Some conditions, such as ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post-traumatic Stress, OCD, Autism Spectrum issues, may require more than talk or behavioral therapies. Neurotherapy, Electroencephalography—EEG, or Neurofeedback—NFB, are all names for biofeedbacks, 100% non-invasive, extremely safe, drug-free methods of connecting you to sensors receiving information about your body and displaying real-time brain activity images on screen. The insight Clinic provides best services for Stress Relief Therapy in Ontario.
For both forms of Neurofeedback, sensors at the temples measure the electrical activity of the brain and use it to create an interactive feedback experience with a person (traditional neurofeedback), or to send an imperceptible signal back to the brain to alter the brain signal (direct neurofeedback).
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Direct Neurofeedback (DNF) is a highly effective treatment with long-lasting results. Using extremely low-strength electromagnetic currents charted from the unique EEG pattern of the patient, DNF treats a wide variety of mental health conditions. Using small sensors gently placed at the client’s temples, DNF sends an ultra-low voltage, imperceptible signal to the brain that causes a slight fluctuation in brain waves, stimulating frozen neural pathways and encouraging the brain to reorganize for optimal functioning. DNF signals are 1000 times weaker than an AA battery held to the temples. We at The Insight Clinic provide the best Neurofeedback Stress Relief Therapy in Ontario.
DNF will not cure the underlying illness. Instead, it reduces the physical stress reactions resulting from the illness, making DNF relaxing for most people. Some clients even experience immediate relief and results, which can last from 30 minutes up to 36 hours, varying from person to person. Clients may initially require twice a week DNF sessions, tapering down to once a month or every 6 weeks sessions. Long-term results normally begin to develop in 3-4 weeks, or 6-8 sessions. Most clients use an average of 20 sessions for long-lasting results. Direct Neurofeedback Can Help With:
• Headaches and Migraines
• Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
• Chronic Pain
• Eating Disorders
• Mood swings- rage, anger, sadness, irritability, depression
• PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
• Traumatic brain injury, including concussions
In traditional neurofeedback monitored brainwaves are transmitted on to a computer screen, often in the form of a training software. The client can then alter and train their brainwaves by interacting with the software, to teach their minds how to affect their brains by regulating their own brainwaves on the screen. The information received, helps us create a comprehensive brain map detailing areas in the brain that are communicating well, those that need to be activated, as well as brainwaves causing interference.
The clinician can then identify brain behavior that needs retraining to allow the brain to heal. Traditional Neurofeedback sessions last 45-60 minutes. Every individual responds to treatment differently, but Direct Neurofeedback results are usually immediate, normally occurring in the first 6-10 session. Long-lasting results begin to emerge in 40+ days and may typically require 30-40 sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Neurofeedback
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a brain training therapy that by employing sensors at the temples, measures the electrical activity of the brain, and uses it to create an interactive feedback experience with the client. It helps the brain self-regulate for optimal functioning, helping you become less anxious, more focused, and relaxed.
Neurofeedback is widely recognized as a safe, complementary, non-invasive, painless, and alternative method for addressing depression, anxiety, ADHD, chronic pain, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Anxiety, stress, trauma, low motivation, reduced energy, and inability to focus may allow our brain to follow repetitive, unproductive, irregular brain wave patterns. Neurofeedback is an interventional method of re-conditioning the brain to stop these problematic patterns. It presents your brain with new stimuli opposing the old patterns.
What is the difference between Traditional Neurofeedback and Direct Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback lessens or increases specific brainwave frequencies depending on the area of concern. Both direct and traditional neurofeedback involves the brain’s electrical activity being measured by sensors placed on the scalp that monitor brainwaves and generate an electroencephalogram (EEG).
The brainwaves captured by the EEG are then transmitted to a computer screen. With direct neurofeedback, the electrical activity from the brain is analyzed, and the correct frequency of a signal is determined to send a response back to the brain.
This signaled response causes tiny fluxes in brainwave patterns and allows the brain to reorganize itself, and return to a healthy, balanced state. It is a passive method where clients sit quietly while the tiny signals do the work.
In traditional neurofeedback, the client’s brainwaves are presented to them in the form of a video game or movie on the screen through specific software. The client then learns to alter their brainwaves based on the feedback from the computer screen by training the brain through their mind. No direct signal is sent back to the brain.
You and your therapist will determine which approach is best for you.
Research has demonstrated that hyperactivity of the right prefrontal cortex is related to negative mood and avoidance behavior. Neurofeedback addresses this imbalance head-on, enabling you to make lasting improvements in regulating your mood and reducing anxiety.
Neurofeedback therapy is non-invasive and painless.
Is neurofeedback appropriate for anxiety?
In order to decrease anxiety, neurofeedback focuses on the internal variables that are probably related to the processes of operant conditioning. These include the hypothalamus, the amygdala, the dopamine pathways, and the orbitofrontal (bottom) section of the prefrontal lobe through operant brainwaves conditioning.
Clinically neurofeedback has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety such as pathological worry and emotional lability (mood swings), decreased concentration and frequent rumination (repetitive thinking), as well as increased heart rate, sleep difficulties, fatigue, and restlessness, and altered immune functions.
Can neurofeedback help children and teens with ADHD?
Neurofeedback is an evidence-based child and adolescent psychosocial intervention for ADHD. In a Journal of Pediatrics study, published in 2014, children with ADHD who received neurofeedback made quicker and greater improvements in ADHD symptoms of attention and hyperactivity.
How long are the sessions?
Direct neurofeedback sessions are usually 25 minutes long. See the fees here.
Traditional neurofeedback therapy typically takes about 45 minutes. Regular sessions rates apply.
Both direct and traditional neurofeedback can be combined with talk therapy or group therapy.
How often will I need neurofeedback therapy sessions?
For best results, you should have two sessions per week initially.
As you progress, your therapist may suggest spacing out to bimonthly sessions.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback sessions are workout sessions for the brain. In each session, your therapist monitors your brain waves, providing responses in ways the brain understands through the external and/or internal interfaces. This helps the brain heal and regulate itself through neuroplasticity or brain plasticity, which is the ability of the brain’s neural networks to change through growth and reorganization.
As you complete a series of sessions, you gradually learn to better regulate your emotions and become more in control of anxiety and other difficult emotions. Clients often experience sustained long-term improvements, upon completing a course of neurofeedback therapy.
Unlike medication, the only side effects neurofeedback has may include feeling tired, or spacey a mild headache. These side-effects are only temporary, and if they occur, treatment can be adjusted to abate them, but the benefits gained from the therapy go beyond the time period that you are actually in therapy or if you were to take medication.
Neurofeedback has been said to improve learning skills by training the areas of the brain relevant to learning or executing skills such as concentrating, auditory and visual processing, reading, and math. It may also increase attention span and memory, and minimize stress symptoms.
What happens in a session? What happens in a neurofeedback session? What happens in a direct neurofeedback session?
Neurofeedback is safe for children, seniors and adults, it has been used to enhance mental clarity, focus, and energy in daily functioning, including school, work, athletic performance, and creative endeavors.
• At the beginning of a neurofeedback therapy session, the therapist will place electrodes onto your scalp. Electrodes are sensors that detect electrical activity in your brain. The therapist places 5 sensors: two on each temple, one in front of one ear and two behind each ear.
• Once the sensors are in place, we also turn on a screen to give your brain visual and auditory information to learn from.
• Your electrical brain activity is fed to the software, which then takes a baseline and determines what signal to use as feedback in real-time.
• Now we start sending the feedback (sounds) as an unnoticeable, painless electromagnetic signal that mimics our natural brain activity. While the signal is imperceptible to you, your brain will feel “different” for having received the “message”.
• Your brain will be sent signals until the relaxation response is cued and you notice a difference in yourself as a result of this signal being received.
• The software processes the activity and displays a visual representation of your brainwaves on a screen. As the session progresses, the software provides positive feedback for correctly regulated brainwaves.
• Over the course of multiple sessions, your brain progresses to higher and higher levels of brain functioning, and your therapist will adjust the “brain training” to your changing levels. Since we do this in every session, the brain keeps getting better. In each session it gets new information to work on.
• The effects of the training can be noticed immediately but will inevitably wear off until the brain has completed its learning. You will be asked to track these changes and their duration in order to guide your treatment plan.
Neurofeedback or medication?
Medication regulates brain function at the chemical level. When the medication is effective, it gets your brain working optimally, but over time, many people develop tolerance to medication, making it less effective. Many medications have problematic side effects.
Medication does not create long-lasting changes in your brain. Going off medication, may cause the problems to recur. Neurofeedback offers a way to optimize your brain functioning without medication. Neurofeedback effects on the brain are sustainable and can last a lifetime.
Neurofeedback is increasingly recognized as a powerful alternative, or complement to, talk therapy or medication. It may enable you to take less medication, switch to a medication with fewer side effects, or go off medication altogether. As you train your brain, your brain begins to develop an improved ability to regulate itself and is less likely to need medication. If you are on medication, let your therapist know what medication you are using and keep your prescribing psychiatrist updated about your neurofeedback therapy.
Neurofeedback trains your brain without interfering with it directly, so it is completely safe to use it in conjunction with medication if needed.
What happens in a neurofeedback session?
Neurofeedback helps your brain in four major ways:
1. It noninvasively and gently unblocks neural pathways that are ‘stuck’ or ‘frozen’ as a result of overwhelming traumas or fears.
2. It reduces the activity in the ‘sympathetic’ part of the nervous system, associated with the ‘fight, flight or freeze response.
3. It enhances the response of the ‘parasympathetic’ system, responsible for the calming effect resulting in relaxation. This then allows the mind/body to heal itself.
4. And it increases overall normal brain functioning.
Neurofeedback helps your brain in four major ways:
1. First through gently unblocking neural pathways that are ‘stuck’ or ‘frozen’ as a result of overwhelming traumas or fears.
2. By reducing the activity in the ‘sympathetic’ part of the nervous system, associated with the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response.
3. By enhancing the response of the ‘parasympathetic’ system, responsible for the calming effect resulting in relaxation, which can then allow the mind/body to heal itself.
4. And finally, it increases overall normal brain functioning.
What challenges can neurofeedback help me address?
• Neurofeedback therapy, or brain training, has been shown to improve your: attention (ability to focus),
• cognitive abilities (reasoning, planning, problem solving, ability to think abstractly, comprehending complex ideas, learning quickly and learning from experience), and
• emotional regulation (self-regulation, the way we deal with intense feelings like anger, excitement, frustration, anxiety or low mood).
Neurofeedback can alleviate or completely eliminate feelings of excess anxiety or stress, depression, mood swings, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia or disordered sleep, and other emotional distress.
Who should consider neurofeedback therapy? Who would neurofeedback therapy be helpful for?
Anyone with chronic mental illness or emotional distress, ADHD, migraines, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and anxiety disorders would benefit from neurofeedback therapy.
If you need to be at be at your most optimized state as a performer, executive or professional, or a student, consider neurofeedback therapy, if currently you feel out of balance or your daily functioning is impinged.
Neurofeedback can also help children as young as three years old, adolescents, and adults.
Neurofeedback therapy helps with:
- Stress reduction
- ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
- Learning Disorders
- Anxiety/PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- Peak Performance
WHY DO YOU NEED TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS AT THE EARLIEST? WHY YOU SHOULD PUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH FIRST? WHY SHOULD YOU PUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH FIRST?
Mental health is important for all ages, for children and adolescents, to adults and seniors. If how we think, feel, and act is affected, our ability to cope with life may be compromised causing anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders that may grow with time. Getting early help, creates better practices of how we handle stress, relate to others, and make sound life choices.
Most clients wait for 6-18 months for a psychiatric consult. Because we are collaborative partners, and through our Virtual Clinic your wait is significantly reduced to 6 to 8 weeks, with the added convenience meeting via your therapist’s office or from your home.The Insight Clinic provides the most experienced Psychiatrists in Ontario with a commitment to keep you aligned and on the path of well-being.
What could be my result? What Are The Results Of Neurofeedback Treatment? How will Neurofeedback Treatment change me?
– Improved and more stable mood
– Improved sleep, reduced nightmares and more consolidated sleep durations.
– Increased impulse control
– Increased energy and mental clarity
– Improved mental acuity
– Improved memory and academic results
– Ease in incorporating new coping strategies in daily life
– More mental flexibility and increase in frustration tolerance
– Enhanced athletic performance
– Improved peak performance in executives.
What conditions does Neurofeedback Therapy Work Best For?
Neurofeedback Therapy Works Best For
● Anxiety and Depression
● Addiction Recovery
● Uncontrolled emotions
● Bipolar Disorder
● Sleep Disorders
● Mental trauma
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