“Why Can’t I Get Over My PTSD?”

Because it’s NOT All in Your Mind.

It is also in Your Nervous System.

To successfully treat PTSD you MUST attend to your physiology as well as your psychology.

Day to Day Stress

How events and people are experienced in our day-to-day life is based on how well our nervous system can respond.

In the Fight or Flight State where you feel “ON” and hyper-vigilant a lot of the time – this is a common PTSD state. Alternatively you may be stuck in the Freeze State, where you feel shutdown and overwhelmed.

In either of these states it is very difficult to properly process the stimuli around us.

PTSD Counselling

At the Alpine Clinic, our Counsellors understand the necessity to consider what happens in your body as well as in your mind.

We provide Counselling that helps address both the way anxiety is trapped in the body and how it affects your mind in order to help you reclaim your sense of self-confidence and well-being.

Many of our clients combine Counselling with Direct Neurofeedback.

Direct Neurofeedback for PTSD

Is a brain technology that calms your brain and helps reset your nervous system.

You can think of Counselling as working on your mind, while the Direct Neurofeedback works on your brain.

By sending imperceptible micro-signals, to your brain, Direct Neurofeedback helps to get you out of stuck and frozen patterns of thinking and reacting.

What Is Direct Neurofeedback? 5:48 mins

"Incredible Clinic... I've had migraines for 28 years after a car accident and from my Direct Neurofeedback Treatments, they are gone."

"I started my treatments in November 2020 and my last migraine was in December 2020 - I had migraines close to every day."

"Many other changes happened as well, one very surprising one - I've struggled with being late since childhood and now I'm on time for everything. That in itself has been life changing."

"I do encourage anyone thinking of doing this to complete the 20 treatments recommended to ensure the changes are permanent."

"I have of course recommended family and friends and many have had great results as well."

Thank you to the team at Alpine Clinic for all your help... It's truly been a life changing experience!"

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PTSD

Trauma Changes the Nervous System

Trauma produces actual physiological changes in the brain and the nervous system, including a disruption in the brain’s alarm system and an alteration in the way we filter information coming to us. Research in the field of Neuroscience and Neurobiology has revealed this. 

In his groundbreaking book “The Body Keeps the Score” Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, explains the impact of trauma on our brain and body and reveals the importance of using strategies that address these symptoms not just in the mind, but also in the body.

“After trauma the world is experienced with a different nervous system." 

"The survivor’s energy now becomes focused on suppressing inner chaos, at the expense of spontaneous involvement in their life.  These attempts to maintain control over unbearable physiological reactions can result in a whole range of symptoms….” from The Body Keeps the Score.

Trauma is not what happens to others!

Research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that;

  • One in five Americans was sexually molested as a child

  • One in four was beaten by a parent to the point of a mark being left on their body

  • One in three couples engages in physical violence

  • A quarter of us grew up with alcoholic relatives

  • One out of eight witnessed their mother being beaten or hit

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PTSD

Did something happen recently or in the past that you just can’t stop thinking about?

Do you feel tearful, paralyzed or fearful when you think about it?

PTSD does not mean you are mentally ill, weak or somehow deficient. It is an entirely normal reaction to an abnormal amount of stress.

If you have PTSD you might experience:

  • Repetitive distressing thoughts about the event in the form of flashbacks, intrusive memories or unrest at being in situations that reminds you of the original trauma often to the point where these thoughts interfere with your concentration.

  • Dreams or nightmares about the event where you shake, shout and thrash about.

  • Difficulty with sleep.

  • Reduced interest in others and the outside world.

  • Irritability and outbursts of anger.

  • Depression

  • Feeling disconnected from yourself and those around you.

Looking for an Alternative to Counselling?

Direct Neurofeedback - it's FAST ACTING!

  • - It's very effective at helping Stress and PTSD.

  • - It is non-invasive, drug-free, painless and completely safe.

  • - Results are impressive, many clients see changes within a few sessions.

  • - It allows the Mind to Relax and the Nervous System to Reset.

  • - Direct Neurofeedback works on the Nervous System.

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PTSD Symptoms

These are the after effects of an event or series of events in which there was an actual or threatened danger of injury or death to yourself or someone close to you. These events are unusual and out of the ordinary and can evoke deep feelings of horror, helplessness, powerlessness and fear.

This includes events such as:

  • Car accident

  • Physical injuries from a fall

  • Childhood physical abuse

  • Domestic abuse from a partner

  • Childhood sexual abuse

  • Rape

  • Natural catastrophes

  • Religious cults

Reactions to Trauma

These are experienced not only by people who were involved in the trauma first–hand, but often also by those who have either witnessed or heard about or have had different kinds of involvement with the person or persons immediately affected.

Our counselling approach can help you:

  • Feel safe in talking about the trauma.

  • Identify and acknowledge your losses as a result of the trauma.

  • Reduce your fears about your feelings and symptoms.

  • Re-channel your emotions of anger, rage or hatred in positive directions.

  • Overcome self blame, shame or survivor guilt.

  • Help you realize you are not going insane.

  • See yourself as a brave survivor rather than a victim.

  • Develop better self care strategies.

  • Regain a sense of humour.

  • Increase your sense of well being.

  • Develop a new appreciation for life.

Through counselling you can learn to turn the ordeal of your trauma into a source of strength and empowerment and regain a sense of control over your emotions and your life!

Empowerment includes the ability to love yourself and feel good and comfortable in your own skin.

Ask us how we can help!

The Next Step is Yours - Take It!

A Personal Letter To YOU,

It takes courage to initiate a change in your life - especially one that has been weighing you down for a long time. It is almost as if that which you want to get rid of, is a familiar friend. In reality it is your enemy, that undermines and restricts you everyday.

Isn't it time to finally throw the enemy out and live the rest of your life free?

The expertise we have at the Alpine Counselling Clinic is unsurpassed. The thousands of clients we have helped to make significant changes in their lives over the past 30 years, bears good testament to our professionalism and commitment.

If you are hesitant in any way about taking the next step, call the number below and ask for me personally - so we can talk. I guarantee your satisfaction. 

Claire Maisonneuve, director Alpine Clinic.

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