your emotional suffering lives in the body, and requires more than talk therapy to heal
accelerate your recovery
Get the equivalent of healing/growth seen after years of talk therapy, achieved over the course of a few months with neurofeedback. It optimizes your brain's ability to regulate emotions, be more flexible between heightened and relaxed states, and more readily stabilize itself.
We offer neurofeedback packages for adults looking for a powerful treatment or alternative/supplement to medication for:
Relieving symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and other Mood Disorders
Recovery from trauma and symptoms of PTSD
Improving focus/attention and ability to manage hyperactivity associated with ADD/ADHD
Peak Performance for athletes, musicians, and performing artists
Improving brain function after experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI)
meet your neurotherapist
neurofeedback | therapy
My specialization in supporting those with anxiety and past trauma began in 2008 as a mental health therapist. Since then, I have had the chance to support adults, adolescents, and children at various stages of their coping journey, ranging from immediate crisis support to those grappling with trauma from decades ago.
After receiving training in neurofeedback in 2021 and taking advanced trainings in infralow and deep state neurofeedback over the past couple of years, I've been able to provide this powerful brain-based treatment with the backdrop of experience as a therapist. This allows me to provide a uniquely compassionate and personalized neurofeedback experience for people I work with. My background in trauma informed mindfulness, self-compassion based therapeutic approaches, and expressive arts techniques brings additional skills and tools that can help people enhance positive effects of neurofeedback throughout our work together.
neurofeedback therapy for trauma & PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, and more
Serving Adults, Children, and Adolescents in Sacramento
You may have plenty of coping skills and have done a lot of work to heal, but your brain has a mind of its own. Regardless of healthy behaviors and what your logic tells you, emotions still take over, and even negatively impact your physical health.
Our clients recognize that their mental health struggles are more than just about thoughts; they need to 'reset' their overactive nervous system, and have more balanced brain activity.
We specialize in neurofeedback and neurofeedback-psychotherapy hybrid sessions to address emotions that live in the mind, body, and brain. It's a powerful, non-invasive, painless, and medication-free way to help you get the 'reset' you need to achieve lasting changes.
what is neurofeedback?
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/physical states.
Using cutting edge technology, 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 it's 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 it's 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 and/or intense symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, and other mental health ailments. This treatment may be a good fit for you if:
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
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
1. How long are 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?
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 its effectiveness?
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 starting in 2023.