Counseling, Mental Training & PsychoPhysiological Conditioning for Optimal Health and Performance
Dr. Julie Madsen, Clinical Psychologist
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The Biofeedback Experience
You are not talking to a psycotherapist to get better or to ssek insights. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive and painless method for "training your brain". The client is connected to a biofeedback computer through electrodes placed on the head. Using information about his or her brain waves which "feedback" to the computer, the clients controls computer displays on the monitor screen by controlling his or her brainwaves. The client is then given visual and/or auditory feedback - such as with a specially designed computer game. As certain frequencies increase or decrease, the trainee gets increased or decreased feedback - which can include auditory, visual, and tactile (i.e. beeps or games).
Sensors (electrodes) are then placed over specific sites. Training may include increasing certain brainwave frequencies and/or decreasing others at specific sites. Auditory and video feedback rewards the client when they meet training goals (more or less of an EEG frequency). The clinician determines the training goals.
Training sessions are often 20-30 minutes in length. The therapist tracks client outcome and makes training adjustments accordingly. As the client improves, the effects are not a conscious effort - the client may not even be aware of the effect. The training - which produces better *brain regulation, is a generalized effect. That means the client doesn t "think about" the training to get the effect. Their brain simply responds better to demands when in a demanding situation.
The brain helps regulate sleep, emotions, thinking, behavior, and much more. The training doesn t directly change sleep or other problems. It helps the brain become better regulated. Since sleep, emotions or behavior are regulated by the brain, improvements are generally seen after training. Therapists report that changes can be profound.
When you give the brain information about itself, it has an enormous capacity for change. Neurofeedback makes the information available to the brain almost instantly, and asks it to make adjustments. This gives the brain a greater ability to self-manage or regulate.
What to Expect in a Biofeedback Session
Biofeedback training takes place in a quiet, comfortable office environment. Training sessions are usually45 minutes in length, and are generally scheduled once per week. The number of sessions generally ranges anywhere from 3 to 140 sessions, depending onthe length and severity of symptoms. Training is completed when a person demonstrates the ability to use the techniques learned in the sessions independently and successfully.