Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback technique that involves utilizing real-time monitoring of brain activity, usually through an electroencephalography (EEG), to self-regulate brain functions. In other words, it’s a therapy modality that helps individuals train their brains over time to function more effectively, which can provide relief from symptoms of mental health conditions. At True Life Center in San Diego, California, Neurofeedback is one of a number of modalities offered to treat substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.
What Conditions Benefit from Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback therapy may improve many mental health conditions, including:
- ADHD and ADD
- Stress disorders
- Depression treatment
- Anxiety treatment
- Trauma treatment
- PTSD treatment
- Panic attacks
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Headaches, migraines, and memory concerns
We also offer trauma therapy, holistic treatments, and more as part of our dual diagnosis program in San Diego, California.
How Does a Neurofeedback Training Session Work?
Participation in a neurofeedback treatment session involves using deliberately placed and comfortable sensors that connect to a computer and monitor brain waves. Special software is used to analyze the brain waves and provide real-time feedback. While patients engage with a movie, game, or sound, they gradually learn to gain control over reactions to different stimuli and maintain equilibrium.
Neurofeedback Side Effects
As with any treatment modality, some individuals experience a period of adjustment, or may prove ultimately to be incompatible with Neurofeedback. The likelihood of experiencing side effects decreases with an experienced practitioner leading the sessions. An expert practitioner is also able to guide individual’s through any side effects they may feel. At True Life Center, we introduce patients to new-to-them treatment modalities with the utmost care and under the guidance of practitioners who are experts in their field.
While a majority of patients do not experience side effects. Rare reactions may include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Headaches or dizziness
- Cognitive impairment
- Internal vibrations
- Muscle tension
- Social anxiety
- Low energy or fatigue
Our highly trained True Life Center team is equipped to help mitigate any physical or emotional discomfort to ensure patients remain comfortable during treatment.
Training Related Side Effects
When you work with a trained specialist (like the ones at True Life Center) for your neurofeedback sessions, you can feel confident that you are in good hands. However, as this therapy modality increases in popularity, more therapists and centers have started to offer it – and the standards for training and experience may differ. Ultimately, the quality of training makes a big difference in the percentage of clients who experience side effects.
We offer integrative treatments in our mental health programs, including neurofeedback therapy. We welcome questions and would be happy to share more with you about the qualifications of our practitioners.
Does Location Impact Risks?
A neurofeedback practitioner targets specific locations and increases (up training) or decreases (down training) frequencies. Certain brain locales are more likely to lead to side effects than others. To reduce your risk of side effects, your therapist will target areas known to produce good results.
Specific frequencies produce harsher neurofeedback side effects than others. For example, stimulating frequencies of beta or gamma waves may increase transient feelings such as anxiety, panic, and racing thoughts. Moreover, increasing slower frequencies such as alpha and theta waves can lead to fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
Pre-Existing High-Risk Conditions
Pre-existing neurological conditions may increase the risk of adverse reactions. For example, if you have epilepsy, abnormal electrical activity may increase your risk of seizures. Other conditions, including traumatic brain injury, narcolepsy, or migraines may cause unique side effects. It is important that patients disclose their full medical history to their practitioner prior to beginning neurofeedback therapy.
Receive Effective Neurofeedback Therapy in San Diego, California
Neurofeedback side effects can slow or impact progress. That’s why it’s essential to fully understand the potential side effects and work with a practitioner who is trained to eliminate or mitigate them. Our True Life Center therapists may recommend neurofeedback for you based on your unique history, challenges, and treatment goals. For more information on our neurofeedback treatment program or any of our alcohol and drug treatment programs, contact us by either 866.420.1792 or completing our confidential online today.
TLC’s Neurobiological Integration Approach
Our team understands the intricacies of mental health, and we can help you or your loved one explore a customized healing path. At True Life Center, our dedicated professionals are committed to working with patients on discovering their true selves and living their best lives. Our unique Neurobiological Integration Approach aims to identify the root cause of illness and gets results by using the synergistic combination of:
- Individual psychotherapy with DBT, CBT, EMDR and/or psychodynamic approach
- Expert psychiatric treatment
- Mindfulness and self-compassion practices
- Yoga therapy
- Body healing with Qi Gong
Reaping the Benefits Of Finding Mental Health Treatment In San Diego California
True Life Center is committed to helping individuals find and express their authentic self. When suffering is deep and enduring, understanding the path forward brings comfort and hope. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive map for long-term recovery and optimal health. We listen carefully to you and your loved ones to understand and co-collaborate in the creation of your True Life recovery plan. Finding the right treatment for your mental health may seem challenging right now, but we are here to help.
Find the Support You Need and Deserve at True Life Center
True Life Center in San Diego, California, is dedicated to helping you. Our comprehensive mental health treatment program provides anxiety treatment, along with treatment for depression, trauma, addiction and more. No matter what you’re facing, our team is here to help. To learn more, call 866.420.1792 or reach out to us online.