Because we understand the severity of eating disorders and addictions, each treatment plan is developed with the client, and when possible, the family in mind. In addition, our treatment plan can extend beyond our practice to include collaboration with primary care doctors, psychiatrists, and other health care providers.
Eating disorders, and the problems that go with them, originate in the brain. If you have an eating disorder, the problem can be helped by including positive influences in your decision-making process and, with our assessments, it is possible to see the positive results that changing your decisions has on your brainwaves in real-time.
There are several types of eating disorders, but they all have one thing in common: an abnormal attitude towards food, which impacts eating habits and behaviors. How an eating disorder looks can vary, but the most common situations are:
Anorexia Nervosa – Keeping weight as low as possible, by starving, excessive exercising, etc.
Bulimia – Control weight by binge eating and then deliberately vomiting or using laxatives.
Binge Eating – Feeling compelled to overeat.
Besides appetite awareness issues, eating disorders show a strong relation with emotional reactivity issues such as depression, anxiety and anger. In these cases, Neurofeedback can help not only with the eating disorder directly, but it can also help to relieve the associated emotions.
Alpha NeuroHealth Clinic uses a state of the art proprietary neurofeedback system; LORETA Z Score. This is a highly personalized brain training software that promotes the central nervous system to help make the best use of your brain’s resources.
Neurofeedback training is like physical training for the body. A lot of our suffering comes from recurring feelings and thoughts in which our minds become emotionally “stuck”. Neurofeedback prompts the brain to draw from its existing resources and pull itself out of these mental “ruts”. The result is a more open and positive mindset in which obstacles are more manageable and problems more resolvable.
Much like a mirror that promotes self-correction, our neurofeedback program monitors your brain waves and then provides “feedback” to your central nervous system about what it has just done. When the software detects the brain wave patterns moving in the appropriate way, it sends a signal that encourages the brain to “reset” and self-correct.