NEUROFEEDBACK: What is it and how does it work?
Neurofeedback (NFB) trains the brain through operant conditioning to function in ways that support optimal functioning. Psychotherapy addresses the way we think about things and consequently how we feel. Together, neurofeedback and psychotherapy can create lasting change and recovery. Overall, neurofeedback improves brain function so you can better engage in the psychotherapy process and make more conscious, healthy decisions for yourself.
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, offers an additional treatment option for people with mood disorders, anxiety, addictions and attention deficit disorder. NFB has been around since the 1960's but it is just now gaining acceptance as an effective intervention. In addition, NFB equipment is expensive, so many clinicians shy away from using it. Nonetheless, there is a growing body of research showing neurofeedback efficacy in treating these disorders. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that NFB is a level two evidenced based practice in the treatment of ADHD. Neurofeedback also stabilizes the brain to reduce anxiety and depression, allowing for better, more lasting recovery from PTSD, panic disorders, anxiety related issues such as sleep disorders, eating disorders and/or other addictions. It will not solve all your problems but it can help stabilize your brain enough for you to do the recovery work necessary for lasting change.
Neurofeedback is a 100% non-invasive, drug-free, brain training system that helps the central nervous system (CNS) make the best use of your brain’s natural resources.
How does neurofeedback work?
Our brains, the controllers of our bodies, are intricate systems of chemical and electrical activities with about 100 billion neurons. While we know a lot about how the brain works, there is still a lot to learn. What we do know is that the brain is designed to adapt to changes in the body and our environment and function well at all times. However, for a variety of reasons- genetics and environment- the brain gets "out of whack", so to speak, and does not function as well as it is able. The brain then becomes "dys-regulated". Simply put, a dys-regulated brain tends to be over-stimulated when it is supposed to be calm and under-stimulated or when it is supposed to be attentive. Sometimes, the brain self-corrects. When it doesn't, this dys-regulation becomes “the new normal”. So it makes sense that we should be able to re-train the brain to function optimally, the way it was designed. In neurofeedback training, we work in conjunction with other treatments. When your brain is better regulated, it allows you to change behaviors and thoughts.
(retrieved from: The Hull Institute Website http://www.hullinstitute.com)