Neurofeedback and Therapy: How They Work Together

Neurofeedback is an effective tool for therapists and clients engaging in therapy. Therapy can help people explore the emotional aspects of their challenges, while neurofeedback focuses on enhancing overall brain function. When therapists understand the level of dysregulation in the brain and their patients can directly treat that dysregulation in combination with therapy, there is a greater chance that people can have a productive therapy session and eventually cure their trauma. 

What is Neurofeedback? 

Neurofeedback is the process of retraining the brain so that it can function better, especially in times of stress or challenging situations. During the neurofeedback training session, electrodes are placed on the scalp to track brain activity and create a brain map of various pathways and signals in the brain. While brain activity is being tracked, you can relax, listen to music, or watch TV. These positive stimuli will be used to reshape different brainwaves (more specifically, brain waves that are creating a negative environment in the brain) and reinforce healthy, positive brain functioning.

What Can Neurofeedback Treat? 

Neurofeedback can improve almost any condition that comes from irregular brain activity. This includes PTSD and trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, autism spectrum disorder, insomnia, stress, and more. At your consultation, one of our neurotherapists will assess your symptoms and treatment history to develop an effective treatment plan with neurofeedback training.

How Are Neurofeedback and Therapy Used Together? 

Trauma physically impacts the brain, which can make it difficult to talk about during therapy. When people try to talk about their trauma during therapy, they often shut down or dissociate; both circumstances do not allow people to actively participate in their therapy session and emotionally process the information they are receiving. Neurofeedback helps to reconnect the survival part of the brain with the cortex (the more conscious, thinking part of the brain) to create an ideal neurological environment for processing and healing. People undergoing trauma processing in the form of EMDR, brain spotting, or talk therapy can then go deeper into their past experiences and move from a coping state to a cured state with their trauma.

Creating a Treatment Plan with Neurofeedback and Therapy

Our team at Tennessee Neurofeedback works closely with excellent therapists in the Brentwood and Chattanooga areas to deliver comprehensive care to individuals seeking mental health services. After we receive a referral from your therapist, a consultation and initial brain map will be scheduled at our office. From there, clients begin neurofeedback sessions several times a week in conjunction with therapy.

Once 20 sessions are completed, a second brain map will be taken and additional treatments will be scheduled as needed. On average, people need 40-60 neurofeedback sessions to achieve permanent change.

Schedule an Appointment 

Our goal is to help individuals overcome their challenges so that they can lead healthy, productive lives. To learn more about neurofeedback and how you can incorporate it into your therapy, schedule a consultation today at one of our two offices in Chattanooga or Brentwood, TN.