I had never heard of neurofeedback until about 2002, when I was looking for help with life long sleep problems that had worsened as I got older.
After trying all sorts of things – medications, relaxation training, supplements, recordings for sleep – a colleague recommended neurofeedback. I found a trainer in New York. Pretty quickly my sleep improved.
The fact that I hadn’t heard of neurofeedback doesn’t mean it hadn’t been around. Neurofeedback actually goes back to the 1960s. It has a really interesting history that includes experiments involving manned space flight.
Why didn’t it become more available sooner? One reason is that prior to the development of the Pentium chip in 1993, neurofeedback could only be done in hospital or university settings. They were the places that had what were then called super computers. That’s what was needed.
Now the laptop I’m typing this post on has more than enough power. This means that you can obtain neurofeedback in small clinics and in private offices like mine.
If you’d like to read more about the history of neurofeedback, I recommend A Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins. (I love the title.) Robbins makes science understandable and entertaining for non-scientists. His book will give you an good idea of the many ways neurofeedback can be helpful.
If you have questions about how neurofeedback could specifically help you, please comment here or email me. Or if you’d like to ask for a referral to a trainer in your area, I very likely may know someone or can give you ideas on finding a trainer.
NeurOptimal® is state of the art neurofeedback, effective, and virtually side effect free. I find it very exciting and rewarding using this cutting edge technology with my clients and watching the changes that take place for them.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback