Neurofeedback improves Mental and Emotional Capacity
Now is always a good time for self-reflection and an opportunity to reposition our mental and physical well-being.
Neurofeedback is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free approach to improving mental and emotional capacity.
Peak performers increase motivation, enhance focus, report better sleep and stronger emotional balance.
Challenges we address are symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep issues, trauma and pain perception.
Children and teenagers learn better brain behaviours that translate into stronger social skills, focussed attention, reduced stress and anxiety, and as a result gain confidence and maturity.
Age-related issues and developmental disorders can be addressed with neurofeedback.
Sensory processing involves many pre-conscious brain area activation and neuronal information flows before we gain conscious awareness of impulses from our environment. We rely on a mature activation of specialised brain areas and their smooth interfacing with relevant brain networks. When either is compromised, we lose the ability to live in the moment, and pathologies result. Focus, sleep, drive and mood regulation depend on an efficient functioning of our brain circuitry.
With neurofeedback, we can identify which brain areas need training, and show the brain more efficient habits. The brain now has the choice to apply what it has learned and integrate new behaviour patterns into our life.
Neurofeedback training is non-invasive and drug-free. Sessions involve watching a movie of choice, providing a reward to our conscious mind. Sensors, applied comfortably with a washable, conductive paste, measure small currents (EEG) on our scalp that can be amplified and analysed real-time. When undesired patterns are detected, the volume drops and the picture shrinks, and the brain pre-consciously adapts its behaviour to restore continuity of the film shown, i.e. the reward for our conscious mind. Throughout a session, a learning effect can thus be observed.
We train specific brain areas to learn a more efficient behaviour pattern. The brain can choose to adopt this if it improves our overall functioning, and integrate better habits into our life – such as improved sleep, focus, drive and mood regulation. Neurofeedback training is passive (for our conscious mind) and changes we make are voluntary, that is, they can be unlearned if they don’t serve a purpose.
Neurofeedback training starts with a qEEG brain map, where we record the brain’s activity for about twenty minutes with different tasks. Analysis of this data enables us to form a targeted, individualised training plan.
Neurofeedback training sessions last between one and two hours, thus accommodating a natural ultradian attention rhythm as well as the duration of a movie. We can train multiple sites during this time and repeat the process as needed. Usually starting with three sessions per week, training can be adapted to be more or less frequent, and intensive courses involving two sessions per day over a week can also be accommodated. Ten sessions will give a good indication of responsiveness, which besides subjective feedback we can ascertain with a further brain map. Usually forty hours of neurofeedback can address most brain areas targeted, though severity can influence this somewhat if certain brain behaviours are more ingrained.
Our flexibility to change our surroundings, such as confronting relationships and ambitions, is key to enabling and ensconcing changes. Neurofeedback training can be complemented with various types of therapies, including talk, touch and diet.
Neurofeedback London-Brighton-Manchester does not provide diagnosis nor medical advice. By engaging in neurotherapy, you confirm you have read and understood the disclaimer.
Neurofeedback is a form of complementary therapy and should not be seen as a replacement for conventional medicine. qEEG brain map-based neurofeedback training takes a more holistic approach to brain functioning, rather than just focusing on medical symptoms. It is not intended as a form of diagnosis nor medical intervention nor medical advice per the disclaimer.
Neurofeedback for Clinicians
Daniel Webster studied neurofeedback with key founders of the field of neurofeedback in Los Angeles. He provides consultations and bespoke training for clinicians interested in learning about neurofeedback and its applications.