Psychotherapist Shares “Eye-Opening” Results of Neurofeedback Training
Neurofeedback Training – Posted on November 3, 2014 by Gregory Farquarson
Steve Hamming knows performance. According to a recent Crossfit competition, the Michigan psychotherapist is the “Fittest 55-59 Year Old in America”. Hamming is not a dabbler or a dilettante. He craves metrics and demands results. And that carries over to his psychotherapy practice.
Recently, when he decided to join forces with NeurOptimal Neurofeedback trainer Molly Raaymakers, Hamming did so with the hope that he could add an additional dimension to his traditional talk therapy practice. After all, what is cross-training, but an approach to physical fitness that incorporates multiple, diverse training strategies? Logically, the brain could be “cross-trained” just like the body for best results.
BRAIN TRAINING AS CROSS-TRAINING FOR THE BRAIN
Hamming was optimistic at the outset of this new direction in his practice, but obviously, the proof would be in the results. What exactly would happen with those clients who bolstered their regular talk therapy sessions with neurofeedback training sessions? Would patients show levels of improvement uncharacteristic of traditional psychotherapy? Would specific complaints make a difference in the effectiveness of dual training? Would a person suffering from say, memory issues, be more or less successful than a client grappling with anxiety?
Below is a peek at a recent email Hamming sent to NeurOptimal Neurofeebackdesigner and co-founder Dr. Valdeane Brown. Sent just six months into the merger of he and Raaymakers’ practices, Hamming describes “eye-opening” results after fortifying traditional talk therapy with neurofeeback brain training.
EMAIL TO NEUROPTIMAL NEUROFEEBACK FOUNDER VALDEAN BROWN
My reasons for moving forward and merging my traditional psychotherapy practice with Molly’s [Raaymakers] NeurOptimal practice? It ignited a sense of hope that there was something more we could offer to clients to move them forward gracefully at a more client-efficient pace. I was also intrigued by what it may offer for my fellow competitors-be they athletes or executives since both roles are quite parallel.
What I’ve experienced after 6 months of use with my long standing clientele has been eye opening. I’m a classically trained Psychologist, specifically trained to create long term therapy relationships with clients for very in depth emotional healing. I’ve seen many of my clients for 10+ years with this long term psychotherapy model, and within the last 6 months of adding NeurOptimal to their care my clients are experiencing these impressive transformations that hadn’t occurred in those earlier years. Some of the vast clinical benefits for clients I’ve tracked are people are much more relaxed overall within their lives, decreased anxiety and increased ability to manage stressors, increased ability to focus & concentrate, increased memory abilities even on clients with histories of prior closed head injury that hadn’t prior to this been able to restore their state of memory, clients are more decisive and clearer in their problem solving abilities, they are less edgy and report a great reduction in “yips” across their day to day living. There is an increase in client’s intuitive knowing that may be difficult to measure yet per observation it’s definitely occurring for these clients.
Steven G. Hamming
PsyD Licensed Psychologist
Clinical Sport Psychologist
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