Direct Neurofeedback / HPN (Neuro-Gen: High Performance Neurofeedback), is a non-pharmaceutical option for people suffering from conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Addictions, Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), ADD/ADHD, Autism, Bipolar 2 Disorder, chronic Headaches/Migraines, sleep disorders, general stress, and more. Safe for children and adults, it can also be used to enhance mental clarity, focus and energy in daily functioning, including school, work, athletic performance, and creative endeavours.
HPN stimulates the brain to promote healing, through gently unblocking Neuropathways that are ‘stuck’ and optimizing brain functioning. Neurofeedback, as a treatment modality, has been used and studied over 20 years, including in specialized public health clinics in Canada and the U.S. (see related links, below). Treatment is administered by trained doctors and mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical counsellors and social workers.
Results are often immediate and become lasting, to the point where treatments are no longer needed. Rather than merely treating or managing symptoms, HPN offers a solution for the ‘root’ causes of those symptoms. In an ongoing US study with former NFL players, HPN has demonstrated to be highly effective at reducing or eliminating symptoms caused by traumatic brain injury/concussions, while increasing cognitive performance.
There are different types and brands of neurofeedback and it is important to understand the differences between them. HPN was designed by engineer, Corey Snook who worked with the founder of the LENS system. As with other fields of science & technology, neurofeedback has benefited from improvements over time to create better results for patients. HPN made improvements upon the widely studied LENS system, which evolved from traditional EEG neurofeedback. ‘Direct Neurofeedback’ is a term coined by Dr.David Dubin of the Dubin Clinic in Los Angeles, who uses another similar system called CDN. At Brighteyes Therapy, we use both HPN and CDN systems.
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Uses for HPN/Direct Neurofeedback
Peak Performance Training (Performing Arts, Corporate & Sports)
Recovery from Central Nervous System related Disorders such as:
- Brain Injury (TBI, concussion), including brain fog, disorientation, lack of clarity, focus or attention, emotional control
- ADD and ADHD, or other causes of poor concentration and focus
- Emotional Regulation and control
- Anxiety, Depression and other mental health
- Insomnia or poor sleep
- Headaches, including Migraine, Cluster and Tension
- Autism Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Fibromyalgia and Lymes
- Epilepsy / Seizures
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Symptoms of Alzheimer’s, improving quality of life
- Facial Tics
Neurofeedback is a sophisticated brain training technology based on brainwave activity that has been found to enhance performance (see studies), both in areas needing improvement, and in those areas already functioning well.
How It Works
What’s nice about HPN/Direct Neurofeedback therapy, is that it does the work for you. While you relax, the clinician applies tiny sensors to your forehead and the system reads your brainwave activity, projected to a computer screen. There is nothing for you to do; your brain communicates directly with the technology to let it know what it needs to return to optimal functioning. The result: you leave your session feeling calm, clear and energized to carry on with your day. Mood lifts and sleep improves, while your symptoms are reduced.
If you would like to add counselling to your sessions, that’s great, but not required. We take a quick scale before and after each session to track your experience and progress, to ensure the treatment is working for you. After completing a full course of treatment (typically about 20 sessions over 3 months), results experienced after each session become lasting, and sessions are no longer needed.
Expect to experience a new or improved ‘normal’, free from overwhelming symptoms that hinder your quality of life. From here, it is possible to move forward in your life with more ease and emotional freedom. What you do with that is our pleasure to witness.
Clarity Direct Neurofeedback® FAQs
What Happens in a Typical Session?
The skin on the forehead is prepared so that there will be a good connection. Then a few sensors are placed the scalp. The client sits still for about 30 seconds at a time while her brainwaves are recorded and a very weak signal is sent back to the brain. Other than that there is nothing the client has to do. In a few minutes the client generally feels calm and relaxed. The session is over in less than half an hour.
How Effective is Direct Neurofeedback?
The success rate is very impressive. Over 85% of clients benefit significantly, often dramatically. And the changes are enduring. Once enough sessions have been completed (typically 15-20), most people have completed their treatment. There is no need to receive Direct Neurofeedback on an ongoing basis.
How Weak Is the Signal Going Back to the Brain?
The strength of this signal is far less than a cell phone and cannot be felt. This signal is 1000 times weaker than simply holding a AA battery against your forehead.
Does Direct Neurofeedback Affect Only Negative Patterns?
Only frozen and stuck patterns are affected by Direct Neurofeedback. Healthy brainwave patterns are flexible and resilient. When there is a tiny fluctuation in their pattern they automatically spring back to that healthy state.
Is Direct Neurofeedback Safe?
Direct Neurofeedback is extremely safe. In over 100,000 clients treated with Direct Neurofeedback there has not been a single reported case of someone being worse off. Direct Neurofeedback has been used by practitioners for over 20 years. Direct Neurofeedback is not experimental, only relatively unknown.
What If I Am on Medication?
Medication does not diminish the effectiveness of Direct Neurofeeback®. There is no need to stop or reduce your medication, which should only be done in conjunction with your healthcare provider.
Is Direct Neurofeedback Covered by Insurance?
Sessions can be covered if your your insurance provider reimburses for sessions with a Registered Social Worker. i
How Many Sessions Are Required before Improvement?
Most people notice an initial change within 3 sessions, occasionally a little longer. The average number of sessions for most problems is 15 to 20. Once treatment has been completed, additional sessions are usually not necessary. Occasionally someone needs a “booster”.
Do You Work with Children?
Yes. A large part of our practice is devoted to children and adolescents.
What if I Live Far Away?
Clients sometimes come from out of town and stay for 1-2 weeks. They receive daily treatments and generally experience very rapid changes.
Research has shown that many kinds of psychological difficulty are associated with problems in activation in various areas of the brain. Patterns of underactivation, over-activation, or disturbed coordination of brain activity have been found associated with many types of disorder in brain imaging studies. This is true of attention deficits, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, tics, and learning disabilities, as well as the lingering effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD.
The electroencephalograph (EEG) is a way to show and measure brain activation. The EEG shows momentary increases and decreases in activity only milliseconds after it occurs in the brain area being monitored. Although Hans Berger is credited with discovering the electroencephalograph in 1924 (and published in 1929), it wasn’t until experiments in the 60’s and early 1970’s that neuroscientists began to discover that we are able to alter these patterns of activation in the brain if we can sense the momentary changes as they occur. This process, now called neurofeedback, or neurotherapy, is a specific form of biofeedback – getting immediate information about our biological processes in order to learn to control them better.
Many years of experience in clinics all over the world and hundreds of scientific studies have now shown that this process of EEG Biofeedback, or Neurofeedback, is an effective means to improve, even normalize, attention in individuals with ADHD, to elevate mood in those with depression, to facilitate recovery in those with addictions, to relieve anxiety, improve cognitive function, restore function following brain injury and to decrease seizures. In our practice, we have taken client responses to the next level using state-of-the-art technology and combining modalities resulting from research in the US and in Europe over the last 40-50 years. This research continues today, even as we are enjoying the benefit of these recent advances.
Information provided credit of Dr. David Dubin, M.D. (www.thedubinclinic.com)