Neurofeedback combined with traditional therapy is a more powerful combination than either alone. Both work to improve coping and your overall sense of happiness and well-being.
Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, is a type of treatment for your brain. It is a way to directly train the brain to self-regulate and perform more efficiently.
Neurofeedback is a research-supported treatment to sharpen attention, relieve anxiety, enhance mood, and improve learning, and behavior without medication. With neurofeedback, you “train your brain” to correct the faulty brain wave activity, which results in improved day-to-day functioning.
Like a muscle, your brain gets stronger the more you train it. And when the brain works better, you feel better and perform better.
Neurofeedback does not target any particular disorder. It is designed to change timing and activation patterns in the brain. This improves brain regulation, which can help with a variety of symptoms. Different symptoms will require targeting different areas of the brain. We have software that is designed to target specific areas of the brain based on a patient’s symptoms.
The best part of neurofeedback is that results are often permanent, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications. While medications only manage symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address underlying causes and restore normal brainwave functions.
What happens during a neurofeedback session?
Neurofeedback training is a safe, painless, non-invasive procedure.
Electrodes are attached to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. The brainwaves are monitored and a computer provides feedback – displayed to the trainee as a video game or other video display. The trainee is asked to make the video game go with their brain.
As certain desirable brainwave activity increases, the video game moves faster or a reward is given. If negative activity is detected, the video game slows or stops. Gradually, the brain responds to the cues, and you begin to “learn” new brain wave patterns.
This training is a learning process, and so results are seen gradually over time.
For most conditions, initial progress can be seen in about 10 sessions. Initial training goals may be met by 20 sessions, at which time we reassess and make new goals as needed.
In the case of hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), training is expected to take about 40 sessions, or even more in severe cases.
The end result is often transformational. Clients describe it as a “new lease on life.”
Neurofeedback is a tool for both discovering and recovering one’s true self with the ability to function at a higher level and engage more fully in life.
Neurofeedback research shows its effectiveness in a number of areas:
- Attachment disorders
- Behavioral/Conduct Issues
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Cognitive decline in the elderly
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
- Learning disabilities
- Sleep disorders
- Tourette’s Syndrome/tics
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)