Friday, December 10, 2010

Van der Kolk Trauma Center Incorporates Neurofeedback

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has for decades been a well-respected leader in the treatment of severe trauma.

By severe trauma, I mean Dissociate Identity Disorder (which used to be called Multiiple Personality Disorder) as well as PTSD and types of personality disorders that usually stem from abuse and neglect.

State of the art treatment programs at the van der Kolk Center in Massachusetts are based on his research.  The article I just linked you to lists some of the types of treatments available at the Center:
[The programs] have names such as Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence Treatment; Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy; Trauma-Informed Yoga; and neurofeedback, [and] Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing [EMDR]. 
Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based GuideThis is a residential treatment center, but it's possible to find many of these treatments in most areas.  On the links page of my website you can connect to five lists of neurofeedback providers.

For clinicians and researchers, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders:  An Evidence Based Guide, is a comprehensive resource, including Dr. van der Kolk's work along with other leading edge thinkers.

Our understanding of trauma has grown by leaps and bounds. Trauma changes the brain and affects the development of the brains of children.  We're now understanding much more about what is needed to heal these traumas, not just manage the consequences of them.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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