Dr. Johnston-Jones and her team use drug-free, evidence-based, safe, natural methods to help people:
• reach their peak performance, • overcome trauma • overcome anxiety and depression, • regulate their emotions, • improve attention and concentration, • reduce or eliminate seizures, • relieve cravings and addiction.
Instead of subjecting a developing brain to the side effects of psychiatric medication such as mood swings, addiction, sleep difficulties, depression, irritability, paranoia, and panic attacks, we rely on the safe and clinically effective technologies of Neurofeedback, Biofeedback and evidence-based therapy.
Utilizing the latest developments in Q EEG Brain Mapping, neurofeedback, and evidence-based therapy technology, our non-drug treatment protocols enable patients to receive much-needed therapeutic relief from their symptoms faster than ever before without the use of traditional pharmaceutical drugs.
In addition, our neurofeedback treatment process can produce long-term improvement for our patients, unlike the temporary improvement offered by drug-based treatment.
What is Neurofeedback? Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, evidence-based treatment that can encourage healthier brain function through brainwave training. Since the emergence of Neurofeedback in the late 1960’s, it has become a prime method for retraining brainwave patters using operant conditioning (Hammond, 2007, p. 25). Neurofeedback has assisted with the relief of symptoms including epilepsy, ADHD, anxiety, alcoholism, PTSD, and more (Hammond, 2007, p. 25). By using technology, the practitioner is able to coach the participant to produce optimal levels of functioning with real-time audio and visual feedback (Hammond, 2007, p. 26). Hammond (2007) explains this process by comparing Neurofeedback to physical therapy with the brain that can enhance cognitive flexibility and control (p. 26). There are many trainings to choose from to help participants and to address their concerns. By understanding the basics of Neurofeedback, the solutions and applications are endless.
Our brain cells communicate through electrical impulses, also known as brainwaves. Normal brainwave patterns can be disrupted by trauma, resulting in patients getting stuck in unhealthy patterns of biological activity and behavior. Neurofeedback can help the brain become more flexible and develop healthier patterns and responses, a process known as neuroplasticity.
HOW DOES NEUROFEEDBACK WORK? When a patient’s brainwave activity moves into a healthier state, the brain is rewarded with pleasant video and audio. Our brains, just like animals, are constantly seeking rewards. During a single neurofeedback session, the brain is given multiple opportunities to self-correct and be rewarded.
What do patients experience during a session? Patients often feel calm and relaxed after a session. The increase in both of these brainwaves, they can enter a deep state between wakefulness and sleep. In this state, people are more open to processing things in a new and healthier way. After these sessions, patients may find that when they think about past events or traumas, they have more insight into their emotions without feeling disabled, distressed, or overwhelmed. If you are interested in seeing if neurofeedback is the right fit for you, please contact us. If you would like to learn more about ILF and alpha-theta training, you can visit the EEG Institute.
What is Brain Mapping? Our brain cells communicate via electrical impulses, called brainwaves. These waves vary in speed and are associated with different activities, from problem-solving to sleep. The relative amounts and interactions between each type of brainwave affects how we think and feel: too much of one type might contribute to anxiety, too little of it might contribute to poor focus. The good news is that we can actually encourage new brainwave behavior: we can teach the brain to increase one type of wave, for instance, or to balance the relationship between waves. This is one of neurotherapy’s primary goals, and the first step is to measure a person’s current brainwave behavior, through a process called brain mapping.
How is your brain health?
You may find yourself easily tired, overwhelmed or having trouble concentrating. You may feel emotionally overwhelmed too. You may find yourself avoiding people or finding your happy place in a video game or social media rather than the real world. These are signs that your brain may have developed brainwave patterns that aren't compatible with your life.
Fortunately, there is a drug-free and completely non-invasive treatment to regulate the brain called Neurofeedback. It is like physical therapy for the brain. Symptoms are often completely and permanently eliminated in a few months. The Journal of Neuropathy published an excellent article. Here is the research summary (abstract):
EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) originated in the late 1960s as a method for re-training brainwave patterns through operant conditioning. Since that time a sizable body of re-search has accumulated on the effectiveness of neurofeedback in the treatment of uncontrolled epilepsy, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, alcoholism, posttraumatic stress disorder, and mild head injuries. Studies also provide encouraging indications that neurofeedback offers a treatment alternative for use with learning disabilities, stroke, depression, fibromyalgia, autism, insomnia, tinnitus, head-aches, problems with physical balance, and for the enhancement of peak performance. At a time when an increasing number of people are concerned with negative effects from relying solely on medication treatments, neurofeedback may offer an additional treatment alternative for many conditions. This article assists the reader to understand how neurofeedback works, how assessment al-lows neurofeedback to be individualized, and briefly reviews evidence for the neurofeedback treatment of many conditions. The public is cautioned that in selecting a practitioner for the treatment of the kinds of medical, psychiatric and psychological conditions cited above, a practitioner should be licensed for independent practice in their state or province and should ideally also be certified by a legitimately recognized body. - From Hammond, D. C. (2007). What is Neurofeedback?.Journal of Neurotherapy, 10(4), 25-36.