Training your brain for the better

Neurofeedback training is a safe, scientifically proven method of improving physical and emotional wellbeing. With neurofeedback we have the ability to modify the arousal level of the brain and increase its resilience to stress. In many instances neurofeedback enables our clients to significantly reduce their use of medication and in many cases makes the use of medication unnecessary. We truly believe that neurofeedback is the best kept secret in the field of mental health. In addition to its value as a clinical tool, neurofeedback has a long history of use by athletes and musicians as an effective way to achieve clarity, focus and calm in high pressure situations.  The United States military has adopted neurofeedback as a first line treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This same technology has a proven track record in treating:

  • Attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD)

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Migraines

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Drug and alcohol dependency

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Menopause symptoms

  • A host of other problems

Neurofeedback training involves monitoring brainwaves. We use small sensors to read your brain’s electrical activity in real time. This information is then sent back to you in the form of “feedback” via visual, auditory and tactile feedback. During training you simply sit back, relax and view a movie or television show. As you watch the screen, slight distortions in the picture and sound influence the arousal level of your brain.  It’s that simple.

Many of our clients will begin to notice a sense of calmness and focus almost immediately.  While the effects are initially brief in duration, over time your brain begins to sustain these changes for longer and longer periods of time until the changes become permanent.

Follow this link for a list of current research articles on Neurofeedback: The ISNR Comprehensive Bibliography of Neurofeedback Research

Training the brain to function at its maximum potential is similar to the way the body is trained, toned and maintained. Instead of muscle, brain training exercises the neural pathways that allow the brain to have better function in areas such as concentration and focus.
— Siegfried Othmer,
Ph.D., Chief Scientist, The EEG Institute

  • I was again able to take interest in simple things like reading for pleasure. I even found that my sleep patterns - including the ability to fall asleep - improved through the treatments… It is difficult to describe the sessions as treatments as they were non-invasive, very relaxing and enjoyable. They included listening to music or playing simple video games or just watching a movie/show of my choice. I also believe that the success of the treatments was due to the friendly and professional expertise of Ava.
  • Before neurofeedback I found it hard to concentrate for any length of time. I was easily distracted and it took me a lot of time to complete tasks because of this. Daniel Cout recommended neurofeeback training and I was willing to try it because I had had enough. Within two weeks of starting training I started to feel the benefits. My ability to focus improved significantly… My energy level also went up because it only took me minutes to finish a task that previously took me several hours to complete. Neurofeedback was like getting my brain re-wired.
  • My experience with neurofeedback has been very positive. From the beginning of the treatment I noticed a change in my mood and level of happiness. Each treatment has been a positive experience and doesn't feel like treatment at all – watching entertaining movies as part of therapy is amazing. I am confident saying that neurofeedback training has made a very noticeable, positive change to my life.
  • Neurofeedback should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used.
    — Dr Frank H. Duffy - Professor & Pediatric Neurologist at Harvard Medical School
  • I’ve been receiving neurofeedback therapy for close to a year now and have found it to be very effective. My therapist recommended it to treat anxiety/depression. Some of my symptoms included a loss of appetite, sleeping issues, difficulty making decisions and anxiety. At first pessimistic about its effectiveness, I was shocked when I slept soundly after my first session. It’s not a quick fix. It does take time for symptoms to gradually disappear but what I did find was that I was calmer after each session.


+ What is neurofeedback training?

Neurofeedback training is a safe, non-invasive way to help you improve your physical and emotional
wellbeing. It works by modifying the arousal level of the brain and increasing its resilience to stress. We believe that neurofeedback is the best kept secret in the field of mental health. It has been used for decades by athletes and musicians in order to achieve increased clarity and focus. This same technology also has a proven track record in treating attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), anxiety, depression, migraines and panic attacks as well as a host of other problems.

“Neurofeedback has been shown to improve cognitive flexibility, creativity, athletic control, and inner awareness.”
— Mason and Brownback, Journal of Neurotherapy (2001)

+ How does neurofeedback training work?

Neurofeedback training involves attaching small sensors to your scalp and reading the electrical activity of your brain. These signals are processed through an EEG (electroencephalograph) machine with the resulting information being sent back to you through visual, auditory and tactile feedback. During training you simply sit back, relax and view a movie or television show. As you watch the screen, slight distortions in the picture and sound influence the arousal level of your brain. Many of our clients are astonished to find that they begin to feel positive changes almost immediately. At first these changes are short-term but as you continue to train, your brain learns to maintain these changes for longer and longer periods of time.

+ Who can benefit from neurofeedback training?

The short answer is that anyone with a brain can benefit from neurofeedback. At CVPN we work with clients who come to us seeking relief from a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. But neurofeedback can also be used by anyone seeking to increase focus and develop greater emotional resilience. No matter who you are or what you do, you can always benefit from a calmer, more resilient brain.

+ How many training sessions do you recommend?

As with many of our clients, you may begin to notice positive results within the first few sessions. As you continue to train, your brain becomes more accustomed to these changes and begins to maintain them for extended periods of time until the changes become permanent. Every brain is different but experience has shown that it takes about 20 sessions on average to train and maintain long-term changes.

+ How can neurofeedback help such a wide range of conditions?

Your brain is essentially the central control panel for your mind and body. It is involved in everything you do, think and feel. If your brain is over-aroused, under-aroused or unstable, this will be reflected in how you think and feel. By restoring the brain to balance, your whole mind-body system benefits.

+ What is the science behind neurofeedback training?

Based on the groundbreaking research of the last two decades we now know that the common element in all psychological therapies is that they promote neuroplastic change. Simply put, our brains change in response to how we use them. Neurofeedback is the most effective neuroplastic treatment discovered so far.

“The brain can change itself. It is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its own structure and function, even into old age. Arguably the most important breakthrough in neuroscience… this revolutionary discovery, called neuroplasticity, promises to overthrow the centuries-old notion that the brain is fixed and unchanging...”
— Dr. Norman Doidge, MD, Canadian psychiatrist and Researcher

+ Is the EEG technology you use safe?

Neurofeedback is completely safe. It has been used safely and successfully for over 40 years.

"Neurofeedback has no adverse effects while psychopharmacological interventions... are associated with side effects. Outcomes of neurofeedback training are maintained over time and do not reverse after treatment is withdrawn."
— Robert Cohen, Ph.D.

+ More questions?

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