Brainwave Entrainment For Trauma And PTSD
We work with trauma & PTSD sufferers who have decided to take full ownership of their recovery. And discover the confidence, reconnection and relief that come with resolving hyperactivity in their brain’s fight/flight/freeze system.
Most of our clients are people who understand there’s more to PTSD & trauma treatment than medication and talk therapies. DeepWave is for people who believe in the value of self-care.
We believe that classic PTSD & trauma ‘treatments’ like medication and psychotherapy are valuable tools. However, they don’t form a holistic approach to trauma & PTSD treatment. Self-care and self-healing are important aspects of every mental health journey. Trauma and PTSD are complex issues that impact the entire person, so a flexible and holistic approach to healing is often necessary.
If our service is for you, you’ll discover that trauma & PTSD are not diseases or disorders. They are unprocessed emotional reactions to Adverse Life Events (ALE’s). Processing them offers incomparable benefits for our confidence, self acceptance, relationships, health, work, performance and peace of mind.
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DeepWave sessions are for people who want to reclaim their nervous systems. By taking a holistic approach to healing from trauma & PTSD. Most ‘healing journeys’ require us to be open to various perspectives and solutions. Especially if we want to be truly free from trauma and PTSD symptoms in the longer term.
This is an opportunity to learn about what causes trauma & PTSD to get ‘stuck’ in our nervous systems and what we can do about it.
If you have ongoing trauma & PTSD symptoms, you may have a persistent over-activation of your limbic system. The limbic system is the part of your brain responsible for the fight/flight/freeze response. DeepWave sessions use gentle high-frequency light to target hyperactive nerve cells deep in the limbic system.
From a neurological (nerdy) perspective, trauma & PTSD are symptoms of a nervous system that believes the environment isn’t safe. Even when it is. Consciously the war veteran with PTSD knows they are back home, yet part of their brain reacts to certain triggers as if they were still in a war zone. That part of the brain is the limbic system.
The fight-flight-freeze response involves multiple brain centres and body systems. The central processors for this are all located deep in the brain’s limbic system. When the limbic system persistently signals the body that the environment isn’t safe, the body acts accordingly. As a result, physical and psychological symptoms eventuate for many sufferers of PTSD & trauma.
We are discovering more and more ways to reduce hyperactivity in the limbic system. As a result, great progress is being made in the effective treatment of trauma & PTSD. The rise of EMDR Therapy, Trauma Release Exercises and Somatic Experiencing Therapy are all examples of that. We offer DeepWave light therapy sessions as another breakthrough in self-care for trauma and PTSD sufferers.
DeepWave Brainwave Entrainment sessions enhance mental and emotional well-being by reducing fight-flight-freeze activity in the limbic system. Brainwave Entrainment leverages the fact that nerve cell clusters deep in the brain respond to light. Many of the brain’s deep nerve clusters are every bit as responsive to light as skin and eye cells.
High-frequency LED light is gently beamed straight into the brain through light-receptive pathways to reduce the over-activation of the brain’s fight or flight centres.
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Trauma and PTSD FAQs
Trauma is a devastating experience that can leave lasting marks on an individual’s mental and emotional wellbeing. The effects of trauma can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. The good news about trauma and PTSD is that they are in fact treatable, and the reason that so many people still suffer is partly that they don’t know which treatments work or where to get them. To help shed light and give clarity, here is a list of the most common frequently asked questions related to this topic.
Trauma is a negative and often life-changing experience that can have a lasting impact on a person’s emotional and physical well-being. Trauma can result from a single, deeply distressing event or from ongoing exposure to harmful conditions. People who experience trauma may develop a range of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, nightmares, and emotional numbness. Without proper treatment, trauma can lead to long-term psychological and physical problems.
PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a mental health condition that can develop in response to exposure to a traumatic event. People with PTSD may experience flashbacks, avoid situations that trigger memories of the trauma, and have difficulty sleeping or concentrating. A mental health professional can diagnose PTSD using a combination of clinical assessment and standardized diagnostic criteria.
Trauma is a reaction to a distressing event that can include physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms. Traumatic events can range from natural disasters, physical or sexual abuse, to the sudden loss of a loved one. When left untreated, trauma can lead to a range of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There are several different types of trauma, including physical trauma, emotional trauma, and complex trauma. Each type of trauma can have a significant impact on an individual’s life, including the way they interact with others, the way they view themselves, and the way they view the world around them. Physical trauma can lead to chronic physical pain, while emotional trauma can cause intense feelings of fear, shame, and guilt. Complex trauma refers to repeated or prolonged exposure to traumatic events, often in childhood.
Adverse Life Experiences (ALEs), also known as traumatic life events, refer to traumatic or stressful events that an individual experiences during their lifetime. These events can have a profound and lasting impact on a person’s mental and emotional health, and can increase the risk of developing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Examples of adverse life experiences include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, loss of a loved one, natural disasters, car accidents, combat, and witnessing violence. The severity and impact of ALEs can vary greatly depending on the individual, the nature of the event, and the support available to the person after the event.
Research has shown that a history of adverse life experiences can increase the risk of developing mental health conditions, as well as physical health problems such as heart disease and chronic pain. It is important for individuals who have experienced ALEs to seek support from a mental health professional in order to process their experiences and to reduce the risk of long-term mental and physical health problems. With the right treatment and support, it is possible for individuals to overcome the effects of adverse life experiences and to lead fulfilling lives.
The most effective treatments for trauma depend on the individual and the specific type of trauma they have experienced. Trauma-focused therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), have been shown to be particularly effective in treating PTSD and other trauma-related conditions. Other treatments, such as exposure therapy and stress management techniques, can also be helpful in addressing the effects of trauma. In some cases, medication may also be prescribed to help manage symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. In the context of trauma treatment, CBT helps individuals understand and manage the emotions and physical symptoms that arise from the traumatic experience. CBT can also help individuals learn new coping skills and techniques for managing stress and anxiety.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help individuals process and overcome traumatic memories. During EMDR therapy, a therapist will guide the person through a series of eye movements or other forms of stimulation while the person focuses on a traumatic memory. This process is believed to help re-process the traumatic experience, reducing its impact and allowing the person to better manage their emotions and thoughts related to the trauma.
Exposure therapy is a type of therapy that involves gradually confronting and facing the traumatic memories or situations that the person has been avoiding. The goal of exposure therapy is to help the person overcome their fear and anxiety related to the trauma, allowing them to better manage their emotions and thoughts. Exposure therapy can be done in a variety of ways, including in vivo (real-life) exposure, imaginal exposure (where the person imagines the traumatic event), and virtual reality exposure (where the person experiences a virtual representation of the traumatic event).
Stress management techniques, such as mindfulness, deep breathing, and physical exercise, can help individuals manage the physical and emotional symptoms that arise from trauma. These techniques can also help to reduce overall stress levels and improve overall well-being, which can in turn aid in the healing process.
Therapy can help individuals heal from trauma by providing a safe and supportive environment to process their emotions and thoughts related to the traumatic experience. A trained therapist can help individuals understand and manage their symptoms, learn new coping skills, and work through the trauma in a way that allows them to move forward. In some cases, therapy can also help individuals develop a more positive outlook and improved self-esteem.
Medication can play a role in trauma treatment by managing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications can help individuals manage their symptoms, allowing them to better engage in therapy and other forms of treatment. It is important to note that medication should be used in conjunction with therapy and other forms of treatment, as medication alone may not fully address the underlying issues related to trauma.
People can find a qualified trauma specialist or trauma center by speaking with their primary care doctor, searching online, or contacting local mental health organizations. It is important to find a qualified and experienced professional who has training and expertise in treating trauma and its effects.
During a trauma therapy session, individuals can expect to discuss their experiences and feelings related to the traumatic event. The therapist will listen and provide support, as well as helping the person to develop coping skills and manage their symptoms. The therapy process can be emotionally challenging, but with the support of a qualified therapist, individuals can work through their trauma and develop the tools and skills needed to move forward.
The length of trauma treatment varies depending on the individual and the type of trauma they have experienced. Some individuals may experience significant improvement after a few therapy sessions, while others may need ongoing treatment. It is important for individuals to work closely with their therapist to determine the right treatment plan for their unique needs and circumstances.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-centered therapeutic approach that is used to help individuals overcome the effects of trauma. It was developed by Peter Levine, and focuses on the physiological symptoms of trauma, rather than the cognitive and emotional symptoms.
SE is based on the idea that traumatic experiences can get “stuck” in the body, leading to physical symptoms such as muscle tension, pain, and decreased mobility. The aim of SE is to help individuals regulate their nervous system and to process their traumatic experiences in a safe and controlled environment. This is done by focusing on the sensations in the body, and helping the individual to develop a greater awareness of their physical sensations and emotions.
SE has been found to be helpful in treating a range of traumatic experiences, including PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), complex trauma, and developmental trauma. It has also been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and stress.
However, it is important to note that SE is not a one-size-fits-all approach to treating trauma. Some individuals may find that it is helpful, while others may prefer a different approach. It is important to work with a qualified mental health professional who is experienced in treating trauma to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
Common symptoms of trauma include nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, and emotional numbing. Other signs of trauma may include changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and physical health. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help.
How can trauma impact a person’s relationships, and how can therapy help to improve them?
Trauma can have a profound impact on an individual’s relationships. They may struggle with trust and intimacy, and find it difficult to form close relationships. Therapy can help individuals work through these issues, improving their relationships and increasing their overall sense of wellbeing.
Yes, trauma can be treated and healed. The most common form of treatment for trauma is talk therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Other treatments may include medication, exposure therapy, and somatic therapy. Self care and care for the nervous system are essential if you are suffering with long standing trauma. Meditation, mindfulness, yoga, group therapies, psychedelic assisted therapies, brainwave entrainment and physical exercise all have their place in the journey to heal from trauma.
What role do support groups and community resources play in trauma recovery?
Support groups and community resources can play an important role in trauma recovery by providing individuals with a safe and supportive environment to share their experiences and connect with others who have been through similar experiences. These resources can also provide practical support and information on coping strategies and treatment options.
The most important thing that family and friends can do to support a loved one who is recovering from trauma is to listen and provide a non-judgmental space for them to share their feelings and experiences. Other forms of support may include helping with practical tasks, encouraging the individual to seek professional help, and participating in therapy sessions with them.
The long-term effects of untreated trauma can be devastating, including chronic physical pain, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If left untreated, trauma can also negatively impact an individual’s relationships, job performance, and overall quality of life. Seeking help and treatment for trauma is important for healing and recovery, and can lead to improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
Trauma and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) are related but distinct concepts. Trauma refers to a psychologically distressing event that can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental and emotional health. Traumatic events can include natural disasters, combat, sexual assault, or other life-threatening experiences.
PTSD, on the other hand, is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event. It is characterized by persistent and intrusive symptoms that can interfere with an individual’s ability to function in daily life. Some common symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, intrusive thoughts, feelings of guilt or shame, and hyperarousal.
In other words, trauma refers to the event itself, while PTSD is a specific type of mental health condition that can arise as a result of exposure to trauma. It is possible to experience trauma without developing PTSD, and some individuals who have experienced trauma do not develop PTSD until weeks, months, or even years after the traumatic event.
Treatment for PTSD typically involves therapy, medication, and support from loved ones and community resources. With the right treatment and support, it is possible for individuals with PTSD to overcome their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, combat, sexual assault, or other life-threatening experiences. If you think you may have PTSD, it is important to seek the help of a mental health professional.
The symptoms of PTSD can be grouped into four main categories: intrusive thoughts, avoidance, negative changes in mood and thoughts, and hyperarousal. Some common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Intrusive thoughts: Re-experiencing the traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts or images.
- Avoidance: Avoiding people, places, or things that are reminders of the traumatic event, as well as feeling detached or estranged from others.
- Negative changes in mood and thoughts: Experiencing persistent negative thoughts, feelings of guilt, shame, or anger, and losing interest in activities that were once enjoyable.
- Hyperarousal: Feeling jittery, irritable, and easily startled, having difficulty sleeping and concentrating, and being constantly on the lookout for danger.
It is important to note that these symptoms can have many causes and that only a mental health professional can diagnose PTSD. If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, seeking help from a mental health professional is the best way to ensure an accurate diagnosis and to receive appropriate treatment.
Trauma can have a significant impact on the limbic system, which is a complex network of structures in the brain that play an important role in regulating emotions, memories, and stress responses. When an individual experiences a traumatic event, the limbic system activates the body’s fight or flight response, releasing stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. If the trauma is severe or prolonged, this activation can persist, leading to long-term changes in the limbic system and a heightened state of stress and anxiety.
Studies have shown that individuals with PTSD, a condition that often arises from trauma, have structural and functional changes in the limbic system, including alterations in the amygdala and hippocampus, two key structures in the regulation of emotions and memories. These changes can contribute to the persistent and intrusive symptoms of PTSD, such as flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and hypervigilance.
Brainwave Entrainment uses high frequency light to reduce fight/flight/freeze activity deep inside the brain where trauma is stored. In the limbic system. By matching the brainwave frequencies associated with a happy relaxed brain, Brainwave Entrainment reduces fight/flight/freeze activity in the brain. Many sufferers of trauma and PTSD find this brings rapid reduction in their symptoms and enables them to process aspects of their trauma and how it impacts their daily life much more easily.