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Neurofeedback can calm childhood trauma

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Louise, a middle-aged woman from Ewing, has struggled her whole life with trauma endured as an infant and child, called developmental trauma.

She reported experiencing difficulty with many coping strategies and interpersonal issues in her life that were very discouraging to her. 

The effects of the trauma prevented her from having a closeness with others that she felt she was missing. She felt lonely.

Despite the many avenues of treatment she had taken over the years, she never felt completely comfortable with her life.

Maintaining personal relationships were always somewhat of a struggle and she was unable to have satisfactory and genuine connections with others.

Even though her problem was largely untouched by years of therapy and treatment modalities, she still wanted to work on self-development.

Originally, when she came to our office, her main concerns were sleep difficulties and motivation.

Additional diagnostic measures included a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG), or brain map. 

This helped to identify areas of her brain that were deregulated and out of balance and not connected.

A treatment plan was developed that addressed her trauma and her areas of brain imbalances.

A calming program of biofeedback was also included in her therapy.

Because trauma has a deregulating effect on specific areas of the brain, the treatment was directed at calming these areas. 

The effects of trauma include fear and hyper-vigilance, common features which hijack the individual’s response to ordinary life events.

Over time with treatment these responses diminish and the individual begins to enjoy life.

Louise began seeing improvement almost immediately.

She has been receiving treatment for months, and she has been able to change her responses to life’s stressors and be more regulated and happier.  

She reports feeling better connected and enjoying family and friends.

By calming trauma affected areas of the brain, neurofeedback enables the individual to experience more fulfilling life experiences.

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