Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback

What is it?

Neurofeedback (NFB) is a safe, non-invasive, and even fun way to train your brain. It’s not a game, though. NFB is a game-changing advancement for mental health treatment.

NFB combines principles of neuroplasticity, operant conditioning and EEG technology to treat just about any symptom linked to a mental health diagnosis. It helps the brain form new patterns in how it regulates its own electrical activity, so problem symptoms don’t have to interfere with your quality of life. NFB is effective in treating anything from ADHD to Anxiety, Depression to Trauma, and lots more. NFB has also been used to treat a wide variety of brain-based issues including sleep problems, headaches and migraines, epilepsy and post-concussion syndrome.

At The Neurovation Center, all NFB training is individualized and personalized to you. Assessment and training is performed by highly trained, certified and experienced staff.

Over 90% of our clients report a 50% or better reduction in their identified symptoms.

NFB is your #1 alternative to using prescription medications, and the majority of clients on prescription meds are able to reduce or
discontinue them altogether.

How does it work?

Treatment typically involves a series of 1-hour sessions, where we create a feedback loop between our equipment and your brain (the neuro part.) Your role is pretty simple – you watch a movie, or sit silently with your eyes closed. Behind the scenes, though, there’s a lot of high-tech stuff going on.

During training, you wear a cap that can read your brain’s electrical activity, and our equipment finds the electrical patterns that cause you to feel (for example) anxious. If your brain is being anxious, our system dims your TV screen. If you stop being anxious, your TV is bright. (If your eyes are closed, you hear pleasant sounds.) Your brain wants to see the TV and hear pleasant sounds – even more than it wants to be anxious! – so it will de-activate the anxiety patterns over and over again.

Now for the important part: Neuroplasticity. Your brain is dynamic. It actually changes the way it connects and communicates with itself all the time. How? By repeating electrical patterns. That’s how you learn. And with NFB, we safely train your brain in how to be less anxious by getting it to repeat healthy patterns over and over again. With adequate time, those changes become the new normal.

This principle works for just about any electrical pattern in the brain that causes problem symptoms. That’s why NFB is a volutionary approach to mental health. We can treat all kinds of focus, anxiety, mood, depression, developmental problems – the list is really quite incredible – at the level of brain functioning.

The Power of Z-Score

The QEEG Assessment evaluates an individual’s brainwave activity and identifies irregular patterns that can be associated with negative symptoms. It measures neuronal brain function through a 19-sensor cap placed on the scalp. Raw EEG data is converted into a topographical brain map of Z-Scores (standard deviations away from the norm) relative to age and gender.

This analysis is a vital part of the diagnostic process, treatment planning, and evaluation of progress.

Before: QEEG #1 June 2013

After: QEEG #2 November 2013 (After 24 training sessions)

Case Study: Heather

Heather is a 16 year old girl who suffered from intense behavioral outbursts and emotional regulation issues. She instigated high conflict at home and struggled severely with concentration, memory, and overall comprehension at school. She had dropped down to a D student and was inflicting self-harm.

Heather’s QEEG Assessment identified global under-powering in all frequencies combined with poor information integration and very low volume activity traveling between brain regions.

Heather was treated using Z-score neurofeedback for a total of 24 sessions. The final QEEG showed global change. All frequencies normalized into near perfect ranges and her asymmetry, coherence, and phase lag issues drastically reduced. Consistent with these changes, her behavioral outbursts ended, emotional regulation normalized, and she began experiencing success in school, becoming an A-B student. 

“Neurofeedback changed my daughter for the better. She starting smiling again, interacting with family, and laughing. You literally saved my family.” – Heather’s Mom

Case Study: Thomas

Thomas is a 12 year old boy diagnosed with ADHD; you can see all of the symptoms he had, and their severity, listed in the Symptom Tracker to the left.  The results speak for themselves. After 36 weeks, both Thomas and his parents had seen a remarkable change, noted by friends and teachers alike. He is now completely off of his meds, and he does not meet the criteria for ADHD any longer.

Thomas averaged a 74% reduction in symptomology overall.

Client Symptom Tracker: Thomas
Each identified symptom is scaled from 1 (“not a problem”) to 10 (“really, really bad”).

“Getting him off the meds has been HUGE! I was so worried about what his life was going to be like if he had to stay on them. While things like focus, motivation and anger outbursts have clearly improved, the amazing thing is how he has become more affectionate. He actually cuddles, and he is able to cry—things he didn’t do before.” – Thomas’s Mom

The Neurofeedback Treatment Process

STEP 1

ASSESSMENT

The Phoenix Assessment involves 4-one-hour sessions spaced out over 3-4 visits:

  • At the first visit, start with a one-hour QEEG acquisition session followed by a one-hour Clinical Interview.
  • Before treatment begins, you will have a Symptom Tracker© baseline interview. You may be recommended for other evaluations such as trauma or family dynamics.
  • The process will conclude with the Review and Treatment Plan overview session about one week later.
  • A Phoenix Assessment includes : QEEG Acquisition and Analysis, Clinical Interview, Symptom Tracker© Interview, QEEG Review / Treatment Plan Overview.

Treatment

Treatment for neurofeedback is a process taking place 2-3 times per week. More than 4 times per week isn’t better and less than twice a week and your brain isn’t going to shift anytime soon!

STEP 2

STEP 3

Review

Everyone should plan to attend 45 treatments with QEEG reviews every 15-20 sessions. Some patients will experience early discharge at 35 sessions and some at 65 sessions or more.

*If you are on 2 or more psychiatric medications and your goal is to get off of them, the total number of treatments will be more than the norm.

Discharge

50%Occurs when identified symptoms are greater than or equal to 50% of initial scaled average value.

90%About 90% of all patients who were compliant with treatment achieved the goal.

STEP 4