If you’re looking for Neurofeedback therapy in the Phoenix metro area, MHCA has some excellent treatment options for you.
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback, also called biofeedback, is a therapeutic intervention and technology that can help your brain waves work together in a more balanced way.
Neurofeedback helps patients to improve their neuroregulation and stability and modify brain patterns that may have implications for mental health disorders such as:
It is a non-invasive method that has little to no side effects.
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What Happens During A Neurofeedback Session?
During a neurofeedback therapy session, sensors are placed on your scalp, typically the forehead. You will feel little to no discomfort during the session. These sensors measure electrical activity in the brain and generate an Electroencephalogram or EEG.
Your brain will then interact with a computer and software and based on your brainwave activity; the signal is sent back to the brain that causes a change in your dominant brainwaves.
This disrupts the brain that is “stuck” in certain ways of functioning and allows the brain to reorganize in more optimal ways of functioning. Like when you reboot your frozen computer neurofeedback can help get you out of stuck, unhealthy brain patterns.
MHCA Neurofeedback therapy environment
Other Issues Neurofeedback Therapy Can Help
- Autism related symptoms
(anxiety and over-focus)
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Compulsive Thoughts
- Head Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- Improved Performance
- Improved Focus
- Improved Clarity
- Improved Efficiency
- Improved Concentration
Patients that participate in neurofeedback often notice effects during treatment, or immediately after a brain-training treatment session.
Initial improvements often last for a few hours to a few days, as the brain is adjusting and seeking a “new normal”.
With additional sessions, the improvements last long and will finally “endure”.
Our patients can expect to experience improvements such as:
- A greater sense of calm and clarity
- More energy and a sense of optimism
- A send of welling and greater peace
Types Of Patients We Treat
MHCA is a primary care provider for mental health. We treat the general population including children (12+), adolescents, adults, and older adults.
Children under the age of 12 would benefit from seeking treatment from a specialist in pediatrics. We participate in a variety of health insurance plans and also accept cash payments.
Why Patients Consider Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback training can help you get out of that negative cycle of thinking and doing while reinforcing the qualities of life that bring hope, satisfaction, and clarity.
Once we have identified what really needs to be improved, neurofeedback can then change and optimize the way your brain, nervous system, habits, and relationships actually function.
Followed by the reinforcement of these new habits in an effort to make these changes a long-lasting part of your life.
1. Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Challenges
Children, adults, and older adults have used neurofeedback to address multiple challenges:
- Physical (headaches, insomnia, pain, etc.)
- Cognitive (obsessive thoughts, negative thinking, focus, etc.)
- Emotional (sadness, anxiety depression, panic, etc.)
Neurofeedback therapy and devices are approved by the FDA as an effective intervention for stress reduction.
The American Academy of Pediatrics announced that neurofeedback is a “level 1” – “Best Support” intervention for Attention and Hyperactivity Behaviors (ADD and ADHD) for “Evidence-based Child and Adolescent Psycho-social Interventions”.
2. General Wellness
Whether you are a student, a parent, a professional, or someone that is suffering from the pain of depression or anxiety – Your “performance” today will equal your “potential” minus “interference”. Neurofeedback is specifically designed to counteract that cognitive interference so that you can get the most out of your life.
Coupled with healthy lifestyle choices such as a balanced diet, sleep, physical activity, social connections, etc., neurofeedback encourages a generally positive mental space and a deeper understanding of the undeniable connection between our mind and our body.
Neurofeedback (biofeedback) can enhance the daily health and wellness of your life.
3. Brain Fitness / Age Remediation
Neurofeedback can help support brain health and actually work to mediate cognitive decline that naturally occurs as we age. This cognitive decline can begin in individuals as young as 30 years old.
Neurofeedback can help improve memory, recall, and increase overall cognitive dexterity in older adults. Similar to how physical exercise benefits the body, neurofeedback keeps the brain in shape and resilient.
4. Peak Physical / Mental Performance
Direct neurofeedback gently helps your brain get “unstuck” from bad habits and brain-wave patterns. The brain can become more flexible, peaceful, focused, productive, and help you reach your goals much faster.
Neurofeedback has been used in a variety of settings including West Point Military Academy, US Olympic Training Centers, and several top universities studying human performance. Peak performance training through neurofeedback enhances focus, alertness, attention, performance, and happiness.
5. Improved Academic Performance
Neurofeedback can improve academic performance in multiple ways such as decreasing stress and anxiety, allowing the brain to remain calm and think clearly. It also enhances concentration and mental focus which has a direct impact on academic performance.
FAQs About Neurofeedback Therapy
Is neurofeedback painful?
No, there is no pain associated with neurofeedback. Very few patients may experience a slight headache after participating in neurofeedback.
Will neurofeedback affect my personality?
Neurofeedback will not change your personality. It will simply calm your brain and allow you to think more clearly and positively, allowing you to feel and act how you want when you want to.
Does neurofeedback require intense concentration?
No, neurofeedback (also known as direct neurofeedback) is completely passive and does not require intense concentration.
Will neurofeedback interact with any medications?
No, neurofeedback is not known to interact with any medications. Neurofeedback is drug-free. You should continue to take medications as prescribed by your provider.
What are the known side-effects of neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback has been used for over 30 years, with very few reported side effects and is considered safe for all patients. In rare cases, some individuals have reported feeling tired, foggy, or having a slight headache, while other have reported feeling energetic or really happy.
Are neurofeedback and biofeedback the same thing?
Neurofeedback and biofeedback are often described as the same things. Neurofeedback is in fact a type of biofeedback; as they both are designed to specifically target brainwave patterns.
Can neurofeedback be done at home?
Neurofeedback is safe to be performed at home but should be performed under the supervision of a qualified neurofeedback technician.