What exactly is neurofeedback?What is neurofeedback? How can it help change something that has had an impact on your quality of life? Is it actually possible to improve a condition that you have that other approaches haven’t helped?
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How can NeurOPTIMAL® Neurofeedback Training change how adaptable and resilient I am in the face of stress and change?
When we become upset, lose focus, become down or just off (whatever the state is) we have lost touch with the present. Research has demonstrated that the brain generates its own negative states based on reactivity to triggers, and is producing them in the present moment, based on habits and unresolved fear that was acquired in the past. By simply reflecting back to your brain its own energy expenditure without ever messing with it, your inner intelligence knows how to recognize that it is using too much energy since that is an basic instinct to conserve energy. Our body an energy saving system after all, for our personal and mutual survival. It wants to use the least amount of energy to accomplish its survival imperative.
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Is this technology approved by any official agencies?
Because of the sophistication of the personal computer, we can now mirror back to the Central Nervous System, or brain, in its language. We are able to train the brain to stop producing its own negative states on the instinctual, or biological level, by simply providing it with information about how it is behaving. People are quite surprised at how they begin to automatically and effortlessly let go of behaviors that once caused them poor focus or less than optimal states, where prior to this training, no matter what they did, they would still respond negatively or felt poorly when the pressure was on.
Since everyone is unique, we cannot tell you how many you will need. Generally clients say they notice shifts within six sessions, sometimes up to ten sessions if the condition is long lasting and intense. Many see clear shifts as early as one or two sessions. I recall one client who immediately saw how much anxiety she had been living with her entire life after the first session. She was quite blown away, to say the least, when she experienced letting go of that anxiety during that first session.
A young 12 year old’s parents told me that within the first few sessions, his performance anxiety in school had decreased greatly. Think of NeurOptimal as helping a stress management training. This young man was aware of how he felt better and his parents could tell as well, immediately.
I suppose an analogy is appropriate here. If I decided to begin an exercise program to make some health changes in my life, I would be unrealistic if I thought that say, a few times going to the gym, or dojo, or yoga studio would be sufficient to reach my goal. It would take what it would take, depending on the sophistication of the exercise that I was doing, your perseverance to a regular practice, your current physical state which includes my health history, and so on.
It is the same with this approach. Think of this as training with your personal trainer. You won’t continue if you don’t experience some noticeable benefit within say ten visits or less; but also know that you will be kidding yourself if you don’t give it time to shift some of the negative brain patterns that have taken years to accumulate.
One young man tells me that he is felt less than optimal all his life, and I have only seen him 12 times. I am seeing a women now who has been completely “off” for 3 years. She has not been able to work, despondent and in despair about her state. After 18 sessions she is more functional, becoming less isolated and more social, and her family and other therapists notice it too. And some folks see the benefits of having their own units at home for long term support.
How can NeurOPTIMAL® help me manage stress, improve my overall resilience, and learn to be more present and focused?
NeurOPTIMAL® mirrors your state back to you and you body has evolved to advance its own agenda through feedback. This is a developed, instinctual survival tactic generally called adaptation. Our bodies are highly sophisticated and adaptable, and depend on constant feedback to adjust the life’s constant change. By comprehensively mirroring back to your brain how it is functioning, your brain learns to improve its overall optimal resilience. When it sees how it is spending energy, it can improve how it is spending energy and this means it learns to spend the least amount to accomplish life. And we now know that relaxation is the place where we human’s function optimally in our lives. Period!
Six year old Evan (not his real name) was brought in by his parents because he was having allot of stress. If he became upset at school, he was almost inconsolable and for long periods of time. If he had a conflict at school, he would retreat and isolate rather than be able to adapt to the situation. He was affraid of getting germs and was hyper-sensitive to many situations. They had tried many therapies but still he continued to have these concerns.
Within a number of sessions, they began to notice dramatic differences in these negative behaviors. Now when upset, it lasts only for a short time and then he is back to his normal, chipper self. He stopped obsessing about germs altogether, and when there is an interpersonal conflict at school, he is able to adapt to it just fine. They used the word ‘miracles’ for the changes that they are seeing in him. And his therapist and teachers are sharing with his parents the wonderful changes that they are seeing.
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David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC Certified Master NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer & Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor
Loraine Masterton, B.S., Certified NeurOPTIMAL® Trainer
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