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SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS MIGRAINESNeurotherapy (EEG biofeedback, or neurofeedback) uses electronic monitoring equipment to provide moment-to-moment information to an individual on the state of their neurophysiological functioning. During therapy, sensors are placed on the scalp and then connected to sensitive, computerized electronic equipment that detect, amplify, and record specific brain activity. This information is fed back to the client through visual, auditory, and tactile (the sense of touch) means. Software is used by the clinician to adjust how and when feedback is provided to the client with the understanding that changes in the feedback signal(s) indicate whether or not the client’s brain activity is within the range(s) designated by the clinician. Based on this feedback, the brain’s ability to learn guided by the clinician’s input, changes in patterns of brain functioning occur and are associated with positive changes in physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Often the client is unaware of the mechanisms that underlie the changes as they are occurring, although many report acquiring a ‘felt sense’ of the positive changes after the session.
Neurotherapy is distinguished from other forms of biofeedback by its focus on the brain and central nervous system. Neurotherapy takes into account behavioral, cognitive, and subjective aspects of individual function as well as brain activity. Neurotherapy challenges the brain to function better. This powerful brain-based technique is not new; it has been successfully helping clients around the world for over 30 years. It is a non invasive procedure with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms. Neurotherapy does not involve surgery or medication, nor is it painful or injurious to the client. Neurotherapy sensors and equipment are passive - they only detect, amplify, and display the electrical activity of the brain. Clients generally do not experience negative side-effects.
Neurotherapy is preceded by an objective assessment of brain activity and psychological status. A variety of assessment techniques are employed by our clinical staff in the assessment to include interviews, assesment instruments (some are computerized, others are paper and pencil, and some may be completed on the Internet), and Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG). The qEEG, MICROCog computerized test of neuropsychological functioning, computerized continuous performance tests, and the clinical interview are the most commonly used assessment tools employed by the clinicians at Focus for Living.
After the assessment, the clinician will go over the results with the client and recommend a treatment plan to address the problem(s) identified in the assessment and the symptoms identified by the client. Think of Neurotherapy sessions as personal training for the brain. Training the brain to function at its potential is similar to the way the rest of the body is exercised, toned, and maintained. Brain training exercises the neural pathways that allow the brain to function optimally in a variety of areas.
During a standard session we will observe brain activity charting the several brain wave frequencies. Depending on the specific area of the brain being exercised, we will train your brain activity by inhibiting some activity while rewarding other activity, creating shifts toward a more appropriate and stable brain state. The process occurs gradually over the course of 20-40 sessions of 30- 50 minutes each.
Neurotherapy is used to treat a variety of symptoms associated with a broad range of neuropsychological problems. Neurotherapy has been found to be effective in treating the symptoms of the following conditions: