Please Sign In or Create an account
Heart Rate Variability training in work with trauma

Heart Rate Variability training in work with trauma

This paper uses a case study of a 48 years old South American client to illustrate the successful integration of HRV biofeedback with trauma counselling.  This client’s clinical presentation was one of the chronic posttraumatic stress disorder complicated with chronic body pain. A combination of the HRV training, breathing exercises, mindfulness and cognitive intervention was used to address his posttraumatic stress symptoms, depressed mood and body pain.
HRV training is a form of biofeedback that helps clients to moderate the heightened sympathetic activity associated with posttraumatic stress disorder and to better balance the ongoing sympathetic and parasympathetic influence on the heart. Working directly with the body, this technique is an effective adjunct to trauma counselling. The outcome of this integrative approach was a reduction in this client’s symptoms, an increased capacity to cope with pain and a significant improvement in the quality of his life.
Speakers: Mirjana Askovic
Areas of Interest / Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, STARTTS 2009, Trauma

STARTTS 2009

An Interview with Dr Sue Carter on Oxitocin and Social Monogamy

Dr Sue Carter is a neuroscientist and Co-Director of the

An Interview with Amber Gray on Dance Movement Therapy and Social Engagement.

Movement is a way of organising experience and a way of facilitating healing in traumatised individuals and communities.  Amber Gray is a dance/movement therapist, working with the ways that trauma invades the body and our capacity to move in our worlds.

Polyvagal Theory 1: Basic principles (phylogeny, neuroception, dissolution, social engagement system)

What if many of your troubles could be explained by an automatic reaction in your body to what's happening around you? what if an understanding of several mental and emotional disorders, ranging from autism to panic attacks, lay in a new theoretical approach of how the nervous system integrates and regulates bodily and psychological processes? Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., thinks it could be so. Dr. Porges, professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and director for that institution's Brain-Body Center, has spent much of his life searching for clues to the way the brain operates, and has developed what he has termed Polyvagal Theory.

Refugee Women; War, Rape and Sexual Abuse (in Conversation)

Refugee women and their dependent children account for 80 per cent of the world’s refugees. Refugee women are arrested, abducted, imprisoned, persecuted, tortured, raped, sexually abused and sold for prostitution. Rape and sexual abuse is the most common form of systematized torture used against women, which are used as weapons of war.  

Mental Health, Conflict Management and Social Action (2) (in Conversation)

Dr Dinka Corkalo Biruski discusses a capacity building program that aimed to empower key community figures to become leaders of change. The approach was based on community psychosocial work, conflict management and social action in post-conflict divided communities.

Sekai Holland in conversation with Sejla Tukelija

Voices of Trauma: on contextual thinking of complex posttraumatic damage (In conversation)

Although modern psychiatry, based on the science of the western world, has many universal values, serious gaps and problems can arise when practised in situations where helpers and victims are of different cultural backgrounds.