How can one explain what Trauma is in the brain?
- In the context of brain function, trauma can be defined as any event or experience that changes your vision of yourself and your place in the world.
- It may occur as the result of one single event, or it could build up gradually due to a threatening or lonely environment.
- The imprint of trauma exists in our society in epidemic proportions; from war and its victims, to victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
- When brain activity is altered by traumatic events it can be a heavy burden to carry.
- What may have served us as a necessary self-preservation response in the past seldom serves us in the present?
- Trauma is broadly classed in two categories.
- The most commonly recognised is hyper vigilance;
- The less widely known is freeze and dissociation.
- Trauma can often manifest as a combination of the two, as the nervous system shifts between one and the other.
How is Hyper Vigilance affected with Trauma?
- A heightened state of awareness is part of the fight / flight response, resulting in a state of chronic hyper-vigilance.
- This state is akin to being locked into permanent ‘battle stations’; brain resources on constant alert, causing inappropriate or even aggressive reactions in everyday situations.
How is your Freeze and Dissociation affected with Trauma?
- When a threat is utterly overwhelming and too much for the fight / flight system to cope with, the brain goes into a ‘Freeze’ state; a numbing or collapse response.
- This sort of trauma is experienced as a general shutdown, lack of vitality, emotional separation and detachment.
How is Neurofeedback used for Trauma?
- Neurofeedback therapy works at a deep subconscious level, breaking the cycle of trauma and post-traumatic symptoms.
- By identifying and training the areas of concern, we precision tailor your sessions to help you shift out of these patterns and back into a natural, neutral state.
- Neurofeedback gives the brain the tools to move past traumatic events – without having to talk about them, explore them, or relive them.