Heather Hargraves, MA is an trauma therapist and researcher in London, Ontario, Canada. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice. Heather’s therapeutic use of brain computer technologies offers a method for documenting and training self-directed awareness to support self-regulated and resilient “states” within the brain/ body connection. Self-directed awareness, as guided by brain computer technology, then works to slowly normalize and redirect aberrant (but in part “compensatory”) neural processes within each individual client. Heather’s research interests investigate the neurological underpinnings of various states of consciousness, including dissociation, meditation, psychedelics and various polyphasic states of consciousness, associated with shamanic practices.
Technicians of consciousness: consciousness technologies and the evolution of psychedelics in in clinical and transformational worlds.
Over the last three decades, there has been a growing revolution in the understanding and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders as a profound intersection between the physiological, the psychological and the spiritual dimensions of living. To that end, a variety of technologies and patterned techniques allow us to locate and harness
“inner demons” that complicate or block the journey of the self. We will attempt to give a broad overview of the innovations and opportunities they offer. The field of trauma psychotherapy has become, quite possibly, the perfect arena or stage for these technologies. Beginning with powerful psychotherapeutic modalities like “Internal Family Systems” and “parts work” in general, we have a language and process to bring harmony and creative synergies between the frequently disparate or even warring “parts” of the self. From there, a host of largely non-invasive physiological and neurological technologies are giving people the chance to create and maintain the conditions most favorable to the expansion and transcendence of the self via psychedelics. Indeed, in the US, Canada and elsewhere, we are seeing psychiatry and clinical psychology prescribing and/or working intensely with psychedelics to redefine what is possible to support the triumph of controllable pleasure over uncontrollable pain in the enhancement of the
self. We will be demonstrating technologies we use in our daily clinical practices from EEG brainwave mapping and training, to a host of interlocking mild brain stimulation modalities, and the psychotherapeutic tools to help modulate the confluences of the clinical and psychedelic experience in profound ways.