Neurofeedback Soothes the Human Spirit
Jan 30, 2018 04:59PM
● By Joan-Marie Lartin
Neurofeedback training works by using information about the strength of a person’s brainwaves obtained via wires running from sensors placed on the scalp. This information is digitalized and continuously fed into a computer program designed to monitor substantive changes from the person’s normal brainwave patterns.
When the program detects one of these shifts, the music that has been playing is interrupted. These interruptions occur essentially at the same moment as the brain events that triggered the interruption. These strategically timed interruptions encourage the brain to “reboot” to a more balanced, less turbulent state.
Neurofeedback clients report feeling calmer, sleep better, shifting into problem-solving mode versus feeling overwhelmed, less depressed and think more clearly. Concurrent psychotherapy is designed to get at the root of their problems and insure that once the client has achieved a measure of substantial change, the gains made via neurofeedback training will be lasting, which they are in most cases.
People with chronic pain, head injuries or strokes and complex PTSD may periodically come back for tune-ups because their situations are often chronic and decades in the making.
Dr. Joan-Marie Lartin is a psychotherapist who provides neurofeedback training and individual, couples and family therapy, with offices in Carlisle and Gettysburg. For more information, call 717-961-0088 or visit JoanMarieLartin.com.