Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

At The Trauma Practice we offer support and therapeutic help for people suffering from tinnitus. We provide our tinnitus retraining therapy treatment in both London and Hertfordshire. Contact us for more information or if you would like to book a consultation.

We work in a collaborative way with other healthcare professionals to make sure that you get the help that you need.

What is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy?

Tinnitus retraining therapy is the process you would go through in order to change your negative response to tinnitus symptoms. When you change your response to tinnitus it paves the way to tinnitus habituation. Tinnitus habituation means you no longer react to your tinnitus negatively

What approaches do we use for Tinnitus Retraining Therapy?

Our tinnitus retraining therapy uses a number of key approaches to enable a person to reach the goal of tinnitus habituation. Our tinnitus retraining approach considers the difficulty from a psychological, somatic and practical perspective.

We use the following psychological approaches and therapies to aid tinnitus habituation.

Psychotherapy - psychotherapy techniques
EMDR - EMDR resourcing
CBT - Cognitive restructuring

We use the following somatic approaches and therapies to aid tinnitus habituation.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Body Psychotherapy
Somatic relaxation

We also take a practical approach to help you with regard to:

Sleeping with tinnitus
Tinnitus Sound Therapy
Managing Stress

Our tinnitus retraining therapy is underpinned by psychotherapeutic concepts which place an emphasis on developing inner resources for self-empowerment. Therefore treatment changes are effective and long lasting. 

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Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Benefits

Reduction in tinnitus symptoms

Tinnitus symptoms can get better. It is not a case of having tinnitus or not having it. Tinnitus comes in shades of grey rather than just black or white. Tinnitus retraining therapy can help to reduce tinnitus symptoms.

Change your relationship with tinnitus

Changing your relationship will enable you to be less fearful of it turning problematic tinnitus into tinnitus that is no longer a problem. It will also take you out of the tinnitus fear loop which exasperates tinnitus symptoms.

Ability to relax

We all need to be able to relax whether you are experiencing tinnitus symptoms or not. Tinnitus retraining therapy can help you to relax with or without tinnitus.

Habituate to tinnitus

Tinnitus habituation means that you might experience tinnitus symptoms but when you do they are no longer bullying you like a tyrant. In many cases with the right help tinnitus symptoms disappear altogether.

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Tinnitus Retraining Therapist


Matthew Alderton

BSc, MA, Dip, Dip Psych

Hello my name is Matthew Alderton. I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a Counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a Psychotherapist accredited by The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD. I specialise in the treatment of PTSD, trauma, trauma associated tinnitus and associated conditions.

I work in a holistic way using an integrated psychotherapeutic approach. This includes Psychotherapy, Body Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

I like to see people make progress in therapy and in their lives. I am down to earth and friendly enabling you to feel safe to process your difficulties. I’m pleased to offer a range of PTSD treatments in London & Hertfordshire.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapies

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Our thoughts play a large role in how we might react to tinnitus symptoms. Thinking influences the way we behave in relation to tinnitus. CBT helps us to restructure the way we think, challenge our thinking patterns and change them. Changing our thinking patterns helps us to change our response to tinnitus enabling us to recover and get better. 

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

CST might be likened to a very gentle form of osteopathy. Most people suffering from problematic tinnitus have difficulties prior to the onset of tinnitus. These difficulties usually involve the stress response and nervous system CST helps us to slow down, calm down and relax the nervous system. these are the things that really help with tinnitus symptoms. 

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Psychotherapy techniques help you to feel supported and work through difficulties you might experience prior to tinnitus and since its onset. Most people who experience problematic tinnitus process difficulties surrounding tinnitus involves making long lasting changes relating to conditions associated with PTSD. Examples might include Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Tinnitus.

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EMDR Therapy

I use EMDR therapy which involves bilateral eye stimulation, auditory stimulation, or taps to help you process trauma. Problematic tinnitus can be linked to unprocessed trauma from the past or trauma caused by the onset of tinnitus. Helping to process this trauma by using EMDR can help calm down the nervous system and take your body out of a trauma response and calm tinnitus symptoms. 

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How Our Clients Felt Following Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

"I am much calmer now and realise that tinnitus does not have to rule my life"

"I am able to take helpful steps now to help myself, prior to therapy I thought that there was nothing i could do. I feel self empowered again"

"This has been a life changing journey. I came to therapy for tinnitus but accomplished so much more than managing what used to be an annoying ringing in my head"


Tinnitus Retraining Therapy FAQ's

What to expect from a Tinnitus Retraining Therapy session?

Every Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Session is different depending on what the client brings. However we concentrate on the following difficulties. Your response to tinnitus in relation to your mind and body, related trauma, reducing tinnitus symptoms, practical steps you can take to help yourself, associated conditions and calming down the nervous system.

How long will Tinnitus Retraining therapy last?

Everybody is different with regard to making progress in relation to problematic tinnitus and attaining the goal of tinnitus habituation. Habituating to tinnitus takes practice. It is not a distant goal or a destination you arrive at one day in the future. You can habituate to tinnitus everyday in small ways before realising that tinnitus is no longer a problem. It could be likened to dipping a piece of linen into a dye. It might take several soakings to dye but eventually it will change colour.

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