Nina Farley-Bates, LCSW, DBH
I received a master’s degree from University of California Berkeley in 1993 and a doctorate in integrated Behavioral Health from Arizona State University in 2016. Im sure all that education taught me a few things, but I think I would have never really hit my stride with helping people if I had not learned the fundamentals of brain health and calming the emotional centers of the brain. Im far from a neurosurgeon but I am a caregiver of four important brain regions in charge of your fight, flight, and freeze responsesamygdala, hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, reticular formational which help regulate your emotional center or limbic system. So, after a lot of trial and error I’ve come to believe that we can re-live or relieve emotional pain. Relieving pain starts with healthy lifestyle change while calming the brains alert center.
Reliving pain (aka talking about all the bad memories you’ve got stored up) can end up causing more anxiety and depression. Ignoring cerebrovascular health (aka brain health) is like refusing to take off cement shoes while desperately beating your arms and legs trying to swim your way to the surface.
Learning from latest discoveries in neurosciences and evidenced-based practices, I’m seeing my patients overcoming trauma, addiction and painful pasts like never before by supporting their first line of defense against anxiety and depression through healthy behavioral change targeted to improve emotional and cerebrovascular health. Even though all psychotherapy does change the brain, as a neurotherapist, I’ve learned some more direct approaches than talking alone to help calm fear driven brains. These therapies help people find their own remarkable capacities, strengths and resilience through Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), EEG neurofeedback, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and other attachment-based talk therapies. Each of these brain focused therapies involve different ways of activating the brains own neurogenesisresourcing the brains natural unlimited potential for creativity, growth and healing. As the mind changes the brain, the brain so changes the mind. The primary basis of all these therapies involve engendering self-leadership through overall lifestyle health change.