Neurofeedback is offered as Self Matters is committed to a holistic approach that includes biological influences on mental health. I am a commitment to ensure that I am not only trained but that I am certified in neurofeedback with the maintenance of continued education to ensure the most up-to-date standards.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a non-invasive technique used to help the
brain self-regulate. Using sensors and special software, the brains activity is measured and
reflected back through a video display. When the brain is allowed to see its own activity (like a
mirror), it can then adjust itself for better physical and mental performance. Nothing is ever
transmitted into the brain. Brain activity found in the EEG, through the particular placement
based on careful assessment of symptomology, is recorded and fed back to that brain through
visual, sensory, and auditory means.
By improving self-regulation of brain activity, clients can be helped to function better
cognitively, emotionally, and behaviourally. Your brain changes itself. You don’t have to “think
about” it or “try.” The choice of where to train and which protocols to use is based on the
training plan. Over time, as the brain is conditioned or trained into new, healthier brain wave
patterns, symptoms improve.
Who can benefit from neurofeedback? According to the EEG Institute:
Individuals of any age can benefit from EEG training. Neurofeedback can help a variety of
childhood problems including bedwetting, nightmares, attention deficits and other forms of
disruptive and disturbing behaviours. It can assist adolescent who struggle with anxiety and
depression or drug and alcohol use. Neurofeedback can help anyone maintain good brain
function as they age. Peak performers also use EEG training to enhance their abilities in sports,
business, and the arts.
What can I expect in a session?
You will meet with a qualified neurofeedback practitioner, and a careful assessment of your
chief complaints and symptoms will be reviewed. Assessment will also include an overview of
the functioning of both current and past behavioural, cognitive and emotional characteristics.
Your symptoms will then be reviewed at the beginning of each session. Your participation is key
so that the clinician can monitor for the effects of the training. For younger clients, a parent are a
guardian will be included in the assessment.
You will sit in a comfortable chair and sensors will be placed on the scalp using a special paste.
It is important to be reassured that no electricity passes to the person being trained. The sensors
simply measure brain waves. Through a computer program, and based on the individuals unique
training plan, brain waves are then shown to the brain so the brain can then make corrections and
Individuals of any age can benefit from neurofeedback which can address a variety of issues such as: (This is not an exhaustive list)
Drug and alcohol use
Are you interested in learning more?
Please feel free to contact me for additional information or check out the following resources:
Research: Many empirical articles can be found doing a PubMed search or other search engine
that can access empirically reviewed articles and studies.
Can also learn more at www.EEGinfo.com/research
What is Neurofeedback? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6XeCwFQrCA
What Is Neurofeedback? How Brain Training Can Benefit Kids, Families,
and Adults https://youtu.be/HxHR7InSQ1c
A Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins.
Brian’s Legacy by Siegfried Othmer and Brian Othmer
Making a Good Brain Great by Daniel Amen, M.D.
Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach to Health by Hanno W. Kirk
ADD The 20-Hour Solution by Mark Steinberg, Ph.D. & Seigfried Othmer, Ph.D.