Sometimes known as EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment that may help reduce symptoms associated with many conditions including difficulties with focus/attention, mood disturbances, anxiety, trauma, autism, and learning disabilities. Neurofeedback is not a new procedure. It has been used for over three decades to treat seizures, migraines, chronic pain, and addiction. By giving the brain more information about its own functioning, brain activity becomes optimized over time. The training also helps the brain operate more efficiently by releasing behaviors that are no longer useful. The technology of neurofeedback enables us to improve performance by altering brain function. As evidenced by athletes, performance is improved when we get clear and immediate feedback about how we're doing. Essentially, the brain watches itself in real time while receiving continuous hints and cues about how to make adjustments and improve function. Ultimately, this helps the brain develop increased resilience and flexibility.
How does neurofeedback work?
Electrodes, (which sense the brain's electrical activity), are positioned on the scalp. The sensors do not put any electrical current into the brain. The information is then amplified and fed into a computer program which interprets the data and either rewards or inhibits the activity in the form of auditory and visual feedback. The client sits in front of a screen playing a game or watching a movie. The clinician is sitting in front of a laptop which shows your brain activity. Feedback on the screen helps you modify your brain activity by rewarding shifts toward a more functional and stable brain state. Neurofeedback targets optimal brain functioning. The brain makes adjustments on a subconscious level that allow regulation back to a training zone. The longer amount of time the brain spends in a training zone, the more flexible and resilient the nervous system becomes. At first, the changes are short-lived, but the changes gradually become more enduring with continued training. Unlike other therapies, neurofeedback sessions can be scheduled up to several times per week. This can cut down on the length of treatment.
Each session lasts about 40 minutes. Over several sessions, the client's brain is sufficiently trained, learning new skills that eventually become effortless and automatic. Generally, twenty sessions are required before clients see permanent change. Overall, the treatment program involves between 30-50 sessions twice a week. Treatment results in many improvements in mental, emotional and physiological functioning. However, results vary according to the individual's deficits.
Who can benefit from neurofeedback?
Everyone can benefit from neurofeedback training. It has been used on all ages - from babies to very elderly patients. Neurofeedback can help anyone who wants to excel in their chosen field - from students to musicians, stage performers, athletes, and executives. The type of self-regulation that this training provides enhances the functionality of the central nervous system to improve mental performance, cognitive function, emotional control, and psychological stability.
Is neurofeedback covered by insurance?
Generally, neurofeedback is not covered by insurance, but occasionally - after discussing the treatment with their carrier - clients have been reimbursed for treatment. Check with your insurance company to be sure.
Where can I find out more about neurofeedback?
To learn more neurofeedback and its 30 years of published research, including controlled outcome studies demonstrating its effectiveness visit : http://www.eeginfo.com
Change is not easy. Our brains are wired in a certain way, based on genetics in combination with our past experiences. In order to alter the way we think and feel, one must incorporate both lifestyle and physiological changes in the brain. At Myers Neurofeedback and Counseling, I offer an integrative approach: including traditional individual, child, adolescent and family counseling. In addition, I offer neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, a brain based intervention. Combining these approaches increases the likelihood of positive and lasting change. In your initial clinical assessment and evaluation, I incorporate your detailed information, along with specific testing, to determine appropriate interventions, and to create a comprehensive treatment plan. When attention/focus issues are present, I utilize a Continuous Performance Test (CPT) to understand strengths and weaknesses in your brain functioning. My goal is to individualize treatment to meet your unique needs and aspirations. Recognizing that the mind and body are interconnected, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), as well as mindfulness and relaxation techniques. These methods, when practiced regularly, help to change distorted thinking patterns while integrating aspects of physical and emotional well-being. I use, and teach a variety of techniques that are focused on the specific needs and objectives of each client. In addition, I provide communication skills training to assist with relationship difficulties and play therapy/social skills techniques to assist children with emotional expression and trauma.