Although neurofeedback is the primary therapeutic tool, techniques are available for increasing the efficiency and accelerating the process of modifying brain functioning. Many neurotherapists do provide clients with various adjunctive self-administered treatments to facilitate the therapeutic process. These "add ons" include relaxation exercises, self-hypnosis, energy psychology routines, life style modification recommendations, subliminal affirmation devices, cranial microamperage stimulators, audiovisual stimulators and therapeutic harmonics. The reason for prescribing these procedures, of course, is because they are believed to potentiate the therapeutic process.
The workshop will focus on both self-administered therapeutic aids such as cranial microamperage stimulators, harmonic sounds, audiovisual stimulators, and relaxation exercises as well as braindriving techniques. The latter techniques are rapidly developing methods that allow the treatment of clients with limited capacity to attend to volitional neurofeedback techniques.
Braindriving makes use of stimulation procedures that have known effects on brainwave activity. Such stimuli include sounds, visual stimulation, electrical stimulation of acupuncture points, and electromagnetic stimulation. The technique involves delivering the stimulation contigent on brainwave activity on a fixed reinforcement schedule. Thus, for example, with a condition of excessive theta amplitude, a theta suppressing stimulus can be presented anytime the theta amplitude exceeds a therapist designated threshold. The system is automated and can be autothresholding. This is an extreemly effective technique for treatment of those clients with limited attending capacity or in conditions where tasking (e.g., reading or writing) is involved.
Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D. was Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa prior to moving to Vancouver. A Fellow of the Canadian psychological Association, Dr. Swingle was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1998 and during the same time period was Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital where he was also Coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. Dr. Swingle was Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology at Ottawa University from 1972 to 1977 and Clinical Supervisor from 1987 to 1997. He is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is Certified in Biofeedback and neurotherapy.
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