Neurofeedback (NFB) heals the brain, with Psychotherapy healing the mind. Together, neurofeedback and psychotherapy can produce lasting recovery and change. Neurofeedback increases brain function so you can better engage in the psychotherapy process and make more conscious, healthy decisions for yourself.
Since the 1960s Neurofeedback has been used to treat many conditions such as Anxiety, Autism, ADD and ADHD, Asperger’s, Stress Disorders, Panic Attacks, Depression, Sleep Issues, Migraines, Concussions, and Headaches. ("The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that NFB is a level two evidenced-based practice in the treatment of ADHD" ("Neurofeedback: What it is and how it works," n.d.).
It also may be used to support memory concerns; to help individuals struggling with PTSD, Epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome, Aggression, Obsessive/Compulsive Behaviors and to repair brain damage from stroke or a traumatic brain injury.
Neurofeedback sensors are lightly placed on your head to record your brains electrical activity and are monitored by advanced EEG technology. The data is then analyzed to identify the sources of your symptoms, and a program is developed focused on your challenge.
Neurofeedback training for the brain is analogous to physical exercise for the body. Most of our suffering arises from pervasive recurring perceptions and emotions in which our minds shift to being emotionally grounded or intellectually “stuck.”
Neurofeedback provokes the brain to draw from its existing resources and pull itself out of these mental “ruts.” The outcome is a more clear and positive mental process in which obstructions are more feasible and problems more solvent.
The neurofeedback treatment observes your cerebellum waves and then presents “feedback” to your central nervous system regarding everything it has just done. When the program detects a tremor in your brainwave pattern, it sends an audible signal that encourages the brain to “reset” and self-correct.
The answer to this question is “Yes” with Neurofeedback being completely safe. An analysis shows your brain “knows best,” and therefore there is no strain or “force” the brain in any one direction. Neurofeedback presents your brain with the information it needs to correct itself and function at its most optimal. Neurofeedback directly enables your own brain’s natural process of self-correction
A thorough assessment and information are obtained in the session that details challenges or complaints. You will then be situated in a quiet space, in a comfortable chair. Distinctive painless sensors will be attached to your head that will feed your brainwave patterns into the Neurofeedback program’s software.
A neurofeedback session is calming, pleasant and commonly lasts approximately one hour. As the meeting commences, you will hear the music play through earbuds. You will listen to random “skips” or breaks in the music – this is the beacon that assists your brain to “reset” and optimize itself.
A Neurofeedback session is non-invasive. There is no jarring the cerebrum; or manipulating the brain, but reinforcing when the brain waves function optimally for the assignment at hand.
When the session ends, you will likely perceive to be more mentally clear and less stressed. It is doubtful you will experience any negative after-effects as Neurofeedback does not synthetically“force” the brain in any definite direction. Many clients encounter deeper sleep and vivid dreams after their very first session.