Neurofeedback is an effective tool for training the brain to perform more efficiently. 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 and generate new neural pathways. This feedback comes in the form of visual and audio feedback and provides information to the brain through a computer-based software.
Neurofeedback is brain training that challenges and equips the brain to function better and is utilized predominantly for central nervous system regulation, behavior modification, and reduction in maladaptive symptoms. Neurofeedback can help individuals achieve their goals in a timely and sustainable fashion.
What is a session like?
After a free consultation with a member of the Neurofeedback staff at Heritage an initial assessment and brain mapping (QEEG) appointment will be scheduled. The QEEG is non-invasive and painless. After this recording a board-certified neurofeedback practitioner will evaluate the data and identify areas to be trained with individualized protocols.
Training sessions begin after QEEG results have been reviewed. Appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes 2-3 times per week. Evidence has indicated that 20-40 sessions are usually appropriate for optimal results. At Heritage, we expect to see measurable improvement in 5-10 sessions. Duration and success of neurofeedback training is significantly impacted by severity of symptoms, lifestyle, and consistent appointment attendance.
How does it work?
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 in a process called a QEEG (Quantitative EEG). The QEEG informs the trained practitioner about the areas and specific brainwave frequencies that can be targeted and either enhanced or inhibited during training to optimize brain health.
Neurofeedback monitors brainwave activity and provides 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 re-train maladaptive neural pathways into stronger, healthier, and more flexible and efficient brain pathways in effect, reducing or replacing the pathways distinguished by the negative symptom.
Who is Neurofeedback for?
Research supports that Neurofeedback training can be helpful with the following presentations:
- Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Concussions and Head Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain, memory difficulties, Substance use and abuse, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, and optimum performance enhancement
Neurofeedback at Heritage is indicated for clients ages 6-90 years old and can be an excellent intervention in conjunction with therapy or independently.