This advanced brain training technology, developed in part by, NASA-level engineers works by triggering what’s called the orienting response, which is the brain’s ability to sense change in the environment and take in new information about what is different. Neurofeedback uses real-time displays of brain activity to teach the brain to self-regulate. The brain then uses that data to adjust itself, in the same way that you might be inspired to fix an-out-of place lock of hair while looking in the mirror. As the brain changes, the feedback changes. Think of neurofeedback as a kind of learning for the brain. The promise of neurofeedback is to shift our brain waves back to health without the use of drugs. Clients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, anger, depression, etc., can simply sit in Mind Gym's comfortable chair for half-hour sessions and get a "mind fit" tune-up.
It makes sense that neurofeedback is safe when we remember that the process is simply one of learning or training. When you are doing neurofeedback, the therapist is seeing your brain activity and getting hints when it is headed in the direction of improved functioning.
Neurotherapy is a contemporary mental health option for people suffering from ADHD/ADD, depression, learning disabilities, attachment disorders, addictions, and insomnia to name a few. Neurotherapy, also called neurofeedback, EEG biofeedback, or brainwave training displays real-time EEG activity through sensors placed on the head. Once initial information is gathered, neurofeedback can be used to teach the brain to operate more effectively by providing auditory and visual feedback that rewards the brain. This process creates training for brain wave patterns and improves challenging roadblocks in the counseling process. Neurofeedback is a suitable option for individuals who do not respond well to medications or who are looking for a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals.
Just as we can train our bodies to perform optimally, so can we train our brains. The way our brains respond to stress, extreme emotions, flawed thought patterns, and general brain functioning can all be improved by neurofeedback. By rewarding correct thought patterns, we can train our brains and ourselves to come back to a state of optimal functioning. We do this by monitoring brainwaves.
Brainwaves are what we track to determine if brain functioning is optimal or not. Comparing a client’s brain functioning to normal brain functioning, we are able to see exactly where the incorrect functioning occurs. When incorrect functioning occurs in a session, the client intentionally corrects of that pattern of thinking to receive the reward. Learning to perform this re-training is what makes neurofeedback so effective and powerful.
In our meetings, brainwaves are mapped using small sensors to detect brain activity. When normal brain activity is detected then a movie or a game will be visible on a computer screen. When the brain activity shifts to the undesired behavior, the game/movie fades out. This allows the client to correct their thinking patterns and by doing so, retrain their brain to perform a more appropriate behavior or thought pattern, and the movie/game resumes.
Do not respond well to traditional approaches.
Benefit from psychotherapy and neurofeedback.
Want to self regulate brain functions.
Are looking for a natural alternative to medication.
Clients can see the alternatives to medications and the side effects along with the long terms consequences they have on children. Clients are looking for healthy alternatives.
It makes sense to retrain the brain. Practitioners’ can assist clients only so far in meditation, yoga, and deep breathing. Neurofeedback helps the individual learn to regulate their brain and increase or decrease certain brain activity.
Neurophysiology and science is compelling. When someone changes his/her EEG one is by definition changing activation and timing patterns.
These affect different pathways and feedback loops into the brain. When understood these mechanisms, neurotherapy, becomes understandable as an effective adjunct to counseling or psychotherapy.
Clients need more help than medications and psychotherapy.
Symptoms improve more rapidly than normal psychotherapy.
Proven life-changing results in children & adults.
Considered well-researched and evidence-based.
Neurofeedback does not specifically target any disorder. Instead Neurofeedback changes timing and activation patterns in the brain. The goal is to slowly guide your brain back into normal, healthy ranges and reconnect neural pathways that have been disconnected. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which in turn impacts a variety of symptoms.
90% of children who die
by suicide have a mental health condition
70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition
1 in 5 adults or 43.8 million in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year
Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others
We have watches that count each step we take, phone applications that tally each calorie swallowed and burned, "smartshirts" that measure our heart rate and respiration. We are living in an era of personal data tracking — yet many experts say we're missing a huge opportunity to use our body's data to change our physiological activity for the better.
Researchers are beginning to develop new forms of neurofeedback, which could help people learn to alter patterns of brain activity associated with any number of maladaptive cognitions and behaviors. Early studies indicate that feedback with real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) could help in treating clinical disorders including depression, schizophrenia, addiction and chronic pain.
The goal of mindfulness training is to help the client become aware of and accepting of, his or her full experience as it occurs moment by moment. Awareness and acceptance leads to a release of stress, sadness, anger, and anxiety. The goals of mindfulness training are to help reduce and eventually eliminate harmful neurocognitive states and processes that arise from inefficient neurological and electrical patterns in the brain such as destructive rumination, worry, self-blame, judgment, negativity, pain and more. A client who learns the skills of mindfulness tends to achieve better emotional, mental, relational, and physiological regulation over time. This skill can offer a constant source of comfort, stress-reduction, insight and illumination.
As we near our yearly celebration of things for which we are thankful, I am mindful of your organization and the many instances of dramatic healing that are occuring through neurofeedback around the world - due in large part to your efforts. Blessings to you and that which you seek to accomplish.
My adopted daughter who is highly ADHD and has difficulty focusing in school has been on medication for over 6 years. She completed neurofeedback and has been taken completely off her medication for the past 6 months and is doing great in school. She has not had any behavioral issues reported by her teacher since her treatments. I was not sure what I thought about neurofeedback but am glad we tried this form of therapy and got her off medication for her own health.
We're definitely doing something right! Our 6-year old son has become very polite, courteous and agreeable. He is concerned about other's feelings and whether he is being good. He is showing more initiative to do things that he has been asked to do. He has drawn more pictures in the last three weeks than in three years.
Treatment of ADHD, in recent years, has primarily been prescribed stimulant medications. In addition, we are all aware of the concerns with side effects of long term use of stimulants used in pharmaceutical approaches. Neurofeedback therapy as an alternative has been proven to be effective in a number of scientific studies. In the case of traditional pharmaceutical treatment, improvements have not been reported in areas of social and academic skills. Some studies do show varied results on effectiveness, but Neurofeedback has been described as improved attention, decreased hyperactivity, and increased academic and social skills.More Research
Anxiety and related disorders have successfully been treated with Neurofeedback. Studies reviewing anxiety and depression show symptoms can be significantly decreased using Neurofeedback. Based on self-reports, those suffering from anxiety in phobia-related disorders reported decreased levels of anxiety using Neurofeedback. Those suffering from PTSD also showed improvements, reporting decreased anxiety utilizing Neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback being a natural way to retrain neural pathways, it is proven effective without the risk of potentially dangerous side effects of prescription medication.More Research
Study after study has shown the effectiveness of Neurofeedback on symptoms of depression. Research has found that there is a biological link to disorders like depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Despite the biological link, prescribed medication is only mildly more effective than placebo in the treatment of these problems. Studies, including individuals with varying disorders including depression, prove Neurofeedback has significant effects in patience with major depressive disorder.More Research
PTSD is a widespread mental health concern with dangerous long-term consequences. Neurofeedback has shown promise alleviating overall PTSD symptoms, including underlying neurobiological consequences. Studies also prove Neurofeedback treatment to be effective on those who have not responded to other treatment modalities. Even studies from the Department of Defense condone Neurofeedback treatment for PTSD, saying "We determined the feasibility of the standalone EEG-only neurofeedback training protocol based on in combat-related PTSD."More Research
Migraines effect 4 million people monthly according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Neurofeedback is shown to reduce migraine headache frequency by at least 50% (Stokes). Formal interviews were conducted as well as patient self-reporting to determine the effectiveness. Neurofeedback is a proven treatment for migraines based on another study showing a complete cessation in more than half of the participants, while the remaining participants reported at least a 50% reduction in migraine frequency.More Research
Neurofeedback is an operant conditioning procedure, by which the subject learns to control his or her EEG activity. One study describes 4 out of 5 children designated Learning Disabled showed changes compatible with maturational improvement, based on types of brain wave changes. They go on to say that 4 out of 5 children, treatment showed improvement both behaviorally as well as electroencephalographically. Industry standard tests including TOVA and WISC were utilized to collect this information. Read the full research study below for further details.More Research
Recent studies have suggested that an impairment of information processes due to the presence of cortical hyperarousal might interfere with normal sleep onset and/or consolidation. As such, a treatment modality focusing on CNS arousal, and thus influencing information processing, might be of interest. Using Neurofeedback, one study looking at pre and post measures in insomnia patients shows overall improvements in total sleep time. Among the test groups, only the Neurofeedback training resulted in the increase of total sleep time.More Research
Poor self-regulation of arousal is central to the behavioral difficulties experienced by children with traumatic caretaker attachment histories. EEG biofeedback teaches children to self-regulate brain rhythmicity, which may in turn affect global improvements in the areas of attention, aggression, impulse control, and trust formation. Research literature reports successful use of neurofeedback for children with ADHD, autism, asthma, stroke, and migraine. This study extends current research by investigating the effectiveness of neurofeedback in reducing behavioral problems commonly observed in abused/neglected children.More Research