At NewBrain™ our goal is to improve our clients’ quality of life. We specialize in educational and psychological assessments, EEG brain mapping technology, and the latest neurofeedback therapy. Our practice serves individuals, families, couples, and children of all ages. In addition, we work with school counselors and mental health professionals in a supplementary capacity to enhance their current practices.
NewBrain™ Neurofeedback Therapy
Below is a video of Dr. Montes going into detail about neurofeedback therapy.
State-of-the-art technology meets groundbreaking medical science to revolutionize treatment without medication!
What is neurofeedback?
At the beginning of every session of neurofeedback, mapping and training, we fit an EEG cap on one's head. This cap has an array of electrodes that can interpret electrical impulses or brain waves that originate at the neuron. The cap is then plugged into an amplifier that amplifies the brain waves that is then used to record or monitor brain activity. When recording a brain map we can have a in-depth look into how your brain is able to communicate with other parts of the body as well as monitor the strength of connections within the different areas of the brain.
When one begins training we typically start with a carnival game in which one must throw balls at blocks and knock them over. This method of training is referred to as operant conditioning, an action or operation produces a reward or punishment that then increases or hinders the action. The brain waves emitted are analyzed by a program that has a preset pattern of activation that must be met before one is able to throw a ball. The closer to the preset, desired pattern of activation the better one will be at the game. Over time the brain will learn that firing in a certain pattern equates to a reward and will continuously fire in this pattern outside of the training environment.
To learn more about the program we use at NewBrain™ click the button below.
Brain waves can tell a lot about how one's brain operates. Too much or too little of brain waves can make one have negative feelings or symptoms, however reaching an optimal state for each wave can produce a tranquil state. Neurofeedback helps on achieve this optimal, tranquil state.
Delta is the slowest brainwave, oscillating between 0-4 times-per-second (0-4 Hz). It is the dominant brainwave during deep sleep in healthy adults. Delta is thought to be responsible for neurogenesis in infants and babies (the genesis of neural connections). Delta has been linked to the production of human growth hormone and serotonin.
Too much: Brain injuries, learning problems, inability to think, severe ADHD
Too little: Inability to rejuvenate body, inability to revitalize the brain, poor sleep
Optimal: Immune system, natural healing, restorative / deep sleep
Theta brainwaves run at 4-8 oscillations per second (4-8 Hz), and are the dominant brainwave in REM sleep, dreams, and hypnotic states. Theta is the active brainwave between the conscious and unconscious domain. It is a powerful state for learning in an uncritical fashion and is the carrier for storing memories in the limbic system (the amygdala and the hippocampus).
Too much: ADHD, depression, hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattentiveness
Too little: Anxiety, poor emotional awareness, stress
Optimal: Creativity, emotional connection, intuition, relaxation
Alpha brain waves are considered slower brain wave activity with oscillations that range from 8 Hz to 12 Hz (cycles per second). The alpha wave is typically produced by the right hemisphere of the brain, but often is synchronized across both right and left hemispheres. Alpha is the first conscious brainwave and the bridge that links the unconscious brainwaves of theta and delta to the active thinking brainwaves of beta and gamma.
Too much: Daydreaming, inability to focus, too relaxed
Too little: Anxiety, high stress, insomnia, OCD
Beta waves are known as high frequency low amplitude brain waves that are commonly observed while we are awake. They are involved in conscious thought, logical thinking, and tend to have a stimulating affect. Having the right amount of beta waves allows us to focus and complete school or work-based tasks easily. Having too much beta may lead to us experiencing excessive stress and/or anxiety.
Too much: Adrenaline, anxiety, high arousal, inability to relax, stress
Too little: ADHD, daydreaming, depression, poor cognition
Optimal: Conscious focus, memory, problem solving
What can I be doing outside of NewBrain™ to enhance my therapy?
Dr. Montes is constantly staying up to date on the latest at-home exercises to help you see results fast with NewBrain™. Below we have included a button to all of the things we recommend you do outside of NewBrain™.
What Neurofeedback is Used to Treat
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Concussive and Sub-Concussive Injury
Impulse Control Issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Performance Enhancement (Matched to Superior IQ database)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
DYSLEXIA & DYSGRAPHIA
LEARNING DISORDERS (GENERAL)
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
What People Say
"The emotional outbursts were intense and scary. We didn't know how to help him. NewBrain™ taught our son how to regulate them. He's a much calmer child now, making us much calmer parents."