Connecticut Neurofeedback Treatment

QEEG brain mapping session

Experienced Neurofeedback Therapists

At the offices of Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, our professional practicioners provide Neurofeedback therapies to individuals such as children, adolescents, teens, young adults and families throughout Connecticut and New York*.

Neurofeedback treats a variety of conditions in a safe and effective manner at a subconscious level.* The goal of this non-invasive therapy is to help train the brain to function more efficiently while rewarding the brain for creating an appropriate pattern through reinforcement. When you visit our Ridgefield, Connecticut office, you can expect professional care and expert treatment.*

Conditions Treated with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback can be used for different conditions including: Lack of focus, Anxiety, Depression and a variety of physical symptoms. Neurofeedback is used to treat ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Stress, Emotional Distress, Behavioral Issues, Mood Issues, Pain, Lyme, PANS/PANDAS, Headaches, Concussion, and  TBI.* 

Neurofeedback’s Effect on the Brain

During Neurofeedback sessions, the brain learns to self-regulate, which calms the nervous system, reducing or eliminating symptoms. Without self-regulation, many problems of the central nervous system can result such as lack of focus, anxiety, depression as well as physical symptoms. 

The Results of Neurofeedback 

Children with learning disability can display both under-activity and overactivity in their brain wave functioning, improving connectivity helps the brain to work more efficiently. Neurofeedback training involves reinforcing the brain to self-regulate with better connectivity and timing, which results in improved learning.*

Why Dr. Roseann for Neurofeedback?

Here at the office of Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Ed.D., LPC, BCN, we work with children, adolescents, teens, and families around a variety of issues with the help of effective, non-medicated therapies. We always welcome our clients to a friendly atmosphere, helping them feel relaxed and at ease during their sessions.

To ensure the validity of your results and treatment plan, Dr. Roseann will interpret all of the QEEG data we take. Our in-house QEEG (otherwise known as brain mapping) helps us keep a close eye on your progress as well as ensuring that your treatments are efficient and updated regularly. By having Dr. Roseann interpret all of our data, we avoid inaccuracy with test readings. Afterwards, she will design a custom-fitted Neurofeedback treatment plan to help you on the road to better health.*

Common Neurofeedback Questions:

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Neurofeedback involves helping a person learn how to modify their own brainwave activity. Through the use of computers, we monitor brain functioning while recording the feedback present by the client.  Through the use of Neurofeedback, we are able to train our clients to promote or reduce different brain wave frequencies, then we reward the brain for changing its own activity producing more appropriate patterns.* Through this reinforcement, new electrical activity is produced in the brain, and the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward a more desirable, more regulated performance. These changes result in symptom reduction as the brain learns to self-regulate.*

What Does the Neurofeedback Process Involve?

The first step involves conducting a QEEG Brain Map; this is a procedure where EEG activity is recorded and statistically analyzed. The session will involve the placement of sensors on the scalp and ears. Once your session is complete, you will then meet with Dr. Roseann to review your brain map and make a treatment plan. After a protocol has been designed, you can immediately begin your Neurofeedback sessions.  The number of sessions required vary based on each individual, but range from 20 to 100 or more sessions.*  Most Connecticut residents usually come in two times per week.

What is the Goal of Neurofeedback?

The goal of Neurofeedback treatment is to identify abnormalities in the brain, by tracking brain wave patterns to find the exact source and cause of the abnormality.* Once this information is received, our practitioners can then begin to address the problem through behavioral treatments, therapy and medications and procedures. During these treatments, the brain will learn to self-regulate and adjust to the new situations, making it easier for the patients to get the help they need as well as maintaining the results.*

How Do You Monitor Progress?

We monitor progress in three ways :

  • Through QEEGs at regular intervals to objectively look at brain functioning.
  • Through data collection at every Neurofeedback session.
  • Through regular customized symptom checklist progress monitoring.

Is the Therapy Supported by Research?

Proven with research, clients have made significant gains with Neurofeedback, and most Connecticut residents in our practice report significant change and symptom reduction.* Individuals often report greater success than what they initially expected (especially after trying other treatments unsuccessfully). If success isn’t seen, there is typically a medical, nutritional or environmental reason, which needs to be addressed.*

Neurofeedback is a safe, drug-free treatment alternative for many conditions that affect children and adults. Thousands of research studies have proven it’s effectiveness during the past 40 years. In 2013, The American Academy of Pediatrics gave Neurofeedback a Level 1 effectiveness rating for treating ADHD. This is essentially the same effectiveness as medication.*

Additional Research:

How Effective is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback treatment has been extremely useful in the research of many neurological diseases and disorders, and have yielded results in not only better understanding these conditions, but treatments as well. By measuring different aspects of the brain, researchers are able to better understand disorders such as ADD, ADHD, ASD and other learning disabilities, as well as brain abnormalities like anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, sleep problems, and PTSD. Through behavior therapy and other treatments, the patient will learn how to self regulate their conditions to help them lead a better and more productive life. By physically observing their brainwave patterns, patients are able to see their brain wave abnormalities and can begin to understand what exactly is happening that leads to their conditions.

Seeing that Neurofeedback has become widespread and accepted by most, it comes to no surprise that the American Academy of Pediatrics recognized Neurofeedback as an effective alternative for ADHD. In fact, AAP mentioned that Neurofeedback and EEG Biofeedback are a “Level 1 – Best Support” intervention for Attention and Hyperactive Behaviors like ADD and ADHD.

How Far Has Neurofeedback Come?

The Beginning

The assimilation of Neurofeedback didn’t come until years later, but it’s roots begin in the 50’s and 60’s by two separate doctors: Dr. Joe Kamiya at the University of Chicago and Dr. Barry Sterman at UCLA. Such is similar with the techniques of today’s Neurofeedback therapy, Dr. Kamiya, who studied consciousness, found that an understood reward system could help individuals alter their brain activity. To this date, this is one of the first ever EEG Neurofeedback training sessions. On the other hand, Dr. Sterman worked closely with animals and testing their sensory motor rhythm (SMR). He also used a reward system, training cats to control their brainwaves with the help of a reward system.

Throughout the years (especially the 70s), Neurofeedback had been regarded as a mythical medicine, whereas the studies weren’t viewed as a real medical treatment. Empirical data proved that Neurofeedback was successful, but it didn’t match up with most scientific beliefs. Making our way into the 80s, Neurofeedback began being used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and into the 90s – the therapy began being used for a selection of psychological and central nervous system conditions.

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Neurofeedback treatment - Brain Diagram

The Current View of Neurofeedback

Within the last decade, the view of Neurofeedback has changed and is in fact, universally accepted. We’ve come to find that Neuroscience revolves around the relationship of the central nervous system, the autoimmune system as well as emotional, physical and mental health.* Neurofeedback is much more than the “experimental” therapy it used to be regarded as. In reality, most practitioners are constantly accessing how people’s brains are functioning and if they are trying to function under illness, stress or mental difficulties. Specific patterns in a EEG will represent the emotional and cognitive states that can be influenced with Neurofeedback. Since it’s beginning, the technology (computer software and brainwave monitoring equipment) has taken a complete 360. Now, Neurofeedback practitioners can obtain affordable tools that help speed up the process of Neurofeedback all while making the results more accurate.*

 Connecticut’s Trusted Experts for Neurofeedback

Dr. Roseann is proud to offer our Connecticut clients non-invasive, effective Neurofeedback Therapies for the betterment of our clients. If you are struggling with certain physical or mental illnesses, it is best to seek help. Our expert services could be the key to getting you back on track and living a normal, healthy lifestyle.*Neurofeedback therapy can be extremely helpful in treatment, but is not recommended for everyone. While it is a useful tool that can be helpful in diagnosis and treatment, the procedure will only be suggested if we believe it will have a positive outcome on the patient.*

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates does not guarantee certain results.