TRS creates partnerships with other experts in the area to provide the best possible care and training results for clients. It is important to understand that Neurofeedback is not a quick fix for the disorders below. However, it is often the “missing piece” for individuals who have tried everything else and still seem to be “stuck”. Neurofeedback helps the brain cooperate with individuals in the improvements they have struggled for years to achieve in their lives. The beauty of restructuring brainwaves is that the changes can be permanent, often without the use of medications, when the basics of brain health are followed and an environment of physical and emotional health is present to support the regular changes achieved in training. And Neurofeedback can often motivate and enable individuals to practice the basics that they have been unable to practice before. Neurofeedback training starts with a commitment to a process that can produce profound and permanent changes in the lives of both adults and children.
The first goal in therapy for TRS is to get our clients sleeping well. Neurofeedback helps tremendously with general problems such as sleep onset, reaching deep sleep states, and feeling rested in the morning. For obstructive sleep apnea issues, we partner with Dr. Callender, an expert in Sleep Apnea and developer of the Oral Apnea Appliance.
Neurofeedback cannot reduce the stress in one’s life (that is up to the individual), however, improvements in self- regulation of brainwaves almost always results in an increased ability to handle stressful situations. In essence, “reactions” lessen, and clients achieve the ability to step back, view situations, and make healthier decisions. The reduction of anxious and depressive feelings through neurofeedback training aids in this process. Several of our clients have reported reducing blood pressure medication with their physician after completing their Neurofeedback training plan.
A significant amount of research also supports the use of Neurofeedback for anxiety and depression. We combine Neurofeedback with cognitive behavioral therapy to achieve maximum results. The Neurofeedback often helps clients to do the cognitive work they were unable to do before because of physiological restraints. Clients achieve an increased capacity to handle emotional stress.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the psychological factors that contribute to eating disorders include Low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy or lack of control in life, depression, anxiety, anger, and loneliness. Since Neurofeedback is effective in alleviating many of these underlying psychological factors, it is a highly beneficial treatment in combination with counseling and other individualized behavioral interventions. For eating disorders treatment, we partner Dr. Alisa Shanks. Dr. Shanks has devoted her career to working with eating disorders. She was the Eating Disorders Clinician and Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Student Health Center for 8 years.
The reasons for lack of energy and motivation are unique to each individual. This is why we conduct a comprehensive qEEG assessment for each client and create a unique Neurofeedback training program based on our analysis. Enhancing identified brainwave frequencies in specific areas of the brain has resulted in significant increases in energy and motivation to accomplish normal daily tasks and to reach higher levels of performance and achievement in multiple areas of life.
Research on the effectiveness of Neurofeedback to treat dementia is limited. However, the preliminary studies show much promise. A recent study funded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation (presented at the 2011 ISNR conference) has shown significant improvements in reaction time and cognitive speed utilizing z-score Neurofeedback training. For training and comprehensive assessment of memory disorders and dementia, we consult and partner with Dr. Kathleen Lauren at the Rocky Mountain Memory Center.
A significant amount of research supports the use of Neurofeedback to treat addictions in residential settings. Clients dealing with significant addiction issues need the support of an effective program. However, Neurofeedback can help clients overcome cravings, obsessive thinking, anxiety, depression and traumatic memories associated with addictions. The combination of a good holistic out patient addiction program and Neurofeedback can help clients achieve lasting mastery over struggles with addiction.
Research has shown that alpha/theta Neurofeedback training is effective in helping clients resolve memories related to trauma. It is important to be under the care of a trusted therapist as one works through a Neurofeedback training plan for PTSD. TRS will partner with any therapist who wants to add Neurofeedback to the work they are doing with clients. While Dr. Tate has knowledge of trauma therapy and basic training in EMDR, she partners with other therapists in severe cases of PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. TRS has seen significant results in treating children and adults with lesser emotional control issues such as reactivity, rage/anger, and recognizing social/interpersonal cues and regulating social behavior.
Children with attachment disorders typically struggle with many of the above issues such as anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. They also do not tend to have the ability to achieve a sense of deep inner calm and safety. TRS understands how difficult these issues are for the entire family and offers discounted rates to adoptive and foster parents.
TRS also works with other disorders such as Mild Closed Head Injuries, Seizure Disorders, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Our primary consultant for other Neurofeedback issues is Jay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomat. Jay has processed over 900,000 EEGs and has published or participated in hundreds of research papers, articles, books and meetings internationally. Jay is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Brain Science International.