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What is Neurofeedback Therapy Used For?

Neurofeedback therapy uses a computer program to assess your brainwave activity, providing immediate feedback.  It is related to biofeedback and has proven very effective for certain patients suffering from neurological disorders or injury.

Biofeedback

Some people know about biofeedback because they once owned a mood ring – a heat-sensitive metal ring that would supposedly respond to a person’s mood. Biofeedback measures things like body temperature, breathing, heart rate, brain waves, and other condition.

The aim of biofeedback is to leverage control over a person’s involuntary body functions. This process of gaining control over these body functions is called conditioning, operant conditioning, and relaxation.

In a general way, biofeedback is a catchall category like music, and neurofeedback is a specific type of music, like hip-hop or jazz. There are other types of biofeedback that doctors use in a variety of ways. These include heart rate variability, thermal, and muscular, as well as neurological feedback, which is another way of saying neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback

All biofeedback uses a monitoring system like a computer or a specific program to monitor whatever it’s trying to measure. Neurofeedback is specifically measuring brainwave activity. Scientists and doctors look at amplitude – the number of brainwaves spent in particular parts of the brain – and dysregulation – how well the brainwaves work together.

A good analogy for neurofeedback is your car’s yearly inspection. During an inspection, there are tons of computers and gauges hooked up to your car in order to see which elements are working well and which aren’t.

Just like when your mechanic will give you a run-down about what’s going on in your car, neurofeedback can tell you what parts of your brain are working efficiently, or how your brain’s activity looks compared to your peers of similar age and gender.

Some types of neurofeedback do not require experts to conduct them. Well-meaning people can buy the equipment needed to conduct neurofeedback, but they won’t necessarily have the skills to use it correctly. And when it’s your brain or the way you handle certain situations, you want to eliminate any room for error.

Alleviate symptoms

Neurofeedback has been known to alleviate symptoms from a variety of neurological afflictions, including PTSD, Parkinson’s, movement disorders, anxiety, sleep disorders, concussions, or repercussions from brain injury or surgery. 

What neurofeedback does really well is it shows which parts of a person’s brain are working and which aren’t. It can map the activity in a certain area, as in the situation of a stroke, or it can show dysregulation in neural hubs, like in PTSD or in a concussion.

When looking at patients with elevated amounts of anxiety, the neurofeedback is looking to map the cause of the anxiety. Anxiety is just the symptom, an important distinction to make. Once it has been determined what part of your brain is over- or under-activated, or which part is dysregulated, a whole slew of options are available for treatment.

What happens during a session?

An average of 20 sessions are used in neurofeedback therapy, although some patients need less and some need more. When you go to a session, you sit in a chair and a technician hooks some sensory pads to your scalp. You are then directed to watch a screen that will have graphics, play music, or have some sort of game. The way your brain interacts with the images on the screen tells the program which parts of your brain are doing what.

The neurofeedback program will assess your brainwave activity, and it will then direct your brainwaves to the areas of your brain that are over- or under-activated. It is a huge benefit of neurofeedback therapy that you get such immediate feedback from the program. In between sessions, you should notice a difference in your mental clarity, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and sleep quality.

Where to find neurofeedback therapy

It is important to find a technician with training and experience in neurofeedback therapy. It is also important to use that neurofeedback to suss out the causes of some of the patient’s issues.

Ask your doctor about neurofeedback therapy and if it’s right for you. Experts like those at The Attach Place can lead you down the path to a healthier mind, spirit, and body.

The Imagination Is Worse Than Reality With Traumatized Children

Dear Parents,

The Attach Place

The Attach Place
Center for Strengthening Relationships

As a fellow parent, I know what it is like to be scared senseless by TV movies about attachment challenged children, about News reports of foster children killing parents, and my imagination in the face of truly unbelievable, unrelenting shenanigans by my children. Much of my own dysregulation was caused by my ever-present fear of the future hovering around me. Sometimes I could feel the breath of fear, rank and hot on my neck.

Do yourself a favor:  only think of your children in the present. They are not your future nightmare.  They are children. They are traumatized, wounded children.

Difficult?  Oh yes.  Hurting and hurtful?  Certainly.  Criminals and killers?  Not usually.  Can they become criminals and killers?  Yes, just like the rest of the population. News flash: most criminals and killers are raised by their biological parents.

Put your fears away and bring your empathy, tenacity, and love out for the rest of their childhood.  Don’t let the sensational, unusual, or imaginal destroy your ability to love freely with hope now. Remember that attachment challenged brains are delayed emotionally.  Even if you have a terrible teen, calculate the true emotional age (about half the chronological age). Still pretty darned young, right?

Love matters,

Ce

The Attach Place Upcoming Events Calendar

Trust-based Therapeutic Parenting Class for Parents of Children from Difficult Beginnings by Ce Eshelman, LMFT will be held on November 10, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pmChildcare provided for an additional fee. CALVCB will reimburse this training. Register here or on our website!

AUTISM Support Group:  Monthly Strictly Social Autism Spectrum Disorder Night for Tweens (11 yrs – 16 yrs) at The Attach Place. Open to the public. November 19, 2018from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Gluten-free snacks provided. Please RSVP to Andrea@attachplace.com so we get enough snacks. This is a  monthly social group for the children; and caregivers will have an opportunity to connect, chat, and chill in a separate space. A donation of $0.00 to $5.00 will be accepted for food and supervision if you are able, but please don’t let that be an attendance barrier because the group is FREE.  ASD kids need a social life and this is a great way to make it happen.

UPCOMING ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP facilitated by Ce Eshelman, LMFT:  Click Here to join our monthly  Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group on November 14, 2018! Open to all parents/caregivers at no cost. Support Group is every 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6 pm to 8 pm at 3336 Bradshaw Road, Ste 175, Sacramento, CA 95827.

GIVE MY BOOK FOR SUPPORT TO A FELLOW ADOPTION ADVENTURER: Drowning With My Hair On Fire: Insanity Relief For Adoptive Parents by Ce Eshelman, LMFT.  Daily inspirational reading for those who sometimes find it hard to keep hope alive. There is hope for healing.  At Amazon or get a discounted copy here.

 

Neurofeedback Solutions for reducing the intensity of Developmental Trauma symptoms in foster and adoptive children and their parents.  Get more information here.

Change Your Child’s Brain / Change Your Child’s Life

 

 

How Trauma Impacts Your Whole Life

Take a few moments to listen to the common effects of trauma on the brain, body, mind, and spirit.

The Attach Place provides state of the art holistic interventions for trauma’s impact on all aspects of a person’s life, family, work, and overall sense of well-being.  Neurofeedback, Regulation Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Hypnotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and more.