“The literature suggests that neurofeedback should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.”
Frank H. Duffy, MD, Harvard Medical School

Neurofeedback is an innovative therapeutic technique that allows the brain to learn to self-regulate without conscious work. It is a process where we use a computer interface (often watching a video game or movie) to show your brain how it’s functioning moment to moment. Through this “mirroring” process, your brain recognizes the ways in which it is performing optimally and the ways in which it is “stuck.” The brain can get “stuck” in several predictable patters leading to mental health symptoms, including under-arousal (depression, ADD, fatigue, etc.), over-arousal (anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, etc.) or being hyper-excitable (bi-polar, migraines, panic attacks etc.).  Because the brain has a keen interest in functioning in a flexible and self-regulated way, it uses this information to adjust to a more balanced and flexible state, which leads to a decrease in mental health symptoms.

Once self-regulation is enhanced, Neurofeedback can help the brain to achieve a relaxed state where traumatic memories, fears and deeply seated habits can surface and be processed without conscious awareness. This can be extremely helpful for conditions like PTSD and addictions, or any other condition driven by unconscious negative memories (as many psychological symptoms are). As Margaret Ayers, one of the pioneers of Neurofeedback states, “The brain has a natural desire to get well, and Neurofeedback shows it the way.”

At Integrative Psychotherapy, we have found Neurofeedback to be an incredible resource for conditions that are not able to unwind with talk-therapy alone. As such, we offer several different Neurofeedback modalities including Infra-low, Alpha-Theta, and Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS). Each offers different benefits and may be used at different times during therapy. We view neurofeedback as a stand-alone therapeutic technique, which may be a more powerful intervention when combined with mental health nutrition, psychotherapy, and/or mindfulness techniques.

Watch the video below for more information about Neurofeedback: