Sick Of Struggling With Food, Weight & Hating Your Body?
After a 40 year struggle with food, weighing over 300lbs & hating my body….I discovered the root cause of my food addiction & weight struggles & finally found a permanent solution!
Resources To Reach & Maintain A Healthy Weight For Life By Healing Childhood PTSD
The Resources Below Are An Ongoing Work In Progress On Specific Webinars, Books, Therapies & Treatments That Have Worked In Helping Me Heal My Eating Disorder, Maintain A 160lb Weight Loss For Over 15 Years, & Heal The Root Cause Of My Obesity, Which Is Childhood PTSD
1. Get Educated About Developmental Trauma aka Childhood PTSD: I highly recommend you buy and read/or listen to on Audible: The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind & Body In The Healing of Trauma by Bessell Van der Kolk, M.D. This book was a GAME CHANGER for me. I had one epiphany after another reading this book. It has been the most influential book I have ever read on healing the root cause of my food addiction and obesity struggles (& I have read hundreds of books on healing food and addiction issues over the past three decades) as well as other trauma based struggles.
Reading this book has completely changed the trajectory of my life and has been the catalyst of enormous levels of healing and transformation for me. Therefore, if you read any book on healing childhood PTSD and/or healing eating disorders in my favorite book section, I highly recommend you read this one FIRST.
2. Take The ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)Survey: In order to determine what level of risk you are at for other issues besides food or other addictions, you need to take this simple 10 question ACEs survey. This will give you more insight on how the level of stress you were exposed to in your early childhood has a direct relationship to food and substance addictions, stress and auto-immune illnesses, mental health as well as chronic pain as we get older.
The CDC along with Dr Vincent Felitti from Kaiser Permanente initially conducted the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) in 1998 and uncovered a stunning link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases, addictions, & chronic pain people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems.
The first research results were published in 1998, followed by 57 other publications through 2011. They showed that: Childhood abuse, neglect and household dysfunction was very common, even in employed white middle-class, college-educated people with great health insurance
3. Discover and Choose Treatment Options To Heal Your Traumatized Brain, Body, Mind & Relationships:
I highly recommend you read: Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain, by Sebern Fisher.
This book was highly recommended by Bessell van der Kolk, MD author of The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Dr. Van der Kolk highly touts neurofeedback to be one of, if not the most effective, evidence based treatment to re-wire, calm down, re-organize and therefore heal a traumatized brain.
This book completely blew my mind! It not only gave me a bird’s eye view to the gravity of developmental trauma, but it also gave me enormous hope for my own healing. Sebern Fisher shares through many case studies of clients with severe childhood trauma who were not making much, if any progress with traditional talk or somatic therapies, but once she added neurofeedback aka brain training to their treatment plan, she was amazed at how this widely unknown, but extremely effective brain training therapy actually re-wired and thereby healed their brains.
She shares many stories of how what seemed like hopeless, treatment resistant cases, of severely traumatized clients were able by getting regular neurofeedback treatments to be able to heal their brain, nervous systems, and relationships and were able to live out happy, healthy lives.
When I learned through reading Bessell van der Kolk MD’s, The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma and Seburn Fisher’s book:Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain, that our brains are “command central”. Meaning every idea, choice, feeling, ability to focus, connect with others, ourselves, have impulse control, flows from the state (regulated or dysregulated) that our brains are in, I realized that optimizing my brain through neurofeedback needed to be my number one priority.
Therefore, I made optimizing my brain my first priority so that everything that flowed from my optimized brain could best help me on my journey with dealing with healing my developmental trauma and moving forward to creating a truly fulfilling, connected, organized and meaningful life.
After reading Seburn Fisher’s book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain it became obvious that using neurofeedback aka brain training to heal my anxious, dysregulated brain would give me the best chance at healing my food addiction, maintaining my 160lb weight loss for life, calming my anxiety, and help with all the various issues that come with having a traumatized brain, mind and body. It was then that I set out on finding a local neurofeedback practitioner.
Unfortunately none of the local neurofeedback practitioners (mostly psychologists) that I found even mentioned that they used neurofeedback for developmental trauma, childhood trauma or childhood PTSD with clients. The majority were using it for ADD or ADHD, or shock traumas (car accidents, rape, war ptsd, etc.) but none of them had a specialty for treating developmental trauma aka childhood PTSD with neurofeedback.
The risk of using a neurofeedback practitioner who is not versed in developmental trauma is that you can become re-traumatized since they are not “trauma informed” and can do more damage than good. Also, there are specific protocals and skills needed to work with our population. Therefore I would not recommend using a neurofeedback practitioner unless they have specific expertise in working with childhood PTSD aka developmental trauma and they are familiar with Seburn Fisher’s work.
Given that Seburn Fisher stated that it typically takes 100 or more neurofeedback sessions to get a brain with developmental trauma to re-wire and reset permanentaly to a naturally calm state, along with not finding any practitioners in my area that had any clue about working with developmental trauma, it was then that I decided to seek out purchasing my own neurofeedback system and get trained on how to use in on myself.
It was then that I found Pete and Karen at brain-trainer.com. I purchased their signature system. Using their signature neurofeedback system from brain-trainer.com has been a life changer for me in re-wiring my brain so I would highly recommend it. It has helped with dramatically improving my impulse control around resisting the urge to overeat, improved my ability to focus on initiating and completing creative projects (like this website and my work in help healing childhood PTSD), helped me sleep without meds, calmed my anxiety, helped me connect with myself, my body and other people, & has helped me get organized in every area of my life.
Karen and Pete at Brain Trainer have been so helpful in my brain training process. Karen is the actual person that walks you through the process of learning to use your system, and she is so patient, kind and helpful. Also, she is available on an ongoing basis with any questions you have via email forever at no additional charge!
Therefore if you are serious about healing your trauma at the root which is your brain, I would highly recommend checking out their signature neurofeedback system that has been a total game changer for me.
5. Heal Your Attachment Wounds So You Can Develop Securely Attached, Fulfilling Relationships
Since developmental trauma typically happens in the context of close family relationships, it is also referred to as relational trauma. Therefore along with addressing healing and calming down your hyper-aroused brain through neurofeedback or other body or somatic based therapies, we also have to address healing our attachment wounds aka relationship wounds.
One of the most influential leaders in attachment and trauma healing who through her various audio and online programs who has made a profound difference in helping me to heal my attachment wounds is Dr. Diane Poole Heller. I highly recommend checking out her programs
Emotional Neglect Healing: Another great resource for me in healing my emotional neglect wounds is Dr. Jonice Webb. Dr. Webb specializes in helping those of us whose trauma is based in “what didn’t happen” which is also known as emotional neglect. When our primary caregivers are anxious, depressed, addicted or otherwise not able to attune to us as infants and children, we experience trauma due to emotional neglect.
6. Check out all of the books that I have read on childhood trauma, attachment wounds and you will discover a treasure trove of amazing healing resources that I am so grateful to have found!
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