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Finances, Marriage and Neurofeedback

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Making Good Financial Decisions:

Neurofeedback Therapy Can Help

Believe it or not, neurofeedback therapy has positive by-products to specific treatments.  Neurofeedback is great for treating anxiety issues.  When anxiety or stress is reduced, one of the most prevalent effects is better critical thinking when it really counts.  In no situation is this more important than in our financial health.

According to a New York Times article entitled, “Money Fights Predict Divorce Rates,” Professor Jeffrey Dew tracked 2,800 couples surveyed in 1987 by the National Survey of Families and Households and found that those who argued about money once a week were 30 percent more likely to get divorced than those who only disagreed a few times per month.  The message here is:  money decisions go directly to the heart of any marital relationship.  If a couple can make more informed and less impulsive financial decisions, then they can maintain a healthier and happier household.

Talk therapy and neurofeedback therapy can assist on two fronts when it comes to making monetary decisions.

First, it can reduce worry and anxiety about making the decisions, allowing clearer thinking under pressure.  For example, it can help couples keep a clear head when choosing investment strategies.  By slowing down and thinking instead of acting rashly because they are an emotional mess, they can choose stocks more wisely based on sound financial principles rather than because they got a hot tip from a guy on the subway.

Second, the therapy gives the client the ability to let go of anxiety more easily when decisions have been made and it is out of their hands.  Let’s face it, worrying for the most part does no good.  It keeps people up at night and has no positive effect on their choices.  By treating their anxiety with neurofeedback therapy, clients can sleep better and relax more easily.  This makes them easier to be around and consequently makes their relationships less stressful and more likely to withstand the rigors of financial swings in fortune.

Neurofeedback might even make it so that you can resist the impulse to stop and buy that mocha latte at Starbucks, which over the long haul could save you thousands of dollars and help put your kids through college.

If you’re dealing with an issue like this, I would be happy to help.  Please reach out by calling my office at 310-314-6933 or sending me a private email.




Comparing Paralysis Progress to Neurofeedback Treatment

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A great deal of scientific progress is being made in an effort to get paralyzed people back on their feet. In a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Wiring the Brain to Aid People with Paralysis,” researcher, Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University’s School of Medicine, says, “the body you live in has changed. You need to remap’ how commands from the brain get to the rest of the body.” There are millions of pathways through our bodies and finding another route is the answer.
After traumas which result in physical, emotional and mental limitations, Such efforts such as those associated with neurofeedback provide new opportunities to return mind and body functions back to normal and in some cases better than normal. In short, several theorists and researches are discovery ways to get the brain to interact with the world through our body. Paralysis is a lower baseline, but ultimately just a limitation, that we can overcome with enough applied effort.
Nicolelis used primates and taught them to control a robotic armor play a video game. In the next phase of studies, his team will train monkeys to control a full-body avatar projected on a computer screen using only their thoughts.

“It can take between two and six months
for a monkey to comprehend the abstract
idea of controlling an object merely by
thinking about it. At that moment, the
monkeys stop moving their own bodies
and relax and ‘you see they have got it,’
Dr. Nicolelis says.”

Amazing breakthroughs are possible with such research. The underlying driver is to get paralyzed patients walking and functioning again with brain implants or other less invasive techniques as yet unavailable. There are people, such as Jennifer French, who can now stand up with the aid of electrodes implanted in her legs. This prevents bed sores and muscle spasms, but it is a long way from functioning fully.
If electrodes implanted in parts of the human body can accomplish such amazing feats, imagine what electrodes in the brain can do. It is the nerve center. To take that concept one step further, imagine what physically functional people can do if they exercise a healthy brain to optimize its potential? If we can take a limited individual and accomplish full functionality again, then why not take that and make it better?
This is the goal of neurofeedback (biofeedback eeg) in relatively healthy individuals. Instead of implants in the brain, neurofeedback practitioners are exercising the mind to use different pathways and awaken poorly functioning areas so that deficiencies that were previously treated with medications or went untreated, can now self-regulate.
Once the brain learns what works so that the body is happy, the neurofeedback system gives a thumbs-up in the form of a video game or being able to watch a movie. After twenty or more training sessions, in many cases, the brain begins to self-regulate and eventually the patient becomes more independent. By freeing the mind we free the body and subsequently behavior and attitudes change too. A person can gain a measurable amount of control over his emotional and behavioral life as never before.
The results of training for neurofeedback treatments vary widely and are very individualized. Therefore, before undertaking such treatment, interested parties should thoroughly check to see that their practitioner is well-qualified (more on this topic to follow). In most cases, practitioners should work under a licensed therapist.
Whether we are trying to improve our physical or emotional lives, brain training and technology are powerful tools. The research at Duke University and neurofeedback training by private practitioners are both moving us in the direction of expanding and conquering the limitations our bodies and minds put on us.

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Celebrity Rehab Facilities Use Neurofeedback to Treat Addiction

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According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, many rehabilitation facilities, including those used in some of the more famous celebrity rehab facilities, like The Betty Ford Center, east of Los Angeles, California, and Promises Treatment Center, in Malibu, use biofeedback and neurofeedback as treatments while patients are there to recover.

The use of neurofeedback eeg in such high end facilities (Betty Ford charges $26,000 / month and Promises charges $50,000 / month), demonstrates that some of the most cutting edge professionals in the addiction treatment business believe in the power of the human mind to self-regulate and potentially help many of these individuals lead better lives.

According to the treatments offered at Promises, in addition to neurofeedback therapy, they also offer EMDR and Somatic Experiencing.  For those who need help with addiction, but cannot afford to step out of their lives completely for a month, or simply cannot afford the cost of these fantastic institutions, going to a private professional or professionals, and paying an hourly fee is often the best alternative.  Look for a therapist who employs a wide range of treatments and is licensed, so that she can provide alternatives if one type of treatment alone does not work.  In many cases, using these amazing techniques in tandem will produce better results.

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Alternative Depression Treatments

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Insomnia is a symptom of depression.  Insomnia involves the following symptoms:

  • If you wake up in the night and have difficulty going back to sleep.
  • If you have difficulty falling asleep.
  • If you wake up too early and cannot return to sleep at all.

The lack of sleep over time can cause further feelings of “blah” or hopelessness about the future, your family, or life in general.  At some point, without treatment, these feelings can escalate to loss of pleasure from activities that previously gave the individual pleasure.  Hobbies are no longer practiced and family members may notice the person withdrawing socially.  The depressed person’s partner may notice a significant reduction in previous sexual desires.  All of these symptoms may be exacerbated by insomnia, as a depressed person gets more and more exhausted and lethargic.

Anti-depressants are often prescribed to treat depression and its symptoms.  In some cases, the drugs have side-effects that include a dulled feeling about life (apathy), anxiety, weight gain, headaches, and sexual side effects.  The best treatment for depression is talk therapy coupled with anti-depressant medication.  Many people can also benefit from neurofeedback therapy (eeg biofeedback) and / or EMDR.

If you are currently on anti-depressants, but still don’t feel 100%, neurofeedback treatment can be an excellent supplement.  Neurofeedback therapy is exercise for the brain.  Neurofeedback helps the brain achieve a sense of balance.  People report that eeg biofeedback helps them feel more hopeful, positive, and light-hearted.

EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy that helps uncover and de-sensitize people to the root causes of their depression.  EMDR is a powerful treatment, that must be led by a trained professional in a safe environment to have full effect.

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Better Thought Control Achieved With Real-Time Brain Feedback

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Great article on controlling your brain’s activity and your compulsions.  Good for peak performance in athletes, but also helpful for everyone to deal with basic issues like anxiety, ptsd, and depression.

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Peak Performance

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Neurofeedback therapy is a great resource for improving your performance whether in sports, business, or the arts.  For sports, please contact my colleague, Gene Desrochers at 310-709-6545 for more information on his speciality, peak performance.

Gene offers a FREE CONSULTATION.

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Mobile Neurofeedback

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First Mobile Neurofeedback Therapy Service Available in California

Busy executives avoid burn-out with location-flexible neurofeeback therapy

Beverly Hills, Calif. (December 8, 2010) – Mindy Fox, one of the leading neurofeedback therapists in California, announced today her neurofeedback therapy service is now available to be administered in the comfort of a patient’s home or office.  Fox’s latest move to provide the convenience of a mobile service will improve results for patients whose schedules interfere with regular treatment. The largest benefactors in Fox’s practice are made up of busy executives, stay-at-home parents and those who are otherwise too physically or mentally challenged to make it to Fox’s office on a regular basis.

“Neurofeedback therapy requires a routine schedule of administration for optimal results. However, given today’s unpredictable and busy life style, patients find it difficult to find and dedicate the time,” said Mindy Fox, LMFT based in Los Angeles, California. “Missing several appointments can lead to lesser results and patients fall further behind in the healing process. This unfortunately common scenario can create overall discouragement.”

Over the past two years, Fox’s practice experienced an uptick in patients who were c-level executives. Most sought to combat quickly increasing levels of stress and anxiety. “This group of patients not only wanted to treat the sudden over whelming amounts of stress and anxiety they were experiencing, they also wanted to improve their overall performance and longevity – or avoid burn out if you will,” said Fox.

Fox decided to eliminate the biggest factor that prevented patients from optimal results – lack of time.  Fox requires patients to stick to a regular appointment schedule, but patients can choose where they would like that appointment to take place – saving at least an hour of drive time on average. When asked about the most common location request, Fox said “most patients spend their days at the office so this is a logical choice for most.” However, Fox does stipulate that the space a patient chooses must allow the patient to relax and focus without distractions.

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Sciatica

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Santa Monica Neurofeedback Therapist, Mindy Fox, Treats Sciatica

Numerous requests for relief from sciatica drive neurofeedback treatment in Santa Monica practice

Santa Monica, Calif. (August 11, 2011) – Mindy Fox, a highly regarded neurofeedback therapist in Southern California, announced today that her practice continues its rapid growth due to demand from pain brought on by sciatica. The growth is an indicator of market demand for alternative, natural and safe treatment for pain related conditions.
In many cases, relief from sciatica using neurofeedback can be significant.  In one recent case, a female client who has long suffered said that on a scale of 1 to 10, her pain went from a 7 down to a 2 in three sessions.  Although research studies do not exist to support this treatment, many clients have little choice.  According to Henrik Weber, M.D., “Elective surgery is the main option for unilateral sciatica and focuses on removal of the underlying cause by removing disk herniation and eventually part of the disc.”  (1983). “Lumbar disc herniation. A controlled, prospective study with ten years of observation”. Spine 8 (2): 131–140.  According to England’s National Health Service, medications do little to relieve the pain and causes of sciatica.

“Our practice has expanded into unexpected areas, such as treatment of sciatica,” said Mindy Fox, LMFT and Santa Monica neurofeedback therapist. “Many patients who we treat are at the end of their rope.  They do not want to have surgery, but the pain caused by the sciatic nerves has left them with a lower quality of life than they are willing to accept.”
Instead of going under the knife, neurofeedback therapy is completely non-invasive and has no lasting side effects.  “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.”
Neurofeedback therapy retrains the brain, helping it remember how to deal with nerve pain and more, and can lead 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 movie or 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 its 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.
For more information, visit www.MFTherapy.com.
ABOUT MINDY FOX
Mindy Fox is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over nineteen 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.  She has offices in Santa Monica and Torrance, California.

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Attention Deficit Disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a serious disorder that causes:  Short attention span, disorganization, distractibility, poor follow-through, reduction of resistance to disease, and even reduced life span.  If untreated, secondary effects of ADD include Depression and Anxiety.

It is a brain disorder described as “low-arousal.”  What that means is that hyperactive children are not very awake or aware of what is going on around them, so they move around a lot to wake up.  Their brain is operating too slowly.  A person can be aware of surroundings, more in control, more able to think, reason, and communicate and live with happier relationships if their brain can wake up.  That is why Ritalin and other stimulants seem to help a person with this disorder.

Drugs can be harmful and sometimes even dangerous with only temporary improvement.

Neurofeedback is an effective NON-DRUG TREATMENT for ADD & ADHD.

ADD is a complex disorder affecting 6 to 10% of the population.  It disrupts the home, work and school environment.  People with ADD have trouble finishing tasks like homework, relating to others, being belligerent or antagonizing, being organized, and interrupting.

Neurofeedback is exercise for the brain, which can improve self-regulation.

Neurofeedback is  safe and effective for adults, adolescents and children.

Read the latest research on ADHD and EEG-neurofeedback.

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Soldiers and Children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Increases

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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.

If you’re dealing with an issue like this, I would be happy to help.  Please reach out by calling my office at 310-314-6933 or sending me a private email.




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