Direct Neurofeedback

Over on our neurofeedback page we provide detailed information as to what neurofeedback is, how it works and what its uses are. If you are looking to find out more about neurofeedback we highly recommend you start there first.

Counselling and Neurofeedback Together?

Clients who receive neurofeedback treatment can choose to do so in conjunction with their own individual therapy. Depending on what your presenting symptoms are or what you are hoping to resolve, there are several reasons why you might choose both or why you would select one over the other. In the sections below we provide some scenarios and a few reasons how choosing one or both services might serve your needs in the best way possible.

Be assured that it is never a mistake to choose counselling and neurofeedback together. However, if you are having results with just one type of treatment, we want you to avoid additional treatments that might not be necessary.

What we have witnessed when clients choose to do both is that the strategies and insights learned in counselling are enforced by the neurofeedback at the neurological level so that the client is better able to maintain their positive changes. Many clients report that neurofeedback has helped get them into the right space so they have the ability to process and delve deeper in their individual therapy.

Choosing Neurofeedback During Counselling

We often have clients referred to us who feel “stuck” or have “plateaued” in their own individual counselling. This could be for many reasons, but often is because they are unable to access their emotions as much as they desire. Sometimes they feel like they understand the roots of their anxiety or depression but still can’t move through it.

Feeling “stuck” in individual counselling can also happen if circumstances in clients’ lives are particularly stressful, keeping them activated in their “flight, fight or freeze response.” This means they have activated their sympathetic nervous system and are therefore less able to accomplish introspection during counselling as they are in “survival mode.” In these types of situations neurofeedback is a great addition. It can serve to support and further the work being done in counselling as it can help the brain and body relax, which allows internal shifts to resume.

Choosing Counselling After Neurofeedback

The most common reason why people pursue counselling after completing their treatment of neurofeedback is that their ability to process things that they were not aware of before is heightened. Many clients come in with the strong tendency to “numb out” of their present lives, whether that is through technology, alcohol, drugs, pornography, work or some other distraction. Often they find that during neurofeedback treatments they become more aware of the emotions and feelings underlying their symptom of numbing and thus want to explore it further through individual counselling.

Choosing Just Individual Counselling or Neurofeedback

How might one choose whether prioritizing individual counselling or neurofeedback is their best choice? The simplest answer is that there is never a wrong place to start. They both address growth and healing for overlapping conditions, just in different ways.

If you can follow the imperfect analogy of neurofeedback being like a computer reset to the brain, then counselling is more of the exploration of why the problem was there in the first place. We see these services working very well together, however we’ve seen both used powerfully for healing and growth whether in isolation or in conjunction with each another.

If you are unsure of where to begin please contact us and we will advise you based on your situation.

 

Both Leah Hartman and Brendan Kwiatkowski offer neurofeedback services.