What is Neurofeedback and what does it treat?
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that trains the organ of the brain, promoting growth and change at the cellular level. A non-invasive treatment, neurofeedback gives immediate audio and visual feedback according to EEG readings, teaching the brain and body to relax, allowing natural functioning to occur. When the brain is operating optimally, the mind will follow as clients spend less effort and energy overcoming their challenges.
Neurofeedback treats a wide variety of disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, addicitons, and unresolved emotional issues. Additionally, it is an effective treatment for early childhood disorders including reducing the symptoms of autism, ADHD, pervasive developmental disorders, reactive attachment disorder, learning disorders, and OCD. It can also relieve syptoms of epilepsy and other seizure disorders, traumatic brain injury, headaches, and cognitive decline. Often, neurofeedback can reduce or eliminate the need for medication for any of these diagnoses.
All our neurofeedback treatment plans begin with a brain map, or QEEG (quantitative
electroencephalogram.) This provides us with a snapshot of the activity in your brain, and allows us to individualize your treatment plan to help your brain work at its best level.
Neurofeedback works directly with the brain to encourage metabolic change and increased performance; the result is improved outcomes and shortened treatment times. An effective addition to therapy, clients who feel stuck or overwhelmed often find they are able to move forward.
Neurofeedback and Trauma
One of the biggest challenges in treating trauma is helping clients learn the emotional regulation skills to effectively manage day-to-day life while they are in therapy. Trauma reactions such as dissociation, panic, flashbacks, and intrusive/obsessive thoughts are the brain's way of protecting us from extreme danger. When trauma experiences cause us to get stuck in fear and harmful patterns of behavior, it not only affects our ability to live fulfilling lives, it can block our ability to do the work of healing even though we may desperately want to get better.
QEEG allows us to see when the brain is working overtime. Using neurofeedback, we target these areas of the brain to calm them down. As the emotional centers of the brain calm down, executive functioning returns. Clients regain their ability to learn and change, and healing can happen.