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Category: Psychotherapy

PTSD Awareness Month

Visualization of human brain. Neurofeedback: A Promising Alternative Therapy For PTSD Los Angeles, CA.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after experiencing a traumatic experience and affects 8% of the population, according to the National Center for PTSD. PTSD used to be discussed mostly in the context of war veterans; however, more information and awareness has been brought to light in recent years that demonstrates PTSD can happen to anyone who experiences trauma. PTSD involves an array of symptoms and every individual experience and reaction to that trauma can be different. While military combat can be one of the precipitants of PTSD, there are many traumatic experiences that can cause PTSD. These causes may include: near death experiences, violent personal assaults, sexual abuse, being held hostage, experiencing a natural disaster, terrorist attacks, witnessing death,…

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A Mindful Connection: Understanding the Triune Brain

By Andrew Archer, LCSW
Triune Therapy Group

Western culture seems to be increasingly fascinated with the human brain. Emerging evidence in the field of interpersonal neurobiology links physiological processes of the brain with mindfulness and psychotherapy, and most of our efforts to understand illness, disease, creativity, innovation, attention and cognitive ability have long focused on the three pounds of flesh harnessed within our skulls. The brain is only a small percentage of our body weight, but approximately 20% of our energy is required for its operation. Its three main parts, sometimes referred to as the “triune brain,” consist of the brain stem, the limbic system, and the prefrontal cortex. These parts, which evolved in that order, can be thought of as having “stacked up” over millions of…

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