We will restart neurofeedback in 2018, apologies for the temporary pause in the neurofeedback program.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback in which sensors provide feedback about brain wave activity. Neurofeedback provides an alternative to those who prefer to not use, or are unable to use, medications.
Neurofeedback is a unique and emerging treatment approach to mental health and wellness. Also known as EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback in which sensors provide feedback about brain wave activity. Studies indicate that neurofeedback training is effective in the treatment of ADHD with large effect sizes in the treatment of inattention and impulsivity and medium effect sizes in the treatment of hyperactivity.
Neurofeedback is currently being studied as a promising new treatment for alcoholism, PTSD, autism, depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, insomnia, age-related cognitive decline, and traumatic brain injury. Athletes, performers, and others use neurofeedback with the goal of achieving optimal wellness and “peak performance.”
How does it work?
First, we meet for a regular intake interview to learn about your history and current symptoms. We talk about your goals and decide whether neurofeedback may be appropriate for you.
Next, using computer software and a brain wave sensor, we work with you to develop your own personalized program.
You will have one or more sensors on your scalp, while you engage in an activity such as playing a computer game, listening to music, concentrating on a moving image, or watching a movie. The computer will provide feedback or information to you about your brain activity in the form of sounds, pauses in the movie or other signs. Using the feedback from the computer will allow you to develop a greater degree of self-regulation, which will help you improve your brain function.
Your mind is the controller, and positive results—an image of a rocket accelerating through space, or your music continuing to play uninterrupted—occur when brainwave frequencies reach the goal we established for you. Neurofeedback practice can be seen as exercise for the brain. The positive reinforcement that the brain receives in neurofeedback training leads to optimization of brain performance. Exciting new research is exploring the use of neurofeedback training for musicians, athletes, and others to achieve peak performance.
How long is the treatment?
The length, frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual situation and goals. A typical course of neurofeedback involves 20 to 40 sessions. Results are typically seen after the first 8 sessions. You may notice results in fewer sessions, or it might take longer. We recommend that you have your sessions 1 to 3 times per week.
A typical session takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. During the session you will engage in the neurofeedback training for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. In addition you will begin with relaxation and breathing training with or without the use of biofeedback. Some sessions may be shorter, others considerably longer, and we may work with you to gradually increase the length of your neurofeedback training sessions over the course of your treatment. We work with you to determine the effectiveness of treatment, adjusting the brain activity goals, and the length and frequency of sessions as needed.
Neurofeedback in the news?
Neurofeedback is a rapidly growing, dynamic field. Publicity in recent years has touted neurofeedback’s potential to address an astounding range of conditions, from the 2006 World Cup champion Italian soccer team’s testimony of neurofeedback’s role in achieving their “peak performance,” to the Yonkers school district’s reports of dramatic improvements in children with ADHD and behavioral issues. However, while the abundance of anecdotal clinical evidence for a wide range of conditions is powerful, controlled clinical trials are limited to few areas, including ADHD and substance abuse. We believe more research is critical in order to better understand the effectiveness of neurofeedback.
What are the risks associated with neurofeedback?
No long-term adverse effects have been reported with neurofeedback in research studies. A risk of different kind, it the big commitment that neurofeedback treatment requires. A meaningful treatment trial is at least 8 sessions and in general full treatment requires 20 to 40 sessions. The benefits of make this commitment are clearly shown by research for ADHD and addictions, but for other conditions such as depression, anxiety or peak performance the research is promising but still quite limited.
We received training and remain in consultation with Biofeedback Resources International, an organization approved by BCIA. We work to stay informed on research and developments in the field, and we continue to receive mentorship from other neurofeedback practitioners.
I am interested in learning more about receiving neurofeedback. What do I do next?
We offer neurofeedback at the Mind Medicine Center and you can contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 646.606.2663.
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Biofeedback is a technology-based mind-body therapy in which visual images or sounds provide feedback about your body’s physiological responses. Biofeedback can relieve the physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety, muscle tension, and stress. Using computer software and a sensor, such as a finger clip that measures your heart rate, you will work to develop greater self-regulation over your body’s responses.
This is a powerful tool to teach yourself to decrease your stress response and activate your relaxation response. You will learn to modify your heart rate variability, increase body temperature, and control other physiological responses.
Biofeedback provides an alternative to those who prefer to not use, or are unable to use, medications.
HEART RHYTHM VARIABILITY (HRT) AND COHERENCE TRAINING
HRV is a form of biofeedback that uses measurements of beat-to-beat changes in heart rate with the goal of teaching you how to reduce stress and increase emotional stability. A growing body of research suggests that this approach helps people to develop a greater awareness of the connection between their emotions, physiology, and behavior.