Neuroregulation, also known as neurofeedback, is a therapeutic intervention that uses real-time displays of brain activity—most commonly electroencephalograohy (EEG)—in order to teach self-regulation of brain function. This is achieved by repeated training sessions using a computerized neurofeedback program that teaches your central nervous system to reorganize and regulate brainwave frequencies. It provides immediate feedback from a computer-based program that assesses a person’s brainwave activity. The program then uses sound or visual signals to reorganize or retrain these brain signals. By responding to this process, individuals can learn to regulate and improve their brain function and to alleviate symptoms of various neurological and mental health disorders. Significant evidence exists in support of neuroregulation for the effective treatment of various mental disorders. 

Research shows that neuroregulation can be an effective intervention for a range of mental health conditions, including:

With the help of brain mapping, neuroregulation therapists are able to see which areas of the brain aren’t functioning the way they should. This information helps create more targeted training to address the types of brain issues that can benefit from neurofeedback. The brain map is able to capture a window of brain activity, analyze the data, and create a visual representation for each lobe of the brain and each specific brain wave. 

Neuroregulation therapy generally consists of weekly sessions for an average of 20 weeks. Some people require fewer sessions and others may require more. During a therapy session, sensors are placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity. Using a computer program similar to a video game, the brain and central nervous system receive feedback signals from the program, which then begins directing brainwave activity toward more desirable and controlled patterns. 

The program provides instantaneous positive feedback for desirable brain activity and negative feedback for undesirable brain activity. Neuroregulation is not considered a cure, but instead a method of managing or regulating the way the brain works so that it functions in a healthier manner. Patients typically begin noticing positive changes in stress levels, sleep patterns, and mental clarity between sessions. 

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    Dr. Robin Kroll
    LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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