The Pressure of Intimacy Can Trigger Big Reactions

Having worked as a psychotherapist offering couples therapy for years, and having been in a long term, committed relationship for a few decades myself, I know what intimacy can dredge up in us.  Actually, it is fine, so long as it stays healthy.  It is when we can’t reflect and learn and grow from the pressure and reactivity that it can eventually cause a rift that is very difficult to heal.

Dr. Val Brown professional trainer webinar on NeurOPTIMAL®

Val Brown, Ph.D. and developer of NeurOPTIMAL® Neurofeedback presented this webinar to the professional trainer community. In it, you hear from the horses mouth what NeurOPTIMAL® does and how it does what it does.  Let us know if we can answer any further questions.

What is the difference between linear & non-linear neurofeedback?

Princess Leia from Stars Wars speaks to Obi Wan and Luke in the form of a hologram that R2 is projecting on the table.


The difference between linear and non-linear neurofeedback is ‘huge’ (as Bernie would say). And there is only one system that I know of that utilizes non-linear physics and math and that is NeurOptimal®.  As I understand it, the traditional field is reading only 4% of the electrical activity (often throughs away 96%), based on the Shannon math that is utilized.  And then there is the digital signal processing which is the same that was used from the 1960s.  It is all based on linear physics and math, or a reductionistic science model. The idea that we are not a machine with parts but a unitary organism is key to understanding the chasm that exists here.

Neurofeedback brain training for the performing artist

One of the biggest benefits I have seen from neurofeedback brain training for the performing artist, be it musician/singer, dancer or actor, is enhancement of cognitive and physical resilience, reduction of anxiety and ability to more in the moment, more present.  I have had clients who are on the road many weeks and months during the year and this can be very difficult, even for someone who loves the lifestyle.  The travel alone is tedious, not to mention food and sleep issues, lack of daily routine and loss of social life- to name only a few.

Concussion Rates Rising in the U.S., Especially Among Adolescents

concussionThe number of Americans diagnosed with concussions is growing, most significantly in adolescents, according to researchers at UC San Francisco. The findings appear online August 16, 2016, in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

The article explains that “concussions are a form of mild traumatic brain injury resulting in transient functional and biochemical changes in the brain. They can lead to time lost from sports, work and school, as well as significant medical costs”. But the way that the medical world addresses concussions is often not effective from what my clients have told me. They often feel like they are walking around wounded and having to find coping mechanisms at best, rather than healing the core trauma.

Neurofeedback Discussion

My journey started 16 years ago when I began to research the neurofeedback (NF) field. Given my training and experience, I felt that NF could possibly be a modality that could non-invasively help get under protective mechanisms that slow or prevent trauma resolution.  What I discovered over the past decade of using NF with my clients is that it improves overall resilience, no matter the symptom.   Surprisingly, resilience improves even with the more intense cases and generally stabilizes folks more rapidly than I could have anticipated.  This led me into deeper study of the science behind these results.