Science has proven that by challenging your brain, much as you train your body in physical exercise, your brain will learn to function better.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a scientifically confirmed treatment that helps you train your brain. Using computerized feedback, you will quickly learn how to increase brainwaves that are advantageous for enhanced functioning. The brain is amazingly adaptable and capable of learning new strategies. Given cues by the computer, your brain can learn to improve its own performance almost effortlessly. The results may include improved mood, focus and psychological well-being. In addition, neurofeedback boosts the inherent healing resources of the brain to diminish symptoms such as headaches and even seizures, often reducing the need for medication.
Who Can Benefit from Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback can be used alone or as an adjunct to psychotherapy. Specialists at the Center may suggest including neurofeedback in your treatment plan if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Mild anxiety to panic reactions
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Sleep difficulties
- Attention problems
- Emotional turmoil and distress
- Traumatic reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder
Individuals who practice meditation and seek a deeper meditative experience
Although each individual's results will vary, neurofeedback has been proven to alleviate:
- The achievement of deep meditative states
- Musical and athletic performance
- Test taking
What is the Treatment Like?
The experience is fun and easy. After an initial evaluation, one of our specialists will determine which areas of your brain may need training and what type of training is needed. Within the restful setting of the Center, you will be seated in a comfortable chair while our EEG equipment measures your brain waves. After choosing from a menu of video games, you will play the game by simply changing your brain waves in the targeted direction. No need for a mouse or joy stick; when you change your brain waves successfully you will move through the game accumulating more points. As you meet the targeted goals you may notice some of your symptoms beginning to subside within the first day of training.
Neurofeedback treatments require office visits two to three times per week for the training to be robust and sturdy. Most conditions are improved within 20 sessions, around the same time it takes for antidepressant medication to work, but without side effects.
For an introduction to neurofeedback training, please contact us at the Center for Accelerated Psychotherapy.
Orli Peter, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG
Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties
Director and Founder, Center for Accelerated Psychology