Finally, A Solution That Actually Solves Your Problem.
What if there was a safe, non-invasive system that could improve conditions like ADD, Depression and Chronic Pain for good and even eliminate the need for medications?
Neurofeedback is a non-drug approach that can improve your quality of life dramatically. Imagine getting better sleep, improving memory, having more energy or being more alert and focused? Neurofeedback can do all of this and more!
Conditions Clinically Responsive To Neurofeedback:
People with ADD can be easily distracted, impulsive, and inattentive. ADD is not a disease or a discipline problem, it’s a Brain Problem. It requires a process that targets the brain specifically and without drugs. With neurofeedback, people can increase self-control, attention, focus and reduce impulsivity.
Many people think addiction is due to a lack of self-discipline, but addiction is physiological, not psychological. Addiction is a brain disease, a mental health disorder that severely debilitates a person in all aspects of his or her life. Through neurofeedback, teaching the brain how to be calm, focused, and relaxed helps a person think more clearly.
Anger is an emotional response, based in impulsiveness. Both are neurological issues that results form a lack of control. Through neurofeedback, teaching the brain how to be calm, focused, and relaxed helps a person control emotional outbursts and impulsive behavior.
Anxiety sufferers are often overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed out. Their brain seems to never quiet down. They can’t stop thinking. Learning to decrease anxiety gives suffers hope as they take control of their lives. EEG neurofeedback targets the brainwaves responsible for emotions, decreasing anxiety and calming the mind.
Neurofeedback training has been used with several thousand autistic spectrum children over the last 15 years, by hundreds of clinicians. There have been several research studies published to support these efforts. After neurofeedback, parents usually notice their child is more calm, manages emotions better, and doesn’t get overwhelmed as easily.
Pain is one of several sensory systems that keep us apprised of the status of our bodies. For chronic pain, neurofeedback can help reduce pain or perhaps how the brain manages pain, even in severe cases. Chronic Fatigue is a result of slower brainwaves, that makes a person feel more tired. By speeding up the brainwaves, sleep can be better regulated and energy levels can increase.
Concussion is a common occurrence, especially with young people and contact sports. When a concussion or brain injury happens, it knocks brainwaves out of a normal rhythm, causing sleep issues and slower processing. Neurofeedback training can be particularly helpful in improving sleep patterns, mental clarity and speech.
Feeling down or depressed from time to time happens to most people. Some people cannot break out of a depressed state over an extended period of time. There is much research that shows that depression is neurological, not psychological. Certain brain patterns are frequently linked to depression. Therefore, training the brain through neurofeedback has a powerful ability to improve depression symptoms by regulating brainwaves.
Dyslexia is the inability to see and write letters correctly on a consistent basis. This is due to a brain dysfunction that mixes up familiar characters. Neurofeedback can optimize the brainwaves that allow a person to focus properly.
A seizure disorder can be explained as a brain that has lost stability. People with seizures can regulate and stabilize their brains through neurofeedback training. Eighteen well-run research studies show how effective neurofeedback training can be in the reduction of seizures.
Fibromyalgia is “A common syndrome of chronic widespread soft-tissue pain accompanied by weakness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances; the cause is unknown.” Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder. Neurofeedback addresses the fatigue and sleep issues of fibromyalgia, regulating the brainwaves responsible for sleep. This can make fibromyalgia a manageable condition.
At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term, sleep disorders. Neurofeedback is a powerful tool for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. A skilled neurofeedback clinician can review many different options with clients to help them assess what’s most appropriate for their problem, including several brain regulating technologies such as Alpha-Stim and Brain Music.
Lyme Disease is the result of a tic bite than can cause chronic problems with fatigue. By speeding up slow brainwaves, people can overcome the achiness and fatigue that results form a bite and increase energy. This makes the other symptoms of Lyme Disease more manageable.
With age, many people begin to notice a decline in mental clarity, memory or executive function. This can also occur as a result of brain trauma. These declines can prompt fears of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Many studies demonstrate that neurofeedback changes the brain. Several studies show that cognitive function in aging adults improves considerably, after even a single neurofeedback session.
Although neurofeedback training can stop a migraine while it is occurring, stopping individual migraines is not the main goal. Training with neurofeedback can be very effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of migraines over the long term providing real relief for people suffering from migraines.
With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a person can’t stop repeating specific behaviors or stop his or her brain from repeating particular thoughts. A substantial body of research shows that problems with OCD are related to the functioning of areas in the front of the brain. Many therapists and other health professionals using neurofeedback to treat OCD note marked reductions in OCD symptoms in their clients after neurofeedback training. People with OCD relate that, after neurofeedback training, they do not really need to make an effort to stop unwanted repetitive thoughts and behaviors.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious type of anxiety caused by an extremely stressful event or series of events. Many people experience only limited benefit after trying various therapies and medication. Neurofeedback trains the brain to produce a calm state as well as regulate stress response. In addition, the specific areas of the brain affected by PTSD can be targeted. Frequently, the first sign of improvement is that a client sleeps better. Then other symptoms begin to improve.
A stroke is a condition in which the brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen. The patient may suddenly lose the ability to speak, there may be memory problems, or one side of the body can become paralyzed. By targeting neurofeedback near the brain’s motor strip – an area involved in controlling muscles and muscle tone – those motor circuits can reorganize and become more efficient.
Learning disorders, Dementia, Brain Fog an others. Any neurological condition that results from irregular moving brainwaves can be improved or eliminated.
Your brain is a complex organ with hundreds of actions taking place every minute. Much like a symphony, when all musicians are in sync the sound is harmonious. But if one musician is out of tune, the overall sound is affected. Brainwaves operate in much the same way, working together to keep your mind and body in sync and running smoothly. But if any of your brainwaves are off, it can impact your entire system negatively.
Neurofeedback Can Help Tune The Brain Safely.
Neurofeedback is a computer based method for teaching the brain to function in a more balanced and healthful way. It does so by shifting the way the brain produces and distributes its electrical energy. The goal is to improve the brain’s ability to self-regulate, maintain flexibility, and smoothly shift between different states.
Why I offer Neurofeedback
“Many patients come to me after seeing their primary care physician, who only offered drugs for their symptoms. But drugs do not work very well on neurological problems. I know all too well that the root cause often lies in the brain.”
“These people have tried many other methods and are fed up. I know how effective neurofeedback can be, so I feel confident offering this service. Once I show a patient their brain map and they can visually see just what is wrong, they become very excited about the possibilities for permanent relief.”
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The QEEG Brain Map
The heart of our system is the Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG), also known as a brain map. This non-invasive tool allows us to precisely identify the areas of your brain that are not running optimally. The QEEG is designed to objectively and scientifically evaluate a person’s brainwave patterns and takes the guesswork out of determining a person’s condition.
The procedure consists of placing a snug cap on the head. Embedded within the cap are 12 small sensors that are designed to measure and record electrical activity (or brainwaves) coming from the brain. These sensors DO NOT put any electrical current into the brain – they simply record signals coming from the brain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many brain issues are caused by irregular brainwaves. Neurofeedback works because it does not directly target any conditions and symptoms…It corrects irregular brainwaves and modifies timing patterns in the brain. This is achieved through multiple neurofeedback sessions, where the brain is re-trained into making normal patterns. The result is an improvement in brain regulation, which then impacts a variety of symptoms.
Absolutely not! Neurofeedback is safe because it is non-invasive, requires no drugs and does not produce any radiation like a CT scan does. The goal of neurofeedback is to identify irregular brainwave patterns and make very subtle corrections. With multiple sessions, the brain will learn to self-regulate.
No. Neurofeedback does not require anything more than your attention for 30 minutes per session. In fact, with each successful session you can start eliminating any medications you are taking.
Absolutely not! A brain map is simply a surface scan of your scalp which picks up the electrical impulses we call brainwaves. We do use conductive paste, but there are no shocks, no pain and no discomfort. All you do is stare at the wall for 6 minutes with your eyes open, and six minutes with your eyes closed. The computer does the rest.
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1950’s. It is only in the last decade and with the advancement of computer technology that Neurofeedback has been able to move from laboratory research to a system that can be administered in an office setting.
Your brain produces four primary types of brain waves: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. Beta is primarily active during your awake state, which is the majority of your day. Alpha has to do with your subconscious, and is dominant during relaxed states when your eyes are closed but you are not asleep. Theta is present briefly during the periods before you fall asleep and before you fully wake up. Delta is primarily active when you are asleep. All of these brain waves are equally important to your health, and neurological disorders can be attributed to specific brain waves. For example, when you have brain irregularities caused by a head injury, your brain may have too much frontal theta or delta being produced when you are supposed to be awake and alert. By retraining these abnormal patterns in the affected areas, symptoms can be improved or eliminated.
Each session usually lasts 30 minutes.
The number of sessions needed will depend on the individual and the particular condition that has been determined. Much like going to the gym, every person requires a different length of time to improve. 20 – 40 sessions is normal for many conditions to improve or even be eliminated. However, people have reported positive changes after just a few sessions.
Neurofeedback sessions involve relaxing for 30 minutes while you watch a movie or listen to music of your choice. Electrodes are attached to your scalp that monitor your brainwaves during the session. When irregular patterns are detected, a response is triggered from the software that pauses or dims the video or music. this response will automatically cause you to focus more, which will move your brainwaves back into normal ranges. With repetition of this process over multiple sessions, your brain can learn to stay within healthy ranges on its own without neurofeedback.
Again, results will vary from person to person. Some feel different within a couple of sessions, while tougher conditions will take many sessions to see any noticeable results. It’s important to not get impatient and listen to the practitioner. They should be able to show you the graph results of each sessions, which will provide a visual reference of improvement. The type of neurofeedback training we offer here is permanent. Neurofeedback helps to improve functions such as concentration, short-term memory, speech, motor skills, sleep, energy level, and emotional balance.
Long term follow ups have been done on many patients over the years. Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee has followed ADD clients who’ve sustained their improvements from neurofeedback for 10-20 years. Published research on epilepsy 12 months after brain training shows the effects on epilepsy usually holds. Owners of the Clear Mind System have commonly reported no relapses from patients after 10 years.
Yes you can start neurofeedback while on your medications. As you progress your physician might suggest that you slowly reduce or eliminate certain medications related to the condition that you are addressing with neurofeedback. Since every patient is unique, the decision to reduce medication will be up to your physician. More research is needed on this, but a common theory is that the same dosage seems to have a stronger effect on a more efficient brain.
If used improperly, it is possible to see problems. That is to be expected from a system that can produce such positive changes. It all comes down to training and proper use. Fortunately, each session is designed to create small changes in brainwave activity, meaning that problems can be spotted and corrected before they become bigger. Our clinic has extensive training on this equipment and can change protocols as needed if negative effects are seen.
Recent research suggests that individuals with ADD/ADHD tend to have elevated theta brainwave activity and low levels of beta brainwave activity. Symptoms of ADD/ADHD are usually reduced when brainwave activity is changed. Neurofeedback is commonly used as an adjunct or alternative treatment to medication and behavior management.
Neurofeedback has been around since the late 1950’s when Dr. Joe Kamiya discovered that by using a simple reward system, people could learn to alter their brain activity. His partner, Dr Sterman discovered that he could train cats to control their epileptic seizures through a similar method. He moved on to train humans to control their epilepsy. Neurofeedback has evolved over the years from laboratory research to a system that can be administered in an office setting. And with 5 decades of positive case studies, it is not likely to go away any time soon.
Neurofeedback has been around for decades. To date there are thousands of studies, with more being published every day. This site has a comprehensive list of studies on neurofeedback for many conditions. You can view them here.
We have many patient success stories to share with you. Neurofeedback has had a positive impact on so many people, who now have a drug free and non-invasive alternative for treatment of common ailments. Click the button below for these success stories, told from the people who changed their lives with neurofeedback.
GEOFF NUGENT, PH.D., LMFT, LPCC, BCPC, CSPC
I believe that every person who sits down for counseling with me deserves therapy that is as special and unique as they are. I know how important it is for you to feel like you are being heard and understood. There are no guarantees with therapy, but it should help you learn new things about yourself and others. I will give you the skills to feel better and handle emotions and problems so you can get on to leading a happier life.
GEOFF NUGENT, PH.D., LMFT #47549, LPCC #221, BCPC, CSPC
Licensed also in Arizona (LMFT # 15208) and Utah (LMFT # 10481679-3902)
Owner, Creator and Professional Clinical Counselor of Nugent Family Counseling Center Inc.
Working with adolescents, couples, families, and individuals through issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, and relationships.
As a dually Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor I am able to offer my clients the very best care. One of my first professional counseling opportunities was working for the non-profit organization EMQ Families First as a family specialist. There I would support families with adolescents suffering from mental health issues in their own homes. I also worked with the EMQ Mobile Crisis team doing county-wide suicide assessments for children and adolescents in crisis. For my final internship, I obtained the position of Special Education Therapist at a local middle school, where I supported adolescents through one-on-one and group therapy. In 2007 I opened my own private practice in addition to the school counseling.
I specialize in working with adolescents, couples, families, and individuals through issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, and relationships. I have been trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, social cognition, bully prevention, and Positive Parenting. I was a Supervisor of Behavioral and Mental Health for a local school district where I supported Marriage Family Therapist Interns (MFTi’s), Associate Social Workers (ASW), and Professional Clinical Counselors Interns (PCCI) in counseling general education students. Additionally, I helped the administration and teachers understand the mental health needs of their school population. I understand and work a lot with special education students, the families, and their needs. I have a unique understanding of how Individual Education Plans (IEPs) can and should be implemented in both general education and special education settings. I am passionate about my work here at Nugent Family Counseling Center as the director and lead therapist.
The title of Dr. Nugent is one I hold with pride and great responsibility. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University majoring in Psychology. I then went on to get a Master’s Degree from John F. Kennedy University majoring in Counseling Psychology and graduated in the top 5% of my class. I completed my Ph.D. program with a 4.0 GPA through Walden University focusing my dissertation on adolescents and video games. I also received the honor of being in the Psi Chi International Honor Society and the Golden Key Society for outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence.
Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC), California licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT #47549), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #221). Arizona licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT # 15208), and Utah licensed Marriage Family Therapist(LMFT # 10481679-3902), and a Certified Sport Psychology Coach (CSPC).
Member in good standing with California Marriage and Family Therapy Association (CAMFT), American Psychological Association (APA), American Psychotherapist Association, and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA).
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About a dozen former Denver Broncos, some from the Orange Crush era, are taking part in a research study they say is helping them recover from post-concussion symptoms and traumatic brain injuries. They believe those injuries were suffered during their playing days. The process uses Neurofeedback to “Re-train” the brain and restore healthy brainwave patterns […]
Do you have panic attacks for seemingly no reason? Are you so worried about being judged by others or embarrassed that it stops you from engaging in social situations? Are you so scared of heights, flying, or something else that it causes you to avoid things in your daily life? Does stress cause you to […]
Attention-deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in America today. It’s not hard to see why, as the symptoms associated with a diagnosis are very common in many other problems: Distracted, impulsive, lack of attention or focus, can’t sit still, anger issues, etc. Individually these symptoms can […]
ADD/ADHD is not a psychological or disciplinary problem – it’s a brain problem. Watch how to improve ADD with neurofeedback. If you are interested in finding out what’s going on inside your brain, then call (419) 358-4627 today to schedule YOUR Brain Map!
During the last decade the use of Neurofeedback techniques to achieve a better athletic performance has been a booming subject. More and more athletes use mental training each day as a means of achieving the ultimate competitive edge. One of the most well-known examples is the Italian football team that won the 2004 World Cup […]
Compelling research evidence exists that there is often a neurophysiological basis for depression, particularly in people with a family history of depression. Neuroscientists have discovered a particular brainwave pattern that allows us to identify individuals with a biological predisposition for developing depression. This biological marker appears to be very robust (Davidson, 1998a, b), having been […]
Neurofeedback In The News
Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960’s, when it was first tested on cats. There is a significant amount of research available showing the positive effects of neurofeedback on various neurological conditions. To view this research, please click the button below.
Neurofeedback provided by Nugent Family Counseling Center
Dr. Geoff Nugent
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