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Neurofeedback is a direct, effective, safe way to create change in your life.
Since you're here, you're interested in neurofeedback. You want to know, can it help you? What would that look like? What can you expect? I'm going to do my best to answer those questions. To ask me about things you specifically want to see change, or any other questions you have, please call or email.
By: Catherine Boyer
When you come for training in my New York City Upper West Side office, we will use state of the art equipment to take advantage of the powerful ability of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to take in information and use it to regulate itself, and to do this in the way that is organically right for you. This can have you be at your best, probably in the ways you have in mind, and perhaps in ways that might surprise you.
Like all of us, you have learned to respond to stress in particular ways. Some of them may be what you would like to see change. The central nervous system training we will be doing interrupts state shifts in the brain, including maladaptive responses to stress, and brings the brain back to the present moment. The brain assesses the real current circumstances and has the opportunity to choose if that state shift it was about to make is a useful one or not. It learns from this and uses that learning to rewire itself.
Over time, this new way of operating can become the new default way of being. It is amazing what happens when we are present to our lives rather than just reacting. For examples of how this looks in people's lives, read the Client Comments page.
The state of the art system I use, NeurOptimal®, will read the electrical activity of your brain from the surface of your scalp — 256 times per second. It detects moment to moment changes, including those times when your nervous system displays the turbulence that all systems in nature produce when making a shift from one state to another.
NeurOptimal® interrupts brain state shifts. The brain learns from this and reorganizes itself for optimal functioning.
Catherine Boyer, LCSW
That might be a loss of focus, worry about the past or future, depression, hypervigilance — whatever is in your repertoire. The NeurOptimal® system flags those moments for your brain by a brief interruption to music. The brain alerts to that pause and comes back to the present moment, away from the turbulence, and can learn over time — often very quickly — to run itself in a new, more efficient, flexible and resilient way.
Because the neurofeedback system utilizes your brain's ability to organize itself — at your pace and in the order of change that is right for you — it is very safe and virtually side effect free. It is non-invasive — nothing is put into your brain except information about what it is doing. Our brains are masterful at taking in information and reorganizing. Your system does not get this information this immediately or this precisely anywhere else. Expect it to use it well. Change happens most often in the same effortless, non-consciously ordered way that your body knows how to heal a scraped knee without any conscious direction from you.
Please look over the information on this site. If you would like an appointment or if you have questions, you're welcome to call 212-877-6923 or email.