Psychotherapy and Training Collective of New York

What Is Neurofeedback?

by Judith S. Zorfas, LCSW

I began studying and training in neurofeedback about one year ago. I was impressed to see how it had helped individuals. Patients who had poor results with other forms of therapy or medication found relief.

Neurofeedback is a self-regulation tool that helps our brains operate more efficiently. Training can increase our ability to regulate our states of arousal giving us the flexibility to focus on what is important. For example, an under aroused brain may have trouble focusing on tasks such as school assignments or paying bills. An over aroused brain may have trouble falling asleep or suffer from migraines. Questionnaires and mapping devices help the neurofeedback therapist and client determine protocols. More complicated cases might require a more extensive diagnostic exam known as a Qeeg.

Yes we can change how our brains function. We can change our minds! Neuroscience has made enormous progress beginning in the 1990's. Before that it was believed that the brain was static after a certain age. Scientists have learned there are billions of nerve cells generating electrical impulses in our brains. We now know that a brain impacted by psychological trauma can be calmed. Exciting research and imaging devices helps us understand what different sections of the brain do and how they communicate with each other.

Neurofeedback works by providing feedback to the brain. With sensors attached to the head, the client watches a "game" on a computer monitor. Activating or reducing various brain waves will either propel the game or slow it down. The client's brain is trained and self-awareness is increased. Neurofeedback has been called yoga for the brain as it increases our ability to be flexible. A treatment can take 12 to 20 sessions. More complex issues require more treatment.

Neurofeedback helps anxiety, depression, ADD, and PTSD. It is used to help people with seizure disorders. There are neurofeedback clinics that specialize in treating concussions. It is also a tool that helps achieve peak performance.

Don't hesitate to be in touch with me with any questions you might have about this exciting process or to set up an appointment for a consultation.

Judith S. Zorfas, LCSW
31 West 82nd Street
New York, NY 10024
212 501-7726