Have you experienced a traumatic event? Or, multiple traumatic events? Are you suffering from lingering fear and anxiety? Do you feel like you no longer have any control over how you think, feel and behave?
Trauma can be best understood as any deeply disturbing or profoundly distressing event that has overwhelmed your ability to cope. You do not have to defend or explain the degree in which trauma has affected your life for it to be viable.
If an experience was traumatic to your brain, it will imprint the experience and function accordingly. In order to overcome posttraumatic symptoms you must learn how to retrain your brain and make it work to your advantage.
Reality Check! Vicarious Trauma, Complex Trauma, Collective Trauma, Betrayal Trauma, Historical Trauma, Development Trauma, Primary Trauma, Secondary Trauma, Post-COVID Trauma, and other abuse, neglect and adverse experience can all cause post-traumatic stress symptoms.
PTSD is not limited to military personnel.
PTSD – also known as Post-traumatic stress disorder – is a mental health challenge that may occur in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a terrorist act, an act of war, a serious accident, rape, or any other violent personal assault or distressing traumatic experience.
It is believed that PTSD affects nearly four percent of the U.S. adult population and 8% of adult Canadians. While it is usually linked with veterans who’ve experienced combat, PTSD occurs in all people regardless of age, race, nationality or culture. In fact, women are twice as likely to experience PTSD than men.
What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
People with PTSD often experience intense thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences. These can last for a long time after the initial event. Many people with PTSD also relive the event through flashbacks and nightmares.
People with PTSD often feel intense emotions such as fear, anger, sadness and a detachment from friends, family and community members. They often avoid people and situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Ordinary sounds or incidents such as a door banging or accidental touch in a crowd may cause a strong and uncontrollable reaction.
How Can Treatment Help?
There are a variety of treatments that can be used to treat PTSD. However, Dr. Pamela incorporates brain-changing approaches which are offer research-based evidence of their effectiveness in successfully treating PTSD.
- Neuropsychotherapy & Neurobiologically-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (NI-CBT) – NI-CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on how the brain processes thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how they are related to one another. The goal of neuropsychotherapist is to help a client with PTSD return to a place of hope with a greater sense of being in control of their thoughts and behaviors.
- NRTT – NRTT stands for Neuro-Rhythmic Trauma Therapy. This brain-based somatic intervention uses brain focused rhythmic sensory input such as grounding exercises, mindfulness techniques, and rhythmic mantras to stimulate and retrain the brain to process difficult thoughts, memories and emotions.
- Somatic Psychotherapy- This approach focuses on somatic experience and bodily-based techniques that engage the body to change the brain for sustainable lasting change.
- Other approaches include Motivational Interviewing, Psychological Skill Training, and more.
If you or a loved one suffer with PTSD and would like to explore treatment options, please reach out to Dr. Pamela. She is an expert at delivery rapid transformation through therapy and wants to offer the help you need to enjoy life again.
If you have Extended Health Coverage that includes the services of a Registered Clinical Counselor, then that plan would partially cover Dr. Pamela’s Neuropsychotherapy Clinical Services including the NRTT.