Neuroplasticity and trauma: Can brain science give us a new perspective on healing?

We owe the brain a lot.

Our brains are always looking out for us. They’re wired to help us survive – alerting us to threats and ramping up our amygdala to help us take action.

But that same survival trigger makes healing from trauma difficult, says Pat Ogden, PhD. In fact, the very systems that are designed to keep us safe can actually stimulate trauma over and over again.

Knowing how to interrupt this cycle is key to healing trauma, and Pat will show us how this Wednesday.

Here’s a preview clip – I think you’ll find it fascinating, even if you’re not working with trauma. It’s only 3 minutes long, so please check it out.

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How do you work with trauma in your practice? Are there “go-to” solutions you use? Are they effective for your clients? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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  1. Marybeth Jansky, LCSW, ACSW, West Lafayette, IN says:

    I have a Gold Membership but have no idea how to access it. This brain series seems revolutionary., or rather, the knowledge of neuroplasticity is so well presented and how to integrate this knowledge into one’s life. The practitioner does well to have a working knowledge and experience in this area to be of most benefit to one’s clients. BUT, PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO ACCESS MY GOLD MEMBERSHIP.

  2. Marybeth Jansky says:

    Dear Dr. Brysinski:
    I emailed you previously with no response. I signed up for the Gold Membership, but do not know how to access it. Please let me know.
    Marybeth Jansky

  3. George Patrin says:

    I have been discussing how to best help Veterans deal with PTSD and suicidal ideation with Dr. Patch Adams at the Gesundheit Institute. On a two week clown tour with Patch to Russia this past November, I unexpectedly came away from the two weeks with severe depression and PTSD from 23+ years of military service and the death of my 21 year old son to suicide three years ago suddenly lifted. Sessions with a psychiatrist, psychologist, and independent licensed counselor and a sicide support group over a period of three years, while helpful, did not have near the effect that being with 30 international clowns ministering unconditional love and joy to each other, the Russian populace, and children in hospitals and orphanges did. I’m a changed person ever since, with a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. I sense the effect came about due to brain neuroplasticity responding to this life altering event with Patch and Company. I have always embraced “alternative therpies,” but I have a new perspective on mindfulness and trauma healing after this personal experience. My brain was wired to help me survive stress and life trauma; it seems my amygdala has been relieved of duty, and re-set, for the time being. Pat said healing can be delayed if we don’t interrupt the cycle. Could it be that intense clowning and caring for others can reset the neural pathways that quickly, interrupting this cycle? I look forward to the discussion this week!

    • I’m so happy for your transformation. One aspect of your recovery you didn’t mention is the service aspect. When you serve others to help them find health and happiness what you receive in return is multiplied. My teacher has taught that service is the purpose of the physical life and the soul life. He has written a top NYT bestseller, The Power of Soul. Read chapter 2 on karma. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in karma or past lives, the principles remain in play. Service brings virtue to our soul (heaven’s currency) but only if done unconditionally. From your comments above that’s what you did and had fun doing it! Congratulations!

      • Sarinya says:

        Keep it up Em. I’m sure it will help you.. I have to tell you, you are very courageous and oiiimtstpc. If I were in your place I would have given up long back.. Reading and following a lot about spirituality stuff, I can understand what they mean by Listen to the raisin They want you to connect with the raisin (or any other object or life). But you are right, I am wondering too, how is it going to help you relieve your pain. I would recommend alternative medicine and techniques Ayurveda, Yoga. I know one doctor of Ayurveda who really helped me cure my Asthama. His name is Dr. Pankaj Naram.

  4. Hilla says:

    I understand that I missed the January-February program. Is there another one in the near future? I would like to receive information. Thank you.

    • Max says:

      Hi Hilla,

      Thank you for your interest in our programs. There is one more free broadcast for the 2013 Brain Science series featuring Pat Ogden, PhD this Wednesday at 5:00PM EST and again at 6:30PM EST. I will follow up with you via email with some more information.


  5. Barbara Belton, M.S., M.S. says:

    “How trauma trains the brain” always gives me pause and my eyes fill up with tears. Not of heartache these days but rather of quiet joy. This work, this research, this knowledge has given me the most amazing freedom as I enter my ‘golden’ years. The fact that I’m still here at 64 is a miracle in and of itself. To be filled with health….body, mind and soul is a gift beyond measure. I’ve worked on healing since I can remember and one piece at a time has appeared over the years. That the young ones can learn this while they are still young is simply stunning to me. If this old blonde brain can heal and bring such peace, just think what the young ones will accomplish! And one day there will be no little ones who need to heal from the traumas inflicted by those they love and trust. Oh yes!
    So looking forward to hearing Dr. O once again! Blessings around you all.

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