Project BrainHeart

Illustrated brain development research


“The research on the most effective treatments to help child trauma victims might be accurately summed up this way: what works best is anything that increases the quality and number of relationships in the child’s life.” – Dr Bruce D Perry

The brain has plasticity, and can heal. Well-researched methods will be linked here:

  1. Relationships: “Some of the most therapeutic experiences do not take place in ‘therapy’ but in naturally occurring healthy relationships.(…) The currency for change is trust, and trust comes through forming healthy working relationships. The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.” – Dr Bruce Perry
  2. Psychotherapy:
    • In cases of known childhood abuse, psychologist Alice Miller considered that “we have only one enduring weapon in our struggle against mental illness: the emotional discovery and emotional acceptance of the truth in the individual and unique history of our childhood.” 
  3.  Neuro-sequential therapy: The brain changes with patterned, repetitive activity. Knowing what developmental needs someone might have missed, or what associations were shaped in a toxic way, we can develop an appropriate program to nourish the brain appropriately.
  4. Meditation / hypnosis:13765749_10155012194783032_8283908819875622402_o
  5. Exercise / yoga:
    • Through the release of endorphins
    • Through ’embodiment’
      • Book: Alice Miller’s “The body never lies”,
      • Book: Bessel Van der Kolk’s “The Body Keeps the Score”


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