As a psychotherapist, using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), I aim to help my clients separate their often jumbled web of thoughts and feelings. The theory is that once these are neatly sorted, carefully pondered, and ultimately understood we can work to change the thoughts which will change the way we feel, reducing anxiety, depression and many other problems.
This method often works well, but over the years I’ve observed that there are many people whose propensity towards fear and anxiety is so strong that this strategy fails to create the desired change. I’ve seen smart, insightful, and highly motivated people struggle mightily to change the anxious and sometimes terrifying ruminations that plague them. I believe that between those who benefit easily from CBT and those who don’t, there is a fundamental difference in the way the brain/central nervous system operates. This is where neurofeedback comes in.
By working with the brain’s natural neuroplasticity, neurofeedback training is able to calm the emotional centers of the brain and sharpen executive function. A calmer, more organized and flexible central nervous system paves the way for more positive, insightful and level-headed thinking. CBT and brain training using Neuroptimal® neurofeedback, work beautifully together to calm the fear-driven brain, which inevitably leads to a happier, more fulfilling life.