One of the biggest challenges in psychotherapy is knowing how long it may take clients to make lasting changes. For some people a few sessions is enough to help them through a difficult time. For others with deep-seated issues that stem from adverse experiences in early childhood, change through talk therapy can take years. Fortunately, psychotherapists now have a new tool available to us that to help facilitate change more quickly: EEG neurofeedback.
Just over two years ago I picked up the book Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain by Sebern Fisher, an accoplished psychodynamic therapist who worked for years with severely traumatized and neglected children and adults. In her book she described how EEG neurofeedback, or brain training, helped her work with clients who were suffering from a lifetime of being in a fear driven brain. For some people, talk therapy is just not enough as the brain is so strongly wired from childhood to be on guard for threat and feeling unsafe.
Rachael Frankford, MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker in private practice. This blog is to share musings on mental health and about the intersection of mindfulness, neuroscience, and psychotherapy.