Neurofeedback (NFB) is a kind of biofeedback for the brain which monitors brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). This information is typically presented either visually or audibly providing feedback while patients learn to self -regulate through practice and repetition. Being able to see and work with bodily feedback helps patients feel a sense of agency in their own treatment while learning to self regulate more effectively. Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback, is non-invasive and is usually administered through placement of electrodes to the head. Feedback is given on monitors or through sound, providing patients with real time information about brainwaves functioning. Studies have shown that patients receiving NFB while being treated for addiction complete treatment at a significantly higher rate than those who did not. Additionally, NFB has proved effective in helping to reduce drug cravings. Typically, improvement can be noticed in 6 to 8 sessions however 20 to 30 sessions are recommended for optimal outcomes.
NFB starts with an assessment of specific symptoms that the client wishes to address. Treatment starts with identification of measurable goals. Progress toward each goal is monitored and NFB application is refined with this feedback. At Trauma and Beyond Center NFB can is used in conjunction with psychotherapy for treatment of trauma and related issues of insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, ADHD and addiction.