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Neurofeedback

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also known as cognitive rehabilitation or EEG biofeedback, is a ground-breaking technique that challenges the brain to function better. This powerful brain-based technique has been successfully helping clients around the world for more than 40 years. It is a noninvasive process with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms. The effectiveness of neurofeedback for adults and children with a wide variety of symptoms has been repeatedly concluded in numerous research studies.

How Neurofeedback Works

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback or brain wave training, is a type of biofeedback that focuses on the central nervous system and the brain to improve brain function. It is a non-invasive method that uses real-time displays of brain activity—typically through electroencephalography (EEG)—to teach self-regulation of brain function.

Neurofeedback works by placing sensors on the scalp to detect, amplify, and record specific brain activity.  This brain activity is then fed back to the individual in real-time, often through a game or other interactive interface, which provides visual, auditory, or tactile feedback based on the brain's electrical patterns.

Conditions Addressed

There are numerous conditions that can be addressed with neurofeedback such as, relieving symptoms, reducing or eliminating the need for medication, and ultimately restoring optimal brain functioning. 

Neurofeedback has been used to aid recovery from various conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, sleep disorders, memory problems, PTSD, and concussions. It is also used to enhance cognitive performance, improve concentration, and for creative enhancement in healthy individuals.

Neurofeedback therapy can help address symptoms of the following conditions:

✓ Academic Enhancement

✓ ADHD

✓ Anger

✓ Anxiety Disorder

✓ Sleep Disorders

✓ Autism Spectrum Disorder

✓ Conditions of Aging

✓ Conduct Disorder

✓ Depression

✓ Fibromyalgia

✓ Headaches & Migraines

✓ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

✓ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Typical NeuroFeedback Plan consists of:

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The Initial Intake Process

Services for neurofeedback begin with an initial intake of about 1.5 hours. During the intake, I meet with you to understand the challenges you (or your child) are experiencing in your daily life. As part of the intake, you will participate in a 25-minute computer based assessment. This assessment is looking at 37 areas of auditory and visual processing, that includes memory, processing speed, stamina, comprehension, and fine motor hyperactivity. The information collected is reviewed and used to determine if neurofeedback could assist you (or your child) with improving identified areas of brain processing weaknesses.

The Neurofeedback Session Process

Neurofeedback training sessions are generally 30 minutes two or three times per week.

The process involves the following steps:

1. Monitoring Brain Waves 

An EEG device is used to monitor the brain's electrical impulses, known as brain waves. These waves are characterized by their frequency (speed) and amplitude (height).

2. Feedback Through a Computer Interface

The brain wave data is processed and fed back to the individual through a computer interface, which can include games, visual displays, or sounds that respond to the individual's brain activity.

3. Operant Conditioning

The individual is trained to control and optimize their brain function through operant conditioning, a learning process where desired brain wave patterns are reinforced.

4. Encouraging Neuroplasticity

Neurofeedback aims to harness the brain's neuroplasticity, its ability to change and adapt, by encouraging the development of healthier brain wave patterns.

5. Targeting Specific Brain Waves

Depending on the individual's needs, neurofeedback sessions may aim to increase or decrease certain types of brain waves. For example, faster waves are associated with focus and awareness, while slower waves are linked to relaxation and deep sleep. In ADHD, for instance, there may be an excess of slower brain wave activity, leading to symptoms like inattention, which neurofeedback can help modulate.

NEW Remote Neurofeedback Service

Neurofeedback sessions are generally conducted in person at one of our locations. With our new cloud based technology, you can now do neurofeedback to train your brain in the privacy and comfort of your own home or office.

 

We are pleased to offer the same quality in-person clinical neurofeedback services with a remote option for those who are unable to travel to one of our clinics. Your data files are saved online in an encrypted format and are completely secure.

 

Consultations are available for introductory purposes. Contact Dr. Connie for more information about our remote neurofeedback services.

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