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Heart Rate Variability Feedback (HRV)
Change your state, change your self.

HRV is a new technology that allows a person to fine tune and balance her nervous system on a deep level. When the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) was discovered it was thought to be out of the range of voluntary control. With routine regulation of respiration, digestion, kidney function etc. that's true. However with proper feedback, a person can learn to control the ANS relatively easily. And with this enhanced capacity for self-regulation comes improved performance across a wide variety of activities.

The power of HRV lies in its ability to change physiological state. If a person is anxious, with elevated heart rate and blood pressure, it will be difficult to slow down and go to sleep, or digest a meal. Alternatively if someone is drowsy and falling asleep, it will be difficult to concentrate and deliver a powerful presentation.

Practice of HRV makes changes in physiological state more fluid, so you can get to the "mind-body" state appropriate for a particular activity more easily. Life flows better.

Physio-Logical Psychotherapy

Physio-Logical™ Psychotherapy is a new approach that makes therapy more productive and efficient by helping you get into the "right frame of mind" to do the challenging work of self-transformation. The "right frame of mind" really means your physiological or Mind-Body state. For example, alert and attentive without excessive anxiety or distraction. Using a variety of clinical tools you will be helped to enter and remain in the "Therapeutic Zone" optimizing your time and effort.

Human beings are inherently social creatures. We evolved to function in small groups for our protection and well being. Together we are stronger and more resilient. Voice, facial expression, body movement and eye contact all combine to literally link one brain to another. We connect.

Unfortunately like computer networks, human connections have problems. Relationships may be frustrating or chaotic. We may accuse others or be accused of "poor communication". Or in attempting to escape a past of poor connection with caregivers, we may re-create our experience. Understanding and troubleshooting the problems we have connecting with others, and with ourselves, can be tremendously liberating.

EMDR –Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a physiologically based psychotherapy used in the processing of Trauma. Trauma refers to an overwhelming experience which interferes with the brain's normal processing of information. It spans a spectrum from the horrors of combat, to humiliation in the schoolyard. The result is a "fragmented program", operating in the background, which interferes with a person's life in the present.

The symptoms may be dramatic, like a flashback, during which the person feels the event is actually happening now. Or they may be so subtle that the person doesn't even make the connection to the traumatic event. For example a mother who was humiliated in middle school may feel vague dis-ease and avoid going to her daughter's school activities. She may never connect her current behavior to her past humiliating experience, which she is likely trying to forget! The result is that she is a disappointment to herself as a mother, and doesn't understand why. (One of the main consequences of trauma is difficulty being in the present.)

Using simple eye movements in a standardized procedure, EMDR "defragments" the memory allowing the brain's normal processing to resume, and the old program to be "closed out". The result is reduction or elimination of a wide variety of physical and psychological symptoms, restoring the person's inherent resilience.

EMDR is one of the most rigorously studied, and scientifically validated treatments for trauma.

Psychopharmacology "Wise-Prescribe"

Medication can be very helpful in a variety of clinical conditions. Unfortunately medication is often the first, intervention to be tried, and is not necessarily the best. At Chamberlin Neuroscience the goal is to optimize function with interventions that facilitate personal growth and independence. Sometimes the strategic use of medication can further that goal.

It is as important to know when to stop a medicine, as it is knowing when to start a medicine. Too often people are started on medicine without adequate follow up and monitoring, thus continuing to bear the expense, inconvenience, side effects etc. of a medicine they no longer need. The assertion that "you have a chemical imbalance, you need to be on a medicine for life" is often not true. And when it is time to stop a medication, knowing how to do so safely while minimizing disruption to one's life is critical.

Open Focus

Open Focus is a technique developed by Les Fehmi PhD who studied how we direct our attention, something which most of us never think about. And yet how we pay attention has profound effects on what we perceive, think, and feel. Getting stuck on the details and missing the big picture is one example of how poor deployment of attention can compromise success. With simple exercises the flexibility of attention can be increased, so you pay attention to what's important at that moment in time.

Life Skills

Many effective tools for personal growth and well-being can be developed within the context of a therapeutic relationship, but outside of the office. Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga, exercise, reading, self-help groups etc. introduced and encouraged at the right time, can accelerate progress, increase confidence, and promote independence.

 

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