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    Trauma Therapy in Petaluma

    Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime, be it a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, an assault, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

    While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends, others experience lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, neurofeedback can be fundamental to healing from trauma.

    Trauma Symptoms

    According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

    Avoidance Symptoms

    • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
    • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
    • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
    • Sleep disturbances

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
    • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
    • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

    Trauma Therapies

    Research demonstrates that neurofeedback training is a highly effective form of treatment for trauma. Both ILF and LENS can be helpful. Neurofeedback works to help the nervous system re-learn how to regulate itself following a traumatic event so that it comes into greater parasympathetic balance. Additionally, psychotherapies such as EMDR, parts-work, mindfulness, and other forms of emotional processing can help the person make meaning of their experiences and move towards greater resilience.

    If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help and invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.