Neurofeedback

 What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback (NFB) is a system for training the brain to improve function and efficiency. Based on biofeedback, it reflects information back to the person that allows them to modify the way their brain works. These changes can help address a range of symptoms, like attention, memory, and mood issues.
 
Neurofeedback is helpful with a wide variety of issues and disorders because it helps the brain to function more effectively and more efficiently. It’s like improving the operating system of a computer – the files and documents aren’t changed, it’s just easier to use. NFB can improve issues where the brain is over-activated (like anxiety), under-activated (after a concussion), and issues with flexibility (such as difficulty maintaining focus or shifting to a relaxed state). Four common issues to NFB can be helpful with are:
 
  • Attention issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, OCD, and PTSD
  • Pain issues, like migraines and fibromyalgia
 
NFB can also be helpful with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, memory issues, sleep issues, post-concussive symptoms, and tic disorders.
 
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
NFB uses sensors that are placed on the scalp to measure the types, amounts, and locations of the different brain waves. The sensors can also measure how well the brain is communicating from one area to another. The information from the sensors is analyzed through a computer and is translated into feedback for the client.  

During training, clients watch a movie or play a video game. The screen provides feedback to the brain by dimming or brightening the picture depending on how their brain is functioning. The process of taking in the feedback and making adjustments is done unconsciously. The client simply relaxes and watches the movie. Ideally, clients will have 2-3 trainings a week. Some people notice an immediate effect, often experiencing a subjective feeling of cognitive clarity or a deeper, more restful sleep.  Others find the process is more gradual and subtle. A minimum of twenty sessions is recommended to cement the changes, but more could be needed depending on the situation and issue. The effects are long-lasting and may reduce or eliminate the need for medications.
 
How Do I Get Started with Neurofeedback?   
The first step is an intitial consultation to see if nuerofeedback might be helpful for you. This consultation allows you to get more information about treatment options and to share information about your situation and concerns.
 
A thorough assessment is done before any treatment is started. The assessment includes a clinical interview, cognitive testing, and a brain map. This information provides a baseline (so progress can be measured) and helps to determine treatment goals. A brain map is done by taking measurements of brain activity from 19 sites on the scalp. This data is analyzed by software to generate information about your brain function and to guide to treatment.   
 
After all of this information is collected,a comprehensive written report is prepared.  We will meet to review the results, set goals, and develop a treatment plan. Then the brain training begins; ideally with 2-3 sessions per week. We will track your progress at every session. Click here for fees.