Trauma / PTSD / OSI
Breath Control Therapy for PTSD, OSI and Trauma
Non-Pharmacological support for PTSD, Occupational Stress Injury and Trauma
It is common practice for health care professionals such as physicians and psychiatrists to prescribe mood-altering medications with harmful side effects as a first-line treatment for PTSD, OSI or acute stress disorder. Antidepressants, antianxiety, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers and sleeping aids are often prescribed but support for their use is scant as a treatment for PTSD.
Addiction or substance abuse is a common comorbidity among people suffering with chronic PTSD. According to Time magazine 50-66 percent of people who suffer from PTSD also simultaneously battle the disease of addiction. Clinical Psychology journal published that people who struggle with PTSD are two to four times more likely to battle addiction than their peers who do not struggle with PTSD.
We do not believe that it is always appropriate that additional harmful, mood-altering and potentially addictive drugs be the logical solution or treatment. Drugs tend to numb or mask the trauma and not necessarily resolve the deeply rooted source of the trauma.
Breath Control – A Positive Psychology Approach
We also believe that healing does not necessarily require the client to relive any tragic or stressful situations or reexperience past trauma where Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD or an Occupational Stress Injury OSI may have originated.
Breath Control Therapy has developed a revolutionary positive psychology approach towards exposure therapy that has produced significant beneficial results without the risk of retraumatization.
We support our clients in re-engaging with their body’s stories in a positive, safe, consciously-interactive, emotionally-supportive and integrative environment. We are openly empathic and sympathetic with our clients. We recognize and acknowledge mental pain and the reality of the experienced traumatic events.
Alleviate the Symptoms of PTSD with Breath Control Therapy
Breath Control Therapy (BCT) utilizes somatic breathing exercises and techniques to unlock trapped physical or psychological trauma. We will work towards restoring the allostatic balance of stresses in the body and strengthen the coordination between the respiratory system and nervous system. Our breath establishes the connection between our body and mind. Breathwork allows you to regain the the control in your life that has been lost as a result of the trauma and allows you to calm yourself down in time of need. Through breathwork we will tip the scales in favour of the “Rest and Digest” phase of the parasympathetic nervous system and begin to give the body an opportunity to heal and recover.
The Breath Control Therapy program is comprised of simple yet sophisticated exercises and techniques to alleviate the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
- Conscious functional breathing (Anatomy, Physiology and Neurology)
- Physical strengthening, lengthening and flexibility
- Mindfulness, Visualization and Imagery
- Concentration, Clarity and Focus
- Active Meditation
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT
- Positive Psychology (Flow)
- Hydrotherapy (water or pool sessions)
Breath Control Therapy assists in processing trauma, developing healthier thought patterns, increasing energy and happiness and creating a new perspective on old behaviours.
Common PTSD Symptoms
- deep sense of helplessness
- problems at home or work
- abnormal fear
- feelings of devastation
- flashbacks from the event
- a feeling of numbness
- avoidance of situations that might trigger memories of the event.
Physical and Psychological PTSD symptoms may include:
- panic attacks or acute stress
- anger outbursts
- difficulty with concentration or memory
- feelings of vulnerability
- fear of normal every-day activities
- feeling overwhelmed by the smallest of tasks
If left untreated, PTSD symptoms can worsen to include:
- addiction to drugs or alcohol
- chronic pain
- high blood pressure and other heart issues
- self injury
- personality changes
- self destructive incidents
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treatable and is not a life sentence
People can and do recover from PTSD. Some recover in six months, while others take much longer. Everyone’s experience is different but there is a way out.
Breath Control Therapy is a world-class service to help you manage and relieve the symptoms of PTSD.
Our program is offered to the general population, first responders, military personnel, veterans, health care professionals, mental health clinicians, correctional officers, security guards, border security officers, or to any individuals who may suffer from occupational stress injury (OSI) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Breath Control for Resilient Guardians
Our Resilient Guardians Program has been specifically developed to support first responders, active duty military personnel and veterans who currently struggle with trauma and to prepare them physically and psychologically for potential future traumatic incidents. The Resilient Guardians Program is designed for individuals with or without comorbidities such as addiction or chronic pain.
We offer Breath Control therapy for PTSD, OSI and Trauma in a variety of platforms to accommodate for schedules, discretion and comfort.
- On-site clinics or workshops
- Secure virtual programming integration
- In person private one-on-one sessions
- One or two day retreats
“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose.”
Get In Touch!
1 (250) 667-7722
2850 Glenayr Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9S 3S6