Eileen Schwartz, Ph.D.

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What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, or biofeedback for brainwaves, is a non-invasive procedure that trains your brain to work more adaptively.

In some conditions, such as attention deficit disorder, headaches, depression, or anxiety, the brain "gets stuck" in the wrong brainwave pattern. This can result in difficulties concentrating and learning, or in feelings of fatigue or anxiety. Neurofeedback helps the brain to break unhelpful patterns and teaches it to perform more effectively and efficiently.

What are the Advantages of neurofeedback?

  • Few reported side- effects.
  • May reduce medication needs. (Please note that medication should never be changed or
    stopped without first consulting with your physician).
  • Increases alertness and concentration.
  • Reduces worrying.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Relieves headaches and certain kinds of chronic pain.
  • Helps your brain to maintain more efficient attention and response patterns.

What happens during a Neurofeedback Session?

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive procedure. Following a diagnostic interview, a clinician places sensors on your scalp to record your brainwaves, and sets goals for your brain. You work toward these goals by playing a (hands free) video game with your mind. When the brainwaves go in the desired direction, the video game scores points. Over time this process helps the brain learn to achieve and maintain optimal states.

How Many Sessions are Required?

Some people report improved sleep or reduced anxiety after one session but typically the brain requires more time to solidify new patterns. Most conditions can be treated within twenty sessions; less complex symptoms may resolve in as few as five sessions. Each person responds differently to neurofeedback, and you should discuss prospective treatment time with your clinician.

How Will I Know if Neurofeedback is Helping?

Early in treatment you may experience improved sleep, improved mood, and increased mental clarity. As treatment progresses, you may feel more relaxed, or your mental stamina (ability to concentrate for long periods) may increase. You’ll begin to experience symptom relief.

Is Neurofeedback Helpful for Everyone?

As with every treatment approach, a small number of people may not benefit from neurofeedback. If you are not making progress after 6 sessions your therapist will review your situation and may suggest other modalities.

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