Train Your Brain
What We Do
Biofeedback enables a person to become more aware of and learn to control their own physiological processes. Neurofeedback is biofeedback for the brain. It helps make the brain stronger and have more endurance. Neurofeedback helps the brain to more effectively manage its own functions like:
- Sleeping and Waking Up
- Paying Attention
- Processing Information
- Thinking and Planning
- Regulating Emotions
- Guiding Behaviors
Neurofeedback also helps calm the brain and improve its stability and flexibility. It is important for your brain to be relaxed, focused, and balanced to achieve optimal performance or peak performance.
In addition, neurofeedback helps in restoring and enhancing brain function, especially as we age. Our brain functionality can be in enhanced, episodes of forgetfulness can be reduced, and fatigue and lack of concentration can be decreased to improve our functioning.
How Does It Work?
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At the La Jolla Center for Neurofeedback, we provide neurofeedback training for our clients. Sensors are placed on the client’s head and connected to a computer. Their brain waves are amplified and displayed on a monitor for our therapists. Our clients play a “game” with visual displays and sounds, and receive instantaneous feedback on whether their brainwave frequencies are within the desired range for their treatment goals.
The therapist then constructs a learning set for the games and guides the clients to achieve target results. To make the games work, the therapist reinforces designated frequencies while inhibiting other frequencies. At the same time, the client’s brain learns what frequencies to change and how to change them, often without the client being aware of the process. Although our clients may not be consciously aware of the mechanisms that were changed, they can acquire a sense of these changes. They are then able to access these changes outside of neurofeedback sessions through learning self-awareness and self-control of their own internal processes.
Through neurofeedback training, the brain learns how to change and function more effectively. The brain’s ability to change throughout the course of a lifetime is referred to as neuroplasticity. Changes in the brain occur through the formation of new neurons (nerve cells) and neural connections. The brain is malleable and changes can occur through neuron cells taking over functions and remapping the cerebral cortex in response to injury. Also, changes in the brain can occur through neurofeedback training enabling the brain in learning and developing new skills.
Neurofeedback strengthens functions in many areas of the brain and reinforces their connections or communications between these areas. Neurofeedback training helps the brain to reorganize itself by strengthening its functioning in many locations along with connections between them. When functioning is improved at the brain’s locations along with connections between them, our client’s functioning increases significantly and their performance dramatically.
In conclusion, neurofeedback training enables our clients to achieve their desired outcomes like paying attention, achieving emotional balance, performing more effectively and adjusting to life’s situations more easily.
How many training sessions does it take?
The number of sessions depends upon the condition being treated and the target goals to be achieved. The goal is to complete enough training sessions to insure consistent and lasting benefits for our clients.
What can be helped with neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback training and psychotherapy work effectively together in treating these (clinical conditions):
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
All these problems relate to brain dysregulation. Neurofeedback training helps to improve brain regulation and then in turn treats the underlying causes and the resulting effect of these conditions.
Can neurofeedback be used in conjunction with medication or other treatments?
Neurofeedback training is complementary to other treatment approaches and may help them to be more effective. If you are taking medication, it is important to work with your medical doctor as changes in medication may be necessary in treating your condition.
Calm the Brain – Reach the Mind
Neurofeedback training is well-researched and is evidenced-based treatment. It has been show to be effective in management of attention, emotion, mood, and behaviors. (1, 2)
(1) Monastra, V.J. Electroencephalographic biofeedback (neurotherapy) as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: rationale and empirical foundation. Child & Adolesc Psychiatric Clinics of North America 2005 Jan: 14(1): 55-82.
(2) Hammond, D.C. (2005) Neurofeedback with anxiety and affective disorders. Child & Adolesc Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 14(1): 105-123.
Neurofeedback training allows the therapist to target many emotional and behavioral disorders generally without resorting to drugs. (3)
(3) Masterpasquea, F., & Healey, K.N. (2003). Neurofeedback in Psychological Practice. Prof Psychology: Research and Practice, 24:652-656.
Neurofeedback training also helps with treating learning disabilities. In a randomized controlled study, school-aged children were assessed with a qEEG and received neurofeedback training in a controlled and randomized study. It was concluded in the study that a specific type of coherence neurofeedback training showed promise and leads to significant gains in reading. The specific coherence training outpaced traditional reading programs and most types of neurofeedback protocols studied in the past. Future clinical and research work were recommended to study the problem area further.(4)
(4) Robert Coben, Emma Kate Wright, Scott L. Deckler, and Tina Morgan. (2015). The Impact of Coherence Neurofeedback Training on Reading Delays in Learning Disabled Children:
Today, we are at the cutting-edge of exciting developments in the field of neurosciences and the state-of-the-art in treatment. At the La Jolla Center for Neurofeedback, we continue to learn more about the incredible role the brain plays in our lives and how much it interplays with all of our functions. The validity and reliability of the technology of neurofeedback training has come to be more accepted as our knowledge increases through research and clinical practice. For more information on neurofeedback: www.eeger.com and www.isnr.org.