by Jill Shepherd Piercy Clark, LMFT

We are training our staff in trauma treatment modalities such as EMDR and brain spotting.  It is the way we combine treatment with our Neurofeedback practice which has the most impact in helping clients shift their emotional and physiological reactions to anxiety.  We have developed a deeper understanding of the “Why” behind anxiety and what the brain is actually doing when we experience any level of anxiety.  The brain produces an excess of High Beta brainwaves that trick us into perceiving safe situations as threatening, which triggers an anxiety response.  This is the shift that occurs when our brainwave patterns are not regulated, and results in an inability to think and behave logically, which in turn increases the power of these anxiety-provoking brainwaves. Neurofeedback can end this dysregulated cycle.  To create an individualized Neurofeedback protocol, Dunamis measures your brain waves using Q-EEG mapping.

As the client’s brain is trained to self-regulate, it begins to function in a more optimal zone.  Clients can then interpret situations for what they really are: non-life threatening.  Once our brain can slow down and process, it changes our ability to communicate effectively in our relationships shifting from reacting or responding to external stimuli.  When our brains aren’t processing from a place of fear, rational thought can be used and the physiological symptoms of anxiety are reduced.

On average, positive effects tend to be experienced in approximately twenty hours of sessions.  Often, people with anxiety report that they first notice improvements in their sleep, as they are better able to shut off their minds and fall asleep more easily.

The development of Neurofeedback provides an opportunity to change the way anxiety impacts our lives, so that it can once again be that adaptive, survival feature it was meant to be without directing our daily lives.  Please ask your clinician, or one of our Client Intake Specialists for more information.