08 Dec Neurofeedback: Finding Balance During the Holidays | Ridgefield, CT
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they are also a stressful time of year, with family get-togethers, office parties, school functions and New Year’s resolutions. It is also the time of year for the dreaded parent-teacher conference. It can all be just a bit too much and many people feel overwhelmed. Whether dealing with new issues or lingering concerns, taking care of yourself or addressing your child’s issues is important. Taking time for daily relaxation is a way to pre-emptively deal with stressors and manage stress when it happens.
Effects of Stress
The effects of chronic stress on the body are well documented, yet we live in a world filled with chronic stress! Our central nervous system (CNS) is in a constant state of fight or flight and this isn’t good! Chronic stress is a major culprit in our lives, contributing to ongoing cycles of fatigue, poor nutrition, exhaustion, focus problems, anxiety, mood swings and hormonal imbalance. Stress, overthinking, overworking and too many daily responsibilities tax our adrenals, and affect our physical and mental health. We need to practice daily relaxation to help our nervous system calm down and keep our adrenals in line.
Breaking the Cycle
So what can you do break this stress cycle, or address an issue that has been lingering (like you thought your child’s issue(s) had been outgrown or weren’t as significant, until their teacher brought it up again, or your own issue that you thought you had a handle on)? Well, you can begin a therapy that optimizes and corrects brain functioning – Neurofeedback.
What is Neurofeedback?
As a Board Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner (BCN), I am obviously passionate about what I do. Neurofeedback beautifully treats a variety of conditions in a safe, effective, and research-based manner, because it works at the subconscious level (which is in control about 90 to 95% of the time!). It creates lasting changes in the brain by creating new electrical activity through a process of measurement and reinforcement. Quite simply, one is reinforced for changing one’s brain waves at a subconscious level through the use of computers. 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 – lack of focus, anxiety, depression, and physical symptoms, to name a few.
How Can Neuroeedback Help?
Neurofeedback is successfully used to treat ADHD, autism, anxiety, stress, emotional distress, behavioral issues, mood issues, pain, neurocognitive and neuropsychological issues related to Lyme and PANS/PANDAS, headaches, concussion, TBI and a variety of other issues.
More than 90% of our clients report significant improvement! In addition to Neurofeedback, we offer other therapies that support and calm the CNS and brain functioning, such as Biofeedback, which involves learning to take conscious control of your autonomic functioning. We are one of just a few providers in the world to offer Advanced Bio-Regulation therapy, which uses biofeedback and PEMF-based electromagnetic technology to help the body better self-regulate, adapt and heal naturally. In addition, we offer hypnosis, EFT/tapping, and Somatic Body Therapy as adjunct therapies that tap into the subconscious to help calm the CNS and regulate the nervous system and cognitive functioning.
Working with a practitioner who utilizes therapies that optimize brain functioning and calms the CNS is the best way to address a lingering issue or deal with stress in a very effective manner. Remember to take time to practice daily relaxation and find moments of gratitude to make the most of your holiday season.
Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Ed.D., LPC, BCN
CT Certified School Psychologist
Licensed Professional Counselor
Board Certified in Neurofeedback