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What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is used to train children, adolescents, and adults from ages 5 up. Common diagnoses that neurofeedback treats include: ADHD, emotional & behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, & memory problems.  Research has shown it is an effective treatment for stress management, migraines, and pain as well. Treatment can range between 10-40 sessions depending on the diagnosis and the person.

Neurofeedback works by helping the brain to change itself.  An electroencephalogram (EEG) recording is taken of the brain to identify brainwaves that are over or under functioning. It also identifies which part of the brain is over or under active; there are parts of your brain that control your mood, attention, calmness, sleep, and emotions. A unique treatment plan is made for each patient using these EEG recordings.  

Neurofeedback training works by placing sensors on your head to record EEG.  The clinician sets the pattern of brainwaves that your brain needs to improve.  When your brain meets that pattern then you will see feedback.  For example, feedback may include hearing a sound or making a DVD move or change colors.  Once your brain sees this as good feedback, then it will create more of those brainwaves to continue to get the feedback. As your brain creates this pattern, you will begin to notice changes in how your body and mind feel. The brain works on patterns and once it creates a pattern that feels good, then the pattern will be maintained. 

Interested in talking to someone about whether you could benefit from neurofeedback? Click here to learn more about our clinician, Stephanie Barkley, MA, LMFT, BCN, who offers this treatment.