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International market demand for neurofeedback therapy drives practice growth

Beverly Hills, Calif. (November 12, 2010) – Mindy Fox, a highly regarded neurofeedback therapist in California, announced today the expansion of her services in the Los Angeles area to include the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Malibu and the Pacific Palisades. The growth is an indicator of market demand for alternative, natural and safe treatment for anxiety related conditions.

“Our practice has expanded at a speed much greater than anticipated,” said Mindy Fox, LMFT and California neurofeedback therapist. “Many patients who we treat were at one point seeking alternatives to prescription medications for conditions such as anxiety and depression. Even though most were not sure exactly what that meant, they did know they wanted to stop taking medication.”

Commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medications are categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants, also known as sedatives or tranquilizers. These medications are commonly known by brand names such as Valium, Librium and Xanax. CNS depressants decrease brain activity producing a drowsy or calming effect that is beneficial to those suffering from anxiety or sleep disorders.

Alternatively, neurofeedback therapy retrains the brain. “Think of it as exercise for the brain,” said Fox. “Neurofeedback therapy strengthens the performance of your brain, so with a little encouragement, it heals itself and returns back to homeostasis.”

One of Fox’s patients who preferred to remain anonymous enjoys not having to take pills on a daily basis. “I had been taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications for at least 25 years, consisting of various things like Valium, Prozac and Zoloft.” said Joan, a resident of Beverly Hills. “I woke up one day and realized these pills weren’t improving my life, but rather subduing my reality. I wasn’t depressed or anxious after taking medication, but I was not happy or enjoying my life either.”

According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, if one uses CNS depressants long-term, the body will develop a tolerance for the drugs, and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects.  This was the case with Joan. Continued use can lead to physical dependence and—when use is reduced or stopped— withdrawal.

Neurofeedback therapy retrains the brain, helping it remember how to deal with anxiety, depression and more, eventually leading to a more relaxed yet alert state of being. Electrodes are placed on the head, and the patient plays a video game or watches a peaceful scene, depending on their preference. After several sessions, the brain begins to shift itself into a more resilient state.   This allows one’s brain to achieve a healthy state of arousal during stressful situations and even extend their range of normal functioning for improved performance.

Neurofeedback therapy is completely non-invasive. Some patients will see results within a few sessions, but it’s recommended they complete 20 sessions, with three sessions per week. Neurofeedback therapy is a highly individualized treatment that must be tailored to meet every client’s specific needs.

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ABOUT MINDY FOX

Mindy Fox is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over eighteen years of experience. With a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy, Fox is also certified in somatic experiencing and trained in neurofeedback EEG (also referred to as eeg biofeedback therapy). Her expertise in psychotherapy, EMDR, and neurofeedback helps her treat clients with attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, addiction, and depression issues. Fox employs body-mind therapy techniques such as EMDR, somatic experiencing, guided imagery, and neurofeedback, along with traditional methods to treat clients of all ages. Fox chairs the State CAMFT Trauma Response Committee and served as President of South Bay/Long Beach CAMFT Chapter.

 

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Many turn to Neurofeedback Therapy to fight the invisible battle with PTSD

October 11, 2010 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The nine-year Afghanistan and Iraq war is now being dubbed as America’s longest war. During a recent CNN segment, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the alarming suicide and hospitalization rates among U.S. troops. There were more soldiers hospitalized in 2009 for mental health issues (17,538) than physical injury (11,156). It was also reported that if a soldier is redeployed, their susceptibility to PTSD increases at a rate of 2.5. Some soldiers reported up to 12 re-deployments during the course of this war.

Soldiers are not the only ones at risk of suffering from PTSD. Children may develop PTSD through experiencing prolonged bullying. After student, Justin Aaberg, committed suicide because of a school bully, a string of teen suicides related to bullying have surfaced. Repeated bullying can cause unnaturally prolonged periods of anxiety which can onset conditions such as PTSD.

People with PTSD can re-experience events through memories or dreams so real, that it’s as though the event is happening again. As traumatic as these re-experiences can be, one will avoid triggers – these can include places, people and emotions. PTSD can also create problems with anxiety, sleep and focus.

The symptoms of PTSD become a part of everyday life for sufferers. However, the symptoms are learned and that means there is hope because many times those with PTSD can ‘un-learn’ the symptoms. This is how one treatment is helping combat the silent war with PTSD.

It’s called Neurofeedback Therapy. The therapy combines the body and mind, a treatment many PTSD experts prefer over one tactic techniques. After experiencing a traumatic event, the brain rewires itself to help us cope. However, prolonged trauma makes our brain assume this is normal and the rewiring becomes more permanent. Neurofeedback Therapy allows one to manipulate the wires back to their normal state.

While hooked up to electrodes, patients play a video game with their mind. After several trainings, clients are able to shift their brain waves with ease, and hence alter their emotional state during triggering situations. As the treatment is highly individualized, a therapist can tailor the treatment to meet every client’s specific needs.

“Neurofeedback Therapy works extremely well in treating the symptoms of PTSD,” said Mindy Fox, a leading neurofeedback therapist in the Los Angeles area. “It curbs anxiety and issues with anger, fear, sleep and focus.”

Most experts agree that treatments such as Neurofeedback Therapy should also be combined with treatments such as talk therapy. “As the stigma of PTSD reduces, I would expect more organizational bodies to support more treatment options as well as make them more readily available to those who need them,” said Fox.

ABOUT MINDY FOX
Mindy Fox is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over eighteen years of experience. With a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy, Fox is also certified in somatic experiencing and trained in neurofeedback EEG (also referred to as eeg biofeedback therapy). Her expertise in psychotherapy, EMDR, and neurofeedback helps her treat clients with attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, addiction and depression issues. Fox employs body-mind therapy techniques such as EMDR, somatic experiencing, guided imagery, and neurofeedback, along with traditional methods to treat clients of all ages. Fox chairs the State CAMFT Trauma Response Committee and served as President of South Bay/Long Beach CAMFT Chapter.

Siegfried Othmer & Sue Othmer talk about neurofeedback training (eeg biofeedback) and what it can do for you.

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Data shows more people are seeking alternative treatments and willing to pay.

June 1, 2010 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – According to the most current available data provided by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The survey, conducted between 2002 and 2007, shows Americans spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on CAM, approximately 1.5 percent of total health care expenditures and 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket expenditures on health care.

“Almost all of my patients receiving neurofeedback therapy have already spent a lot of time and money trying to find an effective treatment,” said Mindy Fox, a leading Los Angeles-based licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in neurofeedback therapy. “Many people pay for this treatment out-of-pocket because it’s so much more successful than anything else they’ve tried. Cost becomes less of an issue when a health problem is greatly affecting quality of life.”

Most alternative treatments such as acupuncture and neurofeedback therapy (EEG biofeedback) are not covered by insurers or the coverage is highly dependent on the case or results, and even then, coverage can change at the insurers will.

The NHIS study shows U.S. adults spent approximately $11.9 billion on an estimated 354.2 million visits to CAM practitioners such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc. An estimated $22.0 billion was spent on CAM products, classes and materials — the majority going to the purchase of nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products ($14.8 billion) such as fish oil, glucosamine and Echinacea.

“We are seeing a large increase in patients quarter-to-quarter, and most of them self pay,” said Fox. “I believe this is because the results patients get from neurofeedback therapy are significant, long term and forever change the way they live. Neurofeedback doesn’t simply treat the symptoms, it helps combat the root issue.”

Most patients who receive treatments such as neurofeedback therapy are generally looking to treat issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, among others. It’s also used by many professional athletic teams to help high performance athletes manage their stress and anxiety come game day.

ABOUT MINDY FOX
Mindy Fox is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over eighteen years of experience. With a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy, Fox is also certified in somatic experiencing and trained in neurofeedback EEG (also referred to as biofeedback therapy). Her expertise in psychotherapy, EMDR, and neurofeedback helps her treat clients with attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression issues. Fox employs body-mind therapy techniques such as EMDR, somatic experiencing, guided imagery, and neurofeedback, along with traditional methods to treat clients of all ages. Fox chairs the State CAMFT Trauma Response Committee and served as President of South Bay/Long Beach CAMFT Chapter.

The last day of eeg neurofeedback training here in Los Angeles, CA was eventful.  We went over various drugs and their side effects that neurofeedback can often help get people off of so that they can lead more normal lives without side effects.  Many side effects lead to taking other drugs to counteract the side effects, so that eventually, one is taking a litany of medications to get by.  Many are addictive as well, and some, the body becomes dependent upon so that you can never stop without serious withdrawal.

Eeg neurofeedback can reduce this dependence and sometimes eliminate the need for chemical solutions to brain issues like sleeplessness and anxiety.

We proceeded to train each other.  I had a negative reaction to the eeg biofeedback because I trained at a frequency that was too low.  I got dizzy and a little nauseous.  This was not good.  We worked through it and by the end, I felt better.  Interestingly, the fact that I felt bad informed me that the neurofeedback was doing it’s job.  It had an effect.  It also informed me that if not done correctly by a trained professional, you could make yourself feel sick.

Most people in the class reported that they slept better that night and were more resilient to negative events.  One person reported that his bruxism (grinding teeth) got significantly better after just two 30 minute training sessions!  Amazing results for those on the right frequency.

I continue to train and have felt (now that the protocol is set) that I am more resilient and less short-tempered.

At the end of the class, I received my training certificate.  I look forward to seeing my first peak performance client in the near future!  The Kurt, Siegfried, and Sue Othmer do amazing work and continue to make the biofeedback system better and better.

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