Hello and welcome to West Coast Neurofeedback.
This website was designed for two purposes: one, to help those who are looking for a neurofeedback practitioner to be able to find me, and two, to very briefly describe how I treat. The bulk of my clients come from referrals from health care professionals, educators, and individuals who already know the usefulness of neurofeedback. For those first learning about neurofeedback, I have included some background in the FAQs, and I encourage those seeking more information or assurances about the efficacy of neurofeedback to visit one of the many neurofeedback professional association websites such as ISNR.org, AAPB.org, or BCIA.org.
My in-office method of treatment employs the simultaneous application of LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System by Ochs Labs) along with enhanced classic neurofeedback, the latter of which is accomplished by manipulating images on the computer screen (see below). Except in cases where the client is unable to focus on the screen, all in-office clients receive both LENS and traditional neurofeedback in every session. Sessions done remotely, which account for the majority of my work, are done through the use of a client-bought Brainmaster Atlantis 2×2 neurofeedback system (not LENS-capable), and FaceTime which allows me to both observe the client’s EEG, and direct the client’s training. While remote clients don’t get LENS treatment, they have the benefit of being able to treat themselves between our sessions, making treatment time and effectiveness of treatment the same as if they were training with the LENS component.
There are a number of advantages to what I describe as “enhanced” classic neurofeedback. One of these is that instead of having to wait for an image to move on the computer screen, or your favorite movie to play, my clients actually get to manipulate the frequency bands of their spectrogram (the mathematically-derived moving graph of their raw EEG broken down into component frequencies), and by doing this, approximate (the term used to describe bringing something closer to its desired outcome) their EEG toward optimal. Clients are able to consciously change their EEG rather than relying solely on the subconscious to figure out the goal of a particular exercise. As well, this method allows both the client and clinician to see the whole frequency spectrum live enabling us both to assess neuronal activity, train and continuously set new training parameters, and monitor the effects of treatment, moment-by-moment and over any area of the cortex. Not only can training can be done on more than two frequency bands at the same time, the client also has the ability to shift frequency amplitudes not only up and down, but left and right, too, which gives us the opportunity to convert excess activity in one frequency band into needed activity in another, rather than just utilizing down-training (suppression) and wasting potential energy! Lastly, considerable emphasis is placed on enhancing the entire low beta frequency band — even more than Margaret Ayers did — for everyone, not just the clients I see for peak performance training. This has profoundly positive effects for all conditions, especially head injury, dementia, and learning disability.
So that’s pretty much how it works. If you know you want neurofeedback training for yourself, your kids, your spouse, your parents, or a friend, give me a call. I’m happy to help. We can do it here in Newport Beach, or anywhere there’s an internet connection!