Brain Science Has No Borders: Changing Brains (and Transforming Lives) Around the World

Brain science is one of the most fertile areas that we, as practitioners, have right now to help our patients . . . . . . from improving relationships, to strengthening focus, and turning negative experiences into positive ones, the benefits of brain change are astounding. And better yet, the pool of knowledge about neuroplasticity is growing every day – which means so many more life-changing discoveries are yet to come. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from world-renowned brain science experts, and each and every one of them had valuable suggestions for keeping the brain in top shape….

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Why The Brain Series Means So Much To Me

Have you ever felt like you were meant to do something? I guess you could say it’s a calling, or maybe just an instinct. For me, it came in the summer of 2005 . . . . . . the three people I was closest to were all touched by some kind of negative neuroplasticity – their brains were sick. My mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, my father had just had viral encephalitis, and my dear partner had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. I had always been very interested in the brain because I knew that it…

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Changing lives all around the world

There are people who are working hard, day in and day out, to discover the breakthroughs that can improve trauma treatment . . . And then there are the people, including many of you, who work hard to learn the latest so you can make a difference in the lives of your patients – trauma survivors who just want to get their lives back. As this year’s Treatment of Trauma series comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to look back and reflect on what we’ve learned. It has been quite a journey as we added to…

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How to Use Body Patterns to Discover the Impact of Trauma

Your body is constantly in motion, but how often do you pay attention to what these movements convey? Focusing on the way people move their bodies can actually show us a lot about the trauma they’ve experienced. But how can we help people learn to recognize what their bodies are reflecting about their trauma? By mastering the art of contact statements, we can let patients interpret their own movements. In this video, Pat Ogden, PhD explains what contact statements are and the right way to use them to open a critical crack in the door to self-awareness. Check it out…

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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…

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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Clearing the Path to Healing

Show, don’t tell. It’s a common technique practiced by most successful teachers and writers – and one we practitioners use as well. When it comes to helping patients zero in on what’s preventing them from truly healing, getting them to a place where they can see it (and even feel it) for themselves can sometimes have more impact than just talking about it. Pat Ogden, PhD adapts mindfulness exercises for her patients to reveal the obstacles that might be slowing progress to healing. She describes one example in this short (3:02 min) video below. Click here to sign up. Hearing…

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