Never before has the brain been so well understood yet there is still much more to learn. All of our activities, thoughts and emotions are built upon our brain making neuro-connections. Our brain builds upon each learned task and these connections become patterns that are nearly automatic. You have probably noticed this when driving somewhere daily. Once at your destination, you may remember little about the drive itself.
While these connections are vital in providing us with near-immediate safety reactions designed to warn us or protect us from harm, there are also times when our brain misinterprets the information or situation. Based upon our life experiences of trauma, danger, neglect, or abuse, our brain may wrongly perceive emotional or physical danger. This over-activates our body, throwing it into stress reactions.
PTSD, incapacitating anxiety and feelings of stress, depression, panic attacks, withdrawing from others or lashing out in personal interactions are built-in defenses that our brain and body uses to protect us. These painful emotions and troublesome bodily reactions go immediately to our built-in adrenal responses of fight, flight or freeze.
In milli-seconds, every experience we have is interpreted by our brain. With each activity or experience our brain scans memories to find similarities. It then sends messages to direct our bodies, beliefs, and emotional reactions. While meant for safety, these systems can pull new events into an existing "neural loop." We then become 'stuck,' using inappropriate, protective coping strategies, particularly if the event seems (to our brain) to pose a threat. We feel fear or anxiety similar to feelings we have had in the past. Now, though, our trusted reactions can cause us pain, endangering our emotional well-being. Whether it be abuse or bullying, physical danger or excessive criticism, we react in ways that feel like we are out of control, frozen, panicked, terrified or angry, unable to determine our best direction.
Both Hypnotherapy and LI (Lifespan Integration Therapy), out of our Kirkland New Directions office, work on Trauma Therapy through changing thoughts (interpretations), emotions and behavior directly at the brain level. Because our brains have 'neuroplasticity', (the ability to continue to change throughout our lifetime), we can indeed change the way our brain interprets incidents that carved difficult memories and painful reactions into our psyche. Through L.I. & Hypnotherapy, we calm the neuro-receptors down, while reteaching our brain to use information more productively and healing trauma.
Clients report wonderful results such as finding that formerly triggering events no longer bother them as before, they get better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and a sense of continuity in their lives with a deep sense of knowing everything will turn out all right.
L.I. Therapy and Hypnotherapy help clients change events from being
LIFE EVENTS to simply being Events in Their Life.
Both L.I. and Hypnotherapy are non-invasive trauma therapies that deal with circumstances and painful situations. Both are done in a nurturing, safe, environment, stressing self-compassion and loving acceptance of ourselves. Both modalities help strengthen newly-created synaptic connections that allow us to view the past and ourselves in a more positive, grounded and holistic manner. Used alone or in concert with traditional talk-therapy, you can heal more quickly and more completely incorporating mixed methods of therapy.