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Trauma Resolution: A Multi-Modality Approach
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Futurehealth Workshop by Nancy White Although emotional trauma is increasingly seen as a single condition that expresses itself in many ways, there currently exists no overall diagnosis for it. The DSM IV simply lists specific symptoms (Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, etc.) without addressing the possibility of a larger dynamic. As a result, emotional trauma may not be treated for what it is; a syndrome of which the individual symptoms are just component expressions. Once the practioner can see and identify the underlying dynamic of emotional trauma, he or she can achieve better outcomes. Chronic Trauma Syndrome is best resolved, from this presenters experience, with a multi-modality approach that addresses at least three levels: Neurochemical balance Perceptual renormalization Healing the unconscious In this workshop, we describe Chronic Trauma Syndrome, introduce a number of modalities and how they may work in appropriate combination for various patients, and offer case histories demonstrating the potential of a multi-modality approach.
Our diagnostic system for trauma generally assumes that traumatic events are relatively rare, tend to be fairly catastrophic and yet actually traumatize relatively few persons, who usually will exhibit symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD). Few mental health practitioners see much connection of other psychiatric disorders with trauma. Thus, conditions such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, the eating disorders and dissociative disorders continue to be diagnosed and treated as discrete conditions without possible roots in trauma, which roots may connect to other, seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as shyness, sense of isolation, phobias or an inability to make commitments.

In fact, traumatic events have proved to be quite frequent and do not have to be particularly traumatic in themselves to traumatize a considerable number of individuals. Significantly, only 20% to 30% of trauma victims actually display the classic symptoms of PTSD; most persons tend to display other psychiatric symptoms not usually perceived to be connected with trauma. In many cases denial or dissociation drive the condition underground where it is stored as fragmented bits of sensation, muscular impulse or feeling walled off from consciousness until a trigger event brings them full-blown to the surface. Meantime, they may surface indirectly as less-than-functional behavioral or attitudinal traits.

Ultimately, trauma is shown to be more a function of a person?s susceptibility than the nature of the trigger event. Certain aspects of a person?s experience tend either to predispose that person to trauma or provide resilience to it. Further, trauma tends to be a multi-level matrix of symptomology: there are early symptoms such as hyperarousal, anxiety, phobia, depression, and later symptoms such as addiction, chronic pain and fibromyalgia or asthma. In addition, trauma symptoms run along a continuum of severity from relatively mild (e.g., depression) to severe (multiple personality disorder), further designated as childhood or adult onset. Lastly, trauma affects the person at all levels of being: biochemical, neurophysiological and psychological, manifesting in cognitive function, emotional problems and behavioral disorders.

Once we see trauma as an umbrella syndrome with multiple levels of expression along a continuum of severity with several layers of symptomatic expression, we realize that a truly effective remediation must involve many levels as well. The Enhancement Institute has developed a multi-modality approach offered in an intensive outpatient format that easily can be adapted to many forms of clinical practice. This approach uses specific combinations of, bioenergetics, cognitive-behavioral therapy, cranial electrical stimulation, EFT, neurotherapy, ocular light therapy and tai chi to restore good functionality cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally. Putting them together effectively requires proper evaluation and assessment, but once done, fairly rapid results can occur.

 


Author: Nancy White

Dr. White, a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Texas, is Founder and Clinical Director of The Enhancement Institute, Houston, Texas, which focuses on neurobehavioral wellness. Dr. White, past president of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, has practiced in the field of Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation for more than twenty years. CURRICULUM VITAE Dr. White is a Fellow of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and served on its Board of Directors (2006-2009) as President-Elect (2006-07), President (2007-08), and as Past President (2008-09). She is a Certified EEG Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) and a Diplomate of the Quantitative EEG Certification Board. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Advanced Addiction Counselor. Other leadership positions she has held in her field include: o Board of Directors (1994-1996) of the Society for Neuronal Regulation (SNR). o Member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and member of the Board of Directors of its Neurofeedback Division (2006-2008). o Member of the Quantitative EEG Certification Board (1995-present). PUBLICATIONS: Consulting Editor, The Journal of Neurotherapy, Taylor and Francis White, N.E. The Transformational Power of The Peniston Protocol: A Therapist's Experience. Journal of Neurotherapy, Vol. 12(4) 2008 "Theories of the Effectiveness of Alpha-Theta Training for Multiple Disorders". Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback. Evans and Abarbanel (Eds.) New York: Academic Press, 1999 "Alpha-theta neurotherapy and the neurobehavioral treatment of addictions, mood disorders and trauma." Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback, Second Edition. Budzynski, Budzynski, Evans and Abarbanel (Eds.) New York: 2009 "Alpha-Theta Training for Chronic Trauma Disorder, A New Perspective". The Journal of Mind Technology and Optimal Performance, Mega Brain Report. Vol. II (4) 1995.

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3) Enhancing Mental and Physical Health with Zero Point Energy
4) Alpha/Theta NeuroFB to Resolve Disorders & Enhance Consciousness
5) Brain as Transponder Opener to Spiritual Awareness
6) Dynamics of Neurotransmitter Manipulation by Nutraceutical Intervention

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