Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling (Neurofeedback Therapy)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation.
Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it.
This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm.
Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally.
Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD.
People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
Effective therapies tend to emphasize a few key components, including education about symptoms, teaching skills to help identify the triggers of symptoms, and skills to manage the symptoms. One helpful form of therapy is called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT can include:
Exposure therapy. This helps people face and control their fear. It gradually exposes them to the trauma they experienced in a safe way. It uses imagining, writing, or visiting the place where the event happened. The therapist uses these tools to help people with PTSD cope with their feelings.
Cognitive restructuring. This helps people make sense of the bad memories. Sometimes people remember the event differently than how it happened. They may feel guilt or shame about something that is not their fault. The therapist helps people with PTSD look at what happened in a realistic way.
Neurofeedback can help a person with PTSD get his or her life back.
Research studies show that PTSD is a disorder based on the brain.
With PTSD, a severe stress response is triggered which leads to numerous disruptive symptoms.
The challenge is to teach the brain to turn off the stress response.
Neurofeedback trains the brain to produce a calm state, as well as regulate the stress response.
The specific areas of the brain affected by PTSD can also be targeted and trained to produce healthier patterns.
Frequently, the first sign of improvement is that a client sleeps better.
Then other symptoms begin to improve, and it is often possible to significantly reduce medications.
After sufficient training, a person with PTSD can maintain a calm state on his or her own.
When they have reached this stable state, neurofeedback treatments can be decreased until no further training is necessary.