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As Bessel van der Kolk notes, trauma is specifically an event that overwhelms the central nervous system, altering how we process and recall memories. “Trauma is not the story of something that happened back then; it's the current imprint of that pain, horror, and fear living inside people.”

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When it comes to my clients, I listen.

I listened and cared enough as a therapist and trained in neuroscience and quantum physics to evolve my practice and your wellbeing.

Do you know what? It was pretty simple because people should never suffer unnecessarily.

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Those 30 years combined with releasing my own personal trauma created the practice I call The Advancing Heart Protocol™. This powerful protocol integrates the Concinnity Method™, connecting with the heart's wisdom, reintegrating the emotional and logical brain, and creating safety within the body. This naturally resets the central nervous system and allows the release of emotional pain patterns.

There is no separation; they are all connected.

 

An evidenced-based, highly effective method releasing emotional charge in minutes. Leaving you feeling calm, relaxed, and stress-free.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE EXPERIENCING

Each client only requires four 30 minute online sessions. It's simple, gentle, and instantly effective. It can take place at your desk, home or workplace.

YOU DONT HAVE TO MANAGE TRAUMA,

IT CAN BE RELEASED

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Melonie wanted to be released from stress and fear

“I can observe that I am less attached to emotions which would have been previously more consuming. I feel as though I can look at a situation as an observer - not to get so caught up in worrying so much about what I think other people think of me”, Melonie, Business Owner, New Zealand

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Carl was feeling overwhelmed and anxious and inability to deal with day-to-day issues calmly and rationally. After his first session, he said

 

“I had a lesser feeling of being overwhelmed and able to pass through the feeling quicker. I felt much better. It was still an odd feeling post-session that I struggle to explain as I'd not felt it before. Very calm and relaxed."

THE SCIENCE

To understand trauma, we need to understand the whole body system.

The simplest way to define trauma is that it's an experience we have that overwhelms our capacity to cope.

Why does it overwhelm our capacity to cope?

Bessel Van der Kolk describes it like this

Simply put, more or less, every part of the brain is affected by trauma. The right brain (emotional) lights up more. The left brain (logical) shuts down more. The back of the brain (reptilian) is more hyperactive. The front (prefrontal cortex) becomes less active. 

The connections and neurotransmitters between the different parts of the brain get scrambled. The brain then goes into a state of hyper-alertness, and that involves multiple brain structures.

 

Trauma does not discriminate, it incapacitates a person to think, feel and act clearly. Creating a feeling of paralysis or helplessness. It's not your fault, it's your brain's fault.

THE FACTS

"Trauma is a fact of life. It does not have to be a life sentence" Peter A Levine

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Arland wanted to be released from memories of the past.

“My journey has been amazing. The first session was amazing as Angela did not judge me for who I am. I am very grateful for the good work you put into the world. Since I have experienced The Advancing Heart Protocol™  I continue to improve not only my life but others I share my life with".

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Sophia wanted to be released from high anxiety

“I have noticed the emotions but the intensity has decreased, and the length of time the emotions last for is shorter. For example, I physically and psychologically recover from an experience that provokes the emotions a lot quicker than I normally would do”.

Sophia, Registered Health Professional, New Zealand

HOW TRAUMA AFFECTS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM?

The nervous system controls everything you do. Including breathing, walking, thinking, and feeling

For the brain to deal with any situation, it has to use all the senses to take in information. It sees, hears, smells, tastes, and touches what is happening. With the five senses being activated the six sense, the body becomes activated, and the energy from experience is laid down into the nervous system. It has to take and do something with the information. 

If a person can not cope with the incoming stimuli, it lays it down as danger (trauma).

HORMONAL RESPONSE TO TRAUMA

When the body is stressed (feeling of danger), it triggers the release of cortisol. A cortisol-releasing hormone is released from the brain and runs through the nervous system. You have adrenal cortical tropic hormone (ACTH) being released. Inside the kidneys, you have adrenaline being released. Cortisol is being secreted, and it's affecting the brain, the body, and your metabolism.  Now you have the kidneys, adrenal glands secreting these substances, and a profound effect on the brain. Cortisol will shut off the hippocampus (laying down and integrating memory) functions, but adrenaline will increase the amygdala (laying down emotional memory) functions. In essence, adrenaline increases the laying down of certain kinds of memories. But cortisol will decrease the integration of those memories because the hippocampus has receptors that respond to the cortisol and shut it down. Each hormone has a different effect on the brain.

Cortisol can become toxic to the way the brain functions and grows if sustained over long periods of time, i.e., abusive childhoods or relationships. In contrast, adrenaline will increase the laying down of those memories. Hence, why trauma cannot be released by talking it through - managing and reframing emotions is limited and can be damaging.

Our body is an intelligent piece of machinery that has not evolved very much. It has an amazing in-built response mechanism that goes way back to our early evolution. We call it the fight or flight response. This activates the sympathetic nervous systems, which are part of the autonomic nervous system.

When we look at trauma and the brain's response, it's more about the person's response that activates the brain's response. The person closely examines the danger and how it may impact them. This happens at the brain level called the superior colliculus, which is deep in the brain stem. This happens within milliseconds through the retina, back part of the eye, to the brain stem. You may not even be aware you have 'seen' it, but the primitive system is set up for protection and can detect danger. If the eyes have transmitted to the superior colliculus, there is a threat that is then relayed to the periaqueductal gray involved in the defense responses. This plays a crucial role in how a person relates to the world. Bessel van der Kolk calls this the brain's cockroach - the most primitive danger-detector part of the brain. It always lights up when a person is traumatized. 

This primitive part of the brain determines whether a person dissociates from the situation or is hyperactive towards it.  

The freeze response is one more way the nervous system protects a person when faced with a threat. Remember, not all threats are physical. In today's fast-paced world, we are faced with more perceived emotional threats than physical threats. The brain responds the same. It doesn't know the difference. A threat is a threat. 

The freeze response is when the person cannot actually move, and the muscles are in a frozen state. This is where the parasympathetic nervous is activated along with the sympathetic. It breaks the fight/flight response. So you get equal activation of the autonomic nervous system. During the freeze response, endorphins are released to allow the person to enter a temporary state of no pain. When a person experiences trauma, this is an adaptive state as the person does not experience pain as they are no longer aware of their surroundings, and they shut down. 

OUR BODIES RESPONSE TO TRAUMA

When we are under threat or in danger, our bodies have a system that prepares us to fight, flee or freeze in a dangerous situation as a way of surviving

THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA ON THE BRAIN NETWORKS

Traumatic stress is associated with increased cortisol and norepinephrine responses to subsequent stressors

Trauma impacts three major brain networks - the default mode network, where we process information and understand how we feel. The salience network - a filter for all the stimuli in our environment. The executive network. This helps us plan, think, concentrate and focus our attention.   

 

For people who have experienced trauma, much of the time, the environment feels threatening. To figure out what is most important or threatening is almost impossible as all three brain functions are often impaired.  When the brain's integration is impaired, it disrupts a person's ability to balance their nervous system. To rebalance the nervous system and reintegrate the brain networks, we have to create safety. The is where the Concinnity Method™ is the key component of The Advancing Heart Protocol™.

No one needs to suffer or be at the mercy of the hormones of stress; you just need to book your free consultation to regain control over your life.

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