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Neuroscience-Based Trauma Treatment and Consultation: How This Works…

If you feel like your life is spinning out of control, you aren't alone! So many of us yearn for the ability to enjoy our lives and relationships, but feel stuck in a never-ending cycle of stress, upheaval, and crisis. It feels as though it's always something - maybe you get involved with the wrong partner, or your job presents unreasonable demands, your family expects the world from you, there is never enough time in the day, you just can't relax, and it seems like you're never enough. And the harder you work at feeling happy, the more miserable you become. Typical, right?

It doesn't have to be. It is possible to feel better, because you are already wired for health! For so many people, life has felt anxiety-provoking and overwhelming for so long that it feels normal. But anxiety, whether the result of traumatic experiences or chronic life stress, is not something you just have to endure. 

So what can we do? How does trauma and anxiety treatment work? Maybe you've been to therapy before, but after a while you hit a wall. You've talked about time management, processed some of your feelings, and tried to change the unhelpful thoughts spinning in your head, but you're still not where you want to be. 


It's not just you. Here's why you're not better. 


1. Most traditional therapies fall short in treating trauma, psychological injury, and anxiety.
Traditional talk therapy and cognitive therapies (including some cognitive behavioral therapies) primarily teach what I call top-down methods. Top-down methods, which utilize the "thinking areas" of the brain (including the prefrontal cortex), use thoughts to change the brain. These techniques are fantastic, and for many people necessary. However, if you suffer from anxiety, overwhelming stress, or residual trauma symptoms, the top-down methods that traditional therapies use will not be sufficient.

2. Effective treatment requires MORE than what traditional therapies can offer.
In addition to top-down approaches, effective therapy for trauma and anxiety needs to incorporate bottom-up and horizontal approaches. In bottom-up techniques, we work to change the brain through working with the body and the autonomic nervous system. This approach alone can substantially reduce anxiety symptoms! Additionally, horizontal techniques, which emphasize inter-hemispheric and cross-modality processing, can improve brain functioning and substantially reduce your stress response. 


Start a new journey to recovery...

If you are ready to try a new, more comprehensive and holistic treatment approach, call my office today at (913) 648-2512, ext. 1. Kristin, my executive assistant, will return your call and answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, feel free to check out my blog/articles page for advice related to anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal stress, and visit my tools page for free, unlimited access to stress-reducing practices!


More About My Approach (using some jargon)

Neuroscience-Based Treatment for Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety

I specialize in neuroscience-informed psychotherapy for trauma- and stressor-related disorders (including PTSD), generalized anxiety, and phobias. My approach incorporates both evidence-based and cutting edge techniques from the following approaches. I frequently train psychologists and other mental health professionals (nationally and internationally) in trauma and anxiety treatment methods, and am a sought-after EMDR, CBT, and neuroscience expert.

  • EMDR techniques

  • Brainspotting

  • Neuromodulation (neuroacoustic stimulation)

  • Somatic Experiencing techniques

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Mindfulness

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Prolonged Exposure

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy

I strongly believe in the brain/mind/body/spirit connection, and view the clients I work with through a holistic lens.


Progress Monitoring and Reminders

I also offer clients access to a free app, which helps monitor progress and reminds clients to complete techniques and exercises recommended to them. Clients can monitor symptom intensity, log thoughts/emotions/sensations, complete various exercises “assigned” by me, and message me as needed. This service is optional and offered at no additional cost. Many clients value this, as it is a way to stay connected to me between sessions and monitor symptom changes over time.


Location

Psychotherapy sessions can be conducted either in-person, or via video teleconferencing. Patients opting for in-person services will meet me at my group practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates, in Olathe:

513 N. Mur-Len Road
Olathe, KS 66062

Video teleconferencing sessions will be conducted using a HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform, doxy.me. This option is open to individuals living in several US states and most countries. If you live outside of the Kansas City area and are interested in teleconferencing psychotherapy, go HERE to see a list of states I am able to practice in. Note that in some of these states, there may be session restrictions.


Forms

New patients can complete all forms/paperwork prior to the first session via Dr. Sweeton’s patient portal. The invitation to this portal will be sent as soon as the first appointment date/time is set.

Current patients who would like me to collaborate or speak with other professionals involved in their care may complete a Release of Information form, downloadable HERE.