Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback (NFB), also known as Neurotherapy or Neurofeedback, is a type of biofeedback that studies brainwaves in a real-time display. This form of therapy is an effective non-pharmacological treatment commonly use for kids, teenagers, and adults for the management of many conditions. 

 

At Greenleaf Neuropsychology and Counseling, our specialists will devise an individualized treatment plan to help train each patient's brain to function more effectively. According to Hershberg, et al. (2005), neurofeedback therapy meets the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ‘Clinical Guidelines’ for treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety (eg, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, acquired brain injury, and addictive disorders. These are but a few conditions that can be treated with neurofeedback. 

 

When should I consider using neurofeedback?

 

There are many situations where neurofeedback is a great option. It is emerging as an effective non-pharmacological treatment that is commonly used with children and adolescents. 

 

What happens during a neurofeedback session?

 

During the session, the specialist will attach electrodes to the patient's head and display the processes on a monitor. The patient’s brain is what controls the process, and the therapist will be there to guide the patient throughout the session. The computer that the patient is connected to will give instant feedback about the patient's brain.

The specialist will use software that generates a game where the patient will have to move different items using his/her mind. The brain-wave activity will offer data to the therapist to study and decide what kind of exercises will improve the patient's condition. 

 

References:

Hershberg, et al. (2005) Emerging brain-based interventions for children and adolescents: Overview and clinical perspective. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Vol. 14, pp.1-19

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