Neurofeedback is an effective tool for training the brain to perform more efficiently that has been gaining popularity as a non-invasive and medication free approach. Adults, children and adolescents can participate in this approach to enhance self-regulation, foster resiliency, boost performance, increase wellness, address mental health symptoms, and improve overall brain function. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) Biofeedback, relies on feedback to help brains become more flexible. This feedback comes in the form of visual and audio feedback and provides information to the brain through computer-based software.
Neurofeedback therapy is brain training that challenges and equips the brain to function better and is utilized predominantly for central nervous system regulation, behavior modification, performance enhancement and reduction in maladaptive symptoms. Neurofeedback therapy can help individuals achieve their goals in a timely and sustainable fashion.
Neurofeedback therapy helps with conditions such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Workplace, athletic and creative performance enhancement
After a free consultation with a member of the Neurofeedback team at Heritage, an initial assessment and brain mapping (qEEG) appointment will be scheduled. The qEEG is a completely non-invasive and a painless process. After this recording, a board-certified neurofeedback practitioner will evaluate the data and identify areas to be trained with specific and individualized protocols.
Once the results for your qEEG have been reviewed, training sessions will then be initiated either in our office or remotely. Appointments are scheduled for 30 - 45 minutes 2-3 times per week. Evidence has indicated that 20-40 sessions are typically appropriate for optimal results and at Heritage, we expect to see a measurable improvement in just 5-10 sessions. The duration and success of neurofeedback training is significantly impacted by severity of symptoms, lifestyle, and consistent appointment attendance.
Some benefits to Neurofeedback therapy may include:
Increased energy and motivation
A reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression
Improved concentration and focus
Improved overall mood
Increased mental clarity and sharpness
A reduction of post traumatic stress symptoms
Increase of an individual's ability to feel and behave calmly
Increased emotional stability
Neurofeedback is a powerful tool directly targeting specific locations in the brain to challenge current brain functioning. Neurofeedback has demonstrated potential for significant long-term benefits and improved wellbeing. Call our offices to get set up with a free consultation to see if Neurofeedback therapy is a good option for you.
Neurofeedback therapy at Heritage is indicated for clients ages 6-90 years old and can be an excellent intervention in conjunction with therapy or independently.
Beginning with a process called a QEEG (QuantitativeEEG), clients are seated in a comfortable setting for sessions while sensors are painlessly placed on the scalp. Brainwave activity is monitored while information about power, speed, and allocation of brain resources is visually inspected, noted, and then quantified to a normative database. The QEEG informs the trained practitioner about the location and specific brainwave frequencies that can be targeted and either enhanced or inhibited during training to optimize brain health.
Neurofeedback training sessions monitor brainwave activity and provide immediate reinforcement to individuals in real time in the form of audio, visual, and occasionally tactile feedback. Evidence shows this tailored feedback can help the brain retrain maladaptive neural patterns into stronger, healthier, and more flexible and efficient brain pathways in effect, reducing or replacing the pathways distinguished by the negative symptom.
Research supports that Neurofeedback therapy can be helpful with the following presentations:
- Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Concussions and Head Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic Pain, Memory Difficulties, Substance Use and Abuse, Autism, Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Optimum Performance Enhancement
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment with generally minimal, if any, side-effects. The most common side-effects are brain fog, mild headaches, anxiety and tiredness, which all typically resolve in 12-24 hours.