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Neurotherapy

NEUROFEEDBACK

Once you have completed the intake and brain-mapping, Neurofeedback training can begin. The sessions last 30 minutes and are conducted from one to three times per week. One or more sensors are placed on the scalp.. The brain waves are fed back into a computer system and monitored by means of an amplifier and a computer-based instrument that processes the signal and provides the proper feedback. This is displayed to you by means of a video display and/or game, along with audio signals. You are asked to make the video game work with your brain.

You will continue training until you reach the desired results. It is important to know that unlike some treatments like medications, whereby you take a pill and there is an expectation that you will reach the desired effects quickly, Neurofeedback sessions are training sessions. This means that you are teaching your brain to regulate the dysregulated patterns identified in the assessment. Just like training for other skills, such as wanting to run a marathon, it takes time and repetition before you are able to reach the desired goal. Most people see improvements within 10 sessions and achieve some of their goals within 20. For those wanting longlasting results, it is estimated that approximately 40-60 sessions is typical.


NEUROSTIMULATION

There are a variety of types of neurostimulation. Neurostimulation can be used to boost overall brain functioning and to push he brain out of stuck patterns through dehabituation. It can also be used to help the brain produce a specific targeted frequency based on deficiencies found in the QEEG brain map. Neurstimulation can be used on its own, in combination with traditional neurofeedback, or can be used as part of psychotherapy treatment. When used in combination with psychotherapy, it can aid with emotional regulation, help to calm the nervous system, and improving overall brain functioning. As a result, it can be a very effective intervention to enhance the benefits of psychotherapy.


HEART RATE VARIABILITY

Heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback is a form of treatment that utilizes the physiological variation between heart beats and breath rate to help you regulate your autonomic nervous system. It is a relatively new method for assessing the effects of stress on the body as it measures the time gap between your heart beats that varies with your breath rate. Research evidence suggests that by improving heart rate variability, we can improve the autonomic nervous system’s regulation and people can see benefits in a variety of areas, such as stress, anxiety, cardiovascular functioning, concussive symptoms, performance (e.g., sports), and other physiological and psychological markers. During your sessions, your heart rate is monitored with a infrared sensor and your breath rate is monitored with a respiration band. Together this information is used to give you feedback on the coherence of these two physiological measures. Treatment is usually shorter in duration compared to Neurofeedback and improvements are noted over the course of 6-10 sessions. Often in the ONPC, we utilize HRV biofeedback in conjunction with other forms of neurotherapy or psychotherapy.