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Our Neurofeedback Office
You can get by with coping skills and behavioral strategies, but you aim to thrive, not "get by". But your own brain is getting in the way; that thing has a mind of its own! You need to 'reset' and have more balanced brain activity.
Our neurofeedback and neurofeedback-psychotherapy hybrid sessions offer a powerful, non-invasive, painless, and medication-free way to help you get that 'reset'.
Here are some of the things we can address:
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Anxiety and Panic
effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
"After the first session, my light sensitivity (that I didn't even know I was painfully suffering from) was relieved! It was the very first step in what I can only explain as an absolute miracle. I was relieved of the ailments I had been suffering from for months. I feel like I have been given a whole new life."
It has helped reduce my anxiety and I sleep better. I find myself being more relaxed and more productive ever since. I'm really glad I explored this as a therapeutic option.
meet the brain trainers
Kalene is Wellness for Humanity's neurofeedback therapist, formally trained in Othmer Method neurofeedback and licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She'll be your go-to clinician for your neurofeedback consultation, assessment, beginning-stage follow-up sessions, and all neurofeedback-psychotherapy hybrid sessions.
A self-proclaimed "brain nerd", she loves all things that holistically boost your brain health, including mindfulness, expressive arts, and nurturing the gut-brain connection. In her spare time, she even draws brain comics.
Tammy is Wellness for Humanity's neurofeedback technician and professional grief and life coach with a Master's in Psychology. You may work closely with her for follow-up neurofeedback sessions or neurofeedback-coaching hybrid sessions.
Neurofeedback isn't her only brain-related superpower! Tammy is also formally trained in Brainspotting, a powerful treatment for helping the brain process unresolved trauma and unhelpful belief systems that are "stuck" in the nervous system.
what is neurofeedback, anyway?
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback or brain training, is a powerful treatment that helps your brain and nervous system 'reset' its patterns of activity, leading to more balanced, flexible, and calm mental, emotional, and physical states.
Are looking for a noninvasive, medication-free treatment option for symptoms of mental health disorders
Want to try to decrease your need for medication, or find a complement to current medication
You have significant physical signs of stress, such as migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep problems, or panic attacks.
Have been told that you have "medication-resistant" mental health issues
Using cutting-edge biofeedback technology, Othmer Method neurofeedback uses electrode sensors on your scalp to read the brain's electrical activity and display its activity on a TV screen. It's like a mirror for the brain. When the brain sees its own activity, it starts to self-regulate.
Unlike medication where chemicals in the brain are altered, neurofeedback allows your brain to improve the timing and coordination of its complex electrical activity. It's similar to how a dancer will improve their timing and coordination by practicing in front of a mirror.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment; there is no medication, no pain, and no electricity or signals sent into the brain from the electrode sensors. It can be life-changing for people who struggle with stubborn or intense symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and other mental health ailments. This treatment may be a good fit for you if:
Neurofeedback acts as a personal fitness trainer for your brain. It strengthens your nervous system's ability to self-regulate, and reach feelings of calm and balance.
Neurofeedback promotes greater stabilization of brain activity and more balance and flexibility between calm and alert states. Some examples of targeted symptoms include:
Migraines and headaches
Irritable bowel syndrome
Overactive mental chatter
Symptoms of OCD
Fibromyalgia and arthritis pain
Sugar cravings and hypoglycemia
Hypervigilance, fear, paranoia
Depression and despair
Feeling "stuck" in emotions
Difficulty falling/staying asleep
Anger and rage
Sensory processing deficits
Muscle tension and pain
Balance and motor coordination deficits
"I tried everything before this. Meds, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, EMDR... Doing this [neurofeedback] was life-changing. I wish more people knew about it. For the first time in my life, I know what it's like to feel RELAXED... I can make choices without my emotions getting in the way."
-Anonymous Client Testimonial
"After doing the sessions, I was able to get back on track and sleep soundly. It’s been months since I finished the sessions and I still have restful and deep sleep."
1. How long are neurofeedback sessions? How many sessions do I need?
A typical session lasts 45-60 minutes. Sessions that include an assessment (such as your initial session, and follow-up assessments after 20 sessions) often run longer, from 90-120 minutes.
The majority of patients can experience meaningful long-term effects after an average of 30 sessions. Wellness for Humanity recommends a minimum of 20 sessions in order for changes to be lasting. Some patients require or prefer more depending on how many symptoms they want to target, how readily their brains respond to treatment, and whether they opt for occasional “tune-ups” in response to major lifestyle or physical health changes.
2. What are potential side effects of neurofeedback?
Some patients experience temporary negative side effects, especially in the first 5-10 sessions, that often go away within a few hours after each session ends. These may include increased anxiety, headaches, eye strain, difficulty sleeping, or other feelings of having an overly-alert brain. Unlike medication, if a patient reports unease, adjustments can be made by the neurotherapist in-session, and can often decrease and/or eliminate the negative side-effect immediately.
There are consistent reports of more positive side effects than negative ones. For example, if a patient is targeting lowering anxiety, they may have positive unexpected side effects such as increased focus, decreased sugar cravings, decreased light/sound sensitivity, deeper sleep, increased creativity, less PMS symptoms, less physical pain, etc.
3. Should I stop taking medication while doing neurofeedback?
You do not need to stop taking prescribed medications before starting neurofeedback. Most patients decrease or eliminate the need for medication over the course of neurofeedback treatment, and can work with their psychiatrist to wean off medication throughout the process.
4. What can I do outside of sessions to enhance the effects of neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback tends to “wake up” the brain so that it’s more responsive to things that are generally healthy for mental, emotional, and physical health. Continue healthy habits as recommended by health experts (ex. Eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, etc.).
Other activities that are known to boost brain function and can boost the positive effects of neurofeedback include playing/listening to music (our brains like rhythm!), mindfulness activities (meditations, mindful walking, etc.), and eating brain food like fish, leafy greens, and nuts (feel free to ask us for nutritionist referrals).
5. What are the fees? Do you offer low cost or free neurofeedback sessions?
A regular follow-up neurofeedback session is $160 per session, and $140 per session if you purchase a 30-session package.
Wellness for Humanity is in the process of partnering with local nonprofits to offer low-cost or free sessions for underserved communities.