“I brought my 7 year old son in for NFB because he was exhibiting all of the signs of ADHD and he was starting to get in trouble at school. I knew he was very intelligent, but his difficulty sitting still and lack of focus were starting to detract from all of his abilities. The counselor had recommended consultation for medicine, and I just wasn’t comfortable with that option for my little one. I turned to NFB instead on the recommendation of a friend. I learned more detail about my son’s functioning, and he loved his weekly 30 minute sessions! Within 6 weeks the teachers starting noticing changes and he kept improving throughout the year. No medication. As a mother, I have learned how amazing the impact of training brainwaves can be.” – C
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a brain exercise, like taking your mind to the gym. It trains your brain to engage in healthier patterns of behavior by “rewarding” it with pleasing, sensory feedback.
Neurofeedback is particularly popular because it feels as easy as watching TV or playing a videogame. You don’t need to talk, or engage in any sort of movement; you just sit down, watch the screen, and let your mind do the work.
What Does Neurofeedback Treat?
Neurofeedback is helpful in reducing anxiety, negative reactivity, impulsivity, and addictions. It is also a wonderful tool for mood regulation, improving focus, and peak performance training, and is frequently used by individuals to manage and treat ADHD, eating disorders, sleep problems, and more.
There are a wide range of research on Neurofeedback’s efficacy. This page organizes the research by topic, so you can learn more about what has been studied so far.
What To Expect
Initially you will meet with a clinician for a thorough assessment. Afterword, assuming that Neurofeedback appears to be a promising fit, you will try a few sessions to see if you find it helpful.
A Neurofeedback session begins with the clinician placing electrodes on your scalp, after which you’ll focus on a screen that delivers sensory feedback in response to your brain activity.
Neurofeedback is quite different from talk therapy, and we find it to be an helpful addition. To learn more, we recommend checking out eeginfo’s website.
The following Viva therapists currently practice Neurofeedback:
Melanie Shapiro, LICSW, Neurofeedback Clinical Supervisor