What is Neurofeedback?
The brain is involved in everything we do. Focusing, listening, problem-solving, relaxing, as well as how we behave, are all determined by brain health and function. Brain function determines our success or failure in the context of relationships, work, and school. If there are problems in the brain, they result in problems in daily functioning. The great news is that the brain can learn to function more efficiently. We use the term “brain training” to describe the techniques we use to help improve the brain’s overall performance. Better brain function results in clearer thinking, more stable emotions, and behaviors that are more desirable and consistent. Our method of brain training is called neurofeedback, EEG biofeedback, or neurotherapy.
Our Neurofeedback Process
Before getting started with neurofeedback, clinicians at Access Counseling Group will conduct an objective assessment of brain activity and psychological status. The qEEG, MicroCog computerized test of neuropsychological functioning, computerized continuous performance tests, and the clinical interview are the most commonly used assessment tools employed by the clinicians at Access Counseling Group.
After the assessment, the clinician will go over the results with the client and recommend a treatment plan to address the problem(s) identified in the assessment and the symptoms identified by the client. Think of neurofeedback sessions as personal training for the brain. Training the brain to function at its potential is similar to the way the rest of the body is exercised, toned, and maintained. Neurofeedback exercises the neural pathways that allow the brain to function optimally in a variety of areas.
During a standard session, we will observe brain activity, monitoring several brain wave frequencies. Depending on the specific area of the brain being exercised, we will train your brain activity by inhibiting some activity while rewarding other activity. This process encourages more efficient brain function. The process occurs gradually over the course of 20 – 40 sessions of 30 – 50 minutes each.
Issues That Can Be Address Through Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is used to treat a variety of symptoms associated with a broad range of neuropsychological problems. Neurofeedback has been found to be effective in treating the symptoms of the following conditions:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Substance Abuse Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Compulsive Behaviors
- Migraines and headaches
- Bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Pain
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)