Neurofeedback in Santa Rosa, CA
"When we provide feedback to the brain we are, essentially, providing it with a mirror of its own function and 'inviting' it to make more of some frequencies and less of others. In neurofeedback, we seem to be nudging the brain to set up new oscillatory patterns that enhance both its natural complexity and its inherent and necessary bias toward self-regulation. In effect, we may be freeing up innate but 'stuck' oscillatory properties in the brain and allowing new ones to propagate."
-Sebern Fisher, MA
Neurofeedback training has been used therapeutically since the late 1960's for problems associated with the central nervous system. Brain research has shown that when the brain is dysregulated without restoration to healthy functioning, it adopts the maladaptive pattern as “normal” and does not attempt to correct it. Many psychological and physical symptoms are associated with these stuck patterns of overactive, underactive, or disturbed brain wave activity. Neurofeedback works to train the brain out of these stuck cycles into a more flexible state. We offer a state-of-the-art approach to neurofeedback training, called High Performance Neurofeedback.
We offer High Performance Neurofeedback, a highly effective, cutting edge form of neurofeedback that trains the brain out of conscious awareness. During an HPN session, cortical activity (i.e., brainwaves) is measured and then a tiny, imperceptible pulsed frequency is sent to the brain. This signal causes a slight fluctuation in the predominate, stuck brainwave patterns, which reduces excessive amplitude and variability in brainwave activity. This fluctuation helps the brain to reorganize itself—to get out of frozen, repetitive, and inflexible patterns. Over a series of HPN sessions, the brain comes to adopt a new setpoint of more flexible brainwave patterns, which leads to optimal brain and nervous system functioning. Clients relax during the session and usually notice immedate relief that, over a series of sessions, becomes lasting change.
Issues We Can Address with HPN:
Trauma & PTSD
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, & Pain
Addiction is often fueled by anxiety, depression, and emotional dysregulation, and drugs, alcohol, or other behavior (e.g., sex, internet, shopping) are often used to cope. By helping to address the underlying emotional state, HPN supports clients struggling with addiction to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Anxiety & Panic
Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion
Emotional dysregulation and outbursts can be aggravating and very uncomfortable. Regardless of their cause (e.g., depression, PTSD), HPN calms the highly reactive nervous system by disrupting stuck brainwave patterns at the source. Clients find they are better able to regulate their own emotional state because they are less easily overwhelmed.
Benefits of HPNSome of the benefits of HPN, which are often immediate, include:
What Makes HPN Unique?
- HPN neurofeedback sessions take around 30 minutes, compared to traditional neurofeedback sessions, which take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. Because HPN sessions are brief, they are ideal for those who have trouble sitting for extended periods of time (e.g., due to agitation or pain).
- HPN provides feedback directly to the brain through sensor wires, so the client does not need to focus on specific retraining activities. The client is passive. This makes HPN especially effective for all ages, included children and adolescents.
- Results with traditional neurofeedback are usually attained after 40 sessions. With HPN, long-term results are seen within 10 to 30 sessions.
- Home practice is not required to increase success of HPN.
- HPN is effective for individuals struggling with multiple symptoms, including physical issues such as chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
- HPN aids the process of psychotherapy by reducing the intensity and severity of symptoms that bring clients to therapy so the emotional issues underlying symptoms can be addressed.
For more information on HPN Neurofeedback, please see my Neurofeedback FAQ's page.
For more information on the use of HPN Neurofeedback in the treatment of PTSD, see my article on Neurofeedback for PTSD & Traumatic Stress.
For more information on HPN and other forms of neurofeedback, please check out the following links:
The International Society for Neurofeedback Research Research Database - A comprehensive database of scholarly research involving neurofeedback.
The Dubin Clinic - HPN neurofeedback clinician, Dr. David Dubin, provides excellent resources related to neurofeedback on his website. Be sure to see his clients' testimonials.
The Mind-Brain Training Institute - Corey Snook, the developer of HPN neurofeedback, also provides useful information on HPN and other approaches to mind-brain healing.
Neurofeedback Bibliography - Journal of Neurotherapy (2007) thorough bibliography on the use of neurofeedback for a wide range of clinical issues.