Neurofeedback for PTSD & Trauma

In the realm of brain function, trauma is defined as any event or experience that alters your perception of yourself and your place in the world. Trauma can stem from a single event or gradually accumulate from a threatening or isolating environment.

The impact of trauma is widespread in society, affecting individuals from various backgrounds, including war veterans, and victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. For those living with trauma, the brain’s stuck patterns due to these events can be a significant burden. Individuals with trauma often exhibit a fluctuation of states including hypervigilance, freeze and dissociation, as the nervous system reacts to perceived threats. While these responses may have been necessary for self-preservation in the past, they often do not serve us in the present.

Hypervigilance & Trauma

Hypervigilance is a heightened state of awareness, part of the fight or flight response, leading to chronic hyper-vigilance. This state is like being perpetually at ‘battle stations,’ with brain resources constantly on alert, causing inappropriate or aggressive reactions in everyday situations.

Freeze & Dissociation 

When a threat is overwhelming, the brain may enter a ‘Freeze’ state, a numbing or collapse response. This type of trauma manifests as a general shutdown, lack of vitality, emotional separation, and detachment.

Neurofeedback operates at a deep subconscious level, interrupting the residue cycle of trauma and its symptoms. By pinpointing and training specific brain areas, neurofeedback sessions are precisely tailored to help individuals shift out of these patterns and return to a natural, neutral state.

Neurofeedback training provides the brain with the tools to change perspective and move past traumatic events without the need to discuss, explore, or relive them. This approach offers a direct and targeted method to address the deep-rooted effects of trauma, facilitating a journey back to emotional and mental well-being.

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Frequently asked

There are many different kinds of neurofeedback training, however at Brainworks Neurotherapy we use LoRETA neurofeedback with its detailed imaging and deep brain training.

This means we can be both specific on targeting dysregulated areas and working entire networks, such at the default mode or anxiety network.

Neurofeedback training is all about strengthening neural pathways and gaining more control over your mind, which people often feel results in a calmer and more stable experience.

There have been studies which have shown that neurofeedback can have a positive impact on those suffering from trauma, and can compliment any medicine and/or therapies recommended by your doctor or therapist.

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