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New insights in the world of Neuroscience have led to the development of revolutionary techniques for moving into an intimate relationship with the neural pathways that define your personal experience of your world.
Are you ready for empowered change? It’s time to live your excellence. Read on to explore how these new advances create opportunities for harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, and create a space for inspiration to flow.
For Understanding Trauma
Understanding Trauma (YouTube Playlist)
Dr. Kate Truitt begins by introducing this 37-episode series, where she covers the intricacies of trauma, such as post-traumatic stress injury and complex trauma. This includes addressing questions such as why do some people have PTSD and others don’t, how many adverse childhood experiences do we have and what trauma does to the brain and body.
In this series, we dig deep into how to go from being survivors to becoming thrivers, or learning how to “Phoenix up.” This means taking the experiences of our past and turning them into personal empowerment. The story of the phoenix illustrates a fire bird that flies into flames to burn up. It consistently rises stronger and wiser than ever before. The bird chooses to burn up, so that it can rise, and Dr. Kate explains that this is the opportunity with trauma.
How Traumatic Stress Impacts the Brain
Did you know that your brain is designed to find the difficult moments in every day? Our little friend “Amy” the amygdala loves to search out those hard moments—those difficult experiences that lead to feelings of anxiety, frustration, and sadness.
Counterintuitively, the reason for this is she’s always trying to keep us safe. The unfortunate side effect is that when we have a difficult moment Amy will start spinning worst case scenario stories about these experiences. I like to think of it as a choose your own adventure of doom that our brain will take us on in order to keep us prepared for every eventuality. For anyone who’s ever experienced ruminating thoughts then you know how painful this can be.
Luckily there are easy steps we can take to stop ruminating in its tracks and instead let our amygdala know that we are safe and sound.
Understanding the Impact of Stress & Trauma: The Window of Tolerance
In this psychoeducation video, Dr. Kate Truitt walks us through the window of tolerance and the impact of long-term stress and trauma on the mind and body. She begins by explaining that experiencing a traumatic event can change the way our mind and our body show up in our day to day lives, and it can be for a short time after the trauma or can create long-term change. Our mind and body are a closed loop system, what impacts one impacts the other.
Dr. Kate then explains that the window of tolerance is the body in its optimal state, where it can access both reason and emotion. Outside of the window of tolerance is hyperarousal (over-reactivity, unclear thoughts, emotional distress, anxiety) and hypoarousal (depression, unmotivated, numbness, fogginess, fatigue). When we experience a traumatic event, it can push us out of the window of tolerance to hyperarousal or hypoarousal.
In a healthy mind body system, our system will rebalance. But if we experience a big enough stressor or prolonged stressors, we will start cycling between the red and the grey zone state. This can often look like a cycle between anxiety and depression. If we stay in this cycle, our window of tolerance shrinks.
Dr. Kate reminds us that we have the power of neuroplasticity in our hands!
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Trauma Labels and Diagnoses: Understanding Trauma and Stress
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Neurofeedback uses real-time feedback to assess, train and refine your brain's electrical activity, not only for mental health but also performance enhancement.Read More
Creating Possibilities for Success During the Holidays
For many of us the holidays come with a little dread that these social and family situations might move us, or even forcefully yank us, out of our comfort zones.Read More
GOD Box Gratitude and Wins Exercise: Two Therapeutic Tools to Help Us Live Our Best Lives
This blog article presents the G.O.D. Box and the Gratitude and Wins Exercise. These two tools can help us stop rumination and work toward living our best lives.Read More
Havening: Neuroscience Insights Shine Light on Ancient Healing
Havening Techniques is a combination of the ages-old psychosensory healing power of touch combined with awareness of what is happening in that mind-body connection that traumatizes people.Read More
Healing Trauma: The Mind and Body Remember
Is there a scientific explanation for a connection between deep emotional trauma and stress and physical pain and discomfort such as migraines, gastrointestinal disturbance, back pain, and more? The answer is there most definitely is.Read More
Breaking the Pattern of People Pleasing to Live Our Best Lives
In this article we will explore the fourth survival response, Fawn, which can be most easily described as people pleasing.Read More
Stop Shame and Take Your Power Back
It is important for us to understand where the deeply painful emotional experiences of shame originate, because in the acknowledgement of their roots we find opportunities for recovery and healing.Read More
SNAP Your Way out of the Grip of Generalized Anxiety
Did you know that the experience of anxiety is a part of daily life? Like all of our emotions, it exists to alert us concerns so that we may take action and create change. Generalized anxiety, on the other hand, is just there in the forefront.Read More
Transforming Negativity Bias into Positive Empowerment
Did you know that your brain is hard-wired to look for negative, difficult, or painful things? This is called a “negativity bias,” which means that in your data-processing system, anything negative gets priority attention.Read More
Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria Understanding and Healing
Rejection is difficult for anyone to experience, but some people undergo it with much greater intensity than most others. If that is the case for you, it may be that you are experiencing what is known as rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD).Read More
Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed Using Neuroplasticity
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is a real thing. But we have the power of neuroplasticity on our side. Because of our brains are malleable, we have an opportunity to make changes to our neural connections that can help us experience a good night of restful sleep.Read More
Deepening the Relationship With Emotions Empowers Healing
One of the most critical methods for developing a sense of personal agency is learning to be in deep relationship with your emotions.Read More
Challenging Difficult Thoughts to Create Personal Empowerment
Anytime you notice that your brain is beating you up to keep you "safe," take a moment for challenging difficult thoughts to find kinder ways of getting safe.Read More
Welcome to the New Year Reframing the Difficult Into New Opportunities
The new year is upon us—the time where we traditionally review the previous year. In this article focus on the opportunities that await you in the coming year.Read More
Finding the Inner Motivation to Overcome Procrastination
Productive procrastination seems productive, so it can feel good, but if you are putting off tasks that need to be done to do other tasks, it could be building your stress level, and if that continues to build you could be heading for burnout.Read More
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Get Unstuck from the Cycle
Research shows that ERP is effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. Mindfulness techniques and self-havening touch provide added support.Read More
Compassionately Leaning into Failure to Create Success
Failure can hurt—our egos and self-brain often have a hard time dealing with it, but failure has helped us learn and grow since the earliest days of our lives.Read More
Breaking Unhealthy Habits: Change Through Finding Purpose
Finding our purpose significantly increases the ease with which we are able to create sustainable change. It helps us more readily link into new behaviors that align with our desire to live our purpose.Read More
Opening-Up Anxiety Door Creaks Open on a Different World
“Opening-Up Anxiety” is about how we deal with change. If you are uneasy about restrictions being eased after many months of isolation, you’re not alone.Read More
Shame and Self Judgment Opportunities for Self-Healing
Shame is awful to experience, whether we are being shamed by others or shaming ourselves, but as humans we are hard-wired to experience feelings of shame. Learn about the opportunities for self-healing in shame and self-judgment.Read More
Domestic Violence: Emerging Safely From the Pandemic World
Some people are not safer at home, and in fact, the home setting is a real place of danger for many who live with the threat of domestic violence. If you are one of those people, you may be in need of help and support. If you are not one of those people, but think you may know one...Read More
Thriving Through Pain
The experiences of physical pain and psychological trauma go hand-in-hand. In order to create empowered change and self-awareness around chronic pain, we need to explore the connection between the mind and body.Read More
Calming the Fear Brain
Recognizing when your survival brain is throwing up warning signs from your past can empower you to find balance between what your fear brain would have you do, and what you would choose to do. In this article I want to show you some tools for resilience and explain how they work.Read More
Setting Boundaries in Your Relationships
In this article Dr. Kate Truitt helps you explore the survival mechanisms you employ in relationships, how much you value what you need in your relationships, and what you can do to help create boundaries that lead to the relationships you want.Read More
Traversing Our Gradients of Emotions
As humans, we are naturally moving in and out of different brainwave states every day, and much of that is driven by emotions. This is a sign of a healthily functioning brain. There is a good argument to be made for intentionally experiencing different emotions, whether you might consider them to be “good” or “bad.”Read More
Welcoming Gratitude Throughout the New Year
This may sound counterintuitive, but the journey toward creating success and well-being requires leaning into the difficulties you are experiencing. I suggest that you bring a little bit of 2020 with you on your journey in 2021.Read More
How do You Plan to Top This Year?
Has 2020 been a challenging year for you? I will take a guess and say that it has. Are you looking forward to brighter days ahead? Have you started thinking about what your new year will look like?Read More
Hugs and Home for the Holidays During Challenging Times
With everything that has befallen all of us in 2020, we must assume the holiday blues may be more widespread than usual this year. This means we must get creative when it comes to getting together, but we do need to stay connected.Read More
Overcoming Worry by Deepening Your Relationship With It
Why do we worry? So often my patients will tell me that worry is dumb, and that there is no need for it. Actually, we do need to worry, but we need to put it into an appropriate context. It is important to go back to the beginning of the worry process and notice the “Why” of it.Read More
Neuroplasticity Overcome and Create a Resilient Brain
The opportunity you have to heal your brain and keep moving forward is made possible by something called neuroplasticity—the key to building a resilient brain. We show you how to show you how to seize that opportunity in this in-depth article.Read More
Neurofeedback Training the Brain to Calm
We introduce Neurofeedback: a tool we teach that allows you to create your resilient brain, addressing stress and anxiety, compensating for past damage that has been done, enhancing learning capacity, and even healing through the difficulties brought on by our new challenges.Read More
Overcoming Burnout: Self-Compassion Provides the Healing Touch
Have you been feeling lately like you’re not living up to the expectations you have for yourself? Do you feel you are losing some of your former optimism? You may be on the road to burnout. In this article we help you ways to successfully managing the stress that can lead to burnout.Read More
Leaning Into Grief and Loss to Create Healing
Grief is an experience of mourning and deep honoring. One thing I have learned through my own journey is that the experience of grief and loss has a softening effect: it is so important for us to save space, be conscientious and kind toward our feelings and ourselves as we navigate these deeply painful times.Read More
Pandemic Anxiety Healing Power is in Your Hands
The COVID-19 Pandemic and its associated stay-at-home orders and social distancing have the potential to induce various manifestations of anxiety and stress. Health anxiety and anxiety-induced stress are normal reactions. You have the power in your hands for self-healing and creating calm around you.Read More
Health Anxiety and the Coronavirus Pandemic
A person with health anxiety will often misinterpret non-serious physical symptoms and attribute them to something more serious especially during a pandemic. Some symptoms produced by anxiety can include muscle pain, chest pain, heart rate changes, headaches, and dizziness. This can heighten existing anxiety.Read More
Telecommuting for Success
Telecommuting presents unique opportunities (no commute!) and challenges (it's awfully easy to do house chores or enjoy a binge watching session). From battling productive procrastination to overcoming loneliness, telecommuting creates ample opportunities to grow into our best self.Read More
Four Reasons Survivors of Sexual Trauma Remain Silent
On the heels of the #MeToo Movement and various scandals in the media that have shed light on the impact of sexual trauma worldwide, more and more survivors of sexual abuse and assault have been empowered to speak up and share their stories. However, many still do not come forward. In this article we explore the reasons behind their silence.Read More
Living and Loving With Chronic Pain
While there are millions of individuals dealing with chronic conditions, it is rare to hear anyone talking about it. Many people don’t want to burden the people around them with their pain or illness, and chronic pain can be difficult to talk about and especially hard to understand. Many times they find it isn’t worth talking about.Read More
The Havening Techniques Neuroscience in Healing
The Havening Techniques system is comprised of protocols and methods that rely on the electrochemical makeup of our body to create healing. Utilizing similar functional mechanisms as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), they include the newest advancements in neuroscience. See how it works.Read More