What Is Self-Regulation?

What Is Self-Regulation?

We say that Neurofeedback teaches the brain self-regulation. What does this actually mean?

Self-regulation is teaching the brain and body how to function in a resilient way. When the brain self-regulates, it automatically and unconsciously deals  effectively with the physiological functioning of the body, emotional control, and mental performance.

As we feel better, both physically and emotionally, we live happier  and more productive lives. Our functioning on a daily basis becomes easier and we become calmer, less reactive and more stable. In terms of behaviors that can be controlled, we become less impulsive and better able to think about the consequences of our conduct. As a result, we make better behavioral choices that lead to positive consequences in our lives.

Self-regulation addresses physiological arousal, instabilities, and disinhibitions, allowing you to have better control over symptoms like panic attacks, migraines, tics, difficulty sleeping, erratic swings in mood and chronic pain. Neurofeedback can bring an immediate reduction of these symptoms with the first session, however repetitive training is required to maintain these changes.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals of any age can benefit from EEG training. Neurofeedback can help a variety of childhood problems including bedwetting, nightmares, ADHD and other forms of disrupting and disturbing behaviors. Neurofeedback can assist adolescents who might struggle with anxiety and depression, self-destructive behavior, or drug and alcohol use. Neurofeedback can help maintain good brain function as we age. Seniors use neurofeedback to maintain good memory and language abilities. Peak performers use EEG training to enhance their abilities in sports, business and the arts.

In the case of organic brain disorders, it can only be a matter of getting the brain to function better rather than of curing the condition. When it comes to problems of disregulation, we would say that there is not a disease to be cured. Where disregulation is the problem, self-regulation may very well be the remedy. But again, the word “cure” would not apply.

If the problem being addressed is one of brain disregulation, then the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain, and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities, and thus reinforce them.

Through our thirty years of experience with neurofeedback, we have reached the point of having very high expectations for success in training. When such success is not forthcoming, or if the gains cannot hold, then there is usually a reason for that which needs to be pursued. In the normal course of events, neurofeedback ought to work with everybody. That is to say, nearly everyone should make gains that they themselves would judge to be worthwhile. Our brains are made for learning and skill-acquisition. On the other hand, we are working with families whose expectations have been lowered by their past experience, and they need to see progress before they will share our optimism. We understand that.

Neurofeedback is typically provided by MD’s or licensed health professionals (nurses, clinical social workers, rehabilitation specialists, educators, psychologists, family therapists and trained clinicians). These professions usually work with clients one-on-one.

Home training is possible for clients who have long-term training needs after they have completed a minimum of twenty sessions. They must have a clear cut training protocol which has proved successful for them, and they must be willing to stay in touch with Dr. Phillips for monthly supervision.

Dr. Phillips will help with the purchase or rent of the equipment.

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Who Can Benefit?

Who Can Benefit?

neurofeedback-resourcesIndividuals of any age can benefit from Neurofeedback. It can even be used with the very young.

Neurofeedback can help a variety of childhood problems including sleep and eating difficulties, bed wetting, autism and developmental delays, nightmares, hyperactivity, and oppositional or defiant behaviors.

Adolescents in particular enjoy Neurofeedback as they gain relief from many of their symptoms by watching a movie of their choice or playing a video game at the same time as their are training and strengthening their brain. Teens struggle with hormonal, physical, and emotional changes. Social problems become exacerbated, both with family and friends at this time. Self-esteem issues are heightened. Academic pressures from school and learning difficulties (including ADD and ADHD) can be overwhelming. Many teens turn to drugs and alcohol at this time. Neurofeedback can help the adolescent gain control of their own sense of mastery of mental focus, performance,  and self-esteeem.

Adults use Neurofeedback for mood disorders, anger issues, headaches, peak performance training (to enhance one’s abilities in sports, business, and the arts) and to relieve stress from work or home. Neurofeedback is a great help during life transitions. Neurofeedback helps with brain injuries and seizures. It is a powerful treatment for Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) along with hypervigilance through Alpha-Theta Training.

Synchrony training helps one in the creation of calmness and  deep feelings of empathy toward others.

As we age, Neurofeedback can help keep the brain sharp and agile, maintaining healthy brain functioning and preventing the development and/or exacerbation of neurological diseases such as Dementia and Parkinson’s.

The Process

The Process

After taking a thorough look at your history, I will discuss with you what goals you can achieve through neurofeedback. We will then engage in the neurofeedback process which has three different training options: eyes-open, synchrony, and alpha-theta.

We begin with eyes open training. For issues such as sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, anger, panic attacks, difficulties with focusing, and ADHD, eyes open training immediately reduces symptoms without the need of talk therapy or drugs. Eyes open training entails pasting small silver electrodes on your scalp (this is not painful). These electrodes are placed on the parts of your scalp that relate to your specific symptoms.

I will then be showing you various scenes on a large screen in front of you that will represent different electrical activity levels, frequencies, so that we can find the one that reduces the intensity of your symptoms and enables you to you feel better.
You will watch a scene, like a forest or a waterfall. Neurofeedback technology allows for the moving image on the screen to represent a particular brainwave speed (frequency).
The scene will change depending upon you brain’s activity and your brain’s ability to produce a desired frequency. These screen changes are one form of feedback to your brain.

When you watch the screen, the brain watches itself in action. It utilizes the information it receives for its own benefit. For instance, people who have difficulty sleeping, feel anxious or overwhelmed, say their mind is racing: this indicates too high a frequency. People who feel fatigued, dizzy or spacey have too low a frequency. Through neurofeedback, your brain will learn to regulate these frequencies which will create positive changes.

As you engage in the neurofeedback process, I will be asking you about changes in your symptoms and their intensity levels. We will work together to discover your optimal frequency which will reduce your symptoms and bring you relief.

The second neurofeedback training is synchrony. This leads to a state of calmness, mindfulness and an almost meditative state. The process of putting electrodes on your scalp and watching a scene is the same, However you are shown different visuals called fractals and given headphones which direct your brain to listen to deeply relaxing frequencies.

The third neurofeedback training is alpha-theta. This is brainwave training for trauma.
I will put electrodes on your scalp in different places and you will pick a particular scene from the screen. I will then blindfold you and give you headphones.
You will lean back in a very comfortable chair and be covered with a blanket.
You will become deeply relaxed without falling asleep. Memories and images from the past may arise. As this occurs, you become an observer of past experiences, not a participant.
This enables you to heal yourself.

Do you want to:
Sleep better?
Worry Less?
Be able to relax more easily?
Be more focused?
Feel happier?
Accomplish your goals?
Rid yourself of memories of traumas that are holding you back?

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Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

Here is my recommended reading list for you to enjoy. Whether you’re just beginning your journey into understanding the brain or you’re on your way to becoming a brain pro, there is something for you.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to browse the book collection I’ve put together for your further reading into the world of neurofeedback and brain optimization.

Book Collection

Brian’s Legacy by Siegfried Othmer and Brian OthmerPairing Brian’s journal entries with his father’s recollections, Brian’s Legacy chronicles the emotional journey of a dedicated father and his troubled son. As a child, Brian Othmer faced many challenges. As a young adult, he recorded his journey in a diary, which reveals a young man determined to understand himself and his brain, and to answer the question that drives him: Where do I fit in this world?
ADD: The 20-Hour Solution by Mark Steinberg, Siegfried OthmerThis book will guide parents in how to talk to doctors, therapists, teachers, and others about ADD. It discusses other treatment interventions, and how they might complement neurofeedback. The book details what parents can do to support treatment, create effective environments, minimize stress and conflict, and get their child on track to healthy adjustment and development.
The Healing Power of Neurofeedback by Stephen Larsen, Ph.D.An introduction to the innovative therapy that restores optimal functioning of the brain after physical or emotional trauma.
A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback by Jim Robbins In A Symphony in the Brain, Jim Robbins traces the fascinating, untold story of the development of neurofeedback, from its discovery by a small corps of research psychologists, to its growing application across the country and around the world, to present battles for acceptance in the conservative medical world.

Getting Rid of Ritalin by Robert W. Hill, Eduardo CastroGetting Rid of Ritalin is an excellent resource for research and case studies showing parents and medical professionals alike how non-medical treatments are proving more effective than medication and avoid subjecting children to a lifetime of powerful drugs.
Making A Good Brain Great by Daniel Amen, M.D.Filled with fascinating brain-scan images and anecdotes from Dr. Amen’s career on the front lines of brain research, Making a Good Brain Great delivers a vital health message in an entertaining package.
The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal by Les Fehmi, PhD and Jim RobbinsThis highly readable and empowering book offers straightforward explanations and simple exercises on how to shift into a more calm, open style of attention that reduces stress, improves health and enhances performance.

Neurofeedback Videos

Neurofeedback Videos

Learn how self-regulation training allows the central nervous system to function better.

In these powerful videos real people share their experiences in dealing with ADHD, Autism, Chronic Pain, Migraines, Peak Performance, PTSD and how neurofeedback improved their lives.

What is Neurofeedback?

What is Neurofeedback?

As most of us are overwhelmed by the amount of stimulation and information that bombards us daily, we need new tools to help us change our now ineffective survival mechanisms.

Neurofeedback is a natural, non-invasive, way to teach your brain how to automatically respond more effectively. Neurofeedback is exercise for the brain. It makes your brain stronger and more resilient, in the same way as exercise does for the body.

Neurofeedback is all about electrical activity in the brain. Changes in electrical activity in the brain are responsible for your brain functioning well or functioning poorly. Neurofeedback increases your brain’s ability to regulate electrical activity so it can function better which can then change unwanted conditions and allow you to sleep better, stop worrying, more easily accomplish your goals.

Together you and I will find your brain’s optimal electrical activity level (frequency) and affect positive changes naturally, without conscious effort.This process of neurofeedback results in relaxation, a feeling of inner peace and can alleviate undesired states.
As a neurofeedback practitioner, I will help you learn how to re-train your brainwaves without the need of drugs.You can enjoy waking up feeling refreshed and happily looking forward to your day.


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