To achieve our mission, we combine state-of-the-art neurofeedback brain training technology, brain health coaching, and hypnotherapy.
Practice makes perfect. Brain science has shown that repetitive exercise of brain networks results in brain change. This is called neuroplasticity. Neurofeedback allows us to harness neuroplasticity to get to the root of our problems and actually reshape our brains.
Many brain issues are caused by irregular brainwaves. Neurofeedback works because it does not directly target any conditions and symptoms…It corrects irregular brainwaves and modifies patterns in the brain. This is achieved through multiple neurofeedback sessions, where the brain is re-trained into making normal patterns. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which then impacts a variety of symptoms.
Absolutely! Neurofeedback is safe because it is non-invasive, requires no drugs and does not produce any radiation like a CT scan does. The goal of neurofeedback is to identify irregular brainwave patterns and make very subtle corrections. With multiple sessions, the brain will learn to self-regulate.
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1950’s. It is only in the last decade and with the advancement of computer technology that Neurofeedback has been able to move from laboratory research to a system that can be administered in an office setting.
The timing results will vary from person to person based on many factors including general health, exercise, stress, diet, length of time with the condition, the initial severity score given to each client before starting neurofeedback. Some report noticeable effect in the first few sessions. On average 20 or more sessions are needed for permanent results.
Neurofeedback has been around for decades. To date there are thousands of studies, with more being published every day. The International Society of Neurofeedback and Research has a comprehensive bibliography on all the research related to neurofeedback for a variety of conditions.
Your doctor may not be aware of this specific type of biofeedback. Maintaining healthy skepticism about any new approach claiming these kinds of benefits across disorders is normal. Ask your doctor to review recent research on the effectiveness of Neurofeedback. Research is most readily available at ISNR and sites listed below:
A qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) is a screening tool that measures electrical activity in the form of brain wave patterns. It is sometimes referred to as "brain mapping." Brain waves are the rhythmic electrical impulses generated when the millions and millions of neurons inside your head communicate with each other. They can reveal important information about overall brain function including stress levels, thought patterns, and emotions. A qEEG can identify brain wave patterns that are associated with impulsivity, cognitive inflexibility, anxiety, and other symptoms.
A qEEG is an invaluable component of a comprehensive brain health evaluation. Brain mapping allows us to read the frequency of multiple areas across the brain. Much like a weather map that shows high and low temperatures, a brain wave map displays brain frequency and which areas of the brain may be over- or under-signaling, contributing to disruptive symptoms within the body.
After analyzing the findings of your brain mapping, we will provide customized neurofeedback training that is tailored to your individual results. Neurofeedback is a fun, interactive, non-invasive, medication-free therapeutic modality that helps you strengthen and retrain your brain to achieve a healthier, more focused state. In order to help balance and optimize your brain, neurofeedback uses advanced computer technology to assess your brain wave activity in real time.
Yes, hypnosis is real and scientifically validated. Much research has been conducted to study hypnosis and the beneficial effects it has on the mind and body. Studies show that how the brain processes information can be altered with hypnosis and leveraged as a tool to enhance behavior.
The short answer is: Yes! Anyone who is able to immerse themselves in a movie or book can be hypnotized. All that is required is a willingness to be guided into hypnosis. However, hypnosis might not feel the same for everyone. Some people find it easier to go into a hypnotic state than others. Researchers have developed a hypnotic susceptibility scale to measure a person’s suggestibility. On this scale, people are classified as “highs,” “mediums,” or “lows.” The majority of people (about 80%) are in the ‘medium’ group. They are able to experience many of the effects of hypnotic suggestion and are likely to benefit from its use. About 10% of the population is considered very hypnotizable, and roughly 10% of people are classified as ‘low,’ which means that they don’t respond strongly to hypnosis. However, a tendency to respond poorly to hypnosis can be improved by a skilled hypnotherapist.
While even a light trance (alpha brain waves) is effective, most hypnotherapists would prefer to work with clients experiencing a medium-level trance (theta brain waves). While in a theta state, you will be aware of, but not distracted by outside noises. You will be more deeply relaxed and more suggestible than if in a light trance. The very best hypnotherapeutic work can be done when you are in a deep trance called a somnambulistic trance (high delta brain waves). In this deep state, you have the ability to open your eyes without affecting hypnosis. Selective and illusory sensory perception and the acceptance of complex suggestions occur during a deep hypnotic trance.
It should also be noted that any level of trance—even a light trance—can be effective as long as it allows your thought process to be addressed without the constant critical thinking of your conscious mind.
Hypnotherapy is a safe procedure when done by a trained hypnotherapist. During our sessions, you will be aware of what I say and cannot be made to do anything against your own morals. Hypnosis is not a "truth serum.” You cannot be made to reveal secrets while experiencing hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is also not mind control or brainwashing. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. When being guided by a trained certified hypnotherapist, hypnosis allows you to have greater control over your own mind.
At Brain Mind Wellness, we truly believe in the body-mind connection. Neurofeedback and hypnotherapy each offer unique ways to influence symptoms and mind-body interactions. In some areas, hypnosis has excellent research validation, where neurofeedback currently does not have research support. In other situations, neurofeedback has far more research support than hypnosis. After your initial consultation, and based on your conditions and expectations, together we will formulate a plan customized just for you to reach the best outcome.
Being a results-oriented neurofeedback practitioner and hypnotherapist, I use neurofeedback EEG (electroencephalogram) equipment during my hypnotherapy sessions to monitor a client’s hypnotic state and depth. The EEG can read and detect changes and shifts in electrical activity in the brain in real-time. I also teach self-hypnosis to my neurofeedback brain training clients, as I’ve found very profound and effective results by integrating both forms of methods to achieve the client’s desired and optimal outcome.
At Brain Mind Wellness, we help you FEEL better and BE better. Make an appointment and see what a comprehensive brain health evaluation can do for you!