Neurofeedback for Men: Katy TX & Houston
Building Stonger Futures Together
Amy Galpin, LPC-S has been providing neurofeedback therapy since 2013
Jason Drake, LCSW-S, BCN, is a BCIA Board Certified Neurofeedback therapist
Neurofeedback at Katy Counseling for Men in Katy, TX & Houston
You've struggled with emotional challenges that are interfering with your relationships, work, and personal happiness.
You've either tried medication without success or would prefer not to have to take medication for emotional challenges.
You are ready to get your life back and build a stronger future but don't want to see a talk therapist.
You've tried talk therapy before and while it seemed to help, it didn't help to the degree you were looking for.
Men are wired to compete, to build, to create, and to succeed. We are driven with this purpose day in and day out. Emotional challenges arise when we encounter stressors in our daily life that overwhelm our emotional system. And yet we persist despite these challenges.
As we continue to persist while experiencing emotional challenges, it is quite often that they do not simply go away over time. Often, they tend to intensify and start to interfere with our relationships, work, success, and happiness in life.
We may start to feel like an imposter. Roughly 75% of people with experience "Imposter Syndrome" at some point in their lives. This is largely due to anxiety which can be helped.
Because we continue to persist despite having these emotional challenges, it could also result in lowering of self-confidence. As we strive to advance our careers having strong self-confidence is a helpful strength in our pursuit of success.
We may also come by things like depression, anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, anger, ADHD/ADD, by way of nature. Our genetics that have been handed down through our ancestorial line may have resulted in your brain developing in a way that brings these things on.
And this is where neurofeedback comes in.
Why Choose Neurofeedback at Katy Counseling for Men
Neurofeedback is an effective approach in helping men overcome a variety of emotional or behavioral challenges. Neurofeedback has also helped men who may not struggle with emotional of behavioral challenges further improve their everyday performance.
Our experience has been that those who choose neurofeedback and based on client feedback, most find moderate to significant relief in symptoms. It often can be less expensive in the end than going the talk therapy route.
Neurofeedback can help men overcome challenges such as:
Neurofeedback has also been found effective to help those who may not be struggling with an emotional or behavioral challenges. Neurofeedback can help you enhance and improve your:
Focus and Concentration
If you are looking for a research supported approach in helping you overcome emotional or behavioral challenges, neurofeedback is an excellent choice. If you are also looking for a research supported approach in amping up your peak performance, neurofeedback is the tool to get you there!
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback helps alleviate emotional or behavioral symptoms by training the brain at the source of where those symptoms are coming from. The way the brain communicates or performs is through electrical signals. These electrical signals travel from brain cell to brain cell signaling the brain to perform in certain ways.
These brain signals regulate how we experience our mood and behavior. When our brain is performing or communicating at optimal levels, we are able to manage things like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc.
When our brain is not performing or communicating as it should, this is when we may start to experience challenges with mood and behavior. Our brains may be over-performing in some areas and under-performing in others.
Neurofeedback helps to train the brain to regulate the performance of the brain. Neurofeedback identifies the regions of the brain that are over or under performing and helps to regulate the performance accordingly.
We have experienced high success rates, according to our clients, in gaining moderate to significant improvement in mood, behavior, and our ability to function and succeed in our daily lives. The results of neurofeedback can be long lasting.
Neurofeedback, Talk Therapy, & Medication
Neurofeedback is not talk therapy. This is one reason those who choose neurofeedback do so.
Neurofeedback requires the neurofeedback therapist to understand the symptoms that are problematic. The neurofeedback therapist needs to also understand the underlying reasons, history, and current strengths and challenges in your life.
This information is collected prior to and during the first session or two. The neurofeedback therapist will follow up with you and check in to see how you are progressing. They will ask questions about the intensity, severity, and frequency of your symptoms as you continue in neurofeedback.
The goal is to have the intensity, severity, and frequency of your symptoms decrease -- or be eliminated. This is one way the neurofeedback therapist may assess progress in neurofeedback therapy.
Neurofeedback training requires a quiet, calm, relaxing environment. Due to this, talk therapy is not involved. We spend the sessions helping your brain learn to communicate and perform at ideal, normal, peak levels.
If you are not taking medication and do not want to go that route, neurofeedback is an effective way to help resolve the emotional or behavioral challenges. We can accomplish through neurofeedback what taking medication can accomplish -- but without the need for medication.
If you are taking medication, it's important to let your psychiatrist know you are starting neurofeedback. You can continue to take your medication while doing neurofeedback and always follow the direction from the psychiatrist who you are working with.
What is Brain Training?
Neurofeedback takes the recording of your brain's performance, creates a 2D and/or 3D brain map that shows where your brain is over/under performing. The under/overperforming is the source of the particular struggle you are experiencing.
Once your neurofeedback therapist identifies the regions of the brain where your challenge originates, we create a training protocol that will help your brain learn to perform normally or without creating the symptoms that you've struggled with.
Recording Your Brain's Peformance
Neurofeedback uses sophisticated software to record the electrical impulses of the brain. We start neurofeedback by placing a cap on your head. This cap looks a lot like a swimmer's cap but this cap has 19 sensors embedded in the cap.
The cap fist snuggly on your head and not tightly and the sensors are able to pick up your brain's electrical impulses, or communication. With the cap on your head, your neurofeedback therapist will record 10 minutes of your brain's electrical signals to get a baseline reading.
Creating the Brain Maps
The neurofeedback therapist will take these readings and creates a 2D and/or 3D brain map. This brain map identifies, based on your recording of electrical signals (how your brain is performing), where your brain is over/under performing.
This brain map is created by comparing your brain's performance to a normative database of other brain performance recordings. The normative database contains brain maps of other men, your same age, who do not struggle with your particular struggle. These are also brain maps of high or peak performers. Then, a training protocol will be selected based on the results of your brain map(s).
Below are 2D and 3D brain maps created using sophisticated, state of the art software:
Based on the training protocol, your neurofeedback therapist will utilize sophisticated software to help reinforce your brain's performance. There are two different software platforms that can be used:
Use of Movies or T.V. Shows
One of the more popular training platforms, neurofeedback can use movies or television shows for training purposes. When your brain is performing in a manner that will help alleviate or eliminate the symptoms, you get to hear and see what is on the screen in front of you.
When your brain returns to performing in manner that would continue the symptoms you have been struggling with, the picture and sound fade and may disappear altogether for a brief moment.
Your brain is a sensory seeking organ in your body. It seeks out patterns in the world and tries to control those patterns. This is a survival mechanism handed down through our genetics through the ages.
As it's a survival mechanism, figuring out this pattern and trying to control it becomes a top priority for your brain. During a typical neurofeedback training session, your brain will receive over 1,000 of these discrete rewards. These rewards over time will help your brain down regulate where it is over performing and up regulate where it is under performing.
It will bring the brain into balance where the symptoms can finally be alleviated.
Use of Video Games
Another training platform that one of our neurofeedback therapists uses in addition to movies and television shows is video games.
This neurofeedback therapist has two video games that function much like watching movies or television shows do under the other training platform. One video game is a flying game and the other is a skateboarding game.
The principle is the same in terms of the brain figuring out patterns and being reinforced. When your brain is performing in a manner that will help alleviate the symptoms, you get to control the avatar on the screen.
When your brain is performing in a manner that would continue the symptoms you've been struggling with, you no longer are able to control the avatar on the screen.
In both the movies/television and the video games, the neurofeedback therapist is in control the ease or difficulty of the training. It is important that the training not be too easy. On the flip side, if the training is too hard, the training will be less effective.
Finding the right balance, or the sweet spot in whichever training platform you use, is an important role of the neurofeedback therapist.
Below is a screenshot of one of the neurofeedback video games we use for neurofeedback training.
How Long is Each Session & How Many Sessions Does Neurofeedback Take?
Neurofeedback sessions are generally 50-60 minutes in length. It takes several minutes to place the cap or sensors. Once the cap or sensors are placed, the rest of the session is spent in neurofeedback training. In each session, you will receive 30-40 minutes of neurofeedback training.
For neurofeedback training to be effective, it requires the person to come two to three times weekly. On average, it takes most people around 40 sessions for a round of neurofeedback to be effective.
However, this average is dependent on several factors. Depending on the intensity, severity, and duration of the symptoms you've experienced, it may take more than 40 sessions.
Likewise, there are some that successfully complete neurofeedback training in as few as 25-30 sessions.
I started as a therapist in 2003. I'm pretty good by now at helping people achieve their goals in therapy through talk therapy.
While I can help most people through talk therapy, my experience has been that I can help a higher percentage of people who come in for neurofeedback. Our other neurofeedback therapist, Amy Galpin, LPC-S is also finding similar success rates.
It may be an investment in time and money -- up front. But when compared to what we can accomplish in the timeframe of neurofeedback compared to that of the time frame of talk therapy, neurofeedback often ends up costing less in the end (and there's a higher chance of success for you).
In addition, what is the "cost" you are experiencing while struggling with the emotional or behavioral obstacles in your life? While we may not be able to put a "dollar amount", the cost in relationships, self-worth, success at work, etc. can be high.
Give us a call today to learn more about how neurofeedback could help you.
Can Neurofeedback Help Me If I Don't Have an Emotional or Behavioral Struggle?
Neurofeedback training is a powerful approach in helping people overcome challenges related to:
And, if you don't struggle with an emotional or behavioral challenge, neurofeedback can be a powerful approach in improving one's peak performance.
Neurofeedback training optimizes brain performance. We optimize brain performance to help someone overcome anxiety. We can also optimize brain performance to help with:
Processing Speed (speed at which our brain processes information)
Working Memory (ability to recall pertinent information needed for tasks)
Executive Functioning (The "CEO" for the various regions of the brain)
Focus and Concentration
Doctors, attorneys, CEOs to college students could all benefit from peak performance brain training through neurofeedback. To be able to optimize the functioning and performance of the brain can help take your goals to the next level.
Are There Obstacles in Your Path to Starting Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a great option for men who do not want to participate in talk therapy. Neurofeedback therapy is also a great option for those who would like to improve without the use of medications.
Both neurofeedback therapists at Katy Counseling for Men use different approaches to neurofeedback. And both have the same success rate with moderate to significant gains. While it's not effective for everyone, it's a pretty good chance it can be effective for you.
Thinking about starting neurofeedback, you may be hesitant due to the frequency of sessions. Two to three times a week for an average of 40 sessions is a lot for anyone.
Yet think about the impact that the particular struggle you have has had on your life, your relationships, your ability to succeed, your overall happiness and satisfaction with life? While there are no guarantees with neurofeedback, with the success rate, might it be worth it?
Or what might your life look like when you optimize your brain's performance? What could your relationships, your business, work, success and life goals look like?
Begin Neurofeedback Therapy Today: Katy Counseling for Men
Katy, TX & Houston
To know that there is an approach to your struggles that has the success rate it does can bring hope back into your life. Neurofeedback therapy at Katy Counseling for Men has helped men gain their lives back and build a stronger future.
To start neurofeedback therapy, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:
Contact Katy Counseling for Men
Meet with one of our neurofeedback therapists
Start your journey in building stronger future together
Other Wellness Services Offered at Katy Counseling for Men:
Katy, TX & Houston
At our Katy, TX location of Katy Counseling for Men, we offer neurofeedback for men that can help with many challenges men face in today's world. We also offer a variety of other counseling services to fit your unique needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Board Certified Neurofeedback
Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy