Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological functions to improve health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological functions such as brainwaves, anxiety, heart rate variability, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature/blood flow. These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" biological information to the individual about his/her own physiology. The presentation of this information in conjunction with training and instructions from our trained staff, promotes changes in physiology to provide relief of symptoms. In addition, making adjustments with thinking, emotions, and behavior support desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument. Eventually, individuals are able to control bodily functions that normally occur involuntarily to improve their health.
Neurofeedback, also known as Neurotherapy or EEG Biofeedback, involves training the activity of the brainwaves. Many symptoms and disorders can be brain-based, including anxiety, depression, attention deficits, sleep disturbances, behavioral disorders, learning difficulties, and autistic spectrum disorders. There are typically dysregulated patterns in the brain waves that correlate with specific symptoms and disorders.
The maladaptive patterns can be identified through an NPA assessemnt and then changed through subsequent training sessions. A typical Neurofeedback session involves sensors being placed on each of your ears. By using sensors placed on the scalp, we are able to record the brain’s electrical activity. This gives us a current picture of how your brain is functioning and how we can work to change it. Feedback on the screen can be given in many forms, including numbers, graphs, and even games. During a Neurofeedback session, there is absolutely no electrical activity going into the brain. The equipment is only taking readings of electrical activity, like a thermometer takes your temperature.
The psychotherapists at The Health and Behavioral Center use an eclectic approach to counseling. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is mainly used. CBT is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people with mental illness can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping. CBT is a type of psychotherapy that is different from traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy in that the therapist and the patient will actively work together to help the patient. Mindfulness techniques and therapy are also used to assist patients who have had difficulty with ruminating on past events and worrying about the future.