March is Brain Awareness Month

March is a month that brings awareness to those with brain injury. Traumatic Brain Injury - TBI is currently a hot topic as a result of heightened awareness of the effects of repeated brain injury. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy - CTE and TBI have been highlighted by the media and in the movie Concussion. CTE is a result of repeated head injuries often related to professional sports, especially football that produces devastating results.

Neurofeedback is a treatment that is often able to help people who continue to suffer from a variety of issues related to brain injury. Many of the patient's that I see have gone through many traditional forms of testing and treatment, continuing to struggle with every day issues. It is not just the individual with a brain injury that suffers but the family suffers as well.

Neurofeedback is not a cure but can often help the brain to become healthier, depending on the severity and type of brain injury. One of the greatest rewards I experience when working with people with brain injury is seeing them actually get better. As individuals begin to heal they often begin to notice themselves in a different way and are better able to control some of the difficult behaviors they have struggled with. It is extremely satisfying to see the confidence that arises as a result of treatment. The individual often feels better about themselves as they continue to feel better symptomatically.

An example of the differences that can be seen in a QEEG from someone with a head injury are shown here. The first image on the left shows this individual's QEEG results prior to his participation in LORETA z-score neurofeedback treatment. At approximately half way through treatment (21 sessions), shown in the picture on the right you can see the changes that have occurred.

If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms that remain as a result of a brain injury, please call me at (719) 323-3094 so we can discuss the possibility of neurofeedback helping. #tbi #concussion #brain injury #PTSD #cte #anxiety #depression #cognitiveimpairment #stress #mentalhealth #psychologist #neurofeedback #LORETAz-scoreneurofeedback #psychotherapy #NeuroHopePsych #coloradospringsneurofeedback

  • Z Scored FFT Absolute Power
  • Z Scored FFT Absolute Power

Mental Health and New Year’s Resolutions

Why not make Mental Health a part of your New Year’s Resolution? Mental health and physical health are equally important in providing the balance that we need. Addressing your mental health needs is just as important as making sure you are taking care of your body through healthy exercise. So why not make an effort to be purposeful in doing things that can help you slow down and feel better over the New Year? Here are a couple of hints that can help you.

Take a Breath
Cut down on technology. Technology has become a great way to entertain ourselves or to have access to instant information that we need. When we are constantly engaged in technology it makes it difficult for our brains to settle down. Why not set aside your smart phone, ipad, laptop, etc. for a period of time each day and not worry about who has texted or emailed you? This is especially important at night, as this can be an important time to bond with family and friends. Helping your mind to slow down can help you to rest better.

Make more of an effort to connect with others. We live in a technology driven world that often gives us instant results. It seems that as we are able to accomplish more, the more we try to achieve, which often causes us to experience more stress. I have noticed that as technology is more prevalent people are often less courteous and less patient with each other. I remember experiencing much more connection during my childhood in public places. We often chatted with the person checking us out at the grocery store and people tended to be more friendly towards each other. Why not make an effort to make eye contact and engage with others around you? Acknowledging someone who is serving you can really make their day and give you satisfaction as well.

If you are needing more help than just finding ways to slow down, why not contact a mental health professional? Having someone to talk things through with can be helpful in working through issues that you are unsure of how to resolve. #anxiety #depression #stress #mentalhealth #psychologist #healthyliving #neurofeedback #psychotherapy #stressmanagement #stressfree #NeuroHopePsych #coloradospringsneurofeedback #newyearsresolutions

Neurofeedback Changes Lives

I had the chance to go to a neurofeedback conference a couple of weeks ago and saw many presentations that inspired me. I got into the field of neurofeedback as a result of wanting to help people feel better. I often find that as people feel better they are able to engage in psychotherapy in a different way that helps them to gain insight and achieve their goals.

My passion for neurofeedback has remained strong as I work with people and see them continue to regain their lives back. As people are able to reduce symptoms related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, chronic pain, and TBI they begin to think more clearly, which helps them to achieve their goals more quickly. This can look different for many people but what I most often hear people say is that they are able to get along better with others, they feel more clear, are more positive about life, less fearful of things they were fearful of before, or they find they are able to think about things more objectively. Often times during or after treatment, people are able to reengage in activities or things they had not been able to do for awhile.

As people feel better they often feel more hopeful about life and the things that they want to achieve for themselves. Being able to help people in this way inspires me every day. #PTSD #anxiety #depression #adhd #stress #mentalhealth #psychologist #healthyliving #neurofeedback #psychotherapy #stressmanagement #stressfree #NeuroHopePsych #coloradospringsneurofeedback

Mental Health Awareness

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week. I really like the theme that was chosen this year "I am Stigma Free." Often times I hear people express wanting to be understood by others, with worrying about how others may perceive their symptoms or diagnosis. They do not want to be seen as just being someone who is depressed or anxious, as someone who has a brain injury or PTSD, as someone who is autistic or has a developmental disability.

Diagnosis means so many things to different people. As human beings we like to categorize things so that they have meaning to us. It is how we describe colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. People often want answers related to what their experiences are and while a diagnosis may be helpful it does not fully define who that person is. Each person is a unique individual with their own story and their own experience. When someone tells me that they have a specific symptom or diagnosis, I often inquire what that means to them.

No one enjoys a label that makes them feel ashamed of who they are. Most people want to be understood as a unique individual with strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and talents. While a diagnosis can often times help people to understand what they are experiencing it never is a full description of who that person is. As we continue to acknowledge those with mental health issues, my hope is that the stigma that many carry will be left behind with people being seen as who they are instead of as a diagnosis or as someone who is mentally ill.

Neurofeedback and psychotherapy are both tools that can help someone with any of the diagnosis listed above. Offering support and encouragement to someone who needs it can be the greatest gift of all. #IAmStigmaFree #neurohopepsych #neurofeedback #psychotherapy #psychologist #mentalhealth #awareness

Enjoying Quiet Moments

Many of us find ourselves feeling rushed with the constant demands that seem impossible to fulfill. Many times it seems difficult to be able to find those quiet moments in which our mind can rest. I often find myself observing my dog in the mornings when I take her out. Dogs are so driven by their senses and I find it fascinating to see all the things that she enjoys taking notice of. The other day she stopped to smell almost every leaf on just one plant. I was so curious as to what she could smell that held her attention. As I watch her curiously in the mornings, I often find myself contemplating the importance of being intentional about enjoying the moment. It seems so hard to find those quiet moments in our busy world. As I go through the day I often think about my dog's ability to stop and take things in and I find myself inspired to attempt to do the same.

When working with patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, TBI, ADHD, chronic pain, or other types of disorders, I have often found that as they they progress through neurofeedback treatment or psychotherapy, they often feel like it is a little easier find times in which they can feel more at ease. In fact, when doing my dissertation research on treating the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD with neurofeedback, one of the first things that people often described was the ability to notice things more objectively instead of being as emotionally reactive as they had been. They described feeling more separate from the emotions that had previously caused them distress. As a result, people found themselves feeling more confident, being better able to make decisions, and described being able to see things with a renewed perspective. Helping people to find the ability to better enjoy the world around them is part of what I do. #neurohopepsych #neurohopeneurofeedback