Decreases in memory loss and cognitive performance are typically gradual. Unless there is trauma, you may start to notice over time that your memory or cognitive health seem impaired and you attribute it to getting older. However, many complex factors can contribute to declining memory. These can include:
- Diet and Lifestyle are considered some of the leading contributing factors to poor cognitive health
- Stress from current events affecting you or a loved one
- Poor sleep habits
- Stressful environment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Brainwave imbalance or dysregulation
Because poor cognitive health has been increasing for several decades in the United States, we provide Neurofeedback, a drug-free, non-invasive treatment modality that can help improve memory and overall cognitive health.
What is Neurofeedback or Brain Training?
Neurofeedback (Q-EEG Biofeedback) is based upon clinical studies that date back to the 1970s and has resulted in a cutting-edge method of teaching the brain to function in a more balanced and “normal” way. This treatment is also referred to as Brain Mapping and Brain Training and is safe for all ages and is drug-free and non-invasive. This cutting-edge treatment modality produces neural pathway stimulation and reorganization normally associated with Neuroplasticity and is a learning modality that can help shift the way the brain produces and distributes its electrical impulses measured by the Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta Frequency bands.
How it works
This is a non-invasive treatment that encourages the brain to develop healthier patterns of activity. Before starting treatment, a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (Q-EEG) device is used to create a “brain map”. It measures how fast and how high & low brain your waves travel. When dysregulated brain waves in different areas are identified, it may indicate the presence of psychiatric symptoms related to the specific dysregulation like memory loss.
Once dysregulated areas are identified, specific “brain training” sessions are conducted that target those areas. These sessions can be done at the office or at home, with some special equipment. The goal of treatment is not only to change how you think and feel but also to change your brain activity on a biological level. This is a non-invasive, non-medication treatment to help our brain waves communicate and function properly.
Once we have assessed that you qualify for Neurofeedback, we will send you an email with links to establish your HIPAA-protected account. Once the account is established, we require that you complete several assessments that we use as an important subjective comparison to your objective Brain Map. These self-assessments include:
- Cognitive / Emotional Checklist (CEC)
Additional testing is highly individualized based on specific outcomes desired:
- For individuals who require treatment for Confusion, Memory Loss, and other cognitive health symptoms, we provide the Cognitive Performance Test (CPT).
- For top athletes or executives seeking treatment to enhance their mental focus to perform at a higher or the highest levels, we provide the Peak Performance Assessment (PPA).
The first step is a thirty-minute procedure (Brain Mapping) where a certified clinical staff member uses the Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) to map the brain.
Following this step, we can analyze the QEEG data to determine where there is dysregulation. Specific areas of dysregulation are associated with specific conditions like Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, PTSD, ADHD, Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, and others. When moving to Brain Training, we “train” those specific areas, we focus on regulating the brain activity that causes those abnormal symptoms.
When Brain Training, we “train” those specific areas, we focus on regulating the brain activity that causes those abnormal symptoms. This training occurs on a subconscious level and is done using movies, games, or music. This training occurs on a subconscious level and is done using movies, games, or music. Typical minimum number of treatments range from 40-60 and can be higher due to the metabolic health of the client.
Not everyone is a candidate for Neurofeedback and for some individuals with Metabolic issues, Neurofeedback may take more sessions. With very few adverse effects, we stress that this is a treatment that is best done while in continued therapy or a treatment program as Brain Training can elicit traumatic and repressed memories that may need to be processed with a therapist. To learn more about whether you would be appropriate for this treatment, please contact us today at (772) 584-3083.
*** We can accept commercial insurance Out of Network benefits or private pay. We cannot accept Medicare, Tricare or Medicaid.