What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses EEG (electroencephalogram) as the modality to control feedback to the brain. It is a process of neuronal self-regulation and re-education, leading to new beneficial states and ways of processing information and emotions.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback is mostly automatic. The brain is primed to process rewards in a positive way. Without intention the brain will seek to achieve states that provide rewards. The particular behavior (brain wave patterns) will be molded through sound and visual signals …a process called operant conditioning. A person can change their mind state from over thinking and feeling on edge, for example, to a calm alert state; through inhibiting certain brain waves and rewarding others.
Who Can Benefit?
Sometimes the brain’s electrical activity can become imbalanced, too active or dysregulated. When that happens a wide array of disorders can develop, like ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, insomnia and many others. Really everyone can benefit from neurofeedback. Neurofeedback guides the brain to an optimal balance and leading to improved quality of life; such as the ability to handle stressors, focus better, sleep better and interact with their environment in a productive manner.
We can treat:
- Learning disabilities
- High functioning autism
- Panic attacks
- We can also train for Peak Performance and Technology Assisted Meditation
What to Expect?
A thorough initial assessment, along with brain mapping, will give us a better clinical picture of what symptoms are present. Based on the assessment we’ll develop an initial treatment plan. Because all brains are unique, it’s difficult to predict with accuracy how many sessions will be needed. Often people notice benefits within a 4-5 sessions, but the goal is not just a reduction in symptoms; it is also long-term stability. Training typically begins with twice a week sessions. Three to four times a week can be helpful for clients in crisis, or with severe dysregulation, or for clients who choose to train faster. Typically, sessions decrease to once a week, then every other week as symptoms improve.
How Will Neurofeedback Therapy Augment the Types of Therapy and Services that Memor Health Already Offers?
At Memor Health we offer psychotherapy and medication management in a compassionate and healing environment. Neurofeedback can augment psychotherapy by allowing a person to learn to achieve a more calm and alert state of mind, that is needed to work on the skills learned in psychotherapy. For those not interested in medications or want to decrease or stop their psychiatric medications, neurofeedback may allow this to happen. Stopping or decreasing your psychiatric medications should always be done under the care of your medication management provider.
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