SCIENCE-BASED MENTAL WELLNESS
Dr. Lorrie Fisher PhD, MFT, BCN, NBCFCH
Accelerated Online Therapies
Trauma can happen in a moment. But the fallout can remain very painful and disruptive for a long time. Fortunately, just as trauma can happen quickly, trauma can also be resolved quickly if science-based therapy is used.
There are dozens of methods of therapy. We draw from those approaches that take advantage of how the brain rewires. Our sessions follow a series of steps that undo the way trauma has been stored and interpreted in your brain.
Once the brain changes the way it has been processing trauma, your thoughts, feelings, and behavior will automatically change to reflect the changes in your brain.
Therapy is interesting and comfortable, and most people are surprised at how quickly they experience profound and lasting change.
What Can Cause Trauma? (hint...any threat)
Verbal, physical, or sexual abuse events
Unexpected attacks or combat
Medical procedures or diagnoses
Adoption or change of caregiver
Heartbreak or grief
Rejection or embarrassment
Disabilities or injuries
Things that are not fair
Hopelessness and helplessness
Panic and Anxiety Resolution
People who suffer from panic and anxiety find their life becoming smaller as they try to avoid triggers and potential embarrassment.
Panic and anxiety have different sources. Anxiety is caused by a fight or flight reaction to a threat. The threat can come from self talk, from imagination, or from memory. Dissociation may also happen when chronic anxiety causes exhaustion or when there is a sense of helplessness or dissociation. In dissociation, instead of flight, the nervous system freezes. Anxiety can be treated by teaching the fight or flight reaction to calm down.
Although it may feel like anxiety, panic has a different cause. Panic comes from short or long term changes in breathing. This can be the result of chronic anxiety. But it can also be the result of genetic hypersensitivity to changes in blood gases.
Panic, unlike anxiety, is accompanied by a feeling of suffocation. Panic is more prevalent in people with Asthma or COPD, or in smokers. Panic can be treated with biofeedback methods.