Developmental Trauma

Developmental trauma or chronic early childhood exposure to abuse and neglect by caregivers has been shown to have a long-lasting pervasive impact on mental and neural development, including problems with attention, impulse control, self-regulation, and executive functioning. Children and adults with developmental trauma rarely have a satisfactory response to
currently available evidence-based psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments. Neurofeedback training (NFT) is an application of brain computer interface technology, aiming to alter electrical brain activity associated with various challenging symptoms.

The approach is based on the brains own neural plasticity and its ability to change its own foundational rhythms. It is non intrusive and works quickly without the having to talk about the trauma or problems in detail. It has been described as the ‘cutting edge in mental health care’. This approach has been spearheaded by eminent clinicians in the field of developmental trauma including Sebern Fisher, Bessel van der Kolk and Susan Othmer.

Sebern Fisher
Bessel Vander Volk
Dr Othmer

Here at the Braincollective we work with developmental trauma using the Othmer method of Neurofeedback (ILF) in both adults and children who often present with a suite of symptoms including ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, insomnia, depression, anxiety and ODD. We are qualified to an advanced level in Neurofeedback and deep state training, this method is powerful and safe and often leads to the resolution of trauma. The scale of the challenge:
• The Crime Survey for England and Wales 2019(CSEW) estimated that one in five adults aged 18 to 74 years experienced at least one form of child abuse, whether emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or witnessing domestic violence or abuse, before the age of 16 years (8.5 million people).

• In addition, an estimated 1 in 100 adults aged 18 to 74 years experienced physical neglect before the age of 16 years (481,000 people); this includes not being taken care of or not having enough food, shelter or clothing, but it does not cover all types of neglect.

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