Meet the team from Getting Better for treatment for Trichotillomania

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Meet Your Faculty

Rik van Bastelaar
- TTM Freedom Coach

"Don’t ever settle for less than who you truly want to be, it’s your calling in life."

 The Netherlands

Hello, my name is Rik van Bastelaar. My personal mission in life is to empower people with insights and techniques that help them improve the quality of their lives and their manifestations.

This human potential phenomenon has always intrigued me and led me to travel the planet and be trained and certified by great and loving experts in this field.

Thereby assisting people in all walks of life to discover what it is that makes us ‘tick’ as individuals. But more importantly, how we can optimize our behavior to produce the results we are after!

I am also the proud founder and initiator of Treatment for Trichotillomania and Getting Better to whom this website belongs. An international platform of loving and well-qualified professionals assisting people who need help in overcoming compulsive hair pulling, also known as Trichotillomania.

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Because I have worked with many people who suffer from Trichotillomania I was able to come up with an approach that has proven to be very effective in overcoming this form of behavior.

Not because if was looking for it, but simply because when the first person found me and asked me for support, the behavior really intrigued me.

When I started to help more and more people and fine-tuned my approach over time through the feedback of clients, I always ended up with mixed feelings.

On the one hand I had a feeling of deep satisfaction for being able to help this person and for the joy and satisfaction they reported afterwards on how their lives had improved as a result :) .

On the other hand I felt frustration because my energy and attention could only go out to a single individual a time. Because I knew there were still so many more who struggled unnecessarily with this kind of behavior (usually in silence) :( .

2 Questions were always at the back of my mind:

  • How can I help far more people who suffer from this in a way that would not require my physical presence?
  • How can I share my expertise in human behavior with those who suffer from this and those indirectly involved?

Knowing that trichotillomania is something you can definitely learn to overcome and trusting yourself that you too can move forward to more personal freedom and a better quality of life is a first important step.

When you need help, I love to assist you in this process to ultimately overcome compulsive hair pulling for good. Also, If you want to work with one of my collegues if you live in another country, I can all highly recommend them to you.

You will find their skills and ethics to be of the highest standard and some of them were actually my trainer on my own journey in discovering how we shape behavior at the subconscious level, the same level where the elusive urge for pulling out your hair resides!

 

Personal inspiration slogan:

Don’t ever settle for less than who you truly want to be, it’s your calling in life.

 

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behaviour:

  1. MBA, including organizational behavior and human resources
  2. Academic Counselor & Coach
  3. Licensed NLP Practitionar – International Society of NLP
  4. Licensed NLP Master Practitionar – International Society of NLP
  5. Licensed NLP Trainer – International Society of NLP
  6. Certified coach in the art and science of HNLP coaching – The International Institute for Humanistic and Neuro Lingtuistic Psychology and Hypnosis
  7. Hypnotic practitioner – International Society of NLP
  8. Certified Hypnotherapist – International Hypnosis Society
  9. Certified Master Hypnoherapist – International Hypnosis Society
  10. Certified Trainer in the art and science of Hypnotism & Hypnotherapy – International Hypnosis Society

 

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Julie Silverthorn
- TTM Freedom Coach

"Individually, we are one drop, together, we are an ocean"

United States

Hello, my name is Julie Silverthorn. After doing my high school science fair project on “Freud’s Defense Mechanisms,” I was bitten by the “psychology” bug.

My quest in life became understanding people and their behaviors. Two degrees in Psychology later, I realized that understanding alone wasn’t enough.

If I was going to help people to feel better, then I would need to know how to help them change their behavior, too. Just talking to them would not be enough!

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I, too, was committed to my own change. I learned and studied everything I could on human transformation and I applied it to myself. I had a public speaking phobia (also developed in high school!) and I became a public speaker for my career.

That was a big change. I learned to overcome anxiety, fear, self-criticism and rejection. I learned to control my own thoughts and behaviors and to handle them in ways that made my life better which brought me positive outcomes. I was changing and the change made me feel good.

So I kept on going…and now over 20 years later I am proud to say that I am continuing to grow, evolve and change and I love it and feel good about myself! And that also is my hope for you as you read these words.

Along my career path, I specialized in drug and alcohol counseling; family therapy; working with phobias; sexual abuse; self-destructive behaviors; weight loss; smoking cessation; habit control; eating disorders; anxiety/depression; grief as well as helping people who just wanted to make their lives better to fulfill more of their own potential!

Many hours of coaching, training and writing led to writing books, making audio products and teaching seminars. But most importantly, I was touching the lives of others — helping to make their lives better — and giving me a deep sense of satisfaction as I watched that happen for them also.

When Rik asked me to join him on his quest to allow everybody in this world who needs help to overcome Trichotillomania, I gladly said yes!

 

Personal inspiration slogans:

Individually, we are one drop.

Together, we are an ocean.

– Ryunosuke Satoro

 

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…

It’s about learning to Dance in the Rain.

– Vivian Greene

 

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

– Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behaviour:

  1. Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Psychology
  2. Certified NLP Practitioner – Society of NLP through NLP of New Jersey
  3. Certified NLP Master Practitioner – Society of NLP, Richard Bandler
  4. Certified NLP Trainer – Richard Bandler, Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall (1990)
  5. Certified NLP Master Trainer – Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall (1992)
  6. Co-Developer Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology (1995)
  7. Co-Developer Positive School of Intrinsic NLP (2010)
  8. Certified Hypnotherapist – Advanced Neuro-Dynamics
  9. Certified Master Hypnotherapist – Advanced Neuro-Dynamics
  10. Certified Trainer in the art and science of Hypnotism & Hypnotherapy – Advanced Neuro-Dynamics
  11. Co-Author, Training Trances and Dreaming Realities
  12. ANLP Fellow (2011)

 

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Gary De Rodrigues
- TTM Freedom Coach

"Nothing you do or think or make is necessary to establish your worth"

Australia

Greetings, my name is Gary De Rodriguez. From a very young age on I found myself filled with curiosity on how to overcome depression and addiction, having grown up in a home where alcohol and depression were prevalent.

When I was a teenager I threw myself into drugs to numb the emotional pain of what I perceived as a short and useless life filled with fear. Some part of me knew I desired and deserved more than what I had created, but I couldn’t stop my compulsion to artificially stop feeling the fear. It seemed that if I felt one thing I would feel all the emotions I was suppressing.

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I knew there was a way out of the dynamics of my family system and that I deserved to live larger, brighter and more powerfully than what I witnessed between the four walls of my parents’ home. I knew there was a higher road and a place where I could arrive within myself where I was at peace with my family and most importantly, myself.

I developed a deep desire to find the answers. I desired to help others with similar issues but knew that before I could assist anyone else, I needed to dive deep within myself and uncover the system to heal and transform myself first.

My journey took me to India on a self-realization quest and I spent years traveling back and forth from the US to Punjab to meditate under the guidance of a Living Master.  Through the years, I practiced meditation and studied the art and science of human excellence.

I learned how to work with the subconscious mind and furthered my studies through travel and study with indigenous elders from different cultures around the globe. It was a journey of a lifetime to unravel the mystery of how we have created our reality to be what it is and how to create our lives more magnificently.

I began my private practice 25 years ago after obtaining multiple certifications and advanced diplomas in psychologically-based models. I stepped onto the path that would become my lifework.

After facilitating over 11,000 private breakthrough sessions in my career worldwide, I know that no matter what challenge you are facing there are answers and systems to move you from where you are to where you desire to be.  There is always hope because we are always more than what we think we are.  Each one of us is magical in his or her own unique way.

After so much time in the trenches with personal clients I began to take my training and discoveries into organizations, developing a deeper dive into developing leadership, problem solving, innovation strategies and increasing people intelligence. This led to the production of a series of audio products, published articles and a new book.

When I was introduced to Rik and listened to his idea of helping people with Trichotillomania globally, I was excited to say yes and be part of the team.

 

Personal inspiration slogan:

“Nothing you do or think or make is necessary to establish your worth” 

A Course in Miracles

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behaviour:

  1. Licensed NLP Practitionar
  2. Licensed NLP Master Practitionar
  3. Licensed HNLP Trainer
  4. Certified Master Hypnoherapist
  5. Certified Extended Disc
  6. Certified Thought Field Therapist
  7. Certified Outcome Facilitator
  8. Certified Language Mastery Instructor

 

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Vicky Ross
- TTM Freedom Coach

United Kingdom

Hello, my name is Vicky Ross. My life gave me the challenges I needed to go deep into the understanding of behavior.

As a result I have worked with world leaders in this field, which gave me the depth of knowledge I needed to be able to help people change their life for the better in a very  effective way.

My mission is to show people how to be confident and happy.

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I am known for creating breath taking transformation changes and I leave people feeling empowered and happy with themselves.

When Rik asked me to join him on his quest to allow everybody in this world who needs help to overcome Trichotillomania, I gladly said yes!

 

Personal inspiration slogan:

Individually, we are one drop.

Together, we are an ocean.

– Ryunosuke Satoro

 

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behaviour:

  1. NLP Master Practitioner and Licensed Trainer
  2. Thought Feel Therapy (TFT) practitionar
  3. Clinical Hypnotherapist
  4. Kinesiology
  5. Coaching Skills for NLPers
  6. Advanced Language Patterns

 

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Russell Potts
- TTM Freedom Coach

"Its always darkest just before dawn"

United Kingdom

Hi, my name is Russell Potts. I am a dedicated teacher to help others achieve personal change to change their life for the better.

Besides being a dedicated teacher I am also a long-term student of Chinese martial arts and western mystery teachings.

I find it most fulfilling to be of service to others as I walk the path of personal evolution.

My interest in human consciousness became relevant when I reached my late 20’s: during this time I experienced a burnout and needed to understand more about myself and the world around me.

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Having suffered from exhaustion and what was described as M.E., this seemed to be a result of a fast-paced working life whilst living and working in Hong Kong.

I decided to change my life and embarked on a learning journey that restored my energy. After a year of daily meditation my energy had rejuvenated me and my interests and direction in life changed.

I dedicated my time to obtaining advanced certifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy. I feel my own healing journey has helped me gain deeper insights into and understanding of the human condition on both a psychological and spiritual level.

In my mid 40’s with a wealth of knowledge and experience, I am able to help people change their state of consciousness and assess the personal resources and potential that have been obscured from their perception.

When Rik asked me to join him on his quest to allow everybody in this world who needs help to overcome Trichotillomania, I gladly said yes!

Personal inspiration slogan:

Its always darkest just before dawn.

 

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behavior:

  1. NLP Pracitionar
  2. NLP Master Practionar
  3. H.N.L.P. Master Practitionar
  4. Certified NLP Trainer
  5. Certified Hypnotherapist
  6. Certified Master Hypnotherapist
  7. Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy
  8. Certified 5 path Hypnotherapist
  9. Diploma Professional Hypnotherapy
  10. Diploma Regression Therapy
  11. Certified Medical Hypnotherapy
  12. Certified Hypnoanaethesiologist
  13. Certified Hypnosis Trainer
  14. Anodyne Awareness Therapist and Trainer

 

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Peter Craig
- TTM Freedom Coach

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"

Schotland

Hello, my name is Peter Craig. In 2006 my best friend Mark, who is a professional fencing coach, was looking for ways to improve his coaching skills.

So he started investigating various approaches and one course really seemed to affect him.

A course which had everything to do with practical human behavior psychology.

Not just understanding the theoretical part, but very much focusing on practical insights and techniques that allow for rapid changes in ineffective behavior.

That fascinated me too, so after his initial training he came back and I met up with him and asked him what it was all about.

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20 Minutes later my phobia of winged insects was gone. And that was me hooked to learn those skills myself as well!

Then when he helped my mother quit her 20 a day, 40 year smoking addiction I knew that I had to find out as much as I could about this subject and how it could help other people as well as myself to change their results and quality of life.

Because I realized that everything we accomplish in life has a lot to do with the way we think, feel and act as a result. And that much of what we think happens subconsciously and is not always helping us to thrive in life.

My journey of becoming a better me and helping others in this process as well really started with me signing up for a course with PMT Training. Where I learned some amazing skills and a lot about myself. But it also helped me to clear out so much junk from my own mind that had been dragging me down and holding me back.

Later on, I went further on a more advanced course where my skills further developed and learned how to really use those skills with others to help them overcome their fears and problems, to achieve more of their potential. From there I worked in a team of assistants for one of my trainers in some of his famous international seminars and training courses.

All I can say is that I consider myself blessed to learn from many great teachers in the field of practical human behavior psychology. It allowed me to change my life for the better. But above all I consider myself blessed by all the clients I was able to assist as a result to achieve the same.

By passing on to them the things that had really made a big difference in my own life. And by teaching them how to take more control over subconscious behavior processes for a better quality of life with challenges like phobias, eating disorders, sleep disorders and much more.

Besides private – personal coaching I also have a strong interest in sports performance coaching, and am currently the “Mental Performance Coach” for the Salle Rollo Fencing club and the Performance Coach for 2 members of the British Fencing Team.

I too gladly said yes when Rik asked me to join him on his quest to allow everybody in this world who needs help to overcome Trichotillomania!

 

Personal inspiration slogan:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behaviour:

  1. BSc and MSc
  2. Certified NLP Practitioner – Society of NLP – PMT Training with Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler
  3. Certified NLP Master Practitioner – Society of NLP, PMT Training with Paul McKenna, Richard Bandler and John La Valle
  4. Certified NLP Trainer Practitioner – Society of NLP, PMT Training with Paul McKenna, Richard Bandler and John La Valle
  5. Emotional Freedom Technique – Level 1 and 2 , Inner Energy with Helen Walker
  6. Foundations of Patterns of Physical Transformation, with Drs Ron and Edie Perry

 

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Ian Ross
- TTM Freedom Coach

United Kingdom

Hello, my name is Ian Ross and I help people to achieve what they want as well as teach them to live a calm and peaceful life.

Having worked with world leaders in the field of human behavior and already helped many people to achieve what they want in life, I am honored to be part of the team of coaches at Treatment for Trichotillomania.

My overall mission is to help people achieve a calming balance in their life and guide them to trust and act upon their subconscious.

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That part in you which has all the answers to overcome any behavior problem that might hold you back from the life you deserve.

I am known for my gentle and caring approach and leave people feeling calm and ready to embrace life.

When Rik asked me to join him on his quest to allow everybody in this world who needs help to overcome Trichotillomania, I gladly said yes!

 

Personal inspiration slogan:

Individually, we are one drop.

Together, we are an ocean.

– Ryunosuke Satoro

 

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behaviour:

  1. NLP Master Practitioner and Licensed Trainer
  2. Thought Feel Therapy (TFT) practitionar
  3. Clinical Hypnotherapist
  4. Kinesiology
  5. Coaching Skills for NLPers
  6. Advanced Language Patterns

 

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Tony Babić
- TTM Freedom Coach

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others"

Croatia

Hi, my name is Toni Babić and my personal and professional mission is to help people with the challenges life throws their way.

At the beginning of my career, when I entered the business arena, I found myself helpless.

My formal education did not prepare me for real business challenges. I did not know how to manage people, sell, negotiate or even answer questions in a job interview.

But besides lack of skills I had a serious problem with my attitude towards business and life in general: I thought I knew everything. After facing some downfalls in the job I was doing at the time I knew it was time to change.

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Losing my job at the small company I was working for came as quite a shock to me. But I was also fortunate enough to get a new job, where I found myself working for a man who would become my great mentor.

He taught me the important skills you need to thrive in almost any job. He also taught me humility and respect for people around me. We worked together for five years and finally he sold his business. Then and there I decided I would dedicate my life to helping people the way my mentor had helped me.

This was just a dream which started to materialize when I accepted a job with one of the largest training and coaching companies in Croatia, which became a turning point for me. Because I was suddenly surrounded with great trainers and coaches I could learn from.

I didn’t miss a chance to learn from everyone around me about helping people thrive and achieve more than they ever thought possible. I started to attend coaching and training programs and a few years later became a certified trainer and coach myself.

When I finished my education, I pursued my dream job by starting my own training and coaching practice. And now I help people overcome their personal issues that tend to get in the way of their personal and professional success.

I consider myself very fortunate for being able to help people overcome limiting behavior and change their life for the better through what I was taught. And in this process of working with clients for their success, I too continue to learn and grow every day.

When Rik asked me to join him on his quest to allow everybody in this world who needs help to overcome Trichotillomania, I too gladly said yes!

 

Personal inspiration slogans:

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

St. Augustine

 

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

John Lennon

Professional qualifications

Below is a brief overview of my professional qualifications w.r.t. human behaviour:

  1. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy – Hrvatsko-austrijski trening centar za NLP/NLPt (European Association for Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy)
  2. Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming – Transforma (INHNLP, ABNLP)
  3. Certified Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming – PSiNLP (INHNLP, ABNLP)
  4. Certified NLP Coach – PSiNLP (INHNLP, ABNLP)

 

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