What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses a map of your brain waves to train (we call it conditioning) the brain. If you were able to do it, this is what you could expect.
First, you complete a QEEG (we call it a brain map) using one of our caps with electrodes on it. This gives us a baseline and we use this information to inform your Neurofeedback treatment. Once we have a baseline reading from the QEEG, you’re ready for your first Neurofeedback session!
For a Neurofeeback session, you are hooked up to 5 electrodes (we call them sensors): one on each ear and three on the head. The sensors stay in place with an easily washable paste. You then sit back and watch a video, while your brain and our computers do the work. The video (stimulus) increases or decreases in brightness based on the functioning of your brain waves (response) in the moment. This creates a calm state in which your brain is able to function optimally. The more you practice this state, the stronger that response will become.
Think of it like practicing for a sport… the more you practice the better you get. But an athlete doesn’t just get stronger at the sport. Practicing also makes a person stronger overall.
This therapy has been used in all sorts of ways. We think it is perfect for our mission – supporting development. We know that there is so much brain activity during adolescence and that a lot of things could harm that development like trauma. So why not go straight to the brain to help!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does it hurt? Can you read my mind?
Neurofeedback is non-invasive and non-stimulating; it does not hurt and is safe. Although, we are able to gain some information about what is going on inside your brain – it is not quite the science fiction you might imagine.
What kind of equipment do you use?
It’s important to note that not all neurofeedback training technologies are the same! We use an empirically validated program through New Mind Technology.
What kinds of things is it used for?
Neurofeedback has been shown effective in treatment of a wide variety of issues, such as: attention deficit issues, impulsivity, emotion regulation, sleep issues, mental health symptoms, and even sport performance enhancement!