Judy Byington, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., ret., Author, Twenty-Two Faces
It was once thought that a severely dissociated mind such as Jenny Hill of Twenty-Two Faces endures was so inflicted that the victim might never truly heal. Experts at the internationally recognized Justice Resource Institute Trauma Center would not agree. Alexandra Cook, Ph.D., Director of Development stressed that interpersonal experiences such as psychotherapy could change neurobiology. Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk, founder and director of the center said, ”Positive experiences that contradict a traumatized child’s negative expectations are critical to helping the brain to readjust itself. For example, just saying to a child that you are sorry the event happened changes brain chemistry.”
Recent research indicates that damage to the brain’s wavelength patterns caused by abuse is amenable to reprogramming. Neurofeedback or Biofeedback are treatments where monitoring devices provide moment-to-moment information to an individual on the state of their physiological functioning by looking at their own brain wavelengths. In other words the individual can train their own minds to function more efficiently by observing wavelengths on the EEG screen.
This research dates back to 1924 when German psychiatrist Hans Berger connected electrodes to a patient’s scalp and detected a small current, or studied their EEG’s. In the 1950′s Dr. Barry Maurice Sterman was the first to discover the usefulness of what is now known as Neurofeedback for people who suffer from seizure disorders.
There has been extensive research over the last four decades on the use of this EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback to monitor one’s own brain wavelengths. “We don’t know why Neurofeedback works,” admits Linda Quinton-Burr, Ph.D., J.D. of the Trauma Research Center, a nonprofit therapy center based in Utah. “We just know it does.”
Neurofeedback or Biofeedback has been found to be a helpful treatment, through is not considered a cure for a variety of neurological physical and mental illnesses including Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Mania or Bipolar Disorder, Migraines, Motor and Vocal Tics, Motor Seizures, abnormal memory functions, multiple chemical sensitivities, Menopausal symptoms, Mental Retardation, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Epilepsy and the Dissociate Disorders including Dissociate Identity and Post Traumatic Stress.