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Mershona Parshall

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1. Biological Synchrony/Affective Attunement refers to the primary caregiver’s ability to attune to the infant’s somatic and affective needs. This attunement between mother and infant/child builds the neural connections that are the infrastructure for relationships. Additionally, the infant’s nervous system develops the capacity to self regulate through the mother’s facilitation of the distress/comfort/calm cycle.
2. Secure Base – A secure base is the infant/child’s internal sense of security. The parent facilitates an infant/child’s secure base by being consistently and predictably responsive to his/her physical, sensory, and emotional needs. This predictability provides the infant/child with the security to develop natural curiosity resulting in the confidence to then explore his or her environment.
3. Internal Working Model – Over time the infant/child develops a template or internal representation of him/herself in relationship to others. Repetitive interactions between infant/child and caregiver will create the neurophysiologic template that becomes the child’s internalized model for relationships.
4. Selective Bonding - According to Bowlby, the infant/child prefers and seeks closeness to his/her mother above all. From an evolutionary biology perspective, this proximity seeking behavior was thought to insure the safety of the young from predators.

Neurofeedback for Personal Growth and Transformation

Neurofeedback is a powerful tool to shift trainees out of unhelpful patterns into more authentic ways of being. Neurofeedback trainees typically experience:

* A melting away of symptoms that were once bothersome or disturbing;
* A shift away from old thinking patterns, as old perceptions become less relevant;
* A greater sense of well being, confidence, and calm.

Neurofeedback may be combined with psychotherapy to support the trainee's personal growth and healing.

Ms.Mershona Parshall Family Therapy :SECONDARY DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA: PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE
Secondary developmental trauma often co-occurs with failures in attachment. The infant who is pre-verbal or the young child who is helpless to protect him/herself is left with a storm of confused feelings and thoughts about the world. Living in chronic states of danger imposes two survival based patterns in the child. At one end of the spectrum is hyper-arousal associated with flight/flight and at the other end of the spectrum is hypo-arousal, freezing and dissociation. Sometimes unseen insults such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to physical abuse or fetal alcohol effects go unrecognized and reduce the child’s ability to function. The psycho-social-biological effects of secondary trauma reinforce any failure in attachment, complicating the over all picture. Often these children come with a long list of diagnoses, none of which fully capture the complexity of issues of children who have experienced multiple traumas in their young lives.

Mershona Parshall Neurofeedback

Testimonials

"Neurofeedback has substantially and easily improved my ability to focus and concentrate, as well as lightening my overall outlook." --D.F., Sagamore Hills, OH

"The neurofeedback helped in ways that my Zoloft didn't. It cleared up my brain fog. I was able to easily complete tasks that were just overwhelming before. It was almost too easy. It was difficult to accept that something so simple could work. I wish that this had come along sooner in my life. I feel that I wasted so much time." --Y.G., Cleveland Hts., OH

"My kids have both moved up dramatically with expressive language, reading, social skills, problem solving, auditory and visual processing, no more bedwetting, word retrieval, interest in the world around them, math comprehension and measured cognitive levels. More importantly my kids can hold a conversation that makes sense, and report information sequentially and logically. The level of confusion in them has really declined and they are a lot more fun to be with. We have come a long way since they arrived here." --A.H. Chagrin Falls, OH, (Adoptive Parent)

PRIMARY DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA: FAILURES IN ATTACHMENT
A failure in attachment is the most elemental trauma a child can experience since attachment and bonding is the basis for all that makes us human. When an infant is neglected, meaning that his/her physical and emotional needs are not met, he/she may withdraw from human contact as a pleasurable and rewarding experience. This may lead to life long difficulties in forming healthy relationships. Further, since an infant’s brain organizes around his/her interactions with his/her primary caregiver, an impoverished attachment relationship and environment will produce an impoverished brain. An infant/child exposed to chronic stress states may develop in ways that are not relational but are instead survival based.

Ms.Mershona Parshall Family Therapy : ABOUT / CONTACT US
In 1988 Ms. Parshall began a 12 year post graduate study of somatic psychotherapies, first with Robert Edwards, Ph.D., and then with Katherine Brown M.A. and Malcolm Brown Ph.D. who were master trainers in the field of somatic psychotherapy. She became interested in attachment theory as a result of this training and in the early 1990's began working extensively with foster and adopted children who had experienced developmental trauma at an agency in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Parshall received her second master's degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University and entered private practice in 2000 working with children, youth, families and adults. Ms. Parshall incorporated neurofeedback into her private practice in 2001. Ms. Parshall is also trained in EMDR and a founding member of the Northeast Ohio EMDR Network.

Ms. Parshall's present work is a culmination of many years of experience in the field of mental health. She has an interest in eco psychology as it relates to helping people feel more connected to the human community and the natural world. Ms. Parshall is on the Board of Directors for the Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners, a non-profit organization that is working on environmental and water quality issues in Northeast Ohio. She is also active in Amazonian Rainforest issues and preserving the rights of indigenous people in Peru.

Mershona Parshall Neurofeedback The goal of therapy is to create a loving and secure attachment between parent(s) and their child(ren) and to optimize neurological resources. It is
gratifying to see a child who grows to trust his/her parent and discovers comfort, love, and security in his/her family. When children begin to shift out of chronic states of abnormal arousal, when they allow familial intimacy, when they trust that they will not be abandoned, and when they finally believe they are lovable, the healing unfolds.
Children who have been traumatized teach us about the human condition, compassion, and the courage that it takes for many children to reinvest in life itself. Adoptive families also deserve community support and understanding as they provide a safe and loving home for very wounded children.
THE CUTTING EDGE
There is a growing emphasis on providing children who have experienced developmental trauma with integrative therapy approaches that emphasis a neuro-developmental approach. This approach emphases the need to build neurological resources as the optimal path for children to overcome developmental insults that interfere with the functioning and well-being of a child. Interventions that are recognized as being helpful for neuro-development include neurofeedback, neuro-reorganization, brain gym, bio-medical interventions, nutrition, and acupuncture in addition to attachment based psychotherapy.

Ms.Mershona Parshall Family Therapy Testimonials

"Neurofeedback has substantially and easily improved my ability to focus and concentrate, as well as lightening my overall outlook." --D.F., Sagamore Hills, OH

"The neurofeedback helped in ways that my Zoloft didn't. It cleared up my brain fog. I was able to easily complete tasks that were just overwhelming before. It was almost too easy. It was difficult to accept that something so simple could work. I wish that this had come along sooner in my life. I feel that I wasted so much time." --Y.G., Cleveland Hts., OH

"My kids have both moved up dramatically with expressive language, reading, social skills, problem solving, auditory and visual processing, no more bedwetting, word retrieval, interest in the world around them, math comprehension and measured cognitive levels. More importantly my kids can hold a conversation that makes sense, and report information sequentially and logically. The level of confusion in them has really declined and they are a lot more fun to be with. We have come a long way since they arrived here." --A.H. Chagrin Falls, OH, (Adoptive Parent)

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