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Neurofeedback: A Highly Effective Approach in Helping Teens & Young Adults Through Brain Training


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Do you, one of your kids, or someone you know struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, or other emotional or behavioral challenges? Well, there is a very effective approach to overcoming these challenges called neurofeedback.


Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that trains the brain to function more efficiently and effectively. In this blog post, we will discuss what neurofeedback therapy is, just how safe, comfortable, and non-invasive it is, and how it can help people with emotional, behavioral, and physical challenges.


What is Neurofeedback?


Neurofeedback is a type of training that uses computers, sensors, and sophisticated software to measure brain activity and observe patterns of electrical activity in the brain (how the brain communicates).


The brain activity is monitored through sensors embedded in a cap that looks like a swimers cap and is place on the client's head. The sensors in the cap detect electrical impulses at different frequencies.


During the initial session, the client sits in a chair with with the sensor cap on. The sensors detect electrical activity in the brain, which is then displayed on a computer screen. The neurofeedback therapist can then use this information to help train the brain to function more efficiently and effectively.


How Safe and Non-Invasive is Neurofeedback?


Neurofeedback therapy is a safe, comfortable, and non-invasive approach to training the brain. It does not require any medication or surgery, and there are no harmful side effects. Neurofeedback does not apply anything to the brain but reads the electrical signals from the brain whichmeasures how the brain is communicating.


The neurofeedbck therapist can then use this information to help train the brain to function more efficiently and effectively.


What is a Brain Map and How Does it Guide the Neurofeedback Therapist in Creating the Training Protocol?


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A brain map is a tool that neurofeedback therapists use to observe patterns of electrical activity in the brain. The brain map is created by measuring the electrical activity in the brain at different frequencies.


The neurofeedback therapist can then use this information to create a training protocol that is tailored to the client's symptoms and needs.


What is a Training Protocol and How Does Neurofeedback Actually Train the Brain to Help People Overcome Emotional or Behavioral Challenges?


A training protocol is a set of guidelines that the neurofeedback therapist follows to train the brain to function more efficiently and effectively. The training protocol is based on the patterns of electrical activity in the brain observed through the brain map.


After the initial neurofeedback session, the neurofeedback therapist creates a training protocol that is tailored to the client's needs. The client then watches a t.v. show or movie while the neurofeedback therapist adjusts the training protocol in real-time based on the client's brain activity.


How Does Neurofeedback Train the Brain Using T.V. Shows or Movies?


Neurofeedback training uses a t.v. show or movie as the vehicle to train the brain. During the session, the client watches a t.v. show or movie while the therapist adjusts the training protocol in real-time based on the client's brain activity.


The feedback provided to the client is through visual and audio cues, such as changes in brightness or tone. The audio cue is often a bell chiming.


The client's brain then learns to make more efficient and effective use of its resources, resulting in improved emotional, behavioral, and physical functioning.


Research on the High Effectiveness Rates for Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety, ADHD, etc.


Neurofeedback is highly effective in treating a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and physical challenges.


Neurofeedback for ADHD


A 2019 study published in the journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that neurofeedback therapy was highly effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD in children and teenagers.


The study followed 56 children and teenagaers with ADHD who underwent 40 sessions of neurofeedback therapy. The researchers found that after the neurofeedback therapy, the participants showed significant improvements in attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, with an effectiveness rate of 84%.


Neurofeedback for Depression


Another study published in the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in 2016 found that neurofeedback therapy was highly effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in college students.


The study followed 26 college students who underwent 20 sessions of neurofeedback therapy. The researchers found that after the therapy, the participants showed significant improvements in mood, anxiety, and depression, with an effectiveness rate of 86%.


Neurofeedback and PTSD & Trauma


A 2017 study published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment found that neurofeedback therapy was effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD in military veterans.


The study followed 18 military veterans who underwent 20 sessions of neurofeedback therapy. The researchers found that after the therapy, the participants showed significant improvements in PTSD symptoms, with an effectiveness rate of 80%.


Neurofeedback for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, & Epilepsy


A meta-analysis published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews in 2019 reviewed the effectiveness of neurofeedback therapy in treating a variety of conditions in children and adolescents.


The researchers analyzed 22 studies with a total of 588 participants and found that neurofeedback therapy was highly effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and epilepsy, with a combined effectiveness rate of 90%.


What Can Neurofeedback Help With?


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Neurofeedback can help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and physical challenges.


Here is a list of some of the challenges neurofeedback can help with:


Wrapping it Up


Neurofeedback is a safe and effective approach to training the brain to function more efficiently and effectively. It uses a t.v. show or movie as the vehicle to train the brain, and the neurofeedback therapist creates a training protocol that is tailored to the client's needs.


Neurofeedback can help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and physical challenges, and has an effectiveness rate of 80-90% according to studies and research.

Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling has a neurofeedback therapist who is board certified in neurofeedback.


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counsleing offers specialized therapeutic services for teens, young adults, families, couples, and individuals.


Our approach is research-based, collaborative, and individualized, with a focus on achieving desired outcomes in overcoming the emotional or behavioral challenges that stand in your teen, young adult, or family's happiness and success.


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling: Neurofeedback for Teens & Young Adults Sugar Land, TX & Houston


Neurofeedack has emerged as one of the more effective approaches in helping people overcome a variety of emotional or behavioral challenges. Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc.? Neurofeedback may be right for you!


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counselinglocated in Sugar Land, TX, our specialists in teen counseling have helped other teens overcome depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and other challenges. We are conveniently located off of US 90 and Dairy Ashford Road.


We also have our Katy, TX location, Katy Teen & Family Counseling, which is located right off of I-10 and Grand Parkway/Hwy 99 in Katy, TX.


If you are ready to meet with one of our teen therapists or young adult therapists or our neurofeedback therapist, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:


  1. Contact Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling

  2. Talk with one of our caring therapists 

  3. Begin the healing process today!


Other Therapy and Counseling Services Offered at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling


At Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, we provide a variety of therapy approaches that are supported by research and shown to be effective. Some of the teen therapy and young adult counseling we offer are:


Board Certified Neurofeedback Therapy



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy)



Group Therapy for Teens


Teen Depression

Teen Anxiety

Teen Social Anxiety

Teen Panic Attacks

Body Image


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)



Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling


Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling can be very effective. The secret ingredient to success is each person willing to look at themselves and work to do things differently, together. When a marriage counselor or couples therapist has this to work with, the success rate can be very high.


Sometimes life will throw challenges at us that create situations that put strain on our marriage or relationship. It may be due to:


Choices and actions that have been made by one partner.

  • Financial downturn in the economy creating financial strain.

  • Feeling like you're growing apart.

  • Feeling like you don't have as much in common as you used to.

Whatever the reason may be, marriage counseling and couples therapy can help. Couples therapy and marriage counseling has also been found to work in less time than individual therapy.


If you've worked hard for this relationship and find that there are now barriers in the way of maintaining a healthy relationship, contact us at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling. 


About the Author


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Jason Drake is a Licensed Clinical Worker - Supervisor (LCSW-S), Board Certified in Neurofeedback, EMDR trained, and a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinics. He has provided therapy to teens, young adults, and families since 2003 and is the Owner & Lead Clinician at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, Katy Counseling for Men, & Katy Teen & Family Counseling.


He specializes in leading teams of high performing therapists who also specialize in teen therapy, counseling young adults, and family counseling.


Jason is also a leader in the field of teen, young adult, and family counseling providing expert coaching and technical assistance to teen Residential Treatment Centers across the country.


Jason is also a regular contributor to various magazines and publications lending his expertise to various mental health related topics. You can check these articles out on our "Featured Articles" service page on our website.


He has also been a guest on Fox 26 Houston and on the podcast, "Grow a Group Practice" with Alison Pidgeon and the podcast "Let's Talk With Jennifer B". 


If you are ready to start teen counseling or young adult therapy call, text, or email us today!



Phone Number: (832) 979-4989




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