Neurofeedback can be thought of as a personal brain training session. Training the brain to function at its maximum potential is similar to the way the body is exercised, toned and maintained. Brain training exercises the neural pathways that allow the brain to have better function in a variety of areas.
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation which includes the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behaviour disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.
You do not need to have a diagnosis, as neurofeedback works with your individual symptoms. Neurofeedback can be a complement, or an alternative, to talk therapy. Neurofeedback is also used in order to achieve the highest possible results in various sports for peak performance.
I use the Othmer method neurofeedback approach, a pioneering brain training technique to help clients reach their maximum potential. I work one-on-one with a wide variety of clients seeking symptom reduction and/or performance enhancement. I am particularly interested in neurofeedback's impact in the areas of trauma (including PTSD) and neurodiversity, such as ADHD.
I practise with my colleague Gunilla Radu at the Nordic Center of Neurofeedback and we are centrally located in Malmö, at Medeon Science Park. Email me for an appointment.
How does neurofeedback work?
During a neurofeedback session, you sit comfortably in a chair with electrode sensors on your scalp. These sensors only read the electrical signals produced by your brain and transmit them to a computer, they don’t transmit any type of signal to your brain.
Depending on your treatment plan, you may be asked to watch images on a screen, listen to music, or play a video game. As you engage in this simple activity, your therapist monitors your brainwaves and sets targeted training parameters using specialised brain mapping software.
When you engage in neurofeedback, you get a visual representation of the ebb and flow of your brainwave patterns in real time as your brain responds to the images, sounds, or game you’re presented with.
If you’re watching a movie, for example, the screen will become brighter and you’ll hear music when your brain produces favourable brainwave patterns. When it produces less harmonious brainwave patterns, the screen dims and the sound is lower.
This instantaneous feedback helps your brain learn, on a subconscious level, what it needs to do to make the screen brighter. Over time, your brain figures out how to develop and sustain the helpful brainwave patterns that keep the screen active — and promote healthier thoughts and behaviours.
As your brain continues to subconsciously practice efficiency, coordination, and balance, your brainwaves gradually improve and you get better at controlling your thoughts and actions. Like any new skill, neurofeedback therapy works over time, through reinforcement and repetition.