Friday, March 4, 2011

Neurofeedback and History of Child Abuse

The more we understand about how the brain of a child develops, the more clear it is that having been abused or neglected as a child is present in the wiring of the adult brain. Neurofeedback can be a great help in changing that wiring. I'll get to why in a minute.

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal TransformationFirst, though: If you're interested in reading more about how brain development is affected by a variety of problems with parenting, read Mindsightby Dan Siegel. More technical, and also fascinating, is the two volume set Affect Dysregulation and Disorders and Repair of the Selfby Allan Schore.

Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self/Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self (two-volume set)The ability to rewire (discussed in the books) is one reason why good psychotherapy works. Good work done with a therapist you feel a positive connection with literally rewires your brain.

Since NeurOptimal® neurofeedback gives the brain information about what it's doing which the brain then uses to optimize itself, this also can rework the problematic wiring from childhood. Personally, as both a therapist and a neurofeedback trainer, I find them to be very complementary.

More than once, I've had other therapists tell me that the therapy of their client "just took off" when the person started neurofeedback.

Some people are more comfortable with one or the other, some people do both. However you go about it, changing your neural networks changes how you feel, how you react, and how well you are able to live at your potential.

One of the many magical things about our brains is their ability to keep changing, no matter what age we are.  Psychotherapy and neurofeedback both take advantage of that.

Please comment here or email me with questions.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the book recommendations. Just remember, you don't have to tolerate people who show nothing but contempt for you, who are abusive, who bad mouth you or who take advantage of you. They probably won't change. Don't waste your energy.