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 and conversational hypnotherapy because they literally change the brain. We can see this on fMRI studies or QEEG. So hypnotherapy and/or EEG neurofeedback can be more efficient ways of achieving lasting change than traditional therapy, which may feel cozy, but not have an effect on how the brain is behaving.
A high percentage of my clients are traditional therapists, some of whom I train. Many of my clients like to remain in traditional therapy while we work together. Some evolve right out of the need for therapy. Some stay with their established therapist and come to me only briefly, just to clear a persistent trauma, or for adjunctive neurofeedback.
THE NEUROFEEDBACK ADVANTAGE
Without even talking about problems, neurofeedback can address problems where other therapies have failed. Why?
Your brain makes you happen the way that you do: It controls every body function, everything you perceive, everything you think or do, and everything that you feel. Your life has to happen in your brain for it to happen at all.
EEG neurofeedback gives your brain real time feedback about its behavior so its activity can become more electrochemically balanced. When that happens, your brain automatically forms 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 HYPNOSIS
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that can produce extraordinary levels of relaxation 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 that occurs is that old meanings are updated with wiser and more useful ones. In many cases, conclusions and meanings about the world (and your role in it) first organized in childhood. That means that a child is running the show! This is why you may often act contrary to what you know to be your best interest.
Hypnotherapy is fun, interesting, and calm. Having trained as a trauma specialist, I think that any trauma you ever experienced was sufficiently painful the first time -- so we work in easy, but effective, ways to get your nervous system to reorganize your experience from a better point of view!
You should be aware that hypnosis is not the same as hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is often performed from prefab scripts and may be done by lay people. It is relaxing, but not personalized to the way your mind has been behaving. Hypnotherapy is tailored to adjust the specifics of the way your mind has been working. It's a gift you give yourself.
The idea of hypnosis can be scary, but 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 place that your mind is stuck (in replay or avoidance). It's my job to do the work, and basically, you just find some relief.
SUPERVISED HOME TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE!
Brain training is just like any other form of training. If you wanted to be a competitive tennis player or swimmer, you would practice most days and hire a coach. The repetition and frequency would help your brain develop new patterns of winning neurological responses on the tennis court or in the pool. Similarly, people who play video games gain competence and understanding through frequent repetition.
It's the same for brain training. Frequency and repetition help the brain train to a new normal state...one that helps you win you the life you envision.
Home training is now available to clients who have an established training protocol. Home training requires planning and supervision, but it provides wonderful advantages over once or twice weekly training.
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 having a stroke:
HOW TO CONTACT LORRIE:
By appointment only
Sundays 12 - 8
9749 Gregory Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, at the corner of Gregory and Spalding.
Two hour street parking is available on Gregory or Spalding. Sunday parking is unrestricted.
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and Fisher Behavior, 2010.