Neurofeedback therapy is a noninvasive intervention used to treat a variety of issues including:
Neurofeedback is biofeedback for the brain. Biofeedback is rooted in the idea that:
If we’re given information about our physical processes, we can CHANGE our physical processes.
Our bodies conduct countless functions throughout the day that we’re largely unaware of. Biofeedback uses a variety of different equipment to measure these processes and feed this information back to the person. In neurofeedback, we specifically target processes in the brain.
While the neurotherapist has many decisions to make, for clients, the process is simple.
Feedback usually comes in the form of what appears to be a typical videogame. In neurofeedback, however, there is no game controller. You simply sit back as your brain plays the game! As with most video games, the reward is to earn beeps and game points. Others prefer to watch a movie where the reward is to keep the movie playing on the screen. In other types of neurofeedback, you may sit with eyes closed while your brain is rewarded by sounds of crashing waves or a waterfall.
AD/HD is associated with very distinct brainwave patterns, and neurofeedback has repeatedly been shown to successfully shift these patterns. Neurofeedback allows the challenges of AD/HD to be experienced with more ease so that you may take advantage of AD/HD’s gifts. The American Academy of Pediatrics lists neurofeedback as a “best support” intervention for attention and hyperactivity behaviors.
Medication is a helpful and often necessary resource for many who seek therapy. We routinely do Neurotherapy with individuals who are prescribed medication. As clinicians, it is our responsibility to inform clients of the best treatment options, including those not always reimbursed by health insurance. The truth is that many individuals
(1) remain on medications far too long while symptoms worsen,
(2) take medications that are contraindicated,
(3) needlessly experience side effects while on medications, and
(4) are unaware of possible alternatives.
Years of unsuccessful medication management can be painfully discouraging. In neurotherapy, we provide the tools for your brain to heal itself. This can be a profoundly meaningful process.