Neurofeedback Therapy is a very effective treatment, that can reduce and resolve a number of symptoms, and often much quicker than traditional therapies. As well, neurofeedback often helps problems that haven't responded to past therapy.
The control unit for our bodies, our thinking and emotional functioning, and our behaviour, is our brain. And, both our biology and life experiences play a role in how our brains develop and function. So, if you've experienced stress, abuse, neglect, or emotional trauma (to any degree), or if you were born with problematic brain/nervous system functioning, this can create an imbalance in the way your nervous system works. These kinds of experiences put the brain, mind, and body into a constant state of either over-or-under arousal. In other words, people feel like they're either 'revving' too high or too low (or both) a lot of the time. This then leads to problems with emotions, moods, thought processes, and/or behaviours. The result is anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, learning and attention problems, poor judgment and choices, issues with coping, and/or problematic actions. Here, neurofeedback therapy may help.
For many years, neurofeedback therapy has been used to help people better regulate their nervous systems. Essentially, neurofeedback is a method that trains the brain to re-create ‘balance’ in its functioning, and work in a much healthier way. To do this, through a gentle, simple, and often enjoyable protocol using neurofeedback technology, your brain is taught how to create brainwave activity associated with healthier nervous system functioning. It's then rewarded for doing so. The more your nervous system is rewarded for re-creating this balance, the more it learns, over time, how to do this on its own. Once it does, unstable moods, emotional issues, psychological/cognitive issues, and problematic behaviours decrease or disappear.
The Benefits of a qEEG
Prior to beginning neurofeedback you may also want to complete something called a qEEG. This easy-to-complete process can be done in a regular office over a period of one hour. A qEEG allows neurofeedback experts to observe the many different parts of your brain at once to determine which have brainwave patterns that are working too fast, too slow, and/or where your brain is not talking well to itself (something very important for mental and cognitive health and functioning). From here, specific neurofeedback therapy protocols are then selected to train these over-or-under working parts of your brain toward better functioning and symptom reduction.
If you are in the London, Ontario area, my very skilled colleague, Linda Weber, can offer you both a qEEG to get a good sense of what parts of your brain are not supporting your mental or cognitive health, and how to train these back to regulation and healthy functioning using neurofeedback therapy. Please contact Linda at: www.mindfulfeedback.ca