What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback or Neurotherapy is a powerful brain-based technique that has been successfully helping clients for over 30 years. It can be considered a personal training session for the brain; training the brain to function at its maximum potential. Brain training exercises the neural pathways that allow the brain to have better function in a variety of areas.

Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure.

Neurofeedback is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the system (central nervous system) to function better.

How does Neurofeedback work?

We apply electrodes to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. (All brainwave frequencies are equal, but some are more equal than others….) We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the person, who attempts to change the activity level. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. We present this information to the person in the form of a video game. The person is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.

What conditions is Neurofeedback / EEG Biofeedback successful in helping?

We are especially concerned with the more “intractable” brain-based problems of childhood whose needs are not currently being met.

These include:

  • Seizures and sub-clinical seizure activity
  • Severely disruptive behavior disorders such
    as Conduct Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
  • Autistic spectrum and pervasive
    developmental delay
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Birth trauma

We can also be helpful with many of the problems of adolescence.

These include:

  • Drug abuse
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Social adjustment
  • Relational problems

Many children have sleep problems that can be helped.

These include:

  • Bed wetting
  • Sleep walking/talking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Nightmares
  • Night terrors

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Substance Abuse

PTSD

Peak Performance

Chronic Pain

What is Neurofeedback?

ADD / ADHD

Autism

Depression