What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is also called EEG biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently.  The brain observes itself from moment to moment, like looking in the mirror, and learns from itself, making adjustments to what it needs.  Another way to say this is neurofeedback is training in self-regulation, which is a necessary part of good brain function, which allows the central nervous system to work better.


How is this done?

Electrodes are applied to the scalp to "listen in” on brainwave activity, which is then processed into a computer.  The ebb and flow of this activity is related back to the person through visual and audio cues that reflect to the brain it’s own activity.  Over time, brainwave patterns shaped themselves toward more desirable, more regulated performance, making the brain more flexible and resilient.  The process is deeply relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable.


What is neurofeedback good for?

Although I don't diagnose, Neurofeedback has addressed a variety of issues with of brain disregulation, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, and headaches. It can also be useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.


What can I expect from neurofeedback?

With neurofeedback, symptoms often simply melt away.  For instance, a person with anxiety may quickly find themselves more relaxed, while a person with focusing difficulties may be able to pay better attention. Often sleep issues are resolved early in the training.

My office is in Great Barrington, MA, but I'm happy to recommend other practictioners who might be closer to you. If you have questions about neurofeedback or would like to schedule an appointment, please email me at, or click the button below.


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A Symphony in the Brain

by Jim Robbins