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What conditions does Neurofeedback treat?

Neurofeedback has empirically backed research showing positive improvement on conditions such as, but not limited to: Anxiety. Depression, Trauma and PTSD, ADHD, Emotional Reactivity, Sleep Problems, Attachment Issues, Developmental Disorders. Each individual is unique and we have found that clients with co-morbid diagnoses tend to feel relief in multiple avenues of life as treatment goes on due to increased regulation within the brain (Love, 2014). 

Why are Talk Therapy and Neurofeedback offered together?

Your brain largely processes trauma, events and memories through language. While Neurofeedback is an incredible tool, re-processing memories and trauma or learning new ways to interact with the world will come with talk therapy. We have found through experience that clients crave the space to talk with a therapist as Neurofeedback does it’s job re-wiring old neuropathways. Our specialists are experienced on both modalities and the intersection between the two is our specialty. 

What is a qEEG?

We start with a QEEG for all Neurofeedback programs. This helps your clinician create a customized set of protocols for your training sessions that are unique to your brain. 

A QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) measures brainwaves at a variety of different sites throughout the brain producing numerical analysis of patterns that correlate with behavioral functioning. Your clinician will review your report with you, helping you understand where your brain gets “stuck” in terms of resolving historical patterns of trauma, anxiety, and numerous other learned skills that are no longer beneficial (Love, 2014).

A QEEG informs mental health care in incredible ways. QEEGs can point to hormonal imbalances, exposure to toxic chemicals, validate or invalidate prior diagnoses like ADHD and also inform clients on the best type of medication (or lack thereof) for their brain’s unique functioning. It is not a diagnostic tool but it does point clinicians in the best direction of treatment based off patterns that correlate to behavioral outcomes (Love, 2014). 

For in depth information on Neurofeedback and it's history, please visit About Neurofeedback | What is Neurofeedback.  About Neurofeedback offers non biased, empirically backed research for clients and clinicians alike. 

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"There are over 2,000 peer-reviewed research reports on PubMed demonstrating efficacy across a number of pathologies. "
- Neurofeedback London

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Neurofeedback is a confusing topic to wrap your head around (no pun intended), we get it! Feel free to schedule a consultation to chat through your options with a licensed clinician. 

Neurofeedback is essentially operant conditioning for your brain. It is helpful in alleviating dysfunctional patterns contributing to symptoms such as anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, ADD and more. Over the course of your program, the brain learns to let go of old, "stuck" patterns that no longer serve you and create new electrical patterns that influence new neuropathways. 

In session, the clinician places electrodes at specified sites on the brain (learned from a QEEG, see below) and measures activity in these locations. While the client trains, their brainwaves will naturally fluctuate. When the brain does what the protocols are encouraging, for example bringing down high beta in a frontal site, the client hears a sound. The brain is designed to like stimulus, and therefore learns through repetition that if it continually brings down high beta to lower and lower micro voltages, it will continue to be offered a stimulus. 

 

Over time this type of conditioning teaches the brain to operate efficiently outside of session and has relatively permanent effects. While all of this is happening behind the scenes, the client watches a show of their choice on Netflix or trains with their eyes closed listening to meditation music with the stimulus layered in the background.  The process is painless, non-invasive and efficient! 

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There are very few side effects to Neurofeedback and most have minimal impact. Some clients experience minor headaches, agitation or sleepiness in the 24 hours following a session. This is due to the brain acclimating to a new way of taking information in, and not all clients can expect to feel dysregulated. Most clients actually leave sessions feeling relaxed and more calm than they do walking in to session.  

 

Neurofeedback can be used to buffer the intensity of difficult side effects of medication, and some clients use it to complimentary medicine. Neurofeedback should not be used as a replacement for medication as it does not work on the brain in the same way.  Do not stop or change any medications or other medical treatments without consulting your physician.  Please schedule a free 20-minute consultation to discuss your symptoms and see if Neurofeedback can be utilized as an additional source of support for you.

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