How it Works

Learn to better control your mind and body

Our brains are responsible for our thoughts, movements, senses, and memory. The brain, spinal cord, and nerve cells together create the central nervous system, which receives information from the body and determines how to respond. All sorts of things in life can impact the messages that our brain sends to our body and create both physical and emotional obstacles.

Neurofeedback is a journey. It’s not a cure, and it’s not a quick fix. We partner with you to help you learn how to calm the central nervous system and better control how your brain and body respond to things. It’s a bit like riding a bike. It takes some time to learn the skill, but once you have it mastered, it’s always there for you.

What people are saying

I enjoyed my time at The Balanced Mind. Gretchen is very kind and will work with you based on your goals and preferences. Neurofeedback is an excellent therapeutic modality that has enabled me to look at life events from a different perspective. I now find myself feeling less anxious and more oriented towards the present.
Elisabeth Mustachia
APRN, PMHNP-BC
I tried everything and I honestly came to neurofeedback with not much to lose and it is the only thing that has helped me overcome my anxiety and stress and now my whole family uses neurofeedback.
Tess
Neurofeedback Client
I’m doing well - driving that high turning bridge (that used to make me feel like I was falling) twice every day on my commute - woohoo!! I still give all credit to EEG Neurofeedback & have fun telling people about achieving this victory with your help.
Diane Surtees
Neurofeedback Client

But… how does it really work?

Each of our clients starts with tracking some key symptoms, such as sleep habits, depression, concentration, focus, and more. These are all clues to what’s going on in the body. Then, in our first several sessions, clients watch a series of videos while an EEG tracks how their brain responds to the images on screen. We’re mapping the brain’s response and gathering data to help create a customized plan. 

The EEG machine uses small electrodes placed on the head to track brain waves. It’s a painless and non-invasive method where the EEG monitors the brain waves as they are happening, and the client learns to control their own brain over time. The process does not involve shocking the brain or sending information to it in any way — we’re simply watching what happens as the brain responds to what it is seeing on screen.

There are multiple modalities available in neurofeedback that help patients learn to control their brainwaves to calm the central nervous system, process things without the emotion, and quiet clutter in their mind.

We customize a plan for each client that targets specific areas of the brain we identified during the assessment phase. Through regular sessions, we work to create new neuropathways to replace previously created neuropathways that may be causing challenges. Retraining the brain takes time and effort, just as any other exercise or new skill does, so each client starts with a minimum of 20 sessions. 

Neurofeedback is life changing for many patients and empowers them to overcome their past without reliving or rehashing it. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how neurofeedback can help you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

We do not take insurance at The Balanced Mind. We do offer a discount for first responders, so please let us know if you are a first responder when you schedule your consultation.

Neurofeedback is an exercise activity for your brain to build new neuropathways and change the way it responds to things. It’s not a quick fix, and it takes effort. The total number of sessions will vary based on each person’s unique needs, but we start with a minimum of 20 sessions for each client. Each session typically lasts 30 minutes. We recommend scheduling a consultation to discuss your specific needs in more detail.

Neurofeedback is an emerging field that isn’t widely taught in medical school or in psychology graduate programs yet. Many studies have been completed showing positive results in alleviating symptoms of both physical and emotional challenges for both children and adults.

Neurofeedback isn’t about curing any specific condition, but rather focuses on getting the brain to function better and reduce symptoms you may be experiencing. It’s about exercising the brain so that it responds more appropriately to whatever challenge exist from the past or may arise in the future. 

Yes! Neurofeedback is a specific type of biofeedback that uses an EEG (electroencephalogram) that allows us to see what’s happening in the brain. Once we can see what’s happening, we can retrain the brain and reward it for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns.  

Yes, we see many clients who are currently taking medication for diagnosed medical conditions. In many cases, we’re able to help clients reduce their dosage of prescribed medications. Always talk with your prescribing physician about your neurofeedback efforts and any potential changes to your medications.

Still have questions? We encourage you to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your specific needs and determine if neurofeedback is a good fit for you.

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