Neurofeedback and the BrainPaint© Evidence-Based Approach
Neurofeedback is the direct training of the brain where it learns to function in a more adaptive and efficient state. Through strategic placement of sensors on the scalp, brain function is observed in real time and the information is shown back to the person through visual or audio feedback. The brain is rewarded for changing its own activity to a more adaptive state. This learning process does not require the person to physically perform during the session, “just their brain performs.”
Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity- the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in brain-regulation. Simply put, it is biofeedback directly applied to the brain. Self-regulation is an essential part of good brain function.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain disregulation, such as when the brain over functions, under functions or “can’t stop.” Brain disregulation includes the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, addictions, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, and the autism spectrum. It is also used for Peak Performance and maintaining or enhancing general brain health.
Through our training brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance. BrainPaint is the ONLY neurofeedback system that automates the exact implementation of alpha-theta protocol demonstrated in studies to address trauma (PTSD) and addictions. Alpha-theta is also the best protocol for peak performance, fears, phobias, fibromyalgia and some forms of anxiety, depression and chronic pain. The BrainPaint software is a computerized version of the same manual that was endorsed by the Human Subjects Review Committee at UCLA for one of the largest randomized control studies in the field.
What does a Session Look Like?
In your first neurofeedback therapy session your practitioner will ask you 90 questions to develop an individualized protocol tailored specifically to you. In subsequent sessions you will be asked about six questions to fine tune your protocols and to track your progress. Your provider will then put sensors on your ear and scalp. It doesn’t hurt and nothing goes into your brain! The sensors only pick up the electrical activity coming from your brainwaves. You may have 1-3 sensor placement changes throughout your sessions for a total of 25-30 minutes of neurofeedback.
Depending on your individualized protocol, you may either receive feedback with your eyes closed (auditory only) or with your eyes open (auditory and visual). When the eyes are closed, alpha state rises (since the brain is largely idle) allowing one to go into deeper states. Many people find alpha theta very relaxing.
With eyes open neurofeedback training you watch the fractals morphing on the screen. You can also be mindful of the green and red graphs. BrainPaint will let you know when you are “in the zone” – the perfect state of relaxed attentiveness with your awareness in the present moment. Or, what we call “What is.” Every 2 minutes BrainPaint will give you additional feedback as well.
Benefits can be manifold, and we encourage you to consider if this new tool is right for you – wherein psychotherapy and a time-honored technology work hand in hand for you.