Neurofeedback is a type of Biofeedback that utilizes a person’s brain activity (EEG) as a tool for therapeutic intervention. It can reduce the effects of many emotional and physical conditions without medication for people across the life span and is often done in conjunction with psychotherapy to reduce compulsive behaviors and/or improve self-regulation. Carol Strootman, LCSW-C, Clinical Director at For All Seasons, provides neurofeedback services to the community.
“This type of therapy helps people learn to pause in stressful situations instead of reacting. Weekly sessions are normally 30 minutes long and sometimes up to 20 sessions are utilized to get lasting results. Some insurance companies reimburse for this therapy,” Strootman comments.
In the neurofeedback process, the therapist helps the client identify four to five behaviors to address in the therapy. The client is connected to an EEG machine for the therapist to observe brain waves on the computer screen as the client plays certain computer games. The client gets a beep to reward certain behaviors in the game which helps him/her achieve better emotional regulation while playing the game. By playing repeated games, the brain creates new pathways leading to a reduction in mental health symptoms.
Treatment areas that use neurofeedback include complex trauma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, addictions, and muscular tics. The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) endorses Biofeedback in the treatment of ADHD.
For further information, contact For All Season at 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.
For All Seasons provides the highest level of mental health and victim services to children, adults and families across the Mid-Shore. Services are offered in both English and Spanish and include therapy, psychiatry, victim advocacy and 24-hour crisis hotlines.