A new treatment approach
(Mild/Moderate Autism, ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning disabilities, Gifted, General cognitive disorders)

​Research has shown that Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder psychological therapies are limited to effectiveness. People that suffer from neurological disorders (listed above) have a chaotic nervous system (NS)which prevents absorption of information and stamping into working memory. Chaotic jumpy systems can cause memory issues and often are missing or avoid the internal "how to" instructions to do things. It is not a person choosing not to participate or being defiant; it is because they "Can't" When I hear people say:

  • I don't know
  • I can't
  • I can't remember
  • I don't know
  • I don't know how to
  • No
  • I don't want to   

If a client has a history of neurological issues, this is a clue that they indeed cannot access instruction or do not have the instructions internally.

Linear psychotherapies of verbal instruction are not sufficient enough to help clients to progress past specific areas of treatment. My treatment approach works from inside out and encodes the working memory with the missing files that are needed to take action. Just like a computer, we download the code into the all of the internal sub-files in the brain, and with time, the code gets stamped to working memory.

Those with neurological struggles have a highly triggered reactive nervous system that over-react to perceived stress and the brain will instinctively go into "shut down." It means processing of information stops, retrieval of information and the fight or flight process gets triggered. Many of the neurological disorders listed above have shown to have a very reactive nervous system and or low pain tolerance. Pain tolerance can be a form of any change (internal/external) that occurs outside their neurological comfort zone. 

This N.S. reactivity can look like opposition, anger, rage, brain pain in the head, overwhelm, shut down, lethargy.  

The good news is the nervous system can be trained to endure more stress and change if it is done in a phased and client centered pace.  

 The good news is the nervous system can be trained to endure more stress and by changing it in a phased and client-centered pace.  

It seems to be permanent, but without studies, this has been my client's feedback and my observations. We pay attention to the N.S. reactivity and work with the client to identify and work with the discomfort. Simultaneously other processes are occurring to stabilize the executive functions. I see clients self-advocate and can function at a higher level of independence and self-awareness than ever before. Once the client can self-regulate, the client continues to get better due to N.S.memory that seems to occur. 

Slowing down the nervous system 

 Reduced Emotionalism, Cognitive, Executive function 

(Results vary upon clients interaction, cooperation, attendance and use of strategies)

Balanced Focus Counseling
(Mild/Moderate Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, General Cognitive impairment)
(Adults, Children 10+, Students, Seniors, Adolescents, Professionals)

Tracy Weegmann 
Psychotherapist, Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Attention Coach
Email: balancedfocus@yahoo.com