The “arousal model” of Neurofeedback

There are several different approaches to neurofeedback.  I work with clients to get a careful clinical picture of their level of “arousal”.  For example, in fear states, we are overaroused, or hypervigilant.  In depressive states, we may be underaroused.  But often, what may seem like underarousal, may stem from a history of many years of being hyperaroused from fearful, anxious states, and now being depleted from that history of overarousal.

The FDA has approved neurofeedback for aiding in relaxation.  I work with clients to help get a clinical picture of their level of arousal, noting areas of underarousal and overarousal.

As we carefully choose a protocol, we then note the brain’s response, and any patterns of over or underarousal that remain to be addressed, to help find the optimal protocol for a relaxing and alert self-regulating practice for this unique client.