Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus retraining therapy is a multidimensional approach to help people with problematic tinnitus. The aim of tinnitus retraining therapy is to help people habituate to a tinnitus experience. Approaches we might use include: tinnitus counselling, psychoeducation, EMDR, tinnitus sound therapy, behavioural therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, body psychotherapy, psychotherapy and practical advice.
What Is Problematic Tinnitus?
Problematic tinnitus is charaterised by a negative somatic and psychological reaction to a tinnitus stimulus. 10% of people who have tinntus, experience problematic tinnitus. This means 90% are not overly bothered by it. Risk of developing problematic tinnitus is linked to personality typology, the cause of tinnitus, historical experience of trauma, perceived tinnitus level and what level of support and advice you have been given in relation to tinnitus.
What Is Tinnitus Habituation?
Tinnitus habituation refers to having a neutral response to a tinnitus stimulus so that most of the time you are not aware of having tinnitus. Tinnitus habituation does not mean you never have a bad day and never experience intrusive symptoms ocasionally under specific circumstances.
What Is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy?
Our tinnitus retraining therapy uses a number of different approaches to help change the relationship you have with tinnitus, effectively changing a negative relationship with tinnitus to a neutral one. It might involve working on negative thoughts related to problematic tinnitus, changing behaviour or working on a negative somatic reaction to tinnitus, befriending tinnitus, sleep difficulties, how to relax with tinnitus. We also work on tinnitus associated difficulties which include trauma, stress and anxiety.
Matthew Alderton - MA, BSc, Dip, Dip Psych. I trained at The Centre For Counselling & Psychotherapy Education in London to become a counsellor and psychotherapist. I am also an EMDR practitioner.
I regularly help clients with problematic tinnitus and support them on their tinnitus habituation journey. I utilise my personal experience of tinnitus, counselling, psychotherapy, EMDR and body psychotherapy. A psychological and somatic approach can be very helpful if you are struggling with problematic tinnitus.
I am approachable and down to earth helping you to feel safe and relaxed when working through tinnitus difficulties.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Approaches
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Benefits
Neutralise the experience of tinnitus so that it is no longer triggering and you are no longer aware of it.
Take back control from tinnitus so that it no longer dominates your experience of life.
TRT can help you to work through problematic tinnitus related difficulties. This can make it easier to habituate to tinnitus.
Feel happier in yourself. When we stop allowing tinnitus to control our lives we feel happier and restore balance.
Our Client's Experience Of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
EMDR Therapy For Tinnitus
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a relatively new approach for tinnitus. It works to help with trauma which might have caused tinnitus in the first place but also to help with trauma caused by the experience of tinnitus itself.