The brain has a bio-chemical and a bioelectrical system. The bio-chemical is familiar because it is managed with medication which is what we have traditionally relied on to feel better. The bio-electrical system is like a 4 speed engine. Imagine the smoothest running engine you can. It shifts up and down its gears with ease. If it’s on the highway, it hums along in 4th, if it’s parked, we want it in 1st. The bio-electrical system in our brain is the same. When we are at work or studying, we want to shift into our 4th gear as needed. When we are ready to sleep, we want our brain to shift into 1st for us. However, an accumulation of stress over our lifetime or being born with an organic disorder like Attention deficit Disorder or epilepsy alters our 4 speed engine so that we get stuck in certain gears. For example, someone who has anxiety, has an engine that is getting stuck in the upper gears resulting in an over-active mind, a tight muscular structure, tightness in the chest and likely social avoidance to prevent from feeling anxious. With certain types of attention deficit disorder, the brain is getting stuck in the lower, day dreamy states so it is difficult to upshift into the problem solving gears when the teacher says it is time to open up the books.
Dr. Joan Wright
With 25 years of experience as a psychologist, Joan Wright is passionate about helping clients feel like themselves again. “People deserve to heal as quickly as possible with the best interventions available,” she says. Her training allows her to assess the interaction between the brain, body and mind to determine the best place to start the healing process. “As we gain a deeper understanding of how stress and trauma affect the brain,” Dr. Wright says, “we can now help people heal faster and more effectively because we are starting where the problem is – the brain and once the brain waves are balanced, then we talk it out, breathe it out, stretch it out, meditate it out – whatever body or mind intervention works for the specific need.” Through the MindShift Clinic, Wright’s goal is to offer clients tools that provide them with a greater capacity to experience healing so they can feel like themselves again as quickly as possible.