Counseling & Neurofeedback Treatment for Trauma/PTSD
Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to find the words to express yourself when you feel triggered? We have the answer.
What You Experience
How Connected Brain Counseling Can Help
Counseling for Emotional & Physical 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.
What does Emotional Trauma Look Like?
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 for Trauma
Though it may sound counterintuitive, trauma is often better treated without talking about it. Interesting, right? That a licensed therapist may encourage you not to discuss your traumatic experiences...yet!
If you are hell bent and determined to resolve your trauma (hello, our lovely perfectionists!) you may benefit from regulating your nervous system before digging deep into the depths of your emotions. Why? Because perfectionism can also be a trauma response. And our goal as your counselors is to provide you with the inner voice of grace, permission and kindness toward the piece of you that is living in the fear of previously experienced trauma.
Neurofeedback 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, amygdala, etc 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.
Why Is it So Hard to Find the Words to Talk About My 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.
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