Counseling, Mental Training & PsychoPhysiological Conditioning for Optimal Health and Performance
Dr. Julie Madsen, Clinical Psychologist
Refresh your mind.. Calm to your body... Accept change .. Connect on common goals ..
Many problems can be helped by Neurofeedback and Biofeedback.
For more information go to the Benefits section on our website.
* Biofeedback is an term from the 1960s. More recently, biofeedback has been called 'applied psychophysiology' or 'behavioral physiology.'
* Biofeedback is an important tool for understanding the relationship between your physical states and thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
'* Biofeedback is sometimes viewed as a mind-body therapy method used in complementary and alternative medicine.
It is also used in traditional medicine.
*Biofeedback uses sensitive monitoring instruments to measure and feed back subtle, barely aware information about muscle tension, heart rate, sweat responses, skin temperature, or brain activity.
* Biofeedback is a mindfullness tool that provides a real-time mirror of your physiological status
Adult, Child and Family Counseling Services
As a psychologist, my goal is to assist you to discover and practice new attitudes, techniques and/or behaviors that will lead to new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. While no one can undo or change unexpected situations or past experiences, you and I can work together to better understand and resolve the challenges in your life and formulate a practical plan to move forward. If you are looking for support or guidance through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction, counseling can help.
DO YOU REALLY NEED NEUROFEEDBACK OR BIOFEEDBACK TO CHANGE?
Of course people can change without biofeedback or neurofeedback. The qualifier is that they need to increase their awareness of subtle emotional states. The popularly of biofeedback and neurofeedback is that they are tools that make this awareness easy over a relatively short time IF DONE PROPERLY.
WHAT WILL I FEEL?
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback are tools to help re-regulate physiological arousal underlying both cognitive and emotional systems.
When successful, you will experience your emotions as in a slightly different light, a kind of boosted awareness that carries over to everyday experiences.
Biofeedback lowers this threshold, and allows calm, control and understanding long before you are normally aware of it.
Learning sticks because it is linked to fundamental NeuroBehavioral Complexes [implicit or emotional memory], not to rules-based cognitive rational recall [explicit memory].
CAN ANY PROFESSIONAL DO NEUROFEEDBACK OR BIOFEEDBACK?
It is possible to search the Internet, by some equipment, take a one-day course from a private comany, andpresent yourself as a neurofeedbasck-biofeedback provider immeditely. As tools, licensing bodies allow any qualified professional to use them 'within their areas of expertise and training.' I recommend asking how long professionals have been using these tools, who they ae or were supervised by, how often they go to professional workshops or training centers, and which biofeedback groups they are currently active in. ISNR and AAPB have good guidelines as well.
That being said, I have never liked those professionals the espouse that neurofeedback, for example, cures anything. Likewise, I do not like those professionals that leave clients alone with 'the machine' to play a game based on feedback. This is very confusing and decreases to likelihood thar it will work. I find these practices misleading and in fact harmful to the filed. CAVET EMPTOR?!.
Adjunctive NeuroBehavioral Learning Service
While not always necessary, I also provide several complimentary behavioral medicine approaches, and innovative mind-body retraining techniques, collectively called NeuroBehavioral Learning Services. if your situation calls for it, these well-researched can greatly reduce time to resolution, and/or provide skills that can change your life. These are NeuroScience-based conditioning protocols, with high success rates for selected problems. Several helpful exaples are noted beolw.
Breath Gas [pCO2] Trainer for Learning Optimal Respiration for Asthma, Panic Episodes, Anxiety.
Using a non-invasive nose tube, we first measure your resting pCO2 levels, a basic physiological marker.Many symptoms that are associated with physical and mental disorders are often associated with improper breathing. Over breathing can result in "unexplained symptoms," acute and chronic effects of stress and other types of performance deficits. Over breathing is very common some surveys have found that 60% of ambulance runs in larger US cities are a consequence of symptoms caused by over breathing. Over breathing is the inability to maintain good body chemistry with an appropriate balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2). Learning to breath appropriately to balance the body's chemistry can significantly reduce many common symptoms.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) demonstrates how emotions and breathing patterns are reflected in the heart rhythm. HRV measures the changes in the interval or distance between one beat of the heart and the next beat. The pattern that this produces is important because it affects every cell in your body with every heartbeat. When the pattern is smooth and regular there is a balance between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic parts of the nervous system. With biofeedback, you can learn to produce this balanced heart rhythm when desired. Regular use of HRV has resulted in significant stress reduction, reduced ADD symptoms, improved chronic pain, reduced hypertension, reduce heart arrythmias and assist in managing pain. Students have improved on test taking performance and shown higher test scores as a result.
Resperate (FDA approved breathing pacer) Specifically for Some Kinds of Hypertension.
This is a take home device to assist people in slowing their breath rate. If used according to directions it is guaranteed to lower blood pressure.
Galvanic Skin Resistance (GSR) for Stressful Thought Interruption
GSR reflects your sweat glands activity and pore size, which is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. Stress and excitement produces chemical and physical changes throughout the body. GSR training can help you learn to decrease your stress by giving you an awareness of your internal state of mind and body by providing feedback.
Voluntary Warming via Hand Temperature Training for Raynauds, Classic Migraine, and Sleep Management
Temperature training helps people learn to relax so blood flow increases in their extremities (hands and feet).
This is especially good for those with Raynaud's Disease, Migraine Headaches and simple sleep disorders..
Neurofeedback for Mindfulness and and Biofeedback for Body Awareness
Biofeedback and EEG neurofeedback can help you learn to train your body and brain to enhance and stabilize performance in most endeavors. It can also aid in reducing or eliminating many symptoms and/or disabilities. In many cases, it can break to cycle of unnecessary self-medication.
Biofeedback is a global descriptor for all biological and neurological types of feedback. Neurofeedback is biofeedback using EEG bands.
Here are a few examples:
Functional QEEG or brain mapping (functional Quantitative EEG)
Properly-trained psychologists look for psychophysiologcal signs of dysfunctional behavior patterns associated with brain-behavior changes.. If necessary, they can perform a Functional Q-EEG [qualitative ElectroEncephalogram] to assess If you are a potential candidate for neurofeedback training or cognitive rehabilitation. This is done by taking a snapshot your brain waves under standardized conditions. The Functional Q-EEG uses multiple electrodes at 19 or more sites to yield a comprehensive recording of brainwave activity that is analyzed relative to a normative database and converted by a computer to a topographic color-linked frequency and connectivity brain map. This Functional Q-EEG is not diagnostic. A Medical Q-EEG does that. It is non-invasive, and it is often recommended for clients with brain injury or other disorders to assist in determining an optimum behavioral protocols and placements for treatment.
Neurofeedback-assisted Attention/Concentration Training
for ADD, ADHD or Sustained Attention Difficulties
This procedure shapes increased awareness of brainwave activity and cognitive retraining skills [sometimes presented as 'video games'] to voluntarily produce progressively longer sustained attention spans. A common starting point is an excess of attention-draining low-frequency brainwaves. Clients learn though shaping and trial-and-error learning to attentate these waves for a time, then testing there ability while monitored without feedback tones. This is a skill, and takes many sessions with a skilled trainer to lock it in.
Here is an example of its use in mild Carpel-Tunnel Syndrome. This client is learning how to properly squeeze and fully release dysfunctional lower arm and wrist muscles. This client has to learn how to completely relax his muscles quickly.
[There is more to this protocol then is shown here.]
HRV (Heart Rate Variability) Training
for Stress Reduction, ADD, Chronic Pain,
Some Kinds of Hypertension.