WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK?
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, or neurofeedback therapy, is a safe and non-invasive learning process that enables an individual to retrain her own brain habits while engaging the brain in doing an activity like watching a movie or playing a video game. What the client is watching makes visual changes on the monitor and audio changes in the headphones, and these changes are signals to the brain to make adaptions – this is literally the training happening.
Neurofeedback training utilizes state-of-the-art software and an EEG amplifier that reads the electrical activity occurring in the brain. The feedback from the EEG is displayed back to the client in real-time. This type of feedback system engages the brain’s innate ability to adapt and correct itself, a skill known as self-regulation.
Self-Regulation is Key
Individuals with poor self-regulation often experience difficulties with self-discipline and self-control, both in behavior as well as emotionally. Emotional reactivity, impulsiveness and psychological distress are common behaviors of dysregulation. Without self-regulation, many problems of the central nervous system can occur such as lack of focus, anxiety, depression as well as physical symptoms. During neurofeedback sessions, as the brain learns to self-regulate, the nervous system calms down which reduces and can even eliminate symptoms. With neurofeedback, one learns to be more in control of their brain and mental states building stronger self-regulating skills. Clients routinely report greater mental focus and clarity, emotional stability as well as insight and objectivity.
We do two different types of Neurofeedback Training:
Since its discovery in 2006, neurofeedback in the infra‐low frequency (ILF) region of the EEG spectrum (below 0.1 Hz) has matured into a therapeutic method applicable to the full spectrum of mental health disorders. Pioneered by Sue and Siegfried Othmer of EEG Info, in Woodland Hills, CA, the Cygnet software we use to train these low frequencies is the most widely used and technologically advanced in the industry.
DEFAULT NETWORK TRAINING
Default Network Training or DNT was conceived by Dr. David Kaiser, one of the world’s leading experts in qEEG analysis. Based on his unique analysis of brain function using a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG), this type of neurofeedback trains specific parts of the brain – Brodmann areas – to balance their functional capacity. From the Kaiser NeuroMap, we learn specific areas which are essentially working too hard and other areas which are being under-utilized. This results in behaviors that impede your brains best performance and thus your best performance. Default Network Training restores balanced brain function in the most fundamental way.
All areas of the brain are targeted, from the deepest limbic structures, like the amygdala and the hippocampus, which regulate your most basic reptilian responses, to the prefrontal cortex which is capable of the fine-tuned evolved responses, as well as many brain areas in between.