sitting on a scale – in small doses it can boost performance (e.g. for a sporting event), in continuous doses it contributes to unwanted habits and the failing of goal completion, whilst in larger doses it becomes traumatising. For example it causes heightened anxiety, low mood, burnout, and in extreme it can change your genetic make-up creating intergenerational trauma – providing the basis for ‘family traits’ (e.g arthritis or bipolar disorder).

Trauma is physical injury and/or an experience that produces psychological pain. Any experience that is overwhelming and/or bothers you beyond the time of when it happens is traumatic.

Trauma doesn’t have to express itself in full on PTSD or another medical diagnosis. It also exists in daily life – such as shouting at your family unnecessarily and then feeling bad afterwards.

Other less obvious expressions of trauma include; continuous grieving after a loss; maybe you remember certain moments in your past such as not liking school; or perhaps you are just aware of a sense of insecurity (about something).

We all lug about residual stress and various degrees of trauma that prevents us from fully enjoying the present moment. Over time this stress shrinks your world, impairs performance slowly waring you down – and then one day you finally snap.

I will teach you tools that you can use for the rest of your life to stay on top of stressors. Teach them to your friends and children so that they may benefit from them too.

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