Did You Know?

Did you know the effects of a traumatic experience can still haunt you thirty, forty, even fifty years after the event occurred?  While the experience may have passed long ago it may feel as though it happened just yesterday and still carries the same emotional power and physical reaction.
Did you know our brain relies on past experiences to make executive decisions in your current life? Traumatic experiences may, unknowingly, be guiding the decisions you make every day.
Did you know our brain uses information connected to traumatic experience differently from information learned in any other situation? In new or uncertain situations, the information  learned when a trauma occurred is often the filter through which new experiences are defined. A trauma filter.
Did you know just as physical wounds heal, so too does our brain? With proper treatment and support your brain, your mind, your life—you—will recover from the traumatic experiences and be empowered to Live Your Excellence.

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For Trauma Treatment

What is CPR for the Amygdala and Self-Havening?

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CPR for the Amygdala is an easy-to-use tool for calming the mind and body in a moment of emotional hijack. Learn how to calm your brain through the engagement of the self-havening touch and brain exercises. This video involves a short demonstration that highlights the impact of the delta wave presence on brain functioning. A fast brain is a reactive brain, a slow brain is a calm brain. Let’s calm the mind and put you back in charge of your emotional state.

How Does Anxiety Impact our Thoughts, Feelings and Sense of Safety?

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Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. It is what keeps us safe, quickly informing us to run when we see a fire, freeze when we see a bear, or even fight if it is the only way to protect ourselves. Healthy anxiety—that is, anxiety at the right levels—contributes to our vitality and motivation for optimal performance. However, sometimes this fear can become so intense that it feels debilitating and blocks us from doing what matters. We never regain the equilibrium we are supposed to return to after the danger is gone, preventing us from moving forward with our life feeling calm and confident.

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Expert Trauma Therapy & PTSD Treatment

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If you have had an experience that threatened your sense of security and/or safety in your world then you have had a traumatic experience. Luckily, in today’s world, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has finally been acknowledged as a very real and significantly debilitating disorder. This has empowered science and therapistss to develop effective treatments. As defined by the National Institute of Mental Health:

“PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.”

Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes.

Note that this definition includes a single ordeal. PTSD is frequently tied to large traumatic life experiences such as wars, kidnapping, mugging, car accidents, child abuse, plane crashes, train wrecks, bombings, or natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. What many people are unaware of is trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. For example, the following situations are all capable of leading to the development of the debilitating symptoms of trauma:

  • Absent caretakers who neglect their children
  • Ongoing bullying and/or teasing by classmates, peers, siblings, or family members
  • Living in a violent or unsafe neighborhood; similarly, attending a violent and/or unsafe school
  • Emotionally and/or psychologically abusive relationships
  • Having a chronically ill loved one and the ongoing fear of losing that important person
  • and many, many, many more

The effects of living with the impact of having experienced trauma are profuse. Left untreated, these symptoms can seep into every area of your life leading to disruptions in your personal relationships, emotional outbursts (anger, uncontrollable crying, etc.), a sense of being out of control, feelings of constant and irrational fear (anxiety, panic attacks, hypervigilance), sleep disruption (nightmares, insomnia, etc.), and so much more. Don’t let trauma derail your life.  Headquartered in Pasadena, California, we provide safe, expert trauma therapy and trauma counseling services to all of California. If you have experienced traumatic experiences in your life they may be preventing you from living your most fulfilled life. Contact Dr. Truitt and her team of therapists discuss what trauma options are available to sponsor Your Best Life and Live Your Excellence.

Introducing: Creating Personal Resiliency
(CPR) for the Amygdala®

Dr. Kate Truitt is internationally recognized as an expert on the relationships among fear, information processing, and nervous system regulation. She has spent years developing a proactive program for self-intervention in moments of “Amygdala Hijack.” Bringing together a suite of tools that include the Havening Techniques, Psychophysiology, and Cognitive Reframing, CPR for the Amygdala is an innovative and effective way to immediately soothe the amygdala and reinstate the brain and heart into a state of coherence. 

Patients are taught CPR for the Amygdala as part of their treatment program at Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates, and are empowered to begin their at home healing program. Dr. Truitt and her team also provide consultation to a wide array of healthcare practitioners who provide whole body care and seek to integrate an awareness of the relationship between the mind and the body into their treatment processes. Contact us to schedule a consultation to learn more about CPR for the Amygdala and how it will enhance your patient’s treatment outcomes.

Additional Trauma Resources at Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates

We feature our Thrive: Living Beyond Anxiety group. This 12-week psychotherapy group helps members understand the neuroscience of anxiety and its role in our lives, while building a calm, resilient relationship with brain and mind. They are taught self-care and coping skills, how to analyze thinking patterns, and develop empowering self-stories with others. Click the link for more information.

We also have created our COVID and Health Anxiety Online Support Group, in which you can join Dr. Megan Mansfield and Rebecca Turner, LMFT, for a free weekly 50-minute web-based support group.  In a nonjudgmental environment, participants can voice concerns and create social connection in a safe, telehealth space, while also learning stress-reducing and immune-boosting techniques that are based in neuroscience. We also help members to create personalized wellness plans for healthy living. Click on the link above for more information.

You may also visit the Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates YouTube Channel for these and other resources for coping in these times, including an in-depth series on telecommuting. Also visit our blog for helpful and insightful articles.

Remember, health anxiety and anxiety-induced stress are very real. It’s not you, it’s your brain, and you have the power in your hands for self-healing and creating a calm around you. We’re here if you need us.

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