23 03, 2017

Help for Veterans in Galveston County

By |March 23rd, 2017|Anger and Rage, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury|Comments Off on Help for Veterans in Galveston County|

I am happy to announce an organization that I am excited to participate with to provide neurofeedback services to Galveston county veterans, Homecoming for Veterans (HC4V).

HC4V exists to treat veterans who struggle with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and/or other mental health issues that limit their ability to enjoy life after service to our country. By retraining brainwaves and bringing the brain to a more relaxed state, this therapy works as an effective adjunct to traditional therapy, helping veterans find greater relief and hope.  The results are lasting, which is another benefit to this treatment.

I have been involved with neurofeedback, also called eeg biofeedback or neurotherapy, since 2010, and I was a partner at a neurofeedback and Christian counseling practice in Dallas, Dallas Brain Changers. My husband and I moved to Galveston in 2015, where I opened my office in November 2015.

With Galveston Brain Changers, veterans seeking treatment will receive a 30% discount on the evaluation and testing, and they receive 20 neurofeedback sessions at no cost. Additional sessions will be provided at a 30% discount for the duration of treatment.

Please call the office for more information or to schedule an appointment. If there is a waiting list for the 20 complimentary sessions, veterans can choose to wait for availability, or they can start treatment @ the 30% discount and then apply the 20 free sessions when they become available.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

Homecoming for Veterans – http://www.homecoming4veterans.org/

Galveston Brain Changers – http://www.BrainChangersUSA.com

You can also reach us by phone @ 409-300-3113 or via email @ [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you!
 

25 09, 2012

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Distress, and Anxiety Disorders

By |September 25th, 2012|Anxiety Disorder, PTSD|Comments Off on PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Distress, and Anxiety Disorders|

Distress is a normal response by those who may be distant from a traumatic event, but they still feel empathy or compassion, fear and apprehension. These are healthy and expected responses, and any associated symptoms of anxiety fade over time.
We hear a lot about PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s on the news, in medical dramas, and in movies and shows about veterans who return from foreign wars and are “different” than they were before they left. While PTSD was first defined as affecting veterans after the traumatic events they had seen and experienced in a war zone, you certainly don’t have to have been to war to experience PTSD. PTSD differs from distress in that symptoms are much more severe, they can penetrate every area of life, and they don’t dissipate over time.
PTSD falls under the umbrella of anxiety disorders. This disorder develops after someone has experienced a traumatic event — something terrifying and life-changing. A person who has lived through a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina or a tornado, someone who has been a victim of a violent crime or domestic violence, or an individual who has lost a loved one could certainly experience PTSD; it might not manifest itself in the same way as it would in a soldier returning from the horrors of war, but it is PTSD just the same.
People who have been present at a terrorist attack or situation of mass violence can also experience PTSD. Around one-third of those involved at Ground Zero immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, experienced PTSD. Those who lost loved ones during 9/11, or in more recent attacks such as the massacre at the theater in [...]

26 07, 2012

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD Treatments

By |July 26th, 2012|Anger and Rage, PTSD|Comments Off on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD Treatments|

The Physiological Aspect of PTSD:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can take its toll on a person’s body. In addition to the emotional struggles of Depression, Anxiety, Rage, and Sleep Disorder associated with PTSD, many who suffer from this disorder also battle with a variety of physical issues over time: high blood pressure, body temperature dysregulation, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, Reynaud’s phenomenon, nausea, severe muscle tension, irritable bowel syndrome, sensory processing disorder, asthma, a weakened immune system, and/or a host of other conditions. Many times, even the patients’ doctors are stumped as to why these people, who may appear otherwise to be physically healthy, do, in fact, have so many different conditions. These patients are not hypochondriacs; the symptoms are real and actual. These physical conditions are related to a physiological condition often associated with this disorder.

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When someone develops Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, there are actual, physical changes that take place in the brain. These changes have a critical effect on the proper functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system. Over time, this dysfunction begins to affect various autonomic body systems. Physical symptoms appear and often spiral out of control! Many patients are told there is little that can be done for this … outside of medication to attempt to control or reduce symptoms. Unfortunately, a medication for one issue may exasperate another issue, and before you know it, someone suffering from the physiological effects of this disorder may be on any number of medications and doing their best to manage the side effects. There are effective PTSD treatments that do not include medication!

 Do I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Neurofeedback is one of the most promising and effective PTSD [...]

5 05, 2012

PTSD: Physical Symptoms and Treatment

By |May 5th, 2012|Neurofeedback, PTSD, Success Stories|Comments Off on PTSD: Physical Symptoms and Treatment|

Hope is a well-adjusted, healthy, and happy woman who has many friends and lives life to the fullest. She has overcome significant adversity in life, and those who know her recognize her joy and know this joy is rooted in her faith. Hope has diligently strived to overcome the symptoms of a very difficult brain function problem caused by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Hope endured a very traumatic childhood that included severe emotional and physical pain and abuse. She has never lived within the mindset of a victim, although she acknowledges that she was indeed the victim of the choices made by a few very unhealthy adults in her life. Rather than allow former struggles to become a crutch, Hope has consistently faced life and hardship with a passion to learn, grow, and succeed. The emotional and spiritual resilience she displayed from a young child carried her into adulthood. Although Hope always appeared emotionally strong, she didn’t “feel” much true emotion. Throughout her life, as a coping mechanism, when emotion was needed, she logically processed the emotion and expressed it in an acceptable manner, without feeling the depth of the emotion.
Do I have PTSD?
When one endures significant trauma in life, research has shown that it can have a substantial effect on the brain. Areas of the brain responsible for regulating emotions, the autonomic nervous system, and hormone production are affected with PTSD. Sometimes, the manifestation of this appears primarily emotional. There may be difficulty effectively coping with day to day life, the person may act out irrationally, or they may seem to be an emotional wreck! Other times, the response to these brain changes seem to be primarily physical. The physical breakdown [...]

28 01, 2012

PTSD: PTSD Case Study

By |January 28th, 2012|Case Studies, PTSD|Comments Off on PTSD: PTSD Case Study|

 

Celina was an aspiring olympic gymnast living in southern California during her teen years. She used to take regular trips further south in California for fun with friends. On this particular trip, she and her friends were robbed and taken hostage to a location where they were held for a lengthy period of time. She experienced and witnessed some terrible things during this period before her parents and the police were able to rescue them.
Do I have PTSD?
Upon her return, she had nightmares and turned to drugs and alcohol to ease her symptoms. Her parents sent her to a number of treatment facilities where she finally became clean and sober, but she continued to have nightmares and recurring thoughts of what happened to her during her ordeal.

 
She began looking for solutions and came upon information about neurofeedback and the effectiveness on PTSD. She began with a regime of neurofeedback and counseling and after about 3 months, her nightmares were less frequent. Within 6 months her startle reflex was all but gone. After a year in treatment she no longer has recurring thoughts of the event, her nightmares have gone and her sobriety is much more comfortable.
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