Neurofeedback For Anxiety for Teens & Young Adults at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling
Does your teen or young adult's anxiety interfere with their lives on a regular basis?
Are you concerned about what their future will look like going into adulthood with the effect anxiety is already having on their life?
Have you tried other therapy and counseling approaches for your teen or young adult's anxiety and did not get the results you were hoping for?
Are you looking for an effective approach to anxiety without the use of medications?
At Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, our neurofeedback therapist is Board Certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). In combination with his training and use of state-of-the-art software, neurofeedback has been our most effective therapeutic approach to date.
Neurofeedback for Emotional & Behavioral Challenges for Teens & Young Adults in Sugar Land, TX
Neurofeedback is an effective therapeutic approach to a wide variety of emotional or behavioral challenges. As emotional and behavioral challenges come from the brain, neurofeedback addresses these challenges at their source.
Neurofeedback is comfortable, safe, non-invasive approach to training the brain on how to perform at optimal levels. As it learns to perform at optimal levels, teens and young adults see the symptoms start to decrease or go away.
Below are some of the emotional and behavioral challenges neurofeedback therapy in Sugar Land, TX can help with:
Peak athletic performance,
Peak academic performance,
What is Neurofeedback for Teens & Young Adults?
Neurofeedback is a safe, comfortable, non-invasive therapeutic approach. It is not talk therapy but brain training.
Talk therapy is more of a bottom-up approach. Through talking over several sessions, the therapist is able to formulate a clinical impression of what is driving the challenges. They then can really start to target the challenge and help the teen or young adult overcome that challenge.
Neurofeedback records the brain's electrical activity which is how the brain communicates. From this recording, a brain map is created.
From the brain map, the neurofeedback therapist is able to see what parts of the brain are overperforming or underperforming. And once we identify these areas, we can immediately start to train those areas to perform at peak, optimal levels.
Neurofeedback then is more of a top-down therapeutic approach. We get to see from the start where in the brain the depression, anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, ADHD, trauma, PTSD, autism spectrum, and other challenges stem from.
How Does Neurofeedback Train the Brain?
When the brain is over or underperforming, this can and often does create emotional and/or behavioral challenges. The idea then is to train the brain to perform optimally.
Using sophisticated, state of the art software, the neurofeedback therapist creates a training protocol that helps train the brain to perform at optimal levels. The vehicle that is used for neurofeedback training are T.V. shows, movies, and a neurofeedback specific video game.
The neurofeedback therapist places a cap with 19 sensors or individual sensors on the client's head. The cap resembles a swimmer's cap and is embedded with sensors.
These sensors record and show the brain's electrical activity, or how the brain is performing. The neurofeedback therapists starts a T.V. show, a movie, or a video game and places a digital dimmer on the screen.
When the brain is performing like we want it to based on the training protocol selected, the client gets to hear and see what is playing on the T.V.
When the brain is not performing like we want it to based on the training protocol selected, the screen fades to black and the sound decreases in volume.
Our Amazing, Ever Learning Brain
Our brains are truly a wonder. The brain is always surveying our environment, picking up on sensory ques, and assessing what is needed for our safety and other benefits.
The brain is a sensory and pattern seeking organ. It has evolved to seek out patterns in the world. The brain learns whether they can influence these patterns and if so, will begin to do so.
So, during neurofeedback training, as the brain performs like we want it to, the brain gets rewarded by being able to see and hear what is on the screen.
When the brain is not performing like we want it to, the screen fades away as does the sound.
This back and forth creates a pattern that the brain latches on to and start to learn that when it performs a certain way, the client gets to see and hear what is on the screen. As the brain repeatedly does this, it starts to change the way the brain performs.
Over the course of neurofeedback therapy sessions, the brain changes and these changes are long term changes.
Neurofeedback for Young Adult & Teen Anxiety in Sugar Land, TX
We have various regions in our brain that work together to help us to feel happy, do well on tests and exams, socially interact in healthy ways, cope with challenging life experiences, etc.
There are also regions in our brain that work together and can make complicated and difficult. One of these regions of the brain is the fear or anxiety network.
The fear network includes but is not limited to the:
Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex,
The role that this network plays when functioning at optimal levels is to warn of us danger. Our brain is constantly scanning our environment for sensory input. When colleting this input, it helps us know if we are in danger.
With teen anxiety and young adult anxiety, this network is on overdrive. It encodes and sends messages to throughout our brain and body that things that are not normally threatening, are threatening. This can be a real-life experience or imagining future events in our mind.
Our logical mind knows and understands that we shouldn't be fearful or anxious over a given situation. We see others participating without the fear or anxiety. Yet the brain makes it feel real and anxiety is the result.
Neurofeedback helps train these regions of the brain to either down train if overperforming or uptrain if underperforming. The end result can be the brain functioning at optimal levels which helps reduce or eliminate the symptoms of anxiety.
In Depth Dive into Neurofeedback
For a deeper dive into teen neurofeedback therapy and neurofeedback for young adults, you can click this link that will take you to our main neurofeedback page.
If you have questions and would like to talk with our neurofeedback therapist, please contact us to schedule a neurofeedback consultation.
Young Adult & Teen Neurofeedback Therapy for Anxiety:
Sugar Land, TX
Anxiety can, and in most cases, limits your teen or young adult's ability to find happiness and success in life at the levels they are capable of. They have innate gifts and talents that anxiety blocks them from fully taking advantage of. You don't have to live with anxiety any longer.
If you are ready to begin neurofeedback for anxiety, all you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:
Contact Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling.
Speak with our neurofeedback therapist.
Start your journey in overcoming anxiety through neurofeedback today!
Other Services Offered at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling Sugar Land, TX
Teen panic attacks
Peak performance (optimal academic brain performance)
Peak performance (optimal athletic brain performance)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Therapy for Anxiety
Therapy for Social Anxiety
Therapy for Panic Attacks
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy) For:
Teen trauma treatment
Counseling for teen anxiety
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) For: