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Neurofeedback Therapy in Katy, Texas & the Houston Area

 

Jason Drake, LCSW-S, BCN, is a BCIA Board Certified Neurofeedback therapist with Katy Teen & Family Counseling. Why is it important to choose a therapist who is BCIA Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN)? Find out more here.

 

  • Have you tried talk therapy and you haven't found the results you were looking for?

  • Have you been on medication after medication still not finding the relief you you were hoping to get?

 

  • Are you a talented teen athlete, gifted student, young adult starting college, or a professional looking to take their neurocognitive abilities to the next level? 

 

  • Are you a talented teen athlete, gifted student, young adult starting college, or a professional looking to take their neurocognitive abilities to the next level? 

 

We all want to be able to function at peak and optimal levels. For some, teen ADHD,  teen depression, teen anxiety, teen trauma, teen PTSDprevent this from happening.

 

You may be a talented teen athlete or a gifted student in Katy Texas or in the Houston area. Competition is intense in our schools and on the field and court. Though you may not struggle with teen depression, teen anxiety, or teen trauma, you would like to further improve your performance. Peak performance training may help you get their and have a leg up on the competition.

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Why We Use Neurofeedback at Katy Teen & Family Counseling

 

Here we talk about the background and "why" we started neurofeedback at Katy Teen & Family Counseling. We will dive deeper into "what" neurofeedback is and "how" it work throughout the rest of this page. There will be neurofeedback concepts mentioned in these next few sections which will be further described in the later sections. 

 

Many effective therapy approaches take time to work. There are several factors that play into how long therapy will take:

  1. How often, how intense, and how long the teen has battling with the particular struggle

  2. The motivation of the teen to work in therapy

  3. The skill of the therapist in helping teens and families navigate the journey through their struggle.

We wanted to find teen therapy approaches that nullify the first two points above. The frequency, severity and duration of the teen's struggle often extends the time the teen is in therapy. If a teen is not motivated and shares little or doesn't open up in talk therapy, it takes time for the therapist to help the teen make progress. What this means is that it takes us longer, as teen therapists, to help the teen relieve their suffering.

 

We wanted to find those approaches that are supported by research. Those approaches that are effective. Those approaches that ultimately could reduce the amount of time it took to help teens find relief and happiness again. As we were exploring teen therapy options to overcome these obstacles, we came across Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback: A Powerful Approach to Stubborn Struggles & Lack of Teen Motivation

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Neurofeedback targets the source of the teen's struggle and resolves the struggle at the source. We identify the area of the brain that is over or under performing which underlies the teen's emotional or behavioral challenges.  The emotional or behavioral challenges a teen experiences are biological in nature. These struggles are all brain based and include but are not limited to the following :

 

Neurofeedback is a safe, non-invasive, research supported, and fun approach to therapy. We identify the regions of the brain that are at the root of the teen's struggle and treat the struggle at the source.

 

A typical course of neurofeedback for teens takes on average 40 sessions. If the teen experiences their struggle daily, it is at a high level of intensity, and they have been experiencing this for some time, neurofeedback may take a little longer than 40 sessions but often still less time than talk therapy.
 

Yet, teens also often respond quicker to neurofeedback than adults do. So, despite the "how often, how intense, and how long" factors that can extend their time in talk therapy, with neurofeedback, they can be resolved in as few as 40 sessions. This eliminates the factor #1 above.
 

Neurofeedback is not talk therapy. It does not require any other participation from the teen other than showing up each week and sitting in a comfortable chair with their feet up playing a video game or watching a show (more on this below).

 

As a result, the teen's motivation (#2 above) has little influence on how long they will be in therapy. This eliminates factor #2 above and can reduce the time they are in therapy compared to talk therapy.
 

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic approach that can shorten the length of therapy as it eliminates typical roadblocks (#1 & #2 above) that can slow the course of therapy. Yet, it takes a skilled and well trained neurofeedback professional to ensure the teen receives correct neurofeedback treatment to maximize the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Board Certified in Neurofeedback: Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) 

 

Why choose a therapist who is BCIA Board Certified in Neurofeedback? Find out more here.  

Jason Drake, LCSW-S, BCN with Katy Teen & Family Counseling, is Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).  BCIA is the main certifying organization for neurofeedback here in the United States as well as internationally. BCIA is a rigorous neurofeedback certification organization ensuring that those certified through their organization have the training required to provide effective neurofeedback. 

To become Board Certified in Neurofeedback through BCIA, a licensed therapist must:

  • Successfully complete a neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, physiological psychology, or course(s). This provides a sound basis for the brain and how it functions, and must be taken from a regionally accredited academic institution or a BCIA-approved provider.

  • Take a 36-hour didactic education program specifically covering all topics as listed in the BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge taken from a BCIA-accredited training program. 

  • Spend 25 contact hours (2 must be face to face) with a BCIA-approved mentor to learn to apply the clinical neurofeedback skills through the review of:

    • 10 sessions of self-regulation where the clinician is the client in neurofeedback sessions.

    • 100 patient/client sessions where the therapist will prepare the client and run complete sessions.

    • 10 case study presentations which are full detailed patient/client stories from intake and protocol selection/adjustment through discharge.  

  • Have passed a certification exam consisting of 100 items, multiple choice, to demonstrate proficiency in their knowledge base pertaining to neurofeedback.​

The training through BCIA is rigorous and prepares a licensed clinician to practice neurofeedback effectively. Jason Drake, LCSW-S, BCN, has successfully practiced neurofeedback with teens in both a residential treatment setting and at Katy Teen & Family Counseling. Some of the more common emotional or behavioral challenges Jason has worked with are:

Through neurofeedback, teens can get their lives back. Being Board Certified in Neurofeedback, Jason can help. If this has peeked your interest, keep reading as we will go into detail what neurofeedback is and further how neurofeedback can help your teen.

What is Neurofeedback?

 

Neurofeedback has emerged in the last 30 years as a treatment modality for a variety of mood, emotion, and behavioral struggles. Neurofeedback has been a recent treatment of choice due to the recent advances in neuroscience.

 

Up until 2013, most of the research funding was provided to those researching treatment approaches based on treating symptoms. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shifted their focus away from treating symptoms to researching the brain and where the symptoms originate from.

 

Neurofeedback treats where in the brain the symptoms originate from. Neurofeedback addresses teen ADHD,  teen depression, teen anxiety, teen trauma, and other struggles at the level of brain function and how the brain performs.

 

The way our brain communicates, or functions, is through electrical signals. These signals travel between cells in our brains called neurons. Through these electrical signals, the brain regulates heart rate, breathing, body temperature, and more.

 

These electrical signals also regulate mood, emotion, and behavior. The symptoms that we experience have their roots in how the brain performs. Teen depression, teen anxiety, teen trauma, teen ADHD, and more can originate in the brain.  

 

For many of us, the communication between the cells in our brain functions optimally. For others, there may be networks of the brain over performing or under performing.

 

This under or over performance is at the root of many emotional, mood, and behavioral struggles. Neurofeedback is able to pin point the precise network in brain regions that are at the root of the problem. Neurofeedback provides training to help optimize brain performance to these brain networks.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

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Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, comfortable, relaxing form of treatment. Teens and adults alike find neurofeedback a fun approach to treatment. While seated in a comfortable chair with your feet up, neurofeedback utilizes sophisticated software to record the electrical signals of your brain.

 

We us 19 sensors integrated into a cap that the individual wears. These sensors record the electrical signals of the brain and maps how the brain performs.

 

By creating a brain map, we can compare how your brain performs to a database of how other individuals your same gender and age perform. This database is a normative database containing brain maps of individuals with optimal brain performance.

 

Once we have your brain map and we compare it to the normative database, we can identify what regions of your brain are under or over performing. We then create a training protocol specific and individualized for you to optimize your brain performance.

 

Through this training protocol, we optimize the brain performance for those regions, or network, of the brain that have been causing the distressing symptoms.

The software that facilitates the training protocol is much like a video game. While wearing the cap and recording your brain performance, you use your brain performance to play the video game. There are no hand held controllers like traditional video games.

 

Each time your brain performs in a way that optimizes brain performance, the game advances. The game provide your brain consistent reward for optimal performing. ​

 

Your brain is a very efficient 'muscle' in your body. It is always seeking ways to balance and improve your body's way of functioning. Included in that functioning are the mood, emotions, and behavior we experience. Neurofeedback is a way to help exercise your brain and reward it for optimal performance.

For example, if you are struggling with teen depression, neurofeedback will help to optimize the performance of your brain. The regions that were under or over performing causing the depression will perform at optimal performance.

 

Once you have trained your brain to perform at optimal levels, the symptoms related to depression go away or are largely reduced. The changes are long term at this point but there are those who prefer a 'tune up' every few years. If you are struggling with teen ADHD,  teen anxiety, teen trauma, teen ADHD, and more, the process is the same.

Other Uses for Neurofeedback: 

Brain Performance Optimization

 

Though neurofeedback helps those struggling with mood, emotion, or behavior struggles, it also is helpful for others. Optimizing brain performance can help reduce or eliminate emotional or behavioral struggles.

 

Optimizing brain performance has a variety of other uses as well. Doctors, CEO's, attorneys and other professionals have utilized neurofeedback for brain performance optimization. This utility has been helpful for others who seek to perform at peak levels no matter the setting.

Gifted Students & Brain Performance Optimization

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Gifted students who are fortunate not to struggle with emotional, mood, or behavioral struggles can benefit from neurofeedback as well. Peak performance training can help optimize an already bright and capable mind.

 

Focus, concentration, memory, and other brain performance can be optimized to help get a leg up on the competition. Gifted students in the Katy, Texas and the Houston area are in stiff competition with other students. For gifted students in Katy, Texas and the Houston area, peak performance training may help them have the competitive edge.

Talented Teen Athletes & Brain Performance Optimization

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For those talented teen athletes in Katy, Texas and the Houston area, neurofeedback can help. As with the academic competition in the Katy, Texas and Houston area, athletics are highly competitive in our area. There are those talented teen athletes who come with natural talent benefited from hard work and dedication. Neurofeedback can help with brain performance optimization to help with:

  • Attention, focus, and clarity when fatigued

  • Increase performance when "in the zone"

  • Improves emotional control

  • Execute plays faster and better

  • Learning new training and tasks more quickly

  • Acclimate better to stressful situations

  • Improves sleep

  • Can help overcome mental blocks

Katy and the Houston area boasts some of the best High School athletics in the country. There are families that move to Katy, Texas and the Houston area so their talented teen athlete can participate in the High School athletics. In this competitive arena on the field or on the court, neurofeedback can help give a leg up on the competition!

What Else Can Neurofeedback Help With?

 

Neurofeedback is effective in treating a variety of life struggles. It is also effective for those seeking to optimize their brain performance for academics and/or athletics. Neurofeedback can help with the following:

Begin Neurofeedback Today in Katy, Texas & Those in the Houston Area 

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If you are a teen who has been struggling with teen depression, teen anxiety, teen trauma, teen PTSD, or other struggles, neurofeedback can help. If you are a gifted student or a talented teen athlete looking for peak brain performance, neurofeedback can help.

Katy Teen & Family Counseling is conveniently located just off of I-10 and 99. It is very easy to get to for those who live in Katy. And for those in Houston and the surrounding area, it's only a short drive away. Our caring neurofeedback therapist who specializes in neurofeedback can help you. Neurofeedback for those in the Katy, Texas and Houston area is here! To start your neurofeedback journey, follow these simple steps:​

 

  1. Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling today

  2. Meet with our expert in neurofeedback 

  3. Start your journey toward recovering your happiness and hope for the future. You will be glad you did.

Other Teen Therapy & Young Adult Services: Katy Teen & Family Counseling

Katy, Tx & Houston

 

While we neurofeedback therapy at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we also specialize in other emotional and behavioral life struggles and provide the following counseling and therapy approaches such as:

Effectiveness of Neurofeedback:

Research by Experts in the Field

 

Neurofeedback has undergone numerous testing through scientific research studies. For the past 50 years, experts in the field have been studying the effectiveness of neurofeedback training.  They have researched neurofeedback relating to emotional struggles like depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, peak performance and other emotional difficulties.

 

Below are a few references to those research studies and outcomes showing neurofeedback to be effective. At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, one of the approaches to neurofeedback we use is Z-score, 19 channel neurofeedback. This is a state of the art approach in treating teen emotional or behavioral challenges. 

 

The researchers and experts in the filed have studied the effectiveness of Z-score, 19 channel, neurofeedback training along with other methods. Check out their findings below:

Neurofeedback Case Studies using Z-score Training

 

Summary

This article summarizes clinical results using a neurofeedback approach (z-score neurofeedback) that has been developed over the last several years and is seeing increasing clinical use.  In individual cases, specific changes are observed, related to the initial conditions, and the brain's ability to respond with appropriate changes. Overall, LZT is found to be a relatively efficient form of neurofeedback that can be demonstrated to be effective in a variety of clinical scenarios.

Collura, T. F., Guan, J., Tarrant, J., Bailey, J., & Starr, F. (2010). EEG biofeedback case studies using live Z-score training and a normative database. Journal of Neurotherapy, 14(1), 22–46.

19 Channel Neurofeedback for a Teen with Oppositional Behavior Due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 

 

Summary

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), resulting from gestational exposure to ethanol alcohol, can result in a wide range of lifelong and severe challenging behaviors with a concomitant lowered quality of life. This article presents the results of neurofeedback treatment (80 sessions over 14 months) with an adolescent diagnosed with FASD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and who had a significantly low social adaptive quotient (<1 percentile) and marginally low intelligence (13th percentile). Significant neural dysregulation, as measured by quantitative electroencephalography, resolved almost entirely. This occurred with a parallel improvement of his challenging behaviors as subjectively reported by his family and one of his workers.​

David W. Hallman (2012) 19-Channel Neurofeedback in an Adolescent with FASD, Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience, 16:2, 150-154.

Neurofeedback Case Studies using Z-score Training

Summary​

​A 23-year-old man presented for a neurological evaluation due to cognitive problems restricting him from college education. He graduated successfully from high school but had problems in college, which caused his subsequent withdrawal. He was interested in trying neurofeedback (NFB) for possible cognitive enhancement. ​

Fifteen sessions of 19-electrode Z-score NFB lead to marked improvement of the patient's subjective cognitive perception as well as GCS on computerized neurocognitive testing. This case report illustrates marked increase in cognitive performance achieved by Z-score 19-electrodes NFB training and justifies the initiation of larger studies to confirm these promising findings.

Koberda, J. L., Moses, A., Koberda, L., & Koberda, P. (2012b). Cognitive enhancement using 19-electrode z-score neurofeedback. Journal of Neurotherapy, 16(3), 224-230.

Why Neurofeedback is an Effective Means to Impact Behavior

 

Summary

Robert W. Thatcher, Ph.D., ​a preeminent scholar and researcher, undertakes an thorough analysis of z-score neurofeedback along with other approaches to neurofeedback therapy. Dr. Thatcher also addresses the critics of neurofeedback and demonstrates it's effectiveness in helping resolve a variety of physical and physiological struggles.

Why Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are Effective Means to Assess and Impact Behavior, Robert W. Thatcher, Ph.D., 2017