Who Can Benefit?
Do you or your child experience any of the following:
- Trouble with focus or concentration
- Difficulty with memory and recall of information
- Recurring or intrusive thoughts or difficulty just “letting things go?”
- Poor moods, excessive anger, or easy frustration
- Worry or negativity that interferes with daily life
- Difficulty calming and relaxing
- Poor sleep quality or inability to fall asleep
- Sensory processing challenges
If you answered yes to any of these questions, neurofeedback may be just the answer you have been looking for.
How Does It Work?
Neurofeedback is the process of monitoring the interactions of the brain in real time and rewarding the brain when it does what it should. Your brain contains a complicated web of neural pathways that make it possible for all the different areas to communicate and work together. Scientists have estimated there are up to 30 billion messages being passed between your neurons every second. Even though that’s 80,000 times more than our average computer processor, it doesn’t mean the brain is always a master of efficiency.
You know the phrase “stuck in a rut?” Well, sometimes brains can get “stuck” using neural pathways that prevent them from operating at optimal levels. Neurofeedback allows the clinician to monitor communication and electrical activity between areas of the brain in real time and reward the brain for doing what it should.
What Is The Process?
First, we get a map of the inside of your head using an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine, which requires nothing more than lying back in a comfortable chair for a bit. Then, we compare your map to those of the same age, sex, etc., and identify the regions of your brain that aren’t communicating normally. Once we determine which parts need training, sensors are placed on the corresponding areas of your head to track neural activity.
After you get comfortable, we start a movie of your choice through a program that only plays the video when the sensors detect that your brain is using the correct pathways. If your mind starts to slip back into its “rut,” the screen will slowly darken and fade. Your subconscious doesn’t like this, and will begin to fire on all cylinders trying to bring the picture back.
Once the machine detects the right path is being used, your brain is rewarded with the movie playing again. Eventually, your brain will learn that using our intended pathway keeps the film rolling, and it will become the new default.
Of course, you don’t feel this process! Most clients report that neurofeedback is the easiest therapy they have ever done.
How Do I Know If I Need Neurofeedback Or Talk Therapy?
At Connect and Restore, we strongly believe in the power of both neurofeedback and traditional talk therapy. While neurofeedback deals with the biology of the brain and changing the patterns of the brain that lead to negative symptoms, talk therapy addresses the life situations, core beliefs, and patterns of interaction that are also factors in overall mental health.
A unique aspect of our approach is that we conduct a comprehensive battery of assessments to determine the most effective treatment approach, which can include neurofeedback, biofeedback, talk therapy, or a combination of the above. We work to develop a treatment plan together and find the absolute best treatment for you and/or your child. Additionally, with our extensive background in treating mental health in children and adolescents, we are able to provide a unique lens through which to incorporate neurofeedback into treatment in these populations for optimal results.