Some major experts in the field of trauma resolution are singling out neurofeedback as THE most effective treatment for trauma, so let’s take a look into what they are saying and how you can get access to this therapy.
Neurofeedback is a form of brain training. It involves hooking up your brain to electrical sensors that will read and feed back the state of your bainwaves to you either via pictures or sounds.
So if you are in a state of calm for example, the system will read your brainwaves and give sound feedback such as calm waters with birds. If you are in a distracted or tense state – the sound feedback may be stormy weather.
You could say neurofeedback is “meditation on steroids.” You get real-time feedback right away about your mental state, enabling you to adjust your mind to calm down and rebalance in the present moment.
What Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk has to say about Neurofeedback and Healing Trauma
Dr van der Kolk is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and is the world’s leading expert on trauma resolution and author of “The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma.”
In the free webinar below van der Kolk shows graphics on how another therapist introduced him to neurofeedback.
“She showed me drawings that traumatized kids did of their families, then how they developed after 20 weeks of neurofeedback, after 40 weeks, and I was blown away by their development,” he said.
“There’s nothing I know that can do that,” he said. “When you see something like that, you pay attention. Can my psychoanalysis do that? Can my acceptance and commitment therapy do that? Can my friends who do EMDR or Somatic Experiencing do that? No. Nothing I know of can do THAT. Time to learn new things.”
The full webinar is below and includes a case study of a women who suffered severe trauma in childhood and, after neurofeedback training, graduated top of her class in nursing and moved on with her life in a healthy loving relationship.
This video should inspire people to know: it’s never too late to become the person you were meant to be!
Free Full 72 Minute Webinar (No Opt In Required) on Neurofedback and Trauma
Options for Getting Neurofeedback Therapy
Unfortunately – this is where we get into the “cons” of neurofeedback. At the moment, it is very hard to find good, trained practitioners.
The science of neurofeedback is so new, the protocols and trainings are not yet well understood. I recently interviewed Dr Bessel van der Kolk (May 2018) and he confirmed many of his patients are getting disappointing results, so it’s a case of buyer beware at present.
Finding A Neurofeedback Therapist
You can look up a practitioner and book in for neurofeedback sessions with qualified licensed practitioner here: EEG Spectrum International: http://www.esiaffiliatesforum.com/providers and the EEG Institute Directory: http://directory.eeginfo.com/
A bit of guidance:
- Choose an experienced practitioner – at least five years experience
- Ensure they are on one of the above registers
- If you have a specific issue – for example you are working on ACEs, or PTSD, you might want to check if the therapist has worked on your type of issues specifically
As with choosing any health practitioner, see if you can get a free session, even if it is just 15 minutes to check them out, and to get a sense that you trust and resonate with them. Remember – you’re the boss, if you don’t like someone, choose again.
Home Neurofeedback Systems
A home system may be useful for people who are more than 50 miles away from a reliable neurofeedback therapist. This method comes with a caution. If you have had a lot of trauma in childhood, some intense emotions may come up, so you might want to be working with a reliable therapist through this.
You can read the extraordinary full story of Dr Tin Hahn’s experience with a home neurofeedback system here, however this may not be a typical result for all people: http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/hahn-journey/
40 Years of Zen
“Neurofeedback is the #1 most impactful biohack that I have used in my entire life. That’s saying a lot, because I have spent over $300,000 on personal upgrades and hacking my biology.”
If you have a spare $15,000 (!) you can attend his week long residential retreat where you will spend all day doing neurofeedback! It’s called 40 Years of Zen: www.40yearsofzen.com.
Muse – The Brain Sensing Headband for Meditation
For those of us living within a budget, if you want a small taster of neurofeedback and want to start a regular meditation practice at home – have a look at Muse – The Brain Sensing Headband by clicking here.
I love this system which works with smart phones – I’ve been using it for 45 minutes twice per day for about a week now and it works seemlessly – a tremendous help to start a regular home meditation practice.
This is not as powerful as a professional neurofeedback system – but you’ll get the feel for what using biofeedback devices are like.
May your brainwaves be calm.