Neurofeedback is called many things. It is referred to as EEG biofeedback, neuro-biofeedback, Neurotherapy, and brain wave training. These terms are often used interchangeably. Neurofeedback training is effective for many conditions, such as head injuries, mood, anxieties, and a variety of other conditions regulated by brain wave function..
Neurostimulation, when used in conjunction with neurofeedback, enhances the quality and pace of outcomes typically achieved by neurofeedback alone. Neurostimulation, at the clinical level, is comprised of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) and pulsed electro-magnetic field stimulation (pEMF). These various modalities are used in customized and nuanced ways to aid our clients’ brain and body function.
A quantitative EEG (QEEG) is a brain map. This is an electrical measurement, analysis, and quantification of one’s brainwaves. Brainwaves are the brain’s verbing, or the action potentials of the brain. We first gather the raw EEG data, and then we process it through a normative database, which is a database of healthy individuals’ brainwaves of the same age and gender as the client. This gives us a comparison of the functionality of the client’s brain relative to that of others. This is the first step in our assessment process.
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Our neurotherapy process is like learning to ride a bike.
Initially, you’ll need training wheels to guide you. Neurostimulation is like training wheels on a bike. The brain copies the frequencies it is given. We demonstrate to the brain what we would like it to do. Then we remove the training wheels and test your riding capabilities with neurofeedback. Your brain learns how to behave by mimicking the frequencies it is asked to make and, in time, it creates these frequencies on its own.
We often begin intensively (between two and five sessions weekly). The degree of intensity depends on the severity of the condition. We have learned that, in some cases, undergoing one session per week at the onset of therapy does not produce reliable results. Over time, we reduce the number of sessions until the individual’s brain is behaving in the desired way, reliably and sustainably.
Your brain then knows how to behave just like you know how to ride a bike (once you’ve learned).
Neurotherapy is a medication free and non-invasive form of treatment involving neurostimulation and brain training, which can lead to enhanced emotional, cognitive, and behavioral regulation and efficiency. This type of therapy is effective in addressing ADHD, anxiety, depression, and autism in addition to many other conditions.
Jason F. Mishalanie, Ph.D., Clinical Director of Peak Neuroscience, is BCIA board certified in neurofeedback and trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and psychological treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Mishalanie, along with the staff at Peak Neuroscience, will provide you or your child with a specialized approach to therapy.