Transforming The Experienced Based Brain®

 (TEB)® is a targeted, neuropsychological intervention addressing developmental trauma, fostering attachment healing. It enhances stress management and promotes healthier regulation by employing a specific protocol designed for the nonverbal aspect of the nervous system developed in early years.

Regulation is integral to human development and connection. by fostering a supportive environment for the nervous system, we enhance mind-body connection. Through nonintrusive presence and intentional consistency, we create a safe container for the nervous system to undergo positive regulation pattern changes.

During our first two years of life our nervous system learns how to regulate itself based upon our caregivers’ nervous systems. This is not only based on how they take care of us but also how our caregivers’ nervous system regulates itself. We could have had very attentive parents, but they were more anxious or potentially depressed or just didn’t have a strong sense of themselves and our nervous system models itself after that as our base. Our body probably developed an insecure attachment style from this. For optimal health and emotional control, we want to teach our nervous system what secure attachment is and how to live from that place. This will help improve our stress resiliency and health along with those we take care of as we become a strong secure base for others. To learn more about attachment styles and what yours may be, you can read Healing your Attachment Wounds by Diane Poole Heller.

In a therapeutic setting, touch can restore nervous system regulation. TEB uses a set protocol to speak to the pre-verbal memories held in the body reducing cortisol production, increasing oxytocin and teaching the body about secure attachment via co-regulation. Co-regulation occurs when two people are connected via some form of touch or shared focus. This increases our stress resiliency and helps us move out of our reactionary impulses towards others increasing our ability to communicate more calmly and effectively.

The practitioner assumes the role of Secure Base during the treatment which opens the door for repair of early trauma ruptures. They understand the importance of presence providing “Trauma Informed Care” to their clients by listening to their needs and supporting. 

TEB® can be done “intentionally” with the practitioner guiding and supporting the client to maintain focus in the areas where the supportive touch would occur. All the protocol and enhancements have been tweaked to work without physical touch. This enables us to work together no matter where you are located. The brain responds similarly with imagined touch as it does to actual touch. Guidance and support are provided via Zoom sessions.

This set protocol strengthens non-verbal regulation through exploring inherited trauma, conception trauma, utero trauma, birth trauma, and postnatal trauma. Allowing for a balance between the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual self. This includes working with primary reflexes, learning the language of early trauma, working with physiological regulation, understanding the neuro-sequential development of the brain, understanding attachment in the somatic relationship, and more.

TEB® was developed by Stephen Terrell. Stephen Terrell and Kathy Kain co-wrote Nurturing Resilience. Here is an interview about how this book supports understanding Early Developmental Trauma, Attachment issues, and physiological impacts of early trauma.

Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma–An Integrative Somatic Approach by