You May Experience
Fear of the Future
Connected Brain Counseling has a team of therapists in Denver who are also trained in Neurofeedback and are ready to help your teen with symptoms of anxiety
Why is it so hard to find the words to talk about trauma?
There are areas associated with language in the brain that trauma frequently "turns off". When you notice your nervous system activating, it is common to have a hard time finding words to express how you feel. As a team of licensed professional counselors, we understand that you may want to find the words to express how you feel when you are triggered though it may feel unreachable at times.
This is why our approach to counseling with trauma is both empathetic, slow and gentle. We cannot force ourselves into discussing the difficult things that have happened to us without feeling safe and unconditionally supported first.
for Emotional, Physical & Sexual Trauma
Maybe you can't see it, but you know it's there. Trauma has a unique ability of intertwining itself in your day to day life until it becomes your norm. If you are experiencing symptoms such as hypervigilance, emotional reactivity or issues with secure attachment - you may be living in a trauma response and not even know it.
How Do I Know if I Have Emotional Trauma?
Emotional trauma is experienced verbally and non verbally. This can look like a parent directly degrading you, such as stating "you look fat in that outfit". It can also be non-verbal, such as a parent giving you a look up and down in an outfit therefore leaving you to infer their feelings on a more internal level.
To some individuals, these types of statements are brushed off and not impactful. To others, a trauma response may occur. Maybe you become extra vigilant on your weight fluctuations and food consumption. Maybe you learn to only date people who reinforce the negative image you have of your body that was learned from your parents. Each trauma response is different, however it lives in your body on a cellular level and requires nervous system regulation to move through.
Counseling is one form of nervous system regulation, where your therapist makes a safe space for you to explore the nuanced and unique way emotional trauma is impacting your daily life. From there, your counseling will work from a variety of modalities including inner child work, narrative therapy, somatic therapy and more to help you understand how to co-regulate and re-regulate the nervous system that has felt scared, unsafe and fearful for many years.
Neurofeedback Therapy for Teens in Colorado
Neurofeedback Therapy for PTSD in Denver
Though it may sound counterintuitive, trauma can often be treated without talking about it. As Licensed Professional Counselors, our field thrives on verbal processing to move through mental health obstacles. Neurofeedback offers a different approach though by first regulating the nervous system, then offering clients the chance to process trauma from a more calm and aware space.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback therapy for PTSD that helps regulate the nervous system and bring certain parts of the brain back "online" after they have experienced trauma. Locations such as your occipital lobe, frontal lobe, temporal lobe and amygdala hold patterns of trauma that are unique to your individual functioning. Whether you have a fight or flight response, your brain is going to react accordingly and create lasting patterns that neurofeedback can work through either before or during a counseling program.
Through a series of sessions, you and your neurofeedback clinician will help re-regulate your brain and give you relief from symptoms of PTSD. You can learn more about our process here.
Biofeedback for PTSD in Denver
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that works on the brain rather than the body to regulate the nervous system. Biofeedback and neurofeedback are both effective forms of therapy for PTSD and symptoms of trauma. Learn more about the difference between Biofeedback and Neurofeedback here.