In 2019, Kelly Bulinski LPCCS received her BCIA-accredited Neurofeedback training. She has since incorporated Neurofeedback into her work with clients and has observed positive outcomes with decreasing symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, ADHD, improved sleep, and decrease/elimination of migraines. Kelly continues to receive mentoring from Sebern Fisher (Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma) and John Demos (Getting Started with Neurofeedback) finding these professional relationships continuing to provide valuable knowledge from some of the best in the field.
Along with the information below, please feel free to reach out to Kelly Bulinski if you would like more understanding of how Neurofeedback may be helpful for you.
What is Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback, is a non-invasive, research supported learning technology. All brains produce a variety of electrical wave patterns. Too much or too little of these different brain wave can result in symptoms of anxiety, depression, difficulty with attention, memory problems, poor sleep, issues with emotional regulation and more.
Neurofeedback training enables a person to alter his or her brain waves, teaching the brain to function in a more balanced and healthy way. Think of it as exercise for the brain where the Neurofeedback device measures brain waves and teaches the brain to make healthier patterns by rewarding the brain when it does so. Once these healthier brain patterns are practiced and learned, the effects of Neurofeedback tend to hold.
Neurofeedback is not used in place of therapy. Neurofeedback training helps the brain regulate and self-organize. It is recommended to be used as an adjunct with psychotherapy and mindfulness practices as a holistic approach to healing and wellness.
The Brain Map
Turning Pointe Neurofeedback uses, FDA registered qEEG equipment & software.
Prior to training, we will be mapping your brain wave activity. A qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) is a tool that measures electrical activity in the form of brain wave patterns. We take the neural electrical activity information provided from your qEEG and read it on a color-coded map which is referred to as “brain mapping.”
The Brain Map can reveal important information about your overall brain function. It can show if activity in the brain is too high or too low by measuring brain activity including frequency, power, asymmetry, and connectivity.
The brain map can also reveal brain wave patterns that are
associated with symptoms such as impulsivity, cognitive inflexibility, anxiety,
inattentiveness, depression, insomnia, and others. With this information, we
are able to evaluate your brain wave patterns and detect any imbalances that may
be contributing to your personal symptoms. This can then help us create personalized protocols to help balance and better regulate your brain, minimizing identified
symptoms you would like to experience change.
Turning Pointe Neurofeedback is able to provide several different training approaches including:
- Amplitude training: This is the original and still most popular approach in the field. It focuses on increasing or decreasing the size of certain brain waves.
- Slow cortical training/ Low frequency training: This approach trains the slowest brain waves, which can help with emotional regulation and brain stabilization.
- Z-score training: The goal of this approach is to encourage a patient’s brain wave activity to move towards the norm or average of healthy people.
All the above approaches to Neurofeedback training teach the brain how to be better balanced by providing feedback through tiny sensors placed on the scalp. The neurofeedback device then measures brain waves and teaches the brain to make healthier patterns by rewarding the brain when it does so. The participant is presented with real-time feedback on brainwave activity typically in the form of visual and/or audio rewards. When the brain activity changes in the direction of desired neurofeedback protocol, a positive reward “feedback” is given to the participant.
Step #1: Sensors are placed on the scalp over the area we are training.
Step #2: The computer program reads your brain wave patters in real time.
Step #3: The computer program provides feedback whenever it receives the desired brainwave activity.
Step #4: While participating in routine training, the brain receives feedback, learning new desired patterns of activity. After repeatedly receiving feedback, the brain will reproduce this activity, even when not actively training.
A neurofeedback training session averages (includes check-in, prep, training and clean-up) between 30-60 minutes and are scheduled optimally twice per week for an average of 30-40 sessions in order for the brain to learn new patterns.
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