THE SCIENCE OF EEG NEUROFEEDBACK
My expertise is calming hyper-aroused, overexcited nervous systems. (Some clients affectionately joke that I'm a walking sedative. I'm good with that.) I chose neurofeedback, biofeedback, and conversational hypnotherapy because they efficiently change the brain. We can see this on fMRI studies or QEEG studies. A changed brain causes changes in feelings, thinking, and acting. In other words, when your brain changes, you change.
You witnessed this in the opposite, dysfunctional direction when trauma or drug abuses began. That makes people say things like they just want their health back, their sleep back, their sanity back.
So changing the brain over weeks or a few months with neurofeedback and/or hypnotherapy can be a more efficient way of achieving lasting change because of the direct effect on how the brain has been misbehaving. This works at a deeper level than conversation alone.
Misbehaving brain = misbehaving person. A more optimized brain resolves many brain-based disorders that disrupt a person's ability to feel stable, make good decisions, learn efficiently, pursue satisfying work, or have positive and trusting relationships.
It has turned out that many of my clients are in recovery. Why? Because they originally turned to substances because they were seeking relief from anxiety, depression, disturbing thoughts, ADHD, or trauma. All of those problems stem from the way the brain is overwhelmed or deficient. Helping the brain learn balance brings better stability to the human being who wears that brain. While I am a licensed mental health professional, I also encourage clients to remain with their established sober therapist while we help their nervous system recover from imbalances and abuses.
THE NEUROFEEDBACK ADVANTAGE
Without even talking about problems, neurofeedback and biofeedback can address problems where other therapies have failed. Why?
Your brain and nervous system make you happen the way that you do: They control every body function, everything you perceive, everything you think or do, and everything that you feel. Your life has to happen in your brain and nervous system for it to happen at all.
EEG neurofeedback and biofeedback give you real time information so the automatic activity of your brain and body can become more electrochemically balanced. When that happens, your brain and body automatically form new decisions, new reactions, and new perceptions.
"I'm so amazed at who I've become with brain training. I came for anxiety. Now, I can't explain it, but I feel more connected to my SELF, and to other people. Work flows. I'm choosing healthier relationships, and even started craving vegetables. I don't overreact like I used to. Lately, I sense an optimism I never had before. It's like nothing else. Just do it." -- R.K.
Neurofeedback acts like a mirror for your brain. During neurofeedback, nothing goes into your brain. Neurofeedback only LISTENS to brainwaves (like dish TV listens to the sky). Brain activity is recorded and displayed, real time, through responsive software: YOU just watch a movie, and your BRAIN pays attention to the movie getting larger or smaller, cloudy or clear. Those changes to the movie are exactly correlated to what the brain is doing. Your brain knows that, and learns from it. It's that simple!
Empirical studies report improvements in attention, intelligence, thoughts, mood, and self-control. Watch how a brain can rewire in just seconds!
THE MAGIC OF CONVERSATIONAL HYPNOTHERAPY
Sexual violence, childhood abuse, painful medical experiences, or heartbreak can lead to isolation, destructive behaviors, hopelessness, or problems with natural body functions like sleep. digestion, and immunity. Trauma creates a reaction that is, in itself, an hypnotic state. It's the job of a skilled hypnotherapist to compassionately unlock the painful trance.
Hypnotherapy can create a natural state of mind that can produce extraordinary levels of clarity and reorganization of mind, body, and emotions. Imaging studies with fMRI show that the brain actually remodels as deeper levels of awareness calm and reorganize the way events have been experienced.
The ultimate change is that old meanings are updated with wiser and more useful ones. Following trauma, conclusions and meanings about the world can last for decades. That means that your inner child may be running the show! The ongoing trance state is why you may often act contrary to what you know to be your best interest.
Hypnotherapy is fun, interesting, and calmer than talk therapy. Hypnotherapy has nothing to do with quacking like a duck, or forgetting the number 6. We work together in a targeted way to change the specific ways that your mind has been stuck in replay or avoidance so that painful emotional reactions are able to transform into deep wisdom, mindfulness, and self-control.
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b HRV BIOFEEDBACK FOR CALM CENTERING, IMPROVED HEALTH, AND POSITIVE MOTIVATION
Have you always thought that your heart beats with a regular rhythm? Scientists have learned that a healthy heart accelerates with every inhalation and slows with every exhalation. This is called heart rate variability (HRV).
Not only is heart rate variability normal, but it is healthy! In fact, loss of heart rate variability is the single greatest predictor of imminent cardiac death.
The good news is that you can improve your health, outlook, longevity, and even your feeling of spirituality, by co-training your heart and breath. When breathing and heart rate rise and fall together, this is called coherence. Coherence is a state that triggers recovery from stress. It makes us adaptable physiologically, emotionally, and mentally.
My clients train in the science of mind-body regulation through HRV coherence as an assist in calming mood and cognitive disorders.
HRV is so powerful, it is now known to reverse end-stage heart failure so that people can get off transplant lists. It has been shown to improve anxiety and immune disorders such as panic and rheumatoid arthritis.
When people use marijuana, alcohol, or other dulling substances to calm or mask anxiety, using HRV is a holistic way to achieve a Zen state without the use of substances. It makes the body calmer in general, and can, within 4 hours of training, help people become less interested in using sedatives.
INSIGHT FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Watch this amazing Ted Talk to learn more about how your brain causes your experience and behavior as a Harvard neuroscientist describes her experience of observing herself having a stroke:
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9749 Gregory Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, at the corner of Gregory and Spalding.
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