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Neurofeedback

Think about a child’s brain like a fresh snowfall on a sledding hill.  The first sled gets to choose which path to take through the snow.  As more and more sleds tackle the slope, the paths become more defined. It’s harder to deviate from the the grooves left by past sledders.  


Growing up is the process of automating our actions to the point where we don’t have to think about them anymore. We can putter around the house on autopilot; making the bed, putting the dishes away, and driving to the store without really thinking about our actions.


What if we are damaged through trauma, abuse, depression, PTSD, or other physical or mental harm? Our mind learns to automate our reactions to prevent further harm. When the trauma is over, our behavior doesn’t revert to a healthy pattern. Our right and left brains don’t always communicate the way they should.


That’s where Neurofeedback comes in.   Neurofeedback allows our brain to make new grooves in the snow, to make new neuron connections and regulate what is already there.   It’s as if our snow was fresh and flat again, giving us a chance at a do-over.   It helps with self-regulation while stabilizing and calming the brain with regular brain training, like going to the gym or hitting the slopes to improve your skiing.


Dawn first learned about Neurofeedback through a book called The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. He writes; “Trauma results in a fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions. It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.”


The Nuts and Bolts:  Each neurofeedback session includes non-invasive electrode sensors attached to different areas of your scalp.  The sensors go through an EEG software program which shows your brain waves while you sit calmly and watch relaxing or educational videos.  Neurofeedback includes audio and tactile feedback to your brain and body, resulting in a relaxed state of being. 


Consider similar Modalities:  Medicinal Mushrooms, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EFT Tapping are other options.   Want to experiment at home?   Try out the Muse Headband to help your brain focus and meditate.  


Want to learn more about Neurofeedback?  Talk to Lisa at Healing Pathways Therapy Center!


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