Elizabeth started with neurofeedback training with me after having tried many treatments for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Specifically, she wanted relief from constantly feeling under attack and emotional paralyzed. She was frustrated and unable to move her life forward socially and professional. She also didn't sleep well, waking up most nights unable to fall back to sleep.
Since Elizabeth began neuro feedback (or eeg biofeedback) therapy in September, I've noticed a remarkable difference in her confidence and overall sense of well-being. She often ends training sessions now with a calm half-smile. While she is not finished her training series, I asked her to comment on what changes she’s notices so far.
"After only seven sessions, neurofeedback has literally changed my life. As someone with a history of PTSD, severe OCD, and social anxiety disorder, suffice it to say that I had been struggling with crippling anxiety for a long time.
Before I did neurofeedback training I was completely dependent on medications such as Zoloft and Xanax to control the frequent panic attacks and other debilitating effects of my high anxiety level. Now, I'm becoming less and less relient on my medication with each passing week, and I haven't had a panic attack in two months! I'm sleeping better, no longer plagued by intrusive thoughts, and the constant state of exhaustion I was in before has faded away.
Overall, I'm feeling much more energized, happier and healthier than I have in years. I would highly recommend neurofeedback to anyone struggling to control the effects of anxiety in their lives."
Her Brain on Neurofeedback
Training with NeurOptimal is really a learning task. During a session the brain uses the feedback of it's electrical activity, which it receives many times each second, to make itself work more effectively. Anxiety is an inefficent response to our moment-to-moment challenges. When the brain 'sees' it is in a habitual anxious response it will shift out of that patterning, and gradually the brain is learning to optimize itself. This positive change communicates that the brain is working hard to move into a state of regulation—calm, alert, present-- which it is designed to do when not in a state of threat.
When training with NeurOptimal, you do not need a diagnosis to start. The most helpful tracking tool we ask clients to fill out is a self-report survey. These questionnaires help clients track and notice the changes in their thoughts, emotions, physical health and behaviours that happen, sometimes seemlessly, over the training series.
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Article written by Heather Coleman, LCSW. Heather is a Certified NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer and psychotherapist at Neurofeedback Training Co. in NYC. At our Neurofeedback Training Co. NYC location we also offer neurofeedback and psychotherapy combined.